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Worship @ Home

August 9, 2020
11th Sunday in Pentecost

Siblings in Christ, we have created this resource for you to worship in your home if you are unable to gather with us for worship at 10:30am. We encourage you to follow along with the liturgy and video below.

May Christ’s peace be with you today and always.

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If you have a candle, light it to remind you of the light of Christ that is always with us.

The worship recording will be added Sunday at the close of worship.

Prelude       "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” w/ “Just as I Am"   Carol Saddington

Arr. Jonathan W. Lee -  Tunes by Helen H. Lemmel, William B. Bradbury

Welcome

Call to Worship

Let us hear what the Lord will speak. 
God will speak peace to the faithful.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. 
Happy are those who trust in God.

Prayer of Adoration

Mission Statement  

 

New Covenant Fellowship is a racially-diverse community informed by the Bible, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and motivated to share God’s love with all. In response
to God’s love, we are called to equip disciples to faithfully serve, to encourage seekers
to joyfully commit, and to implore all to worship our Lord, as we love our neighbors, grow in grace, and live by faith.  

Song of Praise        “Love the Lord”       Jimmy Bohn

by Lincoln Brewster

                              

Prayer of Confession

Eternal God, our judge and redeemer, we confess that we have tried to hide from You, for we have done wrong. We have lived for ourselves, and apart from You. We have turned from our neighbors, and refused to bear the burdens of others. We have ignored the pain of the world, and passed by the hungry, the poor, and the oppressed. In Your great mercy forgive our sins and free us from selfishness, that we may choose Your will and obey our commandments; through Jesus Christ our Savior.


Now let us pray a silent confession of our own.

(Moment of silent confession) 

Amen.

Assurance of Pardon and Gloria Patri

In Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Glory be to the Father, 
And to the Son 
And to the Holy Ghost. 
As it was in the beginning, 
Is now and ever shall be, 
World without end, 
Amen, amen.

Prayer for Illumination 

O God, open our ears and our hearts, so we can hear Your Word. Amen.

Scripture                    John 17:20-23               "Jesus Prays for All Believers"

If you are worshipping with a group, consider having more than one voice read this passage. 

If you don’t have a printed copy of the Bible, www.biblegateway.org has scripture online.

In worship at NCFA, we typically read from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), although multiple translations are available.

 

Wondering with the Word

Some of these questions are from “Be the Story” Sunday School Narrative Lectionary Curriculum by SiriAnna Stromenn and are an encouragement to wonder with God’s word. The goal is not a “right” answer, but rather the opportunity to wonder about the scripture. Use any and all of these questions for your response to God’s word.

  • I wonder what it’s like to hear Jesus praying

  • I wonder what Jesus is praying on my behalf to the Father right now 

  • I wonder how Jesus perceives unity within the body of believers

  • I wonder what I can do to show more love within my circles of influence

Sermon                  "He Prayed for Us"                         Denise Nance Pierce​

Hymn of Response      “Just as I Am” with “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”        Jimmy Bohn

by Charlotte Elliott; Helen H. Lemmel and William Batchelder Bradbury

Prayers of the People

We offer prayers for the needs of the world, paying particular attention to those who are vulnerable in our community, nation, and world. We will gather after worship for our online Prayer and Praise time. 

Offering of Our Gifts

With your household, consider what gifts you could offer to God and to God’s people during this time. Speak them out loud or write them down, and after worship, make a plan to share these gifts. In addition to these offerings of time and talent, offer your treasure. The church uses your monetary offerings to bring healing and hope into the Austin community and beyond. 

Go to www.ncfaustin.org/donations to make a mobile donation to the ministry of NCFA. 

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

You’re invited to gather your own elements for communion - anything similar to bread and juice will do! We are trusting that the Holy Spirit will bring the real presence of Christ to the elements you have. 

Invitation to Discipleship

Blessing

Passing of the Peace

 

Text a friend, or ten friends, and tell them “Peace of Christ be with you!”

 

Postlude       "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” w/ “Just as I Am"   Carol Saddington

Arr. Jonathan W. Lee -  Tunes by Helen H. Lemmel, William B. Bradbury

Change the Light

To remind you that the light of Christ goes with you wherever you go, extinguish the candle if you lit one at the beginning of worship, and allow the smoke to billow as a reminder of Christ’s abiding presence.

We invite you to return to worship with this congregation at 10:30am Sunday on Facebook Live.

 

Siblings in Christ, know that you are a part of God’s beloved family and be at peace.

Our pastor is Rev. Becca Longino
Our preacher is Denise Nance Pierce
Our liturgists are the Mojica family
Our musicians are Jimmy Bohn and Carol Saddington
Our Tech Deacons are Nikkie Shubitz and Bonnie Lew

 

Special thanks to Rev. Sarah Allen who created the template for our Worship@home