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Worship @ Home
August 16, 2020
12th 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.

 

“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” - Carol Saddington
Traditional Welsh melody arranged by Faye Lopez

Prelude       

Welcome

Call to Worship

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it;
the world, and those who live in it.
O praise the Lord with me,
let us exalt God’s name together.

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

“In the Sanctuary” - Jimmy Bohn
by Kurt Carr

Prayer of Confession

Almighty God, you love us, but we have not loved you. You call, but we have not listened. We walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns. We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed.
God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that as you come to us in mercy, we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our redeemer. Amen.

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                   

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 why Paul chose to beg the newly converted Roman Christians to willingly present themselves as “living sacrifices.” 

  • I wonder what a “living sacrifice” looked like when Paul wrote his letter. What about in 2020? 

  • I wonder what a “living sacrifice” talked like (or about) when Paul wrote his letter. What about in 2020? 

  • I wonder what a “living sacrifice” thought about when Paul wrote his letter. What about in 2020?

Sermon                  ​

Hymn of Response      

“How Great Thou Art” - Jimmy Bohn
by Stuart Wesley Keene Hine

"Being Transformed"

Rev. Aquanetta Hicks

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 

“To God Be the Glory” - Carol Saddington
by William H. Doane; arranged by Mary McDonald

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 Rev. Aquanetta Hicks
Our liturgists are the Unegbu 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