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Liturgy & Sermon for Home Worship | March 29th, 2020

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them. (Matthew 18.20)

WELCOME

LEADER: Good morning! Here we are gathered again this 3rd week of “house church”. By now the novelty may be wearing off, our patience may be fraying, we are likely longing to get back to “normal.” As much as we are able, we want to remember that we are a part of not only a church family scattered around the city but also remember we are a part of the global church family; the church universal worshipping all over the world. So although our worship gathering is small this morning, let’s keep in mind that we are joining our voices with others.

Psalm 70 will be our call to worship; join with me on the underlined portions.

CALL TO WORSHIP

LEADER: Make haste, O God, to deliver us! O Lord, make haste to help us!
Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek our lives!
Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in our hurt!
Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!”
May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
But we are poor and needy; hasten to us, O God!
You are our help and our deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!
from Psalm 70

Let’s pray:

Eternal Father of our souls, let our first thoughts today be of you,
let our first impulse be to worship you,
let our first speech be your name, 
let our first action be to humble ourselves before you in prayer.
For your perfect wisdom and perfect goodness: we praise and worship you, O Lord.
For the love wherewith you love mankind: we praise and worship you, O Lord.
For the love wherewith you love us: we praise and worship you, O Lord.
For the great and mysterious opportunity of our lives: we praise and worship you, O Lord.
For the indwelling of your Spirit in our hearts: we praise and worship you, O Lord.
O God, our refuge of our fathers through many generations, 
be our refuge today in every time and circumstance of need. 
Be our guide through all that is dark and doubtful. 
Be our guard against all that threatens. 
Be our strength in time of testing. 
Gladden our hearts through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SING | Psalm 46

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God is our refuge, our strength, and our shield, an ever present help.

We will not fear though the earth gives way and the mountains crash into the sea.

There is a river who's streams will make glad the city of our most High King.

God is within, and she will not fail, He helps her at break of the day.

Nations in uproar, men's kingdoms they fall, He speaks and the earth melts away.

The worst we imagine, the strongest of storms, our fortress, it will still remain.

There is a river who's streams will make glad the city of our most High King.

God is within, and she will not fail, listen and hear the Lord say:

 

Be still, and know that I am God. Be still, and know that I am God.

Come, let us see what the Lord has done, the ruins he brings to earth.

He makes wars to cease to the ends of the earth, He shatters the bow and the spear.

There is a river who's streams will make glad the city of our most High King.

God is within, and she will not fail, listen and hear the Lord say:

Be still, and know that I am God. Be still, and know that I am God.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

Let’s worship by affirming our faith with these ancient and beautiful words of the Apostles’ Creed, joining our voices with the affirmations of the saints around the world today and throughout the ages. Christian, what do you believe?

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

SING | The Church's One Foundation

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1 The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord;   

She is His new creation by water and the Word.

From heav'n He came and sought her to be His holy bride;

With His own blood He bought her and for her life He died.

2 Elect from ev'ry nation,yet one o’er all the earth,

Her charter of salvation: one Lord, one faith, one birth.

One holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,

And to one hope she presses, with ev'ry grace endued.

3 Though with a scornful wonder men see her sore oppressed,

By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,

Yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up, “How long?”

And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

4 The church shall never perish! Her dear Lord to defend,

to guide, sustain, and cherish, is with her to the end;

though there be those that hate her, and false sons in her pale,

against her foe or traitor she ever shall prevail.

5 Through toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,

She waits the consummation of peace forevermore

Till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,

And the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

6 Yet she on earth has union with God, the Three in One,

And mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won.

O blessed heav'nly chorus! Lord, save us by Your grace

That we, like saints before us. May see You face to face.

READ | 1 Peter 4:12-19

SERMON | The Christian & the Coronavirus

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Consider praying the Lord’s Prayer line by line, pausing after each line to offer prayers.  

We’re going to take a few minutes to pray together “conversationally”. Conversational prayer is simply praying like we converse. That is, 

  • we pray in a sentence or two rather than long prayer speeches
  • we pray simple prayers rather than feeling the need to use big words (i.e. “Father, I want to pray for ______” or “God, I want to thank you for __________”)
  • we share our prayer requests as we pray
  • we aren’t limited to only praying once (in the same way you aren’t limited to only speaking once in a conversation).
  • we can pray in response to what we’ve heard in the Scriptures and the sermon.

For example, a conversational prayer might sound something like this: 

  • 1st person: “Lord, you are a sovereign God.” 
  • 2nd person: “Yes, you are in complete control and have authority over all things.” 
  • 3rd person: “God, you are in control of our lives. You know our past, present, and future. Please help us to rest and trust in you.” 
  • 4th person: “Would you help Jane to rest and trust in you as she struggles with ______ help her to trust you with all her heart and lean not on her own understanding.”

Etc. 

Pray “conversationally” together and after a few minutes close with the Lord’s Prayer: 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

GIVING

One of the ways we worship on Sundays at New City when we are physically gathered together is through giving. Many of you already give online but if you don’t give in that way but would like to, check out https://newcitycincy.churchcenter.com/giving 

SING | O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

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O love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee.
I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine oceans depths its flow.
May richer fuller be.

O light followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to thee.
My heart restores its borrowed ray, that in thy sunshine's blaze its day.
May bbrighter fairer be.

O joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee.
I chase the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain.
That morn shall tearless be.

O cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from thee.
I lay in dust's life's glory dead, and from the ground there blossoms red.
Life that shall endless be.

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him all creatures here below! Praise him above ye heavenly host! Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • During this time of isolation community may be even MORE important even though it may look different. We have a church Zoom account that can be used for Community Groups to meet up online. Also, we'll be enabling a communication feature via the Church Center App for you to stay connected to your groups. Give it a try! 
  • Weather permitting and if you're in the area, head out to the Wasson Way between 4:30 and 5:30p this afternoon for a "Wasson Way Walk & Wave". This is a chance to get some fresh air and see some familiar faces. We won't stop and chat (keeping our appropriate distance) but simply walk and wave, doing some "distant socialling."
  • “Wash hands sure; then wash feet” ~Scott Sauls -- If you have needs during this time of sheltering and distancing, CLICK HERE. If you'd like to be available to help serve those in need CLICK HERE
  • Subscribe to our new weekday Marginalia encouragement wherever you listen to podcasts. Links at newcitycincy.org/social.

BENEDICTION

May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you peace. Go in peace to serve the Lord.

VIRUTAL PASSING OF THE PEACE

We've all had to be creative regarding how to connect with community in this time of isolation and so we're going to experiment with a "passing of the peace" on Zoom at noon on Sunday. Pastor Ryan is going to host and our hope is just a chance for folks to see one another's faces and wave. If you'd like to join, simply click the invitation link below at noon! 

https://zoom.us/j/671557151

NEW CITY KIDS LESSON 

Use the short lesson guide and resources at https://www.newcitycincy.org/nck to direct your time with children. Lesson guide is intended for kindergarten through fourth grade, with suggestions for adapting it for toddlers and preschoolers. 

Note: Have children complete the coloring page and activity/journal pages during the sermon, if desired. Find them on the NCK page here.