CALL TO WORSHIP
The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name!
Holy is he!?The King in his might loves justice.
You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!
(from Psalm 99)
SING | To God All Praise and Glory
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made;
who for us, and for our salvation came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried,
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead: whose kingdom shall have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets.
and we believe one holy catholic and apostolic church;
we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
SING | A Hymn for All the World
A PRAYER FOR A TIME OF WIDESPREAD SUFFERING
Christ Our King, Our world is overtaken by unexpected
calamity, and by a host of attending fears, worries, and insecurities.
We witness suffering, confusion, and hardship multiplied around us, and we find
ourselves swept up in these same anxieties and troubles, dismayed by so many uncertainties.
Now we turn to you, O God, in this season of our common distress.
Be merciful, O Christ, to those who suffer, to those who worry, to those who grieve,
to those who are threatened or harmed in any way by this upheaval. Let your holy compassions
be active throughout the world even now— tending the afflicted, comforting the
brokenhearted, and bringing hope to many who are hopeless.
Use even these hardships to woo our hearts nearer to you, O God.
Indeed, O Father, may these days of disquiet become a catalyst
for conviction and repentance, for the tendering of our affections,
for the stirring of our sympathies, for the refining of our love.
We are your people, who are called by you,
We need not be troubled or alarmed.
Indeed, O Lord, let us love now more fearlessly, remembering that you created us,
and appointed us to live in these very places, in the midst of these unsettled times.
It is no surprise to you that we are here now, sharing in this turmoil along with the rest of
our society, for you have called your children to live as salt and light among the nations,
praying and laboring for the flourishing of the communities where we dwell, acting as agents of
your forgiveness, salvation, healing, reconciliation, and hope, in the very midst of an often-troubled world.
And in these holy vocations you have not left us helpless, O Lord, because you have not left us at all.
Your Spirit remains among us.
Inhabit now your church, O Spirit of the Risen Christ.
Unite and equip your people for the work before them.
Father, empower your children to live as your children.
In times of distress let us respond, not as those who would instinctively entrench for our own
self-preservation, but rather as those who—in imitation
of their Lord—would move in humble obedience toward
the needs and hurts of their neighborhoods and communities.
You were not ashamed to share in our sufferings, Jesus.
Let us now be willing to share in yours, serving as your visible witnesses in this broken world.
Hear now these words, you children of God, and be greatly encouraged:
The Lord’s throne in heaven is yet occupied, his rule is eternal, and his good purposes
on earth will be forever accomplished.
So we need never be swayed by the brief and passing panics of this age.
You are the King of the Ages, O Christ, and history is held in your Father’s hands.
We, your people, know the good and glorious end of this story. Our heavenly hope is secure.
In this time of widespread suffering then, let us rest afresh in the surpassing peace of that
vision, that your whole church on earth might be liberated to love more generously and sacrificially.
Now labor in and through us, O Lord, extending and multiplying the many expressions of your mercy. Amen.
(from the folks who brought us Every Moment Holy & the Rabbit Room)
SERMON | Love Never Fails (1 Corinthians 13.1-13)
CONFESSING OUR SINS
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be,
so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your holy name. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Hear the words of our Savior:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.” Come, then, for all is ready.
We come not because we are righteous, but because we are penitent,
not because we are sufficient, but because we are in need,
not because we are strong, but because we are weak,
not because we are whole, but because we are broken.
SING | The Gift of Love
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13.1-8)
SING | His Love Can Never Fail
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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.