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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

Posted by Naperville Covenant Church on Sunday, September 13, 2020

Order of Worship

Welcome & Announcements

Worship Set: (see lyrics below)

  • You are Good
  • Your Love Awakens Me
  • How Great Thou Art

First Grade Bibles

Scripture Reading

Sermon

Benediction

 

LYRICS FOR WORSHIP:

YOU ARE GOOD

(VERSE)

Lord You are good
And Your mercy endureth forever
Lord You are good
And Your mercy endureth forever
People from every nation and tongue
From generation to generation

(CHORUS)

We worship You
Hallelujah hallelujah
We worship You for who You are
We worship You
Hallelujah hallelujah
We worship You for who You are
For You are good

(BRIDGE)

You are good all the time
All the time You are good
You are good all the time
All the time You are good

 

YOUR LOVE AWAKENS ME

(VERSE)

There were walls between us
By the cross You came and broke them down
You broke them down
And there were chains around us
By Your grace we are no longer bound
No longer bound

(PRE-CHORUS)

You called me out of the grave
You called me into the light
You called my name and then my heart came alive

(CHORUS)

Your love is greater
Your love is stronger
Your love awakens awakens awakens me
(REPEAT)

(VERSE 2)

Feel the darkness shaking
All the dead are coming back to life
I’m back to life
Hear the song awaken
All creation singing we’re alive
‘Cause You’re alive

(BRIDGE)

And what a love we’ve found
Death can’t hold us down
We shout it out
We’re alive ’cause You’re alive

 

HOW GREAT THOU ART

(VERSE 1)

O Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds
Thy hands have made
I see the stars
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy pow’r thru’out
The universe displayed

(CHORUS)

Then sings my soul
My Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art
Then sings my soul
My Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art

(VERSE 2)

And when I think
That God His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die
I scarce can take it in
That on the cross
My burden gladly bearing
He bled and died
To take away my sin

(VERSE 3)

When Christ shall come
With shout of acclamation
And take me home
What joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow
In humble adoration
And there proclaim
My God how great Thou art

 

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NECC’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

COVID-19 Update – August 2, 2020

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noblewhatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

As I write, I yearn for the days that when we will be able to meet together regularly. I know these times we are living in can be uncertain, but I want to reassure you God IS at work in our midst.

With the school year beginning (in a VERY DIFFERENT fashion for many families), I thought it prudent to provide you with an update as to what/where our NECC planning is leading for this fall.  As you recall, we appointed a re-opening team in late spring.  This team continues to meet faithfully and refine its recommendations as new data for the Naperville area becomes available.  We continue to prayerfully discern what the Holy Spirit is calling us to as a church family, monitor regional school district decision-making (which have changed continuously over these last few weeks) and to the extent possible, follow local and state health guidelines.

Since the team’s last update in July, most of the surrounding school districts have made the decision to postpone in person classes until later this year.  Just this week, the number of new virus cases in the state are rising, particularly in Will county, and Naperville itself has its highest number of cases since the early spring in the beginning of the pandemic.  After much prayer and discussion, the re-opening committee and the Executive Board have decided to postpone resuming in-person inside Sunday worship services until later in the fall. We are aware of churches have made the decision to reopen; some have done so without incident, other have caused super spreader events.  On the other end of the spectrum, some churches have made the tough decision to postpone gathering until January, 2021.  Brother and sisters, there is simply no perfect solution, but we feel God is calling us to recommend this more cautious path forward.

Despite our decision to postpone inside in-person Sunday morning worship service attendance, we recognize our strong desire to be together as a church family.  Therefore, we invite you to:

  • Host a “House Church”: invite a family over to watch service together and fellowship.  You can do this by creating a new bubble with one or two other families who agree to meet together, stay safe together, share snacks together and watch services together, perhaps engaging in dialogue about all that is happening.
  • Host a “Watch Party”: Use Facebook to invite your friends on FB to watch service with you
  • Attend: We will resume small gatherings at NECC including youth group, MOPS, other small groups and Bible studies.  More information to come soon.
  • Attend: Over the next weeks, we will have several opportunities to gather outdoors in-person. Please consider joining us for Drive Through Communion and Outdoor Worship.
  • Participate: We will continue to offer “Pastor’s Book Club”, please consider joining us on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. We will also be offering Sunday School classes for youths and adult.
  • Join: If you are not already in a Small Group, please look for an opportunity in the near future to join one, as we will be forming new groups this fall.

As you can see, NECC is still the church, your church and the Lord’s church.  We continue to seek out opportunities for connection and will keep you updated.  We pray you stay connected and embrace the programming available this fall.   

I also want to take time to thank the Lord, our wonderful staff and all of you, our church family, for we have much to celebrate this season.  Despite this pandemic, our church giving remains strong. We finished our fiscal year on May 31st with a surplus, and we have started out our new budget year strong. The full fiscal year summary can be seen below.  Basically, as a result of the PPP grant and good expense control, our surplus amounted to almost $89,600. Since we have taken our Sunday worship services online, we have new givers who watch along with us and have begun to participate in the ministry of our church. Across the three platforms we use to stream (Facebook, Church Online, and YouTube) we have over 90 unique screens (many have multiple viewers per screen) watching on Sunday mornings, with hundreds viewing at different time later in the week. God is not only sustaining us, he is allowing us to thrive during this pandemic.  Thank you, again, for all of your prayers, love and support.  God is AT WORK within our NECC family, despite these uncertain times!

May you rest in the assurance of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ,

Leslie X. Sanders

Lead Pastor

Naperville Covenant Church

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