Home Worship for August 8, 2021

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

If you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones.

If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch! 

Organ Prelude: Glory and Grace 2


A Litany Based On Ephesians 4 and 5


One: Come, let us put away all things that divide us and love one another.

Many: For we are members of one another (Eph. 4:25b)

One: Come; let us not be divided from one another by gender, race, color, or status.

Many: For we are members of one another.

One: Come; let us put away lies, anger, stealing, and corrupt words.

Many: For we are members of one another.

One: Come; let us put away bitterness, wrath, clamor, and malice.

Many: For we are members of one another.

One: Come; let us put away uncleanness, idolatry, and deception.

Many: For we are members of one another.

One: Together let us speak truth, labor together, and do what is good and edifying to the Lord.

Many: Let us be imitators of God, walk as the children of God, and love as Christ first loved us.

One: Come, let us be the people of God we are called to be.

Many: For we are saints, God’s chosen people, and members of one another. AMEN.

Hymn: UMH #560 Help Us Accept Each Other

1 Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;

teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.

Be present, Lord, among us, and bring us to believe

we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.

2 Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life

we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.

Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some,

to love them as we find them, or as they may become.

3 Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved

in living situations to do the truth in love;

to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart

the table of forgiveness and laughter's healing art.

4 Lord, for today's encounters with all who are in need,

who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread,

we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on;

renew us with your Spirit; Lord, free us, make us one!

CCLI Song # 133756. Fred Kaan | John Ness Beck © Words: 1975 Hope Publishing Company Music: 1977 Hope Publishing Company. For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com. CCLI License # 625707.


Prayers of the People
(inspired by 2 Samuel 18, Ephesians 4:25-5:2)

O Eternal One, whose message to us has always been that our relationship to you is inextricably related to how we treat our sisters and brothers, bend low your spirit this day and touch us with your power.

Wean us from our tendency to nurture perceived slights and to put hot coals to our anger.

Wean us from all tendencies to take advantage of others for personal gain.

Wean us from negativity and from becoming bitter whether or not we think we are justified in our feelings.

Wean us from the all too human and common tendency to gossip about others and to slander them in any way.

Wean us from carrying malice in our hearts and from giving in to anything that would poison relationships with others.

Make us over again, O gracious God.

Give us a consistent kindness and compassion for others. Keep us always tender hearted even when the world delivers difficult blows and setbacks to us. Teach us once again about your redeeming grace in order that we may learn, however slowly and however tentatively, how to forgive others. Teach us how to live abundantly into the future as victorious and expectant people, greeting each new day with eagerness and excitement. And indelibly remind us that we are among your forgiven and beloved community.

We present to you all who have special need of your grace today. Keep them in your gracious care and insofar as we are able use us to make their burdens lighter. Be with those who war and who are victims of war and grant to us a peaceful world. Amen

Written by Richard Einerson in Prayers of the People: Pastoral prayers for Worship and Personal Devotion, Bloomington, AuthorHouse, 2006. http://www.richardeinerson.com/.

Scripture: Matthew 20:1–16 NIV

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Message: "Equity: Who is Included?"

Pastor Emily Denmark McGee

This is a RERUN sermon from September 2020. The emphasis is on what we are going to looking in the future. If Oceanview UMC is the vineyard, we need all the workers we can get!


Oceanview Worship: Goodness of God

Verse 1

I love You Lord, Oh Your mercy never fails me

All my days - I've been held in Your hands

From the moment that I wake up, Until I lay my head

I will sing of the goodness of God


All my life You have been faithful, All my life You have been so so good

With every breath that I am able, I will sing of the goodness of God

Verse 2

I love Your voice, You have led me through the fire

In darkest night, You are close like no other

I've known You as a father, I've known You as a friend

I have lived in the goodness of God



Your goodness is running after, It’s running after me

Your goodness is running after, It’s running after me

With my life laid down, I’m surrendered now

I give You everything

Your goodness is running after, It's running after me

CCLI Song # 7117726. Ben Fielding | Brian Johnson | Ed Cash | Jason Ingram | Jenn Johnson. © 2018 Capitol CMG Paragon, SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia, Fellow Ships Music, So Essential Tunes, Bethel Music Publishing. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 62570


Blessing (inspired by Ephesians 4:25-5:2)

Go out and imitate God, living in love. Put your hope in God’s Word and let your own words be truthful and constructive. May sin rouse your anger, . . . but never let anger cause you to sin. Don’t allow any room for evil.

And may God always hear your voice. May Christ Jesus raise you to new life; and may the Holy Spirit nourish you for the life of love. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, . . . In the name of Christ. Amen.

Copyright © 2003 Nathan Nettleton http://www.laughingbird.net/.