Home Worship for

December 20 2020

Fourth Sunday in Advent

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. 

Remember that CDC guidelines state that even in Phase 3, if you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain sequestered and 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!

Christmas Update


O Little Town of Bethlehem Hymn #230

CCLI Song # 27879 Lewis Henry Redner | Phillips Brooks © Words: Public Domain. Music: Public Domain. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707.


Advent Wreath Candle Lighting

Fourth Sunday in Advent


Advent Prayer for Peace by St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred, let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy

O Divine Master, grant that I may

Not so much seek to be consoled as to console

To be understood, as to understand

To be loved, as to love

For it is in giving that we receive

And it's in pardoning that we are pardoned

And it's in dying that we are born to Eternal Life


Message: The Journey Ahead

Advent Sermon Series: Anticipation

Rev. Betty Kniss

What do you want more than anything else in the world? In this world we can become so focused on things that fill us up, and puff us up, that we lose focus or never get a glimpse of what is most important in life. If our greatest goal in life is to become more and more like Christ, we need to consider all that stuff rubbish. What are we missing if we are unable to give up the old life for the new one?


Sing We Now of Christmas Hymn #237

CCLI Song # 6006536. Words: Traditional French Carol Music: Traditional French Carol. Public Domain All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707.



Oceanview Online Giving: Giving is a part of our worship to God. Your generosity helps us minister God’s hope and healing to our community and beyond. Contribute here: Oceanview Give. Thank you for helping show Christ real and relevant to the world.

Offering Prayer: Loving God, as we present our tithes and offerings to you for your blessing, we remember the greatest blessing the world has ever received: your precious Son, sent to redeem us, to pay the price for our sins. Thank you for showing us how to give from the heart. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

A Blessing of Peace

Go now in peace. May the love of God surround you everywhere you may go.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Oceanview Worship

EMI Music Publishing. All Rights Reserved. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a song written in 1943 by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis. 

In a scene set on Christmas Eve, Judy Garland's character, Esther, sings the song to cheer up her despondent five-year-old sister, Tootie, played by Margaret O'Brien. 


Monday, December 21, 2020

Longest Night

Daytime Outdoor Prayer Labyrinth

followed by

A Luminary Lit Longest Night Service at 7:00 pm

Winter Solstice - The Longest Night of the Year

The Longest Night observance happens on December 21st, the winter solstice this year (the longest night of the calendar year). Following this date, daylight seems to be returning for more and more of each day.

On this day, we remember those for whom the holidays are not joyful. With the COVID pandemic continuing, people are experiencing depression and sadness and yet are often compelled put on a 'happy face' for others, denying their true feelings.

During the afternoon, an outdoor, self-guided, prayer Labyrinth will be set up at the top parking area next to the Sanctuary. (Please wear masks and stay respectfully socially distant from any others who may happen to be walking the Labyrinth before you.)

You are invited to come experience a time of peace, quietness, solitude and meditation as you walk the guided pathway. There will be places to pause, reflect and ponder God's word, the beauty of nature and our place in both. There is no pressure to walk at any given speed... it is the journey that is important. You cannot get lost, as this is not a maze. Simply enter at the beginning and the way will be clearly marked. Any necessary additional instructions will be provided.

The Afternoon Labyrinth Journey:

The first part of the journey... we enter the Labyrinth. We are sojourners. We come as we are, entering with your cares, concerns, fears and burdens of life. As you walk toward the center, you have time to acknowledge each burden you may feel in that moment. Take your time, it is not a race.

At the center of the Labyrinth, we pause to reflect on our Anticipation of new things, new hope and new life as we consider the Advent of Christ. What does that mean for us, for our situation, for our world? When ready, simply begin walking the next part of the path toward the leaving place.

Now on this final part of the journey, we envision the Christ walking with us - Emmanuel, God With Us. As you walk, release each of your cares and concerns, one by one, into Christ's care. As you give up each one, consider that Christ offers to you his new hope and peace. Won't you take them?

7:00 pm Luminary Lit Longest Night Service

Join us at 7:00 pm on Monday, December 21st, for a reflective Longest Night Vigil Service with readings, prayers and reflections. During our time of Vigil, we look toward the coming Light of Christ. There will be times of reflective silence and times to pray for the world, our community and for others and ourselves.

The Longest Night is a witness that the Christ child comes as a sign of hope in the face of despair. And it’s a witness that Oceanview church is intentional about upholding members of the community in whatever season of life they may find themselves.

Come find peace. Come find hope. Come find light on The Longest Night.