Home Worship for

December 6 2020

the Second 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!

Prelude: Heartlight

Do you remember this song Neil Diamond sang in the early 1980's?

"Turn on your heart light, let it shine wherever you go.  Let it make a happy glow for all the world to see."


Advent Lighting of the Second Candle

Responsive Litany

Leader: Advent is a time of preparation, a time to let every heart prepare Him room.

People: As we wait for the Lord we anticipate new love.

Leader: Advent can often be a time of sadness, the joy of others magnifies the grief of some.

People: As we wait for the Lord we anticipate new love.

Leader: Advent is a chance for us to be reminded that love is the way of salvation.

People: As we wait for the Lord we anticipate new love.

Leader: Advent can lead us to love, love for neighbor, love for self and love for God.

People: May we find, in the waiting, our new Love.


Advent Prayer of Love

Bless us with Love, O Merciful God;

That we may Love as you Love!

That we may show patience, tolerance,

Kindness, caring and love to all!

Give me knowledge; O giver of Knowledge,

That I may be one with my Universe and Mother Earth!

O Compassionate One, grant compassion unto us;

That we may help all fellow souls in need!

Bless us with your Love O God.

Bless us with your Love.

Hymn: Love Came Down at Christmas

CCLI Song # 276338. Christina Georgina Rossetti | David Evans. © Words: Public Domain. Music: Oxford University Press. For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707.


Scripture John 15: 9-17 NIV

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 

15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 

17 This is my command: Love each other.

Sermon: Waiting for New Love

How do you define "Love"? Jesus talks about love in John's gospel using terms like "commandment".  Paul is faced with the need to define Christ-like love to the Corinthians.  Maybe they type of love is new to you too.



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: Almighty God, as John the Baptist identified the arrival of the Messiah, this Advent season, that role falls on us. As we bring our tithes and offerings to you, we pray that our giving continues to point to the Christ who comes in love and compassion, with more concern for those who don’t have enough and little concern that those who have so much will get more. May our giving in this season reflect our hope for a new kind of kingdom to reign in our world. We pray this in the name of the Messiah, Jesus our Savior. Amen. (Mark 1:1-8)

"My Favorite Time of Year" Florin Street Band


Closing Blessing

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, our savior and friend;

May the love of God, binding us together and building us up;

May the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, knitting us together as a church family;

Be with us until we meet again.  Amen.

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.

1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

2nd Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15a

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8


Mission Focus: Good Samaritan Fund

Give to the Good Samaritan Fund and help people in out congregation, community and beyond.


Virtual Choir

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Join us Wednesday nights ON Zoom for Virtual Choir. We plan to have fun! All vocal abilities will have a place in our virtual choir, no judgement! You can even ask family and friends to join our Virtual Choir. The ultimate goal is for each member to video record themselves singing, while wearing headphones/earbuds. The videos will then be merged together to form our first Virtual Choir piece!

We will start with easy, well known SAB Hymns and songs. If you prefer to sing Melody, that's okay too. I'll send the backing (rehearsal) track track plus sheet music or Hymnal # to everyone registered. (You'll want to get a United Methodist Hymnal...or ACCESS the ONLINE UMH at: https://hymnary.org/hymnal/UMH)

Learn more: Just Register BELOW to join the Virtual Choir!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



The 1 2 3 Basics:

Practice singing through the song once or twice before you record yourself. Then Sing ~ Record ~Send!

  1. Record your video on your laptop, tablet, or phone. If at all possible, use a tripod for your device or sit the device on something sturdy and stationery. Sing out, and have fun singing in this virtual format!
  2. Save your file. Use any standard video file format. .mp4, .mov, .avi all work great. When you name your file, use this standard naming convention: Your Name-YourPart.mp4 (or .mov, etc.) Example: Jane Doe-Soprano.mp4.
  3. Email your file to me.

Tips for Before You Record:

  • Find a quiet place. Do your best to make sure the ambient noise (dishwashers, fire trucks, barking dogs, TVs, etc.) is at a minimum. The goal is to get a good, clean sound.
  • Use headphones or earbuds to listen to the backing track you downloaded with the sheet music. You don't want that audio to be in your video - just your voice / instrument!
  • Position yourself in the center of the shot, and make sure you're filling up the frame.
  • START RECORDING. Then press play to begin the backing track. Do the "1, 3, CLAP" along with the track just before the actual song begins. Video yourself doing the timing Clap through to the end of the song in one 'take'.

Intrigued? Click to Join just above to find out more.... or call Kim Wendt, Director of Praise and Worship at 561.436.8555.

An Outdoor, Self Guided, Prayer Labyrinth
during the afternoon and
A Luminary Lit Longest Night Service at 7:00 pm

Winter Solstice - The Longest Night of the Year
Monday, December 21, 2020

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:

  1. 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, be reassured, it is not a race.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 as well as 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.

Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas: "Incarnation" an Advent Study

"Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas", an Advent Study written by Adam Hamilton at either 10:00 am or 7:00 pm (you choose what time you want to attend). Held via Zoom. 

Email Rev Betty at betty@oceanviewumc.com for more details. 

This 4 week study ends December 23. See below for more about the study

His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, best-selling author Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. This Advent season church families will come together to remember what’s important. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. Now more than ever, we invite you to reflect upon the significance of the Christ child for our lives and world today! 

Please email Rev Betty at betty@oceanviewumc.com for more details. This 4 week study ends December 23. 

You can also order the book from Amazon, on Kindle.

Oceanview United Methodist Women's

Zoom-tacular Christmas Gathering!

Thursday, Dec. 10th - 7:00 pm

Join us for Oceanview’s United Methodist Women’s Christmas gathering online, for a fun filled evening of surprises, games, challenges and laughter. Make yourself some hot chocolate, coffee, tea or other drink and Dress in your festive holiday best, ugly Christmas sweater, holiday hat, or fancy Christmas PJ’s - to share your fondest memories, traditions or songs of Christmas.

Instead of having a swap (too challenging to do virtually), we will have a Donation Drive. Each person chooses to donate any amount - we will send it to something like the Heifer International organization to purchase animals of some kind to provide lasting income and resources to those most in need, or Toys for Tots - we can decide together.

Join us, enjoy each other’s company as we celebrate, give thanks for our blessings and focus our thoughts as United Methodist Women on what we can accomplish together. Any questions, contact Jane Murphy...

Register in advance for this meeting:


Register in advance, and your Zoom Gathering Link will be emailed to you. Other mysterious and fun 'surprise directions' will be emailed 24 hours prior to our Zoom-tacular Gathering! So watch your email 'inbox'!

Includes the Installation of Officers.