Home Worship

for Sunday February 7 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!

Prelude: We Have Heard the Joyful Sound


A Litany for the Church

Leader: Grant, almighty God, that all who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

People: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Leader: Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

People: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Leader: Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as Christ loves us.

People: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Leader: We offer these prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Everyone: Amen.

(Adapted. THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, U.S.A., 1979, pp. 388-389 , ALT.)

Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life UMH #427

1. Where cross the crowded ways of life, where sound the cries of race and clan,

above the noise of selfish strife, we hear your voice, O Son of man.

2. In haunts of wretchedness and need, on shadowed thresholds dark with fears,

from paths where hide the lures of greed, we catch the vision of your tears.

3. From tender childhood's helplessness, from woman's grief, man's burdened toil,

from famished souls, from sorrow's stress, your heart has never known recoil.

4. The cup of water given for you still holds the freshness of your grace;

yet long these multitudes to view - the sweet compassion of your face.

5. O Master, from the mountainside, make haste to heal these hearts of pain;

among these restless throngs abide; O tread the city's streets again.

6. Till all the world shall learn your love and follow where your feet have trod,

till, glorious from your heaven above, shall come the city of our God!

CCLI Song # 103250. Frank Mason North | William Gardiner. © Words: Public Domain, Music: Public Domain. CCLI License # 625707


Prayers of the People

Take a few moments. Think and remember the blessings of this past week. 

Think of the joys, the concerns. Think of those things concerning you and your family, your neighbors and friends. Think of the needs and concerns for our community, church and state/country. Perhaps write these things down in your journal. Then center yourself in an attitude of prayer, peace and calm. Speak with the Lord about these things. 

Remember our courageous health care workers, first responders and caregivers. Remember those dealing with sickness or distress. Remember those who are lost, hungry or anxious; depressed, in mourning or bereft.

When you are ready... finish your time of prayer by praying the words just below:

Prayer of Praise and Adoration

(inspired by Psalm 147:1-11, Mark 1:29-39)

God of all power, you are the One who called this world into being and we acknowledge that you have no equal in the extent of your power. Yet, you want to share your power—your strength—with those who are powerless; you ache to heal the brokenhearted and to bind up the wounds of the lost and rejected folk of this world. Such radical love leaves us speechless, but you gave it human form and shape in the person of Jesus, in whom your promises of healing and empowerment were fulfilled.

We give you thanks and praise for blessing our lives in this way, and we pray that in Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we too can become radical lovers of the powerless, and passionate bearers of hope to those whose lives are filled with despair and hopelessness. May this time of worship be a true expression of our desire to praise and glorify you, O God, for the many ways in which you bless us, and may our lives reveal our gratitude in all we think, and do, and say. This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

— written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on the Liturgies Online website.

Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/01/prayer-of-praise-epiphany-5b.html

Message: "Value Curiosity over Judgment" 

Pastor Emily Denmark-McGee

Be Love Series

“Jesus’ love was free of categories and distinctions of who was more or less deserving. 

He lacked the ability to be unaware of, inattentive to, or judgmental of others.” 

Scripture Luke 7: 36-50 (CEB) Forgiveness and gratitude

36 One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him. After he entered the Pharisee’s home, he took his place at the table. 

37 Meanwhile, a woman from the city, a sinner, discovered that Jesus was dining in the Pharisee’s house. She brought perfumed oil in a vase made of alabaster. 38 Standing behind him at his feet and crying, she began to wet his feet with her tears. 

She wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and poured the oil on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw what was happening, he said to himself, If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. 

He would know that she is a sinner.

40 Jesus replied, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

“Teacher, speak,” he said.

41 “A certain lender had two debtors. One owed enough money to pay five hundred people for a day’s work.[a] The other owed enough money for fifty. 42 When they couldn’t pay, the lender forgave the debts of them both. Which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the largest debt canceled.”

Jesus said, “You have judged correctly.”

44 Jesus turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your home, 

you didn’t give me water for my feet, but she wet my feet with tears and wiped them with her hair. 

45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet since I came in. 46 You didn’t anoint my head with oil, but she has poured perfumed oil on my feet. 47 This is why I tell you that her many sins have been forgiven; so she has shown great love. The one who is forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other table guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this person that even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”


Jesus Rides the Subway

Oceanview Worship

Jesus rides the subway With the junkies and the freaks

Jesus rides the subway With the hustlers and the creeps

He rubs shoulders with the thieves

And He looks a lot like everyone He sees

Jesus rides the subway While the pretty people sleep and He says


You can lay your burden down, You can lay your burden down

Oh maybe you've been kicked around

But you can lay your burden down

Verse 2

Jesus strolls the sidewalks On the wrong side of the tracks

Jesus strolls the sidewalks That poverty attacks

He makes His home among the shacks

Where the fatherless have fallen through the cracks

Jesus strolls the sidewalks While the righteous turn their backs and He says

Verse 3

Jesus went to church on Sunday Sat in the back and sang the hymns

Jesus went to church on Sunday

But they didn't recognize Him (and He said)

CCLI Song # 5918821 Trevor Morgan © 2011 Trevor Morgan Music. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707


Offering and Offering Prayer

Giving is a part of our worship to God. Partner with us as we share 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: God of grace and mercy, you are the source of the true healing that can make us whole. We remember this morning that Jesus’ ministry was deeply involved in both healing of people’s bodies and healing of relationships. As we take time now in worship to offer our gifts to you, we pray that they might be used to bring healing – of body, of spirit, of broken relationships – to people who are in desperate need. This we pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen. (Mark 1:29-39)

Mission Focus: 

CROS (Christians Reaching Out to Society)

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Blessing from 1 Thessalonians 3: 12-13

May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. Amen.

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 7, 2021 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.

1st Reading: Isaiah 40:21-31

Psalm: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

Gospel: Mark 1:29-39