Home Worship for
Sunday, July 18, 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! 

Call to Worship

We gather together to worship God, the Shepherd of our souls. The one who has created us, who sustains us, who redeems us, who walks beside us in good times and bad, and who calls us to follow. This is our God! Let’s worship Him together!


Worship Resources for Good Shepherd Sunday, https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/05/worship-resourches-for-may-15-2011.html.

The King of Love My Shepherd Is


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Prayer of Confession

Leader: "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want." With these words I am saying that God provides me with everything I need, but do I really believe that?


Silent Confession


Leader: "He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul." If God is restoring my soul, why do I feel so tired, so exhausted, so "run thin," so overwhelmed?


Silent Confession


Leader: "He leads me in right paths for his name's sake." Am I really living my life on the right path in every aspect of my life? Would I be comfortable and even proud to have God along with me everywhere I go?


Silent Confession


Leader: "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff -- they comfort me." Then why am I always looking elsewhere for comfort and protection? Why do I have so many fears?


Silent Confession


Leader: "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows." I wonder what my life would look like if I really did trust God. I wonder how I would view others, including enemies, if I really believed God to be beside me.


Silent Confession


Leader: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long." Am I confident that God goes with me? Am I confident that I will live with God forever?


Silent Confession


Words of Assurance

The words are sure and true: the Lord is our Shepherd and provides for us everything we need. Know that God is with you now, forgiving you, rejoicing to be in your presence and willing to transform you by the power of the Holy Spirit into true and full disciples of the Son, Jesus, the Crucified and Resurrected One. Amen.


The Rev. Dr. Steven F. Plymale currently serves as the Lead Pastor at Mount Pisgah UMC and as Adjunct Professor of New Testament at the Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Plymale has been under appointment for almost 40 years. Much of his study and writing has been devoted to prayer in the New Testament.

Scripture Lesson: Psalm 23

23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.

23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.

23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.


New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sermon: The Lord is My Shepherd

The all too familiar Psalm rarely gets preached upon, here is a connection between the OT Psalm and the Gospel message and a word of hope for the life we live. 

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The Blessing - Oceanview Worship Team

The Lord bless you and keep you
Make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you
The Lord turn His Face toward you and give you peace

Amen, amen, amen. Amen, amen, amen

The Lord bless you and keep you
Make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you
The Lord turn His Face toward you and give you peace

Amen, amen, amen. Amen, amen, amen

May His favor be upon you And a thousand generations
And your family and your children, And their children, and their children
May His favor be upon you, And a thousand generations
And your family and your children, And their children, and their children

May His presence go before you, and behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you, He is with you, He is with you

In the morning, in the evening, in your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing, He is for you, He is for you
He is for you...

Amen, amen, amen. Amen, amen, amen

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Benediction

Go now with your trust in the good shepherd, and let us love, not just in words, but in truth and action. Believe in the name of Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he has commanded us.


And may God be at your side, even in valleys of death. May Christ Jesus be the cornerstone of your life. And may the Holy Spirit abide in you . . . and tend you with love and mercy all the days of your life.


We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, . . . In the name of Christ. Amen.


Copyright © 2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/04/benediction-for-easter-4.html.