Prelude Hymn: Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus (in the setting of J.S. Bach's Prelude No.1 in C)

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature, O Thou of God and man the Son,

Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, Robed in the blooming garb of spring;

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight, And all the twinkling starry host;

Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer Than all the angels heav’n can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations! Son of God and Son of Man!

Glory and honor, praise, adoration, Now and forevermore be Thine.


Call to Worship

Leader: Sing to the Lord a new song, a song of hope and rejoicing! 

People: Praise God for wonderful acts of mercy and kindness! 

Leader: God has remembered God’s faithful ones.  

People: God has poured blessing upon blessing upon us! 

Leader: Praise the Lord, all the earth, shout your praise! 

People: Rejoice, for God is truly with us. AMEN.

Video Song: Beautiful City - Joseph Farrar

Godspell is a musical composed by Stephen Schwartz with the book by John-Michael Tebelak. 

Godspell began as a project by drama students at Carnegie Mellon University. The show was rescored for an Off-Broadway production, on May 17, 1971, and has since been produced by multiple touring companies and in many revivals. The 2011 revival played on Broadway from October 13, 2011, through June 24, 2012. The musical is structured as a series of parables, primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ appearing briefly near the end of the show.


Prayers of the People

Offer up your own prayer. Offer praise and thanksgiving to God. Share your worries and concerns with God. Pray for other people. Pray for people who are sick, lonely, and afraid. Pray for medical professionals, medical researchers, first responders, and community leaders who are working so hard to keep us well. Ask God to help you find creative ways to reach out to people and share God’s love via phone, card, email, or social media, etc.

A Franciscan Pastoral Prayer - Pastor Emily

Pastor Emily Denmark McGee

From the Irish Franciscans

"At the heart of Francis’ Gospel vision is delight in the Lord. However, Francis understood most clearly that if our joy in the Lord is to be authentic it must lead to compassion that flowers into action. May this uncomfortable invocation open us to a more profound Gospel life." Let us pray...

May God bless you with discomfort: at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships.  

So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people.

So that you may work for Justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears: to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war.

So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world,

So that you can do what others claim cannot be done to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.



Scripture: Matthew 24: 1-14 NIV

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Message: "The Whole Thing is a Temple"
- Rev. Betty Kniss

Part 2 of the Jesus H. Christ Sermon series.


Worship: Take Me In - Oceanview Worship

The Oceanview Socially Distant Worship Team

Take me past the outer courts,  Into the holy place, 

Past the brazen altar - Lord I want to see Your face. 

Pass me by the crowds of people  And the priests who sing Your praise. 

I hunger and thirst for Your righteousness,

But it's only found in one place.

Take me in to the holy of holies.  Take me in by the blood of the lamb. 

Take me in to the holy of holies.  Take the coal, touch my lips, here I am. 

Dave Browning. © 1987 Dayspring Music, LLC. Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc. CCLI No. 19272



Remember you are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you. 

Jesus wants us to open ourselves to the divine in all of life. 

Go today looking for God in everything. 


Further Readings for Sunday, May 17, 2020
from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A

1st Reading: Acts 17: 22-31

2nd Reading: Psalm 66: 8-20

Epistle: 1 Peter 3:13-22

Gospel: John 14: 15-21

Video Song: Build Your Kingdom Here
by Rend Collective

Enjoy this fun, upbeat, modern worship song by Rend Collective. It has a great message.


Finding Peace in an Anxious World:

A four part, in-depth Spiritual Growth study sponsored by United Methodist Women coming in June.

Finding Peace in an Anxious World, the 2020 Spiritual Growth Study by staff of the Urban Village Church, uses the book of Proverbs and “The Serenity Prayer” as a guide to help Christians find their way through anxiety, worry, and fear and move towards God’s peace that surpasses all understanding. 

Using “The Serenity Prayer” as a scaffold, we explore ways to discover peace through scripture and spiritual disciplines so that we can be rooted in God and energized to live fully as disciples of Christ.

Our hope is that through this month long, in-depth Mission Study, our church can address the tumultuous events of this spring/summer and present a framework for how to approach a God who desires peace for the hearts of God’s people in times of anxiety. 

The four chapters each focus on a different aspect of the prayer—serenity, acceptance, courage, and wisdom—and each concludes with a spiritual practice to help further develop the biblical ideal of peace in our lives, our families and our church. 

Session Dates and Times:
Wednesdays June 3, June 10, June 17 and June 24. Times: 6:30 pm (Note: 6:15 pm pre-class chat, Q & A time.) Ending at 8:00 pm. Sessions will be recorded, if you must miss a session, the recording will be made available to you, so you do not miss a session or fall behind.) Due to confidentiality requirements, recordings and handouts will ONLY be made available to Class participants. 

Advance Registration required: Please register in advance:

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

This is a Zoom video conference-based study, with handouts, take home exercises, weekly assigned reading, and online participation. Registration is required, email will be used to distribute class materials. To use Zoom Video Conferencing: you will need a smart-phone with camera, tablet with camera/mic or computer with camera/mic. 

Required Class Text: "Finding Peace in an Anxious World" edited by Erin James-Brown can be purchased at for $10 plus shipping.
It is now available on as KINDLE edition for $5.95. 

Facilitated by Mission u Study Leader, Kim Wendt.