Home Worship

November 8 2020

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.

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!

UMH #396 O Jesus, I Have Promised

O Jesus I have promised To serve Thee to the end

Be Thou forever near me  My Master and my friend

I shall not fear the battle  If Thou art by my side

Nor wander from the pathway  If Thou wilt be my Guide

O let me feel Thee near me The world is ever near

I see the sights that dazzle  The tempting sounds I hear

My foes are ever near me  Around me and within

But Jesus draw Thou nearer  And shield my soul from sin

O let me hear Thee speaking  In accents clear and still

Above the storms of passion  The murmurs of self will

O speak to reassure me  To hasten or control

O speak and make me listen  Thou guardian of my soul

O Jesus Thou hast promised  To all who follow Thee

That where Thou art in glory  There shall Thy servant be

And Jesus I have promised  To serve Thee to the end

O give me grace to follow  My Master and my friend


Call to Worship: 

Psalter from Psalm 70

ALL: Out of the depths I cry to thee; Lord, hear me, I implore thee!

Leader: Be pleased, O God, to deliver me!

People: O Lord, make haste to help me!

Leader: Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life!

People: Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire my pain!

Leader: Let them turn back because of their shame who say, "Aha, Aha!"

People: May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you!

Leader: May those who love your salvation say evermore, "God is great!"

People: But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry!

ALL: Out of the depths I cry to thee; Lord, hear me, I implore thee!

Veterans Prayer for Peace


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.

Lectio Divina

Read the scripture (Matthew 25: 1-13) at the right - out loud. Listen for a word or phrase that may catch your attention. 

  1. Spend a moment reflecting on the word or phrase that stood out for you.

  2. Read the passage again.

  3. What word or phrase stands out to you this time?

  4. Spend some time in reflection and mediation.

  5. Read the passage a third time.

  6. Rest in God's presence.

Matthew 25: 1-13

1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten young bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.

2 Now five of them were wise, and the other five were foolish. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but didn’t bring oil for them. 4 But the wise ones took their lamps and also brought containers of oil.

5 “When the groom was late in coming, they all became drowsy and went to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Look, the groom! Come out to meet him.’

7 “Then all those bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 But the foolish bridesmaids said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps have gone out.’

9 “But the wise bridesmaids replied, ‘No, because if we share with you, there won’t be enough for our lamps and yours. We have a better idea. You go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 But while they were gone to buy oil, the groom came. Those who were ready went with him into the wedding. Then the door was shut.

11 “Later the other bridesmaids came and said, ‘Lord, lord, open the door for us.’

12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore, keep alert, because you don’t know the day or the hour."

Oceanview Conversations


Scripture Lesson: Matthew 25: 1-13 (CEB)


Message: The Virtue of Preparation

Pastor Emily Denmark McGee

Kingdom Parables Series

The preparation by schlepping all that extra oil to the party represents FAITH! It is faith that the bridegroom will eventually come and the least and the lost and the broken are included.



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Prayer: Ever vigilant God, you watch over us every night as we sleep and every day as we rise to do our work and as we gather at tables to feast on the food you provide. Your care for us is never ceasing. We long to be as vigilant as we strive to be the kingdom-ready church you desire here on earth. Help us to keep our eyes and ears open to the needs around us. May we give so generously that when it is time to close our eyes in sleep, we will rest knowing we have been faithful and vigilant in our caring and compassion. In Christ, we pray. Amen. (Matthew 25:1-13)

Mission Focus:

Thanksgiving Dinner

This year we are not able to gather for a common meal on Thanksgiving Day. We have decided that it's not safe for so many to work so closely in our kitchen, and our conference has asked us not to hold meals during the crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed upon us.

 "Thanksgiving Instead" 

Please let us know by November 15, 2020, if...

1. You are in need of a meal this thanksgiving. We will have it ready for you at the church to pick up or maybe try to deliver it to you.

2. You are looking to provide a meal for someone by donation ($8 per meal per person), or if you would like to help with pick up and/or delivery on Thanksgiving Day.

3. You would like to help provide Thanksgiving Baskets for families in need this year by assembling baskets and/or donations to purchase food. 

If we cannot be together at least we can be there for each other and give thanks for what we have this year.

Keep Your Lamps!

"Keep Your Lamp(s) Trimmed and Burning" is a traditional gospel blues song. It alludes to the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, found in the Gospel of Matthew at 25:1-13, and also to a verse in the Gospel of Luke, at 12:35. The song has been attributed to Blind Willie Johnson, who recorded it in 1928; to Reverend Gary Davis, who recorded it in 1956; and to Mississippi Fred McDowell, who recorded it in 1959. The song is has been included in several hymnals as well. 


Blessing: Jude 1:24-25

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost November 8, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A.

1st Reading: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

Psalm: Psalm 70

2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13