Home Worship October 11 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 quite yet, please stay home and stay in touch!

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This is not live worship, it is a way to worship at your home in place of our worship gatherings. You see Oceanview family and staff sharing our gifts with each other. As we do this, we hope you will feel close to God who is near even though we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you. 

Opening Song: Hymn to Joy

'Doc' Erwin


Call to Worship

by Howard Thurman

I Need Thy Sense of Time

Always I have an underlying anxiety about things. 

Sometimes I am in a hurry to achieve my ends

And am completely without patience.  It is hard for me

To realize that some growth is slow,

That all processes are not swift.  I cannot always discriminate

Between what takes time to develop and what can be rushed,

Because my sense of time is dulled.

I measure things in terms of happenings.

O to understand the meaning of perspective

That I may do all things with a profound sense of leisure–of time.

O that I may find a profound sense of peace amid the chaos.

Adapted from O God, I Need Thee–by Howard Thurman

This prayer appears in: James Melvin Washington, ed., Conversations With God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1994), 183.

Oh, The Deep Love of Jesus

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,  vast, unmeasured, boundless, free, 

rolling as a mighty ocean  in its fullness over me. 

Underneath me, all around me,  is the current of Thy love; 

leading onward, leading homeward  to my glorious rest above. 

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,  spread His praise from shore to shore! 

How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore! 

How He watcheth o'er His loved ones,  died to call them all His own; 

how for them He intercedeth,  watcheth o'er them from the throne. 

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,  love of ev'ry love the best; 

'tis an ocean vast of blessing,  'tis a haven sweet of rest. 

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,  'tis heav'n of heav'ns to me; 

and it lifts me up to glory,  for it lifts me up to Thee.

Arrangement, lead vocal: Simon Khorolskiy. Violinist: Katie Gayduchik

Composer: Samuel Trevor Francis (1875) Public Doman. Used by Permission for both online/in person. www.simonkhorolskiy.com


Pastoral Prayer

by Rev. Betty Kniss

Loving God, thank you for your unending steadfast love. Enable us to see your love daily and be grateful, especially in times of trial, frustration and weariness. Thank you for your great faithfulness. You are what we need most; please help us to desire you above all.  

We recognize that the trajectory of the world is ultimately in your hands, not ours. Yet we also know that you work through people and through means. Enable us to love and relate to those in our community and to faithfully steward what and whom you’ve given us. 

Equip your people across the globe to be salt and light in their unique communities. May we be a living testament to your character and the beauty of your gospel. 

Help us as we attempt to cast our fears and anxieties on you. Thank you that the Spirit intercedes on our behalf when words fail. Give wisdom and prudence to our government leaders. We recognize that this is a time of significant strain and turmoil. Enable them to serve and lead faithfully.

Protect us from arrogance and vilifying our neighbors. Enable us to listen to others and respectfully relate to them. Help and provide for those who have lost jobs, incomes or businesses. Enable us to have the dignity of participating in this.

Heal those who are sick. For families who have lost members, please provide a special comfort. We recognize that being unable to gather in-person to honor a loved one’s life as a community is a unique and heavy burden. Protect our healthcare workers and their families and help our teachers who teach remotely and in person. Help our children to learn in a new environment. Enable parents to navigate the newness and tensions that come from the disruption to education rhythms.

Enable us to reach out to the lonely and relate to them with whatever means are available. 

Enable us to trust in your character and your inscrutable ways.

Thank you for the hope of all things being made new each day. Amen.

Message: The Wedding Banquet

Pastor Emily Denmark McGee

Kingdom Parables Series

Why do we reject the garment of righteousness and try to "go it alone"?


Offering Prayer

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.

Prayer: Gracious God, we praise you! You have entrusted to us a priceless treasure, the good news of Christ who conquered death. In him, we have the promise of new and everlasting life. Empower us by your Spirit to spend our days working for your purposes. As our church shares the gospel with friends and neighbors, may we all draw closer to you. We dedicate our lives and these offerings in Jesus’ name. Amen. (2 Timothy 1:1-14)

Hymn: UMH #357 Just As I Am

1. Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me,

and that thou bidst me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

2. Just as I am and waiting not To rid my soul of one dark blot

To Thee Whose Blood can cleanse each spot O Lamb of God I come I come

3. Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt,

fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

5. Just as I am, thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

because thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.


Blessing: Eph. 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost October 11, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A

1st Reading: Exodus 32:1-14

Psalm: Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23

Epistle: Philippians 4:1-9

Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14


Mission Focus: Good Samaritan Fund


CROS Ministry Update

Long-term Volunteers (3 – 6 months or more commitment) are needed to help us with client intake (working on a computer) on Wednesday mornings 9:30 am – 11:00 am (Mobile Food Pantry located in St. George’s Episcopal Church and Center in Riviera Beach), on Saturday mornings 8:30 am – 10:00 am (Mobile Food Pantry located at Church in the Palms in Greenacres) and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (Lake Worth Food Pantry located at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Worth) Training will be provided. If interested or for more information, please contact Gibbie Nauman at gnauman@crosministries.org.

Volunteer Needed at Our Lighthouse Pantry
Our Lighthouse Food Pantry in Belle Glade is set to reopen on September 15! We are looking for volunteers to help in the pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Please contact Mayra for more details at 561-755-2495, mechenique@crosministries.org.

Sorting Food and Packing Pantry Bags
We need help sorting and packing bags of food to give out at our six open food pantries. Groups of 5-6 people maximum because of social distancing guidelines. Adults and high school rising freshman through seniors may now sign-up too if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Location is at our Lake Worth warehouse near
I-95 and 10th Ave. You must sign up for sorting or packing food bags by clicking on this link.

NOTE: We had enough bags of food for this week's food distribution. New volunteer slots will open up soon for next week. Contact Gibbie Nauman at gnauman@crosministries.org for more information.