Home Worship for Sunday, September 19 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! 

Oceanview Worship: "Broadway"


Reading the Psalms: Psalm 51 (CEB)

1 Have mercy on me, God, according to your faithful love! 

Wipe away my wrongdoings according to your great compassion! 

2 Wash me completely clean of my guilt; purify me from my sin!

3 Because I know my wrongdoings, my sin is always right in front of me.

4 I’ve sinned against you—you alone. I’ve committed evil in your sight.

That’s why you are justified when you render your verdict,

completely correct when you issue your judgment.

5 Yes, I was born in guilt, in sin, from the moment my mother conceived me.

6 And yes, you want truth in the most hidden places;

you teach me wisdom in the most secret space.

7 Purify me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and celebration again;

let the bones you crushed rejoice once more.

9 Hide your face from my sins; wipe away all my guilty deeds!

10 Create a clean heart for me, God; put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me!

11 Please don’t throw me out of your presence;

please don’t take your holy spirit away from me.

12 Return the joy of your salvation to me

and sustain me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach wrongdoers your ways,

and sinners will come back to you.

14 Deliver me from violence, God, God of my salvation,

so that my tongue can sing of your righteousness.

15 Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will proclaim your praise.

16 You don’t want sacrifices. If I gave an entirely burned offering,

you wouldn’t be pleased.

17 A broken spirit is my sacrifice, God.

You won’t despise a heart, God, that is broken and crushed.

18 Do good things for Zion by your favor. Rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.

19 Then you will again want sacrifices of righteousness—

entirely burned offerings and complete offerings.

Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.

Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

There's A Wideness In God's Mercy UMH# 121

1 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

like the wideness of the sea;

there’s a kindness in God's justice,

which is more than liberty.

2 There is welcome for the sinner,

and more graces for the good!

There is mercy with the Savior;

there is healing in his blood.

3 For the love of God is broader

than the measure of our mind;

and the heart of the Eternal

is most wonderfully kind.

4 If our love were but more simple,

we should rest upon God's word;

and our lives would be illumined

by the presence of our Lord.

Frederick W. Faber (1854), Lizzie S. Tourjee (1877), Harm. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. 


Scripture James 4:1-8 (CEB)

4 What is the source of conflict among you? What is the source of your disputes? Don’t they come from your cravings that are at war in your own lives? 2 You long for something you don’t have, so you commit murder. You are jealous for something you can’t get, so you struggle and fight. You don’t have because you don’t ask. 

3 You ask and don’t have because you ask with evil intentions, to waste it on your own cravings.

4 You unfaithful people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world's friend becomes God's enemy. 5 Or do you suppose that scripture is meaningless? Doesn’t God long for our faithfulness in the life he has given to us? 6 But he gives us more grace. This is why it says, God stands against the proud, but favors the humble. 7 Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. 8 Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

Prayer: The Peace We So Desperately Crave

(Based on Psalm 1 and James 3:13-4:2)

Our Creator and sustainer, we confess that we are not always strong like the trees planted by the water’s edge. Sometimes we are weak and indecisive. When the first big wind comes, we lean and break. We plot revenge instead of letting you fight our battles. By our silence and busyness, we let wickedness and ugliness fester and flourish. Today Lord, forgive us when we covet and lie and when we get caught up in things that displease you. Heal us, direct our paths, and be for us the peace we so desperately crave. Amen.

Cynthia A. Bond Hopson, The Africana Worship Book for Year B (Discipleship Resources, 2007), 160.

Message: "Come Near to God"

Pastor Emily Denmark-McGee

"[We] come to understand God as one who consistently prefers non-violence over violence, equality over dominance, and justice over injustice. Taken together these stories make one of the most audacious claims in all of history: the living God doesn't uphold the status quo but repeatedly disrupts it and breaks it open so that something better can emerge and evolve."


Oceanview Worship: Jesus Rides The Subway

Verse 1

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

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Benediction Medley


Blessing from Romans 8

Rom. 8:38-39 - 

"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, 

nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, 

nor anything else in all creation, 

will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

Go in peace, seeking justice and mercy, allowing others to see Christ through you.