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Margate Community Church (MCC) is an interdenominational, community oriented congregation, over 400 people strong and representing more than 11 different denominations.  We are united in God’s love through our shared commitment to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and our neighbors as ourselves.

An Ecumenical Family of Faith

Important Announcement 

  

IN-PERSON SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

Sundays at 10:00 am

RESRVATIONS REQUIRED

 

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Pastor Vicky will be available on

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Please be safe and practice social distancing.

 We will find a way to pray together. May God bless and protect you.

 

The Church Office remains open. If you have any immediate needs or know of anyone who has immediate needs, please call Pastor Vicky 908-338-7429 or the church office 609-822-5050.

A message from the Pastor ...

I was so fascinated by women hymn writers of the mid-1800s and early 1900s that I took an elective class on the subject when I was in seminary.  They’re a fascinating bunch!  Excluded from preaching in church, they still had a message to share—and hymns became their outlet.

Fanny Crosby, a blind poet, was probably the most prolific of them all—writing over 300—many of which are still familiar and often sung. 

There is an account of an incident one late afternoon when Fanny was visiting her friend and music collaborator William Doane in his home.  As the story goes, the sun was setting, and though Fanny could not see the changing light, she could certainly hear and feel the hush of twilight.  Their conversation turned to the nearness of God.  Crosby was so touched by their talk, she wrote the words of the hymn I printed below before she went to bed that night.  Doane added the music in the morning.

Fanny’s relationship to God was so very close.  She didn’t think of God as “somewhere out there.”  She knew that her precious Lord was constantly nearby and that God was her dear friend.  She cherished that relationship, and she nurtured it constantly.  In the one verse I printed, she wrote that she “communed as friend with friend” with God. 

During Lent each year, I always encourage my church family to use the time to get closer to the Lord—extra prayer time (which is just extra “talking” time!), extra time with God’s Word, extra time being God's hands in this world.  It’s a time for each of us to nurture our relationships so that we can be as close to God as we are to earthly friends.  If a mere human can be such a friend, how much greater would a friendship be with the Author of love, the Lord of all?

In James 4:8 we read, “And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you.”

May God bless all our Lenten journeys as we follow the path to a glorious Easter.

 

I Am Thine, O Lord  (words by Fanny Crosby)

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,

And it told Thy love to me;

But I long to rise in the arms of faith,

And be closer drawn to Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,

To the cross where Thou hast died;

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,

To Thy precious, bleeding side.

O, the pure delight of a single hour

That before Thy throne I spend,

When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God,

I commune as friend with friend!

~ Pastor Vicky

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