April 12, 2020 Easter Day

Hi Miramar United Methodist Church family and friends,

 

I am very proud of this church and all the ways I have experienced and heard about that we are “keeping together” in fellowship, service and giving even while staying at a social distance. Thank you for being the church of Jesus Christ for this difficult time. 

 

I pray that each of us will have a sense of encouragement and hope during the process of protecting each other from the virus while waiting for the time when we can safety re-unite for worship in our sanctuary. 

 

We will continue our worship services with just the few of us in leadership, but others have taken the opportunity of the south entrance door being open to bring by their offering envelope. If you can keep at a social distance you are welcome to come by between or after services on Sundays. 

 

As it appears we are going to have online services only for some time, I want you to know that we intend to follow our usual schedule of worship service times on Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. and at other special times as advertised.

 

Remember you can email your prayer requests to miramarpastor@gmail.com

 

Looking forward to worshiping with you through the Holy Spirit. 

Grace and peace, Pastor David

 

Miramar United Methodist Church

Order of Worship for Easter

April 12, 2020     8:30 and 11:00 am services

 

Call to worship 

Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!

We come to sing His praise, Alleluia!

Let us raise our voices high to the heavens, Alleluia!

Let our voices be heard across the earth, Alleluia!

So let us sing! Alleluia!

 

*Hymn 302 Christ the Lord is Risen Today       

1 Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! 

Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! 

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! 

Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

 

2 Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia! 

Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! 

Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! 

Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia! 

 

3 Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! 

Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! 

Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! 

Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia! 

 

4 Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! 

Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! 

Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia! 

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! 

 

5 Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! 

Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia! 

Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! 

Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia! 

 

6 King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia! 

Everlasting life is this, Alleluia! 

Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia! 

Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia! 

WORDS: Charles Wesley, 1739 MUSIC: Lyra Davidica, 1708. ccli #242496

 

Prayer

 

*Praise and Worship for 8:30 a.m. ccli #242496

I Will Enter His Gates

I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart

I will enter his courts with praise

I will say this is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice for he has made me glad

He has made me glad, He has made me glad

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

He has made me glad, He has made me glad

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

 

IN THE NAME OF JESUS (2X)

In the name of Jesus…in the name of Jesus

We have the victory

In the name of Jesus…in the name of Jesus

Satan will have to flee

Who can tell what God can do

Who can tell of His love for you

In the name of Jesus, Jesus 

We have the victory        

 

BLESS THE NAME OF JESUS

Bless the name of Jesus…

praise the name of Jesus

Sing unto the King of Israel.

Bless the name of Jesus

praise the name of Jesus

Sing unto the King of Israel.

And I sing glory….glory….

glory to His name forever

Glory….glory….

glory to His name.

 

The Longer I Serve Him

Since I started for the Kingdom

Since my life He controls

Since I gave my heart to Jesus

The longer I serve Him,

The sweeter He grows.

 

 

The longer I serve Him 

The sweeter He grows

The more that I love Him

More love He bestows

Each day is like heaven,

My heart overflows

The longer I serve Him

The sweeter He grows.

 

Every need He is supplying

Plenteous grace He bestows

Every day; my way gets brighter

The longer I serve Him

The sweeter He grows

 

The longer I serve Him

The sweeter He grows

The more that I love Him

More love He bestows

Each day is like heaven,

My heart overflows

The longer I serve Him

The sweeter He grows.

 

PRAISE & WORSHIP 11:00 a.m. ccli #242496

 

HALLE, HALLE, HALLE-LU-JA

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja …

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja!

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja 

Halle-lu-ja

I AM the Rock of Ages…cleft for me

I AM the “let me hide myself in thee”

I Am the Rock of Ages…cleft for me..Halle-lu-ja!!!

 

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja …

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja!

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja 

Halle-lu-ja

 

I AM the Bread of Life…feed on me

I AM the One True Vine…grow in me

I AM the Bread of Life…feed on me..Halle-lu-ja!!

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja …

                  

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja!

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja 

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja 

Halle-lu-ja

   

I AM the Resurrection…live in me

I AM the Way, the Truth…follow me

I AM the Resurrection…live in me..Halle-lu-Ja!!

 

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja …

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja!

Halle, halle, halle-lu-ja 

Halle-lu-ja

                      

SHOUT TO THE LORD

My Jesus..my Savior; Lord there is none like you.

All of my days…I want to praise

The wonders of Your mighty love.

My comfort..my shelter..tower of refuge and strength;

Let every breath, all that I am

Never cease to worship You.

 

Shout to the Lord all the earth, let us sing

Power and majesty..praise to the King

Mountains bow down and the seas will roar

At the sound of Your name.

I sing for joy at the work of Your hands.

Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand

Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.

                  

Lord, I Lift Your Name On High                         

Lord, I lift Your name on high, 

Lord I love to sing   Your praises. 

I’m so glad You’re in my life,

I’m so glad You came to save us.

You came from heaven to earth to show the way

From the earth to the cross my debt to pay, 

From the cross to the grave, 

From the grave to the sky, 

Lord I lift Your name on high!

      

HE IS LORD

He is Lord…..he is Lord;

He is risen from the dead and he is Lord.

Every knee shall bow

 Every  tongue confess

That Jesus Christ is Lord.

 

Welcome

For our meet and greet time please participate in a virtual “passing of the peace” by calling or texting or standing at your doorstep and saying “The Lord has risen, he has risen indeed!” Please share the spirit of resurrection, new life and hope wherever you go.

 

Please continue to worship with us online each Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. at www.MiramarUMC.org and click on the Twitter icon. Email your prayer concerns to miramarpastor@gmail.com

 

Please stand for the gospel according to Matthew 28:1-10

 

Children’s Time

 

*Hymn 322 Up From the Grave      

1 Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, 

waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! 

Refrain:

Up from the grave he arose; 

with a mighty triumph o'er his foes; 

he arose a victor from the dark domain, 

and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. 

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

 

2 Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior, 

vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! (Refrain)

 

3 Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior; 

he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! (Refrain)

WORDS: Robert Lowry, 1874. MUSIC: Robert Lowry, 1874. ccli #242496

 

Reception of Tithes and Offerings  

Online giving is available through our website www.MiramarUMC.org. On the home page the ‘Donate’ icon (a hand with a dollar sign above it) is located at the top left corner and on the right under “Contact Us” you will see the same icon along with “Donate Online”. Click on either location for instructions. If you need help call the church office at 954-989-4711 or call pastor, at 954-495-6104. Thanks to all who have signed up for this convenient way of giving.

 

You can also mail a check to Miramar United Methodist Church. If you have your offering envelopes you will see that the address of the church is printed for mailing purposes. You may also use a regular envelope and address it to: 

MUMC, 2507 Utopia Drive, Miramar FL 33023. 

Just put your check inside, mark which funds you would like to support, put a stamp on and let the United States Postal Service do the rest! Or bring it by after this service, we will be here for one hour after the worship finishes. We trust God will keep us strong.

 

Also, we have the option of giving by text! Use 833-931-1791 to GivePlusText and when you text any amount, by putting that number in the message, you will be prompted to register, then fill out the details of your name, address and means of payment, and the contribution will go in! If you enter an email address you will get an immediate receipt. It is easy! If you have an Apple phone you may also get Vanco’s GivePlusMobile by downloading the app from the App Store. You may also look up YouTube videos to show how all this is done.

 

Or you can drop by with your gift during the week, please call ahead if possible.

 

Prayer for God to bless our gifts.

 

One minute musical interlude while worshipers prepare their offering.

 

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, 

praise him all creatures here below, 

praise him above, ye heavenly hosts, 

praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

 

Time of sharing Joys & Concerns 

(please email miramarpastor@gmail.com or text 954-495-6104)

 

Prayer Hymn 308 Thine Be the Glory      

1 Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son:

endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won;

angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.

Refrain:

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;

endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won.

 

2 Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;

let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing,

for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting. (Refrain)

 

3 No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;

life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;

make us more than conqu'rors, thro' thy deathless love:

bring us safe thro' Jordan to thy home above. (Refrain)

Translator: Richard Birch Hoyle; Author: Edmond Budry (1904) Tune: JUDAS MACCABEUS ccli #242496

 

Pastoral prayer and Lord’s Prayer 

Prayer from World Vision:

We pray for people who are infected with COVID-19 or facing quarantine.

Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them. We remember the words of Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

 

We pray for people at higher risk of developing the disease. Dear Lord, we lift to You our concern for people who are more likely than others to become severely ill from COVID-19 — the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. Protect them from harm and be their comfort in this time of uncertainty and, for many, preventive isolation from loved ones. We remember the words of 1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 

We pray for medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers responsible for fighting the new coronavirus.

Loving God, as more people get sick, healthcare workers and first responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the new coronavirus themselves. Renew their energy and sustain them on long shifts. Bring Your protection upon them as they work with patients. Multiply their supplies so they have the protective items needed to stay safe on the job.

Inspire and invigorate the research doctors developing better tests to diagnose the virus, create vaccines to prevent it, and identify protocols to eliminate the disease’s spread. We remember the words of Psalm 23:4 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

We pray for leaders responsible for making decisions about the new coronavirus.

Father, we seek Your wisdom daily. Be with people making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world. We pray that they communicate clearly, truthfully, and calmly — with each other and with the public — and that their messages are received and heeded. May truth and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection. We remember the words of 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers …

 

We pray for families adjusting to new ways of life.

Holy Spirit, as families adjust to everyone being home as businesses and schools close, we ask that You guide people in their new realities. Give spouses grace for each other. Prompt worn-out parents to speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children. Help children find creative ways to experience the beauty of all You have created and continue learning. We remember the words of Psalm 57:1

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

 

We pray for business owners and families facing financial stress. Jesus, we thank You for Your faithfulness in how you have guided and equipped people in their jobs and have provided in the past. It can be scary and overwhelming not knowing how bills and obligations will be met or to not be able to provide for families. As people feel financial strain during the uncertainty, bring them comfort and peace, reminding them that You are there for them. Provide for them in their times of need. We remember the words of Jesus how he said in John 14: 27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 

We pray for grocery store workers and delivery drivers. Lord, we are so grateful for all the people who continue to work each day so that people are able to eat. We ask that You bless and protect them as they serve. Give them grace to handle disgruntled customers during supplies shortages. Keep their bodies healthy as they unload and stock boxes of supplies. Keep their cars and trucks running smoothly as they deliver needed supplies and food people have ordered online. And please protect them all from contracting the new coronavirus. We remember the words of Lamentations 3:22-23

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

 

We pray for the disease to stop spreading.

Almighty God, we know that everything is in Your sovereign control. We ask that You keep this new coronavirus from continuing to spread. Give government officials the ability to safely handle people arriving from other countries. Help people decide to stay home instead of traveling or going out needlessly. Holy Spirit, remind people to wash their hands properly. And while it may be heartbreaking, comfort families as they decide to keep their distance from elderly or other high-risk family members. We remember the words of Psalm 46:1-2

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea …

 

We lift our other concerns…

 

Let us share together The Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name;

Thy kingdom come;

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven:

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses, 

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, 

For ever and ever. Amen.

 

Sermon Shocking Discovery, Joyful Discovery

 

*Hymn 310 He Lives       

1 I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today

I know that He is living, whatever men may say

I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer

Refrain:

And just the time I need Him He's always near

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today

He walks with me and talks with me

Along life's narrow way

He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart

You ask me how I know He lives?

He lives within my heart

 

2 In all the world around me I see His loving care

And though my heart grows weary I never will despair

I know that He is leading, through all the stormy blast

The day of His appearing will come at last. (Refrain)

 

3 Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian Lift up your voice and sing

Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King

The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find

None other is so loving, so good and kind (Refrain)

WORDS: Alfred H. Ackley 1933. MUSIC: Alfred H. Ackley 1933. ccli #242496

 

Benediction (please lift hands toward heaven)

 
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