April 4, 2021 Easter

Pastor: David Range

Dear Friends, 

Join us online for the EASTER Celebration this Sunday, 4th April 
at 8.30 and/or 11:00 a.m.

Remember there are two ways you can watch our services. 
One is on youtube.com by typing in the search bar: Miramar 
UMC and then you should see the service live streamed. If you 
subscribe to our service through youtube.com you can set up 
reminders for the day before or 15 minutes before, whatever 
you like.
 
The other way to “gather” in virtual worship is through the 
Twitter service the same as we have been doing since March. 
We are thankful for our www.MiramarUMC.org website. Pass 
around the information so that others may join in worship by 
clicking on the Twitter bird icon on the home page. We will 
continue our 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services (except when we 
have a fifth Sunday of the month 10:00 a.m. service.)  If the 
service you are trying to watch on livestream is buffering try 
going to the other platform or wait a few minutes after the 
service finishes so that we can upload the recording of that 
service in place of the livestream edition.
 Please email your 
prayer requests for uplifting on Sundays by sending them
to 
miramarpastor@gmail.com. It is best if you send them 
by Saturday NOON if possible.
 
Remember Sunday School is at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom so children 
from both services can take part. You may contact Marvia 
Aitken at marviaaitken@hotmail.com for the link. Our prayer 
meeting is online on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and you may 
contact Marvia Aitken or Vinessa 
Edwards mamaness@bellsouth.net for the link.

This week, Monday through Thursday there will be someone in 
the church office from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day
. Please 
remember to enter from the south entrance near the Pastor’s 
office. No other doors will be open for church business. The pre 
school is open but you should still come in by the south 
entrance because the north entrance from the parking lot must 
be dedicated use for the little children of the pre school. 

Please let friends with pre school aged children know that they 
can enroll the children in our pre school.

WAYS to give:
1.  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. Thanks to all who have signed up for this. The 
regular tithes and offerings of the church are a great source of 
blessing.
2. 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 the services, someone will be in the church for one 
hour after the worship finishes as well as Mon-Thurs 1-5 pm. We 
trust God will keep us strong.
3.  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.

Pastor David will SOON be back in action! Thank you for your 
prayers and cards of well-wishes.

Looking forward to worshiping with you through the Holy Spirit. 
Grace and peace, Pastor David and Pastor CJ

……………….

Miramar United Methodist Church
EASTER Sunday
4th April 2021
 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services

CALL TO WORSHIP+

Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary 
Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had 
been rolled away from the entrance. (John 20.1) 
Christ is Risen! 
He is Risen Indeed!

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

OPENING PRAYER

PRAISE AND WORSHIP++

 Shine, Jesus, Shine

1 Lord, the light of Your love is shining, 
In the midst of the darkness shining;
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us,
Set us free by the truth You now bring us;
Shine on me. Shine on me.

Shine, Jesus shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory, 
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy; 
Send forth Your Word, Lord, and let there  be light.

2 Lord, I come to Your awesome presence, 
From the shadows into Your radiance; 
By the blood I may enter Your brightness;
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness; 
Shine on me, Shine on me.

Shine, Jesus shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory, 
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy; 
Send forth Your Word, Lord, and let there  be light.

3 As we gaze on Your kingly brightness, 
So our faces display Your likeness, 
Ever changing from glory to glory, 
Mirrored here, may our lives tell Your story;
Shine on me. Shine on me.

Shine, Jesus shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory, 
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy; 
Send forth Your Word, Lord, and let there  be light

The Joy of the Lord
The joy of the Lord is my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength

He heals the brokenhearted and they cry no more
He heals the brokenhearted and they cry no more
He heals the brokenhearted and they cry no more
The joy of the Lord is my strength

He gives me living water and I thirst no more
He gives me living water and I thirst no more 
He gives me living water and I thirst no more
The joy of the Lord is my strength

In Christ Alone
In Christ alone…I place my trust
I find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory let it be said of me
My source of strength, my source of hope
Is Christ alone

You Are My God
You are my God……you are my King
You are my Master…..my everything
You are my Lord…..that’s why I sing to you
Halle-lu….jah! halle-lu……jah!

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

TODAY: We’re so glad you’ve joined us for worship! For our 
meet & greet time please participate in a virtual “passing of the 
peace” by calling or texting or otherwise communicating with 
someone and sharing the love of God with them.
See introductory page for instructions to join in today’s
Sunday School  at 10:00 a.m.and 
Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Food distribution starts between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. 
on the Utopia Drive side of the church.

NEXT SUNDAY is the Second Sunday of EASTER—Hallelujah—
Easter is a lifetime, not just a day! Please continue to worship 
with us online at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. (See introductory page for 
instructions.)

AT ALL TIMESPastor David greets you from home, where he 
continues to recuperate from recent surgery. HE SHOULD BE 
BACK IN ACTION VERY SOON!  The leaders, who are committed 
and organized to respond to any pastoral needs, are the ones 
who can assist you. Please call the church office and leave a 
voice mail or write an email to the church and Sister Beth will 
direct your message. The church office is open and staffed 
Monday-Thursday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

THE WORD OF GOD: Mark 16.1-8+

Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary 
Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out 
and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body.  
Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the 
tomb.  On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll 
away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”  But as 
they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was 
very large, had already been rolled aside.
When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed 
in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were 
shocked,  but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are 
looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! 
He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. 
 Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going 
ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told 
you before he died.”
The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and 
they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened.

CHILDREN’S TIME

HYMN 322 Up From the Grave He Arose++

1 Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, 
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! 
    
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! 

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!

3 Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior; 
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! 
    
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!

WORDS: Robert Lowry, 1874 MUSIC: Robert Lowry, 1874

RECEPTION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
    Prayer of Dedication

Glorious God, we rejoice in Jesus’ victory over death! You 
raised him up to live forever. He left behind his linen wrappings-- 
the shroud, his grave clothes. Robed in white, Christ leads us 
from darkness to light. Help us to follow him, leaving behind the 
things of our past that obscure our horizons. 
We dedicate these offerings as tokens of the breaking dawn of 
Christ. May our gratitude shine forth by joyfully giving of our 
earthly goods. Amen.

One minute musical interlude while worshipers prepare their offering. Instructions for giving online, by check or text  are in the intro section before the Order of Service.   

   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.

PRAYER HYMN 314 In the Garden++

1 I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

2 He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

3 I'd stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; thru the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling. 

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

WORDS: C. Austin Miles, 1913 MUSIC: C. Austin Miles, 1913; adapt. By Charles H. Webb, 1987

PASTORAL PRAYER AND 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.

THE WORD OF GOD: John 19.41-42; 20.1, 11-16, 18

WITNESS: “Reversing Eden, Restoring Paradise”

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who 
earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one 
another.  

HYMN OF PREPARATION 308 Thine Be the Glory++

1 Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son;
Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

2 Lo! Jesus meets thee, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets thee, scatters fear and gloom.
Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing, 
For our Lord now liveth; death has lost its sting.

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

3 No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life!
Life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife.
Make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love;
Bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

WORDS: Edmond L. Budry, 1904; trans. by R. Birch Hoyle, 1923 MUSIC: Harmonia Sacra, ca. 1753; arr. from G. F. Handel, 1747

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF PARDON             

Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the 
power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to 
doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death….
Lord, bring new life where we are worn and tired; new love 
where we have turned hard-hearted; forgiveness where we 
feel hurt and where we have wounded; and the joy and 
freedom of your Holy Spirit where we are prisoners of ourselves.  
[Silence] 

To all and to each, on his community and on his friends, where 
regret is real, Jesus pronounces his pardon and grants us the 
right to begin again. Thanks be to God!
Amen.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
                    
You are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your 
Son, our Lord, whom you sent to save us. He came with healing 
in his touch and was wounded for our sins. He came with mercy 
in his voice and was mocked as one despised. He came with 
peace in his heart and met with violence and death.
By your power he broke free from the prison of the tomb, and 
at his command the gates of hell were opened. The one who 
was dead now lives. The one who humbled himself is raised to 
rule over all creation, the Lamb upon the throne. The one 
ascended on high is with us always, as he promised. 

And so, with your people on earth, and all the company of 
heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: 
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and 
earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he 
who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

By the love with which you drew near to your disciples as they 
went to Emmaus and talked together of your passion, 
draw near to us and join yourself to us and give us the 
knowledge of yourself.

By the mercy with which at first their eyes were closed, that 
they should not know you, 
be merciful to those that are slow of heart to believe.
By the compassion with which, amid the joy of your 
resurrection, you sought out those who were sad, 
console the fainthearted who have not yet learned to rejoice 
in you. 

By the patience with which you opened to them the 
Scriptures, 
open our understanding and insight.
By the fire with which you made their hearts burn within them as 
you talked with them by the way, 
inflame with devotion every heart that is not already burning 
with love for you  and consume with zeal those that you have 
kindled. 

By the blessing in which you made yourself known to the 
disciples in the breaking of the bread, 
may every act of yours be to us a revelation, opening our eyes 
in faith, making you more fully known to us. 

For we remember, that the very night in which he gave himself 
up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, 
gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat, this is my body 
which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks to 
you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; 
this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and 
for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink 
it, in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus 
Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, as a holy 
and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we 
proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Nourished at this table, O God, may we know Christ’s 
redemptive love and live a new life in him. Help us who 
recognize our Lord in the breaking of bread to see and serve 
him in all whose lives are broken. Give us who are fed at his 
hand grace to share our bread with the hungry and with the 
hungry of heart. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ 
comes in final victory, and we shall feast with all your saints in 
the joy of your eternal realm.

Through Christ, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, 
with the Holy Spirit in the holy church, now and forever. Amen. 

SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 310 He Lives++

1 I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today;
I know that He is living, whatever foes may say.
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
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.

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

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.

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

WORDS: Alfred H. Ackley, 1933 MUSIC: Alfred H. Ackley, 1933

BENEDICTION

May the loving power of God,
which raised Jesus to new life,
strengthen you in hope,
enrich you with his love,
and fill you with joy in the faith.
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!
….

+Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

++All music under ccli #242496.

 
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