August 2, 2020

Pastor: David Range

Miramar United Methodist Church
Order of Worship
August 2, 2020 8:30 and 11:00 am services

Call to Worship

*Hymn 110 A Mighty Fortress is our God                             
1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2 Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.

3 And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4 That Word above all earthly powers
no thanks to them abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever! 
WORDS: Martin Luther, ca. 1529; trans. by Frederick H. Hedge, 1853 MUSIC: Martin Luther, ca. 1529; harm. from The New Hymnal for American Youth, 1930  #242496

Prayer

*Praise and Worship ccli #242496

I’m Gonna Live So………..
I’m gonna live so God can use me
anywhere Lord……..anytime
I’m gonna live so God can use me
anywhere Lord……..anytime

I’m gonna work so God can use me
anywhere Lord…….anytime
I’m gonna work so God can use me
anywhere Lord…….anytime

Im gonna pray so God can use me
anywhere Lord……anytime
I’m gonna pray so God can use me
anywhere Lord……anytime

As The Deer   (1x)
As the deer panteth for the water 
so my soul longeth after you
You alone are my heart’s desire and I
long to worship you
You alone are my strength, my shield
You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire and I 
long to worship you

You’re my friend and you are my 
brother even though you are a king
I love you more than any other, 
so much more than anything

You alone are my strength, 
my shield
You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire 
and I long to worship you

I want you more than gold or silver 
only you can sat-is-fy
You alone are the real joy giver and the 
apple of my eye
You alone are my strength, my shield
You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire 
and I long to worship you

Change My Heart, O God
Change my heart, O God..make it ever true
Change my heart, O God..may I be like you
You are the potter….I am the clay
mold me and make  me…this is what I pray
Change my heart, O God..make it ever true
Change my heart, O God..may i be like you

Welcome
For our meet and 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.

Please have ready the communion elements, bread and wine/juice/water, for the part of the service when we share in this sacred meal together.

You are invited to join in the Wednesday Bible Study now on GoToMeeting from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Write to miramarpastor@gmail.com to get the links to participate.

We plan to host another food distribution on Thursday at about 9:00 a.m.

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.

Please stop by for The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide and a visit if you would like.

Scripture: Isaiah 55: 1-13

Please stand for the gospel according to Matthew 14:13-21

Children’s Time

*Hymn 147 All Things Bright and Beautiful  
All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.

1 Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
God made their glowing colors,
And made their tiny wings.

All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.

2 The purple-headed mountain,
the river running by,
the sunset, and the morning
that brightens up the sky. 

All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.

3 The cold wind in the winter,
the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden,
God made them, every one.

All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.

4 God gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty,
who has made all things well. 

All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.

WORDS: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1848 MUSIC: 17th cent. English melody; arr. by Martin Shaw, 1915 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 signed up for this last week and earlier.

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 you would like to come at a time not listed in the introduction. Consider tithing on the stimulus check when you get it.

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)

Prayer Hymn 175 Jesus the Very Thought of Thee     
1 Jesus, the very thought of thee 
with sweetness fills the breast; 
but sweeter far thy face to see, 
and in thy presence rest.

2 O hope of every contrite heart, 
O joy of all the meek, 
to those who fall, how kind thou art! 
How good to those who seek!

3 But what to those who find? Ah, this 
nor tongue nor pen can show; 
the love of Jesus, what it is, 
none but his loved ones know.

4 Jesus, our only joy be thou, 
as thou our prize wilt be; 
Jesus, be thou our glory now, 
and through eternity.
WORDS: Attr. To Bernard of Clairvaux, 12th cent.; trans. By Edward Caswall, 1849 MUSIC: John B. Dykes, 1866 ccli #242496

Pastoral prayer and Lord’s Prayer                         

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   Seeing the God who is near, with new eyes.

*Hymn of preparation 358 Dear Lord and Father of Mankind    
1 Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard
beside the Syrian sea
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.

3 O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

4 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

5 Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!
WORDS: John Greenleaf Whittier, 1872 MUSIC:Frederick C. Maker, 1887

Holy Communion

Today our Great Thanksgiving comes from “A Eucharistic Prayer for the Global Pandemic” by Rev. Lane Cotton Winn and Rev. Juan Huertas 
We are experiencing Holy Communion in as we remain apart. Though physically separated from one another, we are still bound together as family through our baptism.
As members of the household of God we now join together virtually, yet still present to one another as we gather from across the miles.
This presence is marked by our shared praises and prayers, our shared hearing and affirming of God’s word, and now our shared eating.
And now, as we share in the Great Thanksgiving, you should respond with the words in bold type.

The peace and presence of the Lord be with us. So we lift up our hearts.
“We lift them up to God!”

Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God, because it is the right thing to do, not only now, but always - day after day after day.
“Day after day after day.”

We thank you, creator God, that you made us in your image, and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away, our love failing, and our bodies diseased, you reached out to us again and again, providing healing, wholeness, and new life.
When the flood came, You provided an ark. When the plagues came You provided safety. When evening came, You provided a pillar of fire. When exile came, You provided a new song. Day after day after day, Your love remained steadfast.
“Day after day after day.”

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!
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord! God of power and might!

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.
Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the Highest!
Hosanna in the Highest!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God. Blessed is your Son who came to preach the good news to the poor, release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, He is the one who freed the oppressed, and announced that the time had come when you would save your people.
He healed the sick.
“He healed the sick.”

He is healing the sick now.
“He is healing the sick now.”

He will heal the sick, day after day after day.
“Day after day after day.”

On the 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.”
Let us be a community of healers and hope givers, as together we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Let them be for us the body and blood of Christ, so that we may be for the world the body of Christ, made whole by his witness, passion and life. In this season of social distancing, may you remind us that we are never spiritually distant from You.
We belong to your body.
“We belong to your body.”

May the Spirit use us to heal and reconcile in Jesus name,
We will heal and reconcile in Jesus name.”

And now Holy Spirit make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.
Amen!

This bread reminds us that any life, no matter how broken, or sick, or distorted it may become, can be made whole again.
The cup reminds us that any life, no matter how empty, or lonely, or isolated it may become, can be filled again.
These are the gifts of God, for the family of God.
Thanks be to God.

I invite you to prayerfully partake in Holy Communion by whatever means you have, if you are with others you may like to serve each other the elements of communion. Please stay safe.

Prayer After Receiving
Day after day after day you give yourself to us: in two or three gathered in your name, in connection across the miles, and in bread and wine.
As we go from this gathering around your table, may we feel restored to your body, companioned by your people, and sustained by the power of your Spirit as we witness to your healing and reconciling work. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

*Hymn of sending forth 129 Give to the Winds Thy Fears
1. Give to the winds thy fears,
hope and be undismayed;
God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears;
God shall lift up thy head.

2. Through waves and clouds and storms,
God gently clears thy way;
wait thou God’s time, so shall this night
soon end in joyous day.

3. Leave to God’s sovereign sway
to choose and to command.
so shalt thou, wondering, own that way,
how wise, how strong this hand!

4 Let us in life, in death, 
Thy steadfast truth declare,
and publish with our latest breath
Thy love and guardian care.
WORDS: Paul Gerhardt, 1653; trans. By John Wesley, 1739 MUSIC: William H. Walter, 1894ccli #242496

Benediction (please raise hands toward heaven)

 
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