December 12, 2021

Pastor: David range

We are back in the sanctuary and you are invited to join us!

The Twitter icon is back on the restored miramarumc.org website
We are sorry the YouTube video of the carol singing last Sunday night did not come across, but you can watch it now on Twitter.

We give God thanks for this opportunity to worship together in-person in our sanctuary as well as online. Please wear your mask and greet each with a wave, an elbow or fist bump. Please maintain social distance and sit at either end or the middle of the pew. In the pews we ask you to sit, in every other pew, spaced out as best you can. Seats are also available in the foyer and the fellowship hall if needed. Both have been set up with screens for the PowerPoint presentation and live video stream from the pulpit. We will continue to live stream the services on Twitter and YouTube for those who would like to continue to participate from home.

The offering will be received in the baskets at the three entry points of the sanctuary. No bulletins will be handed out, everything you need will be on the screens. No need to call or email ahead for a place to worship, you are invited to the sanctuary any time for in-person worship. Come as you are!

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 available by going to 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 you lose the service for a few seconds do not worry it will probably come back, but if it is longer than a few seconds you might try clicking the refresh button in your browser window.

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.

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, and you may make an appointment to see the pastor at these or other times. Please remember to enter from the south entrance near the Pastor’s office. No other doors will be open for church business. The preschool is open but you should still come in by the south entrance because the north entrance from the parking lot must be dedicated for the little children of the preschool. Please let friends with preschool aged children know that they can enroll the children in our preschool.

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 and your offering can be mailed in this envelope when you apply a stamp. 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 Sunday 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.

Thank you for your prayers! Grace and peace, Pastor David

Miramar United Methodist Church
in the heart of Miramar, a place for gathering, healing, and sending out friends, helping to create a sense of family to find new life in Christ
Part of the United Methodist family where we make disciples for the
Transformation of the world.

Celebrating 61 years!

December 12, 2021

Third Sunday in Advent

            8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services                 

CALL TO WORSHIP          

HYMN 246 Joy to the World+                 

1 Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

2 Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3 No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as the curse is found.

4 He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders, wonders of his love.

WORDS: Isaac Watts, 1719 MUSIC: Arr. from G. F. Handel, 1741, by Lowell Mason, 1848 

PRAISE AND WORSHIP+

The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy
1 The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
the Virgin Mary had a baby boy
the Virgin Mary had a baby boy
and they said that his name was Jesus

He come from the glory                          
He come from the glorious kingdom       
He come from the glory                          
He come from the glorious kingdom      
Oh yes, believer!  Oh yes, believer!        
He come from the glory                          
He come from the glorious kingdom

2 The angels sang when the baby was born
The angels sang when the baby was born
The angels sang when the baby was born
And they said that his name was Jesus

He come from the glory                              
He come from the glorious kingdom          
He come from the glory                              
He come from the glorious kingdom          
Oh yes, believer!  Oh yes, believer!             
He come from the glory                              
He come from the glorious kingdom

3 The shepherds came when the baby was born
The shepherds came when the baby was born
The shepherds came when the baby was born
And they said that his name was Jesus

He come from the glory                              
He come from the glorious kingdom          
He come from the glory                              
He come from the glorious kingdom          
Oh yes, believer!  Oh yes, believer!             
He come from the glory                              
He come from the glorious kingdom

4 The wise men saw where the baby born        
The wise men saw where the baby born  
The wise men saw where the baby born 
and they said that his name was Jesus

He come from the glory                            
He come from the glorious kingdom        
He come from the glory                            
He come from the glorious kingdom         
Oh yes, believer!  Oh yes, believer!          
He come from the glory                            
He come from the glorious kingdom

He Is Jehovah
1 He is Jehovah…God of creation
He is Jehovah…Lord God almighty
The balm of Gilead…the Rock of Ages
He is Jehovah the God that healeth thee

Sing hallelujah….sing hallelujah
Sing hallelujah….sing hallelujah
He is Jehovah…Lord God almighty
He is Jehovah the God that healeth thee

2 He is the great I Am
The God of Abraham, Jehovah Shalom
The God of peace, the everlasting one
He is Jehovah, the God that healeth thee

Sing hallelujah….sing hallelujah
Sing hallelujah….sing hallelujah
He is Jehovah…Lord God almighty
He is Jehovah the God that healeth thee

3 He’s your provider…Jehovah Jireh
God of salvation….God of Messiah
The son he sent to you..he testified of Him
He is Jehovah, the God that healeth thee

Sing hallelujah….sing hallelujah
Sing hallelujah….sing hallelujah
He is Jehovah…Lord God almighty
He is Jehovah the God that healeth thee

I Love That Man from Galilee
I love that man from Galilee
For He has done so very much for me
He has taken all my sins, placed the Holy Ghost within,
I love that man, that man from Galilee.

God Is So Good
1. God is so good, God is so good
God is so good, He’s so good to me.

2. He saved my soul, He saved my soul,                    
He saved my soul, and He made me whole!

3. I praise His name, I praise His name,                  
I praise His name, He’s so good to me!

Through It All
Through it all, through it all
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus
I’ve learned to trust in Him
Through it all, through it all
I’ve learned to depend upon His word.

Emmanuel
Emmanuel, Emmanuel,
His name is called Emmanuel,
God with us, revealed in us, 
His name is called Emmanuel.

WORDS: Bob McGee, 1976 MUSIC: Bob McGee, 1976

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

We are glad you could join us in-person in the sanctuary or online. Please reach out to someone and greet them with the love of Christ. We ask that for greeting that you look into someone’s eyes, nod and say, “the peace of the Lord be with you” or some other greeting. Please keep touching to a minimum.  

Birthdays and Anniversaries 

Please continue to worship with us online or in person at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. except for the 5th Sunday of the month or special occasions when we have just one service at 10:00 a.m. No need to call or email ahead for a place to worship. You are invited to the sanctuary any time for in-person worship. Come as you are!

TODAY: Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. online with Marvia Aitken and friends. Please contact Marvia for the link at mailto:marviaaitken@hotmail.com 

TODAY: United Methodist Women Christmas Party in the Fellowship Hall 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Church Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Administrative Council meet at 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

THURSDAY: Food distribution starts between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. You are invited to bring packing boxes for volunteers to put food in.

NEXT SUNDAY please join in worship, in person or online, at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. 

FRIDAY December 24 Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY December 31 Watch Night service at 11:00 p.m. 

Bold Justice dates: 
Further research committees February 8, March 15.
Rally Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Nehemiah Action Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., Justice Ministry Celebration Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the organization who helped us with delivering 600 meals on Thanksgiving, please look up BranchesFL.org.

The Mission Wreath order form is available at the end of the bulletin. Contributions this year go to BOLD Justice.  

Please make a contribution to the Staff Christmas Gift Fund for our music director, secretary and the custodian. Envelopes are available on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Or you can simply add it in your offering envelope and write how much you are giving to the staff.

For the Sharing of the Spirit, remain seated and wave, nod and smile at your neighbor.  

SCRIPTURE: Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:2-9

CHILDREN’S TIME

HYMN 227 The Friendly Beasts+

1 Jesus, our brother, strong and good,
was humbly born in a stable rude,
and the friendly beasts around him stood,
Jesus, our brother, strong and good,

2. "I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
"I carried his mother uphill and down,
I carried his mother to Bethlehem town"
"I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

3 "I," said the cow, all white and red,
"I gave him my manger for his bed,
I gave him hay to pillow his head;
I," said the cow, all white and red.

4 "I," said the sheep with curly horn
"I gave him my wool for his blanket warm,
He wore my coat on Christmas morn;
I," said the sheep with curly horn.

5 "I," said the dove, from the rafters high,
"I cooed him to sleep so he would not cry,
we cooed him to sleep, my mate and I;
I," said the dove, from rafters high.

6 Thus, all the beasts, by some good spell,
in the stable dark were glad to tell
of the gifts they gave Emmanuel,
the gifts they gave Emmanuel 

WORDS: 12th cent. French carol; trans. anon. MUSIC: Medieval French melody; harm. by Carlton R. Young, 1987

RECEPTION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS                              
Please place your offering in the baskets at the 3 doors leading into the sanctuary on your way in or out.

The Mission Offering today is for Apportionments  
Next Sunday our Mission Offering goes to Women in Distress

Prayer of Dedication                                                                                                                                                      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.  

TIME OF SHARING JOYS & CONCERNS                            

PRAYER HYMN 245 The First Noel+

1 The first Noel the angel did say 
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; 
in fields where they lay keeping their sheep, 
on a cold winter's night that was so deep. 
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, 
born is the King of Israel. 

2 They looked up and saw a star 
shining in the east, beyond them far; 
and to the earth it gave great light, 
and so it continued both day and night
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, 
born is the King of Israel. 

3 And by the light of that same star 
three Wise Men came from country far; 
to seek for a king was their intent, 
and to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, 
born is the King of Israel. 

4 This star drew nigh to the northwest, 
o'er Bethlehem it took its rest; 
and there it did both stop and stay, 
right over the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, 
born is the King of Israel. 

5 Then entered in those Wise Men three, 
full reverently upon the knee, 
and offered there, in his presence, 
their gold and myrrh and frankincense
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, 
born is the King of Israel.

WORDS: Trad. English carol MUSIC: Trad. English carol; harm. from Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871        

PASTORAL PRAYER                                                              
Followed by 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

HYMN 204 Emmanuel+

Emmanuel, Emmanuel,
His name is called Emmanuel,
God with us, revealed in us, 
His name is called Emmanuel.

WORDS: Bob McGee, 1976 MUSIC: Bob McGee, 1976

SERMON: Sing for Joy

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 238 Angels We Have Heard On High

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

2 Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

3 Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

4 See him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, 
While our hearts in love we raise.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

WORDS: Trad. French carol; trans. Crown of Jesus, 1862, alt. MUSIC: French carol; arr. by Edward Shippen Barnes, 1937; harm. by Austin C. Lovelace, 1964 

BENEDICTION

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