December 13, 2020

Pastor: David Range

Miramar United Methodist Church
December 13, 2020
Third Sunday in Advent-THE CANDLE OF JOY
 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services

 

 

Call to Worship 

In God's presence there is fullness of joy to all who trust in God's holy Word. Today, the third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of JOY. We find joy in the presence of Christ. Our hearts rejoice because our Savior comes to receive us to himself.
(Light the pink candle.)
From Psalm 67 we hear: “May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world. May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you”. (Psalm 67:3-5)
 
*Hymn 246 Joy to the World ccli #242496
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 ccli #242496
 
Prayer
 
*Praise and Worship ccli #242496
 
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
 
Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
He is worthy to be praised and adored;
So we lift up holy hands in one accord,
Singing “Blessed be the name, 
blessed be the name, 
blessed be the name of the Lord”
 
I Love You Lord
I love You Lord, and I lift my voice
To worship You O my soul rejoice
Take  joy,  my King in what You hear
May it be a sweet,  sweet sound in Your ear
                    
We’ll Call Him Jesus
We’ll call him Jesus
The name the angels whispered
We’ll call him Jesus
Came from heaven to be our friend
We’ll call him Jesus, 
The sweetest name in all the world 
We’ll call him Jesus
He’ll save us from our sin
 
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.
 
Today: Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. contact Marvia Aitken for the link. The United Methodist Women will be having their Christmas Party as a Drive-Thru 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m. Contact Marvia Aitken or Vinessa Edwards. See introductory page.
 
You are invited to join in the Wednesday Bible Study on GoToMeeting from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Write to miramarpastor@gmail.com to get the link to participate.
 
Food distribution on Thursday between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on the Utopia Drive side of the church
 
Please continue to worship with us online each Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. at www.MiramarUMC.organd click on the Twitter icon or on youtube.com by putting Miramar UMC in the search bar.
 
Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve service, 7:30 p.m. Please remember there is a special offering envelope for Christmas in your packet, or you can note a special Christmas gift in your e-giving.
 
Thursday, December 31 Watch Night service, 11:00 p.m.
 
Please pick up your 2021 Offering Envelopes this month so that

 we do not need to mail them out. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving. We are trying to be a church alive and thriving in the midst of covid restrictions!
 
Please stop by for The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide for January and February and a visit if you would like.
 
You may also pick up the Mission Wreath order form when you stop by. It is also included at the end of the bulletin. If you are able, you may print it, fill it out and drop it off by the church.
 
In addition, envelopes are available to make a contribution to the Staff Christmas gift for our music director, secretary and the custodian.
 
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-11
 
Please stand for the gospel according to John 1:1-9
 
Children’s Time
 
*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 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 David. Thanks to all who have signed up for this. The regular tithes and offerings of the church are a great source of blessing.
 
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. 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.
 
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 221 In the Bleak Midwinter
1 In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
 
2 Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
 
3 Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.
 
4 What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.
WORDS: Christina G. Rossetti, 1872; MUSIC: Gustav Holst, 1906 ccli # 242496
 

Pastoral prayer and 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: Looking Good For Advent
 
*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 ccli # 242496
 
Benediction (please raise hands toward heavens)
 
Go, Tell it on the Mountain 
Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

 

MISSION WREATH 
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Proceeds from our Mission Wreath this year will go to pay our dues to BOLD Justice, Broward Organized Leaders Doing Justice. We are addressing solutions to mental illness and starting to work for a more fair criminal justice system. Let us light up the mission wreath for the greater good of all in Broward County! 

 
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