December 6, 2020

Pastor: David Range

Dear friends,
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. I am told that if you subscribe to our service through youtube.com that you can set up reminders for the day before or 15 minutes before, whatever you like. 

We will, of course, keep 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 10:00 a.m. service.)  Please email your prayer requests for uplifting on Sunday by sending them to miramarpastor@gmail.comIt is best if you send them by 8 p.m. Saturday night 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 or Pastor David at miramarpastor@gmail.com. Also, every other Sunday we will have Youth Group on GoToMeeting.com. Please contact Pastor David at miramarpastor@gmail.comfor the link. Our Prayer meeting is online on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and you may contact Marvia Aitken or Vinessa Edwards for the link. 

Thanks to those who have signed on to e-giving. Special blessings on you  who have dropped by for a short visit, keeping social distance, or to drop off your gift in person or to pick up the Upper Room daily devotional guide. This week, Monday through Thursday there will be someone in the church or pastor’s office from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day, and other times by appointment. 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 has reopened but you should still come in by the south entrance because the north entrance from the parking lot has been sanitized and must be kept clean 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.

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

 

Miramar United Methodist Church
December 6, 2020

Second Sunday in Advent, The Candle of Peace
 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services

 

Call to Worship 

The peace that Jesus brings is beyond understanding. It rights the wrongs and calms our fears. Today, the second Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of PEACE, looking for the coming of Christ to bring everlasting peace to our world.
(Light the second candle.)
In Psalm 29 King David urges:  "Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. …The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace. " (Psalm 29:2,11)

*Hymn 203 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed ccli #242496
1 Hail to the Lord's Anointed, 
great David's greater Son!  
Hail in the time appointed, 
his reign on earth begun!  
He comes to break oppression, 
to set the captive free; 
to take away transgression, 
and rule in equity.

2 He comes with succor speedy 
to those who suffer wrong; 
to help the poor and needy, 
and bid the weak be strong; 
to give them songs for sighing, 
their darkness turn to light, 
whose souls, condemned and dying, 
are precious in his sight. 

3 He shall come down like showers 
upon the fruitful earth; 
love, joy, and hope, like flowers, 
spring in his path to birth. 
Before him on the mountains, 
shall peace, the herald, go, 
and righteousness, in fountains, 
from hill to valley flow.

4 To him shall prayer unceasing 
and daily vows ascend; 
his kingdom still increasing, 
a kingdom without end. 
The tide of time shall never 
his covenant remove; 
his name shall stand forever; 
that name to us is love.
WORDS: James Montgomery, 1821 MUSIC: Gesangbuch Der H. W. k. Hofkapelle, 1784, alt; adapt. and harm. by W. H. Monk, 1868 ccli #242496

Prayer

*Praise and Worship ccli #242496

This Is The Day
This is the day……….this is the day
That the Lord has made…that the Lord has made
We will rejoice….we will rejoice
And be glad in it…..and be glad in it
This is the day that the Lord has made
We will rejoice and be glad in it
This is the day……this is the day
That the Lord has made

Great And Mighty
Great & Mighty is the Lord our God
Great and Mighty is He
Great & Mighty is the Lord our God
Great and Mighty is He
Lift up your banner, let the anthems ring 
praises to our King
Great and mighty is the Lord our God, 
great and mighty is He

I’ve Got Peace Like A River
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul
   
I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul
I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul
   
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul

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

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: Please prepare the communion elements, bread, juice/wine/water and join in the service after the sermon. Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. Contact Marvia Aitken for the link. Youth Group at 4:00 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.org and click on the Twitter icon or on youtube.com by putting Miramar UMC in the search bar. 

Saturday, December 12 there will be a Sunday School Drive-thru for all children to receive a Christmas gift. Come to the parking lot between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. to share in the Spirit of Christmas.

Sunday, December 13 the United Methodist Women will be having their Christmas Party as a Drive-Thru 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve service, 7:30 p.m.

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.

Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11

Please stand for the gospel according to Mark 1:1-8

Children’s Time 

*Hymn 213 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
1 Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates; 
behold, the King of glory waits; 
the King of kings is drawing near; 
the Savior of the world is here!

2 Fling wide the portals of your heart; 
make it a temple, set apart 
from earthly use for heaven's employ, 
adorned with prayer and love and joy.

3 Redeemer, come, with us abide; 
our hearts to thee we open wide; 
let us thy inner presence feel; 
thy grace and love in us reveal.

4 Thy Holy Spirit lead us on 
until our glorious goal is won; 
eternal praise, eternal fame 
be offered, Savior, to thy name!
WORDS: Georg Weissel, 1642; trans. By Catherine Winkworth, 1855 MUSIC: Psalmodia Evangelica, 1789 #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 197 Ye Who Claim 
(Tune of Angels From the Realms of Glory)
1 Ye who claim the faith of Jesus
Sing the wonders that were done
When the love of God the Father
Over our sins the victory won,
When he made the Virgin Mary
Mother of his only Son.

2 Blessed were the chosen people
Out of whom the Lord did come;
Blessed was the land of promise
Fashioned for his earthly home;
But more blessed far the mother,
She who bore him in her womb.

3 Therefore let all faithful people
Sing the honor of her name;
Let the Church, in her foreshadowed,
Part in her thanksgiving claim;
What Christ's mother sang in gladness
Let Christ's people sing the same:

4 "Magnify, my soul, God's greatness;
In my Savior I rejoice;
All the ages call me blessed,
In his praise I lift my voice;
He has cast down all the mighty,
And the lowly are his choice.”
WORDS: Sts. 1-3 Vincent Stucky Stratton Coles; st. 4 F. Bland Tucker, 1982; MUSIC: David Hurd 1983 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: Getting Ready to Find Peace

Hymn of preparation 626 Let All Mortal Flesh
1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence, 
and with fear and trembling stand; 
ponder nothing earthly-minded, 
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth, 
our full homage to demand. 

2 King of kings, yet born of Mary, 
as of old on earth he stood, 
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
in the body and the blood; 
he will give to all the faithful 
his own self for heavenly food. 

3 Rank on rank the host of heaven 
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day, 
that the powers of hell may vanish 
as the darkness clears away. 

4 At his feet the six-winged seraph, 
cherubim, with sleepless eye, 
veil their faces to the presence, 
as with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia, 
Alleluia, Lord Most High!
WORDS: Liturgy of St. James, 4th cent; trans. by Gerard Moultrie, 1864 MUSIC: French carol melody; harm. from The English Hymnal, 1906, alt.

Holy Communion: The Great Thanksgiving For Advent 

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.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast. 
You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God, and spoke to us through your prophets, who looked for that day when justice shall roll down like waters
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,
when nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.

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.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ,
whom you sent in the fullness of time to be a light to the nations.
You scatter the proud in the imagination of their hearts
and have mercy on those who fear you from generation to generation. 
You put down the mighty from their thrones and exalt those of low degree. You fill the hungry with good things, and the rich you send empty away. Your own Son came among us as a servant, 
to be Emmanuel, your presence with us. 
He humbled himself in obedience to your will and freely accepted death on a cross. 
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

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.”

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.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and for ever. Amen

*Hymn of sending forth 179 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
O sing a song of Bethlehem, 
of shepherds watching there, 
and of the news that came to them 
from angels in the air.  
The light that shone on Bethlehem 
fills all the world today; 
of Jesus' birth and peace on earth 
the angels sing alway.

2 O sing a song of Nazareth, 
of sunny days of joy; 
O sing of fragrant flowers' breath, 
and of the sinless Boy.  
For now the flowers of Nazareth 
in every heart may grow; 
now spreads the fame of his dear name 
on all the winds that blow.

3 O sing a song of Galilee, 
of lake and woods and hill, 
of him who walked upon the sea 
and bade the waves be still. 
For though like waves on Galilee, 
dark seas of trouble roll, 
when faith has heard the Master's word, 
falls peace upon the soul.

4 O sing a song of Calvary, 
its glory and dismay, 
of him who hung upon the tree, 
and took our sins away.  
For he who died on Calvary 
is risen from the grave, 
and Christ, our Lord, by heaven adored, 
is mighty now to save.
WORDS: Louis F. Benson, 1889 MUSIC: English melody;  arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906  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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