February 26, 2023

Pastor: David Range

February 26, 2023

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.

Order of Worship
February 26, 2023 
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services

Please see the end of the bulletin for some additional important information


Hymn 363 And Can It Be?

1 And can it be that I should gain 
An interest in the Savior's blood!
Died He for me? who caused His pain!
For me? who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

2 'Tis mystery all! Th'Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more. 
'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more. 

3 He left His Father's throne above,
(So free, so infinite His grace!),
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race.
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me. 
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me. 

4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee. 
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

5 No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th'eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own. 
Bold I approach th'eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

WORDS: Charles Wesley, 1739 MUSIC: Thomas Campbell, 1835



I Am So Glad That Jesus Loves Me
I am so glad that my Father in Heaven
Tells of His love in the Book He has given;
Wonderful things in the Bible I see,
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.
I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me.
I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves even me.

Oh, if there's only one song I can sing,
When in His beauty I see the great King,
This shall my song through eternity be,
Oh, what a wonder that Jesus loves me!
I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me.
I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves even me.

Isn’t He Wonderful
Isn’t he wonderful, wonderful, wonderful
Isn’t Jesus my Lord wonderful
Eyes have seen…ears have heard
It’s recorded in God’s Word
Isn’t Jesus my Lord wonderful

Open Our Eyes Lord
Open our eyes Lord, we want to see Jesus
To reach out and touch Him, and say that we love Him
Open our ears Lord, and help us to listen
Open our eyes Lord, we want to see Jesus

I Am The God That Healeth Thee
I am the God that healeth thee, I am the Lord, your healer.
I sent My Word and healed your disease, I am the Lord your healer.

You are the God that healeth me, you are the Lord my healer.
You sent your word and healed my disease, You are the Lord my healer.


Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy birthday to you, Jesus loves you it’s true, 
May the Lord bless and keep you, 
Happy birthday to you.

Happy Anniversary to you, happy Anniversary to you
Happy Anniversary dear friends, happy Anniversary to you

TODAY: Church Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Choir 7:00 p.m.

TUESDAY: Farm Share truck needs unloading at 10:30 a.m.

TUESDAY: Memorial Day Picnic committee 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Fast breaking service in the sanctuary at noon, come for a short meditation service of a half hour, complete with communion service.

WEDNESDAY: Bible study 7:00 p.m. online

THURSDAY: Food Distribution starts at 8:00 a.m.

THURSDAY: Choir 7:00 p.m. 

SATURDAY: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the Southeast District Training event will be held at Christ Church United Methodist, 4845 NE 25th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 33308. The Theme: Eliminating Racism Through Change: Being the Body of Christ. As the most diverse district in the conference, the South East District joins the Florida Conference on a journey toward becoming fully anti-racist. Our faithful future depends on eliminating racism in all its forms and creating a sense of belonging as we work together to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. This event will help us to learn, listen, heal and act as faithful leaders in our churches and communities. All clergy, local church committee and ministry leaders, anti-racism task force members, and all those seeking to nurture and grow the beloved community are encouraged to attend. Coffee, registration, and fellowship begins at 8:00 a.m. with the worship service starting at 8:30. At 10:15 we have breakout sessions followed by lunch. At 12:50 there will be prayer and anointing and 1:00 p.m. will be the close.  Please see Pastor David, or Beth in the church office, if you would like the link to register online.

Also on SATURDAY the Youth Group is going to the District Youth Rally at the same location, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Let Deb Gavilan, Yolanda Pollard or Phyllis Abel know that you want to go!

NEXT SUNDAY: Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Second Sunday in Lent, a service of Holy Communion. If you are participating online please prepare the elements to share at the same time we do so in the sanctuary.

NEXT SUNDAY: United Methodist Men meet at 12:30 p.m.

BOLD Justice dates for your calendars: 
Rally Tuesday March 7 at 7:30 p.m. 
Nehemiah Action Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. 
Celebration Tuesday May 23 at 7:30 p.m.

March 9 to 12 the Emmanuel Apostolic Church at 6114 SW 35 Court, Miramar 33023 is inviting us to their 30th anniversary services, 7:30 nightly except on Saturday when they will have a prayer service 9:00-11:00 a.m. The theme is “The Mission is Still Possible” Acts 1:8

April 1 and 2 Allison Feurtado is getting group rate tickets for the 10th anniversary of Rhythms of Africa at the Miramar Cultural Center. Tickets will be $30 to $35. Please see Allison or call her cell 954 483 3792 

Summer Camp July 3 to 8 is available for those going into 4th grade to 12th grade. Pastor David can drive the bus but parents and their youth need to register online at  https://wwumccc.org/programs/classic-camps/
and talk to Pastor David about the three tiers of pricing for the camp this year.

For Sharing of the Spirit, please wave at the YouTube camera and say, “the peace of the Lord be with you,” and then wave at your neighbor in the sanctuary and say, “and also with you”.

Please stand for the responsive reading 766 (Psalm 32)

Blessed are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed are those whom the Lord does not hold guilty, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
When I did not declare my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’, then you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let those who are godly offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
You are a hiding-place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you encompass me with deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like an unruly horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle.
Many are the pangs of the wicked; but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous;
Shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;  
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.                       
Amen. Amen.

Please remain standing for the gospel according to Matthew 4: 1-11


*HYMN 269 Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days+ 

1 Lord, who throughout these forty days for us didst fast and pray,
Teach us with thee to mourn our sins, and close by thee to stay.

2 As thou with Satan didst contend, and didst the victory win,
O give us strength in thee to fight, in thee to conquer sin.

3 As thou didst hunger bear, and thirst, so teach us, gracious Lord,
To die to self, and chiefly live by thy most holy word.

4 And through these days of penitence, and through thy passion-tide,
Yea, evermore, in life and death, Jesus, with us abide.

5 Abide with us, that so, this life of suffering over past,
An Easter of unending joy we may attain at last!

WORDS: Claudia F. Hernaman, 1873 MUSIC: USA Folk melody; arr. by Annabel Morris Buchanan, 1938; harm. by Charles H. Webb, 1988

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 Good Samaritan Fund

Prayer of Dedication

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

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

Sunday School children go out to their classes 

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, 
red or yellow, black or white, they are precious in his sight, 
Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

(please email miramarpastor@gmail.com)

PRAYER HYMN 377 It is Well with My Soul+

1 When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well, (it is well) with my soul, (with my soul,)
it is well, it is well with my soul.

2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control,
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and hath shed his own blood for my soul. 
It is well, (it is well) with my soul, (with my soul,)
it is well, it is well with my soul.

3 My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! 
It is well, (it is well) with my soul, (with my soul,)
it is well, it is well with my soul.

4 And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
even so, it is well with my soul. 
It is well, (it is well) with my soul, (with my soul,)
it is well, it is well with my soul.

WORDS: Horatio G. Spafford, 1873 MUSIC: Philip P. Bliss 1876


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          Living with transparency, accountability, and integrity        Pastor David Range

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 468 Dear Jesus, in Whose Life I See+

1. Dear Jesus, in whose life I see 
all that I would, but fail to be, 
let thy clear light forever shine, 
to shame and guide this life of mine. 

2. Though what I dream and what I do 
in my weak days are always two, 
help me, oppressed by things undone, 
O thou whose deeds and dreams were one!

WORDS: John Hunter, 1889 MUSIC: Katholisches Gesangbuch, 1774; adapt. from Metrical Psalter, 1855

+All music under ccli #24249


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 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 church 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 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 D