February 5, 2023

Pastor: David Range

February 5, 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 5, 2023 
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services

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


Hymn 139 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!                               
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!                             
All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near;
join me in glad adoration! 

2. Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigning
bears thee on eagle’s wings, e’er in his keeping maintaining.                         
God’s care enfolds all, whose true good he upholds.
Hast thou not known his sustaining?

3. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.                         
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
who with his love doth befriend thee.
4. Praise to the Lord, who doth nourish thy life and restore thee,
fitting thee well for the tasks that are ever before thee.                                 
Then to thy need God as a mother doth speed,
spreading the wings of grace o’er thee. 

5. Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him! 
Let the amen sound from his people again; gladly forever adore him.

WORDS: Joachim Neander, 1680; sts. 1, 3, 5 trans. by Catherine Winkworth, 1863 st. 2 by S. Paul Schilling, 1986; st. 4 by Rupert E. Davies, 1983 (Ps. 103:1-6; 150)



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.

Awesome God
Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power and love, Our God is an awesome God

Open the Eyes of my Heart Lord
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you, I want to see you
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you, I want to see you

To see you high and lifted up, shining in the light of your glory
Pour out your power and love, as we sing holy, holy, holy
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you, I want to see you.

For God So Loved The World
For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son,
To die on Calv’ry’s tree, from sin to set me free,
Some day He’s coming back, what a glory that will be!
Wonderful His love to me.

There’s Something About That Name
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…there’s just something about that name.
Master, Savior, Jesus…like the fragrance after the rain.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…let all heaven and earth proclaim:
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,
But there’s something about that name.


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: Holy Communion. If you are joining online, you are invited to prepare the elements for communion: bread, juice, wine, water, whatever it takes to be reminded of the Last Supper and our regular times of sharing communion.

TODAY: United Methodist Men meet at 12:30 p.m.

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

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

THURSDAY: NO Food Distribution this week.

THURSDAY: Choir 7:00 p.m.

FRIDAY: The movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will be shown in Shirley Branca Park from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Bring your blanket and chairs.

SATURDAY: Confirmation class continues 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

NEXT SUNDAY: Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. United Women in Faith drive thru Soup/Valentine’s Bake Sale.

TUESDAY, February 21 there will be a Pre-Ash Wednesday Gospel Spectacular in the Miramar Cultural Center, from 6 to 10 p.m. These events and more can be found on the City of Miramar web page. Please take part as you are able.

NEXT SUNDAY: Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. 

Funeral Arrangement for Dulchie Yates, who passed away January 26: 
Visitation Friday, February 24 at Fred Hunter’s Funeral home, 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Viewing in our church, Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral at 11:00 a.m. Burial, and then Repast in our fellowship hall.

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.

Please note the following information for the upcoming election on March 14, 2023: Mail in ballots will not be issued unless you sign up to receive one. 
If you are in Broward county go to http://www.browardvotes.gov/and click on the “vote by mail” tab near the top. Or call 954-357-8683.

In Palm Beach county go to http://www.pbcelections.org/and click on the “voters" tab at the top, then "ways to vote" or call 561-656-6200.

In Miami-Dade go to www.miamidade.gov/ or call 305-499-8444.

Please see the end of the bulletin for information about the Adult Day Care programs that are available to residents of the city of Miramar.

On January 31 a group of about 30 representatives from Bold Justice, including Pastor David Range, Roland Abel, and our team member Grace Lee, attended a meeting with Broward’s State Attorney Harold Pryor. Mr. Pryor agreed to coordinate a meeting between himself, members of BOLD Justice, the Broward County Sheriff Tony Gregory, and the civil citation office so that a plan for issuing civil citations may be developed and implemented more often and in more jurisdictions. We feel that this was good progress but that we have not yet fully achieved all the goals we have set to reduce unnecessary arrests for non-violent misdemeanors, especially driving offenses. We are thankful for the strong support of Bold Justice from this congregation and for the chance we have to witness and be a part of the change that so many people are calling for.

After the meeting we held a press conference which was covered by three local stations. To watch the broadcasts please click on the links below, note that Local 10 is offered in English and Spanish: CBS News.  Local 10 NewsLocal 10 News (Spanish)

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”.

SCRIPTURE: First Corinthians 1:18-25

Please stand for the gospel according to Matthew 5:13-16


Welcoming New Members

Brothers and Sisters in Christ; through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ’s holy church.  We are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit.  All this is God’s gift, offered to us without price. Through the reaffirmation of our faith and by transfer, we renew the covenant declared at our baptism, acknowledge what God is doing for us, and affirm our commitment to Christ’s holy church.

We celebrate those who have answered the call of God to become members of this local church. 

These persons before you have come forward to declare they are followers of Jesus Christ and to reaffirm their faith and witness to God’s grace. They are ready to take on the responsibilities of full membership.   We ask them to respond to these questions as a testimony to their faith, and I ask you, members of the congregation, to pledge to help them in this task. 

The questions for those becoming full members today:

On behalf of the whole Church, I ask you: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?  I do.

Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?  
I do.
Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?  I do.

I ask you, as members of Christ’s universal church, will you be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church, and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries and as members of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness? I will.

Now of the congregation I ask:

Do you, as Christ’s body, the Church, reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ?  We do.

Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include these persons now before you in your care?  With God’s help we will.

Friends, you stand before us today having affirmed your faith in Christ.  We pray the Holy Spirit will continue to work within you, that having been born through water and the Spirit, you may live as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Members of the household of faith, I commend these persons to your love and care. Do all in your power to increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them in love. 

We give thanks for all that God has already given you and we welcome you in Christian love. As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of the Miramar United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. 

The God of all grace, who has called us to eternal glory in Christ, establish you and strengthen you by the power of the Holy Spirit, that you may live in grace and peace. Amen

The Right Hand of Fellowship. You may greet the new members with applause.

*HYMN 585 This Little Light of Mine+ 

This little light of mine, I’m goin’-a let it shine  
This little light of mine, I’m goin’-a let it shine  
This little light of mine, I’m goin’-a let it shine  
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

2. Everywhere I go, I’m goin’-a let it shine  
Everywhere I go, I’m goin’-a let it shine  
Everywhere I go I’m goin’-a let it shine  
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

3. All through the night, I’m goin’-a let it shine
All through the night, I’m goin’-a let it shine
All through the night, I’m goin’-a let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

WORDS: Afro-American spiritual MUSIC: Afro-American spiritual; adapt. by William Farl 1987

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 Good Samaritan Fund
Next Sunday our Mission Offering goes to Apportionments

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 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 de Clairvaux, 12th cent.; trans. by Edward Caswall, 1849 MUSIC: John B. Dykes, 1866


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.

Do You Know My Jesus                      Donna Simms & Hu Fulford

SERMON                    “Ask Me Who I Know”                 Pastor David Range

HYMN OF PREPARATION 299 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross+

1 When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

3 See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

WORDS: Isaac Watts, 1707 MUSIC: Anon.; arr. by Edward Miller, 1790

The Great Thanksgiving for Epiphany

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.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or you had formed the earth,
from everlasting to everlasting, you alone are God.
You created light out of darkness and brought forth life on the 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.
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,
in whom you have revealed yourself, our light and our salvation.
You sent a star to guide wise men to where the Christ was born; 
and in your signs and witnesses, in every age and through all the world,
you have led your people from far places to his light.

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, 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 God, now and for ever.


Hymns to be sung while Communion is being served.

Hymn 378 Amazing Grace
1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost,
but now am found; was blind, but now I see.

2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved; how precious did
that grace appear the hour I first believed.

Hymn 357 Just As I Am
1. Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

5. Just as I am, thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

The Spirit Song  
Oh let the Son of God enfold you with His spirit and His love,                       
Let Him fill your heart and satisfy your soul;                                                       
O let Him have the things that hold you, and His Spirit like a dove 
Will descend upon your life and make you whole.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs 
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs

O come and sing this song with gladness as your hearts are filled with joy. 
Lift your hands in sweet surrender to His name.  
O give Him all your tears and sadness; give Him all your years of pain,           
and you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs 
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs

Hymn 354 I Surrender All
1.All to Jesus I surrender; all to him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live.
I surrender all, I surrender all, all to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

3. All to Jesus I surrender; make me, Savior, wholly thine;
let me feel the Holy Spirit, truly know that thou art mine.
I surrender all, I surrender all, all to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

Something Beautiful         
Something beautiful, something good, all my confusion, He understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
but He made something beautiful of my life.

Something beautiful, something good, all my confusion, He understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
but He made something beautiful of my life.

Hymn 189 Fairest Lord Jesus
1 Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature, O thou of God and man the Son,                                                   
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

4 Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations! Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration, now and forevermore be thine.

Hymn 117 O God, Our Help In Ages Past
1. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, 
our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of thy throne, still may we dwell secure; 
sufficient is Thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

Hymn 528 Nearer My God to Thee
1 Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me,                                               
still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to thee;                  
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

2 Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,                      
darkness be over me, my rest a stone;                                                       
yet in my dreams I'd be, nearer, my God, to thee;               
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

Hymn 529 How Firm a Foundation
1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

3. “When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

Hymn 145 Morning Has Broken
1. Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning,
praise for them springing fresh from the Word.

3. Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day.

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 569 We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations+

We've a story to tell to the nations, 
that shall turn their hearts to the right, 
a story of truth and mercy, 
a story of peace and light, a story of peace and light. 

For the darkness shall turn to dawning, 
and the dawning to noonday bright; 
and Christ's great kingdom shall come on earth, 
the kingdom of love and light.

We've a song to be sung to the nations, 
that shall lift their hearts to the Lord, 
a song that shall conquer evil 
and shatter the spear and sword,
and shatter the spear and sword.  

For the darkness shall turn to dawning, 
and the dawning to noonday bright; 
and Christ's great kingdom shall come on earth, 
the kingdom of love and light.

3. We've a message to give to the nations, 
that the Lord who reigneth above 
hath sent us his Son to save us, 
and show us that God is love, 
and show us that God is love. 

For the darkness shall turn to dawning, 
and the dawning to noonday bright; 
and Christ's great kingdom shall come on earth, 
the kingdom of love and light.

4. We've a Savior to show to the nations, 
who the path of sorrow hath trod, 
that all of the world's great peoples 
might come to the truth of God, 
might come to the truth of God. 

For the darkness shall turn to dawning, 
and the dawning to noonday bright; 
and Christ's great kingdom shall come on earth, 
the kingdom of love and light.

WORDS: H. Ernest Nichol, 1896 MUSIC: H. Ernest Nichol, 1896

+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 David