January 22, 2023

Pastor: David Range

January 22, 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
January 22, 2023 
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services

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


Hymn 698 God of the Ages

1 God of the ages, whose almighty hand
leads forth in beauty all the starry band
of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,
our grateful songs before thy throne arise.
2 Thy love divine hath led us in the past;
in this free land with thee our lot is cast;
be thou our ruler, guardian, guide, and stay,
thy Word our law, thy paths our chosen way.

3 From war's alarms, from deadly pestilence,
be thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
thy true religion in our hearts increase;
thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.
4 Refresh thy people on their toilsome way;
lead us from night to never-ending day;
fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
and glory, laud, and praise be ever thine.

WORDS: Daniel C. Roberts, 1876 MUSIC: George W. Warren, 1894



I’m Gonna Live
1. I’m gonna live so God can use me-anywhere Lord, any time 
I’m gonna live so God can use me-anywhere Lord, any time 

2. I’m gonna work so God can use me-anywhere Lord, any time 
I’m gonna work so God can use me-anywhere Lord, any time

3. I’m gonna pray so God can use me-anywhere Lord, anytime
I’m gonna pray so God can use me-anywhere Lord, anytime

4. I’m gonna sing so God can use me-anywhere Lord, anytime 
I’m gonna sing so God can use me-anywhere Lord, anytime

It is the Cry of My Heart
It is the cry of my heart to follow you     
It is the cry of my heart to be close to you
It is the cry of my heart to follow     
All of the days of my life

Teach me your holy ways O Lord    
So I can walk in your truth
Teach me your holy ways O Lord     
and make me wholly devoted to you
It is the cry of my heart to follow you     
It is the cry of my heart to be close to you
It is the cry of my heart to follow     
All of the days of my life

In His Time
In his time, in his time, he makes all things beautiful in his time
Lord please show me every day, as you’re teaching me your way
that you do just what you say, in your time.

In your time, in your time, you make all things beautiful, in your time
Lord, my life to you I bring, may each song I have to sing
be to you a lovely thing, in your time.

Think About His Love
Think about His love, think about His goodness,
Think about His grace that’s brought us through.
For as high as the heavens above, 
so great is the measure of our Father’s love.
Great is the measure of our Father’s love.


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: New Member Session after each service.

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

MONDAY: Admin/Church Council 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.

NEXT SUNDAY: Joint 10:00 a.m. Service for the fifth Sunday of the month, to be followed immediately by a meal for all to celebrate Funke Smith’s 70th birthday. All are invited to share in American/Caribbean/African food as Funke shares her joy about seven decades of life and witness to her Lord Jesus Christ. See flyer at the end of the bulletin.

Confirmation Classes for Full Membership for 2023

“Confirmation” (as it is called in short) is the process by which anyone in our church may confirm the promises made on his or her behalf at the time of infant baptism.  It is also a process engaged in by those who have not yet been baptized but who are of age to make a decision for themselves that they want to join the church as a full member. If a young person is felt to be spiritually and emotionally ready to make that commitment, he or she may join the class. The class is also for any age of adult who wants to look deeply at the faith with a view towards becoming a member or to have faith renewed. You may join with a “confession of faith” or a “reaffirmation of faith” or by “transfer.” Upon completion of the course there will be a Confirmation Service as part of our morning worship at both services. Please talk to Pastor David Range about joining

The plan is to have a series of classes leading up to a Sunday Confirmation service. We will be using a resource of the United Methodist Church called “Claim the Name” and below are the dates of the 10 classes
Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall:
January 28, February 11 and 25, March 11 and 25, break for Easter, April 22, May 6 and 20, June 3.

The Memorial Day Picnic Planning Committee is starting to make plans and will be meeting on January 30, February 28, April 11 and May 8. Please keep the picnic date of Monday, May 29 in your prayers.

TUESDAY January 31 meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Grace Alone Lutheran church in order to prepare for a visit to State Attorney Harold Pryor at 11:00 a.m. in his Ft. Lauderdale office to get his backing for more civil citations.

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 M.A.S.H., the Miramar Assisting Seniors In their Homes program.

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 gospel according to Matthew 4:12-23


*HYMN 404 Every Time I Feel the Spirit+ 

Every time I feel the Spirit..movin’ in my heart I will pray
Yes every time I feel the Spirit..movin’ in my heart I will pray.

1 Upon the mountain…my Lord spoke,
Out his mouth came, fire and smoke.
All around me…looks so shine
Ask my Lord if all was mine
Every time I feel the Spirit..movin’ in my heart I will pray
Yes every time I feel the Spirit..movin’ in my heart I will pray.

2. Jordan river runs right cold,
Chills the body, not the soul.
Ain’t but one train on this track,
Runs to heaven and right back.
Every time I feel the Spirit..movin’ in my heart I will pray
Yes every time I feel the Spirit..movin’ in my heart I will pray.  

WORDS: Afro-American spiritual MUSIC: Afro-American spiritual; adapt. and arr. by William Farley Smith, 1986

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 FLUMC Children’s Home

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 367 He Touched Me+

1. Shackled by a heavy burden, neath a load of guilt and shame,                                 
then the hand of Jesus touched me, and now I am no longer the same.   
He touched me, O he touched me, and O the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened, and now I know, he touched me and made me whole.

2. Since I met this blessed Savior, since he cleansed and made me whole,                     
I will never cease to praise him; I’ll shout it while eternity rolls.                       
He touched me, O he touched me, and O the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened, and now I know, he touched me and made me whole.

WORDS: William J. Gaither, 1963 MUSIC: William J. Gaither, 1963


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                    Turning towards the best               Pastor David Range

*HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 408 The Gift of Love+

1 Though I may speak with bravest fire, 
and have the gift to all inspire,
and have not love, my words are vain, 
as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

2 Though I may give all I possess,
and striving so my love profess,
but not be given by love within,
the profit soon turns strangely thin.

3 Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
By this we worship, and are freed. 

WORDS: Hal Hopson, 1972 MUSIC: Trad. English melody; adapt. by Hal Hopson, 1972

+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