January 2, 2022

Pastor: David Range

January 2, 2022

We are back in the sanctuary and you are invited to join us!

The Twitter icon is back on the restored miramarumc.org website

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.comby 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 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 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 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 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. 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

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.

Celebrating 61 years!

January 2, 2022

8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services           

CALL TO WORSHIP     

*HYMN 553 And Are We Yet Alive+

And are we yet alive, and see each other's face? 
Glory and thanks to Jesus give for his almighty grace! 

2. Preserved by power divine to full salvation here, 
again in Jesus' praise we join, and in his sight appear. 

3. What troubles have we seen, what mighty conflicts past, 
fightings without, and fears within, since we assembled last! 

4. Yet out of all the Lord hath brought us by his love; 
and still he doth his help afford, and hides our life above. 

5. Then let us make our boast of his redeeming power, 
which saves us to the uttermost, till we can sin no more. 

6. Let us take up the cross till we the crown obtain, 
and gladly reckon all things loss so we may Jesus gain. 

WORDS: Charles Wesley, 1749 MUSIC: Johann G. Nageli; arr. by Lowell Mason, 1845

PRAYER

*PRAISE AND WORSHIP  

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

How Great Is Our God
How great is our God, how great is his name
He’s the greatest God, forever the same
He rolled back the water from the mighty red sea,
He said I need you, won’t you trust in me.

Let’s Just Praise The Lord
Let’s just praise the Lord, praise the Lord
Let’s just lift our hearts together
And praise the Lord
Let’s just praise the Lord, praise the Lord
Let’s just lift our hearts together
And praise the Lord

All Hail King Jesus
All hail, King Jesus…all hail, Emmanuel
King of kings, Lord of lords,                                
Bright Morning Star.
And through all eternity, I’ll sing Your praises
And I’ll reign with You throughout eternity.

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

We are glad you could join us in-person in the sanctuary or online. Please reach out to someone and greet them with the love of Christ. We ask that for greeting that you look into someone’s eyes, nod and say, “the peace of the Lord be with you” or some other greeting. Please keep touching to a minimum.  
 
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES 
 

Please continue to worship with us online or in person at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. except for the 5th Sunday of the month or special occasions when we have just one service at 10:00 a.m. 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!
 
TODAY 
please join in worship, in person or online, at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. We will celebrate the Wesley Covenant Service. 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. Church Prayer meetingat 7:30 p.m.
 
THURSDAY: Food distribution 
starts between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. You are invited to bring packing boxes for volunteers to put food in.

Bold Justice dates: 
Further research committees February 8, March 15.
Rally Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. 
Nehemiah Action Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. 
Justice Ministry Celebration Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.
 
For more information on the organization who helped us with delivering 600 meals on Thanksgiving, please look up Branches Florida.
 
Thanks to all who have brought in their “end of year” gift envelopes!
 

For the Sharing of the Spirit, remain seated and wave, nod and smile at your neighbor.

SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 31:31-34

CHILDREN’S TIME 

*HYMN 254 We Three Kings+ 

1 We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar, 
field and fountain, moor and mountain, 
following yonder star. 
O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, 
westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.
 

2 Born a King on Bethlehem's plain, gold I bring to crown him again, 
King forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign.
O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, 
westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light. 

3 Frankincense to offer have I; incense owns a Deity nigh; 
prayer and praising, voices raising, worshiping God on high.
O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, 
westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light. 

4 Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom; 
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone-cold tomb. 
O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, 
westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light. 

5 Glorious now behold him arise; King and God and sacrifice: 
Alleluia, Alleluia, sounds through the earth and skies.
O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, 
westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light. 

WORDS: John H. Hopkins, Jr., 1857 MUSIC: John H. Hopkins, Jr., 1857 

RECEPTION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS 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 intro section before the Order of Service.

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 mailto:miramarpastor@gmail.com)

PRAYER HYMN 453 More Love to Thee+ 

1 More love to Thee, O Christ, More love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee;
This is my earnest plea: more love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

2 Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best;
This all my prayer shall be: more love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

3 Let sorrow do its work, come grief and pain;
Sweet are thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: more love O Christ to thee;
More love to thee! more love to thee!

4 Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: more love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

WORDS: Elizabeth P. Prentiss, 1869; MUSIC: William H. Doane, 1870 

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: Time to make a new start

COVENANT SERVICE

Will the congregation please stand:
And now, beloved, let us bind ourselves with willing bonds to our covenant God, and take the yoke of Christ upon us.  
This taking of His yoke upon us means that we are heartily content that He appoint us our place and work, and that He alone be our reward.
Christ has many services to be done; some are easy, others are difficult; some bring honor, others bring reproach; some are suitable to our natural inclinations and temporal interests, other are contrary to both.  In some we may please Christ and please ourselves, in others we cannot please Christ except by denying ourselves.  Yet the power to do all these things is assuredly given us in Christ, who strengthens us.
Therefore let us make the Covenant of God our own.  Let us engage our heart to the Lord, and resolve in His strength never to go back.
Being thus prepared, let us now, in sincere dependence on His grace and trusting in His promises, yield ourselves anew to Him, bowing before Him in prayer:

O Lord God, Holy Father, who hast called us through Christ to be partakers in this gracious Covenant, we take upon ourselves with joy the yoke of obedience, and engage ourselves, for love of Thee, to seek and do Thy perfect will.  We are no longer our own, but Thine.

I am no longer my own, but Thine.  Put me to what Thou wilt; rank me with whom Thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for Thee or laid aside for Thee, exalted for Thee or brought low for Thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to Thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Thou art mine, and I am Thine.  So be it.  And the Covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.  Amen.

HYMN 606 Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine+

1 Come, let us use the grace divine, and all with one accord,                        
in a perpetual covenant join ourselves to Christ the Lord;             
give up ourselves, through Jesus’ power, his name to glorify; 
and promise, in this sacred hour, for God to live and die.

2. The covenant we this moment make be ever kept in mind;
we will no more our God forsake, or cast these words behind.               
We never will throw off the fear of God who hears our vow;
and if thou art well pleased to hear, come down and meet us now.

3. Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, let all our hearts receive,
present with thy celestial host the peaceful answer give;                   
to each covenant the blood apply which takes our sins away,
and register our names on high and keep us to that day!

WORDS: Charles Wesley, 1762 MUSIC: English melody; arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906

We now share in the Great Thanksgiving

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, 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.  In his baptism and in table fellowship he took his place with sinners.  Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people.  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.

All are welcome to share in the meal, if others are at home with you please serve each other.

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 127 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah+        

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land.  
I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand.  
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, 
feed me till I want no more; (want no more)
feed me till I want no more.

2. Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing stream doth flow; 
let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through.  
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer, 
be thou still my strength and shield; (strength and shield)
be thou still my strength and shield.

3. When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; 
death of death and hell's destruction, land me safe on Canaan's side.  
Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to thee; (give to thee)
I will ever give to thee.

WORDS: William Williams, 1745; trans. From the Welsh by Peter Williams and the author, 1771 MUSIC: John Hughes, 1907 

BENEDICTION 
+All music under ccli #24249

MISSION WREATH DEDICATIONS

TO THE GLORY OF GOD:

Claude, Grace and Tamara
Herb & Sandy Allenson        

IN HONOR OF:

Malia Pink’s 13th birthday by Audrey Bruce     
With love and in honor of our son Brian and his family by Doyle & Joanne Rutland   
Franklyn Smith by Ina McNeil  
Dorothy Grey-Roye and her son Andre on their birthday
    
IN MEMORY OF:

In memory of our son Michael by Doyle & Joanne Rutland    
In memory of my sister & brother-in-law Karen & Larry Dusold by Jeannie Grossman     
In loving memory of my parents, Tom & Shirlee Marsh by Jeannie Grossman      
In loving memory of our son, Michael by Doyle & Joanne Rutland            
In memory of Joyce & Sydney Minott and Raymond & Clara Campbell by Judith Minott  
In memory of and to my loving husband Dennis Francis who will always be in my heart 
by Karen Francis    
In loving memory of our parents by Neville & Thelma Clarke    
In memory of Grandma, John and Eva Abel by Roland & Phyllis Abel    
In memory of Patricia M. Samuel-Richardson, Quane J. Richards Olivieri and Jesse L. Richards, Jr. by Jessica Richards
In memory of deceased United Methodist Women by the Miramar UMW  
In memory of Christopher Samuels
                                                                                

 

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