January 3, 2021

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.com

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 

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.

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
Order of Worship
January 3, 2021
    8:30 and 11:00 am services

Call to Worship 

*Hymn 254 We Three Kings ccli #242496
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 ccli #242496

Prayer

*Praise and Worship ccli #242496

We are Marching in the Light of the Lord
We are marching in the light of  the Lord, 
we are marching in the light of  the Lord.
We are marching in the light of  the Lord, 
we are marching in the light of  the Lord.
We are marching, marching,  we are marching,  Oh, 
we are marching in the light of the Lord                    
We are marching, marching,  we are marching,  Oh, 
we are marching in the light of the Lord                    

We are singing in the light of the Lord, 
we are singing in the light of the Lord.
We are singing in the light of the Lord, 
we are singing in the light of the Lord.
We are singing, singing, we are singing, Oh, 
we are singing in the light of the Lord
We are singing, singing, we are singing, Oh, 
we are singing in the light of the Lord  

I Sing Praises
I sing praises to your name, O Lord
praises to your name, O Lord,
For your name is great                                 
and greatly to be praised.     
I give glory to your name, O Lord
glory to your name, O Lord.   
for your name is great 
and greatly to be praised.    
for your name is great 
and greatly to be praised.                  

Into My Heart
Into my heart….into my heart
Come into my heart Lord Jesus
Come in today….come in to stay
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus

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 you are invited to prepare the communion elements and share in this spiritual feast later in the service with bread, wine, juice or water.

Today: Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. contact Marvia Aitken for the link, 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. 

Please stop by for The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide for January and February and a visit if you would like.

Thanks to all who have brought in their “end of year” gift envelopes!

Please stand for the gospel according to John 1:1-18

Children’s Time 

*Hymn 242 Love Came Down at Christmas 
1 Love came down at Christmas 
Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
star and angels gave the sign.

2 Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, Love divine;
worship we our Jesus,
but wherewith for sacred sign?

3 Love shall be our token;
love be yours and love be mine;
love to God and all men,
love for plea and gift and sign.
WORDS: Christina G. Rossetti, 1885 MUSIC: Trad. Irish melody; harm. by David Evans, 1927; alt. ccli # 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 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 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: 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 530 Are Ye Able        
1 "Are ye able," said the Master, 
"to be crucified with me?" 
"Yea," the sturdy dreamers answered, 
"to the death we follow thee." 

Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. 
Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. 
Thy guiding radiance above us shall be 
a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty. 

2. Are ye able to remember, 
when a thief lifts up his eyes, 
that his pardoned soul is worthy 
of a place in paradise? 

Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. 
Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. 
Thy guiding radiance above us shall be 
a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty. 

3. Are ye able when the shadows 
close around you with the sod, 
to believe that spirit triumphs, 
to commend your soul to God? 

Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. 
Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. 
Thy guiding radiance above us shall be 
a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty. 

4. Are ye able? Still the Master 
whispers down eternity, 
and heroic spirits answer, 
now as then in Galilee.  

Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. 
Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. 
Thy guiding radiance above us shall be 
a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty. 

WORDS: Earl Marlatt, 1926 MUSIC: Henry S. Mason, 1924

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 ccli # 242496

Benediction (please raise hands toward heavens)

 Mission Wreath Dedications           
 

GIVEN IN MEMORY OF:

Grandma Hyacinth Robinson
By Lorna and Louise
    
All the UMW members who have passed
By the Garnes Family

Jean Garnes by the Garnes Family

My Parents Tom & Shirlee Marsh and
My sister Karen & her husband Larry Dusold
By Jeannie Grossman
        
My Mom, Dad, Sisters, brother and Nephew
By Veta Service

Our son, Michael by Doyle & Joanne Rutland

Pamela McFarlane by Lorna McKenzie

Aunt Jean and Aunt Joan and their struggles
With mental illness by Marcia & Braxton Bright

My Mother, Maud Dillon by Mazie Fraser

Aunt Mazar, Aunt Monica & Aunt Joyce from 
Your niece Jennifer
Jean by the Garnes Family

In memory of United Methodist Women who have passed

Grandma Hyacinth by the Abel Family

My sisters Mazel Robinson and Meurita Smith by
Ina McNeil

GIVEN IN HONOR OF:
              
Our son Bryan and his family by 
Doyle & Joanne Rutland

My brother, Thomas Marsh and his family
By Jeannie Grossman

My son Andre, Danyel and my granddaughter Brooklyn
By Dorothy Grey Roye.  May God continue to bless them always

 TO THE GLORY OF GOD:
                  
By  Herb and Sandy Allenson
                                     
By Grace  Hamilton

Many blessings on Phillip Jackson’s 30th birthday from                                 
Mom Barbara
               

 
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