January 6, 2008

 Miramar United Methodist Church
Pastor David Range
Order of Worship for Covenant Sunday
January 6, 2008-8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Services

As a courtesy to all, Please place cell phones and pagers to silent mode.
Please stand as you are able for items marked with asterisk*

Call to worship                                                                    

*Praise and Worship                                                                    (See Insert)


*Hymn 254                                                We Three Kings of Orient Are

                            Welcome and Recognition of Visitors                
Birthday and Anniversary Recognition, Registration of Attendance, Announcements,     *Sharing the Spirit
(Please be seated when the music starts.)
Scripture                             Mark 1:16-20
Children’s Time

*Hymn 733                                                                     Marching to Zion

Reception of Tithes and Offerings


Time of sharing joys & concerns                                        

Prayer Hymn 501                                 O Thou Who Camest from Above
(you are invited to come forward for prayer, dedication or rededication)

Pastoral prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Special Music                                                Donna Simms & Joan Tapper

Sermon                           “Not Sitting at All”              Pastor David Range

Hymn of Preparation 606                  Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine

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.

The congregation says:
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 348            Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling,  (verses 1-2 only)

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.
You are invited to come forward at the ushers direction and kneel at the communion rail to receive the elements.

*Hymn of Commitment 348            Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling  
                                                                                      (verses 3 and 4 only)

Benediction & Postlude (please join hands)

Today’s Mission offering is for the Good Samaritan Fund
Next Sunday’s is for Apportionments
Attendance last Sunday was 110
Attendance on New Year’s Eve was 95

This week:
Today: Bible Study with Pastor Garnes 10:00 a.m.
Tonight: Prayer Meeting 6:00 p.m.
Monday: Nurture and Worship Committee 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Tuesday: PPR Committee 7:30 pm
Wednesday: Bible Study on Acts 15 & 16
Thursday: Choir 7:30 pm
Friday: MYF
Saturday: Sunday School Teacher’s Meeting 4:30 p.m.
Next Sunday: Multicultural Sunday
Monday: January 14 Trustees Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Dates to remember for the future:
Trustees inviting church to Work Day for painting, etc. Saturday Jan. 26
Celebrate Jesus Broward Training Workshop Feb. 3, 2-5 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Service Feb. 6 at 7:30 pm
BOLD Justice Rally Feb. 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Nehemiah ACTION Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Day Picnic May 26
Celebrate Jesus Week of Mission June 21-28 with Block Party June 27

Finance report for Last Sunday
Envelopes and Loose Collection                                                 $1716.03   
Building Fund/Trustees                                                $    55.00
Roof Repair                                              $  127.00   
Mission                                                                                        $    92.00

Welcome to all visitors.  You are invited to stand during the service and introduce yourself, or to have someone else introduce you.  We want to give you one of our welcome packs and therefore encourage you to fill out the card and tear off the badge, write your name on it and wear it so that we can greet you as our guest during and after the service.
Please note that there is a wheelchair entrance from the back parking lot through the double doors. Also the church has a wheelchair located in the back of the sanctuary for anyone who wishes to assist a person coming to a meeting.  Rest rooms for the disabled are available in the Preschool wing.

Please take note that our multicultural Sunday is January  13, the same day we receive a mission offering envelope for Human  Relations, near to the time we observe Martin Luther King, Jr.'s  birthday.  You are encouraged to wear the dress of whatever country  you would like to represent! We will take a moment or two that Sunday  to highlight the diverse places our congregation comes from.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the Mission Wreath the final total raised for BOLD Justice was $1145.00

We are invited to the Prayer Gathering for the Celebrate Jesus Mission on our district. The next one will be held this Monday,
Jan. 7 at 7:30 pm in First UMC, Coral Springs.

Please keep in your prayers the former pastor here, the Rev. Denzil Southwood-Smith. He has been moved to Lifecare Center of Inverrary, 4300 Rock Island Rd, Room 252. Look for the building named “The Garden Plaza” and turn left.

For safety purposes, please, DO NOT allow children under the age of six to leave the sanctuary unsupervised.                              Board of Trustees

US Armed Forces: LCPL Jonathan Orejuela; Capt. Jeffry Moffit; Army--Lawanda Thomas (Iraq), Damien Frances (Iraq), Glendia Williams, Marvin Nells; Chad Chong (Iraq)

Mission Statement: “By our words and our lives, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow for Christ in person, church and community, reaching out to include all people to share God’s love and redemption.”

Pastor:  David Range,
Pre School Director:  Marleni Brant-Pomare
Music Director: Donna Simms,
Administrative Assistant:  Beth Davey
Custodian: Lloyd Murray,
Treasurer: Andrea Schroeder

Miramar United Methodist Church
2507 Utopia Drive,
Miramar, FL 33023
Phone 954-989-4711, Fax 954-989-4315
Email:  HYPERLINK "mailto:mirumeth@bellsouth.net" mirumeth@bellsouth.net ,
Website:  HYPERLINK "http://www.MiramarUMC.org" www.MiramarUMC.org


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