January 8, 2023

Pastor: David Range

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

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


Hymn 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



Rejoice In The Lord Always
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.
Rejoice, rejoice…and again I say rejoice              
Rejoice, rejoice…and again I say rejoice.                    

Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
He is worthy to be praised and adored;
So we lift up holy hands in one accord,
Singing “Blessed be the name, blessed be the name, 
blessed be the name of the Lord”

In the Name Of Jesus
In the Name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, we have the victory.
In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, demons will have to flee.
Who can tell what God can do? Who can tell of His love for you?
In the name of Jesus, Jesus, we have the victory.

Great And Mighty
Great and mighty is the Lord our God, Great and mighty is He
Great and mighty is the Lord our God, Great and mighty is He
Lift up your banner let the anthem ring praises to our King.
Great and mighty is the Lord our God, Great and mighty is He

We Have Come Into His House
We have come into His house, and gathered in His name to worship Him
We have come into His house, and gathered in His name to worship Him
We have come into His house, and gathered in His name
to worship Christ the Lord, worship Him, Christ the Lord

So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Him
So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Him
So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him
and worship Christ the Lord, worship Him, Christ the Lord

Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His name and worship Him
Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His name and worship him
Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His name
and worship Christ the Lord, worship Him, Christ the Lord.


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: Church Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m. 

MONDAY: Trustees 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: BOLD Justice Issue Committee meetings 7:00 p.m.

THURSDAY: NO Food Distribution this week.

THURSDAY: Choir 7:00 p.m.

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

FRIDAY January 20 Children’s Club 7-8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY January 21 Women’s Prayer breakfast, 8:30-10:30. Everyone is welcome! Youth Group at 4:00 p.m.

SUNDAY January 22 Services at 8:30 and 11:00, New Member Session after each service.

MONDAY January 23 Admin/Church Council at 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY January 29 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.

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.

Please see the end of the bulletin for information about the E.M.A.P., the Emergency Miramar Assistance Program.

Your 2023 envelope packets are available on the back table. If you do not see your packet, please speak to the pastor.

The Church Council has made it optional to wear a mask in the sanctuary for worship. Please follow your conscience as you are led.

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: Ephesians 1:1-14


*HYMN 221 In the Bleak Midwinter+ 

1 In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

2 Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

3 Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.

4 What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

WORDS: Christina G. Rossetti, 1872  MUSIC: Gustav Holst, 1906

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 BOLD Justice

As we draw near to the close of the year, please remember in your end of the year giving the church in your contributions so that we can not only pay all our bills and increase our mission but also so that we can reduce the time it will take to pay off our mortgage by contributing to the “mortgage principal reduction.” Thank you for your faithfulness.

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 252 When Jesus Came to Jordan+

1 When Jesus came to Jordan to be baptized by John,
He did not come for pardon, but as the sinless one.
He came to share repentance with all who mourn their sins,
To speak the vital sentence with which good news begins.

2 He came to share temptation, our utmost woe and loss,
For us and our salvation to die upon the cross.
So when the dove descended on him, the Son of Man,
The hidden years had ended, the age of grace began.

3 Come, Holy Spirit, aid us to keep the vows we make;
This very day invade us, and every bondage break.
Come, give our lives direction, the gift we covet most:
To share the resurrection that leads to Pentecost.

WORDS: Fred Pratt Green, 1973; trans. MUSIC: Attr. to William Walker, 1835; harm. by Carlton R. Young, 1988 


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                    Destined for Greatness                    Pastor David Range

*HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 179 Sing a Song of Bethlehem+

1 O sing a song of Bethlehem, of shepherds watching there,
And of the news that came to them from angels in the air:
The light that shone on Bethlehem fills all the world today;
Of Jesus' birth and peace on earth the angels sing alway.

2 O sing a song of Nazareth, of sunny days of joy;
O sing of fragrant flowers' breath, and of the sinless Boy.
For now the flowers of Nazareth in every heart may grow;
Now spreads the fame of his dear name on all the winds that blow.

3 O sing a song of Galilee, of lake and woods and hill,
Of him who walked upon the sea and bade the waves be still.
For though like waves on Galilee, dark seas of trouble roll,
When faith has heard the Master's word, falls peace upon the soul.

4 O sing a song of Calvary, its glory and dismay,
Of him who hung upon the tree, and took our sins away.
For he who died on Calvary is risen from the grave,
And Christ, our Lord, by heaven adored, is mighty now to save.

WORDS: Louis F. Benson, 1889 MUSIC: English melody; arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906

+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


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