January 9, 2022

Pastor: David Range

January 9, 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.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 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 9, 2022

8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services           


*HYMN 152 I Sing the Almighty Power of God+

1 I sing the almighty power of God, that made the mountains rise, 
that spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies. 
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day; 
the moon shines full at God’s command, and all the stars obey. 

2 I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food; 
Who formed the creatures through the Word, 
and then pronounced them good. 
Lord, how thy wonders are displayed, where’re I turn my eye, 
if I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky. 

3 There's not a plant or flower below, that makes thy glories known, 
and clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from thy throne; 
while all that borrows life from thee is ever in thy care; 
and everywhere that we can be, thou, God, art present there. 

WORDS: Isaac Watts, 1715 MUSIC: Trad. English melody; arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906 



Love, Wonderful Love
Love wonderful love, the love of God to me.
Love wonderful love, so rich, so full, so free.
Wide, wide as the ocean deep, deep as the sea, 
High, high as the heavens above is His love to me.

Jesus Gave Her Water 
Jesus gave her water that was not from the well,
Jesus gave her water that was not from the well,
She went away singing,
And came back bringing,
Others to the water that was not from the well.

Make Me A Servant
Make me a servant, humble and meek, 
Lord, let me lift up those who are weak.
And may the prayer of my heart always be;
Make me a servant, make me a servant,
Make me a servant today.

Spirit of the Living God, Fall Afresh on Me
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.


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.  

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: Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. online with Marvia Aitken and friends. Please contact Marvia for the link at marviaaitken@hotmail.com  
Church Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Trustees meet at 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Voting for District 20, for the U.S. House of Representatives. 

WEDNESDAY: Bible Study online at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Pastor David at miramarpastor@gmail.com for the link.

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.
LOOKING AHEAD: SATURDAY January 22 at 8:30 a.m. United Methodist Women Prayer service. 
Thanks to all who have brought in their “end of year” gift envelopes! 
Please pick up your new offering envelope packets or join e-giving on miramarumc.org

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

Please stand for the gospel according to Luke 3:1-22


*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

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 Apportionments
Next Sunday our Mission Offering goes to BOLD Justice

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.

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

(please mailto:miramarpastor@gmail.com)

PRAYER HYMN 209 Blessed Be the God of Israel+ 

Blessed be the God of Israel, who comes to set us free;
who visits and redeems us, who grants us liberty.
The prophets spoke of mercy, of freedom and release;
God shall fulfill the promise to bring our people peace.

2 Now from the house of David a child of grace is given;
a Savior comes among us to raise us up to heaven.
Before him goes the herald, forerunner in the way,
the prophet of salvation, the harbinger of day.

3 On prisoners of darkness the sun begins to rise,
the dawning of forgiveness upon the sinner’s eyes,
to guide the feet of pilgrims along the paths of peace;
O bless our God and Savior with songs that never cease!

WORDS: Michael Perry, 1973 MUSIC: Hal H. Hopson, 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: Remembering baptism gets you started

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 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

+All music under ccli #24249