July 5, 2020

Pastor: David Range

Miramar United Methodist Church
Order of Worship
July 5, 2020 8:30 and 11:00 am services

Call to worship

*Hymn 103 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise        
1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

3 To all, life thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.

4 Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light;
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render; O help us to see
'tis only the splendor of light hideth thee!
WORDS: Walter Chalmers Smith, 1867  MUSIC: Welsh melody from Canada y Cyssegr, 1839; adapt. by John Roberts ccli #242496


*Praise and Worship ccli #242496

I Keep Falling In Love With Him  
I keep falling in love with Him
over and over and over and over again
I keep falling in love with Him
over and over and over and over again
He gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by
oh what a love between my Lord and I
I keep falling in love with Him
over and over and over and over again

We Bow Down
You are Lord of creation and Lord of my life
Lord of the land and the sea
You were Lord of the heavens before there was time  

And Lord of all lords You will be.
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
We bow down and we worship You, Lord     
Lord of all lords You will be.

Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya
Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya
Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone's crying Lord, kumbaya
Someone's crying Lord, kumbaya
Someone's crying Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone's praying Lord, kumbaya
Someone's praying Lord, kumbaya
Someone's praying Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone's singing Lord, kumbaya
Someone's singing Lord, kumbaya
Someone's singing Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbayah

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. Happy birthday to Aunt Cecile and others, if you would like someone’s birthday or anniversary to be celebrated here in the service please email miramarpastor@gmail.com. Please prepare bread, wine or juice or water for holy communion later in the service.

You are invited to join in the Wednesday Bible Study now on GoToMeeting from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Write to miramarpastor@gmail.com to get the links to participate.

We plan to host another food distribution on Thursday at about 9:00 a.m.
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.

Please stop by for The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide (we have small and large print editions) and a visit if you would like.

Please stand for the gospel according to Matthew 11: 25-30

Children’s Time

*Hymn 696 America The Beautiful
1 O beautiful for spacious skies, 
for amber waves of grain; 
for purple mountain majesties 
above the fruited plain! 
America! America! God shed his grace on thee, 
and crown thy good with brotherhood 
from sea to shining sea. 

2 O beautiful for heroes proved 
in liberating strife, 
who more than self their country loved, 
and mercy more than life! 
America! America! May God thy gold refine, 
till all success be nobleness, 
and every gain divine. 

3 O beautiful for patriot dream 
that sees beyond the years 
thine alabaster cities gleam,
undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! God mend thine every flaw, 
confirm thy soul in self-control, 
thy liberty in law.
WORDS: Katharine Lee Bates, 1904 MUSIC: Samuel A. Ward, 1888.  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, at 954-495-6104. Thanks to all who signed up for this last week and earlier.

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 this service, we will be here 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. Consider tithing on the stimulus check when you get it.

Prayer for God to bless our gifts.

One minute musical interlude while worshipers prepare their offering.

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 526 What A  Friend We Have In Jesus
What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit
O what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Are we weak and heavy laden
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he'll take and shield thee
Thou wilt find a solace there
WORDS: Joseph M. Scriven, MUSIC: Charles C. Converse, ccli #242496

Pastoral prayer and Lord’s Prayer                         

Let us share together The 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 For This I Have Jesus

*Hymn of Preparation 395 Take Time Time To Be Holy  
1. Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.    

2. Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

3. Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

4. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
WORDS: William D. Longstaff, ca. 1882. MUSIC: George C. Stebbins, 1890. Ccli #242496

HOLY COMMUNION from the United Methodist Bishops Dismantling Racism: Pressing On To Freedom, “A Service of Lament, Repentance, Communion and Commitment” June 24, 2020

It Is Enough. There are no words that can contain the depth of sorrow, grief and pain that mothers, sons, and all exclaim: Lord, have mercy.

“It is enough!”, the prophets cry, yet still Black people are doomed to die by those who wish to vilify: Lord, have mercy.

It is enough! The harm must cease from warring madness by police, who are sworn to protect, keep peace: Lord, have mercy.

It is enough! We cannot wait! No more excuse for bias, hate! This savagery we cannot take: Lord, have mercy.

It is enough! We cannot breathe! Will you stand there and watch us bleed? Are you not moved by cries and pleas? Lord, have mercy.

O my soul, it aches and yearns, For a day when passions burn, For others with deep love, concern: Lord, have mercy.

There are no words that can contain the depth of wounds our souls sustain each time a grieving heart exclaims: Lord, have mercy.

Holy God, we come before you with hearts full of pain, and our bones crushed by the weight of sin. We come in confession and repentance. Lord have mercy!

For the comfort we have secured with our silence, For our lack of action in the face of racism, white supremacy and privilege, we come in confession and repentance. Lord, have mercy.

For our refusal to move from acts of mercy to acts of justice, For our refusal to engage the discomfort of biblical obedience, For our refusal to name and dismantle personal and institutional racism, We come in confession and repentance. Lord, have mercy.

For creating and sustaining a system that places its value in counting numbers. For the hypocrisy of touting our creeds, and claiming our diversity while continuing to be a church that is mostly white, We come in confession and repentance. Lord, have mercy.

For the commodification - historic and present - of our siblings in Africa, using them as bargaining tools and expendable resources. For denying your image in them, and impeding their ability to express their thoughts, and share their wisdom. We come in confession and repentance. Lord, have mercy.

For the abandonment of our cities and urban centers, leaving congregations of Black and Brown people to deal with massive debt and crumbling church buildings. For the duplicity and dishonesty of holding congregations of people of color accountable for self-sustainability, even as their communities choke on minimum wages. We come in confession and repentance. Lord, have mercy!

For our insidious and endless theological debates, while people of color are dehumanized by racist policing, profiling, and discrimination. We come in confession and repentance. Lord, have mercy!

For our failure to be an obedient church, For not having done your will, For breaking your law and rebelling against your love, For not loving our neighbors, And not hearing the cry of the needy,                                                                                                                                 Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

This is the day of new beginnings.
The grace of God, that goes before us, is able to transform all things and make us new.
We are called to lean into the sanctifying grace of God, that calls us to peace with one another.
Will you share that peace now?  Bow in respect to honor the other.
(please bow towards the family members in the room with you, or visualize someone you love or who you need to make peace with and bow in that direction and make an effort to connect with them)

The Lord be with You
And also with You
Lift up your hearts
We lift up our hearts to the Lord

Holy Breath. Moving Breath. Creating Breath. You moved on the face of the waters to create all that is life, and life-giving. You breathed into us the breath of life, so that with it we may love you and love each other as ourselves. Yet, even when we have failed to value this sacred breath, you do not leave us breathless or alone. You call us into reconciliation and the work of peace.

Until ALL can breathe,
Until ALL can breathe,
WE cannot breathe.
WE cannot breathe.

In spite of all this, like a mighty rushing wind that cannot be stopped, your love sweeps into our dried and dead hearts. Our bones are rattled, and once again we breathe in deep from the well of your forgiveness, compassion, and transformation. Mercy without measure. Grace beyond compare. Breath upon breath upon breath. Now, we join together with all of heaven and earth, and with all the saints that go before us.

Like our brothers George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and our sister Breonna Taylor, along with so many others who now breathe in the light of your love and walk with us in the midst of our pain and grief as we praise your name:
Holy breath of God, Holy Breath of God, Heav’n and earth are full of your breath, O God Blessed is the One Who comes in your name, Glory to the Holy Breath of God.

Life-Giving Breath and Fire Divine, you are holy and holy is Jesus, the one you sent to breathe upon us and call us your children. Jesus lived where we lived, walked where we walked, and ate where we ate. He also lived where many of us don’t care to live. He walked where far too many of us don’t care to walk, and he ate with those we would never think of inviting to our table. Jesus shared the pain and suffering of those who were being crushed by the weight of racism, oppression and greed that leave so many gasping for air and clinging to life. Jesus not only shared in their pain but called them blessed.

Blessed are the ones who can’t breathe
Blessed are the ones who can’t breathe,
For they will be comforted.
For they will be comforted.

It was his message of love, radical inclusion, liberation and peace that caused the crowds to take the streets of Jerusalem shouting “Hosanna!”      It was his actions with the poor and marginalized that caused the powerful to try to quell their voices by falsely accusing him and sentencing him to death, the death of an asphyxiating and dehumanizing cross. We remember that as Jesus hung on the cross, his desperate words could be heard with the air being squeezed out of him, in solidarity with the breathless crying, “I am thirsty!” “I can’t breathe!” “Mama!” “It is finished!”

On the night before his betrayal and death, Jesus gathered with his friends and shared with them the Passover. He took the bread, blessed, broke and gave it to his disciples saying, “Take and eat, this is my body given for you.”

He also took the cup, and after giving thanks shared it saying, “This is the cup of a new covenant made with you and with all the world. Eat and drink in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance and in thanksgiving for these acts of love and sacrifice, we proclaim from our pulpits to our prisons, from our sanctuaries to our streets, from this table to the halls of power—the faith we now live:
Christ has died.
Christ has died.
Christ is Risen.
Christ is Risen.
Christ is with us.
Christ is with us.
Christ will come again.
Christ will come again.

When the pathway, Lord, I cannot see, When the way is dark, Lord, breathe on me.

Breathe once again, Holy God, and pour out your Spirit on your breathless people, gathered here and everywhere. Breathe once again, Holy God, and pour out your Spirit on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us your body and blood so that we can be your breath-filled body throughout the world. Breathe on Us, Holy God!
Breathe on Us, Justice-making God!

Breathe on Us, Life-lifting God!
Fill us with the courage, the power, the passion to make true the Holy Spirit’s message we hear on our streets today: BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Please say it with me again:
When Black voices rise, all voices rise and abundant life is available to all.

The broken bread of a broken body, for a broken world. 

The cup of life for a world that longs to breathe new life.

For those of you joining us virtually, I invite you to break the bread, to eat it reverently, and to drink the cup, thinking about how from the Last Supper until today God has been uniquely present in this special meal.

IN GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP share with your family, your neighbor, your congregation and the world that God has made so that together we might make a better world.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

*Hymn of sending forth 557 Blest Be The Tie That Binds       
1 Blest be the tie that binds 
our hearts in Christian love; 
the fellowship of kindred minds 
is like to that above. 

2 Before our Father's throne 
we pour our ardent prayers; 
our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, 
our comforts and our cares. 

3 We share each other’s woes, 
our mutual burdens bear, 
and often for each other flows 
the sympathizing tear. 

4 When we asunder part, 
it gives us inward pain; 
but we shall still be joined in heart, 
and hope to meet again. 
WORDS: John Fawcett, 1782;  MUSIC: Johann G. Nageli; arr. by Lowell Mason, 1845 ccli #242496

Benediction (please raise hands toward heaven)

Receive now this blessing as first spoken by Bishop Woodie White at the 1996 General Conference:

May the Lord continue to torment you.

May the Lord keep before you the faces of the hungry, the lonely, the rejected and the despised.

May the Lord afflict you with pain for the hurt, the wounded, the oppressed, the abused, the victims of violence.

May God grace you with agony, a burning thirst for justice and righteousness. 

May the Lord give you courage and strength and compassion to make ours a better world, to make your community a better community, to make your church a better church.

And may you do your best to make it so, and AFTER you have done your best, may the Lord grant you peace. Amen.


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