March 21, 2021

Pastor: David Range

Can you believe it? March 21st is the FIFTH Sunday in Lent. The  journey is nearing its end as the 28th is Palm Sunday and beginning of Holy Week. Be sure to mark your calendars to tune in to the Maundy Thursday (April 1st) and Good Friday (April 2nd) worship experiences, both at 7.30 pm.

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 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 of the month 10:00 a.m. service.)  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.

March is Women’s History Month. At the end of this bulletin you will find a featured woman’s biography, courtesy of the United Methodist Women. We thank the UMW also for their excellent leadership in last week’s worship experiences.
 
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 for the link. 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. Please remember to enter from the south entrance near the Pastor’s office. No other doors will be open for church business. The pre school is open but you should still come in by the south entrance because the north entrance from the parking lot must be dedicated use 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.

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. 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 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.

Pastor David continues to make progress to full health, praise God! Thank you for your prayers and cards of well-wishes.

Looking forward to worshiping with you through the Holy Spirit. 
Grace and peace, Pastor David and Pastor CJ

Miramar United Methodist Church
Fifth Sunday of Lent
21st March, 2021
 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services


CALL TO WORSHIP+

The Lord is making a new covenant with the people of God.Here in this place, Christ writes the law of love on our hearts.
We are children of the living God. Together, let us worship the Lord of Love!

HYMN 57 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

 1 O for a thousand tongues to sing
    my great Redeemer's praise,
    the glories of my God and King,
    the triumphs of his grace!

    2 My gracious Master and my God,
    assist me to proclaim,
    to spread through all the earth abroad
    the honors of thy name.

    3 Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
    that bids our sorrows cease;
    'tis music in the sinner's ears,
    'tis life, and health, and peace.

    4 He breaks the power of canceled sin,
    he sets the prisoner free;
    his blood can make the foulest clean;
    his blood availed for me.

    5 He speaks, and listening to his voice,
    new life the dead receive;
    the mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
    the humble poor believe.

    6 Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
    your loosened tongues employ;
    ye blind, behold your savior come,
    and leap, ye lame, for joy.

    7 In Christ, your head, you then shall know,
    shall feel your sins forgiven;
    anticipate your heaven below,
    and own that love is heaven.
   
WORDS: Charles Wesley, 1739 MUSIC: Carl G. Glaser; arr. by Lowell Mason, 1839

PRAYER

*PRAISE AND WORSHIP++

The Joy of the Lord
The joy of the Lord is my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength

He heals the brokenhearted and they cry no more
He heals the brokenhearted and they cry no more
He heals the brokenhearted and they cry no more
The joy of the Lord is my strength  

He gives me living water and I thirst no more
He gives me living water and I thirst no more
He gives me living water and I thirst no more                               
The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Closer Than A Brother
Closer than a brother my Jesus is to me
He’s my dearest friend, in everything I need
He’s my rock, my shield and hiding place
Closer than a brother Jesus is to me.

O, How He Loves You And Me
Oh, how He loves you and me. 
Oh, how He loves you and me.
He gave his life, what more can He give?
Oh how He loves you, 
Oh how He loves me,
Oh how He loves you and me.   

Jesus to Calvary did go
His love for sinners to show.
What He did there brought hope from despair,
Oh how He loves you, 
Oh how He loves me,
Oh how He loves you and me.
      
I Love You, Lord 
I love you Lord and I lift my voice
To worship you, O my soul rejoice
Take joy,  my king in what you hear
May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.    

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

TODAY: We’re so glad you’ve joined us for worship today. 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.See introductory page for instructions to join in today’s Sunday School  at 10:00 a.m. and Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAYFood distribution starts between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. on the Utopia Drive side of the church.

AT ALL TIMESPastor David greets you from home, where he continues to recuperate from recent surgery. The leaders, who are committed and organized to respond to any pastoral needs, are the ones who can assist you. Please call the church office and leave a voice mail or write an email to the church and Sister Beth will direct your message. The church office is open and staffed Monday-Thursday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

NEXT SUNDAY is Palm Sunday and beginning of Holy Week.Please continue to worship with us online at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. See introductory page for instructions 

WOMEN’S MOMENT 

provided by courtesy of the United Methodist Women, is in printed form and can be found following this order of worship. 

FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:31-34, NiRV+++

“The days are coming,” announces the Lord. “I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel.I will also make it with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their people of long ago. That was when I took them by the hand. I led them out of Egypt. But they broke my covenant. They did it even though I was like a husband to them,” announces the Lord. “This is the covenant I will make with Israel after that time,” announces the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds. I will write it on their hearts. I will be their God. And they will be my people. They will not need to teach their neighbor anymore. And they will not need to teach one another anymore. They will not need to say, ‘Know the Lord.’ That’s because everyone will know me. From the least important of them to the most important, all of them will know me,” announces the Lord. “I will forgive their evil ways. I will not remember their sins anymore.”

CHILDREN’S TIME: Written On the Heart 

HYMN 362 Nothing But the Blood++

1 What can wash away my sin? 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
What can make me whole again? 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

O precious is the flow 
that makes me bright as snow; 
no other fount I know; 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

2 For my pardon this I see: 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
For my cleansing this my plea: 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

O precious is the flow 
that makes me bright as snow; 
no other fount I know; 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

3 Nothing can for sin atone: 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
Naught of good that I have done: 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

O precious is the flow 
that makes me bright as snow; 
no other fount I know; 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

4 This is all my hope and peace: 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
This is all my righteousness: 
nothing but the blood of Jesus.

O precious is the flow 
that makes me bright as snow; 
no other fount I know; 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

WORDS: Robert Lowry, 1876 MUSIC: Robert Lowry, 1876

RECEPTION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS 

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.

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

PRAYER HYMN 704 Steal Away to Jesus++

Steal away, steal away;
steal away to Jesus.
Steal away, steal away home.
I ain't got long to stay here.

1 My Lord, He calls me,
He calls me by the thunder;
The trumpet sounds within-a my soul.
I ain't got long to stay here. 

Steal away, steal away;
steal away to Jesus.
Steal away, steal away home.
I ain't got long to stay here.

2 Green trees a bending,
Poor sinners stand a trembling;
The trumpet sounds within-a my soul;
I ain't got long to stay here. 

Steal away, steal away;
steal away to Jesus.
Steal away, steal away home.
I ain't got long to stay here.

3 My Lord, He calls me,
He calls me by the lightning;
The trumpet sounds within-a my soul;
I ain't got long to stay here. 

Steal away, steal away;
steal away to Jesus.
Steal away, steal away home.
I ain't got long to stay here.

WORDS: Afro-American spiritual MUSIC: Afro-American spiritual; adapt. and arr. by William Farley Smith, 1986

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER 

To share your joys and concerns please email them before Saturday noon to: miramarpastor@gmail.com

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.

GOSPEL LESSON John 12.20-33

SERMON: Written on the Heart, Seen in Jesus

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 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: Harry S. Mason, 1924

BENEDICTION (please raise hands toward heaven)

+Call to Worship: written by Amy Loving, and posted on The Worship Closet: The Place for Creative Worship Ideas, http://worshipcloset.com/baptism-of-the-lord-sunday-year-b-words-for-worship/

++All music under ccli #242496.

+++New International Reader's Version (NIRV) Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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Women’s Moment

HAZEL JOHNSON, the mother of environmental justice
Johnson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 25, 1935 to Mary and Clarence Washington. In the mid-1950s, she moved with her husband John Johnson to Chicago. Johnson lived in Altgeld Gardens Homes a South Side, Chicago housing project managed by the Chicago Housing Authority. Originally built to house American war veterans, the area was surrounded by landfills, industrial buildings and sewage-treatment plants. Following the death of her husband in 1969 from lung cancer and the prevalence of skin and respiratory issues among her seven children, Johnson began investigating the impacts of the neighborhood's environmental conditions on its residents. She documented the occurrence of chronic health problems present in the community in order to better understand the impacts of the area's air and water pollution. What Johnson learned led her to dub the neighborhood "The Toxic Donut". In addition to being exposed to hazardous fumes from surrounding factories and asbestos used during construction of the buildings, the community was supplied with contaminated drinking water and was found to have the highest cancer rate in the city. 

Johnson's growing awareness about the impacts of environmental hazards on people's health prompted her to begin agitating for accountability from the Chicago Housing Authority regarding their failure to properly maintain buildings and ignoring environmental hazards. She ran for and was elected to the Altgeld Gardens Local Advisory Council in 1970, remaining in the role until 1979. For her efforts Johnson has been recognized as the mother of the environmental justice movement. 

In 1979 Johnson founded the People for Community Recovery (PCR). Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1982, the group focused "on fighting environmental racism as it affected the residents of Altgeld Gardens public housing project. One of their first achievements was successfully lobbying the city of Chicago to test the well-sourced drinking water supplied to Maryland Manor, which demonstrated the presence of toxins, cyanide among them, in the community's water. The 1984 findings resulted in the introduction of water and sewer lines to the area.   

In 1992,Johnson was given the President's Environment and Conservation Challenge award in recognition of her environmental justice work. In 2004 sociologist credited Johnson and the People for Community Recovery with putting "the South Side of Chicago on the radar screen for activists and policy makers around the United States who are concerned about environmental racism." Of her work, Johnson explained: "It's all very well to embrace saving the rain forests and conserving endangered animal species, but such global initiatives don't even begin to impact communities inhabited by people of color."

Throughout her life, Johnson‘s faith in God and her catholic religion sustained her and played an important role in her work. She was noted to have declared, “I definitely think I’ve been chosen by a higher power to do this work. Every day, I complain, protest and object, but it takes such vigilance and activism to keep legislators on their toes and government accountable to the people on environmental issues.  I’ve been thrown in jail twice for getting in the way of big business, but I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop as long as I’m breathing”.

Johnson died of complications related to congestive heart failure on January 12, 2011.

Researched by: Phyllis Abel
To learn more about Hazel Johnson, mother of environmental justice, research on Google.
  
BOLD Justice and the DART organization are currently involved with climate justice under the heading, Care for creation. 

 
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