March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday

Pastor: David Range

WOW, March 28th is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Be sure to mark your calendars also join in the Maundy Thursday (April 1st) and Good Friday (April 2nd) worship experiences, both at 7.30 pm. While there is no designated time in either service for a financial offering we hope you will prayerfully consider making an extra gift with your usual Easter offering.

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.
 
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 dayPlease 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
Palm/Passion Sunday
28th March, 2021
 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 118 selected verses+
Please join in speaking the bolded lines. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,
and I will go in and thank the Lord.  
The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. 
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Please, Lord, please save us.
Please, Lord, please give us success.
Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.

HYMN 280 All Glory, Laud, and Honor++

All glory, laud, and honor, 
to thee, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 

1 Thou art the King of Israel, 
thou David's royal Son, 
who in the Lord's name comest, 
the King and Blessed One. 

All glory, laud, and honor, 
to thee, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 

2 The company of angels 
are praising thee on high, 
and we with all creation 
in chorus make reply. 

All glory, laud, and honor, 
to thee, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 

    
3 The people of the Hebrews 
with palms before thee went; 
our prayer and praise and anthems 
before thee we present. 

All glory, laud, and honor, 
to thee, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 

    
4 To thee, before thy passion, 
they sang their hymns of praise; 
to thee, now high exalted, 
our melody we raise. 

All glory, laud, and honor, 
to thee, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 

5 Thou didst accept their praises; 
accept the prayers we bring, 
who in all good delightest, 
thou good and gracious King. 

All glory, laud, and honor, 
to thee, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 

WORDS: Theodulph of Orleans, 8-9th cent. Trans. By John Mason Neale, 1851 MUSIC: Melchior Teschner, 1615; harm. By W. H. Monk, 1861

OPENING PRAYER

PRAISE AND WORSHIP++

Enter Into Jerusalem
Enter into Jerusalem, 
let us go to God’s house,
With the healthy and the sick, 
with the worker and the weak,
Let us go to God’s house
Enter into Jerusalem, 
let us go to God’s house,
Come and run with the wind with the God who reigns in peace, 
let us go to God’s house.

We go celebrate, we go celebrate, 
We go celebrate, O Israel!
Praise the name of the Lord on high,
Praise God’s name in song.
Praise the Lord with a heavenly song
With a heavenly song, with a heavenly song,
 Praise the Lord! 

Enter into Jerusalem, 
mek we walk a-down there,
With the young and the old, 
with the little and the large, 
mek we walk a-down there.
Enter into Jerusalem, 
mek we walk a-down there,
Come and sway to the breeze with the God who reigns in peace, 
mek we walk a-down there.

We go celebrate, we go celebrate, 
We go celebrate, O Israel!
Praise the name of the Lord on high,
Praise God’s name in song.
Praise the Lord with a heavenly song
With a heavenly song, with a heavenly song,
 Praise the Lord! 

Enter into Jerusalem, 
let us go to God’s house,
With your papa and your mama, 
with your uncle and your aunt, 
let us go to God’s house.
Enter into Jerusalem, let us go to God’s house,
Come and run and catch the breeze, 
with the God who reigns in peace, 
let us go to God’s house

We go celebrate, we go celebrate, 
We go celebrate, O Israel!
Praise the name of the Lord on high,
Praise God’s name in song.
Praise the Lord with a heavenly song
With a heavenly song, with a heavenly song,
 Praise the Lord! 

He is Exalted
He is exalted, the King is exalted on high
I will praise.. him
He is exalted, forever exalted
And I…will…praise…his…name
He is the Lord…and forever his truth shall reign
Heaven and earth…rejoice in his holy name
He is exalted, the King is exalted on high!

Above All Powers
Above all powers, above all kings,
Above all nature and all created things;
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man,
You were here before the world began.

Above all kingdoms, above all thrones,
Above all wonders the world has ever known;
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth,
There’s no way to measure what You’re worth.

Crucified, laid behind the stone; 
You lived to die, rejected and alone; 
Like a rose trampled on the ground 
You took the fall and thought of me
Above all. 

Welcome and Announcements
TODAY
: We’re so glad you’ve joined us for worship! For our meet & 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 7:30 p.m. the Maundy Thursday worship service will be live-streamed on twitter and youtube. Please prepare beforehand elements for holy communion (bread/cracker and water/juice/wine) to more fully participate in the experience.

FRIDAYThe Good Friday worship experience will be a Service of Tenebrae (Darkness) beginning at 7:30 p.m. As the passion story is read and reflective hymns sung we journey with Jesus through the final days and hours of his earthly life. If you can safely have a candle lit where you are live-streaming the service it will enhance your participation.

NEXT SUNDAY is EASTER—Hallelujah! Please continue to worship with us online at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. (See introductory page for instructions.) While there is no designated time in either service for a financial offering we hope you will prayerfully consider making an extra gift with your usual Easter offering.

AT ALL TIMES: Pastor 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.

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

GOSPEL LESSON: Mark 11.1-11, NiRV+++

As they all approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent out two of his disciples. He said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. Just as you enter it, you will find a donkey’s colt tied there. No one has ever ridden it. Untie it and bring it here. Someone may ask you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ If so, say, ‘The Lord needs it. But he will send it back here soon.’ ”

So they left. They found a colt out in the street. It was tied at a doorway. They untied it. Some people standing there asked, “What are you doing? Why are you untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to. So the people let them go. They brought the colt to Jesus. They threw their coats over it. Then he sat on it. Many people spread their coats on the road. Others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those in front and those in back shouted,
“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courtyard. He looked around at everything. But it was already late. So he went out to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

CHILDREN’S TIME: Palms Up

HYMN 277 Tell Me the Stories of Jesus++

1 Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
Things I would ask Him to tell me If He were here:
Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

2 First let me hear how the children stood 'round His knee,
And I shall fancy His blessing resting on me;
Words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
All in the love-light of Jesus' face.

3 Into the city I'd follow the children's band,
Waving a branch of the palm tree high in my hand;
One of His heralds, yes, I would sing
Loudest hosannas, "Jesus is King!”

WORDS: William H. Parker, 1885 MUSIC: Frederick A. Challinor, 1903

RECEPTION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS  

Prayer of Dedication
    Please join in speaking the bolded lines. 

O Lord, our God, your faithful goodness is beyond our understanding! You fulfill your promises at the right time. You sent the crowd of angels to sing of your glory when Jesus was born. At the height of Jesus’ ministry, people honored him and shouted your praises. Like them, we want to contribute to your kingdom coming on earth. 
It is a privilege to share in your mission in the world through this congregation. Accept our offerings as a sign of our love and gratitude. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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 290 Go to Dark Gethsemane++

1 Go to dark Gethsemane,
Ye that feel the tempter's power;
Your Redeemer's conflict see;
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

2 See him at the judgment hall;
Beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned;
O the worm-wood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
Learn of Christ to bear the cross.

3 Calvary's mournful mountain climb;
There, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time,
God's own sacrifice complete.
"It is finished!" Hear him cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.

4 Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom.
Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is risen! He meets our eyes:
Savior, teach us so to rise.

WORDS:James Montgomery, 1820, 1825 alt. MUSIC: Richard Redhead, 1853

PASTORAL PRAYER AND 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.

EPISTLE Lesson: Philippians 2.5-11+

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God,
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    he took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names, 
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

SERMON: Knees Down

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 295  In the Cross of Christ I Glory ++

1 In the cross of Christ I glory, 
towering o'er the wrecks of time; 
all the light of sacred story 
gathers round its head sublime. 

2 When the woes of life o'ertake me, 
hopes deceive, and fears annoy, 
never shall the cross forsake me. 
Lo! it glows with peace and joy. 

3 When the sun of bliss is beaming 
light and love upon my way, 
from the cross the radiance streaming 
adds more luster to the day. 

4 Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, 
by the cross are sanctified; 
peace is there that knows no measure, 
joys that through all time abide. 

5 In the cross of Christ I glory, 
towering o'er the wrecks of time; 
all the light of sacred story 
gathers round its head sublime.

WORDS: John Bowring, 1825 MUSIC: Ithamar Conkey, 1825 MUSIC: Ithamar Conkey, 1849 

BENEDICTION (please raise hands toward heaven)

+ Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

++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

Mary McLeod Bethune was born on July 10, 1875 in South Carolina. The daughter of former slaves, she became one of the most important black educators, civil and women's rights leaders and government officials of the twentieth century.  She was the first person in her family who was born free and afforded a formal education.  She emerged from poverty and oppression of the Reconstruction South to achieve greatness.  She used the power of her education, political activism and civil service to achieve racial and gender equality throughout the United States and the world.
 
After the Civil War, her mother worked for her former owner until she could buy the land on which the family grew cotton.  By age nine, Bethune could pick 250 pounds of cotton per day.
 
She benefited from efforts to educate African Americans after the war, graduating in 1894 from the Scotia Seminary, a boarding school in North Carolina.  Bethune next attended Dwight Moody's Institute for Home and Foreign Missions in Chicago, Illinois.  With no church willing to sponsor her as a missionary, she became an educator.  While teaching in South Carolina she married fellow teacher Albertus Bethune with whom she had a son in 1899.
 
The Bethunes moved to Palatka, Florida, where Mary worked at the Presbyterian Church and also sold insurance.  In 1904, her marriage ended and determined to support her son, she opened a boarding school, the Daytona Beach Literary and Industrial School for Training Negro Girls.  Eventually, the school became a college, merging with the all male Cookman Institute to form Bethune-Cookman College in 1929.  It issued its first degrees in 1943.
 
A champion of racial and gender equality, Bethune founded many organizations and led voter registration drives after women gained the right to vote in 1920 risking racist attacks.  In 1924 she was elected president of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, and in 1935, she became the founding president of the National Council of Negro Women.  She also played a role in the transition of black voters from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party during the Great Depression.  A friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1936, Bethune became the highest ranking African American Woman in government when President Franklin Roosevelt named her director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration, where she remained until 1944.  She was also a leader of FDR's unofficial "black cabinet".  
 
In 1937 Bethune organized a conference on the Problems of the Negro and Negro Youth, and fought to end discrimination and lynching.  In 1940 she became vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons(NAACP), a position she held for the rest of her life.  As a member of the advisory board that in 1942 created the Women's Army Corps, Bethune ensured it was racially integrated.  Appointed by President Harry S. Truman, Bethune was the only colored woman at the founding conference of the United Nations in 1945.  She regularly wrote for the leading African American newspapers, the "Pittsburgh Courier" and the "Chicago Defender"
 
Additionally, Bethune was a businesswoman who co-owned a Daytona, Florida resort and co-founded the Central Life Insurance Company of Tampa.  Honored with many awards, Bethune's life was celebrated with a memorial statue in Washington DC in 1974 and a postage stamp in 1985.  Her final residence is a National Historic Site.  She died on May 18, 1955.

Researched by  Shirley Lindsay
For more information on Mary McLeod Bethune check out the following links:

https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/mary-mcleod-bethune 

Google womenshistory.org 

 
 
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