May 28, 2023

Pastor: David Range

May 28, 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
May 28, 2023 
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services

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


Hymn 384 Love Divine, All Love Excelling

1 Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down;
fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation; enter every trembling heart.

2 Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit into every troubled breast!
Let us all in thee inherit; let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning; Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

3 Come, Almighty to deliver, let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never, never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

4 Finish, then, thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee;
changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.

WORDS: Charles Wesley, 1747 MUSIC: John Zundel, 1870 ALT Tune: BLAENWERN



Every Day With Jesus
Every day with Jesus, is sweeter than the day before
Every day with Jesus, I love him more and more
Jesus saves and keeps me, and he’s the one I’m living for
Every day with Jesus, is sweeter than the day before

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.

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

For God So Loved The World
For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son,
To die on Calvary’s tree, from sin to set me free,
Someday He’s coming back, what a glory that will be!
Wonderful His love to me.


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: Annual Conference Offering for theological students of color, and the summer camp.

TODAY: Church Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY: the Memorial Day Picnic is tomorrow! The planning committee is asking for volunteers to give everyone a chance to serve if you would like on the day.  We also invite those who wish to donate money to see Clinton Taylor, Stanford Smith, Gwen Pickering or John Tapper who will give you an envelope or a receipt for any money donated. If you wish to write a check to MUMC please put in the memo line “designated picnic fund.”

TUESDAY: Pre School Board meeting 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Choir 7:00 p.m.

NEXT SUNDAY: Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Reception of new members, Holy Communion. If you are worshipping at home, please prepare the elements of bread and juice. 
The United Methodist Men meet after the 11:00 a.m. service.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 you are invited to the Turks and Caicos Picnic from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway, where there will be food vendors and music.

MONDAY, JUNE 5 the Trustees meet at 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 is the Joint 10:00 a.m. Worship Service for Multicultural Sunday. Please get ready your displays and the sharing of food for the Fellowship Hall reception after the service.

Since June 11 is the last day we will be having Sunday School for the summer break we are looking for volunteers to offer to help run a nursery at the 11:00 a.m. service. If you are a parent or grandparent you may like to offer to take care of our littlest children during the service. Please speak to Sunday School Superintendent Marvia Aitken or Pastor David and remember, you can participate in worship online at the 8:30 service and then volunteer your time for most of the 11:00 a.m. when the nursery is open.

Vacation Bible School will be June 12 to 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ages 3 to 13. The theme will be “Rocky Railway: the power of Jesus pulls us through” If you would like to help, please see Pastor David. The next planning meeting is Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Summer Camp July 3 to 8 is available for those going into 4th grade to 12th grade. Pastor David can drive the bus but parents and their youth need to register online at and talk to Pastor David about the three tiers of pricing for the camp this year.

Pastor Donnie McClurkin the “Reigning King of Urban Gospel” will be performing at the Miramar Cultural Center on Saturday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m., Allison Feurtado will have tickets for sale at $50. Please contact her at 954 483 3792 if you are interested in a great night out. See flyer at the end of the bulletin.

You do not need to sing like Donnie McClurkin to offer to sing in our choir! Director Hu Fulford invites you to let him know if you are interested in joining choir practices on Thursday nights at 7:30, especially as we work on new pieces like the Christmas Cantata.

We need help with the Tech Team! If you are open to receive training in how to bring online the YouTube and Twitter platforms, or be willing to run the PowerPoint, please talk to Pastor David.

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: Acts 2:1-21


*HYMN God Bless America+

God bless America, Land that I love,
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home
God bless America, My home sweet home.

*HYMN 529 How Firm a Foundation+ 

1 How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

2 “Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

3 “When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

4 “When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

5 “The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake”.

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 Annual Conference
Next Sunday our Mission Offering goes to Good Samaritan Fund

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 

1 Jesus loves me! this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong. 
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

2 Jesus loves me, this I know, as he loved so long ago,
taking children on his knee, saying, "Let them come to me.“
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

3 Jesus loves me still today, walking with me on my way,
wanting as a friend to give, light and love to all who live.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

WORDS: St. 1 Anna B. Warner, 1860; Sts. 2-3 David Rutherford MacGuire MUSIC: William B. Bradbury, 1862

(please email

PRAYER HYMN 389 Freely, Freely+

1. God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name, 
I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name,
and in Jesus’ name I come to you,
to share his love as he told me to.
He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. 
Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

2. All power is given in Jesus’ name,
in earth and heaven I Jesus’ name,
and in Jesus’ name I come to you, 
to share his power as he told me to.
He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. 
Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

WORDS: Carol Owens, 1972 MUSIC: Carol Owens, 1972


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: How to live a long and positive time        Pastor David Range

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 407 Close to Thee+

Thou my everlasting portion, more than friend or life to me,
All along my pilgrim journey, Savior, let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee,
All along my pilgrim journey, Savior, let me walk with Thee.

Not for ease or worldly pleasure, nor for fame my prayer shall be;
Gladly will I toil and suffer, only let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee,
Gladly will I toil and suffer, only let me walk with Thee.

Lead me through the vale of shadows, bear me o’er life’s fitful sea;
Then the gate of life eternal may I enter, Lord, with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee,
Then the gate of life eternal may I enter, Lord, with Thee.

WORDS: Fanny J. Crosby, 1874 MUSIC: Silas J. Vail, 1874  

+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 by typing in the search bar: Miramar UMC and then you should see the service live streamed. If you subscribe to our service through 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 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 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 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 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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