November 14, 2021

November 14, 2021

We are back in the sanctuary and you are invited to join us!
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 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

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!

November 14, 2021
8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services 


HYMN 160 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart+                 

1 Rejoice, ye pure in heart; 
rejoice, give thanks, and sing; 
your glorious banner wave on high, 
the cross of Christ your King. 
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing! 

2. Your clear hosannas raise, 
and alleluias loud; 
whilst answering echoes upward float, 
like wreaths of incense cloud.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing! 

3. Yes, on through life's long path, 
still chanting as ye go; 
from youth to age, by night and day, 
in gladness and in woe.  
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing! 

4. At last the march shall end; 
the wearied ones shall rest; 
the pilgrims find their heavenly home, 
Jerusalem the blest.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing! 

5. Praise God who reigns on high, 
the Lord whom we adore, 
the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, 
one God forevermore.  
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing! 

WORDS: Edward H. Plumptre, 1865 MUSIC: Arthur H. Messiter, 1889



Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so
I’m redeemed…I’m redeemed
Praise the Lord

I Will Celebrate
I will celebrate, sing to the Lord,
I will sing to Him a new song. 
I will celebrate, sing to the Lord,
I will sing to Him a new song.
I will praise Him, I will sing to Him a new song.
I will praise Him, I will sing to Him a new song.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, 
Halle…. Hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, 

Jehovah Jireh….my provider
His grace is sufficient for me, for me, for me
Jehovah Jireh….my provider
His grace is sufficient for me

My God shall supply all my needs
According to His riches in glory
He gives his angels watch over me
Jehovah Jireh cares for me, for me, for me
Jehovah Jireh cares for me

Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome in This Place
Holy Spirit thou art welcome in this place
Holy Spirit thou art welcome in this place
Omnipotent Father of mercy and grace
Thou art welcome in this place

I Am the God that Healeth Thee
I am the God that healeth thee  
I am the Lord, your healer.
I sent My Word and healed your disease,
I am the Lord your healer.

You are the God that healeth me,
You are the Lord my healer.
You sent your word and healed my disease,
You are the Lord my healer.


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.  

Birthdays and Anniversaries 

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 

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

WEDNESDAY: Bible study on the book of Esther, online at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Pastor David at for the link.

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

NEXT SUNDAY please join in worship, in person or online, for Harvest Thanksgiving at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Please come to decorate the night before. Please offer a special gift for God’s goodness. 

Bold Justice dates: 
Research Kick-Off, Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m., and further research committees January 11, 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.

Please remember to pick up your November/December Upper Room.   

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

RESPONSIVE READING 748 (Psalm 16:5-11)

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
   you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   I have a glorious heritage.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
Even at night my heart instructs me.
I have the Lord always before me;
   The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
   my body also dwells secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
   or let your godly one see the pit.

You show me the path of life;
   In your presence there is fullness of joy,
   in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

HYMN 70 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

Please stand for the gospel according to JOHN 3:1-17

BAPTISM (11:00 a.m.)

Brothers and Sisters in Christ; through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ’s holy Church.  We are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit.  All this is God’s gift, offered to us without price.

Kameron James has been brought for baptism by his parents, family and godparents today.  We ask them to respond to these questions as a testimony to their faith, and I ask the congregation to pledge to help them in their task. 

To the family and godparents, I ask these questions:

On behalf of the whole Church, I ask you: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?  I do.

Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?  I do.

Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?  I do.

Will you nurture this child in Christ’s holy Church, that by your teaching and example he may be guided to accept God’s grace for himself, and profess his faith openly, and to lead a Christian life?  I will.

Now to the congregation I ask:
Do you, as Christ’s body, the Church, reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ?  We do.

 Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include these persons now before you, and all the children in this church, in your care?
With God’s help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ.  We will surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their service to others.  We will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life.

Let us pray: Eternal Father: When nothing existed but chaos, you swept across the dark waters and brought forth light.  In the days of Noah you saved those on the ark through water.  After the flood you set in the clouds a rainbow.  When you saw your people as slaves in Egypt, you led them to freedom through the sea.  Their children you brought through the Jordan to the land which you promised.

In the fullness of time you sent Jesus, nurtured in the water of a womb.  He was baptized by John and anointed by your Spirit.  He called his disciples to share in the baptism of his death and resurrection and to make disciples of all nations.

Pour out your Holy Spirit, to bless this gift of water and Kameron James who receives it, to wash away his sin and clothe him in righteousness throughout his life, that, dying and being raised with Christ, Kameron James may share in his final victory.

Bless the home of Kameron James give wisdom and affection to his parents, grant to his godparents understanding and guidance, and, most of all, build up the love which conquers all evil and instills the grace to lead a Christian life.  We ask in Jesus’ name.  

All praise to you, Eternal Father, through your Son Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever. Amen.

Kameron James, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

The Holy Spirit work within you, that being born through water and the Spirit, you may be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Now it is our joy to welcome our new brother in Christ.

Through baptism you are incorporated by the Holy Spirit into God’s new creation and made to share in Christ’s royal priesthood.  We are all one in Christ Jesus.  With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you as a member of the family of Christ.


HYMN 528 Nearer My God to Thee+

1 Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me, 
still all my song shall be, 
nearer, my God, to thee; 
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 

2 Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down, 
darkness be over me, my rest a stone; 
yet in my dreams I'd be 
nearer, my God, to thee; 
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 

3 There let the way appear, steps unto heaven; 
all that thou sendest me, in mercy given; 
angels to beckon me 
nearer, my God, to thee; 
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 

4 Then, with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise, 
out of my stony griefs Bethel I'll raise; 
so by my woes to be 
nearer, my God, to thee; 
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 

5 Or if, on joyful wing cleaving the sky, 
sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly, 
still all my song shall be, 
nearer, my God, to thee; 
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

WORDS: Sarah F. Adams, 1841 MUSIC: Lowell Mason, 1856

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.  

TIME OF SHARING JOYS & CONCERNS                            

PRAYER HYMN 496 Sweet Hour of Prayer+

1 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! 
that calls me from a world of care, 
and bids me at my Father's throne 
make all my wants and wishes known. 
In seasons of distress and grief, 
my soul has often found relief, 
and oft escaped the tempter's snare 
by thy return, sweet hour of prayer! 

2 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! 
the joys I feel, the bliss I share 
of those whose anxious spirits burn 
with strong desires for thy return! 
With such I hasten to the place 
where God my Savior shows his face, 
and gladly take my station there, 
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer! 

3 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! 
thy wings shall my petition bear 
to him whose truth and faithfulness 
engage the waiting soul to bless. 
And since he bids me seek his face, 
believe his word, and trust his grace, 
I'll cast on him my every care, 
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer! 

WORDS: William Walford, 1845. MUSIC: William B. Bradbury, 1861

PASTORAL 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: Hot, cold or in between, God loves us              

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH  369 Blessed Assurance+

1 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

2 Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love. 

This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

3 Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

WORDS: Fanny J. Crosby, 1873 MUSIC:   Phoebe P. Knapp, 1873


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