December 20, 2020

Pastor: David Range

Miramar United Methodist Church
December 20, 2020
Fourth Sunday in Advent-THE CANDLE OF LOVE
 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services

Call to Worship 

God's boundless love gave us Jesus Christ as the redeemer of humanity. On this fourth Sunday of Advent we light the candle of LOVE secure in the knowledge that God loves us and we are saved because of that love.
(Light the fourth candle.)
From a psalm of David: "Love the Lord, all you his saints. The Lord preserves the faithful, but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord." (Psalm 31:23-24)

*Hymn 211 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel ccli #242496
1 O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

2 O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show
and cause us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

3 O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times once gave the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

4 O come, thou Root of Jesse's tree,
An ensign of thy people be;
Before thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on thy mercy call. 

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

5 O come, thou Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
The captives from their prison free,
and conquer death’s deep misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

6 O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thy justice here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

7 O come, Desire of nations bind
All peoples in one heart and mind.
From dust thou brought us forth to life;
Deliver us from earthly strife.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

WORDS: 9th cent. Latin; trans. st. 1, 3, 5ab, 6cd, 7ab The Hymnal, 1940; st. 2, Henry Sloane Coffin, 1916 st. 4, 5cd, 6ab, 7cd, Laurence Hull Stookey, 1986 MUSIC: 15th cent. French; arr. and harm. by Thomas Helmore, 1854 ccli #242496


*Praise and Worship ccli #242496

I Will Enter His Gates
I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart
I will enter his courts with praise
I will say “this is the day that the Lord has made”
I will rejoice for he has made me glad
He has made me glad..he has made me glad
I will rejoice for he has made me glad
He has made me glad..he has made me glad
I will rejoice for he has made me glad

Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
He is worthy to be praised and adored;
So we lift up holy hands in one accord,
Singing “Blessed be the name, 
blessed be the name, 
blessed be the name of the Lord”

Let The Redeemed
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
Rejoice In The Lord Always
Rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say rejoice
Rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say rejoice
And again I say rejoice
And  again I say rejoice

All Hail, King Jesus
All hail, King Jesus…all hail, Emmanuel
King of kings, Lord of lords, Bright Morning Star.
And through all eternity, I’ll sing Your praises
And I’ll reign with You throughout eternity.

He Is King
He is King……He is King
He will draw all nations to Him, He is King
And the time shall be when the world shall sing
that Jesus Christ is King


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.
Today: Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. contact Marvia Aitken for the link. Youth Group at 4:00 p.m., Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m. Contact Marvia Aitken or Vinessa Edwards. See introductory page.
You are invited to join in the Wednesday Bible Study on GoToMeeting from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Write to to get the link to participate.
Food distribution on Wednesday between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on the Utopia Drive side of the church
Please continue to worship with us online each Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. at www.MiramarUMC.organd click on the Twitter icon or on by putting Miramar UMC in the search bar.
Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve service, 7:30 p.m. Please remember there is a special offering envelope for Christmas in your packet, or you can note a special Christmas gift in your e-giving.
Thursday, December 31 Watch Night service, 11:00 p.m.
Please pick up your 2021 Offering Envelopes this month so that

 we do not need to mail them out. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving. We are trying to be a church alive and thriving in the midst of covid restrictions!
Please stop by for The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide for January and February and a visit if you would like.
You may also pick up the Mission Wreath order form when you stop by. It is also included at the end of the bulletin. If you are able, you may print it, fill it out and drop it off by the church or use a form found on the foyer table..

In addition, envelopes are available on the foyer table to make a contribution to the Christmas gift for our music director, secretary and the custodian.

Thanks to all who have brought in their “end of year” gift envelopes!

Please stand for the gospel according to Luke 1:26-38

Children’s Time 

*Hymn 236 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
1 While shepherds watched their flocks by night, 
all seated on the ground, 
The angel of the Lord came down, 
and glory shone around,
and glory shone around.

2 "Fear not!” said he, for mighty dread 
had seized their troubled mind. 
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring 
to all of humankind, 
to all of humankind. 

3 "To you, in David's town, this day 
is born of David's line 
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord; 
and this shall be the sign: 
and this shall be the sign.

4 "The heavenly babe you there shall find 
to human view displayed, 
all meanly wrapped in swathing bands 
and in a manger laid,
and in a manger laid”.

5 Thus spake the seraph and forthwith  
appeared a shining throng 
of angels praising God on high, 
who thus addressed their song
who thus addressed their song:

6 "All glory be to God on high, 
and to the earth be peace; 
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to earth 
begin and never cease,
begin and never cease!” 
WORDS: Nahum Tate, 1700 MUSIC: Harmonia Sacra, 1812; arr. from G. F. Handel, 1728 ccli # 242496

Reception of Tithes and Offerings  
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 or call Pastor David. Thanks to all who have signed up for this. The regular tithes and offerings of the church are a great source of blessing.
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. 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.
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

Prayer Hymn 249 There’s a Song in the Air
1 There's a song in the air! 
There's a star in the sky! 
There's a mother's deep prayer 
and a baby's low cry! 
And the star rains its fire 
while the beautiful sing, 
for the manger of Bethlehem 
cradles a King! 

2 There's a tumult of joy 
o'er the wonderful birth, 
for the virgin's sweet boy 
is the Lord of the earth. 
Ay! the star rains its fire 
while the beautiful sing, 
for the manger of Bethlehem 
cradles a King! 

3 In the light of that star 
lie the ages impearled; 
and that song from afar 
has swept over the world. 
Every hearth is aflame, 
and the beautiful sing 
in the homes of the nations 
that Jesus is King! 

4 We rejoice in the light, 
and we echo the song 
that comes down through the night 
from the heavenly throng. 
Ay! we shout to the lovely 
evangel they bring, 
and we greet in his cradle 
our Savior and King! 
WORDS: Josiah G. Holland, 1874 MUSIC: Karl P. Harrington, 1904 ccli # 242496

Pastoral prayer and 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: The Best Host

*Hymn of sending forth 218 It Came upon the Midnight Clear
It came upon the midnight clear, 
that glorious song of old, 
from angels bending near the earth, 
to touch their harps of gold: 
"Peace on the earth, good will to men, 
from heaven's all-gracious King." 
The world in solemn stillness lay, 
to hear the angels sing. 

2 Still through the cloven skies they come 
with peaceful wings unfurled, 
and still their heavenly music floats 
o'er all the weary world; 
above its sad and lowly plains, 
they bend on hovering wing, 
and ever o'er its Babel sounds 
the blessed angels sing. 

3 And ye, beneath life's crushing load, 
whose forms are bending low, 
who toil along the climbing way 
with painful steps and slow, 
look now! for glad and golden hours 
come swiftly on the wing. 
O rest beside the weary road, 
and hear the angels sing! 

4 For lo! the days are hastening on, 
by prophet seen of old, 
when with the ever-circling years 
shall come the time foretold 
when peace shall over all the earth 
its ancient splendors fling, 
and the whole world send back the song 
which now the angels sing.
WORDS: Edward H. Sears, 1849 MUSIC: Richard Storrs Willis, 1850 ccli # 242496

Benediction (please raise hands toward heavens)
Go, Tell it on the Mountain 
Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

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