February 14, 2021

Pastor: David Range

Miramar United Methodist Church
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
February 14, 2021
 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services

 

Call to Worship 
In glory Jesus meets us here, raising us from depths of valley to the height of the mountain; carrying the weight of our humanity to the heights of heavens glory.
Let us worship from the mountain and hear again: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”
 

*Hymn 173 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies ccli #242496
1 Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
triumph o'er the shades of night.
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

2. Dark and cheerless is the morn
unaccompanied by thee;
joyless is the day's return,
till thy mercy's beams I see;
till they inward light impart,
cheer my eyes and warm my heart.

3. Visit then this soul of mine;
pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, Radiancy divine;
scatter all my unbelief;
more and more thyself display,
shining to the perfect day.
WORDS: Charles Wesley, 1740  MUSIC: J.G. Werner’s Choralbuch, 1815; harm. by William H Havergal, 1861 ccli #242496
 
Prayer
 
*Praise and Worship ccli #242496
 
Down In My Heart
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy , joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart, down in my heart.
I have the joy, joy, joy, joy 
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay.
 
I have the peace that passeth understanding
Down in my heart, down in my heart, down in my heart.
I have the peace that passeth understanding
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay.
 
I have the love of Jesus, love of Jesus
Down in my heart, down in my heart, down in my heart.
I have the love of Jesus, love of Jesus
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay. 
 
And I’m so happy….so very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart
And I’m so happy….so very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart
 
It Is The Cry Of My Heart Lord
It is the cry of my heart to follow You.
It is the cry of my heart to be close to You.
It is the cry of my heart to follow all the days of my life.   

 
Teach me Your holy ways, oh Lord, 
So I can walk in Your truth.  
Teach me Your Holy ways, oh Lord, 
 And make me wholly devoted to You.
 
It is the cry of my heart to follow You.
It is the cry of my heart to be close to You.
It is the cry of my heart to follow all the days of my life.

     
Open my eyes so I can see
The wonderful things that You do.
Open my heart up more and more
And make me wholly devoted to You.
 
It is the cry of my heart to follow You.
It is the cry of my heart to be close to You.
It is the cry of my heart to follow  
all the days of my life.

 
As The Deer  
As the deer panteth for the water so my soul 
longeth after you
You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to 
worship thee
You alone are my strength, my shield
You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship you.

 
You’re my friend and you are my brother even 
though you are a king
I love you more than any other, so much more than 
anything
You alone are my strength, my shield
You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship you.
 

I want you more than gold or silver only you can sat-is-fy
You alone are the real joy giver and the apple of my eye
You alone are my strength, my shield
You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship you.
 
He Is Here
He is here, hallelujah
He is here………a-men
He is here…….. holy, holy
I will bless his name again
 
He is here…listen closely
Here him calling out your name
He is here…. you can touch him
You will never be the same
 
Welcome
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, Prayer meetingat 7:30 p.m., contact Marvia Aitken or Vinessa Edwards. See introductory page.
 
Remember in prayer Pastor David as he undergoes surgery at Cleveland Clinic tomorrow.
 
This Wednesday is the beginning of the Season of Lent. Please join us on Twitter or YouTube for the Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 pm.
 
The Wednesday Bible Study has been postponed until after Pastor David’s surgery.
You are invited to join in daily meditation by joining A Community of Love and Forgiveness—a 31-day Journey with Jesus from MLK Day to Ash Wednesday. Click here to start:https://www.flumc.org/love-forgiveness 
 
Food distribution on Thursday between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on the Utopia Drive side of the church.
 
Please continue to worship with us online most Sundays at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. at www.MiramarUMC.org and click on the Twitter icon or on youtube.com by putting Miramar UMC in the search bar.
 
The March-April Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide is now available at the church in both large and regular size print.
 
Keep in prayer and plan to attend online the important BOLD Justice meetings in 2021. The RALLY is on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m., please use the registration Link: https://bit.ly/rally-register. The NEHEMIAH ACTION is Monday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., please use the registration link: https://bit.ly/nehemiah-action-register and the CELEBRATION on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. (Zoom link to this will come later.)
 
Pastor David may be out for up to 8 weeks after his surgery on February 15.  While he is away his wife, Pastor CJ Walter, and others will be conducting worship services. The leaders of the church are committed and organized to respond to any pastoral needs. The church office may be called at any time by dialing 954-989-4711 or emailing the church at mirumeth@gmail.com. Any of our leaders may be contacted, including our co-lay leaders Michael Adewumi at dokksy@yahoo.com or Marvia Aitken at marviaaitken@hotmail.com
Emails from mirumeth@gmail.com with a report about Pastor David’s progress will go out regularly and information will be shared on Sunday mornings during the online services.
 
The Word of God: 2 Corinthians 4:5-10, 18
 
Children’s Time: A Valentine Called Charles Richard Drew, “Father of the Blood Bank” (June 3, 1904-April 1, 1950)
 
*Hymn 585 This Little Light of Mine
1 This little light of mine, I’m goin’-a let it shine!
This little light of mine, I’m goin’-a let it shine!
This little light of mine, I’m goin’-a let it shine!
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!
 
2 Everywhere I go, I’m goin’-a let it shine!
Everywhere I go, I’m goin’-a let it shine!
Everywhere I go, I’m goin’-a let it shine!
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!
 
3 All through the night, I’m goin’-a let it shine!
All through the night, I’m goin’-a let it shine!
All through the night, I’m goin’-a let it shine!
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!
WORDS: Afro-American spiritual MUSIC: Afro-American spiritual; adapt. By William Farley Smith, 1987 ccli #242496
 
Reception of Tithes and Offerings  
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 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.
 
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
 
The Word of God: 2 Kings 2:1-12

Prayer Hymn 703 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Throughout the antebellum South, spirituals became a vital form of folksong among enslaved people. Some were also used as a form of coded communication  to plan escape from slavery. As abolitionist Harriet Tubman guided Black people to freedom along the Underground Railroad, she sang certain spirituals to signal it was time for escape. Among Tubman’s favorites was reportedly “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”

The melody was a signal that the time to escape had arrived. The “sweet chariot” represented the Underground Railroad, swinging low—to the South—to carry them to the North. The song was performed at Tubman’s funeral in 1913.

“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” is also a reminder for us that whether times are good or bad—whether we are up or down—in Christ we are heaven-bound. Hang on!
 
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home;
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

 
1 I looked over Jordan, and what did I see,
Coming for to carry me home?
A band of angels coming after me,
Coming for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home;
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

 
2 If you get there before I do,
Coming for to carry me home;
Tell all my friends I’m coming too,
Coming for to carry me home.
 
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home;
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

3 I’m sometimes up, I’m sometimes down,
Coming for to carry me home;
But still my soul feels heavenly bound,
Coming for to carry me home.
 
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home;
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

 
4 The brightest day that I can say,
Coming for to carry me home;
When Jesus washed my sins away,
Coming for to carry me home.
 
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home;
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

WORDS: Afro-American spiritual MUSIC: Afro-American spiritual; adapt. and arr. by William Farley Smith, 1987
 
Pastoral prayer and Lord’s Prayer 
(Thank you for sharing your joys and concerns in advance by emailing them before Sunday morning 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.
 

The Word of God: Mark 9:2-8
 
Sermon: Only Jesus
 
*Hymn of sending forth 371 I Stand Amazed in the Presence 
1 I stand amazed in the presence
of Jesus the Nazarene,
and wonder how he could love me,
a sinner, condemned, unclean.
 
How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
is my Savior's love for me!  

 
2 For me it was in the garden
he prayed: "Not my will, but thine."
He had no tears for his own griefs,
but sweat-drops of blood for mine.  
 
How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
is my Savior's love for me!  

 
3 In pity angels beheld him,
and came from the world of light
to comfort him in the sorrows
he bore for my soul that night.  
 
How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
is my Savior's love for me!  

4 He took my sins and my sorrows,
he made them his very own;
he bore the burden to Calvary,
and suffered and died alone.
 
How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
is my Savior's love for me!  

 
5 When with the ransomed in glory
his face I at last shall see,
'twill be my joy through the ages
to sing of his love for me.
 
How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
is my Savior's love for me!  

WORDS: Charles H. Gabriel, 1905 MUSIC: Charles H. Gabriel, 1905 ccli #242496
 
Benediction (please raise hands toward heaven)

 

 
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