February 28, 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 28, 2021
 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services

Prayer of Preparation for Worship: 
Though people may turn their backs on us, you do not hide your face from us. Though others may try to take away our hope, you assure us of that future waiting for us. You speak your name, Inscrutable Creator, and it is enough.
When we try to dictate our fears to you, you invite us to follow you into self-denial and service. As we struggle to shape our lifestyle to yours, you carry us with you wherever we go. You speak your good news, Teacher of open hearts, and it is enough.
Though we have done nothing to earn them, you pour out the gifts of grace and mercy upon us. When we stumble over our lack of trust, you set us back on our feet, to follow you into the kingdom. You speak your peace, Breath of Holiness, and it is enough.
God in Community, Holy in One, it is enough that you hear us.
    
—Written by Thom Shuman, http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/
    (based on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Mark 8:31-38; Romans 4:13-25)

Call to Worship Pilgrims, we are invited to journey through this season of Lent towards the One who calls us each by a new name.
We walk with Jesus wherever he leads us, putting our fears, our doubts, our longings behind us.
We seek to trust the God who always surprises us, whose promises take on flesh and blood in the good news called Jesus; for this is the day of salvation that the Lord has made!
We will rejoice and be glad in it!

*Hymn 116 "The God of Abraham Praise"
1 The God of Abraham praise, 
who reigns enthroned above; 
Ancient of Everlasting Days, 
and God of Love; 
Jehovah, great I AM! 
by earth and heaven confessed; 
I bow and bless the sacred name 
forever blest.

2 The great I AM has sworn; 
I on this oath depend. 
I shall, on eagle wings upborne, 
to heaven ascend.
I shall behold God's face; 
I shall God's power adore, 
and sing the wonders of God's grace 
forevermore.

3 The heavenly land I see, 
with peace and plenty blest; 
a land of sacred liberty, 
and endless rest.
There milk and honey flow, 
and oil and wine abound, 
and trees of life forever grow 
with mercy crowned.

4 The God who reigns on high 
the great archangels sing, 
and "Holy, holy, holy!" cry 
"Almighty King! 
Who was, and is, the same, 
and evermore shall be: 
Jehovah, Lord, the great I AM, 
we worship thee!"

WORDS: From The Yigdal of Daniel ben Judah, ca. 1400; para. By Thomas Olivers, 1760; alt. MUSIC: 
Hebrew melody, Sacred Harmony, 1780 harm. From Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1875, alt. ccli #242496

Prayer

*Praise and Worship ccli#242496

Awesome God 
Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power and love
Our God is an awesome God

Jesus Loves Even Me
I am so glad that my Father in heaven
Tells of His love in the Book He has given
Wonderful things in the Bible I see
This is the dearest that Jesus loves me

I am so glad that Jesus loves me
Jesus loves me….Jesus loves me
I am so glad that Jesus love me
Jesus loves even me

I Will Serve Thee
I will serve thee because I love thee
You have given life to me
I was nothing…until you found me
You have given life to me
Heartaches….broken pieces
ruined lives are why you died on calvary
Your touch is what I longed for
You have given life to me.

Cares
I cast all my cares upon you
I lay all of my burdens down at your feet
And any time I don’t know what to do
I will cast all my cares upon you

Welcome and Announcements
We are grateful you’ve chosen to worship with us today.  If you don’t have a faith community we hope you will make Miramar United Methodist your home. Each of us can be a blessing to another: what has God called you to do and be?

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.

Pastor David continues to recuperate at home, thank you for upholding him in prayer. ***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 voicemail or write an email to the church and Sister Beth will direct your 
message.

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.

Food distribution on Thursday between 8:00 and 9:30 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.org and click on the Twitter icon or on youtube.com by putting Miramar UMC in the search bar.

Keep in prayer and plan to attend online future BOLD Justice meetings in 2021. The Nehemiah Action is Monday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., and the Celebration is on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7 NiRV

When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him. He said, “I am the Mighty God. Walk faithfully with me. Live in a way that pleases me. I will now act on my covenant between me and you. I will greatly increase the number of your children after you.”
Abram fell with his face to the ground. God said to him,  “This is my covenant with you. You will be the father of many nations.  You will not be called Abram anymore. Your name will be Abraham, because I have made you a father of many nations.  I will greatly increase the number of your children after you. Nations and kings will come from you. I will make my covenant with you last forever. It will be between me and you and your family after you for all time to come. I will be your God. And I will be the God of all your family after you. 

Children’s Time : Names to Remember 

*Hymn 527 “Do, Lord, Remember Me”
1 Do, Lord, do, Lord, do, Lord, remember me,
Do, Lord, do, Lord, do, Lord, remember me,
Do, Lord, do, Lord, do, Lord, remember me,
Singing do, Lord, remember me. 

2 I took Jesus as my Savior, do, Lord, remember me,
I took Jesus as my Savior, do, Lord, remember me,
I took Jesus as my Savior, do, Lord, remember me,
Do, Lord, remember me. 

3 When I’m in trouble, do, Lord, remember me.
When I’m in trouble, do, Lord, remember me.
When I’m in trouble, do, Lord, remember me.
Do, Lord, remember me. 

4 When I am dying, do, Lord, remember me,
When I am dying, do, Lord, remember me,
When I am dying, do, Lord, remember me,
Do, Lord, remember me,

5 I got a home in glory land that outshines the sun
I got a home in glory land that outshines the sun
I got a home in glory land that outshines the sun
Do, Lord, remember me.

WORDS: Afro-American spiritual MUSIC: Afro-American spiritual; adapt. And arr. by William Farley Smith, 1986 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. Or, you can drop by with your gift during the week, Monday-Thursday, 1-5 pm. 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.

Prayer of Dedication

One minute musical interlude while worshipers text/email/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

Prayer Hymn 338 “Where He Leads Me”
1 I can hear my Savior calling,
I can hear my Savior calling,
I can hear my Savior calling,
"Take thy cross and follow, follow Me."

Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
I'll go with Him, with Him all the way.

2 I'll go with Him through the garden,
I'll go with Him through the garden,
I'll go with Him through the garden,
I'll go with Him, with Him all the way. 

Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
I'll go with Him, with Him all the way.

3 I'll go with Him through the judgment,
I'll go with Him through the judgment,
I'll go with Him through the judgment,
I'll go with Him, with Him all the way.

Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
I'll go with Him, with Him all the way.

4 He will give me grace and glory,
He will give me grace and glory,
He will give me grace and glory,
And go with me, with me all the way.

Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
I'll go with Him, with Him all the way.

WORDS: E. W. Blandy, 1890 MUSIC: John S. Norris, 1890 ccli # 242496

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer 
To share your joys and concerns please email them before Saturday noon 
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.

Scripture: Romans 4.13,18, 20-25, NLT
Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith…. 
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping
—believing that he would become the father of many nations….

Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.  He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.  And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded  for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.  
He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

Sermon: Walk Before and With Me

*Hymn of Sending Forth 261 “Lord of the Dance”
1 I danced in the morning
When the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon
And the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven
And I danced on the earth.
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said he

2 I danced for the scribe
And the pharisee,
But they would not dance 
And they would not follow me.
I danced for the fishermen,
For James and John; 
They came to me
And the dance went on.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said he

3 I danced on the sabbath
When I cured the lame,
The holy people said it was a shame;
They whipped and they stripped
And they hung me on high;
And they left me there
On a cross to die.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said he

4 I danced on a Friday
And the sky turned black; 
It's hard to dance
With the devil on your back;
They buried my body
And they thought I'd gone,
But I am the dance, and I still go on.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said he

5 They cut me down
And I leapt up high;
I am the life that'll never, never die;
I'll live in you If you'll live in me;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.

WORDS: Sydney Carter, 1963 MUSIC: 19th cent. Shaker tune; adapt. by Sydney Carter, 1963; harm. by Gary Alan Smith, 1988 ccli # 242496

Benediction (please raise hands toward heaven)
May God the Father send light upon you.
Amen.
May God the Son speak mercy to you.
Amen.
And May God the Holy Spirit fill you with peace.
Amen.

 

If you would be interested in any of these workshops please contact the church office or Roland Abel

.     _____ Spending Money Wisely:  How to build a budget for the family, to cover for the financial compromises, to save money for the future, set aside money for incidentals and be able to give generously.
·      _____  Is never too late!: How to build a budget , tips and mistakes about spending money wisely, that every young people should know.
·      _____  Children and Stewardship: If we want to nurture children in an understanding of stewardship, we need to find ways to help them experience stewardship and the joy of giving of oneself.
·      _____ Faithful Expressions:  Helps individuals consider the many ways they can ensure the gifts God has given them will continue supporting those they love and the ministries they value long into the future.
·      _____  Budgeting in the Local Church: The budget’s priorities reflect the church mission statement. The Leadership agrees on the plan and it is communicated clearly to all involved.
·      _____  Fundamentals of Fundraising: The right person asking, the right prospect, for the right gift, for the right program, at the right time, in the right way.

 
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