March 7, 2021

Pastor: David Range

Dear friends,

Great news: Pastor David is now recuperating at home. Recovery will take a lot of time and energy; we thank you for your continued prayers.

March 7th is the THIRD Sunday in Lent.  Also, March is Women’s History Month. Each week you will find a featured woman’s biography attached to the bulletin.

Remember there are two ways you can watch our services. One is on youtube.com by typing in the search bar: Miramar UMC and then you should see the service live streamed. If you subscribe to our service through youtube.com 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 the same as we have been doing since March. We are thankful for our www.MiramarUMC.org 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.)  Please email your prayer requests for uplifting on Sunday by sending them to miramarpastor@gmail.com. It is best if you send them by Saturday NOON if possible.

Remember Sunday School is at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom so children from both services can take part. You may contact Marvia Aitken at marviaaitken@hotmail.com for the link. Our prayer meeting is online on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and you may contact Marvia Aitken or Vinessa Edwards mamaness@bellsouth.net for the link.

Thanks to those who have signed on to e-giving. Special blessings on you who have dropped by for a short visit, keeping social distance, or to drop off your gift in person or to pick up the Upper Room daily devotional guide. This week, Monday through Thursday there will be someone in the church office from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day. Please remember to enter from the south entrance near the Pastor’s office. No other doors will be open for church business. The pre school is open but you should still come in by the south entrance because the north entrance from the parking lot must be dedicated use for the little children of the pre school. Please let friends with pre school aged children know that they can enroll the children in our pre school.

Looking forward to worshiping with you through the Holy Spirit. 
Grace and peace, Pastor David and Pastor CJ

 

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
March 7, 2021
 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services

 

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
Giver of life, we are reminded that Jesus invites us to live in abundance – abundance of grace, mercy, truth, justice, and love. Help us to see that to love your ways is to love you, and that to extend love to our neighbors is another way that we love you. Through song, prayer, meditation on your Word and holy communion, grant us grace that we might extend forgiveness and grace to all we encounter this coming week. Amen.    

CALL TO WORSHIP 

*HYMN 144 “This Is My Father’s World"
1 This is my Father's world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

2 This is my Father's world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

3 This is my Father's world.
O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad! 

WORDS: Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901 MUSIC: trad. English melody; adapt. by Franklin L. Sheppard, 1915 ccli # 242496 

PRAYER

*PRAISE AND WORSHIP

Let’s Just Praise the Lord
Let’s just praise the Lord….praise the Lord
Let’s just lift our hearts together
And praise the Lord
Let’s just praise the Lord….praise the Lord
Let’s just lift our hearts together
And praise the Lord

Cry of My Heart
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, O Lord, 
So I can walk in Your truth.  
Teach me Your Holy ways, O 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.

Lamb of Glory
Precious Lamb of glory,
Love’s most wondrous story.
Heart of God’s redemption of man;
Worship the Lamb,
Glorify the Lamb,
Worship the Lamb of glory.   

Beautiful
Beautiful, beautiful, Jesus is beautiful
And Jesus makes beautiful things of my life
Carefully touching me
Causing my eyes to see
And Jesus makes beautiful things of my life.

WELCOME 
Whether you live nearby or halfway around the world you are welcome to be part of the Miramar United Methodist Church worship community. 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 greets you from home, where he continues to recuperate from recent surgery. 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 voice mail or write an email to the church and Sister Beth will direct your message. The church office is open and staffed Monday-Thursday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Today: Holy Communion will be celebrated in this morning’s worship services. Please PREPARE the elements of bread/cracker and either juice/wine/water so you will be ready when we reach that part of the liturgy. Sunday School at 10:00 a.m., contact Marvia Aitken for the link, Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m., contact Marvia Aitken or Vinessa Edwards. See introductory page.

Food distribution on Thursday at starting 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. www.MiramarUMC.org and click on the Twitter icon or on youtube.com by putting Miramar UMC in the search bar. 

Next Sunday: The United Methodist Women will be leading worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am. The 8:30 service will be led by Deaconess Dr. Judith Pierre-Okerson, Florida Conference President. 
The message will be given by sister Eula Fahie Romero, Vice President MUMW.
At 11:00 am sister Joyce Hemmans, Asst. Spiritual Growth Coordinator will lead the service and sister Vinessa Edwards, Spiritual Growth Coordinator will deliver the message. Be sure to join in!

Keep in prayer and plan to attend online the next two important BOLD Justice meetings in 2021: The Nehemiah Action on Monday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., and the Celebration on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. REGISTER for the Nehemiah action by registering at: https://bit.ly/nehemiah-action-register https://bit.ly/nehemiah-action-register. THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS—recruit your friends to also register and be “present.”

CHILDREN’S TIME: “To Love and Honor”
 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long time in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”—Exodus 20.12 (NiRV)

WOMEN’S MOMENT (Please see article on Vice President Kamala Harris at the end of the bulletin)

*GOSPEL READINGJohn 2.13-22

*HYMN 444 “O Young and Fearless Prophet”    
O young and fearless Prophet 
of ancient Galilee, 
thy life is still a summons 
to serve humanity; 
to make our thoughts and actions 
less prone to please the crowd, 
to stand with humble courage 
for truth with hearts un-cowed. 

2.We marvel at the purpose 
that held thee to thy course 
while ever on the hilltop 
before thee loomed the cross; 
thy steadfast face set forward 
where love and duty shone, 
while we betray so quickly 
and leave thee there alone. 

3.O help us stand unswerving 
against war's bloody way, 
where hate and lust and falsehood
hold back Christ's holy sway; 
forbid false love of country 
that blinds us to his call, 
who lifts above the nations 
the unity of all. 

4.Stir up in us a protest 
against our greed for wealth, 
while others starve and hunger 
and plead for work and health; 
where homes with little children 
cry out for lack of bread, 
who live their years sore burdened 
beneath a gloomy dread. 

5.O young and fearless Prophet, 
we need thy presence here, 
amid our pride and glory 
to see thy face appear; 
once more to hear thy challenge 
above our noisy day, 
again to lead us forward 
along God's holy way. 

WORDS: S. Ralph Harlow, 1931 MUSIC: John B. Dykes, 1872 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, 1:00-5:00 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 OFFERING DEDICATION
To you alone, O Lord, belongs all glory and honor.  With our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness we offer our first and best to you.
In gratitude for all you have given us we offer ourselves and all that we have, in union with Christ’s offering for us.  Use these gifts for your church’s ministries of reconciliation, service and mercy, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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 437 “This Is My Song”
1 This is my song O God of all the nations
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

2 My country's skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
O hear my song, Thou God of all nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine

3 This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth's kingdoms:
Thy kingdom come; on earth Thy will be done.
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve Him,
And hearts united learn to live as one.
O hear my prayer, Thou God of all nations;
Myself I give Thee; let Thy will be done.

WORDS: Sts. 1,2 Lloyd Stone, 1934; st. 3, Georgia Harkness, ca. 1939 MUSIC: Jean Sibelius, 1899; arr. from The Hymnal, 1933 ccli # 242496

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE 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.

SERMON: “All These Words!”

INVITATION TO THE LORD'S TABLE
Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.  

HYMN OF PREPARATION 622 “There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood”                
1 There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains:
Lose all their guilty stains,
Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.

2 The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.
Wash all my sins away,
Wash all my sins away;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.

3 Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power,
Till all the ransomed church of God
Be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more,
Be saved, to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed church of God
Be saved to sin no more.

4 E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die,
And shall be till I die;
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.

5 Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing Thy power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave.
Lies silent in the grave, 
Lies silent in the grave;
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave.

WORDS: William Cowper, ca. 1771 MUSIC: 19th cent., USA camp meeting  melody ccli #242496

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. You brought all things into being and called them good. From the dust of the earth you formed us into your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast. 

When rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights, you bore up the ark on the waters, saved Noah and his family, and made covenant with every living creature on earth. 

When you led your people to Mount Sinai for forty days and forty nights, you gave us your commandments and made us your covenant people. 

When your people forsook your covenant, your prophet Elijah fasted for forty days and forty nights; and on your holy mountain, he heard your still small voice.
And so, with your people on earth, and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. When you gave him to save us from our sin, your Spirit led him into the wilderness, where he fasted forty days and forty nights to prepare for his ministry. 

When he suffered and died on a cross for our sin, you raised him to life, presented him alive to the apostles during forty days, and exalted him at your right hand. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. 

Now, when we your people prepare for the yearly feast of Easter, you lead us to repentance for sin and the cleansing of our hearts, that during these forty days of Lent we may be gifted and graced to reaffirm the covenant you made with us through Christ.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here and online, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet. 

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and for ever. Amen.

*HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 354 “I Surrender All”                
1 All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All to Thee my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

2 All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me Jesus, take me now.

I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All to Thee my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

3 All to Jesus I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

4 All to Jesus I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

WORDS: J. W. Van Deventer, 1896 MUSIC: W. S. Weeden, 1896 ccli #242496

BENEDICTION (please raise hands toward heaven)

 

KAMALA HARRIS-THE VICE PRESIDENT  -A career for the people- breaking barriers and fighting for working families

Kamala D. Harris is the Vice President of the United States of America. She was elected Vice President in the November 2020 elections, after a lifetime of public service, having been elected District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and United States Senator.

Vice President Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California to parents who emigrated from India and Jamaica. She graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Harris Law School. 

Kamala Harris on January 28, 2019 said-

 “My mother would look at me and she’d say, ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.’”

Her parents were activists, instilling Vice President Harris with a strong sense of justice. They brought her to civil rights demonstrations and introduced role models—ranging from Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to civil rights leader Constance Baker Motley—whose work motivated her to become a prosecutor. 

In 2014, she married Doug Emhoff. They have a large blended family that includes their children, Ella and Cole.

Throughout her career, the Vice President has been guided by the words she spoke the first time she stood up in court: Kamala Harris, for the people.

In 1990, Vice President Harris joined the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office where she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases. She then served as a managing attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and later was chief of the Division on Children and Families for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. 

She was elected District Attorney of San Francisco in 2003. In that role, Vice President Harris created a ground-breaking program to provide first-time drug offenders with the opportunity to earn a high school degree and find employment. The program was designated as a national model of innovation for law enforcement by the United States Department of Justice. 

In 2010, Vice President Harris was elected California’s Attorney General and oversaw the largest state justice department in the United States. She established the state’s first Bureau of Children’s Justice and instituted several first-of-their-kind reforms that ensured greater transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system. 

As Attorney General, Vice President Harris won a $20 billion settlement for Californians whose homes had been foreclosed on, as well as a $1.1 billion settlement for students and veterans who were taken advantage of by a for-profit education company. She defended the Affordable Care Act in court, enforced environmental law. 

In 2017, Vice President Harris was sworn into the United States Senate. In her first speech, she spoke out on behalf of immigrants and refugees who were then under attack. As a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, she fought for better protections for DREAMers and called for better oversight of substandard conditions at immigrant detention facilities.

Some of her achievements as a Senator were - Work on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; Select Judiciary Committee participating in hearings for two Supreme Court nominees. She also worked on legislation to reform cash bail, combat hunger, rent relief, improve maternal health care. 

On August 11, 2020, Vice President Harris accepted President Joe Biden’s invitation to become his running mate and help unite the nation. She is the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian and American to be elected Vice President.  

Prepared by L Melhado
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