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Welcome to

Philadelphia United Methodist Church

December 5, 2021



CALL TO WORSHIP (Based on Isaiah 11)
L: Prepare the way the prophets call, make ready the way for God.
P: How we long to walk down the sidewalks in God’s kingdom of peace!
L: Prepare your hearts, for God’s peace opens up in a new day.
P: We yearn for the time when the wolf and lamb will live together.
L: Prepare the way, God promises a new day when adversaries lay down
their arms.
P: We dream of a world transformed by God’s love.
L: We rejoice for God’s Spirit is in our midst.

CANDLE LIGHTING “PEACE” Buck and Mary Miskelly
Luke 3:4-6 “We light this candle as a symbol of Christ the Way. God kept
His promise of a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem. May the Word
sent from God through the prophets lead us to the way of salvation. Peace
will come in a stable. O come, O come, Emmanuel”.

P: The Peace Candle, sometimes called the “Bethlehem Candle”
reminds us of the experience of Joseph and Mary in the city of
Bethlehem searching for a peaceful place to have her baby.

*HYMN It Came Upon the Midnight Clear UMH #218

*THE APOSTLES’ CREED                                                                                 UMH #881
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of Heaven and Earth;
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*GLORIA PATRI “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.”


TIME WITH CHILDREN                                                                                                 “Preparing the Way, John the Baptist”

OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE                                                                                                                                   Luke 3:1-6
                                                                                                                                                              Katie Knight, Lay Reader


SPECIAL MUSIC                                                                                                                                              Christmas Alleluia
                                                                                                                          Margaret Henson, Kandi Peterson, Sandra Robbins


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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what You say to us this day. Amen.

SERMON “Benedictus” Rev. Kathy Pryor

Invitation – All are Welcome
Confession and Pardon
The Great Thanksgiving
Giving the Bread and the Cup
Prayer after Communion


*Those who are able, please stand.


Updates and Announcements

Thank you for worshiping with us at Philadelphia United Methodist Church! We are delighted you have chosen to worship with us this morning.

This Week:

Sunday           8:45am            Adult Sunday School in Fellowship Hall

                        9:30am            Worship

                        6:00pm           Christmas Worship Service "Tell You the Story of Jesus"


Monday          4:00pm            Yoga/Pilates 

Wednesday   10:00am           Advent Bible Study this week

                        11:00am           Prayer Meeting in the Sanctuary          

Thursday        4:00pm            Yoga/Pilates

Upcoming Opportunities

Barnabas Ministry – Remember our shut-ins in your shopping times! Bags will be in the vestibule to fill until the Monday prior to Christmas.

Sunday Servants for 2022 – If you are already on a list for greeters, lay readers, ushers, and/or communion assistants, we plan to keep you on those list(s). If anyone would like to be added as a servant in one or more of these capacities, please let Mary Miskelly know.


Saturday, December 11th 10:00-12:00 – Children’s Christmas Party

Sunday, Dec. 12th 5:00-7:00pm – Merry Grinch-mas Youth Party!
Middle/High School Youth – at the home of Mr. Doug and Pastor Kathy
(704)609-7749, 811 River Stone Court – York, SC *wear Grinch Green!!!


GIVING - Philadelphia UMC provides Online Giving—a convenient and safe way to make a one-time or recurring tithes and offerings. Visit our website,, and click our Online Giving link

         2021 Weekly Budget Needs  $2,022.00    Received 11/28/2021  $643.00    


                                 December 5th                                               December 12th

Lay Reader:             Katie Knight                                                  Anna Kate Dover

Ushers:           Buck Miskelly & Randy Sandifer       Maddox Dover & Gerin Knight

Greeter:              Bobby & Cathy Carson                                     Kandi Peterson

                                              December                                                      January

Communion         Helen Lewis



**Please send any announcements for the bulletin and/or calendar to Katie Knight by Wednesday of each week.


Masks are highly encouraged, but optional for everyone while inside the church buildings.  If you need a mask there are extras in the vestibule. 


If anyone present at in-person worship should test positive for COVID-19, please notify Rev. Kathy Pryor immediately.


If anyone has been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 or if someone feels like they have COVID-19 symptoms or if someone is awaiting test results for COVID-19 the individual and their immediate family should not attend in-person worship or other church activities for 14 days or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.