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Philadelphia United Methodist Church

November 29, 2020

Welcome and Announcements

Advent Wreath                                                         Buck and Mary Miskelly

Hymn                                              O Come, O Come Emmanuel                         UMH 211

Opening Prayer

Awesome God, you created the world and all that is in it. You blessed each element of creation with your love. You called us from slavery into witness and service. Be with us this day as we gather to worship. Clear our minds of all the distractions which would draw us away from you. Open our hearts and spirits and let your healing and empowering love flow in. Prepare us to be witnesses to your power and love as we use the gifts with which you have blessed us in your service. For we offer this prayer in the name of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Special Music                                                                Mrs. Hannah Fairfax

*The Apostles’ Creed                                                                  

     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.


Responsive Reading   “Canticle of Zechariah” 

  L: Blessed be the lord, the God of Israel, who has come to set the chose people free.

  P: The Lord has raised up for us a might Savior from the house of David.

  L: Through the holy prophets, God promised of old to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hates us;

  P:  To show mercy to our forebears and to remember the holy covenant.

  L:  This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:

  P:  To set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship without fear, holy and righteous in the Lord’s sight, all the            days of our life. 

  L:  And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,

  P:  To give God’s people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.

  L:  In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

  P:  To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. 


Scripture Reading                                                                 John 14:1-4 & 27 and 2 Timothy 1:7                         

Sermon                           Letting Go of Our Fears                       Mrs. Sandy Sindell

Prayers and Praises

Hymn                                     Come Thou Long Expected Jesus                               UMH 196


*The Benediction                                                     


* The Postlude

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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 


Tuesday         11:00am           Prayer Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday    7:00pm           Advent Bible Study via Zoom


Live Nativity – Sunday December 13 from 5-7.  Drive through and remember the Christmas Story in the PUMC parking lot.

Advent Bible Study - We will study together the book, Incarnation by Adam Hamilton Wednesday nights via zoom beginning December 2.  Please let me know if you would like to join and books are $17.50.


Advent in a Box -  We will be preparing activities that will unite our church family this Advent.  Each family is invited to pick an Advent in Box kit the week of November 22 - November 29.  These boxes will include everything you need as we seek to daily grow in our faith this Advent.  There will be crafts, scripture, songs and much more in your box.  Please let us know if you would like a box so we can prepare enough boxes for our church family!

Bethel Men’s Shelter - The Bethel Men's Shelter is open. If you would like to volunteer by laundering towels and bedding, serving a meal for dinner, or Sunday morning breakfast, please go to, click on the Get Involved Tab and Volunteer. From there you will be able to select the sign-up you need. In addition, if you would like to donate items to the shelter, they have created an Amazon Wish List that is updated regularly. Click here to go to the Wish ListBackpacks are an immediate need at this time.


**CHURCH SIGN - Plans are being made to replace the church sign out front. A fund has been started for anyone who would like to contribute.


**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

         2020 Weekly Budget Needs  $1,989.00    Received 11/22/2020  $----.00


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


> Masks are required 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. Emily Sutton 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. 


The Prayer List

For those with medical needs:

Chuck Kelch

Terry Wingate – Heart IssuesLydia Williams

Mike Wylie

Paul Kelch

Cathy Miskelly

Cis Helms

Dot Moss

Pam Chapman

Tina Clark

Jennifer Panther

Ted McCarter


Dan Guyton

Gayle Hunter

Gary Burgess

Alan Vasher

Audrey Adkins
Freddy Adkins

Deana Henson

Betty Singletary

Bill Whitesides

Hunter, Cynthia Knight Olivia, Mason, Nolan

Mary Ella Turney

Brian McNeely

Johnny McCowen

Spencer Stiles – fractured arm playing ball

Tina Fulop

Johnnie Hayes
Elissa – Diabetes type 1
Ruth McGill
Ann Lanier
Susie Furgeson

Kierslyn Phipps
Don Gerhart
Zingle Ard
Brenda Ard
Nancy Smith – Hugh Moore’s Sister
Darlene Helms

Dorian Long
Richard Long
Kristen Wilkerson
Carol Ramsey
Bobby Carson
Sue Passmore – Arthritis
Pat Gillian

Suzanne Heriot – Melissa Buddin’s sister
Melissa Cooper – Heart issues
Evie Hatfield's Grandmother, Mary Stutts.
Jerry Hampton
Elizabeth Dunbar - Richard Murr’s mother
Jim Cameron
Blaine Robbins
Lisa Tinkler
Dan Sipe
Max Sipe
Dorothy Stewart


Those sick with COVID:

Shea Lewis

Sharon Lewis

Sutton Family

Bud Smith

Cindy Day

Paul Kelch

Mashawn Hatfield


For those with cancer: 
Bonny Sparks – Betty Stiff’s Sister
Trey Sandifer
Mike Hovis
Jessica Mitchell
Jack Heustess
Mike Lewis
Susan Kocher
Lane Turner
Glynn Drawdy
Jody Bells

Carolyn Rice

Bruce Favors

For those who grieve:
Family of Lovine Moss

Family of Butch Sanders


For those expecting/those with a new child:
Ashley & Donny Goforth – expecting 3rd child and has a heart defect

Amanda and Todd Rishel’s baby – Sophie


For our community and world:
Those affected by Hurricane Sarah, Laura, Beta and Delta

Those affected by the Forrest Fires, specifically the family of Sally Conger family (sister of Alan and Gary Vasher).  Sally and three of her children and their families are affected by the fires in Colorado – Robin Hubert family, Sam Conger family, Mike Conger family and Sally Conger  

Bethel Men’s Shelter
Schools, students, teachers, administration, staff, and parents – all children in our community
Nursing homes and those in nursing homes
Unity and Healing in our country around race

For those who are homebound: 
PUMC Shut -ins
Juanita and Hoover Towery
Butch Benfield
Annie Laura Sandifer
Jewel Brendel
Evelyn Caveny

Grace Ulbricht

Bethel Shut-ins
Evelyn Dornbush
Nita Miller
Sylvia Richardson
David and Norma Nivens
Darrelle Long
Geraldine Taylor
Alene Bell
Nancy Bratton
Alice and Ken Bailey 

For those with needs known to God
Ken Spaulding

Leslie Baldwin

Pete Morrison

Neely Morrison

Doug Morrison

James Morrison

Mattie Clark

Brandon Todd

Shirley Clark

Joe and Maggie Duffey

Mary Kelch

Mr. Vincent  - Lost home due to fire
Jean Roller
Gene and Libby Childers – lost their brothers
Stacy Kennington – Lost her job
Jeff McKenna
Debi Moore
Chris Turney and his parents
Alice Trask
Beverly Moon
Joe Sutton
Greg Morris
The Kelch Family
Debbie Reingold
Lauren, Kalel, Gabby and Justin
Cyndi Mikell
Darrell Long and his family

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers

**Please  email
or call Rev. Emily at 803-554-2298 to be added to the prayer list


Philadelphia United Methodist Church is a loving church family who seeks to know, love and serve God and their neighbors.  Join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 9:30am where you will meet a welcoming and loving church family!  All are welcome at Philadelphia United Methodist Church!


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