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Welcome to

Philadelphia United Methodist Church

September 19, 2021


Words of Welcome


CALL TO WORSHIP                    

L:  As a shepherd seeks a lost sheep,

P:  so God seeks and saves the lost.

L:  Like a woman who searches for a lost coin until it is found,

P:  so God rejoices over one soul restored to wholeness.

L:  As a father receives a returning wayward son,

P:  so God welcomes us, and lets the past be the past.

L:  Therefore, let us praise God in thanksgiving that we are received.

P:  Let us receive and welcome and rejoice over one another, in the name of    

     Jesus Christ.                                                               Ruth Duck, USA, 20th Cent, Alt.


Opening Prayer                                                                                       

O Lord our God, you are always more ready to bestow your good gifts on us than we are to seek them, and are willing to give more than we desire or deserve.  Help us so to seek that we may truly find, so to ask that we may joyfully receive, so to knock that the door of your mercy may be opened to us; through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

                                                    Book of Common Prayer of Church of England, 20th Cent.

*Hymn              God of Grace and God of Glory                                        UMH #577

*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.


Time With Children 

Scripture                                                                                                       Proverbs 1:23-28


*HYMN                         Near to the Heart of God                             UMH #472



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.                                    


Tithes and Offering

*The Doxology                                                                                                             UMH #95  



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. 

Scripture Reading                                                                                 James 4: 1-10

SERMON                                     “G I G O”                                        Rev. Kathy Pryor

*HYMN                                Breathe On Me Breath of God                     UMH #420    


*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            

                        5:00pm            Administrative Council Meeting


Monday          5:30pm            Yoga/Pilates 

Wednesday   6:00pm             Hebrews Bible Study


Thursday        5:30pm            Yoga/Pilates

Upcoming Opportunities

Hebrews Bible Study – Beginning Wednesday, September 8th

                Study will be every 2 weeks at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall

Saturday, September 25th – UMW Annual Meeting – 9:00am

                First UMC Clover


Sunday, September 26th – Cluster Youth Event at Camp Cherokee

                3:00pm – 7:00pm, 6th – 12th grades


Tuesday, September 28th 7:00pm – Charge Conference Prep Meeting (Council Leaders)

Oct. 9th & 10th – Lay Servant Training First UMC Clover

Registration Deadline is Sept. 30th. Registration is online only.

More information and registration can be found at


**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

         2021 Weekly Budget Needs  $2,022.00    Received 9/12/2021  $1,965.00    


                                   September 19th                                            September 25th

Lay Reader:              Anna Kate Dover                                               Louise Moss

Ushers:            Bobby Carson & Mike Reeves       Buck Miskelly & Randy Sandifer

Greeter:                    Mary Miskelly                                                     Gladys Wright

                                             September                                                          October

Communion       Wayne Sandifer                                              Janice Ramsey



**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.