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Welcome to

Philadelphia United Methodist Church

January 24, 2021


Words of Welcome

Opening Prayer

Almighty God, You search our hearts and you see every part of us. All our desires are known to You, and from you no secrets are hidden. By the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, cleanse our hearts so we may perfectly love you and glorify Your holy name. We pray this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Litany of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks for all of God's mercies.  O God, our Covenant Friend, you have been gracious to us through all the years of our lives.  We thank you for your loving care, which has filled our days and brought us to this time and place.

We praise your holy name, O God.


You have given us life and reason, and set us in a world filled with your glory.  You have comforted us with family and friends, and ministered to us through the hands of our sisters and brothers.

We praise your holy name, O God.


You have filled our hearts with a hunger after you, and have given us your peace.  You have redeemed us, and called us to a high calling in Christ Jesus.  You have given us a place in the fellowship of your Spirit

and the witness of your Church.

We praise your holy name, O God.


You have been our light in darkness and a rock of strength in adversity and temptation.  You have been the very Spirit of joy in our joys and the all–sufficient reward in all our labors.

We praise your holy name, O God.


You remembered us when we forgot you.  You followed us even when we tried to flee from you.  You met us with forgiveness when we returned to you.  For all your patience and overflowing grace.

We praise your holy name, O God.

Hymn                           This Is My Song                                          UMH 437

*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.


Prayers of the People    


Lord’s Prayer

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.                                    


Scripture Reading                                         Psalm 50 and John 15:1- 8

Sermon                                                                                Rev. Emily Sutton

The Confession                                                                     See Insert

Words of Assurance and Pardon

Special Music             Take My Life and Let It Be                           Chris Wade  


The invitation                                                                       See Insert

The Covenant Prayer                                                          See Insert

Hymn                               Trust and Obey                                        UMH 467

Dismissal with Blessing

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          9:30am            Prayer Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday    7:00pm            Wesley Prayer Challenge Study via Zoom

Upcoming Opportunities


Wesley Prayer Challenge - An Individual or Group 3 week Study that will begin on January 27!  The Wesley Covenant Prayer has been used in Methodist services around the world on the first Sunday of the year since John Wesley introduced it in 1755. Wesley expected that people would pray this prayer as a way of remembering, renewing, and surrendering themselves in complete trust to God. When we pray it, we are to remember what living like Jesus looks like and what loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind and loving our neighbor as ourselves requires of us.  In The Wesley Prayer Challenge, author Chris Folmsbee invites readers to consider words from the Wesley Covenant Prayer each day for three weeks while reflecting on their meaning in the context of the larger piece. Each day’s reading will include scripture, prayer, and a challenge for daily life.  Books are available in the Bethel UMC Church office.

Lent Book Study of the 10 Commandments – Words of Life - An Individual or Group Lenten Study beginning February 17th.  Buy your books online, pick up a book at the front of the church or get one from the Bethel UMC Church Office.  A little about Words of Life written by Adam Hamilton: “Nearly everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments, the list of “thou-shalt-nots” found in the Bible. Jesus saw these commandments not as onerous burdens, but as guideposts to help us experience a good and beautiful life. These ten ancient “words” were given to us by a loving God who longed to set safe boundaries, create order out of chaos, help communities live peacefully, and protect us—often from ourselves.

Sunday, February 21    Church Council/Planning Meeting         5:00pm


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 ListImmediate Needs: Men's Sweatpants sizes Medium and Large


**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 1/17/2021  $893.00


**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. 



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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