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TUMC Worship Info for 12.19.21

To find out about our covid protocols you can click here:

9 a.m. Sunday. School for All Ages

10 a.m. Worship online on our Facebook Page and Youtube Channel

To Connect Online

For those with Facebook accounts:

Some of you are having difficulties in finding our videos of worship on Sunday mornings on Facebook. Here are a couple of tips. When you see a “get reminder” button on the video announcement. Click on that. Then whenever we go live, the reminder will pop up in your notifications and you can simply click on the notification to go straight to the video. OR….

The live video will be at the top.

REMEMBER: Our worship is also live on YouTube at the time and can be found at:

If you have questions please direct them to Pastor Matt at

Welcome to Worship for 12.19.21

The Liturgical Sunday is 4th Week In Advent

Our Liturgical Color: Blue or Purple

Thank You for Joining Us in Worship Today

CCLI #1551569 Streaming License #20483914 One License# 734087-A

UMH= United Methodist Hymnal 1987 (The Red Book)

TFWS= The Faith We Sing (The Black Hymn Book)

W&S = Worship and Song (The Green Book)

(+) means stand when able

We Center Ourselves in Worship

Prelude Ramona Frazier

Welcome to Tahlequah United Methodist Church Rev. Matt Franks

Thank you for joining us in worship today! Welcome to Tahlequah United Methodist Church we strive to be a Church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of ourselves and the world.

For our in person worshipers we ask that you register your attendance in the binders at the ends of the pews.

For our online worshipers: Let us know in the comments line that you have joined us in worship.

For those joining us in person, we ask that you fill out the binder info so that we can connect better with you.

For prayer request, you can fill out the yellow card in the pews and bring it up to the front to the prayer basket during the first hymn.

To submit a prayer request online you can go to

We are blessed by your presence today, now let us worship God together.

Celebration Ringers

The First Nowell; Good Christians Friends Rejoice, arr Kimball

Call To Worship Liturgist

Liturgist: Come, joy, lighten our spirits. People: Come, hope, lift us from despair. Liturgist Come, peace, ease our frantic worry. People: Come, love, shine in all we do. Liturgist: Come, Jesus, be born in us. People: Come, Lord, set us free. Liturgist: Come, God, People: Rule in our hearts and teach us to sing with joy!

Dr. Derek C. Weber, Director of Preaching Ministries, Discipleship Ministries of the UMC

We Offer Our Prayers Together

+Hymn: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus UMH 196

1. Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Advent Candle Lighting

Advent Candle Song

Week 4. Light four candles: Christ is coming,Christ, the Peace of the world.Light four candles: Christ is coming,Christ is coming soon!

Celebration Ringers Good King Wenceslaus, arr Kimball

Children’s Moment The Spontaneous Christmas Story Narrated by Peggy Kaney

All youth and children are invited to come up and help tell the Christmas story.

+Hymn: Silent Night UMH 239

1. Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild,

sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

2. Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight; glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!

3. Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love's pure light; radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, the Lord, at thy birth.

4. Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light; with the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King;

Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!

Today we pray for…. Rev. Shana Dry

After each prayer request read: Pastor: God of Love, All: Hear our Prayer

The Pastor will lift any prayers that have been made known to the office. You can submit a prayer request by going to After each request the pastor will respond with Lord, Hear this prayer.

We Lift up: The United Methodist Church, Our Bishop Jimmy Nunn, and Our District Superintendent: Rev. Terry Koehn, Our Pastors Matt Franks and Shana Dry, The NSU Wesley Foundation, Our Little Sprouts Preschool, All of our Local Schools, All of our Health Care Workers, Our Teachers, Support Staffs, and School Administration, All our Assisted Living Church Members. All of our Government leaders, local, state and national.

Our Church Family: Barbara Chambers, Maddie Cochran, Ellen Mathews, Monika Mann, John & Debbie Jensen, Cleo Hixon, Steve & Cindy Ullom, Pat and Vera Freeman, Kyle Rozell, George Foster, Bob Scarsdale, Mary Geasland, Mildred Carol, Jo Ellen Rogers, Lela Stowers, The Junes, Skylar Green,

Our Military: Robert Isaacson, Seminary Student: Cody Robinson

Pastoral Prayer Rev. Shana Dry

The Lord’s Prayer Liturgist

ALL: 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, forever. Amen.

Chancel Choir “Good Christian Men Rejoice” from Many Moods

We Make Our Offering Together

Mission Moment

Thank you for your new or continued generosity towards God’s mission at Tahlequah UMC. When you give to Tahlequah UMC you are investing in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. TUMC has a global reach by helping various ministries locally and globally.

Giving Options at TUMC

• In-person offerings may be dropped in the offering box in the Sanctuary at the entry/exit on Sundays.

• Offerings can also be mailed or dropped off at the church office 300 W. Delaware, Tahlequah Ok 74464

• Online Giving at

• Through your Bank or Credit Union via Auto Check

Offertory Prayer Liturgist

All: God of mercy and grace, we pray that the gifts we offer this morning might be used to bring some compassion to the chaos that is our world. We give these gifts in love, hoping they will heal some of the hurting; and as they do, make the crooked road straight for the coming of the Christ. May the hills that separate us from sisters and brothers be made flat and may the valleys of our isolation be raised up, so we will be ready to welcome the Christ as one. In that holy name, we pray. Amen.

Celebration Ringers There's A Song In The Air, arr. Kimball

We Hear The Word Proclaimed

Sermon Series: Come Home For Christmas Through Song Sermon Title: It Was Not That Silent of Nights

Scripture Base: Luke 1:39-55

given by Rev. Matthew Franks Lead Pastor of Tahlequah UMC

We are Sent out to love and to serve.

Announcements Keep up with events at Rev. Shana Dry

Invitation to Experience and Share Joy Rev. Shana Dry

This year we have committed to live to have hope for the future, to live in peace, to love unconditionally, and to know and share the joy of the Lord so that with God’s help we will transform the world. In this last quarter of the year, we will work towards experiencing and sharing joy. We share joy by simply smiling to our neighbors. And as we send you out this day: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. God loves you and so do I

Closing Chorus: Emmanuel, Emmanuel UMH 204

Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.

This week’s Discipleship Opportunities

Office Hours 9- 12 p.m. & 1-3:00 p.m.


Sunday, December 19th

8:30 a.m. TUMC Worship Walkthrough

9 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages

10 a.m. Celebration Worship in Sanctuary

11 p.m. Special Charge Conference in Sanctuary

4 p.m. Youth Group in the Activities Building

5 p.m. Board Meeting in the Sanctuary

5 p.m. Mindy Bakers Basketball team in the AB gym

6: 30 p.m. Jennifer Walkers basketball team in AB Gym

Monday December 20th

5:30 p.m. Amanda Harris’ Basketball Team in the AB Gym

6:30 p.m. Zoom Adult Bible Study

Tuesday December 21st

12 p.m. Noon Zoom Prayer

1 p.m. Care Team (305)

6:30 p.m. Cody Warrens Basketball Team (Gym)

6:30 p.m. Blue Christmas Service in Sanctuary

Wednesday December 22nd

6:30 Coby Fourkillers’ Basketball Team

6:30 p.m. Pastor’s Table (Online Study)

7 p.m. Chancel Choir (Sanctuary)

Thursday December 23rd

11 a.m. Kiononia in the Atrium

5 p.m. Feed My Sheep (GYM)

5:30 Girl Scouts Troop 1226 in the Parlor

Friday December 24th

6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship

11 P.m. Christmas Eve Worship

Sunday December 26th

8:30 a.m. TUMC Worship Walkthrough

9 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages

10 a.m. Celebration Worship in Sanctuary

4 p.m. Youth Group in the Activities Building

6: 30 p.m. Jennifer Walkers basketball team in AB Gym

Apportionment Balance as of 11.09.21

District Apportionments amount remaining $0

Conference Apportionments amount remaining $16,385

Mission and Ministries amount remaining $2,816

Building Debt as of 12.14.21 $125,976.11

Year-End Giving Reminder

Here is your yearly reminder that for contributions to count for 2021 they must be in the office by Dec. 31st. By Mail: must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2021, They can be mailed to Tahlequah UMC 300 W. Delaware, Tahlequah, Ok 74464, And for our Online giving they must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time, December 31, 2021. Go to to give online.

Confirmation for Youth and Adults

We are going to offer an eight-week confirmation class for Youth in 6th grade to Adults. During the eight-week sessions, the group will learn about the Christian Faith and Methodism.

We have an opportunity for the Church to help with Confirmation. We will need people to help provide a meal for the group. We will need mentors that will be a support for the person during this journey and we will need a table host that will help lead the smaller group conversations.

Setup Introduction Meeting January 30th at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

First Class begins February 6th at 5:30 p.m. Room to be determined.

We will celebrate the Confirmands on April 24th in Worship

If you are interested in helping or joining the class, please contact me at or call the office.

To let us know where you would like to serve in 2022 click this link:

Online Ministry Groups

When the pandemic hit, we shifted and created some ministries to happen via zoom and other platforms as we begin to return, we will shift to more of a hybrid approach for ministry. Below are our groups that are meeting in a hybrid style or just on zoom. To register for the zoom study by going to

Sunday School Class meets at 9:30 a.m. in room 323 or on Zoom.

Sunday After Worship at 11:10 a.m. in room 323 or on zoom.

Monday Night’s 6:30 p.m. Zoom Bible Study

Noon Time Prayer 12 p.m. Tuesday’s on Zoom or in person in room (305)

Wednesday Night Pastor’s Table 6:30 p.m. Our Youtube Channel or Facebook Page


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