January 22, 2017
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
      #1  Ancient of Days – Hymn 62              #3  Blessed Be Your Name – Hymn 26
      #2  Everlasting God – Hymn 121           #4  I Stand In Awe – Hymn 78
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:  Genesis 8 s.v. (page 5)
                                                         Luke 1:1-4 (page 43)
                                                         Acts 27:1-12 (page 116)
     THE SERMON: “Why?
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
C: Gracious Father, we come before You in Jesus’ name to confess our sin. How often we think You are not in control. How often we think we are in control. How often we think the devil is in control. How often we think rulers and governors of nations are in control. We err and think wrongly when we think in such ways. We forget that You have established Your throne in the heavens, and that Your sovereignty rules over all. Your sovereignty does not negate our responsibility. You call all to live under Your rule. But we don’t. Yet we cannot negate Your purposes, or Your counsel, or the plans of Your heart. O Lord, bind our wandering hearts to Your heart, make us part of that nation that is the true Israel of God. Amen.
*   ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #98 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
     AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #334  Breathe on Me, Breath of God
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* Indicates congregation standing; C = Congreg.  Response
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the welcome desk in the narthex and return immediately following the service.
WELCOME TO ALL VISITORS who are worshiping with us. We pray you will have a meaningful time of worship and invite you to worship with us again.
FOR PERSONAL PRAYER AND MINISTRY, please come to the chancel steps following the service. Prayer helpers from the congregation will pray with you. Prayer request cards are located in the pew rack for those who wish to submit them.
CONGRATULATIONS to Jeremy and Justine Smith at the dedication of their son, Kaleb Joash this morning. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Carl and Jerri Thompson in memory of her dad.
USHER CAPTAINS:  Greg Nase, Ed Schmidt
GREETERS TODAY:     Ed and Darlene Schmidt
TAPE MINISTRY:       Today                       Marge VanOmmeren
                                         January 29th          Fern Vasey
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Beth Guntz.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Mario Guerreiro, and Brian Radcliff.
     Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
               Mike and Shannon Kehs, Rachel Tyson
     Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
               Gregg and Tiffany Guerreiro, Julia Martindell
     Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
                Andrew and Becca Rosenbaum, Lydia Wilwert
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Annabelle Martindell 26th; Nicholas Sciacca 28th; Val Hager 29th; Dave Hughes, Arlin Moyer 31st; Chloe Olszyk, Marje Talbot, Brittany Weiss February 1st.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Jim and Genie Smedberg 27th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Why? Today we begin the last great action of Paul in the book of Acts: his trip by ship to Rome. Unfortunately, our text is a very mundane text. If you’re looking for great theological truths or glimpses of godly insight, this is not a very fertile text. Mostly it is just details about the trip. We learn the name of the centurion who has charge of Paul. We trace the stops the ship makes around the Mediterranean’s northeastern rim. We also hear Paul giving his opinion about the prospects of the trip: not favorable. Why? Why waste space in the Bible on such mundane facts?
     January 29th      Bob Bugge – Answers in Genesis video
     February            There will be a variety of facilitators – John DiLenge, Steve Radcliff, and Stan Ott
     March                Missions Month
iBLAST IS COLLECTING new or gently used toys (still in original packaging) for the second semester. There is a box in the narthex for donations. Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
HAZEL KRIER thanks everyone for their willingness to make meals when called upon during the past year. Many people received a blessing because of your kindness. There is a sign-up sheet for the Meal Ministry for 2017 posted in the narthex.
SPECIAL NEEDS EVENT: A Night to Shine Prom Event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation is being held on Friday, February 10th at the Boys & Girls Club in Souderton. They are in need of participants and volunteers. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. Help is needed anytime from 7 a.m. to midnight on that day. Also, help is needed with hair, nails, parking, catering, set-up, clean-up, and extra sets of hands to support the participants. Please contact Tiffany Guerreiro at 215-353-3436 for more details or questions.
MARCH FOR LIFE 2017 bus will leave our parking lot at 6 a.m. Friday morning. Please be here by 5:45 a.m. Dress warmly, bring a lunch, and money for breakfast and dinner. As of now, there is a waiting list, so keep checking!
REALM, A MIDWEEK TIME OF WORSHIP & THE WORD happens each Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. Realm is a midweek time dedicated to worshipping our Lord and hearing from God’s Word in a relaxed but passionate atmosphere. Realm is for everyone young and old to come and sing praises to God in the form of modern worship songs and engage with the Scriptures. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Chris.
ISRAEL TRIP INFO NITE is scheduled for Monday, February 6th. Pastor Niederhaus is leading a tour to Israel in February of 2018. An information night for those who might want to consider the trip – or those who’ve already decided to go, but want to get the full low-down – takes place that evening at 7 pm. Trip brochures are available at the narthex hutch as well as in the church office. All questions will be taken; most will be answered. We hope.
CONSISTORYMEN REMEMBER to get your ride lined up for the Retreat this coming Friday/Saturday. We’re due to meet at the Red Lion Inn at 697 DeTurksville Road (Rt. 443) at 6:30 pm Friday. Bring a sleeping bag and a pillow and a Bible and a hearty singing voice!
THANK YOU from Esther Davis for the kindnesses, prayers, and cards since Harry’s illness and death.
EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT our amazing iBlast volunteers feed over 100 people, many of whom are not members of Leidy’s Church! This is an amazing outreach opportunity and we need help between now and early March with the following jobs: 1) Wednesday nights we need two people to help with post-dinner clean up from 6-7 p.m.;  2) Tuesday afternoons (1/24, 2/7, 2/21 & 2/28) from 12:30-2:30 p.m. we need one person for very low key childcare. Even if you can only do one slot, please call, text, or email Laura Heebner 215-872-9834, laura_kulp@hotmail.com.
WANTED: Sonshine Players need a dozen or so matching sized hard-covered books (the size of a Bible). A small encyclopedia set would be perfect! If you no longer look things up in your Funk & Wagnalls . . . consider loaning them to us. Contact Donna Frueh if you can help out.
                12:00 p.m.              F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
                 6:00 p.m.              Youth Fellowship
                  9:00 a.m.            Home School Classes
                 6:30 p.m.              Volleyball
                 6:45 p.m.              Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
                 7:00 p.m.             Grace Community- Gym
                 7:30 p.m.              Choir Room Resvd.
                  1:30 p.m.             Small Group – Rm. 211
                 3:00 p.m.              Set up for iBlast
                 5:30 p.m.              Grace Notes Choir
                 6:00 p.m.              iBlast
                 7:00 p.m.              Bell Choir
                 8:00 p.m.              Chancel Choir
                 9:00 a.m.              Precept
                 7:00 p.m.              Realm – Sanctuary
                  6:00 a.m.             Leave for March for Life
                 Consistory Retreat
                  2:00 p.m.            Kitchen Resvd.
                 8:45 a.m.              Sunday School
               10:00 a.m.              Worship Service
February 6                   Israel Trip Info Nite
February 10-12           Sr. High Winter Retreat
March 1                        Ash Wednesday
March 11                      Love Cradle Banquet
March 25                     Sexuality Conference