THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
#1 King of Love (My Shepherd Is)
#2 At Calvary
#3 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
#4 In Christ Alone
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
SPECIAL MUSIC: The Sonshine Players
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Exodus 31:18; 32:15-16 (page 65)
Psalm 119:89-96 (page 446)
John 8:31-32 (page 98)
THE SERMON: “The Forever Foundation”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
C: Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven. But we live in a fallen world, a world in rebellion against You, a world that questions Your Word, and challenges its authority. We confess the world has influenced us. We have doubted Your Word; we have ignored Your Word; we have been flippant with Your Word; we have disobeyed Your Word; we have twisted Your Word; we have not honored Your Word. This is sin and we confess it as such, asking You to forgive us. We turn to Your Word of promise, that in Jesus’ shed blood our sins are atoned for. We lay our sins on Jesus, that He may bear them away, freeing us from their curse. Lord Jesus, we would be Your disciples, we would continue in Your Word. Thank You for Your faithfulness to all generations. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #593 I Lay My Sins on Jesus
* THE APOSTLES CREED
AN ANTHEM: Come, Now is the Time to Worship – Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #640 Let All Things Now Living
* THE COMMISSION & THE BENEDICTION
* THE THREEFOLD AMEN
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
* 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.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Mark Kostishion and family at the death of his mother on Tuesday. May God be with them at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Mark and Sharon Kostishion in loving memory of Mark’s mom, Jean.
USHER CAPTAINS: Rich Kapusta, Dave Walbrandt
GREETERS TODAY: Lorne and Susan Slack
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Sandy Derr
April 9th Vicki Freed
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Alex and Ally Hager, Farrah McClaskey
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Ruthie Niederhaus, Ellen Hill, Krista Tyson
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
Jeremy and Justine Smith, Mitchell VanDerbeek
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Doug Elliott, Hawthorne Harris, Megan Weiss 6th; Brody Kinney, Evangeline Smith 7th; Ron Malone 8th; Bob Hager, Chuck Weber, Ben Weber 9th; Gerald Bower, Ezra Harris, Maikil Yagilnicky 10th; Mary Ellen Gruver, Ron Moyer, Greg Nase 11th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is The Forever Foundation. The University of Southern California’s Law School has a quotation from the gospel of John inscribed above the pillars of its main building. It’s part of our gospel text this Lord’s Day. The text is this: “You will know the truth and truth will make you free.” That’s a great text. It is, however, only a partial text. Without the rest of the text it’s possible to misuse and misunderstand the text quoted. Texts that are inscribed in such high, distinguished settings are meant to be foundational for the institution. We’ll consider the rest of the text this Lord’s Day.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today Elder White Paper on “A Woman’s Role in Teaching”
April 9 Steve Radcliff: Democracy of the Dead
April 16 No class, Pancake Breakfast
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT THE FIRST NIGHT OF VBS is just about three months away? That’s right! This year’s VBS program will take place Sunday, June 25th through Thursday, June 29th. Be sure to visit the Ocean Commotion VBS information table in the narthex to find out more about this exciting event. We anticipate record attendance so we need lots of volunteers!! Contact Laura Heebner (215-872-9834 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
AUCTION DONATION FORMS for the Leidy’s Church Stormer Lake Auction set for Saturday, April 29th are on the Welcome Desk and also on the narthex hutch. Please pray how you can support this worthy endeavor. Call the church office if you have any questions about the auction or ideas you might have about donation items.
A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will take place immediately following the service of worship this morning. The Spiritual Council is nominating Dave Reich for the office of Elder. While the Spiritual Council can nominate, only the congregation can make that happen by a vote at a duly called congregational meeting. There will be no other items of business.
AN INQUIRER’S CLASS BEGINS on April 23rd. It will meet during the Sunday School hour in the Conference Room. Lasting for six consecutive Sunday mornings, it will provide a thorough overview of Leidy’s Church and what makes her tick. Though not a membership class, it is a course that one must take prior to becoming a member of the church. If you or someone you know would like to be part of this class, please contact the church office or speak with Pastor Niederhaus.
NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE CLASS starting on Monday, April 17th – Breathe – Making Room for Sabbath, a five session study by Priscilla Shirer. One of the greatest challenges among women in our culture is taking time to cease from all the activities and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted, then the concept of Sabbath will change your life. The workbook for this study is $9.99 plus S/H and tax. The study does include homework but that is optional to join the class. Please reply by email email@example.com or call 215-669-1421 to order your book or if you have any questions.
THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS will be sung during our Easter service of worship. The choir will open its ranks that day to all who would like to sing it with them. A special rehearsal takes place on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:30 for all who desire to participate.
SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Tuesday evening at 7:30 in Rm. 125.
OPENING NIGHT THIS WEEK: The Spring Musical Go, Go, Jonah! You have only two opportunities to see our talented young people perform this inspiring story, so mark your calendars now and bring a friend or six or seven . . . you won’t want to miss it! This Saturday evening at 7, and Sunday afternoon at 4.
THE THURSDAY MORNING Precept Class, which starts at 9, is beginning a short study based on the book of Jonah this Thursday morning. The class meets in Room 118 on the Christian Ed Level. All ladies are welcome.
THE CASE FOR FAITH, a new adult class elective, will begin next Sunday and meets in room 125 on the educational level. Andrew Rosenbaum will lead the class through a six week consideration of issues many consider obstacles to faith. Each class will have a video segment followed by a directed discussion.
STUDY THE BIBLE UP CLOSE by touring through Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Masada, and other biblical sites. Pastor Niederhaus is hosting a tour group to Israel (and Jordan/Petra) in February of next year. Brochures are available at the narthex hutch, or speak with him in person and he’ll be glad to fill you in on the details.
EASTER LILY forms are included in the bulletin to sponsor a plant on Easter Sunday. These plants may be placed in memory or in honor of someone. The cost of each plant is $8. Elaine Frank and Connie Merritt will be in the narthex after the service to collect slips.
GOLF IS GREAT especially when one plays for a good cause at a finely appointed course. The Pastors Master charity golf tournament is just such an opportunity. It takes place at the Talamore Country Club on Monday, April 17th. Benefitting the ministry of Love Cradle, the tournament has become a favorite among local golfers. Pick up a brochure from the narthex hutch for full details or go to http://thepastorsmasters.org/ for information and registration.
THE MOVIE THE CASE FOR CHRIST will be shown at select theaters on Thursday, April 6th. Locally, it will be presented at Regal theaters in Warrington and at Oaks. This is for The Case of Those Interested! You can google the movie and find out about getting tickets.
THE ANNUAL RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE takes place on Wednesday, April 12th from 2 to 7 p.m. there are several ways to make an appointment for you to give blood. The quickest and easiest way is to go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor name leidyschurch in the Find A Blood Drive box. There you will be able to see what times are available. Or, you may call the church office at 215-723-8707 to schedule a time.
CONSISTORY meets this Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the Conference Room.
LADIES OF LEIDYS meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room. This month Jerri Thompson will talk about Asberger’s Syndrome. What it is, and do you know someone who has it? We will also begin collecting items for Morningstar Ministries, such as any types of paper products, hygiene products, household items, cleaning products or gift cards.
A RECEPTION WITH LIGHT REFRESHMENTS is planned to meet & greet Karen Burgman for after the 7 P.M. Piano Concert, Sunday April 23rd. Please consider providing some of the refreshments (finger food) – cookies, brownies, fruit, veggies & dip, crackers & cheese, chips & dip, etc. If you would like to help that evening, please contact Ruth Bugge. Phone # 215-368-9290, email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILDCARE WORKERS NEEDED for the Mom’s Group which meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00. There are four more dates to be filled, April 4th, April 18th, May 2nd, and May 16th. Sign up is on the narthex wall.
PRAYER CARD SUNDAY is next Sunday. Prayer card pictures are due in today! A picture of your child will be taken if one is not received. It is our desire that each child has an adult praying for them!
LOOKING FOR WORK – Glory Griffith a young woman from our congregation is looking for work. If you need a mother’s helper, she has taken the Red Cross babysitting course and is certified. She is also looking for cleaning jobs. You can contact her at 610-222-4431.
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL BREAKFAST takes place on Thursday morning, May 11th. The special speaker will be Dan Emr. It will begin promptly at 6:30 as those present enjoy a full country breakfast that is served family style. Franconia Heritage banquet center is the site for the breakfast, and tickets are $10 p/person for folk from Leidy’s Church. Tickets are available from Jack Parry or Pastor Niederhaus.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
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. Outreach Mtg. – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Go, Go Jonah Tech night – F.H.
9:30 a.m. Mom’s Bible Study – Rm. 111
7:00 p.m. Elder Prayer – Rm. 125
7:00 p.m. Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Spiritual Council – Rm. 125
7:30 p.m. Choir Rm. Resvd.
1:30 p.m. Sm. Group – Rm. 211
5:00 p.m. Kids Musical Practice – F.H.
7:30 p.m. Consistory – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir
9:00 a.m. Precept
7:00 p.m. Realm
7:00 p.m. Go, Go Jonah Performance
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
4:00 p.m. Go, Go, Jonah Performance
April 9 Palm Sunday
April 14 Good Friday Service
April 16 Easter Sunday
April 22 Women’s Awaken! Conference
April 23 Piano Inaugural Concert
April 29 SLMT Auction