* THE OPENING HYMN: #1 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
* THE SOLEMN DECLARATION C: Amen
* THE INVITATION TO CONFESSION
* THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison
C: Our Heavenly Father, who by Your love has made us, and through Your love has kept us, we humbly confess that we have not loved You with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and that we have not loved one another as Christ loves us. Forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and through Your Spirit direct what we shall be, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* THE KYRIE (sung)
P: Lord, have mercy upon us.
C: Lord, have mercy upon us.
P: Christ, have mercy upon us.
C: Christ, have mercy upon us.
P: Lord, have mercy upon us.
C: Lord, have mercy upon us.
* THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON
P: God demonstrates His love for us…
* THE CALL TO PRAISE
P: Let us praise God!
C: Praise the Lord!
* THE GRATEFUL PRAISE: Blessing and Honor
Blessing and honor and glory and power,
Wisdom and riches and strength evermore,
Give ye to Him who our battle hath won,
Whose are the Kingdom, the Crown and the Throne.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
DEDICATION OF CHILDREN
HOLY SCRIPTURES: Jeremiah 23:1-22 (Page 554)
2 Corinthians 11:1-15 (Page 135)
2 Peter 2:17-19 (Page 184)
THE SERMON: “Keepers of the Trap”
* THE NICENE CREED
* A HYMN: #250 And Can it Be
THE CHANCEL CHOIR
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #449 Because He Lives
* THE COMMISSION & the BENEDICTION
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain at your seats in a worshipful attitude until the Pastors have exited the sanctuary
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
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 Aaron and Alisha Vogelzang at the dedication of their children Olivia Mae and Graham Hudson this morning. May God be with this family as they grow in Him.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Valerie Frank and family at the death of her dad, Harold Badger. May God be with them at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by the VanDerbeek and Inyang families in loving memory of Billy and David.
LAY VISITOR: Ed and Darlene Schmidt
GREETERS TODAY: Kevin and Carol Curcio
USHER CAPTAINS: Ken Merritt, Dave Reich
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Donna Moyer
January 21st Mary Beth Musselman
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Connie Merritt, Farrah McClaskey, Mariah Foote
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Tosha and Reagan Hostelley, Shay Mahoney
Children’s Church – Lions (3 to 5 years)
Shaun and Meghann Permar, Vanessa Broderick
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jake Hughes, Connie Merritt, Renee Shafer 18th; Brian Lafty, Sr., Orion Lockman, Dianne Nase 19th; Maxine Parfitt 21st; Julia Kulp, Desiree Steve 22nd; Rod Harbon, Jacqualyn Hillegass, Henry Niederhaus 23rd; Janie Inyang, Mark Kostishion, Ed Schmidt 24th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Jim and Pat Eakins 18th; Ted and Wanda Brunner 21st; Henry and Pearl Walter 23rd; Ron and Marilee Hughes, Kendall and Mary Beth Musselman 24th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Keepers of the Trap. Don’t you wish everything was labeled accurately? Everything is labeled, of course, but not with accuracy. Peter talks about springs – that is, places where you can expect to find water – but he’s referring to springs that have no water. Jeremiah lamented in his day the many priests and prophets who turned out not to be true priests and prophets – for no one profited from their ministry. Indeed, they were like the false apostles Paul knew to be in Corinth. Such folk, he says, are like Satan who disguises himself as an angel of light. All these are really keepers of the trap.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today Stan Ott
January 21 Freedom in the Balance
THE FLOWER CHART FOR 2018 is posted on the wall in the narthex for those who would like to sponsor flowers for our sanctuary. These dates are still available: April 1, 8, 22, 29; May 13, 20; and August 26.
MARCH FOR LIFE 2018 bus will leave our parking lot at 6 a.m. this 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 are 14 spots open.
ANNUAL DINNER AND BUSINESS MEETING of Leidy’s Church takes place this Saturday, January 20th. Registration forms are in the bulletin. At this meeting a budget will be adopted for 2018. A copy of the budget is posted on the narthex wall.
THE SUNDAY MORNING LADIES CLASS has begun a book/DVD study by Lysa TerKeurst entitled Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely. Uninvited reminds us we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken—a love that does not reject or un-invite. All ladies are welcome to attend. The class begins at 8:45 in Room 118.
UNIVEST STOCK TUMBLES as church makes significant payment on mortgage principal thus averting many interest payments. Well, that headline didn’t really appear. But it is true that Leidy’s Church raised $133,922.65 for her Building Fund that was matched with another $133,922.65 from a challenge fund. Do the math and you’ll see how it was that a very significant payment was made this week that will lower our mortgage principal amount by over a quarter of a million dollars! Praise be to God!
VEHICLE DELIVERED Just two days ago, on Friday the 12th, a Yukon vehicle was delivered to Colleen Estes in Pikangikum, Ontario. Thanks be to God! The crew of Francis Weiss, Tony Kapusta, Mario Guerreiro, Chris Tawney, Nick Smith, and Merle Geisinger drove it and a return vehicle all the way from Souderton, leaving on Wednesday evening about 10 pm. Allegedly, they will be back in time for services this morning. So if you hear someone snoring or catch an aroma of someone who may have been in transit/sans shower for the past 80 hours, it probably is one of that crew. It would be appropriate to thank them for their labors and effort, and then to praise God for His faithfulness throughout this entire endeavor, from the raising of funds to the trip home.
MISSIONS COMMITTEE meets this Wednesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room.
BOOK OF THE QUARTER BOOKS are here and in the office. The Youth Book of the Quarter is Intentional Parenting by Tad Thompson and costs $8 per copy. This quarter’s everyone-should-be-interested book is Concise Theology by J.I. Packer and costs $11 per copy. Stop by the office and check them out. Then you can purchase them if you so desire.
KENYA ORPHANAGE TRIP will take place March 20-30. The orphanage is the Mahiga Orphanage which Leidy’s Church supports on a monthly basis. A new dormitory we helped fund is being dedicated on March 25th. We’ll have representatives present: Wendy Radcliff and Pastor Steve Myers. This is the first opportunity for folk from Leidy’s Church to develop personal connections with the Mahiga staff and children, so we’re excited about it. We want to raise funds to help Wendy and Pastor Steve on their way. If you would like to be part of their support team, please use a Second Mile offering envelope and mark it: Kenya Orphanage.
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE SUNDAY is next Sunday. Representatives from the PA Family Institute will be here to mark the occasion. A special presentation will take place during Sunday School in the Issues and Answers class. Titled Freedom in the Balance and presented by Kurt Weaver and Randall Wenger, it will highlight concerns of which we should be aware and what we can do in light of them. It will be a timely and cogent presentation. You’re invited to be present for it.
GET INFORMED! All of us should know more about our country’s governance. We didn’t pay sufficient attention in school! If this describes you, you’ll be glad to know Leidy’s Church is hosting a six week Constitution Course that begins this Tuesday evening, January 16th. See the Newsletter for more details. You may speak with Lorne or Susan Slack about the course, or Pastor Niederhaus. The course is sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition of PA.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO BLAST INTO HYPERSPACE with the cast and crew of Space Quest. This fun-packed, scripture-loaded musical will have you humming Bible verses all week. We practice most Saturday mornings from 10-11am. We are especially looking for one more teen/young adult female that would be a smaller time commitment than the rest of the crew. Contact Donna Frueh if you’re interested in saving the Galaxy with us!
WOMEN’S SPRING EVENT: Behold Conference. Think Spring and register for the Behold Conference which will be held on April 21st at the Family Worship Center in Lansdale. Behold is a one day event with keynotes and breakout sessions to encourage women of all ages and levels of faith to own a fresh awareness of the transforming work of Christ to make us new creations and reflect His glorious image. Cost for the day including a catered lunch is $30 if you register before March 15th. Information at wwwbeholdconference.net For further info or questions, contact Verna 215-237-1370.
PLEASE NOTE there is an insert to the kids bulletins. These sheets can be used to help focus attention, help engagement in the service, and help families talk about the service on the way home. In addition to being in the kids bulletins, we have additional copies available at the Welcome Desk for anyone who might want one.
NEW PRECEPT COURSE ~ ACTS PART TWO: If you were not with us for part one of the book of Acts, this is an opportunity to join us for part two! We plan on beginning on February 15th if there are no further delays for the first semester due to weather cancellations. We have been observing Paul’s transformation from persecutor of the church to preacher. Join him (and us) on the journey across the Roman world to proclaim the saving message of Jesus and learn to trust our sovereign Lord who enables us to do the same. Contact information Verna 215-237-1370, workbook are $18.
LAST CALL FOR ANY SEWING, knitting, crocheting or crafting supplies for the Love Cradle Transition House. Any donated supplies help the young men and women learn skills needed in order to support themselves after leaving the orphanage. The collection box is located on the upper level in coat area just past the water fountain. A shipment will be sent the end of January.
MENTORS NEEDED! iBLAST has just started and we are looking for three additional mentors. These are individuals who spend time getting to know the kids in iBLAST and lead them around to the various activities. It is a great way to serve our youth! If you are able and interested, please contact pastor Michael.
EVANGELISM COMMITTEE meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room.
NEEDED: Adults and teens (14 & up) are needed to help with childcare during the worship service. Even if you do not have a child needing childcare you are welcome to help. If you can do only one day a month, it would be most appreciated. Help is needed in all three areas Guppies (infant to 17 mos.), Lambs (18 mos. to 3 yrs.), and Lions (3-5 yrs.). If you are 18 years or older you must have a police and child abuse background check done. If you need help to do this, you can contact the church office. Contact Justine Smith if you are able to help in any way. Thank you.
MEALS SIGN-UP SHEET – Anyone who would like to participate in our meal ministry by providing an occasional meal for members of our Leidy’s Church family in 2018 should sign-up on the sheet provided in the narthex. Here’s how it works! When we see that someone requires a meal due to having a new baby, an illness, or as a result of a hospital stay, Hazel Krier will call the names of those who sign up on a rotating basis to cook and deliver meals for them and their families. This is a one-year commitment only, so be sure to sign up for 2018 even if you were on last’s list. Thank you for participating.
GLORY GRIFFITH a young woman from the congregation is looking for work. She will do cleaning, housework, childcare, or housesitting, please call her at 610-222-4431.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
7:00 p.m. FCA – C.R.
5:00 p.m. Gym Resvd.
6:30 p.m. Youth Bible Study – Rm. 117
7:00 p.m. Evangelism Mtg. – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting – C.R.
5:00 p.m. Grace Notes Choir
6:00 p.m. iBlast
7:00 p.m. Missions Mtg. – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
9:00 a.m. Precept Study – Rm. 118
7:00 p.m. Realm
5:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study
6:00 a.m. Leave for March for Life
9:30 a.m. Gym Resvd.
10:00 a.m. Kids Musical Practice – F.H.
6:00 p.m. Congregation Dinner
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
February 14 Ash Wednesday
February 17 Men’s Breakfast
March 10 Love Cradle Banquet