April 17, 2016
MORNING WORSHIP – 8:00 & 10:45
*  THE OPENING HYMN: #337  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
*  THE SOLEMN DECLARATION            C: Amen
*  THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison
    C: Almighty and most merciful God, we have strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have gone against Your laws. We have left undone those things we should have done, and we have done those things we should never have done. Have mercy upon us. Make us whole. And help us to live a righteous life to the glory of Your Holy Name, 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.
         P: God shows His love for us…
         C: Amen
         P: Let us praise God!
         C: Praise the Lord!
*   THE GRATEFUL PRAISE: To God Be the Glory
     To God be the glory – great things He hath done!
     So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
     Who yielded His life an atonement for sin
     And opened the Lifegate that all may go in.
     Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord,
     Let the earth hear His voice!
     Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord!
     Let the people rejoice!
     O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
     And give Him the glory – great things He hath done.
     HOLY SCRIPTURES:  Isaiah 53:1-12 (Page 737)
                                              1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 (Page 1181)
                                              Acts 17:1-9 (Page 1109)
     THE SERMON: “Let Us Reason Together”
*   A HYMN: #595  Lead On, O King Eternal
     AN ANTHEM:  The King of Love, My Shepherd Is – Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #399  Jesus Calls Us, O’er the Tumult
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful
       attitude until the Pastors have exited the sanctuary

WELCOME TO ALL VISITORS who are worshipping 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 rail 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.
THE ROSEBUD on the communion table is in honor of a son, Kaleb, born to Jeremy and Justine on Thursday. May God be with this family as they grow in Him.
CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff and Mary Kirkpatrick at the dedication of their son, Stephen Paul, this morning. May God be with this family as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Kevin and Karli Weiss in honor of Brody and Mallory Kinney.
GREETERS TODAY:      (8:00)    Josh and Laura Heebner
                                               (10:45)    Jerry and BJ Kulp
TAPE MINISTRY:         Today                  BJ Kulp
                                             April 24th            Denise Kulp
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Bob and Val Hager.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Mario Guerreiro and Collin Radcliff.
  8:00    Nate and Bekah Kulp, Tim and Rachel Leidy (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45    Peter and Bambi Martindell, Deb Guerreiro, Farrah McClaskey, Mitchell VanDerbeek (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jenn Malone, Lois Wile 21st; Abram Hughes 22nd; Dave Parfitt 23rd; Ann Edmonds, Jim Kinney, Liam Moyer 24th; Mariah Foote 25th; Peter Martindell, April Sedares 26th.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Harry and Esther Davis 22nd.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Let Us Reason Together. Today, more than ever before in our nation’s history, we are a people divided. Strong divisions exist on the political and domestic fronts. Tough legal divisions abound on issues of morality, gender roles, and labor equality. Sharp divisions are apparent regarding basic institutions, such as the church and family. Everything appears to be unraveling and many solutions seem to be absurd and irrational. But, there is an answer for such divisions if we will but listen to what God has to say, “’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord.”
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING is scheduled for Sunday, April 24th during the Sunday School hour. The purpose of the meeting is to vote on the proposal from Consistory to add a new full-time pastoral staff position of Pastor for Worship and Technology.
FULLY FINISHED CAMPAIGN will continue through May 8th. If you do not have a form, or need another one, extra copies are on the narthex desk.
A COPY OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION for the Pastor of Worship and Technology has been placed in the narthex mailboxes for your review. Extras may be found on the narthex desk.
STORMER LAKE AUCTION – The auction is just Two Weeks away. Many items are still needed to be auctioned. It takes a lot of donated (and bought!) items to help finance our mission trip to the First Nations People of Canada. SLMT requires ALL of our congregation to be involved. If you have questions or ideas, you may call the church office. Donation forms are in the bulletin.
GATHERING IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL throughout the month of April is the agenda for adult Sunday School classes. Each Sunday there will be special presentation or meeting, all adults are encouraged to gather and participate. Here’s the schedule:
          Today: A review/overview of the Building Project; details of
     our move across the street; what to expect at the Dedication
          April 24: Congregational meeting to consider and vote on
     Consistory’s proposal to add a new pastoral staff position.
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE STAFF of Harvest USA on April 23rd  from 12-4 pm at Williamson Restaurant in Willow Grove for a celebration and fundraising lunch.  Steve Brown will be the keynote speaker and will present, “An Unchanging Message in Changing Times”.  For more information or to register, please go to www.harvestusa.org or call their office at 215-482-0111.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY meets Thursday evening at 7:30 in Room 18 (Youth Room), they are studying the book of John, the third chapter.
ANOTHER CHANGE! As a result of processes beyond our control this week, we need to move some of the previously scheduled dates at our new facility back a bit. The Congregational tours will be moved to Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st, and our first worship service tentatively will be May 8th. As we approach completion of tasks and inspections, we need to continue to stay fluid and flexible concerning our schedule over the next few weeks. If you contacted the church office indicating you would like to help give tours, please let them know how those new dates work out for you.
THE CARE COMMITTEE is looking for people willing to bake cookies to serve at the Dedication/Open House of our new church. Please sign your name and provide contact info on the sheet posted in the narthex so you can be notified when the details are finalized.
ATTENTION GOLFERS/GOLF ENTHUSIASTS . . . still not too late to sign up for the 2016 Pastors Masters, which happens tomorrow. This is a fundraiser event for Love Cradle Int. Ministries. Go to www.thepastorsmasters.org to have a look at the event. Plus the weather is supposed to be in the low 70s sunny with a light breeze. We are also looking for a few volunteers to help with the registration table. Taking down information and processing credit card/check transactions. Contact Jack Parry 267-467-1536 or Steve Yagilnicky 215-723-0263
IF ANYONE KNOWS of an apartment rental in the Souderton/Telford/Harleysville area, please let the church office know.
THE MONDAY NIGHT LADIES BIBLE STUDY begins The Emotionally Healthy Woman by Geri Scazzero tomorrow. In this eight-session DVD study Geri provides you a way out of an inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. This study is for every woman who thinks, “I can’t keep pretending everything is fine!” For more information or to order a workbook, please contact either the church office or Sandy Nase 215-669-1421. We hope you will join us!
BABY BOTTLES – If you have any bottles, filled or unfilled, please return them to the office. Thank you.
THE NEXT WORSHIP COMMITTEE meeting is scheduled for tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Room 13 of the Christian Ed wing.
GOD’S TREASURE HOUSE is holding a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, April 23rd, from 4 to 7 pm at Franconia Mennonite Church. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased in advance. See the flyer posted in the narthex for details.
THE OUTREACH COMMITTEE is collecting specific food for local food banks during the month of April. Please help us by bringing in items that are gluten-free, sugar-free or no-sugar-added, or low glycemic. For further questions, please contact Darlene Schmidt.
SUNDAY                 12:30 p.m.      Small Group – C.R.
MONDAY                 9:00 a.m.      Home School Classes
                                   6:30 p.m.      Volleyball
                                   7:00 p.m.      FCA – C.R.
                                   7:00 p.m.      Worship Committee – Rm. 13
TUESDAY                6:30 a.m.      Elder Prayer – Sanctuary
                                 8:30 a.m.      BMCE Exec. Mtg. – C.R.
                                 9:30 a.m.      Mom’s Fellowship – C.R.
                                 6:30 p.m.      Finishing Committee – C.R.
                                 7:00 p.m.      CMAC – Rm. 19
WEDNESDAY      9:00 a.m.      Staff Meeting – C.R.
                                7:30 p.m.      Missions Mtg. – C.R.
                                 7:30 p.m.      Chancel Choir
THURSDAY          9:00 a.m.      Precept Study – Rm. 16
                                 7:30 p.m.      Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
FRIDAY                 6:30 p.m.      F.H. Resvd.
SUNDAY               8:00 a.m.      Worship Service
                                9:30 a.m.      Sunday School
                               10:45 a.m.      Worship Service
April 26                  Primary Election Day
April 30                  SLMT Auction
May 11 & 12           Rummage Sale
May 15                   Confirmation Sunday