April 23, 2017
THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
     #1 Behold Our God                      #3 What a Beautiful Name
     #2 Our God                           #4 Cornerstone
     FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
      WORD OF THANKS: Vets for Vets
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:  Isaiah 46:8-11 (page 519)
                                                Hebrews 11:1-7 (page 175)
                                                Psalm 103:1-22 (page 436)
     THE SERMON: “What is God Like?”
*  CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
               [from Martin Luther’s A Simple Way to Pray]
     C: O dear Lord, God and Father, enter not into judgment against us, because no man living is justified before You. Do not count it against us as a sin, that we are so unthankful for Your unspeakable goodness, spiritual and physical, or that we stray into sin many times every day, more often than we can know or recognize. Do not look upon how good – or how wicked – we have been, but only upon the infinite compassion which You have bestowed upon us in Christ, Your dear Son. Grant forgiveness also to those who have harmed or wronged us, as we forgive them from our hearts. They inflict the greatest injury upon themselves, by arousing Your anger in their actions toward us. We are not helped by their ruin; we would much rather that they be saved with us. Amen.
 
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #269  He Lives
* THE APOSTLES CREED
   THE OFFERING
   THE OFFERTORY
   AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #33  Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him
* THE COMMISSION & THE BENEDICTION
* THE THREEFOLD AMEN
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
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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.
THE ROSEBUD on the communion table is in honor of a daughter, Ava Grace, born to Shaun and Meghann Permar on Tuesday. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by David and Connie Smith in loving memory of their beloved son, David Matthew Smith.
USHER CAPTAINS:  Rich Kapusta, Dave Walbrandt
GREETERS TODAY:     Skip and Donna Smith
TAPE MINISTRY:      Today               Diane Gehman
                                          April 30th          Deb Guerreiro
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
     Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
               Tim and Rachel Leidy
     Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
               Dustin and Ashley Doran, Julia Martindell
     Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
     Gregg and Tiffany Guerreiro, Lydia Wilwert
 
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Gwen Damiani, Tiffany Guerreiro, Mallory Kinney, Tara McVaugh, Bea Schnable, Peter Smith 28th; Cathy Annis, Sandy Derr 29th; Gregg Guerreiro May 1st; Sean Merritt 2nd; Daniel Merritt, Bob Ott, Atticus Parfitt 3rd.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Drew and Laurie Weiss 28th; John and Lorraine Kroesser 30th; Mike and Shannon Kehs, Doug and Lani Kimenhour May 2nd.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is What is God Like? What do you think God is like? This is a very important question. It’s a question we each need to ask and a question we each need to answer. Answers will range from the skeptics’ assertion that God is entirely a construct of human imagination, to those who see God as a petty tyrant unable to impress His will on all of creation. We will seek to answer this question by answering a series of questions. For instance: Does God really exist? Is God good? Is He wicked? Is God knowable? Has God ever been lonely? Is He trustworthy? What does He do?
WE WELCOME JASON LEONE to our service of worship today. He heads up a group in the Upper Perk area called Vets for Vets. The Church & Community Committee provides encouragement and support in a variety of ways from time to time for that organization.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
     Today               Stan Ott
     April 30              Matt Harris, Dan Emr, and Karen Kutzner of Worthwhile Wear
     May 7                Dave Reich – Christianity and the Nature of Science
PRAYER CARDS – If you took a prayer card on Palm Sunday, please remember to fill out and detach the top portion so you can return it to the child’s parents mailbox. The children wait excitedly to hear who has their cards! Thank you for undertaking to bring them before the Lord this year; we did not have a single card left over!
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.
IF YOU ARE planning on donating items for the Auction, we ask that you make every effort to do so by no later than 1 p.m. Friday to allow enough time for set up. Thanks!
SLMT TEAM LUNCHEON happens at 12 noon today. It takes place in the Youth Room. This luncheon has become legendary over the past few years – it is good! SLMT ’17 members should plan to attend; all their family members are welcome as well. Team info packs will be distributed, an overview of curriculum will be presented, and all questions about this year’s mission adventure will be answered.
STORMER LAKE AUCTION The Auction is this Saturday!! 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 be involved. If you have questions or ideas, you may call the church office. Donations forms are on the Welcome Desk.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING: TODAY’S MODERN DAY SLAVERY – This is not just an “over there” issue. It’s happening right in our own schools, churches, neighborhoods, and communities! Next Sunday, please join Issues & Answers during the Sunday school hour as we host guest speakers Dan Emr and Karen Kutzner to learn more about this “Secret War” being waged in our own backyards. Dan Emr is the Executive Director of Worthwhile Wear. Karen Kutzner is the Program Director of The Well which is Worthwhile Wear’s local initiative for women impacted by human trafficking. This is an educational hour you cannot afford to miss.
MARK LOWRY a Christian comedian, songwriter, and singer will be in concert in our area on Friday evening May 12th. Labelled Laugh 4 Bucks, the event is sponsored by Upper Bucks Christian School and will take place at their location at 754 East Rockhill Road, Sellersville. Tickets may be purchased online at iTickets.com. Or, call the school office at 215-536-9200 ext. 114. It is the annual fundraising event for the school.
THANKS TO ALL who participated in the 30 Pieces of Silver offering. Total giving came to some $2,575. All these funds will be given to Glad Tidings India as part of their celebration of Dr. Bill Scott’s 90th birthday and will provide for 515 Bibles to be printed. More details forthcoming in the May Newsletter.
IT’S TIME FOR A NEW LEIDY’S CHURCH DIRECTORY – The dates for the sittings are Tuesday, June 13th and runs through Saturday, June 17th. We will need volunteers to help with the sign-up process for our families. Please contact Alice Kraus at 215-536-4291, or the church office to volunteer to be a part of this project. We need your help!
 
A SPECIAL OFFERING WILL BE RECEIVED next Sunday morning. It will be for the Haven of Hope down in Philadelphia. Recently, they had a major failure on the main building sewer lateral connection to the city sewer main. It cost over $3,600 to get it fixed. That sort of unexpected expense severely stretches the Haven of Hope’s finances. We want to help. So, come next week prepared to use a Second Mile Envelope which you can mark “Haven of Hope” and help that ministry in this time of need. [Yes, you can do so today if you’re already prepared.]
A JOYOUS CONCERT featuring pianist Karen Burgman takes place this evening at 7:00. Mrs. Burgman will be playing the concert grand piano that is in our sanctuary. She will play a wide variety of music to demonstrate the range and caliber of this extraordinary instrument. Included in the evening will be an opportunity for the audience to request songs to be done, and some audience participation. Refreshments will be available following the concert.
CARE COMMITTEE meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Youth Fellowship this evening.
THE RUMMAGE SALE is just two weeks away on Wednesday, May 10th and Thursday, May 11th. If you would like to help with set-up or during the sale, see Mary Beth Musselman. If you still have donations, please hold them, the rummage room is full, you may bring them to the gym May 8th or 9th. The Ladies of Leidy’s thank you for all your wonderful donations!
DON’T FORGET to invite your friends and neighbors to VBS! Invitation post cards are available on the VBS table in the narthex. The deadline for VBS registration is Sunday, May 28th. So be sure to pick up your cards today!
HOPE FOR TOMORROW – What does hope look like for a child living in Kenya? Chariots for Hope invites you to learn about their life-changing work in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children through their annual fundraising banquet on Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Chelten Baptist Church, 1601 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA. To reserve your seat for dinner please contact Andelyn Robb at 267-815-1067 or robb@chariotsforhope.org. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a financial gift in support of the Mahiga Orphanage – that’s the one sponsored by Leidy’s Church – please use a Second Mile offering envelope and mark the envelope Chariots for Hope.
LADIES OF LEIDY’S is sponsoring a Mother/Daughter Tea on Saturday, June 3rd at 11 a.m. Family Heritage Gift Shop and Shekala’s have graciously offered to provide a Fashion Show for our event. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the different women God has created us to be! Look for invitations to be in your mailboxes next week. If you would like to host a table, be sure to look for the sign-up in the narthex next Sunday.
NEWSLETTER ARTICLES for the May newsletter are due in the office by Tuesday. Thank you.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY:
               12:00 p.m.              SLMT Luncheon
                 7:00 p.m.              Piano Concert
MONDAY:
                  9:00 a.m.              Home School Classes
                 6:30 p.m.              Volleyball
                 6:45 p.m.              Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
TUESDAY:
                  6:30 a.m.              Elder Prayer
                 8:00 a.m.              BMCE – C.R.
                 7:00 p.m.              Care Committee – C.R.
                 7:00 p.m.              Grace Community – Gym
WEDNESDAY:
                  F.H. Resvd. for Auction Set up
                 8:00 a.m.              Rm. 111 Resvd.
                 7:30 p.m.              Chancel Choir
                 8:00 p.m.              Gym Resvd.
THURSDAY:
                  F.H. Resvd. for Auction Set up
                 9:00 a.m.              Precept
                 7:00 p.m.              Realm
FRIDAY:
                 F.H. Resvd. for Auction Set up
                 Kitchen Resvd.
SATURDAY:
                  F.H. Resvd. for Auction Set up
                 8:30 a.m.              Sanctuary Resvd.
                 4:30 p.m.              Doors Open
                 5:30 p.m.              Dinner
                 6:30 p.m.              Live Auction
SUNDAY:
                 8:45 a.m.              Sunday School
               10:00 a.m.              Worship Service
LOOKING AHEAD
May 10-11              Rummage Sale
May 13                  SLMT Dessert Night
May 16                   Primary
May 19-20              Share Your Faith Workshop