THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
#1 Spirit of the Living God #3 The Battle Belongs to the Lord
#2 You are Holy #4 I’m Yours
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Psalm 119:17-24 (page 624)
John 7:37-39 (1068)
Acts 17:10-15 (page 1109)
THE SERMON: “High-Minded or Noble-Minded?”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[Ps. 25:8-11,16-18,22; first used at Leidy’s Church 3/19/1986]
C: Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in justice, and He teaches the humble His way. All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth, to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great . . . Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Look upon my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins . . . Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #468 Be Thou My Vision
THE HEIDELBERG CATECHISM:
Question 120: Why has Christ commanded us (in the Lord’s Prayer) to address God: “Our Father”?
Answer: That at the very beginning of our prayer, He may awaken in us the childlike reverence and trust toward God which should be the motivation of our prayer, which is that God has become our Father through Christ, and will much less deny us what we ask of Him in faith, than our human fathers will refuse us earthly things.
Question 121: Why is there added: “Who art in heaven”?
Answer: That we may have no earthly conception of the heavenly majesty of God, but that we may expect from His almighty power all things that are needed for body and soul.
** AN ANTHEM: At the Cross – Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #370 O God, Our Help in Ages Past
* THE COMMISSION and the BENEDICTION
* THE THREEFOLD AMEN
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
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 CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Bill and Mim Weigner in memory of mom and mother-in-law, Lois Rhodes.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Tosha and Jordan Hostelley
(10:45) Hazel Krier, Julia Kulp
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Denise Kulp
May 1st Julia Kulp
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Tom and Judy Leidy.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Mario Guerreiro and Collin Radcliff.
8:00 Josh and Rebecca Wilwert, Joe and Karen Sciacca (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 April and Lizzie Sedares, Ruthie Niederhaus, Ellen Hill (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Gwen Damiani, Tiffany Guerreiro, Mallory Kinney, Tara McVaugh, Bea Schnable, Peter Smith, Scott Taylor 28th; Cathy Annis, Sandy Derr 29th; Gregg Guerreiro May 1st; Sean Merritt 2nd; Payton Dierkes, Daniel Merritt, Bob Ott, Atticus Parfitt 3rd; Alex Hager 4th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Drew and Laurie Weiss 28th; John and Lorraine Kroesser 30th; Mike and Shannon Kehs, Doug and Lani Kimenhour May 2nd; Joe and Karen Sciacca 4th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is High-Minded or Noble-Minded? The Jewish community of first century Thessalonica was high-minded, that is, those folk who were part of that community were intelligent and had strong characters. They were zealous for what they thought was right, willing to take extraordinary measures to insure the triumph of the right. Unfortunately, their high-mindedness did not go so far as to become noble-mindedness. It was different with the Jewish community at the nearby city of Berea. Luke, the author of Acts, describes the Bereans as noble-minded. By that he means they submitted themselves to Scripture.
THE CHURCH OFFICE is in the process of compiling names and addresses of those who should receive an invitation to the building dedication service and open house. If a name or group comes to mind, please call or email the church office no later than Sunday, May 1st. Please note that this list is not intended for family and close friends, as members of the congregation should be handing out or mailing those separately.
THE CARE COMMITTEE meets on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Room 16.
A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING is scheduled for this morning 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.
THE RUMMAGE SALE is just around the corner on Wednesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 12th. Please speak with Mary Beth Musselman if you would like to help. Thanks in advance!
FULL FINISH CAMPAIGN will continue through May 8th. If you do not have a form, or need another one, extra copies are on the narthex desk.
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 to be involved. If you have questions or ideas, you may call the church office. Donation forms are on the narthex desk.
IF ANYONE KNOWS of an apartment rental in the Souderton/
Telford/Harleysville area, please let the church office know.
THE BUILDING PROJECT has carpeted stairwells along with very nicely done rails. They’re ready for use! The new mailboxes are installed, but they still have a finishing coat to be put on. Carpeting is completed in the Fellowship Hall and most of the narthex. It’s almost entirely done. The Leidy’s Church staff received training on the fire alarm and security systems this past week. Cabinets for a number of the Sunday School rooms were installed this week, and should be finished up next week. The pulpit is in place! Likewise, the welcome center desk is finished, placed, and ready to be used. Some of our folk were trained on the use of the dishwasher this week also. The handrail issue for the side ramps up to the chancel area was resolved by L&I. One other issue remains, but we’re trying to address and resolve it rapidly. As always, let us remember to give thanks to God for His mercies and blessings day by day!
PA PRIMARY ELECTION is this Tuesday. Because of the Presidential Primary, a very heavy turnout is expected. You should remember to vote, and also remember that two precincts will be voting in our building. Expect heavy traffic in the parking lot and narthex/Fellowship Hall.
THE MAY NEWSLETTER is in your mailbox. Extra copies and large print copies are available on the narthex desk. Thanks to the office staff for patiently persevering in its production.
BABY BOTTLES – If you have any bottles, filled or unfilled, please return them to the office. Thank you.
WHAT ABOUT DATES? We’re still up in the air regarding when we will be able to occupy the new facility. It could be that we’ll begin to worship in the new facility on the 8th of May, or it could be the middle of June! Yes, we’re frustrated and trying to be patient as well! As soon as we know anything, we’ll make sure you know!
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: Traditionally, catechisms order their teaching around three main standards of faith: the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. The Heidelberg Catechism follows that pattern, though where it places each of them is interesting. Divided into three parts, dealing respectively with guilt, grace, and gratitude, the catechism places the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer in the section of dealing with gratitude. Today’s questions begin the explanation of each phrase and petition within that prayer. Believers are encouraged to know that Jesus wants them to approach God as their Father, that is, to have confidence and trust in Him. But, at the same time, we need to know that though our earthly fathers may not be able to address all our needs, or treat us as they should all the time, our heavenly Father is always fatherly toward us and is able from His great power to bring to us all we need in every area of life.
SCRIPTURE TEXTS FOR HC: While we only print the text of the HC questions in the bulletin, from the date of its publication in January of 1563 the HC has provided Scripture citations for each answer. In case you’re interested in checking them out, we’ll list some of those texts for today’s questions.
Matt. 7:9-11; Luke 11:11-13 for God’s fatherly care for us
Jer. 23:23-24; Acts 17:24-25 for God’s heavenly majesty
Rom. 8:32; 10:12 for God’s willingness and power to give
THE RUMMAGE ROOM is full. Please hold your all donations until the week of the Rummage Sale. Thank you.
LOVE CRADLE INT. needs a bookkeeper. Quick-books experience needed or willing to train in Quick-books. This is a paid position. Please call or text John DiLenge @ 610-927-7741 or Steve Yagilnicky @ 215-723-0263 for more details. (please share this need with your friends/post on your social media.
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!
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.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 12:30 p.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
Set up for Primary Election
6:45 p.m. Women’s Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Dedication Committee – C.R.
TUESDAY Primary Election
7:00 p.m. Care Committee – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Tech Mtg.
7:00 p.m. Christian Ed Mtg. – Rm. 13
WEDNESDAY Set up for Auction
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY Set up for Auction
9:00 a.m. Precept Study – Rm. 16
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. ALL – C.R./Kitchen
9:00 a.m. Kitchen Resvd.
Set up for Auction
SATURDAY Set up for Auction
4:30 p.m. Doors Open
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Live Auction
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
May 11 & 12 Rummage Sale
May 15 Confirmation Sunday
June 5 Dedication Service