THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
#1 Nothing But the Blood #3 The Love of God
#2 My Faith Has Found a Resting Place #4 In the Garden
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Deuteronomy 18:9-14 (page 204)
Mark 1:23-28 (995)
Acts 16:16-24 (page 1108)
THE SERMON: “Discerning Bondage and Freedom”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[first used April 28, 1996]
C: Almighty and most merciful God, we come to confess our sin to You. The wonder of Your works is manifest; we see it in the exquisite intricacies of nature. Your faithfulness is demonstrated by Your speaking to us: by prophets, by the Bible, and by Jesus the Word of God. We confess that we have been lazy, that we have not been diligent, that Your Word has not been the object of our study and devotion. As a consequence our lives are too superficial; we focus on the temporal, and we ignore the eternal. Forgive us, we ask, through Jesus’ shed blood. Stir our hearts by Your Spirit, that we might delight in Your Love and meditate on Your Word day and night. And, thus, may all Your Word, find application in all areas of our lives. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #339 Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven
(tune = Regent Square)
THE HEIDELBERG CATECHISM:
Question 94: What does the Lord require in the first commandment?
Answer: That I, not wanting to endanger my salvation, avoid and shun all idolatry, magic, superstitious rites, and invocation of saints or other creatures. Indeed, that I sincerely acknowledge the only true God; trust in Him alone; in humility and patience expect all good from Him only; and love, fear, and honor Him with my whole heart. In short, I should rather turn my back on all creatures than do the least thing against His will.
Question 95: What is idolatry?
Answer: It is to imagine or possess something, in which to put one’s trust, in place of or alongside, the one true God, who has revealed Himself in His Word.
** AN ANTHEM: At the Cross – Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #576 Thou Whose Purpose is to Kindle
* 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
* Indicates congregation standing; C = Congreg. Response; z Indicates 8:00 service; ** Indicates 10:45
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the audio/video booth and return immediately following the service.
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, Sawyer Stover, born to Jake and Meghan Hughes on Tuesday. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Doug and Helen Roberson in memory of loved ones passed.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Helen Hahn, Beth Harbon
(10:45) Tom and Alice Kraus
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Dorothy Kehs
April 10th Alice Kraus
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Jean Saylor.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Mario Guerreiro and Collin Radcliff.
8:00 Jim and Angela Kinney, Justin and Chrissie Lockman (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Esther Thompson, Krista Tyson, Farrah McClaskey, Ruth Thompson (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Brody Kinney, Evangeline Smith 7th; Ron Malone 8th; Bob Hager, Chuck Weber, Ben Weber 9th; Gerald Bower, Ezra Harris 10th; Harry Davis, Mary Ellen Gruver, Ron Moyer, Greg Nase 11th; Hudson Fletcher, Brian Radcliff, Joan Radcliff, Sam Shoemaker 13th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Discerning Bondage and Freedom. Anyone who reads the Bible knows that evil exists. Not only does it exist, but evil is not some vague “force” “out there.” As our biblical texts for today demonstrate, evil has agents, spiritual creatures that seek to hold humans in bondage. The ministry of Jesus involved confrontation with evil and the casting out of demons. Paul on occasion had to deal with the same sort of thing. When Paul delivers a young slave girl from demonic bondage, the result is that he and Silas end up in bondage! Who is free and who is bound? We need discernment.
PASTORS MASTERS GOLF OUTING is coming up on Monday, April 18th. Leidy’s Church hopes to have a number of golfers involved. Held at the Talamore Country Club, it will benefit the ongoing ministry of Love Cradle International. More information is available on the narthex desk. Let the office know if you’d like to be part of a Leidy’s Church foursome. It’s a great day out, topped off by dinner, prizes, and awards.
PARENTS! There is information in your narthex box about what the Christian Ed department would like to do for this year’s auction. Please be sure to check it out since the auction is coming up quickly. See Sherise if you have any questions.
SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Tuesday evening at 7:30 in Room 16.
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.
LADIES OF LEIDY’S meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room. Our guest speaker is Karen Kutzner who currently serves as the Program Director for The Well, a program of Worthwhile Wear. The Well is a long-term residential program for women who are in need of healing and restoration. Karen will give an overview of human trafficking and what’s being done locally to address the issue. All ladies are welcome to attend.
THE BUILDING PROJECT continued to resound with music this week. The piano is now in place, fully tuned, and ready to go according to our resident piano tuning expert, Curt Lockman. On Friday, Nancy VanDerbeek and Jim Carling received several hours of orientation and training on the organ. To top it all off, yesterday all the various groups of musicians, choirs, worship teams, and assorted hangers-on worked with the tech team to get all the new sound equipment zeroed in. Earlier in the week, a professional cleaning crew was in and did their thing with the sanctuary and the administrative area. Those parts of the building are finished so far as the contractor is concerned. Almost all the carpet is in place in the Fellowship Hall. Church member mailboxes are on site, but not yet finished and installed. A good group of workers from the Transition Committee put desks and chairs and filing cabinets and other office equipment into place yesterday as well. It was heavy work! Let us continue the heavy work of praying for God’s blessing on all aspects of this project.
HALLELUJAH! A huge thank you to all who took part in presenting the Hallelujah Chorus on Easter Sunday morning. The Bible calls us to ‘Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious.’ (Ps 66:2). Thanks to you, His praise was made glorious indeed!
WOMEN’S MINISTRY will be having a time of prayer this Thursday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room. The focus will be praying for all that is involved with our new building – the move, adjusting as a church family, health for all, and God’s wisdom as we prepare for ministry at the church He provided.
THE ANNUAL RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE takes place on Wednesday, April 13th 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 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.
THE LADIES BIBLE STUDY this Monday, April 4th at 6:45 p.m. in room 16 features The Embrace Series from Answers in Genesis. We hope you will join us for this week’s session – Disabilities: Finding Hope in God’s Goodness and Truth. Almost one in five Americans is dealing with some type of disability. That means you or someone close to you has been affected by disability. And if you don’t know someone with a disability right now, you soon will and you’ll want to be ready to welcome them into your fellowship with open arms. Are you ready? Is our church ready? Stacia McKeever will help you learn what to avoid saying and what you can say to those walking the disability path. You’ll discover many practical ways to offer assistance that go far beyond the quick phrases “I’ll pray for you” and “Let me know how I can help” that we toss out so easily. Many Christians in the disability community may know God is good, but it’s our responsibility to help them see His goodness as we minister physically to them.
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: Intro to the Spiritual Council; our Statement of Faith;
what does it mean to be Reformed.
April 10: Education forum chaired by Stan Ott and featuring
some of our lead teachers.
April 17: 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.
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.
1 Cor. 10:5-14 for idolatry by the children of Israel
Lev. 19:31 for the admonition concerning mediums, spiritualists, etc.
Matt. 4:10; John 17:3 for worship of and trusting in God alone
Jer. 17:5-7 for cursedness of trusting in mankind
Ps. 104:27-30; Is. 45:6b-7; James 1:17 for God as author of all good
Deut. 6:5 for loving God with your whole heart
Matt. 10:37; Acts 5:29 for loving God above all others
Eph. 5:5 for idolaters having no place in the kingdom of God
John 5:23 for Jesus having the same honor as the Father
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: It’s often forgotten in our contemporary setting that looking for direction and guidance from sources such as astrological tables, palm readers, tarot cards, and other occult means is a form of idolatry. As the Catechism makes clear, we need to look to God for our guidance, for when we put someone or anything else in place of Him or alongside of Him it is idolatry. When we cannot discern what His direction or guidance may be, then we need to wait with humility and patience for Him to make His will known. He is God and He will guide and care for us.
WHAT’S THE SPIRITUAL COUNCIL? What does it do? I thought we had a Consistory, so what’s this group? This morning those questions and more will be answered. A group of our Elders will explain the workings of our Spiritual Council. Also, did you know Leidy’s Church has a Statement of Faith. These Elders will reacquaint us with that document. If there’s time, they’ll also give a brief explanation of what it means to be identified as a Reformed Christian. Everyone is invited come to the Fellowship Hall and meet some Elders.
NEEDED: CHURCH TOUR GUIDES. On the 23rd and 24th of April (that’s a Saturday and Sunday), there will be tours of our new facility offered to our members. We need tour guides for the tours! If you would like to be one of those tour guides (and we think we’ll need a good number of you) please call the church office. There will be an instructional meeting for training (and touring) before the tours.
FULLY FINISHED CAMPAIGN continues. In today’s bulletin is an insert that describes what’s happening, what’s the goal, and how you can help the goal be attained.
WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE? When will we begin having worship at the new church facility? That’s one of the bigger questions making the rounds. We’re still looking at May 1st as the date. A month later, on June 5th at 2 in the afternoon, is when we would like to hold the Dedication service. These look like good dates at this point in time. But the Rummage Sale will still be at our current facility. Voting will still take place at our current facility. Remember our new times will be Sunday School at 8:45 and service of worship at 10.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 12:00 p.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Outreach Committee – C.R.
TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. Mom’s Bible Study – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Elder Prayer – Rm. 16
7:30 p.m. Spiritual Council – Rm. 16
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Consistory – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Precept Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Women’s Prayer Mtg. – Rm. 19
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
April 15-17 Dare2Share
April 30 SLMT Auction
May 11 & 12 Rummage Sale