* THE OPENING HYMN: #24 O Worship the King
* THE SOLEMN DECLARATION C: Amen
* THE INVITATION TO CONFESSION
* THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison
C: O Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who underwent shame and suffering for our sake; we confess most humbly that we have refused to bear the burden of Your cross, that we have denied You rather than face mockery, and that we have put comfort and security before our duty. Forgive us our sins, help us to change our ways, and give us the courage to endure all things for Your sake. 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: The Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the
beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Amen.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
HOLY SCRIPTURES: Exodus 4:10-12 (Page 43)
Proverbs 20:12 (Page 469)
John 9:1-12, 35-41 (Page 79)
THE SERMON: “Potential or Problem”
* THE APOSTLES CREED
* A HYMN: God Whose Giving Knows No Ending – on insert
THE OFFERTORY: Glory Griffith
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: Lord, Dismiss Us – on insert
* THE COMMISSION & the BENEDICTION
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in 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.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed in loving memory of Brandon by Gerald, Sherry, Blaine, Nicole, Tyler, Liam, Cooper, and Annalee Moyer.
LAY VISITOR: Nelda Metzler
GREETERS TODAY: Dave and Allison Walbrandt
USHER CAPTAINS: Greg Nase, Stan Ott
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Marge VanOmmeren
August 20th Fern Vasey
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Tim and Rachel Leidy, Farrah McClaskey
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Ruthie Niederhaus, Ellen Hill, Julia Martindell
Children’s Church – Lions (3 to 5 years)
Peter and Bambi Martindell, Ruth Thompson
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Norm Weiss 17th; Lillian DiLenge, Alice Forst, Andy Tawney 18th; Gerald Alderfer, Gary Brown, Andy Damiani 19th; Larry Anders, Mackenzie Kroesser, Tim Leidy, Bonnie St. Onge 22nd; Jenny Lafty, Peter Lockman, Astrid Rau, Bob Shafer 23rd.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Jeff and Mary Kirkpatrick 17th; Shaun and Meghann Permar 18th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Potential or Problem? We live in a world of problems! No matter where one turns, there is an abundance of problems. Even as Christians we find it easy to be overcome with the problems that confront us and become more than a little discouraged. In today’s gospel text Jesus encounters a man born blind. Rather than pointing to the problems in the past, He urges His disciples to see the potential in what is taking place rather than the problem. Examples on today’s mission field illustrate that God’s potential to act is often found in the problem that is before us.
WE WELCOME Drake and Andrea Williams and family back to Leidy’s Church this Lord’s Day. We’re thankful that in the midst of their summer itinerating they were able to include a visit to Leidy’s Church. Drake serves as Professor of New Testament and Academic Dean at Tyndale Seminary in The Netherlands. He will be our preacher for today. Drake and Andrea have an international ministry through the work of Tyndale, including countries such as Ghana and Romania. Check out their table in the narthex for more information.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today Stan Ott
August 20 Matt Harris
August 27 Bob Bugge, The Religious Left
REMINDER FOR SLMT MEMBERS – Don’t forget to pick up your passport from the office, also take a look through the SLMT lost and found box to see if something in there is yours (i.e., bibles, clothes etc.).
YOUTH FELLOWSHIP meets this afternoon at 3:00 at the home of Rock and Astrid Rau, their address is 300 Fox Lane, Perkasie. Main course is provided, but bring along a side dish (coleslaw, salads, etc.) or a dessert dish. Reminder that girls and guys should wear appropriate swimsuits.
SHERMAN FOCHT wishes to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, and phone calls from the Leidy’s Church family during his absence while dealing with back issues.
HOW ABOUT A BUS TRIP?? Many folk have inquired about making a trek out to the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. Now we have just such a trip planned. The dates are Nov. 13-16 of this year. We leave on a Mon., visit the Creation Museum on Tues., visit the Ark Encounter on Wed., and return on Thurs., including a stop at the Flight 93 memorial in western PA. Total cost per person for the trip is $700 for a single room, $500 for a double room, $430 for a triple room, and $400 for a quad room. The price includes rooming, all entrance fees, hot breakfast and dinner available at the hotel, and all the comforts of riding around on a Perkiomen Tour coach. A deposit of $150 is required. Call the church office or speak with Pastor Niederhaus for more information.
THERE IS AN INTRODUCTORY Root Beer Floatial for all youth, their parents, and anyone who helps with the youth this coming Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a time to get to know one another, engage in some fun activities, and pray for the youth. It will also be a time to get to know Pastor Michael and Sarah.
NEW PRECEPT CLASS – Acts – Part I: Learn how God spread the gospel through witnesses of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and from their examples, how we can witness to others. Class begins on September 7th from 9-11:30, leader, Marci Stunkard followed by video teaching with Kay Arthur. To order workbooks or express a need for childcare, please contact Verna @ 215-237-1370. Workbook cost $18.00.
FREE TABLE – It has a green tile top, comes with four chairs. It can seat 4-6. Contact Diane Gehman at 215-622-0091 if interested, and to arrange pickup.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
3:00 p.m. Youth @ Rau’s
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
4:00 p.m. Lost Sheep Prayer
7:30 p.m. Choir Rm. Resvd.
6:30 p.m. SLMT Interview – Sanctuary
6:30 p.m. Introductory Root Beer Floatial
9:00 a.m. Precept Prayer – Rm. 118
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
September 10 Rally Day
September 30 My Soul Among Lions concert