THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
#1 Amazing Grace w/My Chains Are Gone #3 Reign in Us
#2 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing #4 Shine, Jesus, Shine
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
SPECIAL MUSIC: Great is Thy Faithfulness – Jeff Schatz
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (Page 134)
Hebrews 12:14-24 (Page 176)
Acts 21:15-26 (Page 111)
THE SERMON: “No Offense Meant
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[Taken and adapted from The Valley of Vision edited by Arthur Bennett]
C: O changeless God, under the conviction of the Spirit, I learn that the more I do, the worse I am; the more I know, the less I know; the more holiness I have, the more sinful I am; the more I love, the more there is to love. O wretched man that I am! Grant that I may not be an evangelical hypocrite, who sins more safely because grace abounds, who tells his lusts that Christ’s blood cleanses them. O Lord, I have a wild heart. How little I love Your truth and ways! I neglect prayer. My mind is a bucket without a bottom, with no spiritual understanding. I forget so easily the lessons learned. Your truths seep away. Give me a broken heart, one that yet carries home the water of grace. O God, let me rest in You, let me grow in You. Amen
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #250 And Can It Be?
* THE APOSTLES CREED
THE OFFERTORY: God of the City – Makenzie Kroesser, Monica Kemmerer, & Rebekah Kemmerer
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #627 Freely, Freely
* 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 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 by Stan and LaRue Friday in honor of their 9th wedding anniversary.
GREETERS TODAY: Ron and Kathy Moyer
Sherman and Karen Focht
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Esther Davis
September 4th Sandy Derr
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Sandy Nase.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick and Mario Guerreiro.
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 18 months) – Mike and Shannon Kehs
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years) – Matt and Tara McVaugh
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years) – Cathy, Cayla, and Shannon Connor, Lydia Wilwert
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Gus Niederhaus, Katie Tawney September 1st; LeRoy Gehman, Carl Thompson 2nd; Doris Barger 4th; Gabby Sedares 5th; Todd Smith 7th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Brent and Marjorie Talbot 5th; Steve and Debbie Bandura 7th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is No Offense Meant. God did great things through the ministry of the Apostle Paul. Of most significance was the expansion of the apostolic church’s boundaries to include non-Jewish people. Because the Gospel is inherently Jewish, this was difficult for Jewish people to accept. As we’ve made our way through Acts we’ve seen time and again hostile actions taken against Paul by Jewish leaders and people. When he gets to Jerusalem the leaders of the church want him to take action to show he is not trying to subvert Jewish life. Sometimes when no offense is meant, offense is taken.
ISSUES & ANSWERS upcoming schedule is as follows:
Today à Stan Ott on a relevant and stimulating topic of his choosing
Sept. 4th à Dave Reich teaching Why We Wear Jeans : Part 1
Sept. 11th à Rally Day
Sept. 18th à Dave Reich teaching Why We Wear Jeans: Part 2
PHILLIES HAVE HOPE that lots of folk will participate in the Chariots for Hope phunraiser. Tickets for the Phillies game on Friday evening, Sept. 16th are available from Chariots for Hope. Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased by visiting www.chariotsforhope.org or calling 267-815-1067. Proceeds will provide hope and opportunity for orphans in Kenya.
YOUTH FELLOWSHIP meets this afternoon at 3:00 at the home of Jack and Karen Parry. 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.
WORSHIP IN THE PARK takes place at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11th. The park is the Souderton Borough Park and that Sunday is the 15th anniversary of 9-11 attack. Sponsored by BMCE and the Warren Royer American Legion Post 234, the service will feature music, prayers, a timely message, and special acknowledgement of First Responders. Health, hygienic, and comfort items will be collected and shipped to troops serving overseas. Bring a lawn chair and join in this community service of Remembrance and Worship.
THE ANNUAL MORNINGSTAR MINISTRIES BANQUET takes place at Family Worship Center in Lansdale on Saturday, September 10th, at 6 p.m. Don and Dianne Nase are Table Captains and would be happy to share with you about this important local ministry and make sure you have a seat so you can attend.
FREE TO A GOOD HOME two snow throwers. Each has a 2-stroke engine, require oil/gas mixture, and can handle a modest 6-inch or so snowfall. One is a pull start, the other is a pull/electric start. Good for a small walkway. If interested in one or both of them, contact George Frueh at (215) 723-4769.
CARE COMMITTEE meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY will be offered at Leidy’s Church this fall. This is the financial stewardship/training seminar sponsored by the Dave Ramsey organization. It will take place for about two hours on Thursday evenings and will have a child-care option. Cost per family is $100. Starting date is September 22nd. To register for the course please call the church office at 215-723-8707.
CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION session for incoming Confirmation students and parents will take place this Tuesday evening, August 30th, beginning at 7 pm. We will meet in the Focused Bible Study room.
ALLELUIA CHOIR – In preparation for the dedication service on September 18th we will begin practice this Thursday, September 1st beginning at 7:00. It’s open to ages junior high and up. Feel free to join in or see Nancy VanDerbeek, Gary Filson, or Jim Carling.
REMINDER: If you have volunteered to bake cookies for the Dedication – Open House on September 18th, please have them at the church by 3:00 on the 17th. We are asking that cookies have no peanut products in them. Contact Alice Kraus at 267-261-8543 if you have any questions.
IF YOU ARE A MOM OF YOUNG (or young-ish) children, please join us on the first and third Tuesday of every month, starting September 6, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The first Tuesday of the month will be a Bible study let by Pat Niederhaus. The third Tuesday of each month will be a time of fellowship for the moms. We will be meeting in Room 111 (end of hall, past the gym windows). Childcare is provided. If you have any questions please contact Tara DiLenge, Kate Harris, or call the church office.
NEEDED: Volunteers for childcare during worship. Though we have one service, we still need plenty of volunteers since the children are all together. Contact Justine Smith if you have questions. All background clearances need to be in place, and the church office can help with them if needed.
A PATTERN OF PRAYER is being established. During the recent prayer vigil many commented on the desirability of more regular times for intercession. Consequently, the first Saturday of each month – beginning Sept. 3rd, that’s this Saturday! – intentional intercession will take place from 8 am until noon in a designated prayer room. Individuals may come to pray for as long or as short a time as one’s schedule permits. For more information or to offer feedback, please see Patricia Martindell.
NEED SOME ANSWERS to where you might find something or how to get from one place to another in this new building? Then make your way to the Welcome Desk in the narthex. Someone will be there with a smiling face and plenty of on-hand information to help you.
HELPERS ARE NEEDED the day of the Dedication and Open House to serve as greeters, tour guides, and to help direct parking. If you can help in any of these areas, please contact Darlene Leidy (firstname.lastname@example.org), the church office, or sign up today at the Welcome Desk. Childcare is available for volunteers prior to the service, childcare is not available during the dedication service.
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL BREAKFAST is slated for Thursday, Sept. 22nd. Sponsored by BMCE, the breakfast’s featured speaker is Paul Baur, founder of the Impact Thrift Stores. He has an extraordinary testimony to share. Starting time is 6:30. A hot, hearty, family-style morning meal will be served. Tickets through Leidy’s Church are $10. Contact the church office, Jack Parry, or Pastor Niederhaus for tickets.
BUNK BEDS NEEDED – If you have wooden bunk beds that need a good home, contact Peter and Bambi Martindell at 215-234-4486.
WANT TO HELP the folk down in Louisiana and Mississippi whose lives have been devastated by the floods? Along with our regular offering, we’ll receive an offering for that purpose. Please use a Second Mile envelope and mark it “Flood.” Checks should be made out to Leidy’s Church.
ORGAN INAUGURATION CONCERT – Everyone is invited to a special inaugural concert for our new organ at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, September 25th. The organist will be Monte Maxwell, Organist and Music Director at the United States Naval Academy. He will be presenting an exciting and varied program of classical, Broadway and contemporary music that will demonstrate the huge variety of sounds from our magnificent new instrument. Admission is free. Invite your friends!
THERE IS A BOX LABELED in the coat closet to collect empty water bottles, small soda bottles, small coffee cans, and oatmeal containers (all with lids) for use in the younger Christian Ed classes. Thanks for any contributions made!
THE LADIES PRECEPT STUDY RESUMES in the Book of Isaiah beginning Thursday, September 8th, at 9 am in the Women’s Sunday School/Precept class (Room 118 on the Christian Ed floor). They will finish up Part 2 of Isaiah during the months of September and October, and in November will begin a series on the Sermon on the Mount. If you have not been a part of this class before, don’t hesitate to join. Whenever you are in your study of Isaiah you will be blessed! The class runs until 11:30 and is taught by Marci Stunkard. If you wish to attend or have questions, contract Verna at 215-237-1370.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR LAST YEAR’S KID’S KLUB KIDS! The song we would like our young people to share with the community at our Dedication Service will need to be one we learned last year, since the service is before Kid’s Klub starts this year! We have scheduled two practices for review: Wednesday, September 7th & September 14th from 5:30-6:00 (which coincidentally is the new time for choir in the Fall!) Contact Mrs. Frueh if you have any questions or concerns!
INVITATIONS AND ADVERTISING POSTERS for the church dedication service and open house are now available at the welcome desk. We would encourage everyone to hand out invitations to their neighbors, family & friends and, if you have a business or know of a business that would be willing to display a poster, get those out into the community as well. If you would like to distribute the invitations electronically, email a request for the file to email@example.com.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
3:00 p.m. – Youth Pool Party@Parry’s
9:00 a.m. – Home School Classes
6:45 p.m. – Women’s Bible Study
7:00 p.m. – C.R. Resvd/
6:30 a.m. – Elder Prayer
11:00 a.m. – Grace Community
7:00 p.m. – Confirmation Orientation
7:00 p.m. – Care Committee Mtg.
7:00 p.m. – Hospitality Mtg.
6:30 p.m. – A/V Mtg.
7:00 p.m. – Alleluia Choir Rehearsal
7:30 p.m. – Men’s Bible Study
8:00 a.m. – Prayer Meeting – Rm. 117
8:45 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Worship Service
September 11 Rally Day
September 18 Dedication – Open House
October 12 & 13 Rummage Sale
October 12 iBlast begins
October 21 Judgement House begins