THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP:
#21 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
#168 Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (verses 1 & 2)
#184 Hark! the herald Angels Sing (verses 2 & 3)
#289 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (verses 3 & 4)
#306 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (verses 1,3 & 4)
#193 O Come, All Ye Faithful (chorus only 2x)
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
z SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: 1 Kings 21:1-19 (page 378)
Matthew 26:59-68 (page 990)
Acts 6:8-15 (1094)
THE SERMON: “It’s Blasphemy
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
C: Lord Jesus, You made the good confession before Pontius Pilate, and also before the high priest and his company. You fought the good fight of faith, in the presence of many witnesses. We confess we have not always done so. We have been intimidated by the forces of unbelief. We’ve kept silent when we should have spoken. Or, we’ve responded with anger, when we should have been forgiving. We have desired the approval of man, more than the approval of God. Forgive us Lord Jesus, and send the Holy Spirit to us afresh. May we walk and speak with a humility that’s bold for You. O Lord, we love You. Help us love You more. Amen.
* THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #357 O for a Heart to Praise My God
The Urban Catechism
Question 48: How does the unbelieving community respond to the believing community?
Answer: There is hostility towards believers, expressed in persecution and temptation, but by God’s common grace, unbelievers may also be restrained and at times show love to believers.
Question 49: How are believers to withstand hostility from unbelievers?
Answer: By standing firm with other believers, maintaining a certain amount of separation from unbelievers, meditating on God’s word, and praying.
Question 50: How are believers to respond to unbelievers?
Answer: By holding out the gospel to them in word and deed.
** AN ANTHEM: All Creation Worships You – Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: Forth in Thy Name I Go (on insert)
* 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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Nathan and Bekah Kulp at the baptism of their son, Noah James. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Diane, Chuck, Ben, Bryan and Kevin Weber in memory of Jonathan and Matthew.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Brian and Wendy Radcliff
(10:45) Ken and Nicole Peck
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Marge VanOmmeren
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Helen Hahn.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jim Foote, Joseph Thompson.
8:00 Connie Merritt, Brittany and Megan Weiss, Josh and Rebecca Wilwert (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Jeremy and Justine Smith, Ruthie Niederhaus, Ellen Hill (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Denise Carsley, Lizzie Sedares, Elijah Smith 4th; John Greene, Jim Smedberg, John Vasey 6th; Rose Hicks 7th; John Caserta, Hazel Krier 8th; Tony Kapusta 9th; Judy Leidy 10th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Nathan and Bekah Kulp, Jim and Marie Miller 4th; Steve and Joy Myers 5th; Matt and Cathy Connor 7th; Matt and Hannah Haughey, Stan and Judy Ott, Bob and Janice Peterman 8th; Dennis and Mary Ellen Gruver 9th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is It’s Blasphemy. The truth of God runs counter to all the prevailing orthodoxies based on fallen human wisdom. One could say that the truth of God turns the world upside down. The powers that be do not take being turned upside down lying down! Sometimes they pout, as we’ll see with King Ahab. Sometimes they argue with vehemence, as we’ll see with the Synagogue of the Freedman. The Jewish chief priests are no different. In each instance, fallen human wisdom charges that God’s truth is blasphemous. In each instance, nefarious steps are taken to prove such is the case.
WHAT’S THE URBAN CATECHISM? Glad you asked! It’s a new catechism written by Duncan Forbes, pastor of New Life Church in London, UK. It’s meant to be very basic, written in everyday language, and understandable to someone who has never read the Bible or heard of Christianity.
THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL takes place on Saturday, June 13th. Much help is needed to make the Festival a success. Forms are in your bulletin. Be sure to check as many volunteer positions you can fill.
CONTRACTOR IN EAST ROCKHILL TOWNSHIP is looking for an office manager to work a flexible 25 +/- hour work week with qualities which include proficiency in computer software programs and strong communication skills as well as a desire to work so as to glorify the Lord. A job description is posted on the wall outside the Conference Room. If interested, please call Kim at 267-784-4887.
THE SUMMER SPECIAL MUSIC schedule is posted in the narthex. This year each participant is required to meet with a member of the audio-visual team the week before they sing. You will be given the name of the AV person who is on duty for that week so that you can contact him. This is already being done by the Chancel Choir and both Praise Teams in preparation for our move to the new building where the sound system will be more complex. We hope you will share your God-given talents with us this summer.
THE BUILDING PROJECT is superintended by a fellow named Neal Harvey. Pray for him as he coordinates all that takes place over there. He’s fun to talk to because he’s always ready to tell you about all the work that’s taking place. This week a crew of six has been crawling through the sanctuary trusses hammering in braces. When the longer trusses are put in next week it will require a week or so to get them properly braced. More concrete was poured this week, specifically, the floor for the narthex and the entryway into the gym. All the earth work being done on the lower part of the parking lot is part of a long, long retaining wall to keep the parking lot out of the creek.
QUESTIONS FROM THE QUESTIONS of The Urban Catechism. Are there ways you have been either tempted or persecuted by non-believers? Are there ways God has used non-believers to bless you? Where are you standing right now? Do you have both feet in the believing camp? Or, do you have one foot in each camp? Are you holding out the gospel to unbelievers by word and deed? Are there people you can pray for? How can you help your deeds match up with the gospel?
MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING sponsored by BMCE takes place at Leidy’s Church on Thursday evening, June 25th. Who is a Mandated Reporter? Most of us! You can learn more about it from an article in the June Newsletter.
THE JOY IN GLORY CLASS begins a new study on June 14th. Meeting upstairs above the office area, the class will begin a series about pursuing God in corporate worship. It’s a discussion and learning class led by Jeremiah Rizzo. Each week certain truths/principles from John Piper’s Gravity & Gladness seminar will be highlighted. The class will search the scriptures together to see what the Bible says about these truths.
SAVE THE DATE! On Saturday, June 27th, the Thompson family will be holding a graduation party for Joseph at Charles Reed Park in Harleysville open to all who wish to attend. Stay tuned for details.
SUMMER PIANO LESSONS are offered by Grace Griffith at her home in the Lansdale area. Grace is a Piano Performance major at Liberty University and has been teaching since 2008. Lessons are taught in a comfortable environment with an emphasis on the student’s individual learning needs and level of experience. Students of all ages are welcome. Please contact Grace at either 215-920-7586 or her e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT SUNDAY’S WORSHIP SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. at church; 10:30 a.m. at Men-O-Lan.
AFTER 12 (College & Career Ministry of Leidy’s Church) will be going on their Third Annual camping retreat Friday, June 12th to Sunday, June 14th to Assateague State Park in Maryland. If interested please let Jim Foote know ASAP (email@example.com or 215-997-6978). Check out our “After 12” Facebook page or contact Jim Foote for more details. Friends Welcome!
YOU ARE INVITED to the dedication of God’s Treasure House II on Saturday, June 6th at 2 p.m. at 711 Blooming Glen Rd. It would be a great blessing if you will be attending to bring a non-perishable item for the house basket. Hope to see you there. For more information, please call 215-723-7499.
NEW MONDAY NIGHT STUDY FOR THE LADIES – Hope Lives, a 5-week DVD and devotional series, begins June 8th at 6:45 in Room 16. Hope lives, and that hope is personified in Jesus Christ. We can offer that hope to our world, but we are also to help relieve the pain and suffering so prevalent in our world. Join us on a journey into the heart of Jesus. If you have questions or want to order the devotional companion to the series, contact Sandy Nase at 215-669-1421.
LEARN THE DETAILS of how Act 153 will affect you. Act 153 is the one that requires increased background checks for volunteers and paid employees involved with caring for or providing oversight to infants, children, or youth. Two dates are slated for info meetings at Leidy’s Church. On Sunday, June 14th in the Issues & Answers class and on the following evening Monday, June 15th the same presentation will be made for those not able to be present on the 14th. Everyone should consider attending one of these meetings. Info and answers will be flowing abundantly.
LEIDY’S CHURCH wishes to be a blessing to the Lafty family by providing meals three times a week as dad Brian is dealing with an unresolved medical issue. A sheet has been posted on the narthex wall through the month of June. Sign up or contact the church office if you can help.
THE HANDS AND FEET OF CHRIST . . . Had an injury and need help around the house? Need assistance with young children during the day? Planning a move and need help getting organized? Let the Care Committee’s Helping Hands of Leidy’s Church assist you. Just contact the church office.
SHE LEADS CONFERENCE is expanding. This year the event will be held in Frederick MD, Saturday July 25th from 8:15 to 4:15 pm. Cost to attend is $40 – Women under 35 attend free! If you are looking for a leadership conference designed to help you minister effectively to women by God’s biblical standard, please go to http://moreofhimministries.org/she-leads for more information and to register on line. Rachel Lovingood, author and Lifeway trainer will be the keynote speaker in addition to a panel of seasoned WM leaders.
THE 28:19 PROGRAM – Read about the heroes who have gone outside their homes to places near and far to share the love of Jesus Christ. Read about the impact their lives had on those around them. Read about their adventures, their tragedies, their triumphs, and their failings – and how God made it all work for His good. No matter your age, we’re sure we have a book for you. Stop by the 28:19 Table in the Fellowship Hall today to check out the books and sign up for the program.
SCRIPTURE TELLS US that His Word does not return void and that’s why we at God’s House of Promise read the Word of God aloud from 9-5 Monday through Saturday. We are currently in need of a few readers to round out our schedule. The ministry is close by on Allentown Rd. near JBS (the old Mopac). If you or someone you know have 30 minutes (or more) available for that purpose please contact Lani Kimenhour at 215-527-2971.
WANTING TO SUPPORT AN SLMT MEMBER? If no one contacts you about supporting them for SLMT ’15, please let Pastor Niederhaus or the church office know. We want to connect people who need support, with people who want to support someone.
WE ARE IN NEED of full size paper bags (16” high, not 14”) for the October Rummage Sale. Please start saving them and bring them to the church office. Any questions, see Mary Beth Musselman.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today: Series on the Protestant Work Ethic
June 7 Men-O-Lan!
June 14 Act 153 Compliance
June 21 Chris & Heather Christensen from Bangladesh
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
MONDAY 6:45 p.m. Women’s Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Outreach – C.R.
TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. Young Mom’s Bible Study – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Precept
6:00 p.m. Globes Cleaned
7:30 p.m. Men’s Study – Rm. 18
FRIDAY Kitchen Resvd.
6:00 p.m. Wedding Rehearsal
SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. C.R. Resvd.
3:00 p.m. Grater/Kulp Wedding
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Worship @ Men-O-Lan
June 13 Strawberry Festival
June 15 Act 153 meeting
June 25 Mandated Reporter Mtg.
June 30 SLMT Training
July 9 SLMT Mission Trip
Forth in Thy Name, O Lord
by Charles Wesley [tune = Duke Street]
Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labor to pursue;
Thee, only Thee, resolved to know
In all I think or speak or do.
The task Thy wisdom hath assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
In all my works Thy presence find,
And prove Thy good and perfect will.
Preserve me from my calling’s snare,
And hide my simple heart above,
Above the thorns of choking care,
The gilded baits of worldly love.
Thee may I set at my right hand,
Whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
And labor on at Thy command,
And offer all my works to Thee.
Give me to bear Thy easy yoke,
And every moment watch and pray,
And still to things eternal look,
And hasten to Thy glorious day.
For Thee delightfully employ
Whate’er Thy bounteous grace hath giv’n;
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with Thee to Heav’n.