MORNING WORSHIP – 8:00 & 10:45
* THE OPENING HYMN: #169 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
* THE SOLEMN DECLARATION C: Amen
* THE INVITATION TO CONFESSION
* THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison
C: Our Heavenly Father, who by Your love has made us, and through Your love has kept us, we humbly confess that we have not loved You with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and that we have not loved one another as Christ loves us. Forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and through Your Spirit direct what we shall be, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 shows His love for us…
* THE CALL TO PRAISE
P: Let us praise God!
C: Praise the Lord!
* THE GRATEFUL PRAISE: Blessing and Honor
Blessing and honor and glory and power,
Wisdom and riches and strength evermore,
Give ye to Him who our battle hath won,
Whose are the Kingdom, the Crown and the Throne.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE OF HOPE
HOLY SCRIPTURES: Daniel 6:16-27 (Page 890)
Luke 1:26-38 (Page 1018)
Acts 12:6-17 (Page 1102)
THE SERMON: “Supernatural Intervention”
* THE APOSTLES’ CREED
* A HYMN: #168 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
THE OFFERTORY: Stille Nacht – Wilwerts/Tenors
* THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #306 Lo! He comes with Clouds Descending
* THE COMMISSION & the BENEDICTION
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful attitude until the Pastors & acolyte have exited the sanctuary
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
*Indicates congregation standing; P = Pastor; C = Congregation z 8:00 service ** 10:45 service
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the audio/video booth & 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 CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by the congregation of Leidy’s Church with thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus and in honor of all those who have served as Coordinators, Leaders, Teachers, and Helpers for the Advent Workshop over many years.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Frank and Margaret Bivighouse
(10:45) John and Debbie Caserta
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Deb Schatz
December 6th Lorraine Shoemaker
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Ted and Wanda Brunner.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Allen Kraus and Andy Tawney.
8:00 Connie Merritt, Brittany and Megan Weiss, Josh and Rebecca Wilwert (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Justine Smith, Esther Thompson, Ruthie Niederhaus, Ellen Hill (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Tom Feverston 3rd; Bob Haines 4th; Riley Peck, Brent Talbot, Sr. 6th; Karlee Fretz, Cheryl Hall, Mary Beth Musselman, Andrew Parfitt, Jeff Schatz, Tracy Shelton 7th; Nelda Metzler, Ben Walmsley, Francis Weiss 8th; Matt Connor, Denise Kulp, Karen Mirabella, David Reich, Steve Myers 9th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Mark and Karen Kostishion 7th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Supernatural Intervention. The people of God have forever believed we should pray and seek God’s intervention on our behalf. That does not mean the people of God thought the actions of God could be ordered to occur through prayer. Prayer was asking. It wasn’t always receiving. When Peter is escorted from his prison cell, set free from his chains, and arrives at the door where the church is in prayer for his release, the last person they expect to see at the door is Peter! Supernatural intervention! It’s Advent season, the season to anticipate the most important of Supernatural Interventions.
THE SEASON OF ADVENT begins today. This is a four-week preparation to celebrate the birth of Christ. The first candle on the Advent Wreath is Hope. As the Scriptures are read and the candle is lit, meditate upon the hope that Christ brings to the world and to you.
THE SACRAMENT of Holy Communion will be shared this morning at both services. We invite all members of the church of Jesus Christ to share in this sacrament. Please fill out a communion card and place it in the offering plate.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today: The Family Project – Dave Reich
December 6 The Family Project – Dave Reich
December 13 The Family Project – Dave Reich
December 20 Follow the Star Pageant
WE ARE LOOKING for people to share their musical talents with us at the 10:30 service of worship Christmas Eve. A signup sheet is posted in the narthex.
LADIES OF LEIDY’S is hosting a Pot Luck Supper this Tuesday, December 1st. We will enjoy a meal together beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a devotional thought and our monthly business meeting. A sign-up sheet is posted on the Women’s Ministry bulletin board to indicate what you would like to bring to share. All ladies are welcome to attend.
THE BUILDING PROJECT did not lose an entire day of work on Thanksgiving. Believe it or not, on Thanksgiving Day the crew putting the stone on the exterior of the building was hard at it. They finished the final exterior wall. Also finished this week was the final coat of paving material for the bottom of the driveway. After a long time of bumps and dust and ever changing roadways, all are now set for a long time to come. Have you noticed the brilliant green stands of grass growing in various parts of the property? It’s good to have those roots established before the winter sets in. With the new building we’ll also get a new hymnal: The Worship Hymnal. The color selected is slate blue. Committees are at work on the Dedication service, the details of furnishings, financial opportunities that still remain, and coordinating transition details from here to there. It’s all pretty daunting! Much prayer is needed – pray for God’s wisdom, provision, direction, and protection.
THE DOUBLING YOUR DOLLARS challenge continues to match every dollar given to the Building Fund. So far in November there have been 34,095 dollars matched. This year’s challenge goal is $200,000, so there are still plenty of dollars available for matching! We thank the Lord Jesus for this challenge opportunity and all those who are part of it. It is an encouragement! Pray and see what the Lord would have you do to help meet this challenge.
THE 2015 DESSERT & ENTERTAINMENT NIGHT will be held this Saturday, December 5th, beginning at 6 p.m. Seats are still available. Contact the church office or sign the sheet posted in the narthex. Tickets are $20 per person. Music follows around 7:00. No ticket is required to attend the concert, though a free-will offering will be taken.
GOD’S TREASURE HOUSE MINISTRIES is having an Open House this Saturday, December 5th at 250 W. Cherry Lane from 2-6 p.m.
ADVENT WORKSHOP is today at 4 p.m. Crafters please, be on time, crafts will start promptly! Don’t forget your dessert to share!
CHRISTMAS CAROLING takes place two weeks from today! That would be December 13th – yikes! Included in today’s bulletin is a sign-up form to register for caroling. The completed form may be placed in the offering plate or on the secretary’s desk in the office. You may also use the form to make suggestions for persons or homes to put on our caroling list. Feel welcome to join in spreading Christmas cheer!
SOUDERTON CHRISTMAS PARADE happens this Saturday, December 5th. Leidy’s Church will be represented. But we need some helpers. What kind of help? Individuals to serve as living gift boxes to walk alongside our float. Help is needed to construct those gift boxes. Also, need some people willing to hand out candy along the parade route. If you can help out, please let the church office know promptly.
IF YOU HAVE NEED of a used wood stove/fireplace insert, please give Dana and Barb Gehman a call to arrange pick up at 215-453-0840.
ALL PIKANGIKUM SHOEBOXES are due today! Please place them on the table in the narthex so they can be packed and shipped tomorrow. Thank you for giving to those who don’t have much.
WANTED: A FEW MORE ADULTS/TEENS (not confirmation class) to help the Kid’s Klub choirs put on their Christmas pageant! Only one performance…on December 20th during the Sunday School “Happy Birthday Jesus!” party. Only minimal to no acting/memorization required (depending on the part). Many lucrative careers have launched from our humble stage…who knows…you could be the next to be discovered! See Donna Frueh for details.
THE FLOWER CHART for 2016 is posted on the wall in the narthex for those who would like to sponsor flowers for our sanctuary. The chart will be posted until the end of December.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 4:00 p.m. Advent Workshop
MONDAY 6:00 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 16
TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. Mom’s Bible Study – C.R.
6:00 p.m. Ladies of Leidy’s – F.H.
WEDNESDAY 5:00 p.m. Kids Klub
7:00 p.m. Bells
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Precept
7:15 p.m. True Worship – Rm. 16
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
SATURDAY 6:00 p.m. Dessert & Entertainment Night
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
December 13 Caroling
December 20 Follow the Star Pageant
December 24 Christmas Eve Worship