May 17th, 2015

Sixth Sunday after Easter




#603  God Moves in a Mysterious Way

     #597  God Leads Us Along (verses 2 & 3)

#631  I Know Whom I Have Believed (verses 1 & 3)

#657  Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul (verses 2 & 3)

#96   I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (verses 1 & 3)

#52   They That Wait Upon the Lord (2x)




THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:        Exodus 18:13-27 (page 76)

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (page 1192)

Acts 6:1-6 (1094)


THE SERMON: “Why are we waiting? We are suffocating!”

*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)

[from Martin Luther’s A Simple Way to Pray]

C: O dear Lord, God and Father, enter not into judgment against us, because no man living is justified before You. Do not count it against us as a sin, that we are so unthankful for Your unspeakable goodness – spiritual and physical – or that we stray into sin many times every day, more often than we can know or recognize. Do not look upon how good – or how wicked – we have been, but only upon the infinite compassion which You have bestowed upon us in Christ, Your dear Son. Grant forgiveness also to those who have harmed or wronged us, as we forgive them from our hearts. They inflict the greatest injury upon themselves, by arousing Your anger in their actions toward us. We are not helped by their ruin; we would much rather that they be saved with us. Amen.


*   THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #468 Be Thou My Vision

The Urban Catechism

Question 39: What helps does God give us so that we may apply the Bible to our lives?

Answer: The prompting of the Holy Spirit, pastors and teachers, wise Christian counsel, and prayer.

Question 40: How can we really test these helps to know if they really are from God?

Answer: By evaluating them with the Bible, which is our ultimate authority.

Question 41: What is the most important rule in understanding the Bible?

Answer: Scripture never contradicts scripture, and therefore scripture explains scripture.




** AN ANTHEM: On Eagle’s Wings – Chancel Choir


*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #1  For the Beauty of the Earth



*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude

until the Pastor leaves


* Indicates congregation standing; C = Congreg.  Response; z Indicates 8:00 service; ** Indicates 10:45


Please silence your cell phone during the service of worship


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 Matt and Kate Harris at the dedication of their son, Harlo Locke this morning. May God be with them as they grow in Him.


CONGRATULATIONS to the soon-to-be-married Chase and Emily (Mayer) Brunner who will be united in Christian marriage this afternoon at Hilltown Baptist Church. May God be with them as they begin their life together in Him.


THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by LeRoy and Diane Gehman, giving God the glory for His wonderful protection, grace and faithfulness to our country.


GREETERS TODAY:          (8:00)   Bob and Jill Ott

(10:45)   Bill and Wynne Parfitt


TAPE MINISTRY:        Today                Deb Schatz

May 24th             Lorraine Shoemaker


THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Debbie Caserta.


THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jim Foote, Joseph Thompson.



8:00   Matt and Kate Harris, Ken and Wendy Murphy (Baby/

Toddler; Children’s Church).

10:45   Farrah McClaskey, Esther Thompson, Brittany Foote, Ruth

Thompson (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).



     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Verity Edmonds, Ashley Foote, Allen Kraus, Stephen Paine 21st; Hannah Taylor 22nd; Kevin Curcio, Joel Gehman, Harlo Harris, Calvin Radcliff, Taleh Rittenhouse 23rd; David Thompson 24th; Ruth Bugge 26th; Donna Frueh 27th.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Lorne and Susan Slack 24th; Dave and Vicki Freed, Ron and Jenn Malone 25th; Jim and Ginna Foote 26th.


THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Why are we waiting? We are suffocating! The chant “Why Are We Waiting,” gets sung by a frustrated gathering of people waiting for someone to turn up. Or, it echoes through a stadium by fans of a sporting team hoping to see their team improve on the field. Maybe it was first sung by the early Church! The Apostles were “waiting” and it wasn’t necessarily for Christ’s return; no, they were waiting on tables. The men who had firsthand encounters with the risen Christ were now caught up in administrative duties. Sound the alarm, for the ministry movement is in danger of becoming a ministry monument.


PENTECOST SUNDAY is next Sunday. The Lord’s Supper will be shared at each service of worship. Come prepared to participate in this Christian sacrament. And let’s pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit among us, and upon the land in which we live.


PRIMARY ELECTION is this Tuesday. That means the Fellowship Hall will be dedicated for voting purposes from late Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening. On Tuesday, please allow the closest parking spaces to be used by voters.


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 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.


WANT TO BE BAPTIZED? If you’ve not been baptized and would like to be baptized by immersion, that can happen when we worship at Camp Men-O-Lan on June 7th. Contact the church office or Pastor Niederhaus if interested.


BE SURE TO SIGN UP for the Mother/Daughter Tea which takes place on Saturday morning, May 30th, from 10:00 to noon. All ladies and girls are welcome. A special program has been planned with a special guest from Lancaster County. Details cannot be revealed since it’s meant to be a surprise, but we do encourage those attending to wear hats. Extra invitations are on the narthex desk if you’ve misplaced yours. Today is the last day to sign up!


CALLING ALL GRADUATES! We want to recognize and honor those graduating from high school, college, business school, or graduate school during the month of June. Please contact the church office with the name of your graduate(s) and what their plans may be for the future.


THE 28:19 PROGRAM opens a week from today!  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.


QUESTIONS FROM THE QUESTIONS of The Urban Catechism. Is there anything in the Bible that is convicting you right now? Do you believe the Holy Spirit is leading you in a particular direction? Are you receiving wise Christian counsel? Are you doing anything that other Christians have advised you not to do? In all the counsel that you receive, in all the “promptings” that you discern, are you comparing that counsel with the plain teaching of the Bible? Speaking of the plain teaching of the Bible, are you utilizing the more clear passages of Scripture to gain understanding of the less clear passages? Do you seek to apply all the Bible to all areas of your life?


A GREAT BIG “Thank you” to all who helped make this week’s Rummage Sale a success. A special thanks to the clean-up crew who always works hard and fast to get everything back to normal. We made a little over $5,722.85 and more is still coming in. We are already accepting donations for the next sale. Please donate only items that are in good, usable condition. Place items in the Rummage Room, (room 11 downstairs), and our wonderful sorters will take care of the rest.


VOTERS’ GUIDE from the PA Family Institute may be accessed at www.pafamily.org. Listed on their homepage is the 2015 Judicial Primary voter’s guide. Click on it and then click on “Statewide Judicial Primary Guide 2015.” You may scroll through a copy of the questionnaire they sent to candidates which is followed by the nominees for Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court. There is information for some county races, but none for local races.


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.




Today:                              Series on the Protestant Work Ethnic

May 24, 31        Series on the Protestant Work Ethnic

June 7                              Men-O-Lan!

June 14                            Act 153 Compliance

June 21                            Chris & Heather Christensen from



THE BUILDING PROJECT has the sanctuary trusses on site! The crane to set them in place is due to arrive on Monday. It may take a week or two to get them all in place. Clouds of dust have swirled throughout the site all week long. On the church site, one of the temporary retaining ponds was backfilled and graded over. On the parsonage site, retaining walls were put in where the new bridge will cross the creek. All the heavy equipment then moved up the driveway, through the Sunday in the Shade lawn, and around the parsonage as the line for the sanitary sewer was laid and connected. On the athletic fields site, the mound of stored topsoil continued to diminish as load after load was sifted and trucked off. With no rain, lots of trucks, heavy equipment of all sorts, and breezy days it made for lots of dust. Oh, except for the two upper parking lots where asphalt is in place.


WE ARE IN NEED of full size paper bags for the October Rummage Sale. Please start saving them and bring them to the church office. Any questions, see Mary Beth Musselman.



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.


THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL takes place on Saturday, June 13th. Much help is needed to make the Festival a success. Forms will be in the bulletin next week.



FOCUS GROUP:  The Focus Group will be meeting this Sunday at 1 p.m. at 633 Mininger Road, Souderton, PA 18964.  We’ll have snacks and discuss ways we can better engage our young people; childcare will be available. Or join us Thursday, May 28 for a meal and music.  We’ll start dinner at 6 p.m. at 51 West Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Souderton, PA 18964.  If you have any questions, would like to know more about the focus group, or would like to let us know you’ll join us for dinner on 5/28, please feel free to contact ILCfocusgroup@gmail.com.


THE MISSION COMMITTEE meets this Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room.


THE CHURCH PICNIC happens the first Sunday of June – that’s soon! Men-O-Lan is providing our mid-day meal, but we will provide our own dessert and supper. We need help with set-up and clean-up, as well as people for pond duty and transporting items to and from the church. A sign-up is in the bulletin this morning. We must have your reservation by May 24th in order to let Men-O-Lan plan the amount of food needed. Please place completed form in the box provided on the narthex desk.


OPPORTUNITY TO HELP A benefit Yard Sale takes place on Saturday at 479 Smokepipe Road, Souderton. It will benefit the family of Brian Allebach who recently died. He was self-employed, and he and his wife have five children, three of whom are still at home. For further details speak with Pete or Bambi Martindell.





SUNDAY                      6:00 p.m.     Youth help with Rummage

MONDAY                     3:00 p.m.     Set up for Primary

6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 16

7:00 p.m. FCA – C.R.

TUESDAY                                           Primary Election Day

8:30 a.m. BMCE Exec. Mtg. – C.R.

9:30 a.m. Young Mom’s Fellowship – C.R.

7:00 p.m. Evangelism Mtg. – C.R.

7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.

WEDNESDAY              7:00 p.m.     Missions Mtg. – C.R.

7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir

THURSDAY                 9:00 a.m.     Precept

7:30 p.m. Men’s Study – Rm. 18

FRIDAY                        6:00 p.m.     Kitchen Resvd.

SATURDAY                  9:00 a.m.     C.R. Resvd.

4:00 p.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.

SUNDAY                      8:00 a.m.     Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:45 a.m.           Worship Service




May 19                        Primary Election

May 30                        Mother-Daughter Tea

June 7                         Church Picnic

June 13                       Strawberry Festival

June 15                       Act 153 meeting

July 9                          SLMT Mission Trip