THE ORGAN PRELUDE
BELL PRELUDE: Joy to the World – Bell Choir
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
#1 Joy to the World #3 10,000 Reasons
#2 The First Noel #4 O Come, O Come Emmanuel
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE OF JOY
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Genesis s.v. (Page 8 f.f.)
Luke 1:46-55 (Page 44)
Acts 25:23-26:8 (Page 115)
THE SERMON: “The Promised Hope”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[first used May 25, 1997]
C: Gracious God, You are perfect in all Your ways, and Your purposes shall be established. Forgive us our shifting ways, our eagerness to serve You one day, and our coldness to You the next day. We confess being more determined that You do our will, than we seek to do Your will with perseverance. Forgive us, we ask, through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus. Holy Spirit, we ask You to open our hearts, teach our minds, and mold our wills, so that we perceive, we understand, and we do the will of God–and do it with joy. Transform us, we ask, by the renewing of our minds, so that we may prove to be doers of Your Word, those who delight to do Your will. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #217 Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
* THE APOSTLES CREED
AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #198 What Child is This?
* THE COMMISSION & 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
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the welcome desk in the narthex and return immediately following the service.
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 given by Harold and Sylvia Holloway in honor and praise to the Lord for His love, mercy, and grace during their marriage now at 64 years. God is good – all the time.
USHER CAPTAINS: Dana Gehman, Stan Ott
GREETERS TODAY: Doug and Helen Roberson
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Mary Beth Musselman
December 18th Ruthie Niederhaus
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Lori Maxwell.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick, and Mario Guerreiro.
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months) Mike and Shannon Kehs, Farrah McClaskey
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years) Kevin and Karli Weiss, Becca Rosenbaum
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years) Shaun and Meghann Permar, Jillian Hager
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Rich Kapusta 17th; Betty Weber 18th; Vanessa Martindell 20th; Sylvia Mahoney, Alyvia Shelton, Genie Smedberg 21st.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Jim and Karen Carling 16th; Andy and Joan Tawney 17th; Ken and Wanda Ritter 19th; Harold and Sylvia Holloway 20th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is The Promised Hope. Jesus told His followers they would be persecuted and brought before kings and governors for His name’s sake. They were not to be upset by such events, but to recognize such times as opportunities to share their testimony. That’s exactly the situation with Paul as he is brought before King Agrippa and Governor Festus. So, he tells them how he got to be where he is. He says it is because of his belief in the promises made to the people of God. We’ll hear Mary reflecting on those same magnificent promises made to Abraham and the other patriarchs of old.
THE THIRD CANDLE on the Advent Wreath is the candle of Joy. As the candle is lit, reflect upon the truth that we have no greater joy than the knowledge that Jesus did come once, He reigns now, and He will come again. As Christians we remember that “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”
ISSUES & ANSWERS upcoming schedule is as follows:
Today – Spiritual Council Paper
December 18 – Follow the Star Cantata – Grace Notes Choir
December 25th – Merry Christmas!
POINSETTIA PLANTS to beautify our sanctuary for the Christmas season may be ordered beginning today. Plants may be placed in memory or in honor of someone. The cost of the plants this year will be $14. Someone at the Welcome Desk will take your order.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to join in with the Sunday School kids in raising funds to help Colleen Estes purchase Bibles and teaching materials for use among youth and families at Pikangikum. If you would like to help out, please use a Second Mile offering envelope from your pew rack and mark it Pik Bibles.
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.
DOUBLING YOUR DOLLARS is making headway at the $150,000 challenge, but there’s plenty of dollars still available for matching. Thus far a total of $46,812.26 has been received. Thank you! For the rest of December there remains $103,188 to be matched. Seek the Lord about how you may be able to help us meet this challenge.
YOUTH FELLOWSHIP does not meet this evening since we’ll be out caroling this afternoon. Come out and enjoy bringing Christmas cheer to those near and far. Hot food and beverages will be enjoyed upon our return.
MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS SUNDAY SCHOOL next Sunday! It begins at 8:45. Our brand new children’s choir Grace Notes will debut with a fresh new Christmas Cantata titled Follow the Star. Grace Notes Choir features Leidy’s Church children in grades Kindergarten thru 6th. Gary Filson has written this year’s delightful narration. This musical presentation is open to everyone, so invite your friends and family to come out and experience the true meaning of Christmas as told and sung by the children!
THE TREASURER’S BOOKS for 2016 giving will close at noon on Friday, December 30th. Please make sure your final 2016 contributions are at the church by that time. Thanks for your help – and your faithful giving!
MARCH FOR LIFE 2017 takes place on Friday, January 27th. Leidy’s Church will have a Perkiomen coach taking folk down. Cost is $12 per person. The bus will leave the Leidy’s Church parking lot at 6 a.m. and usually returns between 8:30 and 9 in the evening. A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex. Youth under 18 years of age must have a responsible adult assigned with them.
CAROLING HAPPENS TODAY! We will gather at the church at 1:45 for a 2 p.m. departure time. If you’ve not registered, use a registration form from the narthex hutch, fill it out, then place it on the office desk. This will alert the coordinators of your intentions. Come on out and join the singing!
LOST SHEEP PRAYER GROUP meets the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in Rm. 111.
NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Family Holiday Concert here at Leidy’s Church. The concert begins at 3 p.m. While the concert will have lighter moments, it also will have reflective moments capturing the humanity, humility, and sacredness of the Christmas season. T’was the Night Before Christmas is part of the program and will feature narration by Pastor Niederhaus. It promises to be the fastest narration on record. This is a ticketed event. General admission tickets are $20, senior tickets $15, under 18 are $5, and students are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Symphony’s website (www.spso.info) or at the door the day of the concert. Need more info? See Bob Bugge.
SIGN-UP SHEETS are on a table outside the Fellowship Hall to sign up for the 2017 Committees of consistory. Read over the responsibilities of each committee and prayerfully consider where you might best serve the Lord and Leidy’s Church.
THE FLOWER CHART FOR 2017 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.
LEIDY’S YOUTH NEW YEAR’S EVE, EVE LOCK-IN – From 8 p.m. on Friday, December 30th to 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 31st young people 7th thru 12th grade, are welcome to come for an overnight event of games, food and friends. Bring a snack (chips, cookies, etc.) or a drink (soda, juice, etc.). The lock-in will be held on the ground level in the gym. RSVP to Pastor Andrew at 215-272-2769.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 11:30 p.m. Sm. Group – C.R.
2:00 p.m. Caroling
MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
4:00 p.m. Lost Sheep
6:00 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
TUESDAY 7:00 p.m. Grace Community
7:00 p.m. Choir Rm. Resvd.
WEDNESDAY 1:30 p.m. Sm. Group – C.R.
5:00 p.m. Grace Notes Choir
6:00 p.m. iBlast Christmas Party
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY 7:30 a.m. ALL – F.H./Kitchen
9:00 a.m. Kitchen Resvd.
9:00 a.m. Precept
5:00 p.m. Kitchen Resvd.
6:00 p.m. F.H. Resvd.
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study
FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Kitchen Resvd.
5:00 p.m. Kitchen Resvd.
5:45 p.m. Wedding Rehearsal
SATURDAY 8:30 a.m. F.H. Resvd.
10:00 a.m. Grace Notes Choir Practice
3:00 p.m. McFarland/Wilwert Wedding
SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Follow the Star Cantata
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
December 18 Family Holiday Concert
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
January 14 Congregational Dinner & Business Mtg.