THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
#1 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear #3 Hymn of Joy
#2 Beautiful Star of Bethlehem #4 More Love to Thee
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
** PRE-SCHOOL PRESENTATION
LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE OF LOVE
RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Daniel 2 s.v. (page 882)
Luke 2:36-40 (1021)
Acts 12:24-13:4 (page 1103)
THE SERMON: “Set Apart and Sent”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[first used in December 1994]
C: Almighty God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – we come to confess our sin to You. Though you have sent Your light into the world, too often we have chosen to walk in darkness. We have listened to worldly-wise men, while ignoring the wisdom of Your Word. Our actions have followed the pattern of our culture, not the teaching of Your Law. Our praises follow many human heroes, but too often we forget to praise You, our Savior. Forgive us our sinful and wayward ways we ask, in the name of Him whose birth we celebrate this week. May Jesus’ blood cleanse us, may the Holy Spirit empower and teach us, and may we live our lives to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
* THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #170 Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
* THE NICENE CREED
** AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #184 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
* 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.
THE ROSEBUD on the Communion table is in honor of a daughter, Shelby Madison, born to Kevin and Crista Weber on Monday. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Elaine Frank in loving memory of her brother Freddie.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Paul and Denise Carsley
(10:45) Dustin and Ashley Doran
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Fern Vasey
December 27th Pearl Walter
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Alice Kraus.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Brian Radcliff and Collin Radcliff.
8:00 Nate and Bekah Kulp, Joe and Karen Sciacca (Baby/Toddler;Children’s Church).
10:45 Blaine and Nicole Moyer, Deb Guerreiro, Mitchell VanDerbeek, Madison Lentz (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Steve Bandura, Ally Hager, Millie Hughes, Isaac Inyang, Carol Mininger, Bryan Ziegler 24th; Nicole Moyer 25th; Debbie Bandura, Patricia Martindell 27th; Sue Lindner 28th; Karen Brunner, Carol Curcio, Joyce Derstine, Carol Godshall, Dave Smith 29th; James Mylin, Yvonne Shoemaker, Nancy Swenk 30th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! John and Elaine Greene, Ken and Nicole Peck 27th; Jeff and Lori Maxwell 28th; Ray and Beverly Dettra 29th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Set Apart and Sent. Both Anna, an elderly widow in Jerusalem when Jesus was born, and the church at Antioch wherein Barnabas and Paul were leaders, exercised the discipline of fasting. Each is concerned with the subject of redemption. Through the discipline of fasting they get some answers from God about the redemption that was so much on their hearts. Not surprisingly, each had their eyes focused on the Lord Jesus, Anna at the time of His birth, the Antioch Christians at His rule as the ascended Messiah. Daniel’s rock cut without hands is about that redemption.
THE FOURTH CANDLE on the Advent Wreath is the candle of Love. The birth of Jesus is God’s love reaching out to us. It is His love that calls us to faith in Christ. As we remain in His love, our lives will bear fruit for His glory.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today: Follow the Star Pageant
December 27 The Family Project – Dave Reich
January 3 The Star of Bethlehem – Video
January 10 Stan Ott
THIS MORNING Leidy’s Church is receiving new members. We wish to welcome the following people into our fellowship. Take time to great them after the service.
Barbara Frederick James Mylin
Carol Mininger Joan Radcliff
Dave Mininger Stan Radcliff
OFFERING ENVELOPES – If you are a non-member and would like to receive offering envelopes for 2016, please contact the office and they will see that you receive them. If you have been contributing financially during 2015 but do not have a mailbox your record of contributions will be delivered to you via first-class mail.
PARENTS – If you are looking for your Toddler thru Kindergarten child, they are staying in their classrooms a little longer this morning so we can enjoy their singing at the 10:45 service.
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. Please use the form provided in the bulletin to order your plant(s). Sandy Cressman will be in the narthex after the 8:00 service, and Ellen Hill after the 10:45 service to receive your slips and money. The cost of each plant is $10.
SIGN-UP SHEETS are on a table in the narthex to sign up for the 2016 Committees of Consistory. Read over the responsibilities of each committee and prayerfully consider where you might best serve the Lord and Leidy’s Church.
BEGINNING AT 2 P.M. on Christmas Eve individuals will gather in the church kitchen for an hour or so to fill luminary bags with sand and then place them around the church property. Come on out if you would be interested in helping with this little project.
Christmas Activities & Services
Setting up luminaries begins at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Help us prepare to let our lights shine.
Family Service of Worship at 7:00 p.m. will celebrate the birth of The Promised One. The focus will be on the birth of Jesus. The story will be enhanced with songs, congregational carols, and instrumental music. Curt Lockman is directing this presentation.
Formal Service of Worship at 10:30 with the Chancel Choir, preaching and the Lord’s Supper. A candle lighting service concludes this time of worship.
Pre-service music begins at 6:30 & 10:15 for the respective services.
THE TRANSITION COMMITTEE is looking for people who would be able to assist with the moving of items to our new facility when the time comes. An email or text list will be maintained to send details to everyone who is interested. If you are willing to help and wish to be notified on either list, please contact Francis Weiss via email (FLweiss@bergeys.com) or text (484-368-2951).
PRAYER WARRIORS: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) provides a Prayer Calendar which highlights prayer needs of the organization. They are available on the desk in the narthex. Please join us in praying daily for coaches & athletes. If you have any questions, please contact Darlene Schmidt or Wanda Brunner.
THE BUILDING PROJECT has just about finished all the outside-of-the-building trim work. The sidewalk that leads from the parking lot to the entrance of the Christian Ed level (not gym level) near Cherry Lane was poured this week. All the shades for windows in the sanctuary are now installed. Dry wall work is being completed in the sacristy, which when finished will mean all the sanctuary dry walling is done. The steel stud crew is finished and on their way to another site. During this week the entryways into the sanctuary were completed. Cabinets and woodwork for the kitchen and administrative area are on-site and beginning to be installed. The job-site supervisor estimates that 90% of the ceiling tile is in place, including the light fixtures. There are still important decisions and issues in the offing, so much prayer is requested. Praise God for His mercy and grace in this undertaking!
DOUBLING YOUR DOLLARS has two Sundays left [today and next Sunday] to receive gifts towards the challenge goal of $200,000. Since the beginning of November contributions to the Building Fund amount to $80,499.49. Praise be to God! Yet, there remains a considerable amount to be matched, so consider what you might like to do to help us reach the $200,000 goal.
CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew Edmonds! On Friday Pastor Andrew graduated from the Lancaster/Capital Seminary. He received the Master of Divinity degree – and a great sense of relief!
THE TREASURER’S BOOKS will close at noon on Thursday, December 31st. Please ensure that all monetary contributions are in the church office by that time.
FOLLOW THE STAR is to be presented during the Sunday School hour this morning. Everyone is invited to be present for this musical program by children from Kids Klub. Some Christmas goodies may well be available also.
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. These are the remaining openings: January 3rd, 31st; February 7th, 14th, 21st; March 6th; April 10th, 17th, 24th; May 8th; July 24th; October 30th; November 13; and December 11th.
MARCH FOR LIFE 2016 takes place on Friday, January 22nd. 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.
HEADS-UP MEN. The next Men’s Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, January 16th. Hearty food will be served and we’ll hear how an atheist came to faith.
NEWSLETTER articles for the January newsletter are due in the office by Tuesday.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 12:30 p.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
6:00 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
MONDAY 10:00 a.m. Home School Christmas Party
6:00 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. FCA – C.R.
TUESDAY 7:00 p.m. Grace Community – F.H.
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
WEDNESDAY 7:00 p.m. Bells
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
6:30 p.m. Pre- Service Music
7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service
10:15 p.m. Pre-Service Music
10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Service
FRIDAY Merry Christmas
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
December 27 Kids Musical Kick off
January 9 Congregational Dinner
January 16 Men’s Breakfast
January 16 Shepherd Meeting
January 22 March for Life