December 25, 2016
*  THE OPENING HYMN: #181  Joy to the World!
*  THE SOLEMN DECLARATION            C: Amen
*  THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison
    C: Gracious God, Creator and Father, we come before You a rebellious people. We have denied Your intentions for us, we have preferred our way to Christ’s way, we have disobeyed Your commandments, and we have worshipped ourselves and the things we have made. Forgive us, restore in us the knowledge of who we are, and make us alive to serve You in faith, obedience, and joy, 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.
         P: God shows His love for us…
         C: Amen
         P: Let us praise God!
         C: Praise the Lord!
*   THE GRATEFUL PRAISE: Praise Him!  Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O earth His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! Hail Him! highest arch-angels in glory,
Strength and honor give to His holy name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children.
In His arms He carries them all day long.
Praise Him! Praise Him! tell of His excellent  greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him! ever in joyful song.
     HOLY SCRIPTURES:  Isaiah 42:5-13 (Page 515)
                                              Luke 2:25-32 (Page 45)
                                              Acts 26:19-23 (Page 115)
     THE SERMON: “Proclaiming Light”
*   A HYMN: #180  The First Noel
     AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #183  Good Christian Men, Rejoice
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful attitude until the Pastors have exited the sanctuary
*Indicates congregation standing; P = Pastor; C = Congregation
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the Welcome Desk & 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.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Sandy Nase and family at the death of her mother, Laura Wolf, last Saturday. May God be with them at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Elaine Frank in honor of her grandson Giovanni’s first birthday, who shares a birthdate with our Savior. She feels so blessed to have both of them in her life.
USHER CAPTAINS:  Dana Gehman, Stan Ott
GREETERS TODAY:     Dorothy Kehs, Denise Kulp
TAPE MINISTRY:       Today                   Ede Rupp
                                            January 1st         Deb Schatz
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Ed and Darlene Schmidt.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick, and Mario Guerreiro.
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Carol Curcio, Karen Brunner, Joyce Derstine, Carol Godshall, Dave Smith 29th; James Mylin, Yvonne Shoemaker, Nancy Swenk 30th; Karen Parry 31st; Nicole Peck January 1st; Joy Amstutz, Cathy Connor, Chelsea McDonald 3rd; Jack Heebner, Robin Potts 4th.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Ray and Beverly Dettra 29th; Robert and Elaine Frank 31st;
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Proclaiming Light. It’s Christmas Day! A day to celebrate God’s great gift to the world. As he concludes his testimony to Agrippa and Festus, Paul says he has not proved disobedient to the heavenly vision. That vision provided the focus for all his life; it’s what he’s all about. He lives to call folk from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Though he’s been imprisoned for two years (!), his passion for fulfilling the vision is undiminished. He wants to see folk turned from darkness to light. That also is the burden of the Christmas message. It is the proclamation of Light!
THE SACRAMENT of Holy Communion will be shared at both services of worship next Sunday.
OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2017 are in mailboxes in the narthex. If you would like a box of envelopes but didn’t get one, please contact the church office. If you do not have a mailbox and you requested envelopes, you may pick them up in the office.
     January 1st        Presents vs. Presence – Dave Reich
     January 8th        Dave Reich
     January 15th      Stan Ott
LEIDY’S CHURCH HAS GREAT KIDS! There is an urgent need for teacher’s helpers in the Toddler and 5th/6th Grade Sunday School. Helpers need not prepare lessons, but are a very necessary extra set of hands in the classroom each week. Help is also needed in nursery for the little ones that are a bit older. If you can help or have questions, contact Bekah Kulp (215-622-0813) or the church office.
REALM, A MIDWEEK TIME OF WORSHIP & THE WORD starting Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m. What is Realm? It is a midweek time dedicated to worshipping our Lord and hearing from God’s Word in a relaxed but passionate atmosphere. Realm is for everyone young and old to come and sing praises to God in the form of modern worship songs and engage with the Scriptures. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Chris.
THE TREASURER’S BOOKS for 2016 giving will close at noon this 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.
THE FLOWER CHART FOR 2017 is posted on the wall in the narthex for those who would like to sponsor flowers for our sanctuary. These dates are still available: January 15th; March 26th; April 9th; May 28th; July 16th and 23rd; September 24th; November 26th; and December 3rd.
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!
THE KITCHEN COMMITTEE will be meeting on Monday, January 2nd at 7:00 in the kitchen.
CONGEGATIONAL DINNER & Business Meeting takes place on Saturday, January 14th. Registration slips will be in the bulletin beginning next week.
ANNOUNCING THE KICK OFF FOR THE SPRING MUSICALGo, Go, Jonah!” Wednesday, January 4th, 5:00-6:00 pm. Although we are primarily looking for students in grades K-6, there are still a few openings for teens/adults, so if you’ve always  wanted to be on stage…here is your chance! Come on out, enjoy some snacks & games, hear about our new rehearsal schedule and learn the story of Jonah, as first told by Mr. Nathan Kulp and many of our now young adults back in 1997!  Warning: these songs will stick in your head!
 TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to sign up for the committees of Consistory for 2017. Read over the responsibilities of each committee and prayerfully consider where you might best serve the Lord and Leidy’s Church.
MONDAY               10:00 a.m.      Rm. 211 Resvd.
                                    1:30 p.m.      Facility Use Mtg. – C.R.
TUESDAY                7:00 p.m.      Tech Mtg. – C.R.
WEDNESDAY         1:30 p.m.      Small Group – C.R.
                                  4:00 p.m.      F.H. Resvd.
THURSDAY            5:30 p.m.      Sanctuary Resvd.
                                   7:30 p.m.      Men’s Bible Study
FRIDAY                   8:00 p.m.      Youth New Year’s Eve-Eve Lock-in
SATURDAY             New Year’s Eve
SUNDAY                  New Year’s Day
                                    8:45 a.m.      Sunday School
                                  10:00 a.m.      Worship Service
January 14      Congregational  Dinner & Business Mtg.
January 27        March for Life