THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
Angels From the Realms of Glory (#179 – verses 1,2 & 4)
O Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (on insert)
Holy, Holy, Holy (#68 – verses 1, 3 & 4)
O Come, All Ye Faithful (#199 – chorus only)
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE OF FAITH
RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Psalm 119:33-40 (Page 445)
Luke 1:26-38 (Page 43)
Ephesians 1:15-23 (Page 150)
THE SERMON: “Quodlibet”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[first used March 16, 1997]
C: Holy and awesome God, in You alone is there light and truth and wisdom. We confess our sin and bondage, our repeated shifting of glory from You to ourselves. Our concern has been to appear spiritual in the eyes of men, yet we have neglected and ignored the work of the Holy Spirit. Indeed we have debated strenuously about theological gnats, while swallowing camel-sized doses of contemporary error. O Lord God, forgive us. By Jesus’ shed blood deliver us from the snares of the devil, and from the tares of our old nature. Wash us from our sin; renew us from within; make us to be Your kin, through the ongoing wonder of new birth and ongoing life, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #203 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
* THE APOSTLES CREED
AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #184 Angels We Have Heard on High
* 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 in grateful praise to the Lord for the wonderful gift of grandchildren, Samuel, Makenna, Abbey, and Allison by Ron and Kathy Moyer.
USHER CAPTAINS: Dana Gehman, Stan Ott
GREETERS TODAY: Jeremiah and Brittany Rizzo
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Donna Moyer
December 11th Mary Beth Musselman
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Ken and Connie Merritt.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick, and Mario Guerreiro.
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 18 months) Alex and Ally Hager, Rachel Tyson
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years) Ruthie Niederhaus, Ellen Hill, Krista Tyson
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years) Joe and Karen Sciacca, Ruth Thompson
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Nelda Metzler, Ben Walmsley, Francis Weiss 8th; Matt Connor, Denise Kulp, Karen Mirabella, Steve Myers, Dave Reich 9th; Derek Freed, Stephen Tyson 10th; Connie Smith 11th; Brent Talbot, Jr. 12th; Joyce Anders, Noah Kulp, Landon Shoemaker, Alex Walbrandt 13th; Shelby Weber 14th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Quodlibet. It’s that time of year again, time for the annual Quodlibet sermon. In case you’ve forgotten, or have never heard of this phenomenon, here’s what it means. The pastor does not prepare a sermon for Sunday. Instead, in the bulletin is a slip of paper on which attendees may write a question. These slips of paper will be collected just prior to the sermon, then the pastor will take them into the pulpit to read and respond to as many as time allows. The questions can be about anything – that’s what Quodlibet means: ask what you will.
THE SECOND CANDLE on the Advent Wreath is the candle of Faith. When Jesus was born, the faith of God’s people in the promises of God, beginning already in the Garden of Eden, was vindicated. The promise of God is one of grace, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ’s redeeming work and have peace with God. It’s our joy to share the good news about faith in Jesus which brings us to peace with God.
THIS MORNING Leidy’s Church is receiving new members. We wish to welcome the following people into our fellowship. Take time to greet them after the service.
Kendell Musselman Steven Spitzkopf
Shaun Permar Thelma Spitzkopf
ISSUES & ANSWERS upcoming schedule is as follows:
Today – Stan Ott
December 11 – Spiritual Council Paper
December 18 – Follow the Star Cantata – Grace Notes Choir
SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Tuesday evening at 7:30 in Room 125.
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.
WANT TO JOIN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL project of gathering some funds to help Colleen Estes with purchasing Bibles and teaching materials for youth to use at Pikangikum? All the December offerings from the Sunday School classes will go to this project. If you’d also like to help, please use a Second Mile offering envelope and mark it Pik Bibles.
DOUBLING YOUR DOLLARS is underway. Generous businessmen from the congregation want to motivate us to make a serious dent in our mortgage. They have pledged to match every dollar given to the Building Fund in November and December until the challenge goal of $150,000 is reached. You’re invited to help us meet this challenge.
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.
LOST SHEEP PRAYER GROUP meets the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING takes place next Sunday! 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!
THINKING OF GIVING A BIBLE to someone for Christmas? The church office has a supply of New American Standard reference Bibles available. This is the translation used in our church. The cost of the Bible is what the cost is to the church. Contact the church office for more details.
THE LADIES OF LEIDY’S annual pot luck Christmas meeting takes place this Tuesday, beginning at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All ladies are welcome to attend . . . just sign up for what you would like to make on the sheet posted in the narthex. Following the meal our business meeting will be held. If you have questions, speak with 2016 President BJ Kulp.
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.
MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS SUNDAY SCHOOL on December 18th! Our brand new children’s choir Grace Notes will debut with a fresh new Christmas Cantata “Follow the Star”. Grace Notes Choir showcases Leidy’s Church children in grades K thru 6, and this year’s presentation features delightful narration written by Gary Filson. This performance is open to everyone, so invite your friends and family to come out and experience the true meaning of Christmas as told by the children!
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 WALBRANDT FAMILY wishes to extend our deep appreciation to the members of Leidy’s Church for all their prayers and condolences during our time of grief. It was of great comfort to us all.
YOU’RE INVITED to an Open House this Friday evening. Jared and Abby Alleman, whom we support through our Missions budget, look forward to sharing an update on their ministry, its goal, and its needs. The Open House takes place in our old Fellowship Hall at 276 W. Cherry Lane. It begins at 7 pm. Light foods will be available, but the main feature will be the Allemans sharing the scope and focus of their ministry with CRU.
YOUTH FELLOWSHIP CHRISTMAS SPECIAL tonight from 6 to 8:30. All youth 7th-12 grade are welcome to attend. Don’t forget to bring a wrapped gift for the White Elephant Pollyanna. Any questions contact Pastor Andrew at 215-272-2769.
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.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
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. Outreach – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. Mom’s Bible Study – Rm. 111
6:00 p.m. Ladies of Leidy’s – F.H.
7:00 p.m. Choir Rm. Resvd.
7:00 p.m. Elder Prayer – Rm. 125
7:30 p.m. Spiritual Council – Rm. 125
WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m. iBlast Set up
5:30 p.m. Grace Notes Choir
6:00 p.m. iBlast
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
7:30 p.m. Consistory – C.R.
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY 6:30 a.m. BMCE Breakfast – F.H./Kitchen
9:00 a.m. Precept
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study
SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
2:00 p.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
FRIDAY 7:00 p.m. Open House – Alleman
SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
December 11 Caroling
December 18 Follow the Star Cantata
December 18 Family Holiday Concert
December 24 Christmas Eve
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
Shining afar through shadows dim
Giving the light to those who long have gone
Guiding the Wise Men on their way
Unto the place where Jesus lay
Oh Beautiful Star (Women)
(Beautiful Beautiful Star) (Men)
Of Bethlehem (Women)
(Star of Bethlehem) (Men)
Shine upon us until the glory dawns
You are the lamp to light our way
Unto the land of perfect day
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, shine on
Beautiful Star the hope of light
Guiding the pilgrims through the night
Over the mountains ‘til the break of dawn
Into the light of perfect day
It will give out a lovely ray
Beautiful star of Bethlehem shine on
Beautiful Star the hope of rest
For the redeemed, the good and the blessed
Yonder in glory when the crown is won
Jesus is now that star divine
Brighter and brighter He will shine
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, shine on