February 12, 2017
*  THE OPENING HYMN: #336  Come, Thou Almighty King
*  THE SOLEMN DECLARATION            C: Amen
*  THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison
    C: Almighty and most merciful God, we have strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have gone against Your laws. We have left undone those things we should have done, and we have done those things we should never have done. Have mercy upon us. Make us whole. And help us to live a righteous life to the glory of Your Holy Name, 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 demonstrates His love for us…
         C: Amen
         P: Let us praise God!
         C: Praise the Lord!
*   THE GRATEFUL PRAISE: To God Be the Glory
     To God be the glory – great things He hath done!
     So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
     Who yielded His life an atonement for sin
    And opened the Lifegate that all may go in.
    Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord,
    Let the earth hear His voice!
    Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord!
    Let the people rejoice!
    O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
    And give Him the glory – great things He hath done
     HOLY SCRIPTURES:  2 Samuel 12:1-15 (Page 234)
                                              1 Corinthians 11:23-32 (Page 136)
                                               Acts 27:27-38 (Page 116)
     THE SERMON: “Where Are We?”
*   A HYMN: #573  Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul
     AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #348  Ye Servants of God
*   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 Carl Thompson and family at the death of his mother. May God be with them at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Harvey and Lorraine Shoemaker with thanksgiving to God and in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary this coming Thursday.
THE ROSEBUD on the piano is placed by Stewart and Patty Kendall in honor of a grandson, Gregory Vincent June, Jr., born this past Sunday.
USHER CAPTAINS:  Ken Merritt, Stan Ott
GREETERS TODAY:     Joe and Karen Sciacca
TAPE MINISTRY:       Today                  Diane Weber
                                     February 19th       Mim Weigner
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Ron and Kathy Moyer.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Mario Guerreiro, and Brian Radcliff.
     Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
               Nate and Bekah Kulp, Courtney Lepping
     Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
               Jim & Angela Kinney, JoAnn Elliott
     Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
                Phil and Renee Shafer, Mitchell VanDerbeek
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Elsie Jo Cardone, Ellie Groover, Debbie Guerreiro, Ed Hall 16th; Karen Alderfer, Reagan Hostelley, Brianna Leidy, Kayla Leidy 17th; Oscar Gregory, Shawnee Kehs, Lorraine Shoemaker 18th; John Leidy 19th; Larry Frederick, Owen Permar, Collin Radcliff 20th;
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Harvey and Lorraine Shoemaker 16th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Where Are We? In 2 Cor. 13:5 Paul exhorted the Corinthians to “test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!” That, of course, has reference to Christian living. In an analogous way, the sailors on board the storm-tossed ship taking Paul to Rome came to the point where they had to take soundings to see if they could determine where they were headed. What those soundings revealed changed how they operated the ship. David strayed far from God’s path and God used Nathan to take the soundings of David’s soul. He found out exactly where he was. Do we know where we are?
     Today                   Dave Reich – Immigration and the Bible, etc.
     February 19th     John DiLenge – Conflict Resolution
     February 26th     John DiLenge – Conflict Resolution
     March                  Missions Month!
LOST SHEEP prayer group meets the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m.
CHILDCARE WORKERS NEEDED for the Mom’s Group which meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00. Contact the church office or email Kate Harris at guerreirokate@yahoo.com.
SOME OF THE OPEN SPOTS in the Christian Ed department were filled by those in our church family willing to help. Thank You! There is still an immediate need for a teacher’s helper in the Toddler Sunday School class, and we would like to have a list of those who would be willing to substitute in our children’s classrooms if a need arises. If you are available, please contact Bekah Kulp (215-622-0813) or let the church office know.
JOIN OUR MISSION to the First Nations people in Ontario. The 2017 SLMT team is forming now. You are invited to consider being a part of it. The team needs folk of all ages and with all sorts of skills. Most of the team will be doing a daily VBS with kids, though some workers will be doing construction/repair projects. A sign-up sheet is on the narthex wall. Our SLMT team will leave the evening of July 13th and return early in the morning on the 23rd of July, the Lord willing! Sign up, launch out, and see what the Lord can do through you and in you.
FROM PATTY KENDALL: Thank you to my wonderful church family for your calls, cards and prayers when my dear dad passed away, and for your prayers and words of joy at the birth of our newest grandson! God is good all the time and you are a comfort and blessing to me through the sadness and the joys!
YOU’RE INVITED TO WORSHIP AT REALM a mid-week interlude of spiritual focus in the midst of hectic work weeks. Taking place each Thursday evening from 7 to 8, it is space dedicated to worship in praise songs, engaging the Scriptures, and pouring out our hearts before God’s throne. It’s a relaxed time of gathered worship, yet filled with passion for the Lord Jesus and His work in and through us. Oh, there is plenty of time afterward to indulge in some coffee, snacks, and conversations. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Chris Tawney.
LOVE CRADLE MISSION BANQUET will be held on Saturday, March 11th. Doors open at 5:00 and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and will feature good Ukrainian food. There is no cost for the evening, but a free will offering will be received. If you would like to attend, please contact the church office or send an email to lovecradleint@lovecradleint.org. Help is needed before, during and after the banquet, included in the bulletin today is a volunteer form for you to indicate your availability.
THE SIGN-UP for Coffee & Tea Preparation is up and ready to be filled out for the months of February through May.
UPDATE ON OUR MORTGAGE: At the time of our Congregational Meeting in early January the principal on our mortgage was in the $1.3 million range. Thanks to a generous gift from a couple beyond our congregation, the principal now stands at less than $940,000. We give thanks to God for His goodness to us through the open-hearted generosity of friends.
MISS THE ISRAEL TRIP MEETING? There is still plenty of time to get information and see if this is a trip you can make. Departure date is February 12, 2018 for the 10 day Bible land tour, or 14 day trip if you opt for the Jordan/Petra extension. Brochures are in the narthex hutch. You may speak with Pastor Niederhaus for more information.
GOD’S DESIGN AND CULTURAL LIES is one of the presentations to be made at the Finding Sexual Sanity When All Around is Chaos seminar. Sponsored by BMCE, presented by Harvest USA, and hosted by Leidy’s Church, the seminar takes place Friday evening and Saturday morning, March 24/25. Sex is powerful and we each struggle with it in some way. This seminar will bring help, hope, and honesty to this important facet of life. Registration fee is $10. You may register by going to www.sanity2017.eventbrite.com. Mark your calendar, tell others about the seminar, and plan to attend.
                              12:30 p.m.      F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
                               9:00 a.m.      Home School Classes
                                1:30 p.m.      Facility Mtg. – C.R.
                               4:00 p.m.      Lost Sheep Prayer Mtg.
                               6:30 p.m.      Volleyball
                                6:45 p.m.      Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
                               7:00 p.m.      Awaken Prayer
                               7:00 p.m.      Women’s Mtg. – Rm. 117
                               7:30 p.m.      Choir Room Resvd.
                               9:00 a.m.      Staff Mtg. – C.R.
                               1:30 p.m.      Small Group – C.R.
                               3:00 p.m.      Set up for iBlast
                               5:30 p.m.      Grace Notes Choir
                               6:00 p.m.      iBlast
                               7:00 p.m.      Missions Mtg. – C.R.
                                7:00 p.m.      Lay Ministry Mtg. – Rm. 211
                                7:00 p.m.      Bell Choir
                                8:00 p.m.      Chancel Choir
                                9:00 a.m.      Precept
                                7:00 p.m.      Realm – Sanctuary
                                8:45 a.m.       Sunday School
                              10:00 a.m.      Worship Service
March 1                    Ash Wednesday
March 11                  Love Cradle Banquet
March 24/25           Sexuality Conference