February 14, 2016
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
     #1 Shout to the Lord            #3 How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
     #2 Cornerstone                    #4 Wonderful Merciful Savior
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:        Exodus 18:17-27 (page 76)
                                             2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 (1185)
                                    Acts 15:1-5 (page 1106)
     THE SERMON: “We Need Answers”
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
      [First used Feb. 8, 1989]
     C: Lord God, You are our Father. You know us; You know our most inward thoughts; You know our most secret ways. We confess that we have not been Your children as we ought. Too often we are motivated by fear rather than by faith. We have not sought to do all Your will, but just enough to get by. Too frequently our hearts and prayers are lured from you – sometimes by warm beds; sometimes by the excitement of things gone with the using; and sometimes by the mind-numbing drone of our TV’s. Forgive us, O God. Be gracious to us, and turn our hearts to You. May the blood of Jesus cleanse us, and the Spirit of Jesus renew us. Help us to be Your faithful, covenant people. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #21 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
     Question 40: Why did Christ have to suffer “death”?
     Answer: Because the righteousness and truth of God are such that nothing else could make payment for our sins except the death of the Son of God.
     Question 44: Why is there added: “He descended into hell”?
     Answer: That in my severest tribulations, I may be assured that
          Christ my Lord, has redeemed me from hellish anxieties and torment, by the unspeakable anguish, pains, and terrors which He suffered in His soul, both on the cross and before.
** AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #525 Now Thank We All Our God
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* 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 CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Peter and Bonnie Smith with thanksgiving to God in honor of their 24th wedding anniversary
GREETERS TODAY:      (8:00)    JoAnn Elliott, Elaine Frank
                                           (10:45)    Gregg and Tiffany Guerreiro
TAPE MINISTRY:         Today                   Sandy Derr
                                           February 21st       Vicki Freed
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Ron and Kathy Moyer.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Tony Kapusta and Andy Tawney.
  8:00    Ben and Evangeline Smith, Tosha and Jordan Hostelley (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45   Matt and Tara McVaugh, Tom and Susan Merritt (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Shawnee Kehs, Lorraine Shoemaker 18th; John Leidy 19th; Larry Frederick, Collin Radcliff 20th; Dylan Camuso, Shannon Kehs 21st; Tom Kraus, Zach Taylor 22nd; Ted Brunner, Sarah Tyson 24th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is We Need Answers. There are important questions in life that must be answered. No question is more important than stating what one must do to be saved. This presumes there is a heaven and a hell, that each is a real destination for eternity. In the church at Antioch this very question comes to the surface. Two answers are given, answers that conflict. Both answers cannot be true. As it turns out the church at Antioch cannot resolve the issue, so Barnabas and Paul are sent to Jerusalem to get an answer. Where do you look when you need answers?
DEADLINE for the Discern Answers for Women Conference is Today. Travel and housing arrangements are being finalized. Information is on the Women’s Ministry board.
     Issues & Answers Class – From Death to Destiny: A Moment in
                                              Christ – Matt Connor
     Joy & Glory Class – Room 20 upstairs
     Women’s Sunday School Class – Room 19 downstairs
     Focus Bible Study Class – Conference Room
     The Kings: Founders, Reformers, & Scoundrels – Rm. 13
BABY BOTTLES for the Change for Life fund-raising project to benefit the Pregnancy Resource Clinic may be placed in the receptacle in the narthex. Thanks for helping!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN basic principles that will assist you in your Bible study time? Beginning tomorrow evening at 7:00 in Room 20, a six-week course entitled “Basic Principles to Help You in Bible Study” will be led by Pastor Steve Myers. Please contact the church office to register.
WANTED: Someone to help with costumes for the adorable angelic kids in the Spring Youth Musical. Sewing/crafting talent helpful but not required! If you know your way around Home Depot and you know which end of a glue gun to use, email Donna Frueh at dsfrueh@comcast.net.
A NEW ADULT SS ELECTIVE has begun. Titled The Kings: Founders, Reformers, and Scoundrels, it is taught by Chris Tawney. The class will consider several of the kings of ancient Judah and Israel, some of whom proved to be “good bad examples.” The class will look at the human heart, leadership models, foreshadowing of Christ, and issues the class chooses to bring up. Chris invites you to join him for this month-long study.
BRING IT ON!! Because of the uncertainty of the date when the new church will be open, Ladies of Leidy’s has decided to have the May Rummage Sale in the existing building one more time. So, you may now bring any and all rummage sale items to the designated rummage room. Thanks for your cooperation while this was all up in the air.
MORE NAMES ARE NEEDED to add to the list of drivers who can provide occasional transportation for Brian Lafty during the day to his local doctor appointments. If you are able to help, please contact Patricia Martindell or the church office. Brian takes along his portable wheelchair which needs to be placed in your vehicle.
A HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE is being formed to help us be more intentionally hospitable as we move across the street. If you have an interest in being part of this committee please contact the church office. We’re taking down names!
LOVE CRADLE MISSION BANQUET will be held on Saturday, March 12th. 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.
GET ENGAGED! We’re looking for lots of young folk, plenty of not-as-young folk, and those in between for this summer’s trip to take the Gospel of Jesus the Son of God to the young folk at Pikangikum and Sandy Lake reserves in Ontario. It’s an opportunity to engage in gospel ministry as you engage with other team members to engage those communities with the love and truth of Jesus. Sign-up sheet is on the narthex wall. The dates for this year’s trip are July 7 – 17th.
MISSIONS COMMITTEE meets this Wednesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room.
THE BUILDING PROJECT experiences major transformations almost on a daily basis; but it’s all on the inside so you cannot see it driving by. The wainscoting is finished in the sanctuary, as are many of the other “finishing” touches. It’s looking pretty good. The sanctuary floor is swept clean and carpeting should begin to be installed on Monday. The bulk of the wainscoting and crown molding in the narthex is finished as that space starts to shape up. In the Fellowship Hall, however, there is still a big mess! That’s the place where all the carpeting will be cut to pattern. What is no longer in the Fellowship Hall is the baptismal tank. It is now fully installed, complete with all necessary plumbing accoutrements. All the windows are in for the nursery and library. Carpeting, tack boards, and white boards are in the classrooms. The bathrooms are decked out with stools, urinals, and lavatories. You’re encouraged to join in grateful praise to God for His goodness to us.
DAVE REICH AND HIS FAMILY would like to thank the congregation for their prayers, cards, phone calls, and expressions of sympathy on the death of Dave’s father, George, on December 17 just 4 days shy of his 90th birthday. George lived in Chicago near where Dave grew up and was the last surviving grandparent of Natalie and Luke.
THE STORMER LAKE MISSIONS TRIP is done in partnership with Living Hope Native Ministries. LHNM’s 2016 annual banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 1st (no fooling) at Yoder’s Restaurant in New Holland, PA. Join us for a night of good food and great stories about how God is working through the mission. Register for this freewill offering event at www.lhnm.org or by calling 855-367-8199.
ATTENDING THE 2016 LHNM ANNUAL BANQUET? Mary Kirkpatrick worked in Sandy Lake with LHNM for a year and continues to be involved with the ministry. Contact her at 610-324-0939 if you’re looking for a ride to the banquet.
EXCHANGE STUDENT needs a home away from home. The student in question is a tenth grade Korean boy who attends Lansdale Catholic high school. The exchange agency will set up the rides to and from school. The host family mostly provides room and board and a good environment. An $800 monthly stipend is extended to the host family. Accommodations should extend through the end of the school year. For more information, call Soo Hwang at 267-346-4537 or contact the church office.
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE:  Traditionally, Christ’s humiliation has been understood to consist of five descending steps: His birth, His sufferings, His death, His burial, and His descent into hell. Those steps should not be thought of as a chronological listing of His humiliation, but a listing by degree of severity. To become incarnate was the first step in terms of chronology and severity. His burial was the last step chronologically, while the descent into hell was the most severe of the steps. The Catechism – contrary to Catholic teaching, and a lot of Protestant understanding – teaches that Jesus suffered all that the devil could do to Him on the cross and before. Hence, while Jesus’ body was in the tomb, His soul was not in hell. Christ was in Paradise – as He had promised the repentant thief in Luke 23:43 – for the devil had no more claim on Him. Next week we’ll consider the four steps of Christ’s exaltation from the depths of His descent to His enthronement at the right hand of the Father.
SCRIPTURE TEXTS FOR HC: While we only print the text of HC questions in the bulletin, from the date of its publication in January of 1563 the HC has provided Scripture citations for each answer. In case you’re interested in checking them out, we’ll list some of those texts for today’s questions.
    Gen. 2:17 for God’s warning of result of eating forbidden fruit
    Heb. 2:9 for Christ’s suffering of death for us
    Isaiah 53:5 for the Messiah’s sufferings, pains, and indignities
    Matt. 27:46 for Jesus crying out that God has forsaken Him
MOVIE NIGHT for the Ladies featuring War Room happens this Friday, February 19th at 6:30. Movie begins at 7:00. Refreshments provided by the ladies on the Women’s Ministry team. Friends welcome!
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 and athletes. If you have any questions, please contact Darlene Schmidt or Wanda Brunner.
MONDAY               9:00 a.m.             Home School Classes
                                  6:30 p.m.              Volleyball
                                  6:45 p.m.              Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 16
                                  7:00 p.m.              FCA – C.R.
                                 7:00 p.m.               How to Study the Bible – Rm. 20
TUESDAY              8:00 a.m.              BMCE Executive Committee – C.R.
                                 9:30 a.m.              Mom’s Fellowship – C.R.
                                 7:00 p.m.              Evangelism Mtg. – C.R.
                                 7:30 p.m.              Sanctuary Resvd.
WEDNESDAY       9:00 a.m.             Staff Meeting – C.R.
                                 5:00 p.m.              Kids Klub
                                 7:00 p.m.              Bell Choir
                                7:00 p.m.              Missions Committee – C.R.
                               8:00 p.m.              Chancel Choir
THURSDAY        9:00 a.m.               Precept Study – Rm. 16
                               7:00 p.m.              Finishing Committee – C.R.
                               7:30 p.m.              Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
FRIDAY               6:30 p.m.              Ladies Movie Night War Room
SATURDAY       10:00 a.m.             Kid’s Musical Practice
SUNDAY              8:00 a.m.              Worship Service
                               9:30 a.m.              Sunday School
                             10:45 a.m.              Worship Service
March 12                               Love Cradle Banquet
March 19 & 20       Big Shot Performance
March 27                               Easter Sunday
Shout to the Lord
Shout to the Lord all the earth let us sing,
Power and majesty, praise to the King.
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar,
At the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
Forever I’ll love You Forever I’ll stand.
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.
My Jesus, my Savior, Lord there is none like You.
All of my days, I want to praise,
The wonder of Your mighty love.
My comfort, my shelter,
Tower of refuge and strength,
Let every breath, all that I am,
Never cease to worship You.
Cornerstone (Patillo)
I lay in Zion for a foundation a Stone,
I lay in Zion for a foundation a Stone,
A tried Stone, a precious Cornerstone,
A sure foundation, a sure foundation.
A tried Stone, a precious Cornerstone,
He that believeth shall not make haste.
Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God
The Everlasting Father.
Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace.
How Deep the Father’s Love For Us
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He would give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My guilt upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there,
Until it was accomplished,
His dying breath has brought me life,
I know that it is finished.
I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no powr’s, no wisdom,
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer,
But this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom.
Wonderful Merciful Savior
Wonderful, merciful Savior,
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that
A Lamb could rescue the souls of men,
Oh, You rescue the souls of men.
Counselor, Comforter, Keeper, Spirit
We long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way,
Oh, we’ve hopelessly lost the way.
You are the One that we praise,
You are the One we adore,
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for,
Oh, our hearts always hunger for.
Almighty, Infinite Father, faithfully loving Your own,
Here in our weakness you find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we’re falling before Your throne.