THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
#1 You’re Worthy of My Praise – Hymn 29 #3 Song of Moses
#2 This I Believe (The Creed) #4 Breathe – Hymn 481
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Esther 4:5-16 (page 366)
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 (page 142)
Acts 27:39-44 (page 117)
THE SERMON: “Time to Act”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[from Martin Luther’s A Simple Way to Pray]
C: O dear Lord, God and Father, enter not into judgment against us, because no man living is justified before You. Do not count it against us as a sin, that we are so unthankful for Your unspeakable goodness, spiritual and physical, or that we stray into sin many times every day, more often than we can know or recognize. Do not look upon how good – or how wicked – we have been, but only upon the infinite compassion which You have bestowed upon us in Christ, Your dear Son. Grant forgiveness also to those who have harmed or wronged us, as we forgive them from our hearts. They inflict the greatest injury upon themselves, by arousing Your anger in their actions toward us. We are not helped by their ruin; we would much rather that they be saved with us. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #633 I Will Sing the Wondrous Story
* THE APOSTLES CREED
AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #331 Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart
* THE COMMISSION & THE BENEDICTION
* THE THREEFOLD AMEN
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
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 placed by Ken and Connie Merritt in loving memory of Connie’s dad, and in thanksgiving to God on the third anniversary of having Sean and Daniel join their family.
THE ROSEBUD on the piano is placed by Jim and Ginna Foote in honor of their first grandchild, Aiden Michael Foote born on Tuesday.
USHER CAPTAINS: Ken Merritt, Stan Ott
GREETERS TODAY: Bob and Jacqui Shafer
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Donna Weiss
March 5th Deb Caserta
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Elaine Greene.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Mario Guerreiro, and Brian Radcliff.
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Justin and Chrissie Lockman, Caren Elliott
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Jeremy and Justine Smith
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
Josh and Laura Heebner, Renee Doran
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Paul Carsley, Mike Michalak, Harvey Shoemaker, Amber Smith 2nd; Pepito Dee, Diane Gehman, Brandon Kehs 3rd; Juliana Kapusta 4th; Oaklie Hager, Jaclyn Parry, Edith Roberts 5th; Abigail Feverston, Gina Shoemaker 6th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Bob and Ruth Bugge, John and Fern Vasey 6th; Roger and Patti Jones 8th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Time to Act. The ship by which Paul and 275 other souls were seeking to reach Rome met a disastrous end. It was obvious to all aboard that if they did not act quickly and decisively all aboard would perish. It was a desperate time and decisions had to be made immediately. There were no easy choices. Julius, the centurion, chose life for Paul and the other prisoners. It was much the same with Esther. The Jews were in the cross-hairs of a genocidal plot and they were helpless to stop it. Esther had to act. She did, saying, “If I perish, I perish!” She didn’t perish; nor did the Jews.
ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP takes place at 7:30 p.m. this week. The Lord’s Supper will be shared at this service of worship. Ash Wednesday functions on the church calendar much like Yom Kippur does on the Jewish calendar, namely, as a day of repentance. You are invited to join others in calling on the Lord this Ash Wednesday at Leidy’s Church.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today John DiLenge – Conflict Resolution
March 5th Bob Wendt, Peaceful Living
March 12th Steve and Irina Yagilnicky, Love Cradle
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.
CARL THOMPSON AND FAMILY thank you for the expressions of love and support on the recent death of his mother.
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 gathering, 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.
NOW IS THE TIME to register for the Finding Sexual Sanity When All Around is Chaos seminar. Who are we to believe? What are we to think? What shall we do? These are the sorts of topics addressed in this seminar. It will be held at Leidy’s Church on Fri. evening/Sat. morning March 24/25. 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. See the Newsletter for further details.
IS ISRAEL BECKONING for you to visit? Pastor Niederhaus is leading a tour to Israel and Jordan next February. Departure date is Feb. 12, 2018. He’ll be glad to speak to you about it, or, check out one of the fliers found at the narthex hutch.
NEW CHILDREN’S DEVOTIONAL is now available at the narthex hutch. Titled Pockets, it contain stories, activities, interesting factoids, and other features that make it a fascinating and useful tool for helping young folk explore matters of Christian faith. Pick one up, try it with your family, and see what you think.
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 email@example.com. Help is needed before, during and after the banquet, a volunteer form for you to indicate your availability is on the Welcome Desk.
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER? takes place Saturday, March 25th at 6:00 p.m. It’s an exciting night to have dinner with some old friends, and make some new friends as well. Sign-up sheets can be found in your mailbox, on the Welcome Desk, or at the narthex hutch. Deadline to sign-up up is March 12th.
HAVE YOU LADIES HEARD about the Awaken Conference being held at Leidy’s Church on Saturday, April 22nd?. There will be three keynote speakers; Cherie Leatherman, Kristi Wile, and Verna Bowman. The cost of the conference is $30, however, register before April 1st, and a $10 discount is available if you use discount code awaken10 at checkout. Go to awaken2017.org to register or for more information. Also, full scholarships are available through our own Women’s Ministry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with anyone on Women’s Ministry.
GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is holding Welcome Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. each Wednesday in March. Interested families are invited to come out and visit! Families will have the opportunity to observe weekly chapel, class time, snack time and recess. Refreshments included. No RSVP needed.
LADIES MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – We will begin a new series on March 6th at 6:45 in room 118. Crucible: The Choices that Change Your Life Forever. This is a 6-week, no homework DVD, workbook and discussion study by Walk Thru the Bible. Your life is full of moments of decision, and how you respond can have lifelong impact. Israel’s shepherd king faced critical choices in the same areas we do, and we can learn a lot from how he handled them. To order the workbook either contact Sandy Nase at 215-669-1421 or the church office by Sunday, February 26th. We hope you will join us.
LEIDY’S CHURCH is hosting the Awaken Conference for women on Saturday, April 22nd. There is a great team working on the details, but we have been asked to provide two people to welcome and register attendees (of which we already have one volunteer), and three or four to maintain the coffee/tea/water station throughout the event. We also were asked to provide baked goods for the morning such as breakfast cakes, muffins, quick breads, etc. A sign-up sheet has been posted in the narthex, or you may contact the church office.
THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION DEPT. is collecting pictures of children in our Nursery through 12th grade Sunday School classes for 2017 prayer cards which will be distributed on Palm Sunday. Parents, be sure a picture of your child(ren), with their name and birthdate on the back, is turned in to their Sunday School teachers, the church office, or the Welcome Desk. If you do not have a picture, let their Sunday School teacher know, and we will take one for you. It is our desire that each child has an adult praying for them!
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 email@example.com.
MARCH NEWSLETTERS are in your mailboxes. Check it out to see what’s happening.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
1:30 p.m. Facility Mtg.
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
6:00 a.m. Elder Prayer
7:00 p.m. Grace Community – Gym
7:00 p.m. Care Committee – Rm. 211
7:30 p.m. Choir Room Resvd.
1:30 p.m. Small Group – Rm. 211
3:00 p.m. Set up for iBlast
5:30 p.m. Grace Notes Choir
6:00 p.m. iBlast
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
7:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service
9:00 a.m. Precept
7:00 p.m. Realm – Sanctuary
8:00 a.m. Prayer
9:00 a.m. Awaken Prayer
9:00 a.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
March 10-12 Dare to Share
March 11 Love Cradle Banquet
March 24/25 Sexuality Conference
April 8/9 Go, Go Jonah
April 16 Easter Sunday
April 23 Piano Inaugural Concert
April 29 SLMT Auction