THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
#1 Sing to the King #3 Mighty to Save
#2 Your Name #4 Jesus Paid it All
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (page 1148)
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 (1185)
Acts 15:22-35 (page 1107)
THE SERMON: “Speak to the Issue”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[First used July 23, 1995]
C: We come to You, O Lord, the living God, to whom all things are open and laid bare; we come to confess our sin, and to ask Your forgiveness. Too much have we followed the ways of this world, ways which may seem right, but which end in death. Our wisdom has been the finite and fallible wisdom of fallen mankind, not that which You give, which is eternal, true, and trustworthy. Consequently we have compromised Your moral truths, have not eagerly sought the counsel of Your Word, and have scoffed at the thought of Your judgment. In Jesus’ name, and by His shed blood, we ask You to forgive us. Illumine our spirits by the light of Your revelation, so that we might walk in Your light, and, thus, stand in Your judgment. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #22 One Day (chorus only after vss. 1 & 5)
* THE HEIDELBERG CATECHISM
Question 54: What do you believe concerning the holy catholic church?
Answer: I believe that, from the beginning to the end of the world, and from among the whole human race, the Son of God by His Spirit and His Word, gathers, protects, and preserves for Himself, in the unity of true faith, a congregation chosen for eternal life. Moreover, I believe that I am, and forever will remain, a living member of it.
Question 61: Why do you say that you are righteous by faith alone?
Answer: Not that I am acceptable to Gold on account of the worthiness of my faith, but because only the satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ is my righteousness before God, and I can accept it and make it mine in no other way than by faith alone.
Question 62: But why cannot our good works be our righteousness before God, or at least a part of it?
Answer: Because the righteousness that can stand before the judgment of God, must be absolutely perfect, and wholly in conformity with the divine Law. But even our best works in this life are all imperfect and defiled with sin.
** AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: Lord Dismiss Us with Your Blessing (on insert)
* THE COMMISSION and 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; 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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Justin and Julia Gregory at the birth of a son, Oscar Daniel, Thursday, February 18th. May the Lord be with this family as they grow in Him.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Verna Bowman and family at the death of Jeff, and to Mim Weigner and family at the death of her mother. May the Lord be with these families at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Ken and Connie Merritt in loving memory of their fathers, Whitie and Charlie, and Ken’s mother Marie.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Larry and Jean Frederick
(10:45) Alex and Ally Hager
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Donna Frueh
March 6th Diane Gehman
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Joann Elliott.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Tony Kapusta and Andy Tawney.
8:00 Kevin and Karli Weiss, Denise Kulp, Lydia Wilwert (Baby/ Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 April and Lizzie Sedares, Deb Guerreiro, Madison Lentz, Mitchell VanDerbeek (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Pepito Dee, Diane Gehman, Brandon Kehs 3rd; Juliana Kapusta 4th; Oaklie Hager, Jaclyn Parry, Edith Roberts 5th; Abby Feverston, Gina Shoemaker 6th; Andrew Edmonds, Julia Gregory, Sara Kirkpatrick, Josh Kirkpatrick, Liz Schatz 9th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Bob and Ruth Bugge, John and Fern Vasey 6th; Roger and Patti Jones 8th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Speak to the Issue. The Church and churches cannot be disengaged from the issues of the day. Something must be said that clarifies the teaching and stance of the people of God. The controversy about what’s necessary for salvation was the burning issue of that particular day. Hence, the church at Jerusalem issues a letter that addresses that specific matter. Our two texts from Paul’s epistles show that he doesn’t shrink from speaking to the issue at hand either. Gender identify and roles is an issue for the Corinthians, while the Thessalonians need to hear about work and eating.
ADULTS, PLEASE JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL AT 9:30
Issues & Answers Class – John DiLenge
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
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.
THE BUILDING PROJECT continues apace. Pews were delivered on Monday, but they still had to be assembled. It took awhile. Then each had to be placed at its predetermined spot in the sanctuary. When the placement was determined to be correct the appropriate markings were made, the pews and floor drilled, and finally each was put in place. Basketball goals are hung at the appropriate height above the newly installed gym floor. The floor markings for various sports were taped out, reviewed to make certain everything was correct, some adjustments made, and then painted into place. The Sunday School rooms have been carpeted for some time, but this week the hallways were carpeted. A reception area in the Sunday School wing is in place, but needs finishing work. And there is lots and lots of finishing work going on. Let’s pray that everything will finish well: materially, aesthetically, financially, structurally, and spiritually.
PRAYER CARD SUNDAY is coming up soon. If you would like to provide a picture of your child you may do so, otherwise a picture will be taken by Sherise. Pictures are due in to Sunday School teachers as soon as possible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
ROOMING OPPORTUNITY available. Contact the church office if you or someone you know would be interested in renting living accommodations that include a master bedroom, another bedroom, full access to living spaces including laundry facilities and kitchen. Would share living space with landlord couple.
LADIES MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – New series starts March 7th at 6:45 for five weeks. Embrace — We certainly live in a fallen world, and we all know someone who is experiencing the effects¼someone who is hurting. An important part of apologetics (defending the faith) is helping people understand the impact of sin in the world, and when necessary, lovingly confronting them and helping them change. In the Embrace series, you will hear from women as they share practical, biblical ways to embrace and encourage those who are hurting. This series topics include: Homosexuality: Finding Hope in the Gospel; Suffering: Answering Life’s Toughest Questions; Abortion: Finding Hope and Healing; Sexual Sin: Can Marriage Be Restored?; Disabilities: Finding Hope in God’s Goodness and Truth.
LADIES OF LEIDY’S meets this Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room. At the March meeting, Ruth Bugge will be sharing her life, travels, family adventures and God’s faithfulness throughout the years. A business meeting will also take place. All ladies welcome
FOR THE LADIES: She Leads – A Biblical Perspective on Leadership for Women featuring Jessie Seneca and Dr. Veirdre Ridgley-Jackson at Grace Fellowship Church, Shillington on Friday, April 22nd, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $69 per person (includes lunch). Priscilla Shirer Live at Santander Arena, Reading on Saturday, April 23rd, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $55 per person. For details or to register, visit moreofhiministries.org.
FROM THE BOWMAN/RITTENHOUSE FAMILY: We are gratefully overwhelmed by the generosity, kindness and encouragement from our church family and friends. High praise to God and a deep, deep thank you for the loving embrace and support in the past weeks – past years. A special acknowledgement to son-in-law Scott and grandson, Japheth for the gift of their hands and heart – the beautifully crafted resting place. We have been blessed with an amazing family and sheltering friends. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3
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.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
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. How to Study the Bible – Rm. 20
7:00 p.m. Christian Ed Mtg. – C.R.
TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. Mom’s Bible Study – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
7:00 p.m. CMAC Mtg. – Rm. 14
WEDNESDAY 5:00 p.m. Kids Klub
7:00 p.m. Special Services Mtg. – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
7:30 p.m. Kitchen Committee Mtg.
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
SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Kid’s Musical Practice
1:00 p.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
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
April 15-17 Dare2Share
April 30 SLMT Auction
Sing to the King
Sing to the King who is coming to reign
Glory to Jesus the Lamb that was slain
Life and salvation His empire shall bring
And joy to the nations when Jesus is King
Come let us sing a song
A song declaring that we belong to Jesus
He is all we need
Lift up a heart of praise
Sing now with voices raised to Jesus
Sing to the King
For His returning we watch and we pray
We will be ready the dawn of that day
We’ll join in singing with all the redeemed
‘Cause Satan is vanquished and Jesus is King
As morning dawns and evening fades
You inspire songs of praise
That rise from earth to touch Your heart
And glorify Your Name
Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name let the nations sing it louder
‘Cause nothing has the power to save
But Your Name
Jesus in Your Name we pray
Come and fill our hearts today
Lord give us strength to live for You
And glorify Your Name
Mighty to Save
Everyone needs compassion
Love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Savior The hope of nations
Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever, Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave
So take me as You find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender
Shine your light and let the whole world see
We’re singing for the glory of the risen King
Shine your light and let the whole world see
We’re singing for the glory of the risen King
Jesus Paid it All
And I hear the Savior say
Thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness watch and pray
Find in Me thine all in all
Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
Lord now indeed I find
Thy pow’r and Thine alone
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone
And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete
Jesus died my soul to save
My lips shall still repeat
Oh praise the One who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead
Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
Lord, dismiss us with Your blessing.
Fill our hearts with joy and peace;
Let us each, Your love possessing,
Triumph in redeeming grace.
Oh, refresh us; oh, refresh us,
Traveling through this wilderness.
Thanks we give and adoration
For Your Gospel’s joyful sound.
May the fruits of Your salvation
In our hearts and lives abound.
Ever faithful, ever faithful
To Your truth may we be found.
Savior, when Your love shall call us
From our struggling pilgrim way,
Let not fear of death appall us,
Glad your summons to obey.
May we ever, may we ever
Reign with You in endless day.