February 5, 2017
THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
      #1 Glory to God                            #2  10,000 Reasons
      #3  Revelation Song                    #4  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
      FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
      DEDICATION
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:  Psalm 42 (page 410)
                                                         Luke 22:28-34 (page 67)
                                                         Acts 27:13-26 (page 116)
     THE SERMON: “Dark and Stormy Times”
*  CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
C: O Lord our God, we know that You are righteous altogether. All that You do is right, and all that You purpose shall be accomplished. But, Lord God, we have been buffeted by the stormy seas of life. Our circumstances have dismayed us. We have doubted Your power; we have questioned Your goodness; we have wondered where You are. In our dark hours, we think You have forgotten us. O Lord Jesus, we know this is wrong. Forgive our wavering faith, take away our hopelessness, and deliver us from the tempter’s snare of despair. As You cleanse us, also strengthen us. Make the hope You give us, be a sure and certain anchor for our souls. Amen.
 
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #448  Before the Throne of God Above
* HEIDELBERG CATECHISM: Questions 27 & 28
     Question 27:  What do you understand by the providence of God?
     Answer:  The almighty and ever-present power of God, whereby He still upholds, as it were by His own hand, heaven and earth together will all creatures, and rules in such a way that leaves and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and unfruitful years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, and everything else, come to us not by chance, but by His fatherly hand.
     Question 28: What advantage comes from acknowledging God’s creation and providence?
     Answer:  We learn that we are to be patient in adversity, grateful in the midst of blessing, and to trust our faithful God and Father for the future, assured that no creature shall separate us from His love, since all creatures are so completely in His hand that without His will they cannot even move.
   THE OFFERING
   THE OFFERTORY
   AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #58  Our God Reigns
* THE COMMISSION & THE BENEDICTION
* THE THREEFOLD AMEN
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
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* 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.
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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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Michael and Shannon Kehs at the dedication of their son, Isaac Quinn this morning. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Vanessa Broderick and Gracie Fitzhenry with thanksgiving to God in honor of Stan and Joan Radcliff’s 55th wedding anniversary this past Friday.
USHER CAPTAINS:  Ken Merritt, Stan Ott
GREETERS TODAY:     Joe and Karen Sciacca
TAPE MINISTRY:       Today                   Pearl Walter
                                         February 12th         Diane Weber
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Jack Edling.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Mario Guerreiro, and Brian Radcliff.
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
     Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
               Peter and Bambi Martindell, Caren Elliott
     Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
               Kevin and Karli Weiss, Becca Rosenbaum
     Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
               Shaun and Meghann Permar, Jillian Hager
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Seth Brunner 10th; Joy Myers, Jim Saylor 11th; James Dierkes, Kelsey Kimenhour, Jack Parry 13th; Beth Harbon, Pearl Walter 15th.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Justin and Julia Gregory 10th; Peter and Bonnie Smith 15th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Dark and Stormy Times.  Human history is replete with dark and stormy times. Likewise, individual lives can undergo “dark night of the soul” experiences. The ship carrying Paul to Rome is a picture of just such a night – though in this case it was for fourteen nights. All those on board experienced the unrelenting fury of the storm. The situation was very bleak. For them, “all hope of . . . being saved was gradually abandoned.” Some years earlier Peter experienced such a time within his soul when he denied the Lord Jesus. For all such persons, Psalm 42 offers comfort and hope.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
     Today                  Stan Ott – Supreme Court Nominations
     February 12th     Dave Reich – an issue of some importance
     February 19th     John DiLenge – Conflict Resolution
     February 26th     John DiLenge – Conflict Resolution
     March                   Missions Month!
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.
SLMT MISSION TRIP 2017 SIGNUP is underway! The sign-up sheet is posted on the narthex wall. July 13th through the 23rd are the dates. Mark it on your calendar.
iBLAST IS COLLECTING new or gently used toys (still in original packaging) for the second semester. There is a box in the narthex for donations. Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Tuesday evening at 7:30 in Rm. 125.
REALM, A MIDWEEK TIME OF WORSHIP & THE WORD happens each Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. Realm is a midweek time dedicated to worshipping our Lord and hearing from God’s Word in a relaxed but passionate atmosphere. Realm is for everyone young and old to come and sing praises to God in the form of modern worship songs and engage with the Scriptures. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Chris.
THE LOST SHEEP PRAYER GROUP meets the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m.
ISRAEL TRIP INFO NITE is scheduled for tomorrow evening. Pastor Niederhaus is leading a tour to Israel in February of 2018. An information night for those who might want to consider the trip – or those who’ve already decided to go, but want to get the full low-down – takes place that evening at 7 pm. Trip brochures are available at the narthex hutch as well as in the church office. All questions will be taken; most will be answered. We hope.
YOUTH SUPER BOWL PARTY happens this evening at 6:00 p.m. Come out to watch the game, eat, or hang out in the gym.
PRAYER WARRIORS: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) provides a Prayer Calendar which highlights prayer needs of the organization. They are available on the narthex hutch. Please join us in praying daily for coaches and athletes. If you have any questions, please contact Darlene Schmidt or Wanda Brunner.
LADIES OF LEIDY’S meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00, Brian and Barbara S., currently staying in our Mission House, will be sharing about where they serve when in the field and what they do. They are not part of the Leidy’s Church supported missionaries, so we will have an opportunity to make new friends and hear how the Lord is using them overseas. All ladies are welcome to attend.
ABORTION-HEALING BIBLE STUDY – The Pregnancy Resource Clinic of North Penn is offering an eight-week abortion-healing Bible Study. Called Surrendering the Secret, it will be held on Tuesday evenings begins this Tuesday, February 7th at Calvary Church of Souderton. Starting time is 6:30. For more information, you may call 215-855-2424 or send an email to info@prcnp.org. One on one counseling is available for men as well.
YOUNG MOM’S STUDY & FELLOWSHIP meets this Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 in Rm. 111. If you would like to attend please contact the church office so we can be sure to have enough childcare.
CONSISTORY meets this Wednesday at 7:30 in the Conference Room.
THE SIGN-UP for Coffee & Tea Preparation is up and ready to be filled out for the months of February through May.
LEIDY’S YOUTH RETREAT happens February 10th-12th at His Thousand Hills in Wellsboro, PA. Cost is $60. Sign-up at www.leidyschurch.org. Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
HARVEST USA is presenting a conference, Finding Sexual Sanity When All Around is Chaos, on Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th here at Leidy’s Church. Registration for the event may be done on-line at www.sanity2017.eventbrite.com. Registration cost is $10, which can be done at the on-line site, or select the pay at the door when you register.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY:
                6:00 p.m.              Youth Super Bowl Party
MONDAY:
                8:00 a.m.              C.R. Resvd.
                 1:30 p.m.              Facility Mtg. – C.R.
                 6:30 p.m.              Volleyball
                 6:45 p.m.              Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
                 7:00 p.m.              Outreach Mtg. – C.R.
                 7:00 p.m.              Israel Trip Info Night
TUESDAY:
                 9:30 a.m.              Mom’s Bible Study – Rm. 111
                 7:00 p.m.              Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
                 7:00 p.m.              Elder Prayer – Rm. 125
                 7:30 p.m.              Spiritual Council – Rm. 125
                 7:30 p.m.              Choir Room Resvd.
WEDNESDAY:
                 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.              Consistory – C.R.
                 8:00 p.m.              Chancel Choir
THURSDAY:
                 9:00 a.m.              Precept
                 7:00 p.m.              Realm – Sanctuary
FRIDAY:
                  Youth Winter Retreat
                 7:00 p.m.              Gym Resvd.
SUNDAY:
                 8:45 a.m.              Sunday School
               10:00 a.m.              Worship Service
 
LOOKING AHEAD
March 1                       Ash Wednesday
March 11                     Love Cradle Banquet
March 24/25              Sexuality Conference