*THE CONFESSION OF SIN - first in silence & then in unison
C: Our Heavenly Father, who by Your love has made us, and through Your love has kept us, we humbly confess that we have not loved You with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and that we have not loved one another as Christ loves us. Forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and through Your Spirit direct what we shall be, 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.
*THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON
P: God shows His love for us…
*THE CALL TO PRAISE
P: Let us praise God!
C: Praise the Lord!
*THE GRATEFUL PRAISE:Blessing and Honor
Blessing and honor and glory and power,
Wisdom and riches and strength evermore,
Give ye to Him who our battle hath won,
Whose are the Kingdom, the Crown and the Throne.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
** INFANT DEDICATION
HOLY SCRIPTURES:Nehemiah 1:1-11 (Page 494)
Acts 4:23-31 (Page 1092)
Ephesians 6:18-24 (Page 1174)
THE SERMON: “On High Alert”
THE APOSTLES CREED
*A HYMN: #454Trust and Obey
*HEIDELBERG CATECHISM: Questions 54 & 55
Question 54: What do you believe concerning “the holy catholic Church” as stated in The Apostles’ Creed?
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 the true faith, a congregation chosen for eternal life. Moreover, I believe that I am, and forever will remain, a living member of it.
Question 55: What do you understand by “the communion of the saints” as stated in The Apostles’ Creed?
Answer: First, that believers one and all, as partakers of the Lord Christ, and all His treasures and gifts, shall share in one fellowship. Second, that each one ought to know that he is obliged to use his gifts freely and with joy, for the benefit and welfare of other members.
THE OFFERTORY: Owen & Peter Lockman
*THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
*THE CLOSING HYMN: #376Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
*THE COMMISSION & the BENEDICTION
*SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipfulattitude until the Pastors & acolyte have exited the sanctuary
*Indicates congregation standing; P = Pastor; C = Congregation z 8:00 service ** 10:45 service
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the audio/video booth & 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 Christina Lockman at the dedication of their daughter Catriona Elizabeth this morning. May God be with this family as they grow in Him.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Joyce Godshall and family at the death of her mother, to Ken Peck and family at the death of his father, and to LaRue Friday and family at the death of her son, Scott Hendricks. May God be with these families at this difficult time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by the Walbrandt Family in loving memory of Jim.
GREETERS TODAY:(8:00)Andy and Gwen Damiani
(10:45)Jean Clarke, Betty Curry
TAPE MINISTRY:TodayHelen Hahn
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Chris and Katie Tawney.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Brian Radcliff and Jim Smedberg.
10:45Brandon and LaRhonda Kehs, Tom and Susan Merritt (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ginna Foote, Steve Yagilnicky 7th; Chase Dierkes 8th; Cole Mahoney 9th; Grace Bissey, Sandy Derstine, Kathryn DiLenge, Iryna Lockman, Elisha Smith 10th; Brianna Haines 11th; Harold Holloway, Susan Merritt, Kathy Moyer 12th; Tom Leidy 13th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Steve and Sandy Swartz 8th; Justin and Christina Lockman 9th; John and Tara DiLenge, Sam and Kasey Hughes, Japheth and Rachel Rittenhouse 10th; Brian and Jenny Lafty 12th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is On High Alert. A number of verses in the Bible exhort Christians to what seems like impossible tasks. Who hasn’t been convicted by the exhortation to “pray without ceasing” that Paul makes to the church at Thessalonica? In today’s text from Ephesians, we’re exhorted to “pray at all times in the Spirit . . . be on the alert . . . for all the saints.” It would seem the ante is upped from praying at all times to praying at all times in the Spirit! And not just praying aimlessly, but praying for all the saints. What ought we to do? Our ancillary texts will help us get some sound direction.
WE WELCOME DAN ISTRATE to Leidy’s Church this morning. Born and raised in Romania, he came to the United States to study at Liberty University. He met his wife (also from Romania) during that time, they got married, and have been here ever since. He is on the cusp of earning his Ph.D. from Westminster Seminary. A member of Faith Bible Fellowship Church in Quakertown, he is a newly appointed missionary by the Bible Fellowship Church to – you’ll never guess where – Romania! You can learn much more about the mission he is undertaking as he’ll be sharing in the Issues and Answers Class during the Sunday School hour.
IT HAPPENS NEXT SUNDAY MORNING!! Our annual Sunday in the Shade service of worship. Starting time is 10 a.m. Worship will be followed by a lawn luncheon. You may leave at your leisure. It takes place across the street, on the front lawn of the parsonage. In the event of rain, everything continues on the same schedule except the worship will take place in the sanctuary while the luncheon will be in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone will need to bring your own seating, either a chair or a blanket, if possible. Don’t forget sunglasses -- the shade moves! -- and you may want a hat and some sun block as well.
THE BUILDING PROJECT got the Big One this week. Yes, the seemingly unobtainable Building Permit is in hand and on the job site! Thanks be to God! While on-site work has been consistent since April 28th, now it can move into a higher gear. In a best case scenario, the roof would be in place prior to the snow flying, thus allowing work to continue inside the building throughout the winter months. OK, so it’s only the first week of August and any mention of snow is not appreciated, still that allows something of a focus for our prayers. Of course, continue to pray for the safety of all the workers while they do their work with excellence.
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES - For August we are in need of teachers/helpers for these classes: August 24th- teacher & helper for 1st thru 5th; August 31st - teacher & helper for 6th thru 8th. Sign up to teach one or more Sundays to give our year-long teachers a much needed break.
LOVE CRADLE INTERNATIONAL is happy to announce that they are forming a mission team to Ukraine this January for Christmas (celebrated on the 7th of January). The team will visit orphanages and plan to do VBS style activities with them. Please call Mary Thompson at 610-324-0939 for more information if you would consider being a part of the team.
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: Paul’s exhortation to be on the alert regarding persevering prayer for all the saints is reflected in today’s Catechism questions. It’s easy for Christians to become too focused on just their congregation’s needs and forget that we are part of a much larger body of folk, the Church! From the Catechism we learn there is only one Church, and that her reach is from the earliest annals of human history to the very last page of human history. She is comprised of a people whom God calls out from all the rest of the peoples of the world to be His own. Ultimately, they share a common inheritance which comes through the Lord Jesus. But, we need to remember that each member is gifted differently. Our gifting is not only for personal edification and benefit, but is to be exercised and shared joyously with all the people of God.
SCRIPTURE TEXTS FOR HC: While we only print the text of the 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. 26:3b-4; Rev. 5:9 for God’s work among the whole human race
Col. 1:18 for the role of Christ
Is. 59:21 for the work of the Holy Spirit
Acts 13:47-48; Eph. 4:3-6; 5:25-27 for the unity of true faith
John 10:28 for assurance of God’s keeping power
1 Cor. 1:9; 12:4-7, 12-13 for one fellowship yet many gifts
1 Cor. 12:14,21, 26-27; 13:4-5 for unity of believers, mutual upbuilding
YOUTH FELLOWSHIP meets this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at the home of Jerry and BJ Kulp. Main course is provided, but bring along a side dish (coleslaw, salads, etc.) or a dessert dish. Reminder that girls and guys should wear appropriate swimsuits.
LIVING SPACE AVAILABLE in single home on second floor in Telford. $585/month including all utilities, 1 BR, LR, bathroom, kitchenette, 1 car garage. Available Sept. 15th. Prefer single person, no pets, no smoking. If interested, call Dennis at 215-723-6170.
REMINDER TO MEN that there is an ongoing Men’s Meeting every Thursday evening at 7:30 in room 18 in the basement. No preparation needed. It is a time of sharing, fellowship and encouragement.
THANKS FOR THE WASHING to the After12 folk last Saturday. The donation-only car wash they conducted raised $535 for the Building Fund! What project to benefit the Building Fund do you and your group of friends have in mind?
NEW CONFIRMATION CLASS FAMILIES are reminded the information cards you received a month ago in the mail are due soon. No one would get upset if you turned yours in this week! We need to get the Bibles imprinted and prepared for presentation. Also, be certain to mark on your calendar Thursday evening Sept. 4th as the date of the Orientation meeting.Questions, comments, and rebuttals may be directed to Pastor Niederhaus.
A SPECIAL OFFERING TODAY along with our regular offering will go toward the support and encouragement of the Istrate family and their ministry in Romania. If you would like to make a donation, please use a Second Mile offering envelope and mark it Romania. Checks should be made out to Leidy’s Church.
WORKERS NEEDED to help with next Sunday’s Sunday in the Shade. If you are able to help out – we need early morning corn huskers, servers, go getters, setter-uppers and taker-downers, etc. – please call the church office and indicate your availability.
ISSUES & ANSWERS CLASS IN SANCTUARY TODAY: Because the Romans have invaded our facility and taken over the Fellowship Hall, the Issues & Answers is meeting today in the sanctuary! When in Rome do as the Romans; when Rome comes to you, then go the sanctuary to learn about a mission to the Romanians! Thanks for your understanding.
THE SENIOR BELL CHOIR is looking for a few full-time, committed, dedicated and team-oriented people who want to serve the Lord through music. We rehearse Wednesday evenings starting in the fall from 7:00 to 7:45 and will train you! If you would like to know more about this music ministry, please contact George Frueh at 215-723-4769.