#337 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (verses 3 & 4)
#336 O Worship the King (verses 2 & 3)
#618 I Will Sing the Wondrous Story (verses 1 & 3)
#574 Revive Us Again (verses 3 & 4)
#227 There’s Something About That Name (2x)
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
z INFANT DEDICATION
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Joshua 7:16-26 (page 230)
John 12:1-8 (page 1075)
Acts 5:1-11 (1092)
THE SERMON: “Counterfeit!”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
C: Lord Jesus, You are the Light of the world. Your light reaches to the ends of the earth; Your light shines into the deepest recesses of the human heart; there is nothing hidden from You. We confess we have tried to hide from Your light. We have not wanted You to examine our actions, our motivations, our fears, our desires, our hatreds, our loves. In so doing we sin against You, and bring much harm to ourselves. Forgive us, Lord Jesus. We would open our hearts and lives to You. Search us and try us, see if there be any hurtful way in us. Lead us into the fullness of Your light, so that the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, are acceptable in Your sight, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.
* THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #22 One Day (chorus only after verses 1 & 5)
The Urban Catechism
Question 26: What happened to the world when Adam sinned?
Answer: The world became subjected to decay, and is unable to properly fulfill its purpose.
Question 27: What will God do to this world one day?
Answer: God will destroy the world by fire, and bring about a perfect new world, where those who believe in Him can live forever with God.
Question 28: Why has God not already brought about the new world?
Answer: God is patiently giving more time for people to repent. During this time He also uses hardships to make believers more like His Son Jesus.
** AN ANTHEM: Rise Up O Men of God - Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: Standing on the Promises (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 Tom and Abby Feverston at the dedication of their daughter Vanessa Abigail this morning. May God be with this family as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by David and Connie Smith in loving memory of their beloved son, David Matthew Smith, and in honor of their children and grandchildren.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Ron and Cathy Moyer
(10:45) Blaine and Nicole Moyer
ACOLYTES TODAY: (8:00) Collin Radcliff
(10:45) Brian Lafty
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Donna Moyer
April 26th Mary Beth Musselman
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Jean Frederick.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Mario Guerreiro and Collin Radcliff.
8:00 Randy and Cathy Annis, Tosha and Jordan Hostelley (Baby/ Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Blaine and Nicole Moyer, Becca Coale, Madison Lentz (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dave Parfitt 23rd; Ann Edmonds, Jim Kinney, Liam Moyer 24th; Mariah Foote 25th; Peter Martindell, April Sedares 26th; Gwen Damiani, Tiffany Guerreiro, Tara McVaugh, Bea Schnable, Peter Smith, Scott Taylor 28th; Cathy Annis, Sandy Derr 29th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Drew and Laurie Weiss 28th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Counterfeit! An extraordinary miracle takes place in today’s text. It’s a miracle of judgment. It’s not a pretty picture. It is a picture of hypocrisy of the worst sort. It is unfortunate, but true, that hypocrisy has been present in the church from the beginning. Achan exemplifies this trait among the children of Israel on their way into the Promised Land. Judas Iscariot does the same among the twelve disciples. Our Acts text introduces us to a couple who think they can lie to God and get away with it. We’ll learn some important spiritual and economic lessons from these folk.
WHAT’S THE URBAN CATECHISM? Glad you asked! It’s a new catechism written by Duncan Forbes, pastor of New Life Church in London, UK. It’s meant to be very basic, written in everyday language, and understandable to someone who has never read the Bible or heard of Christianity.
STORMER LAKE AUCTION - The auction is Saturday! Many items are still needed to be auctioned. It takes a lot of donated (and bought!) items to help finance our mission trip to the First Nations People of Canada. SLMT requires ALL of our congregation to be involved If you have questions or ideas, you may call the church office. Donation forms are on the narthex desk.
GET INFORMED/STAY INFORMED An information update concerning the Building Project takes place during the Sunday school hour next Sunday. We’ll look at what’s been done, but take a fuller look at what is happening now, and what lies ahead. Adult classes may want to shift their meeting place to the Fellowship Hall so class members can participate in and benefit from this presentation.
QUESTIONS FROM THE QUESTIONS of The Urban Catechism. Can you identify struggles in your life that come from creation being messed up? Remember, thorns and weeds came from the Fall as well as our bodily infirmities and the infirmities of our souls. Are there things that depress you that you would feel differently about if you were looking forward to the new world? Have you considered how your present hardships may be used by God to make you more like Christ? How about people you know who are outside of Christ: are you praying for them, that they would repent and believe?
MARVIN AND YVONNE MILLER served for many years at the Stormer Lake Retreat Centre. Many Leidy’s Church members have come to know and love them. On Tuesday of this past week Yvonne died after battling cancer for some time. Yvonne’s funeral and burial will be in Red Lake, Ontario, this Tuesday. If anyone would like to send a note or sympathy card to Marvin, the address to use is:
313 Sanders Road West
Sioux Lookout, ON
THE MONDAY NIGHT Ladies Bible Study will not meet tomorrow, but will be back on April 27th in Room 16 at 6:45 pm studying the letters of 1, 2, and 3 John. All ladies welcome!
LOOKING FOR A LITTLE HELP? Glory Griffith is a young woman from our congregation who is looking for some work. You can help her by allowing her to help you. If you would like to hire her services for house cleaning, child care, yard work, or whatever, she would welcome your call. Her home phone number is 610-222-4431.
THE BUILDING PROJECT is going full steam ahead. Everyone can see the work on the roof as it progresses. The same sort of progress is taking place inside even though we cannot see it. Lots of heavy equipment arrived on site this week. That cute little bridge leading up the parsonage driveway is now history. In its place is a box culvert made up of multiple concrete pieces. It is large enough to accommodate the proverbial 100 year flood. Some of the concrete pieces installed weigh between 35,000 and 40,000 pounds! Now you know why heavy equipment was needed. What’s also needed are your ongoing prayers and support for this project. Continue to ask God to guide us and give us grace to follow in faith and obedience.
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER GATHERING takes place on the evening of Thursday, May 7th. That is the National Day of Prayer and our prayers will be ordered accordingly. We’ll begin at 7 and end around 8:15. All members and friends of Leidy’s Church are encouraged to participate.
IF YOU ARE planning on donating items for the Auction, we ask you make every effort to do so by no later than 1 p.m. Friday to allow enough time for set up. Thanks.
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL BREAKFAST is scheduled for Thursday, May 14th, at the Franconia Heritage restaurant. It begins at 6:30. Special speaker this time is Sheryl Derstine, a local businesswoman who, among other things, runs the gift shop at the Franconia Heritage. Contact the church office or Pastor Niederhaus for tickets. Cost is $12 and covers a complete family-style hot breakfast.
ANOTHER GREAT WAY TO CONTRIBUTE to the success of our annual SLMT Auction is to provide baked goods that can be sold as desserts to accompany the main and side dish selections that evening. If you can help out, be sure your dessert is in the kitchen prior to 4 p.m. Saturday. Thanks!
SLMT ORIENTATION LUNCHEON is today immediately following the late service. All SLMT ’15 team members and their families should plan on attending this meeting. In addition to the superb lunch that will be served, all sorts of interesting information will be disseminated. Information packets will be distributed to help each person prepare properly. Questions will be answered, and team assignments will be handed out among other things. See you then.
ERRANDS TO RUN, ACTIVITIES, cleaning, shopping, cooking, laundry…and the list goes on and on!! Take a short break on Saturday, May 30th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ladies of Leidy’s Mother-Daughter Tea. All ladies and girls are invited to attend. Please complete the invitation placed in your narthex mail box before May 17th, and place in the box provided on the narthex desk. Seating is limited. Don’t hesitate joining in on the fun and fellowship. We’d love to see you there!
ARTICLES for the May Newsletter are due in the office by Tuesday. Thank you.