*THE CONFESSION OF SIN - first in silence & then in unison
C: Almighty and most merciful God, we have strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have gone against Your laws. We have left undone those things we should have done, and we have done those things we should never have done. Have mercy upon us. Make us whole. And help us to live a righteous life to the glory of Your Holy Name, 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:To God Be the Glory
To God be the glory - great things He hath done!
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin
And opened the Lifegate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice!
O Come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory - great things He hath done
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
PRAYER CARD PRESENTATION
HOLY SCRIPTURES:Isaiah 50:4-7 (Page 734)
Jude 3-4, 20-25 (Page 1223)
Luke 19:29-42 (Page 1048)
THE SERMON: “The Trip of a Lifetime”
THE URBAN CATECHISM
Question 19: How can believers have a good relationship with a holy God while still being sinners?
Answer: By faith alone. We are justified, declared “not guilty” and “righteous!” We are clothed in Christ’s righteousness, He swapped our record of wrong with His record of right.
Question 20: Are there still consequences for our sins?
Answer: Yes, while still justified, we experience consequences, and God’s loving discipline, and grieve God until confession and repentance.
Question 21: Is God angry with us because of our sin?
Answer: Although God is usually angry with sinners, He is not angry with us if we believe in Jesus. All His anger for us was poured out on Jesus at the cross.
*A HYMN: #239Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
zTHE OFFERTORY: He Reigns - Jack Edling
** AN ANTHEM: Hosanna - Chancel Choir
*THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
*THE CLOSING HYMN: #249 All Glory, Laud, and Honor
*THE COMMISSION & the BENEDICTION
*SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful
attitude 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.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Irv and Denise Kulp with gratitude to God for His many blessings they have experienced with their parents, their children, and now their grandchildren. He is faithful!
GREETERS TODAY:(8:00)Greg and Sandy Nase
(10:45)Patricia Martindell, Lori Maxwell
TAPE MINISTRY:TodayBJ Kulp
April 5thJulia Kulp
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Esther Davis.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jeff Kirkpatrick and Allen Kraus.
8:00Connie Merritt, Brittany and Megan Weiss, Alice Kraus, Renee Doran (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45Peter and Bambi Martindell, Nicole Peck, Julia Martindell (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Michael Kehs, Quinn Mahoney 3rd; Allison Hall, Phil Shafer 4th; Gabriel Martindell, Henry Shafer, Ken Stevenson 5th; Doug Elliott, Megan Weiss 6th; Brody Kinney, Evangeline Smith 7th; Ron Malone 8th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Dean and Beth Kulp 4th; Tom and Judy Leidy 5th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is the Trip of a Lifetime. It’s Palm Sunday. Jesus knows what lies ahead of Him. He has set His face like flint to go forward despite what He knows awaits Him. Jesus knew His life followed a plan, and that the plan was grounded in Scripture. How about us? Do we have a life plan? Jesus’ deep concern through all His life, but especially during His passion, was to seek and save the lost. How about us? Do we love people enough to share the Gospel with them? Jesus was the King coming in the name of the Lord. How about us? Are we bringing that message? Do we willingly count the cost?
WE WELCOME DR. PETER JONES to Leidy’s Church today as our guest preacher. Peter heads up TruthXchange, a ministry Leidy’s Church supports. A native of Liverpool, he taught for almost two decades at a seminary in France, then taught at Westminster Seminary in California for decade, before beginning the apologetic ministry TruthXchange. He has a needed word of wisdom for people of today.
EASTER SUNDAY is one week from today. The sacrament of Holy Communion will be shared at all services. Please come prepared in heart and mind to share in this sacrament.
AUCTION DONATION FORMS for the Leidy’s Church Stormer Lake Auction set for Saturday, April 25th are in the bulletin. Please pray how you can support this worthy endeavor. Call the church office if you have any questions about the auction or ideas you might have about donation items.
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.
QUESTIONS FROM THE QUESTIONS of The Urban Catechism. Question nineteen reminds us that though justified, Christians are sinners too! Do you still feel guilt about sins you have asked God to forgive? Should you? What do you think about Question twenty’s teaching about consequences of sin, God’s discipline, and continued confession and repentance? Do you mourn over your sin? Do you do self-examination of your sins? Question twenty one addresses the issue of God still being angry with Christians and asserts this is not possible. Do you ever feel like God is angry with you? Who do you view as the object of God’s anger: yourself, or Jesus on the cross?
MISSIONS MONTH winds down today. A substantial portion of our budget goes toward such endeavors. Join the gathering in the Fellowship Hall during the Sunday school hour for some good things to chew on: both mission munchies for your natural appetite, and a mission update for your spiritual appetite. You’ll be challenged, informed, encouraged, and fed. Join us today to hear about Sherise and Taleh Rittenhouse’s work in India with Rahab’s Rope.
ARE YOU MISSING CHILDREN at the 10:45 service? They will be joining us very soon!! All the students stayed in their Sunday School class a little longer so we can enjoy their presence as a group during the 10:45 service. After Pastor Niederhaus prays for our young people they will be dismissed. Parents of two year-old through Kindergarten students should pick up their children at their classrooms, rather than waiting for them in the narthex. First grade through Senior High will be dismissed, please meet your children in the Fellowship Hall. This should help keep the sanctuary door free from congestion so that students can enter and exit easily. Thank you.
INVITE SOMEONE to join you for Easter services on April 5th. Services at Leidy’s Church on Easter morning are at 6:30 (outside), 8:00, and 10:45. The Lord’s Supper is shared at each service. Invite a friend or neighbor or co-worker or family member to join you for worship and then breakfast, or for breakfast and then worship.
MY THANKS for the loving concern shown to me by offers of help, calls, cards, and prayers following my recent shoulder surgery. It was greatly appreciated. Shirley Clemens
HERE IS OUR HOLY WEEK/EASTER SCHEDULE: We encourage each person to participate as fully as possible within the constraints of your schedule.
Friday:Good Friday Service at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday:Sunrise Service on top of hill - weather
permitting at 6:30 a.m. Dress warmly if
Sunday:Pancake & Sausage Breakfast by the
Youth Fellowship. Serving begins at
7 a.m. and continues through 10:30 a.m.
Sunday: Services of worship at 8 and 10:45
Sunday:Sunday School from Nursery through 6th
grade from 9:30 to 10:30
EASTER LILY forms are included in the bulletin to sponsor a plant on Easter Sunday. These plants may be placed in memory or in honor of someone. The cost of each plant is $8. John DiLenge will be in the narthex after the 8:00 service, and Ellen Hill after the 10:45 service.
CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM is forming. Tony Kapusta is the organizer. Intended for males and females from 15 years of age and above, official games begin in the latter part of April. To see about becoming part of the team, call Tony at 215-804-5705.
THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER offerings will be collected today and next Sunday. This year’s 30 Pieces will be going to Church Without Walls (CWW), an outreach ministry to Muslims. Under the leadership of Rev. Anees Zaka, CWW also provides support and encouragement to Christians in the Middle East, particularly those in Egypt and Syria.
THE FRIENDLY 5TH/6TH GRADE Sunday School students will have a table in the narthex today and next Sunday to solicit donations for the Bowling for Babies fundraiser which takes place on April 11th. You may contribute by cash or check made out to MorningStar Ministries. Thank you for your support!
BEGINNING MONDAY, APRIL 6th, the ladies Bible study will begin a seven session DVD and book study entitled What Love Is by Kelly Minter based on the books of 1, 2, and 3 John. This study reveals not only the heart of John but also the heart of Jesus. Member workbook is available at Lifeway in Souderton, as an eBook on-line, or through Sandy Nase (215-669-1421). The class meets in Room 16 at 6:45 pm.
WE WELCOME SHERISE AND TALEH Rittenhouse as our special mission presenters today. Earlier this month they were in Goa, India, working with Rahab’s Rope. Now they’re back and eager to tell us what they experienced and learned. The full story will be told in the Fellowship Hall during the Sunday school hour, so please join them there. Yes, there will be a good array of mission munchies available!
THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO SIGN UP to be part of the Stormer Lake Mission Trip this year. April 1st is the cut-off date. Yes, we still have plenty of slots to be filled and would be glad to have you be part of the team. There will be a construction/fix-it crew again this year. Departure date is Thursday evening July 9th with an anticipated return date of early morning on Sunday July 19th.
JOB OPENINGS with Love Cradle International. Volunteer Program Coordinators positions are available. These are part-time positions. For job descriptions and more info please contact Steve or Irina Yagilnicky at 215-723-0263 or 267-797-4012.
THE GRAND VIEW HOSPITAL AUXILIARY is sponsoring a presentation of The God Box on Sunday, April 19th at 1 pm at the Sellersville Theater. Mary Lou Quinlan tells the inspiring story of prayer requests her mom jotted down on behalf of family, friends, and even strangers, then folded up and put away in boxes. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Grand View Gift Shop or by calling 215-453-4084.
REGISTERED TO VOTE? The Church and Community Committee urges everyone who is not presently registered to vote to get registered. The registration deadline for the Primary Election on May 20th is April 20th. All that’s required if filling out a very simple registration form and submitting it to your county. Registration forms are available in the narthex. You also will find absentee ballot applications should you need one.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE at Leidy’s Church will happen on Wednesday, April 15th. This year the 15th not only will be a day to give your money to Uncle Sam, but also to give some blood to the Red Cross. You can now book your appointment online if you would like by heading to www.redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-redcross and using the sponsor code leidyschurch. What's great about the online appointment is that you know in real time what appointments are available and what aren't. Of course, you will also be able to sign up in the narthex starting this morning through April 12th.
THE BUILDING PROJECT continues with the placement of trusses over the Fellowship Hall area. High winds provided some difficulties and delays, but visible progress was made. You know, however, those trusses are not just nailed into place. They also have to have bracing put in place to connect them and make them a unified support system. That work is not so evident, but is happening. The permanent electrical power is now connected to the new building. We would like to get the natural gas hook up completed, but prayers are needed for that to be expedited. That should remind us to pray for God’s power and energy to be flowing into and through us as well!
ON EASTER SUNDAY, the choir will be singing The Hallelujah Chorus. Any member of the congregation that has sung The Hallelujah Chorus in the past is welcome to come up to join us. Copies of the music will be available.
PEANUT BUTTER EGGS - You may pick up your eggs this morning following both services of worship, or later this week on Wednesday from 5-8, and Thursday from 5-9. Any questions contact Rachel Rittenhouse at 931-302-3833.
LOVE CRADLE MISSION is in need of items that will assist with their ongoing efforts. The below items can be donated in the marked box located in the narthex coat area:Quilting tools and supplies such as batting, jigsaw puzzles, rulers, fabrics; Sewing notions, gadgets and supplies such as fabrics, needles, pins, scissors, marking pencils and chalk, rotary cutters & mats, sewing thread; Embroidery supplies such as embroidery floss; Knitting and crocheting supplies such as knitting needles and crochet hooks (any sizes), yarn; purse handles and purse supplies.