MORNING WORSHIP: 8:00 and 10:45 a.m.
     THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP:
     #603  God Moves in a Mysterious Way
     #597  God Leads Us Along (verses 1 & 2)
     #631  I Know Whom I Have Believed (verses 2 & 3)
     #657  Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul (verses 2 & 3)
     #96    I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (verses 1 & 3)
     #656 Something Beautiful (2x)

 

     FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
     THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:      2 Chronicles 9:13-24 (Page 454)
                                                     1 Timothy 6:6-16 (Page 1189)
                                                      Luke 12:13-34 (Page 1038)

    

     THE SERMON:   “Craving for Possessions”
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
           [adapted from Martin Luther’s A Simple Way to Pray]
     C: O dear Lord, God and Father, enter not into judgment against us, because no man living is justified before You. Do not count it against us as a sin, that we are so unthankful for Your unspeakable goodness, spiritual and physical, or that we stray into sin many times every day, more often than we can know or recognize. Do not look upon how good – or how wicked – we have been, but only upon the infinite compassion which You have bestowed upon us in Christ, Your dear Son. Grant forgiveness also to those who have harmed or wronged us, as we forgive them from our hearts. They inflict the greatest injury upon themselves, by arousing Your anger in their actions toward us. We are not helped by their ruin; we would much rather that they be saved with us. Amen.
 
*   THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #260  And Can It Be that I Should Gain?

  

     *   HEIDELBERG CATECHISM: Questions 110 & 111
      Question 110: What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?
      Answer: He forbids not only theft and robbery, which civil authorities punish, but God also labels as theft, all wicked tricks and schemes by which we seek to get for ourselves our neighbor’s goods, whether by force, or under the pretense of fairness, such as false weights and measures, deceptive advertising or merchandising, counterfeit money, exorbitant interest, or any other means forbidden by God. He also forbids all greed and misuse or waste of His gifts.
      Question 111: But what does God require in this commandment?
      Answer: That I work for the good of my neighbor wherever I can or may, and deal with him as I would have others deal with me, and do my work well so that I may be able to help the poor in their need.

     

    THE OFFERING
     THE OFFERTORY
*   THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #89  Children of the Heavenly Father
*   THE COMMISSION and the BENEDICTION
*   THE THREEFOLD AMEN
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves

*   ORGAN POSTLUDE


 

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 Ralph and Shirley Clemens with thanks and praise for God’s blessing of 60 years of marriage.

GREETERS TODAY:          (8:00)    Bob and Ruth Bugge
                                           (10:45)   John and Debbie Caserta

TAPE MINISTRY:     Today            Donna Frueh
                                   July 27th        Diane Gehman

THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Carl and Jerri Thompson.

THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Allen Kraus and Curt Lockman.

NURSERY TODAY:
  8:00   Mike and Shannon Kehs, Ken and Wendy Murphy (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45    Jeremy and Justine Smith, Deb Guerreiro, Nicole Tyson (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).

WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Brittany Foote, Nicole Tyson 24th; Jean Clarke, Alice Kraus, Josh Freed 25th; Chase Mahoney, Peter Walbrandt 26th; Deirdre Lockman 27th; Ellen Hill, Fern Vasey 28th; Danielle Caserta, Michael Mirabella 29th; Casey Hughes 30th.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Steve and Sue Landis 24th.

THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Craving for Possessions. When the bills keep coming in and prices keep going up, it’s hard not to be money oriented about life. We are fascinated with people who have big bucks, the Bill Gates and the Warren Buffets of the world. It was the same back in the tenth century BC, when Solomon reigned. People came from far and wide to catch a glimpse of his riches and splendor. The big question we need to ask ourselves is this: when are we relying on our possessions rather than on God? Our Lord Jesus deals with this very issue and gives clear instructions for us to hear and live by.

THE SACRAMENT of Holy Communion will be shared at both services of worship next Sunday. Come prepared to worship and receive.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES - For August we are in need of teachers/helpers for these classes: August 3rd - teacher & helper for 1st thru 5th; 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.

HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: When we’re money-oriented in life, we allow it to become an idol for us. Goods and possessions become our gods and we do whatever is necessary to appease these gods. That’s why the Catechism’s explication of the commandment not to steal probes a little deeper than mere stealing. It identifies a number of tricks we use to deceive ourselves and others into thinking we’re really not coveting after and then stealing their goods. It is good for each of us to reflect on that list in Question 110. It is just as important that we reflect on the positive side of this matter as it is presented in Question 111. What are we doing with what we do have and are we ready and willing to help others in their need? We work not just for our own benefit, but so that we can help others. What an insight!

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.
      1 Cor. 6:10 for thieves, covetous persons, and swindlers exclusion from the kingdom of God
      Luke 3:14 on using force to get goods
      Prov. 11:1 and Ezek. 45:10 on just weights and measures
      Prov. 12:22 on deceptive advertising
      Luke 6:35 on doing good for your enemies
      Luke 12:15 on greed
      Matt. 7:12 on right dealing with others
      Eph. 4:28 on earning wages so we can help others

VBS IS ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY - REGISTER NOW! All Children 1st through 6th are welcome at Bethlehem Marketplace. Toddler-Kindergarten is open to Leidy’s Church children only. Please register this age group by Sunday, July 27th. Registrations for this age group will not be accepted the week of VBS. Much help is Still Needed! Contact Sherise as soon as possible.

BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE - Next Sunday during the Sunday School hour in the Fellowship Hall, members of the Construction Advisory Committee will set out what has taken place, what is in the offing, and what our prospects seem to be at the moment. You are encouraged to be present for this report-back session. Rather than having dust flying about, it is intended to have information flying about in an orderly and understandable fashion. Yes, your questions, comments, and rebuttals will be welcome.

YOU ARE INVITED TO join the Pregnancy Resource Clinic of North Penn for their 8th Annual Celebrate Life Golf Outing on Monday, August 25th at the Talamore Country Club in Ambler. They are looking for business sponsorships, golfers, and guests for the golf outing, lunch and silent auction. Golfers will enjoy the wonderful course and lunch at Talamore. You are invited to the lunch and silent auction even if you don’t golf. For more details, call 215-822-2424.

INQUIRER'S CLASS begins today during the Sunday School, it meets in the Conference Room.

THE SLMT MISSION TEAM is due back today, and they did get their full week of ministering in despite some setbacks in the beginning.

THANK YOU from Jacqualyn Hillegass for the prayers on her behalf while having knee surgery. She is especially grateful to Alice Kraus on the Care Committee who provided transportation back to her home from rehab on Tuesday. Blessings to all!

BUILDING PROJECT FUNDRAISER: After12 will be hosting a carwash this Saturday, July 26th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting the new church building. This event will be located in the church parking lot. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there! Any questions please contact Dustin and Ashley Doran (267-640-8680) or Jim and Ginna Foote (215-997-6978)

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP will not be meeting during the mission trip. They will resume meeting on July 27th.

 

THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH

 

SUNDAY                       2:00 p.m.      Prayer - Sanctuary
MONDAY                      6:45 p.m.      Women’s Bible Study - Rm. 16
TUESDAY                     7:00 p.m.      Grace Community - F.H.
                                      7:00 p.m.      Tech Mtg.
                                      7:30 p.m.      Lay Ministry - C.R.
FRIDAY                         7:30 a.m.      ALL - C.R.
SATURDAY                  9:00 a.m.      After 12 Car Wash
SUNDAY                      8:00 a.m.      Worship Service
                                      9:30 a.m.      Sunday School Classes
                                    10:45 a.m.      Worship Service

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

August 4                      VBS
August 7                      VBS Open House
August 10                    Sunday in the Shade
September 7               Rally Day
September 27             Women’s Ministry Conference

  

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