WELCOMING WORDS
*   CALL TO WORSHIP
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: (on insert)
     #98    Great is Thy Faithfulness
     #56   God Will Take Care of You (verses 1 & 2)
     #92    The Solid Rock (verses 1 & 3)
     #96    I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (verses 1 & 3)
     #67    Blessed Assurance (verses 1 & 3)
     #656            Something Beautiful (2x)
 
     FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
     RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS
     THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:      Romans 1:18-23 (page 1125)
                                                             1 Timothy 6:7-10, 17-21 (1189)
                                                            John 15:6-11 (1079)
    
     THE SERMON:   “Abiding or Not”
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
     C: Holy God, You are true and just in all Your ways. We confess we do not meet the standard Your righteousness requires. It is not that Your standard is wrong or too high, but rather that we are so fallen, and so prone to sinning. While chained in nature’s night, our habit is to judge You by our standards, not ourselves by Your standard. We want You to be like us, rather than us being like You. Our thoughts and behavior amply demonstrate such to be the case. We come to You seeking the greatest miracle of all – forgiveness for our sins, redemption from the wrath we deserve. Lord Jesus, we cast ourselves upon You afresh this day. Today we need your mercy and grace, just as we do each day. And so we look in faith to the amazing love of Jesus: incomprehensible, but powerful to save. Amen.
 
*   THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #260  And Can It Be?
*   HEIDELBERG CATECHISM: Questions 3 & 4
     Question 3: Where do you learn of your sin and its wretched consequences?
     Answer: From the Law of God.
     Question 4: What does the Law of God require of us?
     Answer: Jesus Christ teaches this in a summary in Matthew 22:37-40, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
 
    THE OFFERING
     THE OFFERTORY
** AN ANTHEM: Open the Eyes of My Heart - Chancel Choir
*   THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #606 He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought
*   THE COMMISSION and the BENEDICTION
*   THE THREEFOLD AMEN
*   SILENT MEDITATION

*   ORGAN POSTLUDE

* Indicates congregation standing; C = Congreg.  Response; z Indicates 8:00 service; ** Indicates 10:45
 

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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.
 
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Mike Michalak and family at the death of his mother last week. May God be with them at this time.
 
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed with thanksgiving to God by Larry and Jean Frederick in honor of their 51st wedding anniversary, and to celebrate the wedding of their granddaughter who was married yesterday.
 
GREETERS TODAY:          (8:00)   Larry and Jean Frederick
                                           (10:45)    Jim and Ginna Foote
 
ACOLYTES TODAY:              (8:00)    Christian Rau
                                               (10:45)    Brian Lafty
 
TAPE MINISTRY:        Today                  BJ Kulp    
                                    September 28th                Denise Kulp                            
 
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Regina Kogel.
 
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jim Foote and Ken Murphy.
 
NURSERY TODAY:
  8:00   Ed and Cheryl Hall, John and Tara DiLenge (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45   Dorothy Kehs, Lydia Wilwert, Deb Guerreiro, Nicole Tyson (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
           
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Angela Caserta 25th; Harry Barger, Christian Lindsay 26th; Elaine Greene, Judy Ott 27th; Ella Dierkes, Mitchell Fretz, Jim Nunan, Daniel Parfitt 28th; Ray Dettra, Katelyn Frueh, Bekah Kulp 29th; Marge VanOmmeren October 1st.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Matt and Kate Harris 25th; Gary and Cindy Filson, Peter and Bambi Martindell, Tony and Kelly Wilwert 27th; Rod and Yvonne Shoemaker, Francis and Judi Weiss 28th; Tim and Rachel Leidy 29th; Dave and Allison Walbrandt 30th; Dustin and Ashley Doran October 1st.
 
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Abiding or Not. In John 15:6 Jesus speaks a hard word. He speaks of folk being cast off, piled up, and burned. The occasion for this, Jesus says, is folk not abiding in Him. It seems that humans can slide away from the Lord, sometimes precipitously, sometimes imperceptibly. Such sliding can be prevented. We need to know how. In that context a consideration should be given to duties and desires. Another facet of such prevention is the consideration of the gradations of sin. All sin is sin, but are all sins the same? The apostle Paul has some straightforward words about this.
 
CONFIRMATION PICTURES are in and they look great! Confirmation families may pick up a picture in the office. For those who would like to help defray the cost, a $12 donation is suggested.

THIS MORNING Leidy’s Church is receiving new members. We wish to welcome the following people into our fellowship. Take time to greet them after the service.
            Elaine Frank                    Jeremiah Rizzo
            Rachel Leidy                      John Schilling
            Dennis Monroe                  Bill Teate
            Kay Monroe

40 DAYS FOR LIFE begins this Wednesday, September 24th and continues through November 2nd. Daily prayer gatherings will take place near the Planned Parenthood facility just off Street Road in Warminster from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Leidy’s Church will be responsible for prayer personnel on Tuesday, October 7th, but you are welcome to be present any other day as well. Call the church office to get your time slot for the 7th reserved. Directions to the location in Warminster and other information may be obtained from the church office as well.
 
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO A LOVE CRADLE FUNDRAISER at the Phillies! Seats are in section 103, $38 per ticket. Net proceeds from tickets sold goes to Love Cradle and it's a great way to talk about the ministry. Mark your calendars for September 27th. The game is against the Braves at 7:05, but the tailgating party starts long before that!  Contact Nicole Peck at 267-228-4166 or email her at npeck@lovecradleint.org for tickets! 
 
THE RUMMAGE SALE is just around the corner on October 8th & 9th. We need your help to set up on Monday and Tuesday, October 6th & 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. We also need workers during the sale on Wednesday from 9-8 p.m. and on Thursday ($2 a bag day) from 9-6 p.m. Pack-up begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. Please plan to support this outreach where people in the community can get a good bargain on used clothes and other household goods. The Rummage Room is full, so please hold your rummage until the week of the sale. Thank you.
 
2014 “WALK FOR LIFE” will be held Saturday, October 4th at Franconia Community Park at 8:00 a.m. The walk is an easy, fun, two-mile walk on park paths with fellow Christians. The purpose is to raise funds for the Pregnancy Resource Clinic of North Penn and its ministry to unborn babies and their families. Please consider creating your own “walker page” for online pledges. To print the sponsor pledge forms visit www.supportlifeprc.org for complete event details.
 
THANK YOU from Ellen Pavie for the prayers, cards, and concern for her during her surgery and rehab. All is going well, your prayers are being felt.

THE BUILDING PROJECT is getting exciting! The sanctuary walls are plainly visible. The ceiling beams for the gymnasium were put in place this past week. It’s all beginning to fit together, though we still have a long ways to go. Though we see most clearly the structure going up, major work also continues in other parts of the site with earth moving, drain insertions, retaining ponds, culvert development, and preparing for the various parking areas. We should pray for the timely coordination and cooperation of all the different companies and inspectors and workers that are involved daily in this project.
 
NOW THAT THE SUMMER IS OVER we’re looking forward to events that take place in the fall. Ladies of Leidy’s is planning on hosting another craft show and sale on November 22nd if there are enough people who wish to participate. We do not solicit vendors from outside the Leidy’s Church family, but wish to give our members and friends a venue from which to make a bit of extra cash for the Christmas season of gift-giving. Table space will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis soon. If you have any questions, please speak with Donna Frueh.
 
WOMEN’S MINISTRY AT LEIDY’S CHURCH is once again helping to support God’s Treasure House, a local ministry for women, by adopting a basket to be auctioned at their fall fundraiser. Through the next several weeks we will be collecting new items suitable to make up an “all things tea” basket. We already have a lovely tea set which includes a pot, sugar, and creamer for the basket. If you would like to help, please put on your thinking cap and place what you come up with in the basket provided in the narthex. If you don’t care to go shopping and wish to donate cash so someone else can shop, please see Lorraine Kroesser.
 
THIS SATURDAY IS THE LADIES CONFERENCE with guest speaker Julie Henning. Please join us from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. for a time of refreshment, fellowship, and teaching. Ladies of all ages are encouraged to be a part of this special event. Sign-up slips are on the table in the narthex, or call the church office or email ilc.wmm@gmail.com.
 
HELP WANTED! It could be you! Martha DeFrancesco, who has worked in our church library for many years, is ready to train someone new to take over. If you would be interested in serving in this capacity, please speak with Martha on a Sunday morning or call her at 215-723-5744. Of course, as always, you may call the church office and speak with the cheerful and knowledgeable ladies there for more info and answers.
 
CLEAR YOUR CALENDAR for the I Still Do marriage conference taking place on October 4th. It will be simulcast live here at Leidy’s Church on that Saturday. Registration forms are in the bulletin. Check the September newsletter for more details. This is a simulcast event, registration is ONLY $40 per couple. Lunch is included. Let others know about this event and make sure your calendar is cleared to attend as well. The Conference is a Family Life Ministries project.
 
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: Though it rarely is seen this way, God has blessed humanity with the gift of His Law. Apart from the Law of God we would not be able to recognize our sin, nor our inability to justify ourselves in the day of accounting that must inevitably come. Since the Fall, we humans have developed a great capacity for justifying ourselves and our actions, but that sort of justification will not help us when we stand before the judgment seat of God. Interestingly, to demonstrate the value of the Law, the Catechism does not quote directly from the Law. Instead, the text cited is Jesus teaching about the Law! Jesus states the two great commandments – in their proper order – and declares that all the teaching of God flows from or “hangs on” those two foundational commands. There is no command in the Bible that does not trace its roots back to one of those two commands. We would do well to ponder them.
 
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.
      Romans 3:20 for the reality that the Law cannot justify anyone
      Romans 7:7 for the knowledge of sin coming through the Law
      Deut. 6:5 for the first great commandment to love God with all we are
      Lev. 19:18 for the second great commandment to love neighbor as self
 
PEACEFUL LIVING is sponsoring a conference next Saturday. It will be held at Souderton Mennonite Church from 7:45 to 4:15. Titled Safe Passage: Co-Creating Caring Relationships to Navigate Life’s Journey, it will provide practical tools and advice on: congregational supports for disability ministry, autism, supporting returning veterans, cultural perspectives, and much more. Visit www.peacefulliving.org to view conference details and/or register online. Contact Betsy Roush, broush@peacefulliving.org, 610-287-1200 with questions or to receive printed information.
 
PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS this Friday evening here at Leidy’s Church. In concert with churches around the world, we will be praying for Pastor Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-born American citizen who has been imprisoned in Iran since Sept. 26, 2012. Pastor Saeed is one example among thousands of Christians in the grip of hostile and harsh persecution. We will pray not only for Pastor Saeed, but all who are persecuted. The service will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude around 8:15 or so.
 
CHRISTIAN ED NEEDS - In need of an assistant for the 1st & 2nd grade Sunday School class from September to January, and for a teacher in the Lambs Sunday School class beginning late fall. Contact Sherise if you can help with either of these needs.
 
WOMEN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS - The class will be studying Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl, put out by Proverbs 31 Ministries. Written by Lysa TerKeurst, she draws from her own story and invites you to uncover the spiritually exciting life we all yearn for. Join the ladies weekly in Room 19 in the lower Christian Education wing.
 
ECONOMICS FOR EVERYBODY is the title of an elective that takes place as part of the Issues & Answers class. Each session will have a video component and then discussion led by Dave Reich. It will cover everything from lemonade stands to Charlie Chaplin to entrepreneurship to why you enjoy the comics. Economics is everywhere, including – now – the Issues & Answers class.
 
THE BELL CHOIR NEEDS YOUR HELP. We need one more full-time member to start our rehearsals this year. We meet on Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 7:45. Don't worry if you've never rung a bell before... we will train you! All you need is a willing spirit. If you want to know more about this music ministry, please call George Frueh at 215-723-4769. Thank you.
 
ADULT SS ELECTIVE - Titled Joy & Glory, the class will be a topical study of crucial truths to bring glory to God and joy to His children. It will involve both instruction and discussion times. Led by Jeremiah Rizzo, topics will include how we may glorify God most, wood for the furnace of our souls, how to kill sin, the relationship between knowledge of God and love for God, and much more. Open to all ages from post-high school through octogenarians, it meets upstairs in Room 20.
 
PARENTS, IF YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER has gone off to college, the office would like to know his/her address, and e-mail address. If your college student has returned to college, and now has a new mailing or e-mail address, please let the office know. Thank you.
 
THE GOD'S HOUSE OF PROMISE Steering Committee would like to thank those who have given time, money and equipment over the past TWO years. Your help has been a tremendous blessing. As we begin our third year AND our 14th reading (aloud) of Scripture we welcome members of our church family to participate in this ministry as we seek to unite the body of Christ in the BucksMont region for His purpose and His glory. For more information please contact Kelly Wilwert 215-206-8388.
 
ARTICLES FOR THE October newsletter are due in the office by Tuesday. Thank you.
 
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
 
SUNDAY                       2:00 p.m.      Prayer - Sanctuary
                                      6:00 p.m.      Youth Fellowship
MONDAY                      9:00 a.m.      Home School Classes
                                      6:45 p.m.      Women’s Bible Study - Rm. 16
                                      6:45 p.m.      F.H. Resvd.
TUESDAY                     9:30 a.m.      Young Mom’s - C.R.
                                      7:00 p.m.      Grace Community
                                      7:00 p.m.      Tech Mtg.
                                      7:00 p.m.      Lay Ministry - C.R.
WEDNESDAY              8:00 p.m.      Chancel Choir
THURSDAY                  9:00 a.m.      Precept Study - Rm. 16
                                      7:30 p.m.      Men’s Meeting - Rm. 18
FRIDAY                         7:30 a.m.      ALL - C.R.
                                      1:00 p.m.      Set up for Women’s Conference
                                      5:00 p.m.      Love Cradle Youth - Rm. 18
                                      7:00 p.m.      Prayer for Persecuted Christians
SATURDAY                  8:30 a.m.      Rags to Riches Women’s Conf.
SUNDAY                       8:00 a.m.      Worship Service
                                      9:30 a.m.      Sunday School
                                    10:45 a.m.      Worship Service
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 
October 4                    I Still Do Marriage Conference
October 8 & 9              Rummage Sale
October 18                  Pot Luck Dinner
 

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