#1 Come, Now is the Time to Worship#4 Break Thou the Bread of Life
#2 Ancient Words#5Holy Spirit, Rain Down
#3 Thy Word
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURESDeuteronomy 10:1-5 (page 195)
Psalm 19 (page 561)
Luke 24:36-49 (page 1057)
A MOMENT of SILENT MEDITATION on the WORD of GOD
THE SERMON:“To Be Trusted”
* CONFESSION OF SIN - first in silence and then in unison
(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.
* A HYMN: #614For All the Saints
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM: Questions 83-85
Question 83: What is the office of the keys?
Answer: The preaching of the holy gospel and Christian discipline. By these two means the kingdom of heaven is opened to believers, and shut against unbelievers.
Question 84: How is the kingdom of heaven opened and shut by the preaching of the holy gospel?
Answer: In this way: The kingdom of heaven is opened when it is proclaimed and openly testified to believers, one and all, according to the command of Christ, that as often as they accept the promise of the gospel with true faith, all their sins are truly forgiven them by God, for the sake of Christ’s gracious work. On the contrary, the wrath of God and eternal condemnation fall upon all unbelievers and hypocrites, as long as they do not repent. It is according to this witness of the gospel, that God will judge the one and the other, in the life and in the life to come.
Question 85: How is the kingdom of heaven shut and opened by Christian discipline?
Answer: In this way: Christ commanded that those who bear the Christian name in an unchristian way, either in doctrine or in life, should be given brotherly admonition. If they do not give up their errors or evil ways, notification is given to the church, or to those ordained for this by the church. Then, if they do not change after this warning, they are forbidden to partake of the holy sacraments, and are thus excluded from the communion of the church, and by God Himself from the kingdom of Christ. However, if they promise and show real amendment, they are received again as members of Christ and of the church.
** AN ANTHEM: Above All - Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #495It is Well with My Soul
** THE COMMISSION and the BENEDICTION
* THE THREEFOLD AMEN
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitudeuntil the Pastor leaves
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
* Indicates congregation standing; C = Cong. Response; zIndicates 8:00 service; ** Indicates 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 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 Pat Niederhaus and family at the death of her brother, Tom. May God be with them at this difficult time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Michael and Karen Mirabella with thanks to God for their amazing pastoral staff and in honor of their anniversary.
GREETERS TODAY:(8:00)Beth Harbon
(10:45)Kevin and Joyce Godshall
TAPE MINISTRY:TodayRuthie Niederhaus
November 2ndEde Rupp
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Andy and Gwen Damiani.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jeff Kirkpatrick and Isaac Inyang.
8:00Randy and Cathy Annis, Tosha and Jordan Hostelley
(Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Jeremy and Justine Smith; Tom and Susan Merritt (Baby/
Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jennifer Braun, Jim Carling, Mary Hoyt, Brian Lafty, Jr., Luke Reich, Michaela Walmsley 30th; Helen Hahn, Kevin Kleiner 31st; Nathan Frueh, Allison Walbrandt November 4th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! John and Mary Leidy November 3rd; Kevin and Holly Lehman 5th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is To Be Trusted. One thing the Protestant Reformers could agree on was that the Bible was to be trusted. Among the trumpet blasts emanating from the Reformation was Sola Scriptura! That meant the foundation for all that followed was to be grounded in, shaped by, and adhere to the text of the Bible. Great pains were taken to translate the Bible into the language of the people. On board the Mayflower when she crossed the Atlantic in 1620 was a copy of the Geneva Bible. How about all the recent translations? Are they to be trusted? Is there one translation that is better than all?
THE 2014 Dessert & Entertainment Night will be held on Saturday, November 15th, beginning at 6 p.m. Some tickets were purchased at the last SLMT auction, but there are still seats available. If you would like to attend, a sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex. The cost is $20 per person.
LOOKING FOR SOMEONE to watch a “loves attention” 3 year-old. Needed M-F FROM ABOUT 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Pennsburg to Lansdale. Looking to start ASAP. Contact Farrah at 215-679-2349 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH is taking place on Sunday evening, November 2nd. Sponsored by BMCE, this prayer gathering is for all local churches. It takes place at Faith Bible Fellowship Church located on Route 113 near Harleysville. Starting time is 6 p.m.
THE ERA FOR THE COFFEE CREAMERS has come to an end. Five years ago Ray Kelly and I began the creamer and candy for the Luke 19 Project for Glad Tidings India. Ray went on to other things, but I kept the creamers. For myself, I have made so many friends and acquaintances. I want to thank each and every one of you for your support. I leave you with God’s blessings and warm wishes. Ever so grateful, Lula Kershner
HELP THE BUILDING FUND by getting Take-Out! A bountiful dinner of barbequed chicken with sweet corn, homemade baked beans, potato salad, apple sauce, rolls, and moist, delicious brownies is the Take-Out being offered. To order your Take-Out meals, use one of the sign-up slips distributed earlier, or, do it this morning in the narthex. Cost is $10 p/person with all proceeds benefitting the Building Fund. You may pick up your dinners between 4 and 6 pm on Saturday, November 1st. It’s a great way to enjoy a home-cooked meal relaxing in your home, but without having to do all the cooking or the messy clean-up.
ARE YOU THE CREATIVE TYPE? on November 15th we are hosting the SLMT Dessert & concert Night here at Leidy’s Church. We need creative ladies to use their artistic talents to design table settings and dessert arrangements that will appeal to the eyes and palates of those in attendance. If you enjoy dressing up your dining table for dinner and would like to excite the imaginations of our members with an assortment of delicious delectables, please contact the church office.
VOLLEYBALL ANYONE? We are forming teams for “really” competitive and “not as” competitive teams. Season starts January 5th. Sign-up on the sheet in the narthex. Any questions see Tony Kapusta.
THIS MORNING State Rep Paul Clymer will be at Leidy’s Church. He will be retiring after a long and distinguished and faithful career in the State Legislature. All the adult Sunday School Classes will disrupt their normal schedules to meet together in the Fellowship Hall. He will relate insights concerning the challenges of being a Christian in the political sphere.
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETE'Sis hosting The 2014 Celebration Gatheringon November 14th, 6:30 pm (registration opens at 6:15) at First Baptist Church of Perkasie and you are invited! This evening is an informative celebration of what God has done through FCA ministries. Opportunities ahead for students, parents, teachers and coaches to impact the school and community for Jesus Christ will be presented and an opportunity to invest in the ministry will be given. Do you need to be an athlete to be part of FCA? Are you allowed to have a Bible study in a public school? What are the commitments and benefits of being involved in FCA during the school year? Come join us and find out. Questions - please contact Lindsey at LJP701@me.com or register online at www.buxmontfca.org before 11/10/14.We look forward to celebrating with you!
THE BUILDING PROJECT had a couple of difficult days this past week. The weather didn’t always cooperate with the plans! But much work continued to get done, nonetheless. Lots of block continue to be put in place. A vast array of pipes and culverts and various soil combinations and rocks continue to be skillfully combined in the back corner of the site to make the way for the stream that flows through there as well as all the water that will drain from the parking lot. Oh, another thing. Don’t worry about those skinny concrete blocks walls getting blown over in the wind. They’re pretty solid – but at the same time, we don’t want another Sandy coming through before their steel beams and girders are in place! Continue to give thanks to God for good workers who do their work well and do their work harmoniously. That such should be the case is a blessing not to be taken for granted.
THE ZION CHORAL concert is being held today at The Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, in Boyertown at 3 p.m.
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: Few folk are familiar with the office of the keys. This phraseology comes from Jesus’ statement to Peter in Matt. 16:19 that He is giving to him the keys of the kingdom of heaven. As you know, keys can open doors, or they can lock doors. The Catechism identifies the two keys given to the church. Each of those keys can open or lock the door to the kingdom of heaven. The gospel is a key that first and foremost is used to open the door to the kingdom. It invites all to receive forgiveness through Jesus. Yet for those who resist or reject the gospel call, it is a locking key. It says that no other name is given to us humans by which we must be saved. Christian discipline, on the other hand, is a key that is used primarily as a locking key. It serves as a warning that particular beliefs and behaviors do matter. In fact, they disqualify folk for the kingdom. Those who hear and heed such warnings, find this locking key can unlock the door to God’s kingdom.
SCRIPTURE TEXTS FOR HC: While we only print the text of 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 question.
Matt. 16:19 for Jesus giving the “keys” to Peter and the disciples
John 20:23 for Jesus telling of the church’s authority to forgive or retain
Matt. 28:19 for the commission to go and make disciples of all nations
John 20:21-23 for Jesus sending the disciples to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit
Matt. 18:15-18 for instructions on dealing with sin
1 Cor. 5:11-13 for Paul’s directions regarding relations with erring
Luke 15:18 for the Prodigal Son modeling true repentance
OYSTER & HAM SUPPER - Saturday, November 8th from 4-8 p.m. at Christ Reformed Church at Indian Creek. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Call 215-723-7338. All proceeds go to support the Missions and Youth Fellowship of Indian Creek.
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 6:30 a.m.Elder Prayer - Sanctuary
7:00 p.m.Grace Community Church - F.H.
7:00 p.m. Tech Meeting
WEDNESDAY 5:00 p.m.Kids Klub
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY Kitchen Resvd.
9:00 a.m. Precept Study - Rm. 16
7:30 p.m. Men’s Meeting - Rm. 18
FRIDAY Kitchen Resvd.
SATURDAY Kitchen Resvd.
4:00 p.m. Chicken Dinner Pickup
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m.Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
November 4 Election Day
November 15 Dessert & Entertainment Night
November 22 Craft Show
November 26 Thanksgiving Eve Service
Come, Now is the Time to Worship
Come, now is the time to worship.
Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Come, just as you are, to worship.
Come, just as you are, before your God. Come.
One day every tongue will confess You are God.
One day every knee will bow.
Still the greatest treasure remains for those
Who gladly choose you now.
Holy words long preserved for our walk in this world
They resound with God's own heart,
Oh let the ancient words impart
Words of Life, words of Hope
Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e'er we roam
Ancient words will guide us home.
Ancient words ever true,
Changing me and changing you.
We have come with open hearts,
Oh let the ancient words impart.
Holy words of our Faith handed down to this age,
Came to us through sacrifice,
Oh heed the faithful words of Christ.
Martyr’s blood stains each page,
They have died for this faith.
Hear them cry through the years, heed these words and hold them dear.