*THE CONFESSION OF SIN - first in silence & then in unison
C: Our Heavenly Father, who by Your love has made us, and through Your love has kept us, we humbly confess that we have not loved You with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and that we have not loved one another as Christ loves us. Forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and through Your Spirit direct what we shall be, 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:Blessing and Honor
Blessing and honor and glory and power,
Wisdom and riches and strength evermore,
Give ye to Him who our battle hath won,
Whose are the Kingdom, the Crown and the Throne.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
HOLY SCRIPTURES:Isaiah 30:9-18 (Page 711)
Luke 18:18-30 (Page 1046)
Acts 3:11-19 (Page 1090)
THE SERMON: “Bringing Down the Ozone”
THE URBAN CATECHISM
Question 6: Does God understand what it is like to live in this world?
Answer: Yes, while still being God, God the Son became a man, Jesus Christ, and lived a hard life, experiencing much temptation and suffering, even death on a cross. During this time, Jesus trusted His Father’s will.
Question 7: Who made the world?
Answer: God made the world.
Question 8: In whose image are we made?
Answer: We are made in God’s image, to reflect God.
*A HYMN: #456My Jesus, I Love Thee
** AN ANTHEM:Chancel Choir
*THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
*THE CLOSING HYMN: #123 When We All Get to Heaven
*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 Larry and Jean Frederick inloving memory of their son Larry, Jr.
GREETERS TODAY:(8:00)Tom and Judy Leidy
(10:45)Curt and Betty Jo Lockman
ACOLYTES TODAY:(8:00)Christian Rau
TAPE MINISTRY:TodayMarilee Hughes
March 8thDorothy Kehs
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Mabel Eisenhauer.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jeff Kirkpatrick and Allen Kraus.
8:00Mike and Shannon Kehs, Ann Edmonds, Ava Carsley (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Grace Lindsay, Jaclyn Parry, Edith Roberts 5th; Gina Shoemaker 6th; Andrew Edmonds, Julia Gregory, Sara Kirkpatrick, Josh Kirkpatrick, Liz Schatz 9th;
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Bob and Ruth Bugge, John and Fern Vasey 6th; Roger and Patti Jones 8th; Dennis and Bonnie Doran 10th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Bringing Down the Ozone. You remember that all of us humans are by nature “Egyptians,” right? That is, we prefer to reside in the land of “de-nial.” This was true of the Israelites in Isaiah’s day, and of the rich young ruler in Jesus’ day. Peter offers a bit of fresh air to all the deniers out there! His plan of action, however, is to go headlong into the very matter over which folk are in denial! Peter just won’t stop talking about Jesus! He continually points to Jesus on the cross and raises questions: “Why?” “By Whom?” “For Whom?” It’s a stormy course of action, but it brings down the ozone.
WE WELCOME KEVIN MARTIN & YWAM team members to Leidy’s Church today. They are in the midst of an east coast trip to share how God has worked and is working in and through their lives. Along with our regular offering, we’ll receive a love offering to help defray their expenses and to undergird their ministry.
SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Room 16.
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.
MISSIONS MONTH begins today. All adults are encouraged to come and hear what the Lord Jesus is doing through missionaries we support. Adult Sunday School classes will be taking a break all through March so you can meet the missionaries. If you do not normally attend Sunday School, make plans to be here from 9:30 to 10:30 in March. There will be an array of enticing Mission Munchies each Sunday to enjoy with the mission presentations. The featured mission this first week is Youth With A Mission [YWAM], specifically their team from Madison, Wisconsin. Recently returned from Uganda, China, and India, we will benefit much from their presentation this morning. Of course, our own Millie Hughes is among their number and it’s a particular delight to have her home for a moment!
NEEDED: Volunteers for the Nursery and Children Church, especially for the 10:45 service. Please contact Justine Smith or the church office if you can help.
QUESTIONS FROM THE QUESTIONS of The Urban Catechism. Question six teaches that Jesus trusted His Father’s will. Are you trusting the Father’s will right now in your life? Question seven says God made the world. In what ways do we act as if we are the creator instead of the creation? In Question eight we’re taught that we’re made in God’s image. Have you ever realized you were made to reflect God? What difference does this make in your life? In what ways can you cultivate godly culture?
THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT is collecting pictures from young people in nursery through senior high for our annual prayer cards. Please make sure pictures are given to Sunday School teachers or placed in Sherise’s mailbox by March 15th. Thank you!
AUCTION DONATION FORMS for the Leidy’s Church Stormer Lake Auction set for Saturday, April 25th are in your mailbox. 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.
CONSISTORY meets this Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.
LADIES OF LEIDY’S meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room. All women of Leidy’s Church are welcome to attend.The program for the evening features Deb Guerreiro, who will be sharing about the Seeing Eye Dog program her family has been involved with for many years. All ladies are welcome to attend.
KIDS KLUB THEME for this week is Wordless Book Colors Night. Dress in yellow, black, red, white, or green.
WANT TO KNOW MORE about Immanuel Leidy’s Church and become a part of something great that God is doing in and through our church body? You are gladly invited to a brunch at Gregg and Tiffany Guerreiro’s house (608 Godshall Rd near Franconia Park) Sunday, March 15th, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Childcare will be provided as necessary. Any questions please contact Tiffany at 215-353-3436. We’ll feed your physical body and do our best to inform you more about how to get involved in your spiritual body here at Immanuel Leidy’s Church. Hope to see you there.
LIVING HOPE NATIVE MINISTRIES 2015 BANQUET takes place Friday, March 20th at 6:30 p.m. at Yoder’s Restaurant, New Holland. To make your reservation e-mail lhnm.org or call toll free (855) 367-8199. Please provide your name, phone number, the number of people in your group, and any special needs. A presentation of current ministry opportunities and challenges will be a significant part of the evening.
MOMS GROUP meets this Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. The ladies are currently working through the book of Philippians with Patricia Niederhaus while children from birth to 6th grade (those not in school!) are cared for in the nursery. Please speak with Tara DiLenge or Kate Harris if you have questions. Newcomers are always welcome!
THE MEN’S BIBLE STUDY meets each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18 (also known as the Youth Room) in the lower Christian Ed wing. They are currently going through the book of Mark.
2015 MENNONITE MOBILE CANNING UNIT comes to the Bucks-Mont area for three days, March 23rd, 24th, and the 25th. Last year some 24,000 pounds of meat was processed locally during the three days of operation. For each of the three days about 100 volunteers are needed. Jobs include filling, washing, and labeling cans as well as preparing boxes for shipment. If you would like to volunteer, please call the MCC Resource Center at 267-203-8074. The work site is the MCC Resource Center located on Hagey Drive just off Schoolhouse Road near the Hagey bus terminal.
THE LOST SHEEP Prayer Group meets the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary, and the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Cindy Filson.
THE REVIVAL OF THE HIT MUSICAL: “The Secret of My Success” is just around the corner! Several characters have the guts to return to their original roles, but alas, some are unable to so we still have a few key non-speaking spots to fill! They require only TWO rehearsals and TWO performances (March 14 & 15). One of the coveted parts still uncast requires a good buddy (any twin brothers still at home?) and some dancing skills. The rest require no special talent at all, just that you have been involved in at least one previous musical in some capacity (orchestra, tech, adult or kid). See Donna Frueh for details.
NEW MEMBERS WILL BE RECEIVED in the fellowship of Leidy’s Church on March 22nd. If you have been through the Inquirer’s Class and would like to join Leidy’s Church, please contact the church office or Pastor Niederhaus to make the necessary arrangements.
THE CHRISTIAN ED DEPARTMENT will be participating in a fundraiser to benefit the Building Fund. There will be a concession stand at the children’s musical Secret of My Success, on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th, and will be manned by some of the 5th/6th graders who are not in the musical. How can each family help to make this a success? If you could donate $5 per child, or $10 maximum per family towards the purchase of items needed, that would be a great way to help our Building Fund grow. Please turn in by Sunday, March 8th to your Sunday School class. If you have any questions, speak to Gina Shoemaker or Sherise.
A BIG THANK YOU to those families who hosted members of the YWAM team. Your gracious hospitality is a blessing.
GO SEE THE DROP BOX this week. This is a stirring movie that will be shown only March 3-5 at select theaters. A stunning pro-life documentary, it shows how a Korean pastor offered a unique option to mothers considering abandoning or aborting their babies. It may be seen locally at the Promenade in Center Valley, Warrington Crossing 22, Plymouth Meeting 12, King of Prussia, and Marketplace at Oaks. It is shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. To watch the trailer or order tickets online, go to www.fathomevents.com/event/the-drop-box.
THE BUILDING PROJECT continues to be slowed by the cold weather. Next thing you know it will be slowed by deep and miry mud! Oh well. While some construction work is done, there’s much planning and decision making being done. Currently being decided are issues like the security system for the building. Also, what sort of locks will be used: electronic or regular keys or a mixture? Ongoing discussions related to the audio system are reaching a decision point. Likewise, discussions regarding projection and video matters are coming to a head. A decision will need to be made about wifi wiring, phone wiring, and regular electrical wiring. Can they all be bundled together? How high will the steeple be, and should it be lighted at night? How about a star on top at Christmas, is that even feasible? Your ongoing prayers for the visible and invisible work taking place is needed and appreciated.
AV/WORSHIP COMMITTEE meeting Monday night in Rm 13 at 7 p.m. See you there.
REMEMBER TO PRAY for Sherise and Taleh Rittenhouse who leave this Friday for Goa, India. They will be serving with Rahab’s Rope a ministry that reaches out to women endangered by sex trafficking.
PLANNING TO HEAR DEL TACKETT at the ABR banquet at the Shady Maple on April 28th? There is a discounted ticket rate for groups of eight or more persons from a church. There are several folk already planning to attend, but not eight. If you are wanting/planning to go, and would like to help grow the group to eight or more, please contact the church office. Individual tickets are $30, though only $25 if ordered before March 31st, but only $20 per person if part of a group of eight or more. In case you’re wondering, April 28th is a Tuesday evening.
CALLING YOU, PERHAPS? This is the pray and ponder time for SLMT ’15, that is, our summer mission trip to the First Nations people in northwest Ontario. This mission trip cannot happen without mission leaders and workers. Could you be one of them? Don’t know. But hope you will prayerfully ponder it. The dates are July 9-19. There is important work to be done – both on the Reserves and in our hearts! Please pray and ponder before the Lord.