*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
** PRE-SCHOOL PRESENTATION
LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE OF LOVE
HOLY SCRIPTURES:2 Peter 1:19-21 (Page 1216)
Acts 1:15-20 (Page 1088)
Luke 1:46-56 (Page 1019)
THE SERMON: “Scripture Fulfilled”
THE NICENE CREED
*A HYMN: #166Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
** AN ANTHEM: Agnus Dei/Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him - Chancel Choir
*THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER
*THE CLOSING HYMN: #180 What Child is This?
*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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Nathan and Bekah Kulp at the birth of a son, Noah James, born last Saturday. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Judy Leidy and family at the death of her mother. May God be with them at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Nelda Metzler in loving memory of her husband Elvin, and in honor of her wonderful family who has been a great blessing to her.
GREETERS TODAY:(8:00)Dorothy Kehs, Patty Kendall
(10:45)Isaac Inyang, Mitchell VanDerbeek
ACOLYTES TODAY:(8:00)Christian Rau
TAPE MINISTRY:TodayDiane Weber
December 28thDonna Weiss
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is John Schilling.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Brian Radcliff and Collin Radcliff.
8:00Randy and Cathy Annis, Tosha and Jordan Hostelley (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Nicole Moyer 25th; Debbie Bandura, Patricia Martindell 27th; Sue Lindner 28th; Karen Brunner, Carol Curcio, Joyce Derstine, Carol Godshall, Dave Smith 29th; Yvonne Shoemaker, Nancy Swenk 30th; Noah Braun, Jeanne Fletcher, Karen Parry 31st.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! John and Elaine Greene, Ken and Nicole Peck 27th; Jeff and Lori Maxwell 28th; Ray and Beverly Dettra 29th; Robert and Elaine Frank, Dick and Pat Jones 31st.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Scripture fulfilled. It’s the Sunday before Christmas! Hooray! Hallelujah! But what is Christmas? What’s the big deal? That depends on how one answers the question: who do you say Jesus is? Depending on how one answers that question, Christmas can be good news or it can be bad news. What Peter says in our Acts passage, as well as what he writes in the epistle passage, provides good orientation for answering that question well. Judas ultimately did not answer the question well. His end is tragic and sad. Mary of Nazareth answers the question well. How will you answer it?
THE FOURTH CANDLE on the Advent Wreath is the candle of Love. The birth of Jesus is God’s love reaching out to us. It is His love that calls us to faith in Christ. As we remain in His love, our lives will bear fruit for His glory.
Christmas Activities & Services
Community Caroling on Tuesday at 6:30 – come out & join the chorus!
Setting up luminaries begins at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Help us prepare to let our lights shine.
7 p.m. Family service of worship featuring Dr. Luke. He will be sharing with us his third letter to Theophilus. It’s accompanied by lots of Christmas songs and carols. A candle lighting service concludes this time of worship.
10:30 p.m. service of worship with the chancel choir, preaching and the Lord’s Supper. Again, a candle lighting service concludes this time of worship.
Pre-service music begins at 6:30 & 10:15 for the respective services.
SHEPHERD, SHEEP & A SAVIOR is to be presented during the Sunday School hour this morning. Everyone is invited to be present for this musical program by children from Kid’s Klub. Some Christmas goodies may well be available also.
MARCH FOR LIFE 2015 takes place on Thursday, January 22nd. Leidy’s Church will have a Perkiomen coach taking folk down. Cost is $12 per/person. The bus will leave the Leidy’s Church parking lot at 6 a.m. and usually returns between 8:30 and 9 in the evening. A sign-up sheet is posed in the narthex. Youth under 18 years of age must have a responsible adult assigned with them.
THE TREASURER’S BOOKS will close at noon on Wednesday, December 31st. Please ensure that all monetary contributions are in the church office by that time.
BEGINNING AT 2 P.M. on Christmas Eve individuals will gather in the church kitchen for an hour or so to fill luminary bags with sand and then place them around the church property. Come on out if you would be interested in helping with this little project.
THE FLOWER CHART for 2015 is posted on the wall in the narthex for those who would like to sponsor flowers for our sanctuary. The chart will be posted until the end of December. This is a way to give thanks to God and encourage others.
SIGN-UP SHEETS are on a table in the narthex to sign up for the 2015 Committees of consistory. Read over the responsibilities of each committee and prayerfully consider where you might best serve the Lord in the context of Leidy’s Church.
COME ONE! COME ALL! To a Community Caroling Night where we will spread Christmas cheer to some of the surrounding neighborhoods of Leidy's Church. This event will be held this Tuesday, December 23rd and all will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. for the send-off. All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate! Hot cocoa and cookies will be served afterwards at church about 8 o’clock. Please contact Ashley or Dustin Doran with any questions! (267-640-8680 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
THANK YOU from Lula Kershner to everyone who came and sang carols to her. They really lifted her spirits.
THE BUILDING PROJECT had mostly good weather this past week and things are looking well for the week ahead. Concrete block continues to be put in place. Tomorrow the final section of the sanctuary floor should be poured. If you’re wondering why all the plywood is in place, it’s to keep heat in the rooms below the sanctuary go upward and help cure the concrete poured for the sanctuary floor. The final wall of the sanctuary should begin to go up this week. Once it is in place the roof trusses can be set and the sanctuary roof put on before winter sets in. Let’s join in giving thanks to God for His provision and protection thus far, and assurance that He’s guiding us as we go forward.
A NEW NINE-WEEK LADIES BIBLE STUDY series begins on Monday, January 5th. Entitled The 7 Experiment: Stage Your Own Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hamaker,you'll start a spiritual experiment in seven key areas of life: food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, and stress. While digging into God's Word on each topic, you are encouraged to discover a call to Christ-like simplicity. Each session includes a 10-15 video. Please contact Sandy Nase 215-669-1421 to order your workbook ($12.95) or you can pick one up at Lifeway in Souderton.
UPDATE ON INDIA and the persecution we prayed and wrote about last week. During this week the opposition party shut down the Indian Parliament until the Prime Minister will come meet with them and address the issue of religious persecution by radical Hindu zealots. Please keep this land and this issue in prayer before the Lord.
TO ALL MY FRIENDS and loved ones at Leidy’s Church, especially the ones who came with a heart full of love, thanks for being special in my life. I love you all. Elsie Jo Cardone
PARENTS - If you are looking for your Toddler thru Kindergarten child, they are staying in their classrooms a little longer this morning so we can enjoy their singing at the 10:45 service.
OFFERING ENVELOPES - If you are a non-member and would like to receive offering envelopes for 2015, please contact the office and they will see that you receive them. If you have been contributing financially during 2014 but do not have a mailbox your record of contributions will be delivered to you via first-class mail.
THE CHURCH & COMMUNITY COMMITTEE continues to sponsor a food drive which continues until January 4th. All donations will be given to Manna on Main Street in Lansdale. Please make sure all items are not expired as well as non-perishable. In the narthex you can find more details on items to bring as well as a place to put your donations.
DOUBLING YOUR DOLLARS during the month of December has received $42,964.18 in contributions. When added to the $83,324.65 that was received during November, there now is a total of $126,288.83 towards the challenge goal. We’re halfway there! Thank you to all who have contributed thus far. Prayerfully consider how you may participate in helping us meet this challenge goal.
AN INQUIRER’S CLASS is scheduled to begin the second Sunday of January. It will meet for six consecutive weeks during the Sunday School Hour in the Conference Room. Though not a membership class, those who would like to join Leidy’s Church must go through the class. If you would like to be part of this class please contact the church office or speak with Pastor Niederhaus.
NEWSLETTER articles are due in the office by Tuesday for the January newsletter.
THE FLOWERS on the piano are placed by Harold and Sylvia Holloway in heartfelt thanks for the Lord’s continuous grace and mercy they have been blessed with throughout their 62 years of marriage. Hallelujah!