* THE OPENING HYMN: #87 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
*THE SOLEMN DECLARATION C: Amen
* THE INVITATION TO CONFESSION
* 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
HOLY SCRIPTURES: Matthew 10:28-31 (Page 967)
Romans 4:1-8 (Page 1128)
Zephaniah 3:17 (Page 938)
THE SERMON: “The Rejoicing of God”
THE APOSTLES CREED
* A HYMN: #232 Join All the Glorious Names (on insert)
* HEIDELBERG CATECHISM: Question 26
Question 26: What do you believe when you say I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earthin the Apostles’ Creed?
Answer: That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth, with all that is in them, who also upholds and governs them, by His eternal counsel and providence, is for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father. I trust in Him so completely, that I have no doubt that He will provide me, with all things necessary for body and soul. Moreover, whatever evil He sends upon me in this troubled life, He will turn to my good, for He is able to do it, being almighty God, and is determined to do it, being a faithful Father.
THE OFFERTORY: How Great the Love of God - Brittany Rizzo, Alex Wilwert, Gregg Guerreiro
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #411 Am I a Soldier of the Cross? (on insert)
* THE COMMISSION & the BENEDICTION
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful attitude until the Pastors & acolyte have exited the sanctuary
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
*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.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Justin Coale and family at the death of his mother last Saturday. May God be with them at this difficult time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Stan and LaRue Friday in honor of their 7th wedding anniversary.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Andy and Gwen Damiani
(10:45) Dennis and Bonnie Doran
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Shannon Kehs
September 7th Regina Kogel
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Jeff and Deb Schatz.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Carl Thompson and Brian Radcliff.
8:00 Matt and Kate Harris, Bob and Jacqui Shafer (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Blaine and Nicole Moyer, Nicole Tyson, Justine Smith (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Doris Barger 4th; Jean Detweiler, Gabby Sedares 5th; Todd Smith 7th; Laurie Weiss 8th; Ava Fletcher, Gerald Moyer 9th; Sally Svane 10th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Brent and Marjorie Talbot 5th; Steve and Debbie Bandura 7th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is The Rejoicing of God. If you are a child of God, God rejoices over you, is quieted in His love for you, and sings over you. This is true for you right now. Not the future, more sanctified and holy version of you. Not the you whom you hope to be when you have your act together. Despite the testimony of Scripture - and we’ll look at OT, Gospel, and Epistle texts - many of us don’t believe this is true. We’ll look at five objections that urge us not believe this is true, and rebut them to show why God’s great love for you glorifies Him, brings you joy, and is the foundation for the rest of your life.
WORSHIP COMMITTEE meets this Wednesday evening after choir practice.
CAN YOU HELP? Caregivers are needed twice a month (normally the first and third Tuesday) from 9:30 to 11 a.m. to provide care for young children (infant through elementary school age) while our moms meet for Bible Study and fellowship. The ladies have changed the time to meet from afternoons to mornings to better accommodate their children’s schedules Please prayerfully consider sharing your time so our moms can learn God’s Word and fellowship with one another, knowing their children are being cared for.
WHAT KIND OF NOISE do YOU make? If it’s a joyful noise, you’re welcome to join the Chancel Choir. Rehearsals run from 8-9 pm, every Wednesday (starting 9/3). We hope to see you there!
ATTENTION MOMS! Do you worry about your children? Come experience God’s peace and hope when you pray alongside other moms. Moms in Prayer International, gathers moms, grandmothers, and aunts together to pray for God to transform our children and schools. Won’t you join with us in prayer for this next generation? Our Moms in Prayer Gathering is being held on Sunday, September 14th, 7-8:30 p.m. at God’s House of Promise, 191 Allentown Rd., Souderton (the small stone school house by the JBS plant). Contact www.momsinprayer.org to see if there is a group for your school. If there is not, contact Wanda at email@example.com to begin a group. Prayer makes a difference.
THE SENIOR BELL CHOIR is looking for a few full-time, committed, dedicated and team-oriented people who want to serve the Lord through music. We rehearse Wednesday evenings starting in the fall from 7:00 to 7:45 and will train you! If you would like to know more about this music ministry, please contact George Frueh at 215-723-4769.
A NEW LADIES MONDAY NIGHT STUDY, will begin September 8th at 6:45 in Room 16. We will be working through the study by Focus on the Family and TrueU - Who is Jesus? This 10-lesson study looks at the promise, prophecy, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We will pray, discuss the 30-minute DVD, and answer questions in the workbook for this study. For more info see the women’s Ministry board in the narthex.
NEW MEMBERS will be received on Sunday, September 21st. If you or someone you know has been through the Inquirer’s Class or through Confirmation and would like to investigate joining Leidy’s Church, please contact the church office or Pastor Niederhaus.
THE LIVING PROOF LIVEsimulcast with Beth Moore hosted by Franconia Mennonite Church takes place on Saturday, September 13th from 9:30 to 4:15. To register online, go to www.franconiamennonite.org. Join them for a day of inspiring worship, Bible teaching, and fellowship with other women!
FOR GRADES 7–12 boys and girls an opportunity to learn basic ballroom dances begins on Monday, Sept. 15th. Sessions are in the Fellowship Hall from 6:45 to 8:15 pm for 10 weeks. Cost is $10 per family. Instructors are Peter and Bambi Martindell. Instruction will cover the Waltz, Swing, Foxtrot, and other traditional ballroom dance fare. For questions or further information, please contact Bambi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGISTRATIONS WILL BEGIN SOON for the “Rags to Riches” Ladies Conference at Leidy’s Church on Saturday, September 27th, featuring Julie Henning. The cost to attend is $10, and doors open at 8:30 for those who would like to grab a cup of coffee and a light snack in the Fellowship Hall before the time of worship and teaching in the sanctuary. After Julie’s first one-hour session, a break for fellowship and refreshment will be taken before the second session, all wrapping up by 12:30. Last year, over 100 women attended our fall conference. We encourage you to attend and invite others to join us for this special event. If you have questions, feel free to email email@example.com.
BMCE B&P BREAKFAST takes place Thursday, September 11th at the Franconia Heritage restaurant. Starting time is 6:30 am. Featured speaker will be Craig "Nish" Nishiyama, an exercise physiologist, track and cross country coach, short term missionary, husband, and father. Nish will share his engaging Christian testimony following a hearty breakfast. You’ll be on your way by 8:00 am, refreshed and challenged by his life of faith experiences. Bringing a friend or co-worker or two is a great way to encourage others, and to open conversations about life. The breakfast is a country-style breakfast with a full array of options. Tickets are $12 and may be obtained from the church office or Pastor Niederhaus.
RALLY DAY is next week! Plan to be here. Ministry Commissions and Charges will be issued during each service of worship. Sunday School features the sausage and pancake breakfast, Bibles for those entering First Grade, a balloon launch, an opportunity to meet new teachers, and some other interesting items. Join in as we rally for a fresh academic year of serving the Lord Jesus.
NEW ADULT SS ELECTIVE begins September 14th. Tentatively 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. 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, you may want to consider being a part of it.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the life of a Ukrainian orphan! Hosting an orphan in your home is a reverse mission trip that changes the child’s life forever. The hosting experience gives many children the knowledge, love, and confidence they need. These children need host families for Christmas and the time to start planning is now. To learn more about how you can be a part of God’s work in these children’s lives, call Love Cradle at 215-799-4127 or email at mthomnpson@LoveCradleInt.org.
THERE WILL BE NO Youth Fellowship this evening. Next Sunday from 6-8:30 there will be a movie night. Please bring a drink or a snack to share. Any questions, contact Pastor Andrew.
THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER is in your narthex mailbox. Check it out; lots of info for events coming up. Extra copies and large print copies are on the narthex desk.
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: What do you think about when you begin reciting the Apostles’ Creed? Consider those words: God; Father; Almighty; Maker. Those words should provoke thoughts of majesty, strength, wisdom, power, love, splendor, hope, and beauty. We are reminded that everything in creation comes from God – He made all that is out of . . . out of . . . well, out of nothing. There was no pre-existing atom or atoms with which He began. There was just God. All of creation testifies of His power and wisdom and ability. All of creation works together just perfectly! Except, for this stuff called evil. What about that? It is not beyond the power and purpose of God. He is, in fact, continually watching over and directing all things. This includes evil, adversity, troubles, catastrophes, and disasters. The first line of the Creed is intended to convey to us complete confidence in His fatherly care. Even when troubling, evil, difficult, un-understandable circumstances come upon us, we can be confident of His care for us – that He will make it all work for good in our lives. After all, He is God, and He is our Father.
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.
Ps. 90:1-2; Isaiah 44:24; Gen. 1; John 1:1-5; Ps. 33:6 for God’s work of creation
Matt. 10:29; Ps. 104; Heb. 1:1-3 for God’s governing counsel and providence
Rom. 8:15-16; John 1:12-13; Gal. 4:4-7 for God as our Father
Luke 12:22; Matt. 6:25-44 for God’s provision for His creation
Rom. 8:28 for God working all things for our good
Matt. 7:9-11 for God’s faithfulness as our Father
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.
THE BIBLE & SAME-SEX ATTRACTION concludes this morning in the Fellowship Hall. Even if you did not make the previous weeks’ teaching, you may find this concluding session helpful. The focus will be on responding generously, respectfully, biblically, and faithfully as we speak with others about this issue even if we differ on this issue.
MORNING STAR MINISTRIES is having their annual banquet on Saturday evening, September 20th. You are invited to join them in a time of celebrating God’s good work on the pro-life front. Tickets are available from Don and Dianne Nase. It will be a good night of music, testimonies, fellowship, and food.
INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL sponsored by St. Philip’s Orthodox Church takes place September 19 and 20. All foods come from recipes from members of the St. Philip congregation and freshly made for the festival. Items from diverse places such as Eritrea, Lebanon, and Ethiopia, as well as Greece and Romania, will be on the menu.
ECONOMICS FOR EVERYBODY is the title of an elective that will begin on Sept. 14th. It takes place as part of the Issues and 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.
NEW PRECEPT CLASS begins this Thursday, from 9-11:30 a.m.How To Be Kept From Falling - 2 Peter. Books $18. No need to have been a part of 1 Peter to come out to 2 Peter. What is 2 Peter about? Growing in the knowledge of Jesus, identifying false teachings, and anticipating the Lord's return. Contact: Verna 215-237-1370 with any questions.
LOOKING FOR SOMEONE to transport a kindergarten child to and from Grasse elementary in Pennridge School District. Looking for a commitment for the school year and can be for one day a week or up to all five days. Approximate school times are 8:30-11:30. Please contact Allison Walbrandt at 267-474-8417 if interested or with any questions.
THE BUILDING PROJECT is giving many folk reason to rejoice on this Labor Day weekend. It’s providing lots of work for lots of people. If you drive past the site, or only view it from our vantage point here, you can see that advances are being made across the entire site. There’s grading and earthwork and pipe laying going on in the far corner. Walls continue to climb in the gymnasium area. Delineations and prep work are being done for the sanctuary, Christian Education, and office areas. With most of the administrative and bureaucratic hoops jumped through, now is the time when significant structural progress is anticipated. Your support is valued, needed, and appreciated.