* THE OPENING HYMN: #215 We Three Kings (chorus after 1st & 5th verse)
* THE SOLEMN DECLARATION C: Amen
* THE INVITATION TO CONFESSION
* 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 demonstrates 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 1:18-20 (Page 487)
Matthew 2:1-12 (Page 1)
Acts 26:24-29 (Page 116)
THE SERMON: “Best Wishes for a New Year”
* THE APOSTLES CREED
* A HYMN: #216 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY & PRAYER OF DEDICATION
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #182 Go, Tell it on the Mountain
* THE COMMISSION & the BENEDICTION
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful
attitude until the Pastors have exited the sanctuary
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
WELCOME TO ALL VISITORS who are worshiping 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 steps 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 Andy and Joan Tawney in memory of Fred Tawney, and in honor of Babs Tawney.
USHER CAPTAINS: Greg Nase, Ed Schmidt
GREETERS TODAY: Les and Bonnie Pross
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Deb Schatz
January 8th Lorraine Shoemaker
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Diane Gehman.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, and Andy Tawney.
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Matt and Kate Harris, Julia Martindell
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Tom and Abby Feverston, Caren Elliott
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
Jeremy and Justine Smith, Alice Kraus
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Darlene Leidy, Marie Miller 5th; Dave Doran, Kevin Weber 8th; Paul Kraus, Jill Ott, Jean Saylor 9th; Gail Constanzer, Randy Godshall, Lewis Stretch 10th; Rachel Rittenhouse 11th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Rob and Lois Ruth 9th; Rich and Juliana Kapusta 10th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Best Wishes for a New Year. Paul had nothing but best wishes for King Agrippa and the gathered dignitaries who listen to his defense of his life and ministry. Some of those present have not the slightest clue about the things he says. Governor Festus interrupts Paul to exclaim that Paul must be mad, a maniac confused by his great learning. Paul insists that he is not delusional or maniacal, but that he is speaking words of sober truth. His response to their various assessments of his witness is instructive for us. We need to have that same attitude in us that was in Paul. He got it right regarding time and goal.
THE SACRAMENT of Holy Communion will be shared this morning. We invite all members of the church of Jesus Christ to share in this sacrament. Please fill out a communion card and place it in the offering plate.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
January 8th Dave Reich
January 15th Stan Ott
LEIDY’S CHURCH HAS GREAT KIDS! There is an urgent need for teacher’s helpers in the Toddler and 5th/6th Grade Sunday School. Helpers need not prepare lessons, but are a very necessary extra set of hands in the classroom each week. Help is also needed in nursery for the little ones that are a bit older. If you can help or have questions, contact Bekah Kulp (215-622-0813) or the church office.
REALM, A MIDWEEK TIME OF WORSHIP & THE WORD begins this Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. What is Realm? It is a midweek time dedicated to worshipping our Lord and hearing from God’s Word in a relaxed but passionate atmosphere. Realm is for everyone young and old to come and sing praises to God in the form of modern worship songs and engage with the Scriptures. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Chris.
REPORT BACK FROM ED SCHMIDT:
Christmas Eve we went down to the city;
Saw some folks with just a little bitty.
There were lots of them, it was so sad.
But we had come to share what we had.
I asked one man, “Where do you stay?”
He said, “On this bench. I don’t go far away.”
I thought we came to brighten a day,
But I found myself with nothing to say.
So we gave out cookies and coats and socks.
Didn’t worry about time…there were no clocks.
And though it rained…we brought the Son.
His name was Jesus…He is the One.
Where He is, He will always bring Hope.
He never says, “Never.” He never says, “Nope.”
We left behind some folks warmer dressed.
I thank the Lord Jesus for letting us be blessed.
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this project. God Bless You!
LADIES OF LEIDY’S meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room. Our special program is Joke Nite, a January tradition. Here’s how it works . . . just bring along a good, clean joke to share with those attending. You are welcome and invited to attend to start the new year off with a good laugh.
MARCH FOR LIFE 2017 takes place on Friday, January 27th. 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 posted in the narthex.
HAZEL KRIER thanks everyone for their willingness to make meals when called upon during the past year. Many people received a blessing because of your kindness. There is a sign-up sheet for the Meal Ministry for 2017 posted in the narthex.
A HEARTFELT THANK YOU to the members and friends of Leidy’s Church from all the staff members of Leidy’s Church, both support staff and pastoral staff. We have been blessed by your kindness and generosity. We also may have put on a few pounds due to your bountiful gifts of delectable consumables! Your kind words, cards, and expressions of love are gratefully received and remembered. God bless you, all of you.
LADIES MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY will resume on Monday, January 9th at 6:45 in room 118 on the education level. Please use the west entrance to enter the building. We are studying Slaying the Giants in Your Life by Dr. David Jeremiah. The topic for the evening is “Guilt.” We hope you will be able to join us and start the new year in God’s Word. We look forward to seeing you then!
PRAYING HAPPENS this Saturday morning, which is the first Saturday of January. That means Patterns of Prayer will be taking place in Room 117. You may stop in any time from 8 til noon for as long or as short a time as your schedule allows. If you have questions or suggestions, please speak with Patricia Martindell.
THE KITCHEN COMMITTEE meets tomorrow evening at 7:00 in the kitchen.
CONGREGATIONAL DINNER & Business Meeting takes place on Saturday, January 14th at 6 p.m. Registration slips are in the bulletin.
LOST SHEEP meets the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.
IF YOU STILL WISH TO GIVE a poinsettia plant a good home, feel free to take one from the sanctuary windowsills or tables in the narthex. Please leave the tray below the plant so we can use next time we have plants in our church. Thanks!
THE SPECIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE will be undecorating between now and next Sunday. Feel free to come out during the day if you can help take down the narthex tree and anything else that needs to be stored safely away for next year.
THE KICK OFF FOR THE SPRING MUSICAL “Go, Go, Jonah!” happens this Wednesday, from 5:00-6:00 pm. Although we are primarily looking for students in grades K-6, there are still a few openings for teens/adults, so if you’ve always wanted to be on stage…here is your chance! Come on out, enjoy some snacks & games, hear about our new rehearsal schedule and learn the story of Jonah, as first told by Mr. Nathan Kulp and many of our now young adults back in 1997! Warning: these songs will stick in your head!
WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO OUR CHURCH FAMILY for all the cards, prayers and hugs we received in response to the passing of my mother. You are all a blessing to us! Sandy & Greg Nase
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
7:00 p.m. Kitchen Com. Mtg. – Kit/C.R.
9:30 a.m. Mom’s Bible Study – Rm. 111
7:00 p.m. Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Outreach
1:30 p.m. Small Group – Rm. 211
5:00 p.m. Kids Musical Kickoff – F.H.
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
8:00 a.m. C.R. Resvd.
9:00 a.m. Precept
7:00 p.m. Realm – Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study
8:00 a.m. Grace Community – Gym
11:30 a.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
January 14 Congregational Dinner & Business Mtg.
January 18 iBlast Begins
January 27 March for Life