THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
#1 Glory to God Forever #4 Jesus, Thank you
#2 Everlasting God #5 Because He Lives (Chorus)
#3 Revelation Song
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: 1 Corinthians 15:3-11 (page 1152)
2 Peter 1:16-21 (1216)
Acts 13:14-43 (page 1104)
THE SERMON: “A Grounded Gospel”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[first used in December 1996]
C: Lord, God, You are the Father of us all, You are the rock of stability in a shifting and erratic world. We confess that we have been deceived. We have trusted in that which is transient, rather than in Your eternal, established Word. In our folly we have denied our sin, have pointed our fingers at others, and sought refuge in our own worthless righteousness. Forgive us, we ask, through Jesus’ shed blood. Turn the eyes of our hearts to true treasure. Grant us grace to know that our inheritance, our rock of hope, is to be found in Jesus Christ alone. May we live daily, and order all our ways, in the light of that knowledge. Thus, may You be glorified through us. Amen.
* THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #260 And Can It Be that I Should Gain?
* THE HEIDELBERG CATECHISM
Question 3: Where do you learn of your sin and its wretched consequences?
Answer: From the Law of God.
Question 4: What does the Law of God require of us?
Answer: Jesus Christ teaches this in a summary in Matthew 22:37-40. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Question 5: Can you keep all this perfectly?
Answer: No, for by nature I am prone to hate God and my neighbor.
** AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #292 Because He Lives
* THE COMMISSION and the BENEDICTION
* THE THREEFOLD AMEN
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
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 in loving memory of David and Billy by the VanDerbeek and Inyang family.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Andrew and Gwen Damiani
(10:45) Jim and Ginna Foote
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Donna Weiss
January 17th Mim Weigner
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Bill and Wynne Parfitt.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Curt Lockman and Mario Guerreiro.
8:00 Tom and Abby Feverston, John and Tara DiLenge (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Tim and Rachel Leidy, Hazel Krier, Jillian Hager (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wendy Radcliff 15th; Kevin Lehman 17th; Jacob Hughes, Connie Merritt, Renee Shafer 18th; Brian Lafty, Sr., Orion Lockman, Faye Murphy, Dianne Nase 19th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is A Grounded Gospel. A major theological endeavor of the twentieth century was the demythologizing of the bible, that is, figuring out what was myth and what was historical fact. Though a misguided effort from the outset, it remains a major force to be reckoned with. One doesn’t have to be a theologian, though, to set out on that quest. We’ve all heard folk near us question the historical accuracy of the Bible. Today we’ll hear the first recorded sermon of Paul in the NT. It is a message grounded in history. Like Peter, he’s not following cleverly devised tales about Jesus.
THE FLOWER CHART for 2016 is posted on the wall outside the church office. Dates that are open: January 31st; February 7th, 14th and 21st and July 24th. This is a way to give thanks to God and encourage others.
THE TRANSITION COMMITTEE is looking for people who would be able to assist with the moving of items to our new facility when the time comes. An email or text list will be maintained to send details to everyone who is interested. If you are willing to help and wish to be notified on either list, please contact Francis Weiss via email (FLweiss@bergeys.com) or text (484-368-2951).
IF YOU ARE interested in exploring further information about The Star of Bethlehem DVD which was featured in last Sunday’s Issues & Answers class, please visit the web site: bethlehemstar.com.
LOOKING FOR SOME PERMANENT WORK – Glory Griffith is a young woman from our congregation who is looking for some work. If you would like to hire her services for house cleaning, child care, or whatever, she would welcome your call. Her home phone number is 610-222-4431.
LOOKING FOR SHINY pennies for a future Kid’s Klub craft. If you find any, there is a big container in the narthex for collecting. Lots are needed.
MARCH FOR LIFE 2016 takes place on Friday, 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 posted in the narthex. Youth under 18 years of age must have a responsible adult assigned with them.
THE BUILDING PROJECT is having its sails trimmed by the extensive amount of trimming being done throughout the building! While the big pieces of dry wall can be put in place quite rapidly, the trim work around fixtures and corners and doors and windows is slow going. Likewise, the wainscoting is labor and time intensive. So it looks like everything is progressing in slow motion. The administrative area, though, is pretty much done except for the carpeting. In the kitchen the cabinets are all installed, the hood for the stove is in place, and the roll-up window is on-hand though not installed. Provisions are just about complete to provide the indirect lighting for the barrel vaulted ceiling above the chancel area. Please pray for the several recently formed committees working on various aspects of our transition from here to there. Pray also for Penn Builders, our General Contractor, that God will bless and guide them as they work to finish this project.
THANK YOU MUCH to those who helped with last evening’s Congregational Dinner and Business Meeting. Those tables and chairs didn’t get in place by themselves, nor was the food self-cooking and self-serving, the children did not baby-sit themselves, the presentations were not taken from a pre-packaged cd, and the room did not do the clean up by itself! So, Thank You Very Much to all the faithful volunteers and workers who made all those things and more happen last evening.
LADIES WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US this Monday night January 11th at 6:45 as we begin the 8 week study Knowing Christ: The I AM Sayings of Jesus by Dr. R.C. Sproul. The world is in the middle of an identity crisis—that is, it doesn’t know the real identity of Jesus. But rather than asking everyone else, the best way to know who Jesus really is, is to find out what He says about Himself. Starting with “The Bread of Life,” Dr. Sproul explores what Jesus says by looking at the I AM statements He makes in the Gospel of John. Material will be provided.
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 2016 posted in the narthex.
ADULTS, PLEASE JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL AT 9:30
Issues & Answers Class – Stan Ott, Fellowship Hall
Joy & Glory Class – Room 20 upstairs
Women’s Sunday School Class – Room 19 downstairs
Focus Bible Study Class – Conference Room
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: We find startling assertions in this set of questions. First, when asked about the requirements of the Law, the Catechism does not point to the Ten Commandments, but to the teaching of the Lord Jesus! It’s Jesus who points to particular passages in the OT that summarize the teaching of the Law. Jesus declares that all the teaching in the OT depends on two simple and profound commands: love of God and love of neighbor. Then our sensibilities are startled by the confession that we have a tendency to hate God and neighbor! What?! How can that be? It means when push comes to shove we prefer our way to God’s way, our benefit over our neighbor’s benefit. It’s when one becomes aware of this bent of our nature that one sees the necessity of new birth in Christ.
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.
Romans 3:20 for learning about sin from the Law
Deut. 6:5 & Lev. 19:18 for Jesus’ quotes
Romans 3:10, 23 & 1 John 1:8 for our fallen, human condition
Romans 8:7; Eph. 2:1-3; & Titus 3:3 for our natural hostility to God and man
LOST SHEEP Prayer Group meets the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary, and the 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Cindy Filson.
FAMILY NIGHT – All families of children from Kindergarten thru 6th grade are invited to the Lightlings Experience, on Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00 to 7:30. Join us for a Chick-Fil-A Dinner. Please bring a dessert to share. RSVP by phone or e-mail to the church office. All family members are welcome — even grandparents. You do not have to be a part of Kids Klub to attend.
HEADS-UP MEN – The next Men’s Breakfast is scheduled for this Saturday, January 16th. Hearty food will be served and we’ll hear how an atheist came to faith. Signup is on the narthex wall.
FRANK BIVIGHOUSE thanks the church family for the cards and prayers since his recent foot surgery. Please keep him in prayer as he is making progress.
THIS YEAR’S SPRING MUSICAL has two teenage parts yet to be cast…(one male, one female). If you like performing on stage and want your chance to be a Big Shot…email Mrs Frueh TODAY for details! email@example.com
LADIES OF LEIDY’S is collecting sewing and knitting supplies for Love Cradle in the box provided in the narthex coat closet. These supplies will be sent to Ukraine to help with ministry. If you have questions, please speak with Alice Kraus.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 11:30 a.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvsd.
6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
4:00 p.m. Lost Sheep Prayer – Sanctuary
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 16
TUESDAY 7:00 p.m. Grace Community – F.H.
7:00 p.m. Women’s Meeting – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
WEDNESDAY 5:00 p.m. Family Night
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Precept Study – Rm. 16
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
FRIDAY 5:30 p.m. Joni and Friends
SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast – f.H.
8:00 a.m. Love Cradle – C.R.
10:00 a.m. Kid’s Musical Practice
10:00 a.m. Shepherd Meeting
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
January 22 March for Life
January 29 Consistory Retreat
February 10 Ash Wednesday
February 19 Sr. High Retreat