MORNING WORSHIP – 8:00 & 10:45
* THE OPENING HYMN: #345 Crown Him with Many Crowns
* 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: Jeremiah 12:5 (Page 766)
Micah 7:7,8 (Page 929)
Mark 14:51,52 (Page 1014)
Acts 13:13 (Page 1104)
THE SERMON: “Resolution(s)”
* HEIDELBERG CATECHISM
Question 1: What is your only comfort in life and in death?
Answer: That I belong – body and soul, in life and in death – not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of His own blood has fully paid for all my sins, and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that He protects me so well, that without the will of my Father in heaven, not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit His purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for Him.
Question 2: How many things must you know that you may live and die in the blessedness of this comfort?
Answer: Three. First, the greatness of my sin and wretchedness. Second, how I am freed from all my sins and their wretched consequences. Third, what gratitude I owe to God for such redemption.
* A HYMN: #456 My Jesus, I Love Thee
* THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
* 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 have exited the sanctuary
* 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 by John and Pat Niederhaus with thanksgiving to God for His wonderful redemption in Jesus and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. May He be glorified!
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Gail Constanzer, Sandra Cressman
(10:45) Sherman and Karen Focht
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Diane Weber
January 10th Donna Weiss
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Donna Moyer.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Curt Lockman and Mario Guerreiro.
8:00 Mike and Shannon Kehs, Phil and Renee Shafer (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Justine Smith, Esther Thompson, Farrah McClaskey, Ruth Thompson (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dave Doran, Kevin Weber 8th; Paul Kraus, Jill Ott, Jean Saylor 9th; Jeff Bowman, Gail Constanzer, Randy Godshall, Lewis Stretch 10th; Rachel Rittenhouse 11th; Debbie Caserta 12th; Beth Kulp, Chris Tawney, Hope Walter 13th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Rob and Lois Ruth 9th; Rich and Juliana Kapusta 10th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Resolution(s). It’s the first Sunday of the New Year, hence a good time to address New Year’s resolutions. All of us have experienced the sad disillusionment of failed resolutions made earlier with whole-hearted conviction. John Mark, the son of the Mary to whose home Peter went after the angel sprung him from prison, has similar problems. Also a cousin to Barnabas, John Mark accompanies Barnabas and Paul on their missionary endeavors. Except that he bails on them. He loses his resolution. John Mark is a fellow we can and should identify with. He’s a resolute man.
THE SACRAMENT of Holy Communion will be shared this morning at both services. 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.
SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Room 16.
THE BUILDING PROJECT took a day off at the beginning of this New Year. Before that happened, though, the stained glass folk stopped by and installed the arched part of the window. The rest of the stained glass will not be installed until the project is in its last days. Because of the equipment needed to be used for this part of the installation, now was the time to get it done. Work continued on much of the finishing aspects of the job. An electrical trough is now installed around the big window. Cabinets are being installed in the administrative area. Finishing touches are being put on the main entrance to the sanctuary. As you drive up Cherry Lane you might notice that aluminum doors are now in place for the gym entrance level. If one listened carefully, at certain locations in the building could be heard the gleeful whisperings of walls and doors and a/c ducts and electrical cabling on Friday about it now being the year when they’ll begin their full-time, full-purpose service. We gratefully concur.
THE STAFF OF LEIDY’S CHURCH extends hearty and heart-felt thanks to the congregation for the many kind and generous gifts, cards, well-wishes, and encouragements received during the Christmas season. Thank You to all! We look forward to serving among you in 2016.
DOUBLING YOUR DOLLARS wrapped up along with calendar year 2015. Preliminary numbers seem to indicate approximately $141,906 were contributed and matched! That results in the taking down of our anticipated mortgage by $283,812! Thank you to all who helped out. Likewise, our thanks to the matching dollar donors who challenged us.
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).
THE FLOWER CHART for 2016 is posted on the wall outside the church office. Dates that are open: February 7th and 14th; March 6th; and July 24th. This is a way to give thanks to God and encourage others.
ELDER PRAYER takes place on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in Rm. 16.
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.
CONSISTORY meets this Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.
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 20156 posted in the narthex.
ADULTS, PLEASE JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL AT 9:30
Issues & Answers Class – Fellowship Hall
Joy & Glory Class – Room 20
Women’s Sunday School Class – Room 19
Focus Bible Study Class – Conference Room
LOST SHEEP 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.
THE MEN’S BIBLE STUDY resumes this Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18.
LADIES OF LEIDY’S meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. 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.
PRACTICES HAVE BEGUN for the Spring Musical, but it’s not too late to find out the secret to success. Call or e-mail Donna Frueh to join the fun!
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.
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.
Rom. 14:8; 1 Cor. 3:23; 6:19-20 for our belonging to the Lord, not to ourselves
1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7; 2:2 for power of Jesus’ blood to cleanse
1 John 3:8 for the purpose of the devil to dominate
John 6:35,39; Matt. 10:29-31 for God’s protection of His people
Rom. 8:28 for God’s intention and ability to work good for His people
2 Cor. 1:21-22 for God’s work of assurance in our hearts
Rom. 8:14,17 for living for God’s glory
Titus 3:3-8; John 9:41 for our sin and wretchedness and redemption
John 17:1-3 for eternal life given to us by Jesus
1 Pet. 2:9-10 for reality of gratitude for redemption
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: Our Confirmation Class is beginning its study of the Heidelberg Catechism. We’ll go through bits of it with them each week. Question 1 is a powerful explanation of the Christian life, including the important question, to whom do you belong. As Bob Dylan sang decades ago: “You gotta serve somebody.” Question 2 provides a guide to how the Catechism is ordered as well as the ordered steps of becoming a Christian and growing in the faith. It’s a 3-G production: Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude. Each is a necessary component.
CONGREGATIONAL DINNER & Business Meeting takes place this Saturday, January 9th. Registration forms are in the bulletin. At this meeting a budget will be adopted for 2016. A copy of the budget is posted on the narthex wall.
HEADS-UP MEN – The next Men’s Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, January 16th. Hearty food will be served and we’ll hear how an atheist came to faith.
AFTER12 ANNUAL WINTER RETREAT to Nockamixon State Park happens Friday, January 8th to Sunday, January 11th. Two modern cabins, one for the guys, one for the girls. Check-in any time after 5 p.m., check-out time 10 a.m. Eat dinner prior to arrival, snacks provided Friday night. Friends are welcome! Contact Jim and Ginna Foote at 215-997-6978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot, and so food can be planned.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 1:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall Resvd.
MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
6:00 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Outreach Committee – C.R.
TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. Mom’s Bible Study – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Elder Prayer – Rm. 16
7:30 p.m. Spiritual Council
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
WEDNESDAY 7:00 p.m. Grace Community – F.H.
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
7:30 p.m. Consistory
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 Set up for Congregational Dinner
SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Kid’s Musical Practice
6:00 p.m. Congregational Dinner
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
January 13 Kids Klub Family Night
January 16 Men’s Breakfast
January 16 Shepherd Meeting
January 22 March for Life