January 8, 2017
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
      # 1  Behold Our God                     #3  Whom Shall I Fear
      #2  My One Comfort                     #4  Jesus Thank You
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:  Psalm 73 (page 423)
                                                Colossians 3:1-11 (page 158)
                                                Romans 8:1-17 (page 123)
     THE SERMON: “Live for God? Die to Sin!”
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
        [first used Dec. 24, 1990]
C: O God, You spoke and the world came into being. You have spoken to Your people, and given us words of life. Your commandments, O Lord, are pure; they direct us in the way of life. Yet we have listened to other words, words alien to Your truth. Sometimes we listen to our flesh, at other times the alluring voice of the world gains our attention, and there are times when the deceitful words of the devil have gained a place in our hearts. Forgive us, we ask, by the mercies of Jesus Christ. We want to be people who hear Your voice and obey it. Help us to be disciples who hear the voice of our great Shepherd, and hearing His voice, walk in His ways. Amen.
*   ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #250  And Can It Be that I Should Gain?
     AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #449  Because He Lives
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
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.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Ken Ritter and family at the death of his father on Christmas Eve, and to Esther Davis and family at the death of her husband, Harry on Tuesday. May God be with these families at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by the VanDerbeek and Inyang families in loving memory of Billy and David.
USHER CAPTAINS:  Greg Nase, Ed Schmidt
GREETERS TODAY:     Les and Bonnie Pross
TAPE MINISTRY:      Today                                  Lorraine Shoemaker
                                           January 15th          Jerri Thompson
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Jean Frederick.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Mario Guerreiro, and Brian Radcliff.
     Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
               Dustin and Ashley Doran, Farrah McClaskey
     Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
               Tosha and Reagan Hostelley, Krista Tyson
     Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
               Ken and Wendy Murphy, Mitchell VanDerbeek
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Debbie Caserta 12th; Beth Kulp, ChrisTawney 13th; Wendy Radcliff 15th; Kevin Lehman 17th; Jacob Hughes, Connie Merritt, Renee Shafer 18th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Live for God? Die to Sin! Though God has called Christians to live for Him, oftentimes believers think of holiness as an unattainable goal! Holiness, we think, is only possible for those who have died and gone to be with God in heaven. As a result, Christians can mentally check out of God’s process of making us His holy people and end up drifting into a type of carnal complacency. Christians can become disillusioned about God’s promises to transform them to experience victory in Christ. As Paul teaches, this detrimental drift can be avoided by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
                               January 15th           Stan Ott
EVEN IF YOU MISSED THE KICK-OFF, it’s not too late to join the cast of the Spring Musical Go, Go, Jonah! First practice is this Wed from 5-6 pm. Call or email Donna Frueh if you want a jump on the practices with a book and CD.
iBLAST IS COLLECTING new or gently used toys (still in original packaging) for the second semester. There is a box in the narthex for donations. Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
CONGREGATIONAL DINNER & Business Meeting takes place this Saturday, January 14th at 6 p.m. At this meeting a budget will be adopted for 2017. A copy of the budget is posted on the narthex wall. Registration slips are in the bulletin.
SPECIAL NEEDS EVENT: A Night to Shine Prom Event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation is being held on Friday, February 10th at the Boys & Girls Club in Souderton. They are in need of participants and volunteers. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. Help is needed anytime from 7 a.m. to midnight on that day. Also, help is needed with hair, nails, parking, catering, set-up, clean-up, and extra sets of hands to support the participants. Please contact Tiffany Guerreiro at 215-353-3436 for more details or questions.
LOST SHEEP meets the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.
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. There are 16 spots remaining.
REALM, A MIDWEEK TIME OF WORSHIP & THE WORD happens each Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. Realm 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.
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.
THE CASE FOR CHRIST class for adults will begin next Sunday morning, the 15th of January. It is a six week course that investigates the historical accuracy of the gospels depiction of Jesus. The material will challenge you, illumine you, and equip you to talk to others about Jesus. The class meets on the education level [i.e. middle level] in the large classroom directly beneath the Conference Room. Andrew Rosenbaum will be leading the class.
REPORT ON BUCKETS OF LOVE for Haiti which Leidy’s Church helped with back in November: a container with 250,000 meals and 358 “Buckets of Love” was received and distributed by Rod and Debbie Wray. Every family in the Renault area affected by the hurricane received a box of lentil mix, a bag of rice/bean mix, and a bucket. A poster in the narthex show some pictures of the distribution. Thanks to all who gave.
LADIES MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY will resume tomorrow evening 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!
SUNDAY                :
                  6:00 p.m.              Youth Fellowship
                  4:00 p.m.              Lost Sheep Prayer Group
                 6:30 p.m.              Volleyball
                 6:45 p.m.              Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
                  7:00 p.m.              Women’s Mtg. – Rm. 117
                 7:30 p.m.              Grace Community – Gym
                 7:00 p.m.              Elder Prayer
                 7:30 p.m.              Spiritual Council – C.R.
                  1:30 p.m.              Small Group – Rm. 211
                 5:00 p.m.              Kids Musical Practice – F.H.
                 5:30 p.m.              iBlast Mentor Mtg.
                 7:00 p.m.              Bell Choir
                 7:30 p.m.              Consistory
                 8:00 p.m.              Chancel Choir
                  9:00 a.m.              Precept
                 4:00 p.m.              Facility Use Mtg. – C.R.
                 7:00 p.m.              Realm – Sanctuary
                  6:00 p.m.              Congregational Dinner
                  8:45 a.m.              Sunday School
               10:00 a.m.              Worship Service
January 18        iBlast Begins
January 27        March for Life