* THE OPENING HYMN: #172 Loves Divine, All Excelling
* THE SOLEMN DECLARATION C: Amen
* THE INVITATION TO CONFESSION
* THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison
C: Gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, You have promised to receive us when we come to You. We confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. We have disobeyed Your law. We have not loved You or our neighbors as we ought. Forgive us, O God, and grant that we may live and serve You in newness of life; 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: Amazing Grace
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
HOLY SCRIPTURES: Matthew 16:13-20 (Page 13)
Romans 3:9-20 (Page 120)
1 John 1:1-2:11 (Page 185)
THE SERMON: “Tests!”
* THE APOSTLES CREED
* A HYMN: #105 Grace Greater Than Our Sin
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #161 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
* 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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Zachariah and Natalie (Guerreiro) Gibson who were united in Christian marriage yesterday. May God be with them as they begin their life together in Him.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Phyllis Allebach and family at the death of her mother Monday. May God be with them at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Bob and Jacqui Shafer with thanksgiving to God for His many blessings.
THE FLOWERS on the organ are placed by Frank and Phyllis Allebach in loving memory of Phyllis’ mom, Mary Dungan.
LAY VISITORS: Sandy Nase
GREETERS TODAY: Nicole Tyson, Krista Tyson
USHER CAPTAINS: Ed Schmidt, Francis Weiss
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Ede Rupp
July 23rd Deb Schatz
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Mike and Shannon Kehs, Rachel Tyson
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Dustin and Ashley Doran, Val Hager
Children’s Church – Lions (3 to 5 years)
Aaron and Alisha Vogelzang, Renee Doran
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Vanessa Feverston, Adam Foote 20th; Betty Jo Lockman 21st; Barbara DiLucia, Susan Leidy-Slack 22nd; Stan Friday, Lani Kimenhour 23rd; Brittany Davila, Nicole Tyson 24th; Jean Clarke, Alice Kraus, Josh Freed 25th; Chase Mahoney, Peter Walbrandt 26th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! John and Debbie Caserta 21st; Steve and Sue Landis 24th; Justin and Courtney Lepping 25th; Ben and Adelaide Weber, Kevin and Karli Weiss 26th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Tests! Teachers and professors use tests to measure students’ learning. What student looks forward to test day – none! Usually, test days are preceded by many painful hours of preparation, times when we know we’re going to fail! So, we endure all night cramming sessions seeking to fill our brains with the data needed to do well on the test. If, in the end, one earns a good grade, then it seems as though the stress and strain was worth it all. In 1 John the apostle lays out certain tests to prove if one has fellowship with God. Those are the tests we need to pass.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today Steve Landis
July 23 Steve Radcliff
July 30 Kevin and Maria Noyes, Disciplemakers Ministry
LEIDY’S YOUTH FOR JULY! Today is here at the church from 3-5:30 p.m., then on July 23rd we kick off the pool parties at Jerry and BJ Kulp’s house, and finally finishing out July at the Rau’s. It’s going to be an awesome rest of July with a few surprises (even when we’re at the church). See you this afternoon!
YOUNG ADULT COOKOUT! The smell of burgers, the sizzle of hotdogs, and the blistering heat of July are all things to look forward to as Leidy’s Church young adults gather to enjoy community, food, games, and a time of studying God’s Word together. Where is this event? Pastor Steve’s house on Saturday, July 29th from 3-6 pm. Who is this gathering for? It’s for those young men and women who are facing the unique challenges of being in college or just entering the workforce (essentially 18-25). If you’re interested or have more questions text/call/snap Pastor Chris Tawney at 267-885-8289.
A RED CROSS Blood Drive takes place on Friday, July 28th. If you would like to get on the schedule to give blood, you will need to go to the Red Cross site at www.redcrossblood.org and in the “Find a Blood Drive” box type in leidyschurch. Click on the link and you’ll be able to see what times are still available. Or, you may register before or after church on Sundays at the table in the narthex.
TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY of VBS at the Pikangikum Reserve in Ontario. The SLMT team will appreciate our daily prayers for their ministry labors among the First Nation people. Pray for Francis Weiss and Brian Radcliff as they do much-needed maintenance work. Tony Kapusta, who heads up the team, and Mary Beth Musselman [VBS] and Lorraine Kroesser [Food], who have significant leadership responsibilities, will appreciate and benefit from our prayers. All the team members were listed in last week’s bulletin and also are listed in the July/August Newsletter. Of course, as you pray for them, pray for the entire Pikangikum community as well.
FROM THE MICHALAK FAMILY: When Michael was sick and in the hospital, the love poured out, flowers, meals, cards, concerns, and especially the prayers. God had a plan and Michael is now in glory, praise God! Love to you all
THE CONSISTORY CALLED a person to serve as the Pastor to Youth and Children – and he has accepted. His name is Michael Nowling (pronounced “now-ling”). His wife’s name is Sara and they have a two year old daughter, Naomi. His start date is August 1, 2017. The Nowling family will be introduced to the congregation during worship on July 30th. Michael was raised in Indiana while his wife is a Harleysville native who graduated from Souderton Area HS. He is a graduate of Westminster Seminary and has served on the youth staff at Calvary PCA church in Willow Grove as well as working with our good friend Anees Zaka at Church Without Walls.
ACTION ALERT from Jill Page. Abington Hospital performs abortions. Each year at the hospital’s public board meeting we have the opportunity to urge them to change their policy. This year’s meeting will be Monday, July 24th at 5:45 pm in the Frobese Conference Center Classrooms 1 and 2. Please pray for the pro-life speakers as they prepare and for the Lord’s work in the hearts and minds of the board members. You are welcome to attend the meeting. For more information you may contact Jill at 215-429-3750.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING is scheduled for August 6th immediately following the service. The purpose of the meeting is to elect deacons to serve on Consistory for the 2018-2020 term. Those being nominated to serve are Ed Schmidt, John DiLenge, Jim Kinney, and Tim Leidy.
ATTENTION 18-45 YEAR OLDS! Sign up for the Brown Bag Luncheon for you and your children. If you need to store your lunch, you may use the refrigerators in the kitchen. Just make sure you have your name on it. The luncheon takes place immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, July 30th. The sign-up sheet is located in your dedicated space in the narthex. Beverages and table-ware will be provided. Childcare will be available during the discussion to follow at 12:30.
CALLING ALL FAMILIES who missed having their photo taken for the new church directory! Due to vacations, illness, work commitments, etc., whatever it might have been that did not allow you to have your photo taken, here is your chance. If you’re still interested in being included in the new directory, please call the church office with your name and best way you can be contacted. Once we have gathered a list of families a member of the Care Committee will work with you in scheduling with one of the local churches that are also having directory photos done. Please don’t miss out on this last opportunity to be included in our new directory!
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
12:00 a.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
3:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
6:30 p.m. Gym Resvd.
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – R. 118
7:00 p.m. FCA – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Choir Rm. Resvd.
9:00 a.m. Precept Prayer – Rm. 118
6:30 p.m. Gym Resvd.
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
July 28 Red Cross Blood Drive
July 29 Iron Pigs Game
July 30 18-45 Brown Bag Luncheon
August 6 Congregational Meeting