THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert/screen
#1 The Church’s One Foundation
#2 Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing
#3 May the Mind of Christ My Savior
#4 Before the Throne of God Above
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Psalm 119:97-104 (page 446)
2 Corinthians 10:1-6 (page 144)
1 John 2:15-24; 4:1-6 (page 185)
THE SERMON: “Distinguishing Truth from Error”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[Adapted from John Calvin’s Forms of Prayer for the Church]
C: O Lord, You are our Father, we are nothing but earth and clay. You are our Creator, we are the workmanship of Your hands. You are our Redeemer, we are the people redeemed by You. Our sins kindle Your wrath, but remember we are called by Your name, and bear Your banner. Do not chastise us in Your fury, but in Your mercy chasten us leniently. Preserve, we ask, the work which Your grace has begun in us, that the whole world may acknowledge You to be our God and Savior. We abandon all other hope, and flee to the precious covenant by which our Lord Jesus Christ, through His own body and blood, has reconciled us to You. Look, therefore, not on us, but on the face of Christ. May Your face shine upon us, as You guide and govern us by Your Word and Spirit. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #229 Are You Washed in the Blood
* THE APOSTLES CREED
THE OFFERTORY: Stan Radcliff
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #383 I Love Your Kingdom, Lord
* THE COMMISSION & 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 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 Andrew and Becca Rosenbaum at the birth of a son, Emerson Coale, last Friday. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Barbara DiLucia in gratefulness to God for family, friends, and His many blessings.
LAY VISITOR: Cathy Connor
GREETERS TODAY: Lucas VanDerbeek, Mitchell VanDerbeek
USHER CAPTAINS: Ed Schmidt, Francis Weiss
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Deb Schatz
July 30th Lorraine Shoemaker
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Alex and Ally Hager, Courtney Lepping
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Matt and Tara McVaugh, JoAnn Elliott
Children’s Church – Lions (3 to 5 years)
Joe and Karen Sciacca, Lydia Wilwert
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Paul Kulp, Ellen Hill, Fern Vasey 28th; Michael Mirabella, Danielle Mylin 29th; Casey Hughes 30th; Cooper Moyer, Melody Smith, Hollie Walbrandt 31st; Helen Roberson August 1st; Mario Guerreiro, Anthony Sciacca 3rd.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Ken and Wendy Murphy August 1st; John and Ellen Pavie 3rd.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Distinguishing Truth from Error. Lots of young people dream of being a doctor or a nurse or some other worker in the field of medicine. They want to help sick people get well. Medical practitioners do so by forming a diagnosis based on medical exams, and medical tests. In a similar fashion, the Apostle John offers us diagnostics to verify truth so that we stay in fellowship with God, while avoiding spiritual errors promoted by adversaries that seek to impede our relationship to God. Let’s use these diagnostics to do self-examination to make sure nothing is obstructing our fellowship with God.
THE SACRAMENT of Holy Communion will be shared at the service of worship next Sunday. Come prepared to worship and receive.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today Steve Radcliff
July 30 Kevin and Maria Noyes, Disciplemakers Ministry
August 6 Dan and Ana Istrate, Missionaries in Romania
YOUTH FELLOWSHIP meets this afternoon at 3:00 at the home of Jerry and BJ Kulp, their address is 361 Moyer Rd., Souderton. Main course is provided, but bring along a side dish (coleslaw, salads, etc.) or a dessert dish. Reminder that girls and guys should wear appropriate swimsuits.
YOUNG ADULT COOKOUT! The smell of burgers, the sizzle of hotdogs, and the 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, the Myers’ home this Saturday from 3-6 pm. The address is 431 E. Summit St., Souderton. Who is this gathering for? It’s for 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. 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.
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 tomorrow 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.
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 next Sunday. 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.
IF YOU HAVE TICKETS to the Iron Pigs game this Saturday evening, you will need to be there by 6 or so to see Pastor Niederhaus throw out the first pitch – or, maybe, throw out his back. Our block tickets are all gone, but tickets from the Iron Pig organization are still available.
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.
A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will take place immediately following the service of worship on August 6th. The purpose of the meeting is to elect Deacons to serve on Consistory. Those nominated at this time are Ed Schmidt, John DiLenge, Tim Leidy, and Jim Kinney.
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. Please call the church office with your name and the 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
3:00 p.m. Youth Pool Party @ Kulp’s
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – R. 118
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
7:00 p.m. Grace Community – Gym
6:30 p.m. Morning Star – Rm. 211
7:00 p.m. Youth Room Resvd.
12:00 p.m. Blood Drive – F.H.
7:00 p.m. Iron Pigs Game
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
12:30 p.m. 18-45 Brown Bag Luncheon
August 6 Congregational Meeting
September 10 Rally Day