June 7, 2015

MORNING WORSHIP – 8:00 & 10:45

ORGAN PRELUDE

* THE OPENING HYMN: #341 Come, Thou Almighty King

* THE SOLEMN DECLARATION C: Amen

* THE INVITATION TO CONFESSION

* THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison

C: Gracious God, Creator and Father, we come before You a rebellious people. We have denied Your intentions for us, we have preferred our way to Christ’s way, we have disobeyed Your commandments, and we have worshipped ourselves and the things we have made. Forgive us, restore in us the knowledge of who we are, and make us alive to serve You in faith, obedience, and joy, 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…

C: Amen

* THE CALL TO PRAISE

P: Let us praise God!

C: Praise the Lord!

* THE GRATEFUL PRAISE: Praise Him! Praise Him!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O earth His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! Hail Him! highest arch-angels in glory,
Strength and honor give to His holy name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children.
In His arms He carries them all day long.
Praise Him! Praise Him! tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him! ever in joyful song.

FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH

HOLY SCRIPTURES:

Genesis 12:1-9 (Page 11)
Hebrews 11:8-16 (Page 1204)
Acts 7:1-8 (Page 1094)

THE SERMON: “Looking for the City”

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

* A HYMN: #454 Trust and Obey

THE URBAN CATECHISM

Question 45: How do we celebrate joining the believing community?
Answer: By baptism.

Question 46: What does baptism symbolize?
Answer: Repentant sinners being forgiven of sin, and united with Christ in His death and resurrection, meaning we have died to the old way, and now live a new life for Christ.

Question 47: How do we celebrate Jesus’ death?
Answer: By having communion.

THE OFFERING

THE OFFERTORY

* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER

* THE CLOSING HYMN: #389 Let All Things Now Living

* THE COMMISSION & the BENEDICTION

* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful attitude until the Pastors & acolyte have exited the sanctuary

* ORGAN POSTLUDE

*Indicates congregation standing; P = Pastor; C = Congregation ~ 8:00 service ** 10:45 service

Please silence your cell phone during the service of worship

There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the audio/video booth & return immediately following the service.


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.

IF YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO COOK up 10 lbs. of ground beef and help make BBQ for the Strawberry Festival it would be most appreciated. We provide the meat…and you can prepare any recipe you like. Contact the church office.

WE ARE IN NEED of full size paper bags (16” high, not 14”) for the October Rummage Sale. Please start saving them and bring them to the church office. Any questions, see Mary Beth Musselman.

NEW MONDAY NIGHT STUDY FOR THE LADIESHope Lives, a 5-week DVD and devotional series, begins tomorrow at 6:45 in Room 16. Hope lives, and that hope is personified in Jesus Christ. We can offer that hope to our world, but we are also to help relieve the pain and suffering so prevalent in our world.  Join us on a journey into the heart of Jesus. If you have questions or want to order the devotional companion to the series, contact Sandy Nase at 215-669-1421.

MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING sponsored by BMCE takes place at Leidy’s Church on Thursday evening, June 25th. Who is a Mandated Reporter? Most of us! You can learn more about it from an article in the June Newsletter.

LEARN THE DETAILS of how Act 153 will affect you. Act 153 is the one that requires increased background checks for volunteers and paid employees involved with caring for or providing oversight to infants, children, or youth. Two dates are slated for info meetings at Leidy’s Church. On Sunday, June 14th in the Issues & Answers class and on the following evening Monday, June 15th the same presentation will be made for those not able to be present on the 14th. Everyone should consider attending one of these meetings. Info and answers will be flowing abundantly.

LEIDY’S CHURCH wishes to be a blessing to the Lafty family by providing meals three times a week as dad Brian is dealing with an unresolved medical issue. A sheet has been posted on the narthex wall through the month of June. Sign up or contact the church office if you can help.

THE HANDS AND FEET OF CHRIST . . . Had an injury and need help around the house? Need assistance with young children during the day? Planning a move and need help getting organized? Let the Care Committee’s Helping Hands of Leidy’s Church assist you. Just contact the church office.

LADIES OF LEIDY’S, don’t forget to bake for the Strawberry Festival.

OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Faye and Ken Murphy and family at the death of John, their son and brother respectively, last week. May God be with this family at this time.

THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Ron and Kathy Moyer, giving thanks to God for their grandchildren, Samuel, Makenna, Abby, and Allison.

GREETERS TODAY: Gail Constanzer, Mabel Eisenhauer

THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Marge VanOmmeren.

THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jim Foote, Joseph Thompson.

WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Shirley Kulp, Logan Dierkes 11th; Ashley Dierkes 12th; Matt Harris, Angela Kinney, Sharon Kostishion, Pat Niederhaus, Peter Thompson 13th; Elaine Teate, Sherri Walmsley 16th; Jonna Dee, Caren Elliott 17th.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Ron and Kathy Moyer 11th; Kevin and Carol Curcio, Doug and Helen Roberson 12th; Dave and Adine Doran 14th; Andrew and Ann Edmonds 15th; Blaine and Nicole Moyer, John and Pat Niederhaus, Bob and Jill Ott 17th.

THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Looking for the City. One of the familiar themes in literature is the “Wandering Jew.” sometimes they are depicted as wandering because of oppression, being forced to flee to some other city or region. At other times their wandering is depicted as a searching for God. It’s this latter case that is true with regard to Abraham. As Stephen begins his defense of his Christian faith, the starting point he chooses is Abraham. We’ll see that Abraham is not engaged in aimless wandering. Instead, he is responding to the call of God. He and all his descendants are looking for the City of God.

WHAT’S THE URBAN CATECHISM? Glad you asked! It’s a new catechism written by Duncan Forbes, pastor of New Life Church in London, UK. It’s meant to be very basic, written in everyday language, and understandable to someone who has never read the Bible or heard of Christianity.

WE REJOICE with Hudson Fletcher, Annabelle Martindell, Christian Rau, Collin Radcliff, Ruth Thompson, and Megan Weiss who will be baptized today at Men-O-Lan.

THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL takes place this Saturday, June 13th. Much help is still needed on Thursday night, Friday morning, and the day of the Festival to make it a success. Forms are on the narthex desk. Be sure to check as many volunteer positions you can fill.

THE SUMMER SPECIAL MUSIC schedule is posted in the narthex. This year each participant is required to meet with a member of the audio-visual team the week before they sing. You will be given the name of the AV person who is on duty for that week so that you can contact him. This is already being done by the Chancel Choir and both Praise Teams in preparation for our move to the new building where the sound system will be more complex. We hope you will share your God-given talents with us this summer.

MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING sponsored by BMCE takes place at Leidy’s Church on Thursday evening, June 25th. Who is a Mandated Reporter? Most of us! You can learn more about it from an article in the June Newsletter.

THE BUILDING PROJECT ordinarily has 15 to 30+ workers on site each day. There are carpenters, earthmoving equipment operators, electricians, plumbers, laborers, HVAC workers, and a variety of supervisors. Inclement weather prevented any site work from being done for three days this week. Inside the building, however, there was plenty of work taking place: HVAC ducting continues to be run, electricians are putting in panels and running wires, and carpenters continue to put all the bracing in the trusses. Next week should see the long trusses for the sanctuary put in place.

THE JOY IN GLORY CLASS begins a new study next Sunday, June 14th. Meeting upstairs above the office area, the class will begin a series about pursuing God in corporate worship. It’s a discussion and learning class led by Jeremiah Rizzo. Each week certain truths/principles from John Piper’s Gravity & Gladness seminar will be highlighted. The class will search the scriptures together to see what the Bible says about these truths.

WANTING TO SUPPORT AN SLMT MEMBER? If no one contacts you about supporting them for SLMT ’15, please let Pastor Niederhaus or the church office know. We want to connect people who need support, with people who want to support someone.

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.

AFTER 12 (College & Career Ministry of Leidy’s Church) will be going on their Third Annual camping retreat Friday, June 12th to Sunday, June 14th to Assateague State Park in Maryland. If interested please let Jim Foote know ASAP (jimfoote67@hotmail.com or 215-997-6978). Check out our “After 12” Facebook page or contact Jim Foote for more details. Friends Welcome!

QUESTIONS FROM THE QUESTIONS of The Urban Catechism. Do you understand that your sins are not forgiven by baptism? Do you understand that baptism points to our sins being forgiven when we believe the gospel of Jesus Christ? Do you know that baptism also points to the promise of God’s grace to live a new life for Christ? Do you feel like you’re living a new life for Christ? Are you producing fruit that proves your repentance? Since baptism signifies forgiveness of sins and a new life through Christ, doesn’t it make sense to be baptized before taking communion?

SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Tuesday evening at 7:30 in Room. 16.

THE 28:19 PROGRAM – Read about the heroes who have gone outside their homes to places near and far to share the love of Jesus Christ. Read about the impact their lives had on those around them. Read about their adventures, their tragedies, their triumphs, and their failings – and how God made it all work for His good. No matter your age, we’re sure we have a book for you. Stop by the 28:19 Table in the Fellowship Hall today to check out the books and sign up for the program.

SCRIPTURE TELLS US that His Word does not return void and that’s why we at God’s House of Promise read the Word of God aloud from 9-5 Monday through Saturday. We are currently in need of a few readers to round out our schedule. The ministry is close by on Allentown Rd. near JBS (the old Mopac). If you or someone you know have 30 minutes (or more) available for that purpose please contact Lani Kimenhour at 215-527-2971.

CONSISTORY MEETING MOVED from Wednesday evening to Thursday evening. Starting time is 7:30 in the Conference Room.

THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH

MONDAY
4:00 p.m. Lost Sheep Prayer Mtg.
6:45 p.m. Women’s Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Outreach – C.R.

TUESDAY
7:00 p.m. Elder Prayer – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Grace Community – F.H.
7:00 p.m. Women’s Ministry Mtg. – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Spiritual Council

WEDNESDAY
7:30 a.m. Peaceful Living

THURSDAY
9:00 a.m. Precept
6:00 p.m. SF Food Prep
7:30 p.m. Consistory – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Men’s Study – Rm. 18

FRIDAY
9:00 a.m. SF Food Prep

SATURDAY
8:00 a.m. SF Food Prep
9:00 a.m. SF Set up
9:00 a.m. C.R. Resvd.
4:00 p.m. Strawberry Festival

SUNDAY
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

LOOKING AHEAD

June 15 Act 153 meeting
June 25 Mandated Reporter Mtg.
June 30 SLMT Training
July 9 SLMT Mission Trip