THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
#1 Blessed Be Your Name #3 Hosanna
#2 Forever Reigns #4 Behold Our God
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
** SPECIAL MUSIC: The Sonshine Players
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: 1 Corinthians 9:1-7, 19-23 (page 1146)
2 Timothy 1:1-14 (1190)
Acts 16:1-5 (page 1108)
THE SERMON: “No Way!”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[from Martin Luther’s A Simple Way to Pray]
C: O dear Lord, God and Father, enter not into judgment against us, because no man living is justified before You. Do not count it against us as a sin, that we are so unthankful for Your unspeakable goodness, spiritual and physical, or that we stray into sin many times every day, more often than we can know or recognize. Do not look upon how good – or how wicked – we have been, but only upon the infinite compassion which You have bestowed upon us in Christ, Your dear Son. Grant forgiveness also to those who have harmed or wronged us, as we forgive them from our hearts. They inflict the greatest injury upon themselves, by arousing Your anger in their actions toward us. We are not helped by their ruin; we would much rather that they be saved with us. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #258 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
THE HEIDELBERG CATECHISM:
Question 78: Do the bread and wine in communion become the very body and blood of Christ?
Answer: No, for as the water in baptism is not changed into the blood of Christ, nor becomes the washing away of sins by itself, but is only a divine sign and confirmation of it, so also in the Lord’s Supper, the sacred bread does not become the body of Christ itself, although in accordance with the nature and usage of sacraments, it is called the body of Christ.
Question 81: Who ought to come to the table of the Lord?
Answer: Those who are displeased with themselves for their sins, and who nevertheless trust that these sins have been forgiven them, and that their remaining weakness is covered by the passion and death of Christ, and who also desire more and more to strengthen their faith and improve their life. The impenitent and hypocrites, however, eat and drink judgment to themselves.
z THE OFFERTORY: The Sonshine Players
** THE OFFERTORY
** AN ANTHEM: Be Thou Near to Me – Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #24 O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
* THE COMMISSION and 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 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 ROSEBUD on the communion table is in honor of a son Isaac Quinn, born to Mike and Shannon Kehs on Thursday. May God be with this family as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed in loving memory of Brandon’s birthday by Gerald, Sherry, Blaine, Nicole, Tyler, Liam, Cooper, and Annalee.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Stan and LaRue Friday
(10:45) Matt and Kate Harris
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Debbie Guerreiro
March 20th Helen Hahn
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Elaine Greene.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jeff Kirkpatrick and Allen Kraus.
8:00 Tom and Abby Feverston, Phil and Renee Shafer (Baby/ Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Tim and Rachel Leidy, Cathy, Cayla, and Shannon Connor (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Irv Kulp, Iryna Yagilnicky 17th; Chase Brunner, Ethan Shoemaker, Amber Vasey 18th; Brittany Walmsley 19th; Olivia Shoemaker, Ed Walter 20th; Bob Peterman 23rd.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is No Way! The apostle Paul suffered over the issue of circumcision. He was vilified, imprisoned, driven out of towns, and stoned because he insisted circumcision was not necessary for someone to be part of the people of God. He had successfully defended that position before the apostles at Jerusalem. As he revisits churches he planted, delivering the decrees of the Jerusalem Council, and stating circumcision is not required of Gentile converts, there’s no way he would circumcise someone just to satisfy the Jews. In today’s text he does exactly that. He circumcises Timothy.
WE WELCOME ANDREW AND BRITTANY MARTIN to Leidy’s Church this morning. Hailing from the Pottsville area, they recently have been accepted by African Inland Ministries for a two-year assignment to Madagascar. Please join them in the Fellowship Hall to hear the full story of their call to the mission field and the scope of what they’ll be doing.
THE MISSION COMMITTEE meets on Wednesday evening at 7 pm in the Conference Room.
ATTENDING THE 2016 LHNM ANNUAL BANQUET? Mary Kirkpatrick worked in Sandy Lake with LHNM for a year and continues to be involved with the ministry. Contact her at 610-324-0939 if you’re looking for a ride to the banquet. The date of the banquet is Friday, April 1st.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY for pictures from our young people in nursery through senior high, to be turned in for prayer cards which will be distributed next Sunday. Please place pictures in Sherise’s mailbox today!
EASTER LILY forms are included in the bulletin to sponsor a plant on Easter Sunday. These plants may be placed in memory or in honor of someone. The cost of each plant is $8. Elaine Frank will be in the narthex after the 8:00 service, and Dave Reich after the 10:45 service.
THE BUILDING PROJECT has a new look! The stained glass window was installed on Wednesday. It looks great! Other things are happening in the sanctuary as well. The company doing the audio-video work has been busy all week installing equipment. Video cameras, amplifiers, speakers, woofers, and other things of which this writer knows even less, are in various stages of installation, and the two video screens are fully functional, going up and down with ease. The screening for the organ speakers is finished, so the organ can’t be too far behind. In the kitchen, the roll-up door was stained and finished – looking sharp. Carpeting was laid in the administrative area – good for 30+ years. In the Fellowship Hall, the stairs to each side of the stage are finished, as are the doors for the storage under the stage. Except for final painting, the library is finished. In less than two months we hope to be worshiping there. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be working on the invisible, spiritual components of our church even as the material, visible parts are put in place.
AUCTION DONATION FORMS for the Leidy’s Church Stormer Lake Auction set for Saturday, April 30th are on the narthex desk. Please pray how you can support this worthy endeavor. Call the church office if you have any questions about the auction or ideas you might have about donation items.
KIDS MUSICAL – The 2016 Spring Musical Big Shot takes place this Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. It takes place in a beautiful garden, but there are changes coming! Come see how even in the midst of chaos they see that God is faithful.
THE FRIENDLY 5TH/6TH GRADE Sunday School students will have a table in the narthex next Sunday to solicit donations for the Bowling for Babies fundraiser which takes place on Saturday, April 2nd. You may contribute by cash or check made out to MorningStar Ministries. Thank you for your support.
ENJOY SOME MISSION MUNCHIES in the Fellowship Hall during Sunday School. Sponsored by the Mission Committee, this will be food for our palates while the mission presentations will be food for our souls. All of our adult SS classes will suspend normal classes to be part of this month of missions. Even if you do not normally attend SS, you’re encouraged to be present in March for the mission presentations. Your palate will be satisfied, your soul stirred, and your vision enlarged.
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: When Jesus took the bread at the Last Supper and told His disciples, “This is My body,” He did not mean the bread had become his real, physical body; it was a figure of speech. Likewise, when He said, “I am the door” it did not mean He had become a literal physical door. Rather, the elements of communion are signs that point to what Jesus did for His people through the very real sufferings of His body as He bore the wrath of God for us. By faith, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, believers have communion with the Lord Jesus and rejoice in His provision for them. That communion is sweet because we are aware of our ongoing need for His forgiveness and work in our lives. We do not have to be perfect to participate in the Lord’s Supper. If that were the case there would be no one to officiate, to serve, or to partake of the elements! Repentance and faith are the requisite elements for participation in communion. We should be sorrowful for our sins, but look with confidence to the passion of the Lord Jesus to assure our acceptance by God.
SCRIPTURE TEXTS FOR HC: While we only print the text of 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.
Matt. 26:26-29 for the use of bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper
1 Cor. 11:26-28 for the purpose of communion and how one ought
not to participate in an unworthy, that is, unbelieving fashion.
Ex. 12:26-27 and 1 Cor. 10:1-4 for the nature and use of sacraments
Matt. 5:3 for the blessedness of the poor in spirit
Ps. 103:2-3; Eph. 1:7 for sins being forgiven by God in Christ
Matt. 5:6; Ps. 116:12-14 for hungering/longing for the Lord
1 Cor. 10:21; 11:28 for results of non-penitent participation
HALLELUJAH is a good, biblical word. It’s also a great chorus. On Easter Sunday morning at the 10:45 service it will be sung. If you would like to be part of that, come to the rehearsal on Wednesday evening, the 23rd, at 7:30.
CARING COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP – If you have a loved one or friend who has a problem with substance abuse, there is a group meeting for prayer. Call the church office for details.
SPECIAL OFFERING TODAY is being received for the benefit of the Martins. They are not on our Mission budget, but we want to give them some tangible encouragement as they prepare to head for Madagascar. You may put in cash or write a check made out to Leidy’s Church. Place it in a Second Mile envelope from your pew rack and mark “Martins” on it.
SLMT SIGN UP has only have a couple of weeks left. We need many more volunteers! If you’ve been delaying putting your name on the dotted line, well, now is a great time to do so! We need young and old, skilled and unskilled, SLMT veterans and SLMT newbies. We’ll be doing VBS work, community activities, and some construction/home repair work. Yes, you would be welcome to join us in this mission endeavor. The dates are July 7-17.
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.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, planning for our 2016 VBS Program is already in full swing. We have a tremendous outreach opportunity as the new building promises to bring out lots of curious kids (and their folks)! Please help make this event a success by volunteering! Check your mailbox for the volunteer form and return it to Laura Heebner no later than Easter Sunday, March 27th.
DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF LEIDY’S CHURCH? Josh and Laura Heebner are looking for photos of Leidy’s Church, church events, and church members for a Leidy’s community Facebook page. Please send your best photos to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible!
THE STORMER LAKE MISSIONS TRIP is done in partnership with Living Hope Native Ministries. LHNM’s 2016 annual banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 1st (no fooling) at Yoder’s Restaurant in New Holland, PA. Join us for a night of good food and great stories about how God is working through the mission. Register for this freewill offering event at www.lhnm.org or by calling 855-367-8199.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY Set up for musical
6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
4:00 p.m. Lost Sheep Prayer – Sanctuary
6:30 p.m. Musical Tech Rehearsal
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. How to Study the Bible – Rm. 20
TUESDAY 6:30 a.m. Elder Prayer – Sanctuary
8:30 a.m. BMCE Exec Mtg. – C.R.
9:30 a.m. Mom’s Fellowship – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Evangelism Mtg. – C.R.
WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting – C.R.
6:00 p.m. Musical Rehearsal
7:00 p.m. Missions Committee – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Precept Study – Rm. 16
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Love Cradle – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Big Shot Performance
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
4:00 p.m. Big Shot Performance
March 20 Palm Sunday
March 27 Easter Sunday
April 15-17 Dare2Share
April 30 SLMT Auction