MORNING WORSHIP – 8:00 & 10:45
z ORGAN PRELUDE
** BELL PRELUDE: Behold! The King Comes! – Bell Choir
* THE OPENING HYMN: Palm Branches (on insert)
* 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…
* 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
** PRAYER CARD PRESENTATION
HOLY SCRIPTURES: Mark 8:27-33 (Page 1004)
Luke 19:29-40 (Page 1048)
Acts 16:6-10 (Page 1108)
THE SERMON: “Frustration”
* HEIDELBERG CATECHISM
Question 88: How many parts are there to the true repentance or conversion of man?
Answer: Two: the dying of the old self and the birth of the new.
Question 89: What is the dying of the old self?
Answer: Sincere sorrow over our sins, and more and more to hate them and to flee from them.
Question 90: What is the birth of the new self?
Answer: Complete joy in God through Christ, and a strong desire to live according to the will of God in all good works.
Question 91: But what are good works?
Answer: Only those which are done out of true faith, in accordance with the Law of God, and for His glory, and not those based on our own opinion or the traditions of men.
* A HYMN: #239 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
z THE OFFERTORY: Behold! The King Comes! – Bell Choir
** THE OFFERTORY
** AN ANTHEM: Wonderful Merciful Savior – Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #249 All Glory, Laud, and Honor
* THE COMMISSION & the BENEDICTION
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful
attitude until the Pastors have exited the sanctuary
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
*Indicates congregation standing; P = Pastor; C = Congregation z 8:00 service ** 10:45 service
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.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Delton and Laurie Plank in loving memory of their parents, and in honor of their grandchildren.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Dana and Barb Gehman
(10:45) Isaac and Janie Inyang
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Helen Hahn
March 27th Beth Harbon
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Esther Davis.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jeff Kirkpatrick and Allen Kraus.
8:00 Josh and Rebecca Wilwert, Justin and Chrissie Lockman (Baby/ Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Alex and Ally Hager, Jeremy and Justine Smith (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Cassandra Olszyk, Rick Kehs, Jeff Kirkpatrick, Ken Peck, Tony Wilwert 24th; Corey Kehs, Phoenix Smith, Rob Shelton, Joseph Thompson 25th; Sean Lehman, Shaelyn Mahoney, Ruthie Niederhaus 26th; Barb Gehman, Georgi Kirkpatrick 27th; Vangie, Niederhaus, Clinton Radcliff 28th; Emma Coale, Blaine Moyer, Laurie Plank, Doug Potts 29th; Sherman Focht, Marlene Hughes, Collin Parry 30th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Isaac and Janie Inyang 24th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Frustration! Palm Sunday finally ended the disciples’ frustration. To them it seemed as though Jesus kept His light under the bushel way too much. He kept telling people neither to talk about the great works He did nor to tell anyone that He was the Messiah. Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem changed things. Along with the crowds, His disciples rejoiced to declare Jesus was the Son of David, the Messiah. Paul experienced similar frustrations when the Holy Spirit forbad him to speak to certain people groups. He was stymied. He needed direction. God gave it.
WE WELCOME SCOTT RITTENHOUSE and crew to our services this morning. One week ago today they returned from a week of mission labor in Guatemala. Scott and crew will give us a glimpse of what took place, and then have a fuller presentation in the Fellowship Hall during Sunday School. They invite you to meet them there.
EASTER SUNDAY is one week from today. The sacrament of Holy Communion will be shared at all services. Please come prepared in heart and mind to share in this sacrament.
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.
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: This is as precise and clear an explanation of what happens in Christian conversion as you’ll find anywhere. If you’re not a Christian, then read these questions and begin seeking God, asking that this may take place in your life. If you are a Christian, then you should know this pattern of dying and new life is true throughout one’s Christian life. The old man doesn’t die completely until our physical death. So there is sincere sorrow over sin as part of the Christian experience. In the face of this, though, the Christian still has complete joy in God because of what Jesus has done. When push comes to shove, the Christian above all else wants to live and glorify God in all facets of life. We look to the Word and the Holy Spirit to guide us in doing so.
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.
Rom. 6:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:17 for death to sin and living to God
Rom. 8:13; 2 Cor. 7:10 for sorrowing and fleeing from sin
Rom. 5:1; 8:10,11; 14:17; Gal. 2:20 for new life in Christ
Rom. 14:23 for necessity of faith in one’s works
1 Sam. 15:22; Eph. 2:10 for works being according to God’s Law
1 Cor. 10:31 for doing all things to the glory of God
Deut. 12:32; Matt. 15:9 for following God’s wisdom not human wisdom
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.
HERE IS OUR HOLY WEEK/EASTER SCHEDULE: We encourage each person to participate as fully as possible within the constraints of your schedule.
Friday: Good Friday Services at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: Sunrise Services on top of hill – weather
permitting at 6:30 a.m. Dress warmly if
Sunday: Pancake & Sausage Breakfast by the
Youth Fellowship. Serving begins at 7 a.m.
and continues through 10:30 a.m.
Sunday: Services of worship at 8 and 10:45
Sunday: Sunday School from Nursery through 6th
grade from 9:30 to 10:30
SLMT SIGN UP has only 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.
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.
ARE YOU MISSING CHILDREN at the 10:45 service? They will be joining us very soon!! All the students stayed in their Sunday School class a little longer so we can enjoy their presence as a group during the 10:45 service. After Pastor Niederhaus prays for our young people they will be dismissed. Parents of two year-old through Kindergarten students should pick up their children at their classrooms, rather than waiting for them in the narthex. First grade through Senior High will be dismissed to the Fellowship Hall where you can meet your children. This should keep the sanctuary door free from congestion. Thank you.
THE CARE COMMITTEE meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 in Room 16.
INVITE SOMEONE to join you for Easter services on March 27th. Services at Leidy’s Church on Easter morning are at 6:30 (outside), 8:00, and 10:45. The Lord’s Supper is shared at each service. Invite a friend or neighbor or co-worker or family member to join you for worship and then breakfast, or for breakfast and then worship.
THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER offerings will be collected today and next Sunday. This year the 30 Pieces of Silver offering is going to Church Without Walls. With many local contacts throughout the middle-east, Church Without Walls will use our funds to bring much needed assistance and aid to Christians living under severe physical and spiritual duress. Please remember to pray for them.
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.
THE BUILDING PROJECT not only is humming with activity, it is acoustically balanced for sound. Each building is acoustically unique. Our new sound system was tested and tuned to fit the specific acoustics of the new sanctuary. The projection system is up and working as well. Can the new digital organ be far behind? Electricians continue wiring for specific needs. This week the garbage disposal, for instance, was fitted out electrically. Finish carpenters continue their meticulous tasks. Stairwell 1 has all windows and doors trimmed out. Stairwells 2 and 3 are about half trimmed out. In the narthex there is a big mess, but that’s because the Fellowship Hall was cleared out so the carpeting can begin in there next week. Suspicious looking ladies were sited in the sanctuary doing measurements and counting pew rack spaces. We suspect they were gathering data for the placement of hymnals, pew Bibles, and other materials. If you look carefully, you’ll see the exterior fencing is removed from around the job site. Must mean we’re getting ready to open! Pray that we’re especially open to the work of the Holy Spirit.
THANK YOU from Mim Weigner to the Leidy’s Church family for the meaningful cards and prayers extended to her family at the homegoing of her mother.
HALLELUJAH is a good, biblical word. It’s also a great chorus. On Easter Sunday morning at both services of worship it will be sung. If you would like to be part of that, come to the rehearsal this Wednesday evening, the 23rd, at 7:30.
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. Connie Merritt will be in the narthex after the 8:00 service, and Ellen Hill after the 10:45 service.
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!
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 4:00 p.m. Big Shot Performance
6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. FCA – C.R.
7:00 p.m. How to Study the Bible – Rm. 20
TUESDAY 7:00 p.m. Grace Community – F.H.
7:00 p.m. Tech Mtg.
7:00 p.m. Care Committee – Rm. 16
WEDNESDAY 7:00 p.m. C.R. Resvd.
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Precept Study – Rm. 16
6:00 p.m. Globes Cleaned
7:00 p.m. Furniture Committee – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
FRIDAY 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Services
SATURDAY Set up for Pancake Breakfast
SUNDAY 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service
7:00 a.m. Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
April 15-17 Dare2Share
April 30 SLMT Auction
O’er all the way green palms and blossoms gay
Are strewn this day in festal preparation
Where Jesus comes to wipe our tears away
E’en now the throng to welcome Him prepare
CHORUS: Join all and sing His name declare
Let every voice resound with acclamation
Hosanna, Praise to the Lord!
Blessed is He who comes bringing salvation.
His word goes forth and people by its might
Once more regain freedom from degradation
Humanity doth give to each his right
While those in darkness are restored to light.
Sing and rejoice O Blest Jerusalem
Of all thy sons sing the emancipation
Through boundless love the Christ of Bethlehem
Brings faith and hope to thee forevermore.