THE ORGAN PRELUDE
BELL PRELUDE: Shout to the Lord – Bell Choir
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
#1 All Hail the Power of Jesus Name (Hymn #314)
#2 Mighty to Save
#3 Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)
#4 All We Have is Christ
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: John 9:18-23 (page 80)
1 Peter 4:12-19 (page 182)
Acts 28:16-22 (page 117)
THE SERMON: “What’s in a Name”
* 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: #285 I Will Sing of My Redeemer
* THE APOSTLES CREED
AN ANTHEM: Be Thou My Vision – Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #90 God Will Take Care of You
* THE COMMISSION & THE BENEDICTION
* THE THREEFOLD AMEN
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
* Indicates congregation standing; C = Congreg. Response
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the welcome desk in the narthex and return immediately following the service.
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 Nathan and Bekah Kulp at the baptism of their daughter, Anna Faith this morning. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
CONGRATULATIONS to EJ Swihart and Jena (Kulp) who were united in Christian marriage yesterday in Kansas. May God be with them as they begin their life together in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Arlin and Donna Moyer in loving memory of their daughter, Kristy McCoy.
USHER CAPTAINS: Ken Merritt, Stan Ott
GREETERS TODAY: Harvey and Lorraine Shoemaker
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Sandy Cressman
March 26th Esther Davis
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Connie Merritt, JoAnn Elliott, Megan Weiss
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Lorraine and Natalie Reich, Deb Guerreiro
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
Shaun and Meghann Permar, Jillian Hager
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Bob Peterman 23rd; Cassie Olszyk, Rick Kehs Jeff Kirkpatrick, Ken Peck, Thelma Spitzkopf, Tony Wilwert 24th; Corey Kehs, Phoenix Smith, Rob Shelton, Joseph Thompson 25th; Sean Lehman, Justin Lepping, Shaelyn Mahoney, Ruthie Niederhaus 26th; Barb Gehman, Georgi Kirkpatrick 27th; Vangie Niederhaus, Clinton Radcliff 28th; Emma Coale, Sawyer Hughes, Blaine Moyer, Laurie Plank, Doug Potts 29th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Isaac and Janie Inyang 24th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is What’s in a Name? Why is Jesus of Nazareth known to most folk as Jesus Christ? Certainly “Christ” is not the last name of Jesus! There have been many men named “Jesus” but to only one has the name “Christ” been attached. In the apostolic era the name “Christian” designated a despised person. It was almost a curse word. It was a term of rebuke and judgment and scorn. The term was applied only to a person who attached the name “Christ” to Jesus of Nazareth. Peter writes that Christians should not be ashamed of the name, but give glory to God for being so named.
WE WELCOME BRIAN AND BARBARA S. to Leidy’s Church. Though not on our mission support list, we have an ongoing relationship with them: they have spent several months in our Mission House while on furlough. Their area of ministry is in the southern part of Asia among a particular people group. It will be good to hear a bit of how the Lord Jesus is working in and through their lives.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today Brian and Barbara S.
March 26th David and Sonya DeFazio
April 2 Elder White Paper on “A Woman’s Role in Teaching”
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, and community activities. You would be welcome to join us in this mission endeavor. The dates are July 13 to the 23rd.
IS ISRAEL BECKONING for you to visit? Pastor Niederhaus is leading a tour to Israel and Jordan next February. Departure date is Feb. 12, 2018. He’ll be glad to speak to you about it, or, pick up one of the fliers found at the narthex hutch.
YES WE CAN! The Mennonite Mobile Canning Unit will be in our area March 24, 25, 27, and 28. Over 100 volunteers are needed each day. Volunteers are needed to fill, wash, and label cans; to prepare boxes for shipment; to load the truck; and to help with general site clean-up. Volunteers are asked to work a two-, four-, or six-hour shift. The hours are from 6am to 7pm on the weekdays, and from 6 am to 3 pm on the Saturday. To sign-up for a time to work you may call 267-203-8074.
LIVING HOPE NATIVE MINISTRIES is having its annual PA banquet on Friday evening March 31st. It will take place at Yoder’s Restaurant in New Holland. Starting time is 6:30 p.m. The banquet is free and will feature stories of hope from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. To make your reservation for the banquet you may email banquet@LHNM.org or call toll-free 853-367-8199.
JAKE, HANNAH, AND HENRY NIEDERHAUS would like to express their gratitude for all of the cards, gifts, meals, and well wishes from the Leidy’s Church family since Henry’s arrival.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT THE FIRST NIGHT OF VBS is just about three months away? That’s right! This year’s VBS program will take place Sunday, June 25th, Thursday, June 29th. Be sure to visit the Ocean Commotion VBS information table in the narthex to find out more about this exciting event. We anticipate record attendance so we need lots of volunteers!! Contact Laura Heebner (215-872-9834 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
NEW PRECEPT STUDY Jonah begins early April. What does it take to get your attention? When God interrupts our lives, do we run like Jonah? When the reluctant prophet was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival! Cost of the workbooks are $4.50 for this four week study. It will be led by Marci Stunkard. (Contact Verna 215-237-1370 for info).
AUCTION DONATION FORMS for the Leidy’s Church Stormer Lake Auction set for Saturday, April 29th are at the Welcome 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.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY PRAYER TIME – Please join us on Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 for a time of prayer. We will meet in room 111. Come anytime and then join us as we gather for Realm in the sanctuary.
TODAY our Fifth and Sixth graders are in the narthex collecting pledges for Morning Star Ministries. While each participant must raise money individually in order to bowl, the funds collected at the table will contribute to the class as a whole. Feel free to sponsor either a young person whom you know or the class generally, every $5 helps!
A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will take place immediately following the service of worship on April 2nd. The Spiritual Council is nominating Dave Reich for the office of Elder. While the Spiritual Council can nominate, only the congregation can make that happen by a vote at a duly called congregational meeting. There will be no other items of business.
THE HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE meets Tuesday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m. in room 212.
YOU’RE INVITED TO WORSHIP AT REALM a mid-week interlude of spiritual focus in the midst of hectic work weeks. Taking place each Thursday evening from 7 to 8, it is space dedicated to worship in praise songs, engaging the Scriptures, and pouring out our hearts before God’s throne. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Chris Tawney.
THE WOMEN’S AWAKEN CONFERENCE is being held at Leidy’s Church on Saturday, April 22nd. There will be three keynote speakers; Cherie Leatherman, Kristi Wile, and Verna Bowman. The cost of the conference is $30, however, register before April 1st, and a $10 discount is available if you use discount code awaken10 at checkout. Go to www.awaken2017.org to register or for more information. Also, full scholarships are available through our own Women’s Ministry. Email email@example.com or speak with anyone on Women’s Ministry.
YARD SALE – Old Leidy’s Church Fellowship Hall, Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 to 4:00. Benefits Light on the Hill Ministries – The Hub. For more information please call Gina at 610-996-5972.
GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is holding Welcome Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. each Wednesday in March. Interested families are invited to come out and visit! Families will have the opportunity to observe weekly chapel, class time, snack time, and recess. Refreshments included. No RSVP needed. The Open House is scheduled for this Tuesday, March 21st from 5:30 to 7:30.
HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO FEEL LIKE A ‘Queen for a Day?’ Well, ladies, here is our chance! Ladies of Leidy’s is sponsoring a Mother-Daughter Tea on Saturday, June 3rd at 11 am. Family Heritage Gift Shop and Shekala’s have graciously offered to provide a Fashion Show for our event. They are simply asking for 10-12 volunteers (from petite size 4 to 3X) to model shoes, jewelry, purses, scarves, hats, jackets, as well as the outfit. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the different women God has created us to be! If interested in modeling, please contact Alice Kraus via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 215-536-4291 (H) or 267-261-8543 (C).
LEIDY’S CHURCH is hosting the Awaken Conference for women on Saturday, April 22nd. A few helpers are still needed to maintain the coffee/tea/water station throughout the event. We also could use more bakers to provide breakfast cakes, muffins, quick breads, etc. for the morning. A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex, or you may contact the church office.
THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION DEPT. continues to collect pictures of children in our Nursery through 12th grade Sunday School classes for 2017 prayer cards which will be distributed on Palm Sunday. Parents, be sure a picture of your child(ren), with their name and birthdate on the back, is turned in to their Sunday School teachers, the church office, or the Welcome Desk by April 2nd. A picture of your child will be taken if one is not received. It is our desire that each child has an adult praying for them!
HELEN HAHN would like to thank her church family for all the cards, and also the prayers! They are greatly appreciated! She is out of the hospital and God willing, back in PA next week.
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.
NEWSLETTER articles for the April newsletter are due in the office by Tuesday. Thank you.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
7:00 p.m. FCA – C.R.
6:30 a.m. Elder Prayer
9:30 a.m. Mom’s Fellowship – Rm. 211
7:00 p.m. Evangelism Mtg. – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Hospitality Mtg.
12:00 p.m. F.H. Resvd.
5:00 p.m. Kids Musical Practice – F.H.
7:00 p.m. Gym Resvd.
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
9:00 a.m. Precept
6:00 p.m. Women’s Ministry Prayer – Rm. 111
7:00 p.m. Realm – Sanctuary
2:00 p.m. Gym Resvd.
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
April 8/9 Go, Go Jonah
April 16 Easter Sunday
April 23 Piano Inaugural Concert
April 29 SLMT Auction
Mighty to Save
Everyone needs compassion
Love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Savior
The hope of nations
Savior He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave
So take me as You find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender
Shine your light and let the whole world see
For the glory of the risen King, Jesus
Shine your light and let the whole world see
For the glory of the risen King
Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)
The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon Him
One final breath He gave
As heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken
The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His (perfect) (reckless) love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated
Now forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
And forever He is risen
He is alive and He is alive
We sing hallelujah we sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah the Lamb has overcome (repeat)
We sing hallelujah we sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
All I Have is Christ
I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life
Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You