THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
#1 Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord – Hymn 66
#2 Shout To The North – Hymn 350
#3 All I Have Is Christ
#4 My Lips Will Praise You
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: John 9:35-41 (page 80)
Romans 2:28-3:4 (page 120)
Acts 28:23-31 (page 118)
THE SERMON: “Blind Seers”
* 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: #282 Ask Ye What Great Things I Know
* THE APOSTLES CREED
SPECIAL MUSIC: Let All Things Now Living – Rachel Rittenhouse, Shiyu Su, & Peter Lockman
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #81 He Leadeth Me! O Blessed Thought
* 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.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by John and Pat Niederhaus with thanksgiving to God for their children, particularly Ruthie and Vangie who celebrate birthdays this week.
USHER CAPTAINS: Ken Merritt, Stan Ott
GREETERS TODAY: Rodney and Yvonne Shoemaker
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Esther Davis
April 2nd Sandy Derr
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Mike and Shannon Kehs, Rachel Tyson
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Jim and Angela Kinney, Val Hager
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
Phil and Renee Shafer, Mitchell VanDerbeek
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sherman Focht, Marlene Hughes, Collin Parry 30th; Meghann Permar, Rock Rau, Colin Weiss 31st; Bonnie Pross April 1st; Michael Kehs, Quinn Mahoney 3rd; Allison Hall, Phil Shafer 4th; Gabriel Martindell, Henry Shafer, Ken Stevenson 5th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Dean and Beth Kulp April 4th; Tom and Judy Leidy 5th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Blind Seers. To speak of “blind seers” is an oxymoron, it is a contradictory joining of words. “Seers” is a term designating folk who can “see” with great clarity, especially with regard to moral and spiritual matters. They can “see” what you need to do and tell you what you need to know. Hence a “seer” is a “see-er.” The Jews were meant to be seers; they were the ones entrusted with the oracles of God. Yet, the consistent charge against them by Jesus and the prophets is that though they say they can see, as a matter of fact they are blind. A blind man proves such is the case.
WE WELCOME DAVID AND SONYA DEFAZIO to Leidy’s Church. The DeFazio family is on the mission field under the banner of World Team. Their assignment is to the Philippines where they are engaged in church planting. After about a year and half in that country, they have become more and more fluent in the spoken tongue of the land. We look forward to hearing how the Lord is using and guiding the DeFazios in gospel ministry in that land.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today David and Sonya DeFazio
April 2 Elder White Paper on “A Woman’s Role in Teaching”
April 9 Steve Radcliff
SIGNING UP FOR SLMT is getting down to the wire. We would welcome 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, construction/repair work, and community activities. You would be welcome to join us in this mission endeavor. The dates are July 13th to the 23rd.
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 through 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 email@example.com) for more information.
THE THURSDAY MORNING Precept Class, which starts at 9, is beginning a short study based on the book of Jonah on April 6th. The class meets in Room 118 on the Christian Ed Level. All ladies are welcome.
AUCTION DONATION FORMS for the Leidy’s Church Stormer Lake Auction set for Saturday, April 29th are in the bulletin. 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.
A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will take place immediately following the service of worship next Sunday. 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.
AN INQUIRER’S CLASS BEGINS on April 23rd. It will meet during the Sunday School hour in the Conference Room. Lasting for six consecutive Sunday mornings, it will provide a thorough overview of Leidy’s Church and what makes her tick. Though not a membership class, it is a course that one must take prior to becoming a member of the church. If you or someone you know would like to be part of this class, please contact the church office or speak with Pastor Niederhaus.
THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS will be sung during our Easter service of worship. The choir will open its ranks that day to all who would like to sing it with them. A special rehearsal takes place on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:30 for all who desire to participate.
THE CASE FOR FAITH, a new adult class elective, will begin on April 9th and meet in room 125 on the educational level. Andrew Rosenbaum will lead the class through a six week consideration of issues many consider obstacles to faith. Each class will have a video segment followed by a directed discussion.
PRAYING HAPPENS this Saturday morning, which is the first Saturday of the month. That means Patterns of Prayer will be taking place in Room 117. You may stop in any time from 8 til noon for as long or as short a time as your schedule allows. If you have questions or suggestions, please speak with Patricia Martindell.
STUDY THE BIBLE UP CLOSE by touring through Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Masada, and other biblical sites. Pastor Niederhaus is hosting a tour group to Israel (and Jordan/Petra) in February of next year. Brochures are available at the narthex hutch, or speak with him in person and he’ll be glad to fill you in on the details.
GOLF IS GREAT especially when one plays for a good cause at a finely appointed course. The Pastors Master charity golf tournament is just such an opportunity. It takes place at the Talamore Country Club on Monday, April 17th. Benefitting the ministry of Love Cradle, the tournament has become a favorite among local golfers. Pick up a brochure from the narthex hutch for full details or go to http://thepastorsmasters.org/ for information and registration. Early bird registration ends this Friday.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all the faithful folk who have provided Mission Munchies during March. They were fantastic – and especially thank you for removing all the calories! Your labors and care are much appreciated.
THE MOVIE THE CASE FOR CHRIST will be shown at select theaters on Thursday, April 6th. Locally, it will be presented at Regal theaters in Warrington and at Oaks. This is for The Case of Those Interested! You can google the movie and find out about getting tickets.
THE ANNUAL RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE takes place on Wednesday, April 12th from 2 to 7 p.m. there are several ways to make an appointment for you to give blood. The quickest and easiest way is to go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor name leidyschurch in the Find A Blood Drive box. There you will be able to see what times are available. Or, you may call the church office at 215-723-8707 to schedule a time.
OPENING NIGHT NEXT WEEK: Our Spring Musical Go, Go Jonah! You have only two opportunities to see our talented young people perform this inspiring story, so mark your calendars now and bring a friend or six or seven . . . you won’t want to miss it! Saturday, April 8th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 9th at 4.
THE WOMEN’S AWAKEN CONFERENCE is on Saturday, April 22nd. The cost is $30, however, register before April 1st, which is this Saturday, 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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with anyone on Women’s Ministry if you would like a full scholarship.
TODAY IS THE LAST Sunday to turn in your bowling pledge to MorningStar Ministries. Please see the young person you sponsored, or see Rachel Tyson or Patty Kendall if you sponsored the whole class at the table.
CHILDCARE WORKERS NEEDED for the Mom’s Group which meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00. There are four more dates to be filled, April 4th, April 18th, May 2nd, and May 16th. Sign up is on the narthex wall.
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 email@example.com or by phone 215-536-4291 (H) or 267-261-8543 (C).
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.
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.
PRAYER CARD PICTURES are due in by next Sunday! 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!
LOOKING FOR WORK – Glory Griffith a young woman from our congregation is looking for work. If you need a mother’s helper, she has taken the Red Cross babysitting course and is certified. She is also looking for cleaning jobs. You can contact her at 610-222-4431.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
1:30 p.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
10:00 a.m. Women’s Ministry Mtg.
7:00 p.m. Care Committee Mtg. – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Grace Community – Gym
7:00 p.m. Awaken Prayer
7:30 p.m. Choir Rm. Resvd.
8:00 a.m. F.H. Resvd.
5:00 p.m. Kids Musical Practice – F.H.
7:00 p.m. Gym Resvd.
7:30 p.m. Special Services Mtg. – C.R.
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
9:00 a.m. Precept
7:30 a.m. ALL – C.R./Kitchen
2:00 p.m. Gym Resvd.
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
April 9 Prayer Card Sunday
April 8/9 Go, Go Jonah
April 14 Good Friday Service
April 16 Easter Sunday
April 22 Women’s Awaken! Conference
April 23 Piano Inaugural Concert
April 29 SLMT Auction