* THE OPENING HYMN: #68 Holy, Holy, Holy
* THE SOLEMN DECLARATION C: Amen
* THE INVITATION TO CONFESSION
* THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison
C: Gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, You have promised to receive us when we come to You. We confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. We have disobeyed Your law. We have not loved You or our neighbors as we ought. Forgive us, O God, and grant that we may live and serve You in newness of life; 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 demonstrates His love for us…
* THE CALL TO PRAISE
P: Let us praise God!
C: Praise the Lord!
* THE GRATEFUL PRAISE: Amazing Grace
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
HOLY SCRIPTURES: Genesis 50:15-21 (Page 40)
Numbers 23:1-12 (Page 119)
Acts 28:1-6 (Page 117)
THE SERMON: “Drunken Maltese Peasants”
* THE APOSTLES CREED
* A HYMN: #83 Be Thou My Vision
AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #302 Rejoice, the Lord is King
* THE COMMISSION & the BENEDICTION
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful attitude until the Pastors have exited the sanctuary
* 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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Tim and Rachel Leidy at the dedication of their daughter, Lenora Elizabeth this morning. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Rich Kapusta and family at the death of his mother, Millie on Thursday. May God be with them at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed in loving memory of Daryl Moyer by his dad Ron, and in thanks to the Lord for the precious gift God gave him and for the years they shared together.
USHER CAPTAINS: Ken Merritt, Stan Ott
GREETERS TODAY: Rob and Tracy Shelton
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Deb Caserta
March 12th Shirley Clemens
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Esther Davis.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Mario Guerreiro, and Brian Radcliff.
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Matt and Kate Harris, Julia Martindell
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Tom and Abby Feverston, Caren Elliott
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
Andrew and Becca Rosenbaum, Lydia Wilwert
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Andrew Edmonds, Julia Gregory, Sara Kirkpatrick, Josh Kirkpatrick 9th; Isaac Kehs 10th; Beverly Dettra, Brad Peck 14th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Dennis and Bonnie Doran 10th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Drunken Maltese Peasants. Here’s an unusual portrait of Paul: a prisoner shipwrecked on an island hustling about picking up sticks for the fire. A poisonous snake is in the sticks and latches onto his hand! He shakes it off into the fire. Anticipating Paul will soon swoon and die, the residents of the island conclude he must be a wicked criminal. But he doesn’t die. Nor does he get the slightest bit woozy. They conclude he must be a god. Ah, the shifting sands of human speculation! Each time, they ask the question “Why” and each time reach the wrong conclusion. We need to do better.
WE WELCOME Bob Wendt to Leidy’s Church this morning. We have supported Bob for many years, first in Alaska and now here in PA. Bob works with Peaceful Living doing ministry among the disabled and handicapped community. He has helped us with the setting up of our special needs Sunday School class, among other things.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today Bob Wendt, Peaceful Living
March 12th Steve and Irina Yagilnicky, Love Cradle
March 19th Brian and Barbara S.
March 26th David and Sonya DeFazio
JOIN OUR MISSION to the First Nations people in Ontario. The 2017 SLMT team is forming now. You are invited to consider being a part of it. The team needs folk of all ages and with all sorts of skills. Most of the team will be doing a daily VBS with kids, though some workers will be doing construction/repair projects. A sign-up sheet is on the narthex wall. Our SLMT team will leave the evening of July 13th and return early in the morning on the 23rd of July, the Lord willing! Sign up, launch out, and see what the Lord can do through you and in you.
SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Tuesday evening at 7:30 in Room 125.
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, check out one of the fliers found at the narthex hutch.
CONSISTORY meets this Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the Conference Room.
LADIES OF LEIDY’S meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room. This month we will be welcoming Ian Burley, the advisor for the Souderton High School group SAVE. Its main campus area is right in our backyard on Broad Street. Come hear what the kids and group are doing, and the positive things being done in our community. We will also have an opportunity to hear about other ways and items that we can recycle. All ladies are welcome to attend.
HAVE YOU DONE IT YET? We’re talking about registering for the Finding Sexual Sanity When All Around is Chaos seminar. You may do so by going to www.sanity2017.eventbrite.com. It happens on a Friday evening and Saturday morning, March 24/25. Helpful, informative, encouraging, correcting, and foundational are some of the terms used to describe it by previous attenders. Each of us could use a good dose of sanity! Get registered now.
LOST SHEEP prayer group meets the second Monday of the month at 4 p.m.
IT’S CANNING TIME. The Mennonite Mobile Canning Unit will be in our area March 24, 25, 27, and 28. Please notice this is the first time a Saturday is included in the volunteer days. You can help provide relief for the hungry by volunteering to work a few hours any of those days. The hours are from 6 am to 7 pm 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 or go to http://www.mcc-harleysville.org/meat.html and click on the “get involved” tab and then the “meat canning” tab.
FOR VISITORS TO LEIDY’S CHURCH there will be a reception after the service of worship. Coffee and donuts will be provided along with people ready to tell you a bit about our church and to answer questions you might have. As you exit the sanctuary, turn to the left and go to the room all the way at the end of the narthex, just beyond the stairwell and the mission display. We’ve not done this before, so you can be among the first to find out what happens. We look forward to meeting you!
LOVE CRADLE MISSION BANQUET will be held this Saturday evening. Doors open at 5:00 and dinner will be served at 5:30 and will feature good Ukrainian food. There is no cost for the evening, but a free will offering will be received. If you would like to attend, please contact the church office or send an email to email@example.com.
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER? takes place Saturday, March 25th at 6:00 p.m. It’s an exciting night to have dinner with some old friends, and make some new friends as well. Sign-up sheets can be found in your mailbox, on the Welcome Desk, or at the narthex hutch. Deadline to sign-up up is March 12th.
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.
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).
SPONSORS NEEDED to pledge money to Morning Star Ministries’ annual Bowl-a-thon. Fifth and sixth graders will be collecting donations up until March 26. Every $5 helps this ministry to women in crisis pregnancy.
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. It’s a relaxed time of gathering, yet filled with passion for the Lord Jesus and His work in and through us. Oh, there is plenty of time afterward to indulge in some coffee, snacks, and conversations. 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 awaken2017.org to register or for more information. Also, full scholarships are available through our own Women’s Ministry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with anyone on Women’s Ministry.
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 Tuesday, March 21st from 5:30 to 7:30.
I CANNOT THANK MY CHURCH FAMILY enough for all of the cards, notes, prayers, and phone calls at the passing of my father. They were all appreciated more than you’ll ever know! Cindy Filson
LADIES MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY begins a new series tomorrow at 6:45 in room 118. Crucible: The Choices that Change Your Life Forever. This is a 6-week, no homework DVD, workbook and discussion study by Walk Thru the Bible. Your life is full of moments of decision, and how you respond can have lifelong impact. Israel’s shepherd king faced critical choices in the same areas we do, and we can learn a lot from how he handled them. We hope you will join us.
LEIDY’S CHURCH is hosting the Awaken Conference for women on Saturday, April 22nd. There is a great team working on the details, but we have been asked to provide two people to welcome and register attendees (of which we already have one volunteer), and three or four to maintain the coffee/tea/water station throughout the event. We also were asked to provide baked goods for the morning such as breakfast cakes, muffins, quick breads, etc. A sign-up sheet has been posted in the narthex, or you may contact the church office.
THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION DEPT. is collecting 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. If you do not have a picture, let their Sunday School teacher know, and we will take one for you. It is our desire that each child has an adult praying for them!
MARCH IS MISSION MONTH! Even if you ordinarily are not a Sunday School attender, make it a point to come out during March in order to meet the missionaries, expand your understanding of what God is doing among His people, and enjoy some Mission Munchies in the process.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
7:00 p.m. Outreach – C.R.
9:30 a.m. Mom’s Bible Study – Rm. 211
7:00 p.m. Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Elder Prayer
7:30 p.m. Spiritual Council – Rm. 125
9:00 a.m. F.H. Resvd.
3:00 p.m. Set up for iBlast
5:30 p.m. Grace Notes Choir
6:00 p.m. iBlast
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
7:30 p.m. Consistory – C.R.
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
8:30 a.m. BMCE Pastors – Youth Room
9:00 a.m. Precept
7:00 p.m. Realm – Sanctuary
12:00 p.m. Youth Leave for Dare2Share
5:00 p.m. Love Cradle Banquet
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
March 24/25 Sexuality Conference
April 8/9 Go, Go Jonah
April 16 Easter Sunday
April 23 Piano Inaugural Concert
April 29 SLMT Auction