THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
#1 Jesus Paid It All #4 The Love of God
#2 At the Cross #5 Come Thou Fount
#3 Savior Like A Shepherd
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Jeremiah 1:11-19 (page 751)
Luke 19:41-47 (page 1048)
Acts 17:16-21 (page 1110)
THE SERMON: “We Cannot Be Silent”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[First used Oct. 22, 1995]
C: Almighty and most gracious God, we confess our sin to You. You are the Sovereign Ruler of the heavens, of the earth, and of all things. We have rebelled against Your Kingship. Other lords have been the object of our allegiance: lords such as Self-Interest; Worldly Concerns; and mere Religious Formality. Though our lips acknowledged Your sovereignty, our affections were estranged from You. Forgive us we ask, through the shed blood of Jesus. We want to confess Jesus as our only Savior, and live with Him as the Lord of our lives, the One we love and serve with all our heart. O God, Ruler of all, rule over us. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #657 Heaven Came Down
THE HEIDELBERG CATECHISM:
Question 29: Why is the Son of God called Jesus, which means Savior?
Answer: Because He saves us from our sins, and because salvation is to be sought or found in no other.
Question 31: Why is He called Christ, that is, the Anointed One?
Answer: Because He is ordained by God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Spirit to be our Chief Prophet and Teacher, who fully reveals to us the secret purpose and will of God concerning our redemption; to be our only High Priest, who has redeemed us by the one sacrifice of His body, and who ever intercedes for us with the Father; and to be our eternal King, who governs us by His Word and Spirit, and who defends and sustains us in the redemption He has won for us.
Question 32: But why are you called a Christian?
Answer: Because through faith I share in Christ, and thus in His anointing, so that I may confess His name, offer myself a living sacrifice of gratitude to Him, and fight against sin and the devil, with a free and good conscience throughout this life, and hereafter rule with Him in eternity over all creatures.
** AN ANTHEM: Bought With a Price – Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #560 Blest Be the Tie
* 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.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Jerry Bower and family at the death of his wife, Helen, on Tuesday. May God be with them at this time.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Carl and Jerri Thompson in memory of all the children who died before birth especially, Laura and Benjamin.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Dave and Flor Hughes
(10:45) Jerry and BJ Kulp
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Julia Kulp
May 8th Donna Moyer
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Joan Tawney.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jim Foote and Joseph Thompson
8:00 Tom and Abby Feverston, Phil and Renee Shafer (Baby/
Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Dustin and Ashley Doran, Cathy, Cayla and Shannon Connor
(Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Cayla Connor, Ken Murphy 5th; Doug Kimenhour 6th; Jill Hager 7th; Ashley Merritt, Glen Tyson 9th; Alec Leidy 10th; Frank Scholl, Brian Shoemaker 11th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Andy and Gwen Damiani 5th; Brian and Farrah McClaskey, Ron and Diane Miller 6th; Curt and Betty Jo Lockman 8th; Larry and Joyce Anders 10th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is We Cannot Be Silent. In today’s texts we find Jesus and Paul reacting to the cultures in which they lived. Jesus weeps, while Paul is provoked. Each will speak as a consequence. Jeremiah, on the other hand, is told he must speak and not be silent given the time and place where he lives. How about us? We cannot but be observers of the culture in which we live. What do we see? How do we react? What do we think? What do we say? What will we do? We need discernment in all this. Paul had a good word to speak to his situation: Jesus and the resurrection. We cannot be silent in our day.
SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Tuesday evening at 7:30 in Room 16.
FULL FINISH CAMPAIGN will continue through next Sunday. If you do not have a form, or need another one, extra copies are on the narthex desk.
LOST SHEEP meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, and the 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Cindy Filson.
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL BREAKFAST is scheduled for Thursday, May 12th at the Franconia Heritage restaurant. It begins at 6:30. Special speaker is Dr. Frank James III, the new president of Biblical Seminary. He will tell about his ups and downs and his subsequent life of faith. Tickets are available from Jack Parry, the church office, or Pastor Niederhaus. Cost is $12 and covers a complete family-style hot breakfast.
THE CHURCH OFFICE is in the process of compiling names and addresses of those who should receive an invitation to the building dedication service and open house. If a name or group comes to mind, please call or email the church office no later than Sunday, May 1st. Please note that this list is not intended for family and close friends, as members of the congregation should be handing out or mailing those separately.
THE BUILDING PROJECT did not get all the issues with L&I resolved as of the printing of this bulletin. We are optimistic, however, of a suitable and favorable outcome soon. [No, we don’t know the definition of “soon” either!] Work continues outside and inside the new building. The erosion fences have begun to be removed. That’s a sign the end is near! Except for some small places that require special attention, the carpeting is completed. Cabinets for the Sunday School classrooms are installed, with the Youth Room being next on the docket. The chancel cross is now in place. Still to be applied is the centerpiece reflecting Christ’s supremacy over all. Much work has been done and is being done with regard to computer network, phone system, furnishings, and other things we take for granted! Most of these things are done by volunteers among us. Thank You! Let’s keep praying and as part of our prayers let’s remember to give thanks to God for His mercies and blessings day by day!
WHAT ABOUT DATES? Well, we do have something solid to report this week. Though we don’t know when we’ll be able to take possession of the new facility officially, it has been decided that we will worship in our current facility at least through the 15th of May, which is Pentecost Sunday and Confirmation Sunday. It would be too much to try and have a communion service and Confirmation service with so little previous experience in the facility.
THE RUMMAGE SALE is just around the corner on Wednesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 12th. Please speak with Mary Beth Musselman if you would like to help. Thanks in advance!
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. Our speaker will be Ken Peck, one of our church family who is part of a local police department, and has agreed to come share with the ladies. A business meeting will also take place, and we will be given an opportunity to sign up to help with the May Rummage Sale.
THE RUMMAGE ROOM is full. Please hold your all donations until the week of the Rummage Sale. Thank you.
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: Names are important. We know from Scripture that God told both Joseph and Mary what name to give the child Mary was carrying: Jesus. For centuries the Jewish people were looking for the Messiah, a Hebrew term which translates into Greek as Christ. It was understood that Messiah would be the great Prophet, Priest, and King of Israel. Peter made the good confession when he declared that Jesus is the Christ. Thus it is fitting, right, and good to refer to the incarnate Son of God as Jesus Christ. The Catechism helps us understand the significance of those names. We are called Christians, a name given to believers in Jesus Christ by people in the city of Antioch. The explanation the Catechism gives for the name Christian instructs and inspires us.
CALLING ALL GRADUATES – We want to recognize and honor those graduating from high school, college, business school, or graduate school during the month of June. Please contact the church office with the name of your graduate(s) and what their plans may be for the future.
ALLELUIA CHOIR – We’re getting ready for the dedication service in the new building and plan to have the Alleluia Choir take part. We’re planning on doing two songs we’ve done in the past plus a new number written by our in-house composer – Gary Filson! We’ll begin practice Wednesday nights starting May 11th at 7:00 p.m. Exact plans are a little fluid so stay tuned for more details. If you’re new to the congregation and are not familiar with the Alleluia choir, it’s usually about 80 voices that love to sing praise to the Lord. Talk to Nancy Vanderbeek, Gary Filson, or Jim Carling if you’re interested.
SCRIPTURE TEXTS FOR HC: While we only print the text of the 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. 1:21; Luke 1:31 for the name Jesus as Savior
Acts 4:12 for Jesus being the only Savior
Luke 3:21-22 for the Holy Spirit coming upon/anointing Jesus
Acts 3:22; John 1:18 for Jesus as prophet and explaining God the Father
Heb. 7:17; 9:12,28 for Jesus as priest after the order of Melchizedek
Luke 1:32-33 for Jesus as King
Matt. 28:18 for Jesus having all authority in heaven and earth
Acts 11:26 for the disciples being given the name Christians
Matt. 10:5,32 for confessing the name of Jesus
Rom. 12:1; 1 Pet. 2:5,9 for presenting ourselves to God as a sacrifice
1 Tim. 1:18-19 for fighting the good fight
2 Tim. 2:11-13 for reigning with Christ
VBS 2016 – GOD’S PLAN 4U = JESUS! Registration begins this month for the VBS program SonSpark Labs. Attendees will have fun with science-themed games, crafts, experiments, snacks, music and Bible lessons. The dates this year are Sunday, August 7th through Thursday, August 11th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Still needed are helpers, specifically singers (who aren’t afraid to act a little goofy!), preschool assistants, nursery workers, and guides to help lead children between activity centers. The more help we can get, the more children we can minister to this summer, so even if you can help a few nights, please contact the church office and let us know!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES
The Women’s class meets in Rm. 19. Today they begin a new study based on Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God series. This class is facilitated by Lorraine Kroesser and Sue Landis.
Pastor Steve Myers leads a Bible study class that meets in the Conference Room. He will begin a study of 2 Corinthians.
The Joy & Glory class is led by Jeremiah Rizzo. Romans 5 is the focus at the moment, they will learn how to extract truths from biblical verses for use in daily life.
Issues & Answers is the class that meets in the Fellowship Hall. During May Dave Reich will be leading a series titled: Christian Aesthetics: Beauty.
THE OUTREACH COMMITTEE is collecting specific food for local food banks during the month of April. Please help us by bringing in items that are gluten-free, sugar-free or no-sugar-added, or low glycemic. For further questions, please contact Darlene Schmidt.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 12:30 p.m. Small Group
6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
MONDAY 6:45 p.m. Women’s Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Outreach Committee – C.R.
TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. Mom’s Bible Study – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Hospitality Committee
7:00 p.m. Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Elder Prayer – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Spiritual Council – Rm. 16
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Consistory – 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
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
4:00 p.m. Set up for Rummage Sale
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
May 11 & 12 Rummage Sale
May 15 Confirmation Sunday
June 5 Dedication Service