* THE OPENING HYMN: #11 All Creatures of Our God and King
* 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 demonstrates 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
HOLY SCRIPTURES: Genesis 2:1-4 (Page 1)
Isaiah 44 & 45 s.v. (Page 517)
Colossians 1:15-17 (Page 156)
THE SERMON: “God Said”
* THE APOSTLES CREED
* A HYMN: #111 The Love of God
AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #638 For the Beauty of the Earth
* 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
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the Welcome Desk & 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.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by LeRoy and Diane Gehman in honor of their 43rd wedding anniversary, and in praise to God for taking care of them and their family, and the way He has blessed their family here at Leidy’s Church.
THE FLOWERS on the organ are in honor of Mabel Neal on her birthday, and Mother’s Day, by her family.
USHER CAPTAINS: Dave Doran, Dana Gehman
LAY VISITORS: Norm & Donna Weiss
GREETERS TODAY: Justin and Desiree Steve
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Dorothy Kehs
May 21st Shannon Kehs
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 17 months)
Connie Merritt, JoAnn Elliott, Megan Weiss
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Tom and Abby Feverston, Caren Elliott
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
Jeremy and Justine Smith, Ruth Thompson
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Patti Jones, Sherise Rittenhouse 18th; Clayton Doran, Esther Thompson 20th; Verity Edmonds, Allen Kraus, Stephen Paine 21st; Kevin Curcio, Joel Gehman, Harlo Harris, Calvin Radcliff, Taleh Rittenhouse 23rd; David Thompson 24th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! LeRoy and Diane Gehman 18th; Mike and Deb Hughes, Dave and Marcy Kirkpatrick 19th; Lorne and Susan Slack 24th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is God Said. How do you think the world came to be? That’s not a question we answer reflectively. Most folk (if and when they actually consider it) answer it reflexively. One says, “I’m a creationist,” while the other says, “I’m an evolutionist.” Often, neither reflects on the implications of the answer given. Today we want to give our attention to the doctrine of creation. If you’re a creationist, how do you account for the suffering, injustice, and evil in our world? If you’re an evolutionist, do you really believe all that you see came about by fortuitous happenstance?
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today Part 2 – Christianity & the Nature of Science
May 21 Part 3 – Christianity & the Nature of Science
May 28 Part 4 – Christianity & the Nature of Science
GOD BLESS ALL THE MOMS among us today! We are grateful for your love, your care, your direction, your patience, and all the other ways your presence is a blessing to us. Not to be forgotten, of course, is all the hard work you do! Thank you.
CALLING ALL GRADUATES – We want to recognize and honor those graduating from high school, college, 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.
THE SUMMER SPECIAL MUSIC schedule is posted in the narthex. We hope you will share your God-given talents with us this summer. Pastor Chris will contact you to schedule a time for practice.
REGISTRATION FOR VBS is now in full swing. Information is available on the table in the narthex, including postcards you can use to invite your neighbors and friends. Please make sure you register your children’s through the Leidy’s Church website by Sunday, May 28th. Paper registration is also available if you do not have access to the web. VBS is open to all children who have completed Kindergarten (or born before September 1, 2011) through 6th grade. If you have questions please contact Laura Heebner, 215-872-9834 or firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CHURCH PICNIC at Men-O-Lan is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th. Men-O-Lan will again be providing our mid-day meal, we provide our own desserts. Men-O-Lan is a peanut free camp, please nothing made with peanuts. A sign-up is in the bulletin this morning. Please place the completed form in the box provided.
LADIES TEA NEEDS
Do you have an older tea set? We would love to display it for you at the upcoming Ladies Tea on June 3 @ 11:00 am! If you do, could you please write its history down and we will be sure to display it along with the tea set. Please contact Karen Focht 267-923-5740 or via email: email@example.com.
We are also looking for a few ladies to be Table Hostesses, the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside the church office. Please call Alice Kraus 215-536-4291 (home), 267-261-8543 (cell) or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
THANK YOU from Bill and Valerie Frank for the many cards, prayers, visits, and meals since Valerie’s surgery. They are very much appreciated.
THE CARE COMMITTEE meets Tuesday at 7 pm in the Conference Room.
NOTE: There will be no Youth Fellowship this evening.
THE NIEDERHAUS FAMILY is grateful for all the prayers and encouragements during their recent trip to Korea. It was a blessed trip throughout, from beginning to end, including the flights.
IT TAKES AN ARMY to do a Rummage Sale well. Thank you to the 100+ members of the Army of Volunteers who helped make this past week’s Rummage Sale one of the best ever. Some $6,134.44 was raised and there’s more coming in. We are accepting rummage again, but please note we do not accept items not in usable condition. Place items in the center of the Rummage Room (on the gym level) so our sorters can keep up with the incoming flow of goods. Praise be to God for raising up faithful workers!
SLMT TEAM MEETING happens this Tuesday evening. It takes place in room 105, located at the east end of the Educational Wing, directly under the chancel area. There will be a Tour of the curriculum and team assignments confirmed. [Yes, we have room for a few more volunteers, so come out and see how you might serve the Lord in this mission endeavor.]
MISSION COMMITTEE MEETS this Wednesday evening at 7 pm sharp! Please note the meeting this month is in Room 211 [i.e. Pastor Steve’s SS room] not in the Conference Room. Two prospective mission supportees will be presenting.
IF YOU WOULD BE ABLE to provide a meal for Bill and Valerie Frank either Wednesday or Friday of next week, please call Hazel Krier at 610-287-9108. Thanks for helping out!
OPEN HOUSE AT OUR OLD CHURCH BUILDING! Many of you have been asking “What’s going on at our old church building?” Come and find out this Saturday at an open house for The Hub Community Outreach (formerly Immanuel Leidy’s Church). There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony as well as food, games, music, a petting zoo and door prizes! The ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m. and the event goes until 5. Rain date is June 3rd. For more information call Kelly Wilwert at 215-206-8388. If you would like to help out, please contact Lani Kimenhour at 215-527-2971. Hope to see you there!
NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY – Members and non-members alike are encouraged to have a photo taken for the Church Directory. You may sign up online by going to http://www.ucdir.com,/ enter PA725 in the Church Code field and enter Church in the Church Password field. OR You may choose to sign up in person on Sunday at the Photo Directory table. A few volunteers are still needed to help during the photo shoots. Contact Alice Kraus if you can help at 215-536-4291, 267-261-8543, or email email@example.com.
LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN to assist in the kitchen during the Ladies Tea on Saturday, June 3rd. Contact BJ Kulp at 215-272-0576 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help or if you have questions.
SHARE YOUR FAITH WORKSHOP happens this Friday from 7-9 and Saturday from 8:30 to 3:30. Cost – $10 per person. Friday sign-in is at 6:45 p.m., and Saturday a continental breakfast begins at 8:30, lunch is also included. Childcare is available both days. Evangelism Explosion International has developed a Gospel presentation that’s easy to learn and hard to forget. Forms can be found at the narthex hutch.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
3:00 p.m. Set up for Primary Election
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
7:00 p.m. FCA – C.R.
8:00 p.m. Cemetery Committee – Rm. 211
9:00 a.m. Mom’s Bible Study – Rm. 111
7:00 p.m. SLMT Mtg. – Rm. 105
7:00 p.m. Care Committee Mtg. – Rm. 125
7:00 p.m. Evangelism Mtg. – C.R.
7:30 p.m. Choir Rm Resvd.
9:00 a.m. Staff Mtg. – C.R.
1:30 p.m. Small Group – Rm. 211
5:30 p.m. Sanctuary Resvd.
7:00 p.m. Missions Mtg. – Rm. 211
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir
7:30 p.m. Special Services – C.R.
8:00 p.m. Gym Resvd.
7:00 p.m. Realm
6:45 p.m. SYF Workshop
9:00 a.m. SYF Workshop
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
May 30 Israel Information Night
June 3 Ladies Tea
June 4 Church Picnic @ Men-O-Lan
June 10 Strawberry Festival & Chicken BBQ
June 13 Photo Directory Pictures
June 25 VBS Ocean Commotion