THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
#1 Our God #3 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
#2 Revelation Song #4 Cornerstone
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 45:18-25 (page 729)
John 1:1-5 (page 1058)
Acts 17:19-34 (page 1110)
THE SERMON: “Origin: Part I”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
(First used March 24, 1996]
C: Holy and Awesome God, we bow our hearts and heads before You. All the universe exists only by Your good pleasure. You are the Sovereign, the Ruler, of all creation. We confess our sin to You. Foolishly we listened to other voices, even as they denied Your rule. Those voices attribute sovereignty to Fate, to Evolution, to Blind Chance, to the order of stars, and even to human willpower. Cleanse us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cause us to know You more fully. Graciously grant us to walk in a deeper humility, as we see more clearly who You are: the one true God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who reigns and rules, now and forevermore! Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (on insert)
THE HEIDELBERG CATECHISM:
Question 46: How do you understand the words: He ascended into heaven”?
Answer: That Christ was taken up from the earth into heaven before the eyes of His disciples, and remains there on our behalf, until He comes again to judge the living and the dead.
Question 47: Then, is not Christ with us to the end of the world, as He has promised us?
Answer: Christ is true man and true God. As a man He is no longer on earth, but in His divinity, majesty, grace, and Spirit, He is never absent from us.
Question 49: What benefit do we receive from Christ’s ascension into heaven?
Answer: First, that He is our Advocate in the presence of His Father in heaven. Second, that we have our flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that He as the Head, will also take us, His members, up to Himself. Third, that He sends us His Spirit as a counter pledge, by whose power we seek what is above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God, and not the things that are on earth.
** AN ANTHEM: Praise Canon – Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing (on insert)
* 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 Dale Alderfer and family at the death of his dad last week. May God be with them at this time.
THE ROSEBUD on the piano is placed by Barb DiLucia in honor and in thankfulness to God for the safe delivery of her first great-granddaughter, Elle Marie.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Mark and Sharon Kostishion in honor of their three grandchildren, Mila, Henry, and Bree – each a gift from God.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Mike and Deb Hughes
(10:45) Steve and Sue Landis
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Donna Moyer
May 15th Mary Beth Musselman
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Jack Edling.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jim Foote and Joseph Thompson.
8:00 Ben and Evangeline Smith, Ken and Wendy Murphy (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 April and Lizzie Sedares, Jeremy and Justine Smith (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Aiden Kehs, Ken Ritter, Tina Smith 12th; Judah Kehs, Troy Radcliff 13th; Mabel Neal, Donna Weiss 14th; Becca Rosenbaum 16th; Ben Leidy, Stan Radcliff 17th; Patti Jones, Sherise Rittenhouse 18th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Ed and Hope Walter 12th; Scott and Sherise Rittenhouse 14th; Tom and Susan Merritt 15th; Jerry and BJ Kulp 16th; Chase and Emily Brunner 17th; LeRoy and Diane Gehman 18th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Origin: Part 1. When we read about leaders in the Bible speaking to people, often it simply states that they spoke without indicating what exactly it was they said. Frustrating! Our text from Acts is not of that type. It is one of only two instances in which we hear the words Paul spoke when he addressed a group of non-believing non-Jewish folk. He gets right to the root of the matter as he speaks about the creation of the world. Every person who’s ever lived has had to ponder how the world came to be. It is essential that we know God made the world and continues to govern it.
PENTECOST SUNDAY is next Sunday. The Lord’s Supper will be shared at each service of worship. Come prepared to participate in this Christian sacrament. And let’s pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy spirit among us, and upon the land in which we live.
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.
LAST CALL TO GET TICKETS for Thursday’s Business & Professional Breakfast. It happens from 6:30 to 7:45 at the Franconia Heritage restaurant banquet room. Tickets are $12 and may be obtained from the Jack Parry, Pastor Niederhaus or the church. Special speaker is Dr. Frank James III, the president of Biblical Seminary.
MEN, WOMEN & YOUNG PEOPLE the Hospitality Committee needs you! We will soon be across the street in our new church building and we need a team of people who want to welcome our church family and visitors each Sunday morning. All you need is a smile, a warm handshake, and a welcoming greeting. Our next meeting is on Tuesday night May 17th at 7:00 p.m. Please call the church office to be part of this new committee. Our first meeting was this past Tuesday but you only missed the laughter. We can provide you with all the materials we distributed and discussed. If you have any questions, please call Denise at the church office or Greg and Sandy Nase 215-234-8728. We look forward to you joining the Hospitality Team of Leidy’s Church!
PLEASE BRING ANY used but usable donations for the Rummage Sale today or tomorrow (at the latest) and leave them in the hallway outside the Fellowship Hall. Don’t forget the Lost & Found table in the narthex. Take what is yours, whatever is left will be sold at the Rummage Sale.
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.
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. 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 is shaking the dust off its feet! Well, maybe not that. This week did find, however, cleaning crews going throughout the building cleaning up the dust and washing down windows and generally sprucing up the place. All of the carpeting is done and that sub-contractor has moved to another job. The cabinets for the Sunday School rooms are installed and work is being done in the Youth Room. There are still issues with Dept. of Labor & Industry regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, the issue with the Control Booth was resolved favorably to us. Thanks be to God! Penn Builders is working down a final punch list of items, though all major items are completed. The work on the outside pillars has been hampered by inclement weather. It is hoped they will be completed this week. Let’s keep praying. We need much prayer! As part of our prayers let’s remember to give thanks to God for His mercies and blessings day by day!
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 this Wednesday at 7:00 in the sanctuary. 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.
THE BIG “R” HAPPENS this week. Yes, it’s Rummage Sale time again. For a good bit of this week the Fellowship Hall and narthex will turn into a giant “find a deal, find a wonder” palace. Lots of help is needed, so your involvement will be welcome – whether you’ve been involved for 40 years or this would be your first time. We’ve got a place for you. Just talk with Mary Beth. Help is especially needed for Thursday night pack-up at 6:00.
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: The Protestant Reformers resisted the observance of special religious days. There were only five they thought should be retained: Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension Day, and Pentecost. In our day and age we’ve largely forgotten any special significance of Christ’s ascension. Yet the Catechism devotes several questions to the ascension, but only one to the resurrection. What is it that is so connected to the ascension? First, that as an event it really happened! Jesus did bodily ascend to heaven. The promise is that He will return physically, visibly, and recognizably at the Last Day. Between the ascension and His return Jesus is our Advocate before the throne of God. Great to know! From His throne, He has poured out/sent the Holy Spirit who comforts, teaches, and uses us for God’s purposes. Since Jesus is in heaven with His glorified human body, we are assured we, His people, also will be in heaven with our glorified bodies. There really will be a resurrection of the body!
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.
Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9 for Jesus’ bodily ascension to heaven
Heb. 9:24 for Christ now being in the presence of God for us
Acts 1:11 for the promise of Christ’s physical, visible return
Matt. 28:20 for the promise of the Lord being with us at all times
John 14:17-18 for not leaving us as orphans
Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1 for Christ interceding for us before the Father
John 14:2 for the Lord preparing a place for us in heaven
John 14:16-17; Acts 2:33 for Jesus sending the Holy Spirit
Col. 3:1 for our seeking the things above
SLMT ORIENTATION meeting takes place this Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. It begins at 9 a.m. All SLMT participants should be present – and other family members are welcome as well if they so desire.
GOD’S BLESSING TO all the mothers in our midst today! God has blessed us richly through you. We thank God for you. May He bless you abundantly in your faithful ministry as moms.
THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL will take place on Saturday, June 11th. Much help is needed to make the Festival a success. Forms will be in the bulletin next week.
DEAR CHURCH FAMILY, we want to thank you all very much for the continued prayers, encouragement, rides, meals and generous gifts. You have blessed our family immensely throughout Brian’s illness. With love, the Lafty’s
FULL FINISH CAMPAIGN – Today is the last day to get your contributions in if you want to be included in the dedication booklet, but not the last day that you can contribute to the campaign. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.
REGISTRATION FOR LEIDY’S CHURCH 2016 VBS PROGRAM, SonSpark Labs, is now open to the children of church members and their friends. SonSpark Labs VBS is for children who have completed Kindergarten through 6th grade. Paper registration forms are available in the narthex. Completed forms can be dropped off in the church office. Electronic registration is also available on Leidy’s website under Ministries-Children. Registration opens to the public on May 23rd, so be sure to get your forms in as soon as possible to reserve your spot(s). Registration closes when we reach capacity or on June 19th, whichever comes first. Contact the church office or Laura Heebner (215-872-9834) with questions.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 6:00 p.m. Youth help with Rummage
MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Rummage Set up
4:00 p.m. Lost Sheep Prayer – Sanctuary
6:45 p.m. Women’s Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. Dedication Committee – Library
TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Rummage Set up
7:00 p.m. Women’s Ministry Mtg.
WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Rummage Sale
7:00 p.m. Alleluia Choir Practice
7:45 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Rummage Sale
9:00 a.m. Precept Study – Rm. 16
6:00 p.m. Rummage Clean up
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. SLMT Orientation Breakfast
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 15 Confirmation Sunday
June 5 Dedication Service
June 11 Strawberry Festival