THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
#1 O For a Thousand Tongues
#2 I Will Bless the Lord – Hymn #14
#3 My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness – Hymn #575
#4 Be Unto Your Name – Hymn #319
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: John 5:24-30, 39-47 (Page 75)
2 Peter 1:1-11 (Page 183)
Acts 24:24-26 (Page 114)
THE SERMON: “To Be Discussed”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[first used March 11, 1987]
C: You, O God, are the creator and ruler of the universe. We come before You to confess our differences to Your purposes in creation, and our rebellion against Your rule. Our hearts have been intent on our purposes, and so we have neglected Your purposes. We spend much time planning for our ease, but little time in prayer or reading of Your Word, or the sharing of Your truth. Our rebellion against You is seen in broken commitments, hollow relationships, and the barrenness of lives that are too busy. We seek Your forgiveness through the blood of Christ, and the working of the Holy Spirit. Heal and restore us in spirit, soul, and body, so that we may be Your faithful people. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #285 I Will Sing of My Redeemer
* THE APOSTLES CREED
AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: Eternal Father, Strong to Save (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
* Indicates congregation standing; C = Congreg. Response
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the welcome desk in the narthex and return immediately following the service.
WELCOM E 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 ROSEBUD on the communion table is in honor of a daughter, Lenora Elizabeth, born to Tim and Rachel Leidy on Tuesday. May God be with this family as they grow in Him.
CONGRATULATIONS to Tom and Susan Merritt at the dedication of their son, Austin David, this morning. May God be with this family as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Isaac and Janie Inyang in adoration of our great God, even though the night may seem dark, His mercies are new every morning.
GREETERS TODAY: Dave and Lorraine Reich
TAPE MINISTRY: Today BJ Kulp
November 20th Denise Kulp
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Velva Stevenson.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick, and Mario Guerreiro.
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 18 months) – Dustin and Ashley Doran, Farrah McClaskey
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years) – Tosha and Jordan Hostelley, Krista Tyson
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years) – Josh and Laura Heebner, Renee Doran
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jay Fox, Jacquie Fretz, Sylvia Holloway, Emma Lafty, Samuel Murphy 18th; Mary Kirkpatrick 19th; Valerie Weiss 20th, Josh Wilwert 21st; Sam Shafer 22nd; Beth Guntz, BJ Kulp 23rd.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Justin and Emma Coale, Steve and Irina Yagilnicky 13th; Nick and Cassie Olczyk 14th; Dave and Connie Smith 15th; Don and Dianne Nase 18th; Ed and Cheryl Hall 20th; Kevin and Crista Weber 22nd.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is To Be Discussed. When you talk with other folk about important issues of life, what exactly are the sorts of issues you should raise? In our main text today we have a window of observation into just such a conversation. It’s between the prisoner Paul and the man who keeps him in prison, the Roman governor Felix. We might be surprised at what they discuss and the reactions of Felix to the discussions. In his telling of the discussions, Luke mentions three topics: righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come. Jesus and Peter talk about those topics as well.
ISSUES & ANSWERS upcoming schedule is as follows:
Today ~ Stan Ott
Nov. 20 ~ Matt Harris -“What Does the Bible Say About My Debt?”
November 27 ~ Steve Radcliff
WANT TO JOIN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL project of gathering some funds to help Colleen Estes with purchasing and distributing Bibles for youth at Pikangikum? All the November and December offerings from the Sunday School classes will go to this project. If you’d also like to help, please use a Second Mile offering envelope and mark it Pik Bibles.
IF YOU INVOLVED OR WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED in music and worship ministry at Leidy’s? On November 14th we are having an all worship and music gathering in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. which will include dinner, fellowship, worship, and a brief message on the heart of worship. If you are interested in becoming part of these ministries please take this opportunity to join us. This is a key gathering where we will discuss important plans for the future and further grow together as a worship and music ministry. Contact Pastor Chris at Chris@leidyschurch.org or call the church office if you will be attending.
YOUTH FELLOWSHIP REMINDER – There will be no Youth Fellowship this evening.
DOUBLING YOUR DOLLARS is underway. Generous businessmen from the congregation want to motivate us to make a serious dent in our mortgage. They have pledged to match every dollar given to the Building Fund in November and December until the challenge goal of $150,000 is reached. You’re invited to help us meet this challenge.
THE MISSION’S COMMITTEE meets this Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the Conference Room.
SAMPLE CRAFTS FOR THE ADVENT WORSHIP on November 27th are on the table outside the Fellowship Hall near the mailboxes. Be sure to sign up for the craft you wish to make before the lines are filled. All attending are invited to share pizza and beverages afterwards. Please bring a dessert to share. If you’re not “crafty”, but don’t want to miss eating with your family and friends, signup only for the meal. We need to know you’re joining us, so we know how many to expect.
JUDGMENT HOUSE actors should return all clothes and scarves given to you, washed, to the box in the gym as soon as possible so that we can store them for next time. If you have questions, contact Pastor Andrew. If you are missing any props you lent us for Judgment House, email Pastor Andrew at email@example.com.
MISSING from the Confirmation room since Saturday, Oct 29: the bottom of a large slate blue plastic storage tub. Please return to the church office if found.
ZION CHORAL SOCIETY will be in concert today at Penn Valley Church in Telford at 3 p.m.
MONTCO ANGELS are being sought. The Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth seeks “Angels” each Christmas season to help provide gifts for children in the child welfare system. These are kids who will not receive gifts except through this means. Gwen Damiani from our congregation is coordinating this program and would be glad to have you become an Angel. You may contact Gwen at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details. Please contact her before the 20th of November.
BEFORE YOU STUFF YOURSELF with turkey or hit the crowds at the mall, come on out and explore all the unique gifts at our Christmas Craft & Gift Sale this saturday…from 9-2. There will be lots of homemade goods & crafts for anyone on your gift list!
IS YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING ALL DONE? We still need the entire congregation to support the Ladies of Leidy’s Craft & Gift Sale! We want folks that come to see a large crowd milling around, so bring a friend and come walk around for a while! For you fitness buffs, it’s a great place to get your 10,000 steps in! And don’t forget you can get a delicious lunch there! This Saturday from 9-2. See you there!
HELP IS NEEDED to teach/assist with crafts at the Advent Workshop. All the crafts are planned, the shopping for supplies will be done, and instructions are provided – so it’s easy and a great way to keep the tradition going. Sign up at the table across from the mailboxes near the entry to the Fellowship Hall.
VOLLEYBALL SIGNUP ends tomorrow. If you haven’t signed up, now is the time. Contact Joseph Thompson if you have any questions.
NEW MEMBERS WILL BE RECEIVED into the fellowship of Leidy’s Church on December 4th. If you have been through the Inquirer’s Class in the past few years and would like to become a member of Leidy’s Church, please contact Pastor Niederhaus or notify the church office.
THINKING OF GIVING A BIBLE to someone for Christmas? The church office has a supply of New American Standard reference Bibles available. This is the translation used in our church. The cost of the Bible is what the cost is to the church. Contact the church office for more details.
THE LADIES OF LEIDY’S annual pot luck Christmas meeting takes place on Tuesday, December 6th, at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All ladies are welcome to attend . . . just sign up for what you would like to make on the sheet posted in the narthex. Following the meal our business meeting will be held. If you have questions, speak with 2016 President BJ Kulp.
LOST SHEEP prayer group meets the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
RETURNING BOXES? Thanks to all who are participating in Operation Christmas Child. When your box is filled, please return it to the designated table in the narthex. All boxes should be returned by next Sunday.
NEW LADIES BIBLE STUDY beginning Monday, November 21st at 6:45 in room 118. Slaying the Giants in Your Life by Dr. David Jeremiah. Have you felt discouraged, experienced fear, or been tempted to worry? God has not left us without weaponry to defeat these giants. Indeed we have the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-17) at our disposal! Dr. David Jeremiah will share specific scriptures for defeating each giant so that you can walk in victory as a follower of Christ. Weekly topics are: fear, discouragement, loneliness, worry, guilt, temptation, anger, resentment, doubt, procrastination, failure, jealousy. If you would like a copy of the study guide, please call Sandy Nase at 215-669-1421.
NEED A HYMNAL? The hymnals that had to be taken out of the pews because they are missing #s 263-288, need a new home. They do, however, have #s 289-311 in twice! If interested help yourself from the table in the church office.
LADIES OF LEIDY’S (actually anyone who loves to bake!): Don’t forget your baked goods for the Craft Show bake sale. Bring to church this Friday night or Saturday morning before 9 a.m. Proceeds from the sale go to the Building Fund during Double Your Dollars, so all donations are appreciated…even if you aren’t an official LOL member! Call Donna Frueh if you can help at any Lady of Leidy’s table.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 11:30 p.m. Small Group – C.R.
11:30 p.m. F.H. Resvd.
MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
11:00 a.m. C.R. Resvd.
4:00 p.m. Lost Sheep Prayer
6:00 p.m. Worship & Music Gathering
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
TUESDAY 8:30 a.m. BMCE Exec. Mtg. – C.R.
9:30 a.m. Mom’s Fellowship – Rm. 111
7:00 p.m. Evangelism Mtg. – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Care Committee – Rm. 211
WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Staff Mtg. – C.R.
3:00 p.m. Set up for iBlast
5:30 p.m. Grace Note Choir
6:00 p.m. iBlast
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
7:00 p.m. Missions Committee – C.R.
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Precept Study
6:30 p.m. FPU – Youth Rm.
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study
FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. ALL Kitchen/C.R.
Set up for Craft & Gift Show
SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Craft & Gift Show
SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
November 23 Thanksgiving Service
November 27 Advent Workshop
December 11 Caroling
December 18 Family Holiday Concert
Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bids the mighty ocean deep,
Its own appointed limit keep:
O hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea.
O Christ, the Lord of hill and plain,
O’er which our traffic runs amain,
By mountain pass or valley low,
Wherever, Lord, our brethren go,
Protect them by They guarding hand,
From every peril on the land.
O Spirit whom the Father sent,
To spread abroad the firmament;
O wind of heaven by Thy might,
Save all who dare the eagle’s flight,
And keep them by Thy watchful care,
From every peril in the air.
O Trinity of love and power,
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them whereso’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Praise from air and land and sea.