THE ORGAN PRELUDE
BELL PRELUDE: Come, Ye Thankful People Come – Bell Choir
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
#1 Let All Things Now Living #3 My One Comfort
#2 Great Are You, Lord #4 Take My Life, and Let It Be
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Psalm 56 (Page 415)
John 7:1-14 (Page 77)
Acts 25:1-12 (Page 114)
THE SERMON: “Consistency”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[by Pastor Richard Baxter, 1615-1691]
C: O most great, most just and gracious God; You are of purer eyes than to behold iniquity; but You have promised mercy through Jesus Christ, to all that repent and believe in Him. We confess that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We have neglected, and thus abused, Your holy worship. We have dealt unjustly and uncharitably with our neighbors. We have not sought first Your kingdom. You have revealed Your wonderful love to us in Christ, and offered us pardon and salvation in Him; but we have turned away. We have run into temptation; and the sin we should have hated, we have committed. Have mercy on us most merciful Father! In Your Son is our salvation, and in Your promises our hope. Take us for Your children, and give us the Spirit of Your Son and, in the end, receive us into Your glory, through Jesus Christ our only Savior. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #283 Redeemed
* THE APOSTLES CREED
AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY & PRAYER
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
SPECIAL MUSIC: Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone – John Caserta
* MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #373 Rise Up, O Men of God
* 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 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.
OUR SINCERE Christian sympathy to Mary Walbrandt and Dave Walbrandt, and family at the death of her son, and brother, Bill respectively, and to Stan Radcliff and family at the death of his brother. May God be with these families at this time.
THE ROSEBUD on the communion table is in honor of a son, Cornelius Jeffrey, born to Jeff and Mary Kirkpatrick last Saturday. May God be with this family as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Don and Dianne Nase in thankfulness to God for His goodness, grace, and faithfulness.
GREETERS TODAY: LeRoy and Diane Gehman
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Denise Kulp
November 27th Julia Kulp
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Alice Kraus.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick, and Mario Guerreiro.
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 18 months)
Jim and Angela Kinney, Courtney Lepping
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years)
Lorraine and Natalie Reich, Deb Guerreiro
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years)
Andrew and Becca Rosenbaum, Lydia Wilwert
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Christian Rau 24th; Gary Filson, Lorne Slack 25th; Janice Peterman, Joah Rittenhouse 26th; Natalie Guerreiro, Dorothy Kehs 27th; Owen Lockman 29th; Shirley Michalak, Bill Teate 30th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Rod and Beth Harbon 26th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Consistency. Paul the prisoner knew about consistency. For two years Felix consistently spoke with him, knew the charges against him were trumped-up, and yet did not release Paul or seek to settle his case. When Festus arrives in Jerusalem to succeed Felix, the first thing the Jewish leaders ask of him is to have Paul brought to Jerusalem for trial. Consistent with their previous purposes, they plan to ambush and kill Paul on the way. Paul, however, is inconsistent. Two years earlier he pushed hard to get to Jerusalem, now he refuses. He appeals to Caesar instead.
THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE takes place this Wednesday evening. It begins at 7 pm and you should be on your way by 8 pm or so. There will be time for testimonies, lots of good songs to sing, the Word of God shared, and we’ll turn our hearts to giving thanks to God with gratefulness. Bring your family and get a good start to the entire holiday season.
CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSING to Karlee Fretz who is being baptized this morning. May the Lord Jesus continue to build her up in faith and give her grace to follow Him fully.
ISSUES & ANSWERS upcoming schedule is as follows:
Today – Matt Harris -“What Does the Bible Say About My Debt?”
November 27 – Steve Radcliff
December 4 – Stan Ott
December 11 – Spiritual Council Paper
ZION CHORAL SOCIETY will be in concert today at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship, Allentown at 3 p.m. This is their last performance.
WANT TO JOIN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL project of gathering some funds to help Colleen Estes with purchasing Bibles and teaching materials for youth to use 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.
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.
ADVENT WORKSHOP happens next Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Check out the table in the narthex and choose what craft you would like to make. 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. The crafts and pizza are free.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, sooner rather than later.
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.
IF YOUR LAST NAME is Niederhaus, Myers, Wilwert, VanDerbeek, Schatz, Musselman, Michalak, Gehman, Leidy, Rittenhouse or Tyson . . . we need a favor. Please check the dark recesses of your old VHS tape cabinet, and see if anyone has a recording of Go, Go, Jonah from 1997. The program documents that it was video recorded by Vaughn Landes, so we are hoping someone has a copy? Please notify the church office if you find one . . . it is rare, and worth a fortune . . . so they say.
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.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD boxes are due today! If you forgot yours, bring it by this afternoon. Our thanks to all who are participating, and a special thanks to Ken and Velva Stevenson who coordinated this effort.
NEW LADIES BIBLE STUDY begins tomorrow 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? 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.
FOR RENT: First floor 2 BR apartment in Telford with updated kitchen and bathroom, new flooring throughout. Includes washer/dryer, dishwasher, range, refrigerator, central air/heat, and extra storage space. $925 per month includes trash and snow removal, plus reserved parking. Electric and water/sewer additional. No smoking, no pets, preferred. Background check and work reference(s) required. Email email@example.com if interested.
NEWSLETTER articles for the December Newsletter are due in the office by Tuesday. Thank you.
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. – FCA – C.R.
7:00 p.m. – Worship Committee – Rm. 211
6:30 a.m. – Elder Prayer
7:00 p.m. – Tech Mtg. – C.R.
7:00 p.m. – Grace Community
7:00 p.m. – CMAC – Rm. 111
1:30 p.m. – Small Group – C.R.
7:00 p.m. – Thanksgiving Eve Service
8:45 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Worship Service
November 27 Advent Workshop
December 11 Caroling
December 18 Family Holiday Concert