* THE OPENING HYMN: #175 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
* THE SOLEMN DECLARATION C: Amen
* THE INVITATION TO CONFESSION
* THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison
C: O Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who underwent shame and suffering for our sake; we confess most humbly that we have refused to bear the burden of Your cross, that we have denied You rather than face mockery, and that we have put comfort and security before our duty. Forgive us our sins, help us to change our ways, and give us the courage to endure all things for Your sake. 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 shows His love for us…
* THE CALL TO PRAISE
P: Let us praise God!
C: Praise the Lord!
* THE GRATEFUL PRAISE: Blessing and Honor
Blessing and honor and glory and power,
Wisdom and riches and strength evermore,
Give ye to Him who our battle hath won,
Whose are the Kingdom, the Crown and the Throne.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE OF HOPE
HOLY SCRIPTURES: Genesis 17:9-18, 18:9-15 (Page 11)
Luke 1:1-24a (Page 43)
Acts 25:13-22 (Page 114)
THE SERMON: “At a Loss”
* THE APOSTLES CREED
* A HYMN: #176 Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY & PRAYER OF DEDICATION
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
* THE CLOSING HYMN: Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (on insert)
* 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 given with thanksgiving to God for the November birthdays of daughter and granddaughters by Steve and Debbie Bandura.
USHER CAPTAINS: Greg Nase, Glen Tyson
GREETERS TODAY: Ken and Wanda Ritter
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Julia Kulp
December 4th Donna Moyer
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Ken and Connie Merritt.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick, and Mario Guerreiro.
WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDCARE TODAY:
Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 18 months) Connie Merritt, JoAnn Elliott, Megan Weiss
Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years) Gregg and Tiffany Guerreiro, Julia Martindell
Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years) Jeremiah and Brittany Rizzo, Alice Kraus
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! JoAnn Elliott December 1st; Tom Feverston 3rd; Riley Peck, Brent Talbot, Sr. 6th; Karlee Fretz, Cheryl Hall, Mary Beth Musselman, Andrew Parfitt, Jeff Schatz, Tracy Shelton 7th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Mark and Sharon Kostishion 7th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is At a Loss. The incarnation of Jesus changes everything. The conception and birth of the Son of God as a human baby is the decisive and definitive act of God. How do you explain what happened? How do you explain what it means? The life of Jesus of Nazareth is a mystery to the human mind from beginning to end. The Roman governor Festus says he is at a loss to understand the assertions made by Paul about Jesus. We’ll see others at a loss to explain the work of God, folk like Abraham, Sarah, and Zacharias. How about us – what do we say about Him?
THE SEASON OF ADVENT begins today. This is a four-week preparation to celebrate the birth of Christ. The first candle on the Advent Wreath is Hope. As the scriptures are read and the candle is lit, meditate upon the hope that Christ brings to the world and to you.
THE SACRAMENT of Holy Communion will be shared this morning. We invite all members of the church of Jesus Christ to share in this sacrament. Please fill out a communion card and place it in the offering plate.
ISSUES & ANSWERS upcoming schedule is as follows:
Today – Steve Radcliff
December 4 – Stan Ott
December 11 – Spiritual Council Paper
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 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 is today at 4 p.m. Crafters please, be on time, crafts will start promptly! Don’t forget your dessert to share.
NEW MEMBERS WILL BE RECEIVED into the fellowship of Leidy’s Church next Sunday. 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 by Tuesday.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING takes place two weeks from today! That would be December 11th – yikes! Included in today’s bulletin is a sign-up form to register for caroling. The completed form may be placed in the offering plate or on the secretary’s desk in the office. You may also use the form to make suggestions for persons or homes to put on our caroling list. Feel welcome to join in spreading Christmas cheer!
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, beginning 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.
IF YOUR LAST NAME is Rittenhouse, Leidy, Tyson, Gehman, Niederhaus, Michalak, Myers, Schatz, Wilwert, VanDerbeek, or
. . . Musselman 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.
PRAYING HAPPENS this Saturday morning, which is the first Saturday of December. That means Patterns of Prayer will be taking place in Room 117. You may stop in any time from 8 til noon for as long or as short a time as your schedule allows. If you have questions or suggestions, please speak with Patricia Martindell.
THE FLOWER CHART FOR 2017 is posted on the wall in the narthex for those who would like to sponsor flowers for our sanctuary. The chart will be posted until the end of December.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 4:00 p.m. Advent Workshop
MONDAY 6:00 p.m. Sanctuary Rsvd.
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
TUESDAY 7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Rsvd.
WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m. iBlast Set up
5:30 p.m. Grace Notes Choir
6:00 p.m. iBlast
THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Precept
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study
SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Prayer
1:00 p.m. F.H./Kitchen Resvd.
SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
December 11 Caroling
December 18 Follow the Star Cantata
December 18 Family Holiday Concert
December 24 Christmas Eve
Lo! He Comes, with Clouds Descending
Lo! He comes, with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
All the many saints attending
Swell the triumph of His train:
God appears on earth to reign.
Every eye shall now behold Him,
Robed in awesome majesty;
Those who once denied and killed Him
Pierced, and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.
Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
See the day of God appear!
Yea, amen! Let all adore Thee,
High on the eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory;
Claim the kingdom for Your own:
Christ shall reign, and Christ alone.