October 2, 2016
*  THE OPENING HYMN: #1  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
*  THE SOLEMN DECLARATION            C: Amen
*  THE CONFESSION OF SIN – first in silence & then in unison
    C: Gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, You have promised to receive us when we come to You. We confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. We have disobeyed Your law. We have not loved You or our neighbors as we ought. Forgive us, O God, and grant that we may live and serve You in newness of life; 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.
         P: God shows His love for us…
         C: Amen
         P: Let us praise God!
         C: Praise the Lord!
*   THE GRATEFUL PRAISE: Amazing Grace
     Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
     HOLY SCRIPTURES:  Psalm 119:65-72 (Page 445)
                                         John 18:33-19:16(Page 88)
                                         Acts 22:22-29 (Page 112)
     THE SERMON: “How to Get the Truth Out”
*   A HYMN: #234  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
     AN ANTHEM:  Be – Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN: #303  Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your seats in a worshipful
       attitude until the Pastors have exited the sanctuary

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 Delton and Laurie Plank in honor of our amazing church staff, and with thanks for their hard work in preparing for the move and the Dedication Service.
GREETERS TODAY:     Stan and Joan Radcliff
TAPE MINISTRY:      Today                                    Diane Gehman
                                           October 9th              Helen Hahn
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Denise Kulp.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick, and Mario Guerreiro.
    Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 18 months) – Farrah McClaskey, Krista
                                                                   Tyson, Julia Martindell
    Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years) – Jeremiah and Brittany Rizzo
    Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years) – Justin and Chrissie Lockman, Tara DiLenge
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Andrew Heebner, Kelly Wilwert 6th; Mike Hughes, Bill Parfitt 7th; Hannah Haughey, Dean Kulp, Scott Rittenhouse 8th; Barbara Frederick 9th; Josh Heebner 10th; Jeff Maxwell, Brittany Rizzo, Brayden Shelton, Jethro Smith 11th; Bonnie Doran, Dolores Reed 12th.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Carl and Jerri Thompson 5th; Rob and Tracy Shelton 7th; Tom and Abby Feverston, Norm and Donna Weiss 8th; Dave and  Beth Guntz, Doug and Karen Potts, Les and Bonnie Pross 9th; Irv and Denise Kulp 12th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is How to Get the Truth Out. The Roman commander sets out to find out the truth about Paul? Who is he really? What has he done? The commander wants to get the truth out. Such being the case, we’re surprised to discover the means he intends to use: torture! Why was torture routine practice in interrogations? Is it still done? Is it effective? In our OT text the Psalmist affirms that it was good that he was afflicted. What does that mean? In our Gospel text we’ll find Pilate seeking to get out the truth, but in so doing his own soul will be afflicted. Is there any such thing as truth, or is it all just one’s perspective?
THE SACRAMENT of Holy Communion will be shared this morning. We invite all who have been baptized as 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 –  Stan Ott
     Oct. 9th – Dave Reich – What does the Bible say about “Social Justice
     Oct. 16th  Dave Reich – What does the Bible say about “Social Justice
     Oct. 23rd – Jim and Linda Maiorano
iBLAST TRAINING takes place this Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Andrew.
PASTOR APPRECIATION LUNCHEON happens next Sunday, immediately following the service. All are invited to attend. Persons with last names beginning A-F are asked to bring an appetizer, those beginning with G-P are asked to bring a side dish or salad, and names beginning with Q-Z, bring a dessert. Please label your dish whether appetizer, side/salad, or dessert. Also, any serving dishes can be claimed from the shelves above the coat closet. A sign-up slip is included in the bulletin. Place forms in the box provided on the Welcome Desk. Forms are due in today, but no later than Tuesday.
KAY ARTHUR is coming to Hawthorne Gospel Church (Hawthorne NJ) November 12th “How to Live in a Society That Calls Evil Good and Good Evil”  Info at: (Lisa Kudisch) Lkudisch@hgcusa.org or call 973-427-6960 (X129).  Cost $40 (or $50 at the door).
COLLECTING NON-PERISHABLE food items for the Vets for Vets program in Pennsburg. The Church and Community Committee has a table in the narthex where you may place your donations. See the October Newsletter for items specifically requested. Thanks for your help!
JONI AND FRIENDS is presenting a seminar titled Engage. Focusing on how to include folk with disabilities – whether physical, mental, or emotional – more fully in the life of the church community, featured speaker is Jeff McNair. Jeff and his wife have more than 30 years ministry experience in this field. Engage takes place on Saturday, Oct. 15th, from 9 to 3:30 at Immanuel Church of the Nazarene in Lansdale. To register, please call Joni and Friends at 215-799-2304. The registration cost is $40 with lunch included. For full details you may go to www.joniandfriends.org/church-relations/engage-conference/.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE UNDERWAY. Concerted prayer is taking place across our country and around the world asking for God’s mercy and intervention in the matter of abortion. Each of us is encouraged to add our prayers to the rising chorus of intercession. Near us, folk are gathering for prayer each day at the Planned Parenthood abortuary at 610 Louis Drive in Warminster. You may join them for prayer any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
LADIES OF LEIDY’S meets this Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Conference Room. Our featured guest speakers will be Lorraine and Mackenzie Kroesser, sharing about their 2016 mission trip to Stormer. All ladies are welcome to attend.
IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD it’s an election year.  But to vote, you must be registered. The last day to register for the November election is October 11th. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is October 31st, and the last day to file your absentee ballot is November 4th. The necessary forms for these purposes are provided by the Church and Community Committee and may be obtained from the narthex hutch. The prized opportunity to vote is not only a right, but a duty of citizenship. Let your voice be heard.
SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Tuesday evening at 7:30 in Room 125.
SENIOR SAINTS LUNCHEON  for those who are 70 and older is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th at 12 noon. Invitations have been mailed. If you do not receive an invitation and are over 70, please contact the church office.
JOIN US FOR AN HOUR OF SILENT, PEACEFUL PRAYER – Today is National Life Chain Sunday.  Come to the corner of Old York Road and Horace Avenue at 1:45 pm (Abington Hospital and the Abington Township Building are on either side of that intersection).  Choose a sign and a place to stand along the sidewalk on either side of the street. Pray fervently for an end to abortion, for those who drive by and see our message, for those considering abortion, for those who work performing abortions, and for those who have had abortions to find forgiveness in Christ. We will be there until 3:00 pm.
CHURCH VOLLEYBALL SEASON is starting up again if you are interested in playing competitive volleyball, levels A, B, and C, and are at least 15 years old. The sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board between the elevator and the bathrooms on the sanctuary level of the building. Any questions please contact Joseph Thompson at 267-416-9099. (Texting is preferred)
iBLAST IS LOOKING FOR WRAPPED TOYS, craft kits, science kits, sports equipment or even gift cards that can be used in the iBlast store. Kids will be working hard to earn tickets through attendance, verse memorization, and bookwork so let’s surprise them with lots of great prize choices! We are happy to take newly purchased items OR something that your kids/grandkids got as a gift but never opened!  Items should appeal to boys or girls age 5-12 and should be appropriate in the church context. Donation items can be marked “iBlast” and left in Pastor Andrew’s office.
JUDGEMENT HOUSE STILLS NEEDS EXTRA ACTORS! We need men/women aged between 30 to 70 to play various roles. Some require speaking, some require no speaking but playing injured.
THE RUMMAGE SALE is next week, Wednesday and Thursday, October 12th and 13th. Set up begins Monday and Tuesday, October 10th and 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. We also need workers during the sale on Wednesday from 9-8 p.m. and on Thursday ($2 a bag day) Pack-up begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. Please plan to support this outreach where people in the community can get a good bargain on used clothes and other household goods.
CONSISTORY meets this Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the Conference Room.
JUDGEMENT HOUSE IS IN NEED OF some items to furnish rooms. Needed are: wall hanging/tapestry, a side table, lamp, an area rug, a single bed & headboard (boys room), curtains (boys room), an area rug (boys room), toaster, and a microwave.
RESERVATIONS NOW BEING TAKEN for this year’s Judgement House presentation, Deadly Encounter. Presentations will be made on October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th and 30th, that is, the last two weekends of October. Tours begin at 6 pm and last 45 to 60 minutes. The last tour departs at 9 pm. This year the first Friday night is not set aside for Leidy’s Church members only. It is recommended that church members reserve tour times at the earlier dates so the later dates are available as word of mouth spreads in the community. Reservations for individuals or groups may be made by calling the church office any week day between 9 and 5. The number is 215-723-8707.
FIELDS OF FAITH IS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH !  We are praying for 500 people to fill the football field at Souderton Area High School from 7:00 -8:30 pm. This night is set aside…not for a game but for people to gather to say God and His Word are what brings Hope. Students from area schools will share the impact reading the Bible has had on their life. The Gospel will be shared and a challenge will be given to read God’s Word every day for the 2016-17 school year. A Philadelphia Eagle, Stefen Wisniewski will also be coming to share his story. Join us, be encouraged and be one of the 500 strong!
PRAYING WITH ST. PAUL, begins this morning as a new adult SS elective led by Dave Walbrandt. Meeting in Room 122 – just across the hall from the Special Needs class – each class will engage with particular prayers of Paul as well as Paul’s pattern of prayer. This course will last for only 8 weeks, so don’t miss it.
CHILD CARE needed for three children every wed from 3:30 to 6pm. Please contact Bambi Martindell. Serving this way will help the iBlast program.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE in Judgement House are still available. In addition to some actors, we still need adults who love children to look after those too young to tour Judgment and Hell scenes; security guards; set construction workers, room decorators, make-up artists, kitchen workers, registration helpers, prayer team, short-term child care. If interested, please fill out interest form (found on the Judgement House table in narthex). Thank you for serving in the Lord’s work with us.
Volunteer Training
There will be a training meeting for those who volunteer in the Guppies, i.e. nursery, and Children’s Church.
      Who:                      For existing and new volunteers
      When:                    Tuesday, October 11th  at 7:00 p.m. or
                                      Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m.
      Where:                   Christian Education Welcome Desk
Background Checks
      If you are still in need of a background check please go to http://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp  for a PA Criminal Record Check. For the PA Child Abuse History Clearance go to https:www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS. If you need detailed instructions on how to complete them, please contact the church office.
Helpers Are Still Needed to check in our children for Sunday School. You will need to be here by 8:30. If you can help please contact the church office. Please be a helper and help us out!
                               12:30 p.m.      Sm. Group – C.R.
                                 4:30 p.m.      Judgement House Practice
                                6:00 p.m.      Youth Fellowship
                                7:00 p.m.      Organ Concert
                                9:00 a.m.      Home School Classes
                                6:45 p.m.      Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
                                 7:00 p.m.      Outreach – C.R.
                                9:30 a.m.      Mom’s Bible Study – Rm. 111
                                 7:00 p.m.      Elder Prayer
                                7:00 p.m.      Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
                                7:30 p.m.      Spiritual Council –
                                7:00 p.m.      Ladies of Leidy’s – C.R.
                                 7:00 p.m.      Bell Choir
                                7:30 p.m.      Consistory – C.R.
                                 8:00 p.m.      Chancel Choir
                                9:00 a.m.      Precept Study
                                6:30 p.m.      FPU – Rm. 118
                                7:30 p.m.      Men’s Bible Study
                                 7:00 p.m.      Set up for Pastor’s Appreciation
                                 8:45 a.m.      Sunday School
                              10:00 a.m.      Worship Service
October 12 & 13    Rummage Sale
October 12             iBlast begins
October 21             Judgement House begins