October 9, 2016
*   HYMNS OF WORSHIP: in hymnal or on insert
      #1  Amazing Grace (Hymn #104)       #3  Glory to God Forever
      #2  10,000 Reasons                               #4  Behold Our God
      THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:       Mark 12:18-27 (Page 37)
                                         Luke 18:9-14(Page 62)
                                         Acts 22:30-23:10 (Page 112)
     THE SERMON: “Knowing for Certain”
*   CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
                     [Adapted from John Calvin’s Forms of Prayer for the Church]
     C: O Lord, You are our Father, we are nothing but earth and  clay. You are our Creator, we are the workmanship of Your hands. You are our Redeemer, we are the people redeemed by You. Our sins kindle Your wrath, but remember we are called by Your name, and bear Your banner. Do not chastise us in Your fury, but in Your mercy chasten us leniently. Preserve, we ask, the work which Your grace has begun in us, that the whole world may acknowledge You to be our God and Savior. We abandon all other hope, and flee to the precious covenant by which our Lord Jesus Christ, through His own body and blood, has reconciled us to You. Look, therefore, not on us, but on the face of Christ. May Your face shine upon us, as You guide and govern us by Your Word and Spirit. Amen.
*   ASSURANCE OF PARDON: #456  How Firm a Foundation
     AN ANTHEM: Chancel Choir
*   THE CLOSING HYMN:  #600  When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
*   SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude until the Pastor leaves
* 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.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Stephen and Irina Yagilnicky at the dedication of their sons Aleks Stephen and Maikil Stephen, and their daughter Elein Stephenivna. Standing with Stephen and Irina as Spiritual Parents to the children are: Jack and Karen Parry with Aleks; Bill and Linda Curtis with Maikil; and Curt and Betty Jo Lockman with Elein. May God be with the Yagilnicky family as they grow in Him.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed by Norm and Donna Weiss in celebration of their 56th wedding anniversary. The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Psalms 126:3
GREETERS TODAY:     Doug and Karen Potts
TAPE MINISTRY:       Today                   Helen Hahn
                                    October 16th            Beth Harbon
THE LAY VISITOR for this week is Roger Jones.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Justin Lockman, Jeff Kirkpatrick, and Mario Guerreiro.
    Infant Nursery – Guppies (0 to 18 months) – Nate and Bekah Kulp
    Toddlers – Lambs (18 months to 3 years) – Ruthie Niederhaus, Ellen Hill
    Children’s Church – Lions (3-5 years) – Shaun and Meghann Permar, Jillian Hager
     HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Tom Merritt, Rachel Tyson 13th; Justin Coale, Renee Doran, Keith Lockman 14th; Dave Freed, Kevin Weiss 15th; Jeremy Smith, Lucas VanDerbeek, Megan Walbrandt 16th; Tara DiLenge, John Kroesser, Sallybeth McClaskey, Darlene Schmidt 17th; Steve Landis, Melinda Ziegler 18th; Shirley Clemens, Abigail Hall, Terry Leidy, Tyler Moyer, Hannah Niederhaus 19th; Karen Potts 20th.
     HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Bill and Miriam Weigner 16th; Andrew and Becca Rosenbaum 17th; Kevin and Joyce Godshall 19th; Doug and Caren Elliott, Jim and Angela Kinney 20th; Brian and Gina Shoemaker 21st.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Knowing for Certain. Claudius Lysias, the head of the Roman troops in Jerusalem, could not figure out why in the world the Jews were so upset with Paul. He wants to know for certain what the deal is. He assembles the Jewish authorities, men who knew for certain what they knew, and anticipates getting some certain answers – finally! Instead, he gets a near-riot. What happened? The folk he brought together knew for certain what they knew (we’ll meet them in our Gospel texts), but could not agree on what they didn’t know, except knowing for certain the others were wrong!
ISSUES & ANSWERS upcoming schedule is as follows:
     Today –  Dave Reich – What does the Bible say about “Social
     Oct. 16th – Dave Reich – What does the Bible say about “Social
     Oct. 23rd – Jim and Linda Maiorano
REMINDER – The Pastor Appreciation Luncheon happens today immediately following the worship service. Any serving dishes can be claimed from the shelves above the coat closet. Did you forget to sign-up? Come on in, we’ve got a place for you.
SENIOR SAINTS LUNCHEON happens Saturday at 12 noon. If you have not responded, please do so by contacting the church office.
HAVE YOU MADE A RESERVATION to tour Judgement House? The dates are October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, between the hours of 6 to 9 p.m. Making an advance reservation for a tour will eliminate long waits in the crowd of walk-ins. The tour takes approximately an hour. Call or email the church office to secure a spot.
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!
JUDGEMENT HOUSE Counseling Orientation takes place in the Conference Room on Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday morning, October 15th at 9:00.
CHILD CARE needed for three children every Wed from 3:30 to 6 p.m at church. Please contact Bambi Martindell at 215-234-4486. Serving this way will help the iBlast program.
HELP IS NEEDED to serve our Senior Saints at the luncheon on this Saturday. If you are able to help, please contact the church office. Thank you.
IF YOU SIGNED UP TO BE on the security detail for Judgement House, please note that you should attend practice on either October 9th or, preferably, October 16th. You will need to learn the flow of the new building.
VOLUNTEER TRAINING – There will be a training meeting for those who volunteer in the Guppies, i.e. nursery, and Children’s Church, on Tuesday, October 11th  at 7:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m. at the Christian Education Welcome Desk.
OUR DAY TO PRAY at the Planned Parenthood location in Warminster is two weeks from tomorrow, that is, Monday, October 24th. We’ll be praying from 7 am to 7 pm. Please call the church office to indicate when you can come by to pray. You can pray and be a presence for life for as long or short a period of time as fits your schedule. Call the church office for further details or speak with Pastor Niederhaus.
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.
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.
IF YOU REQUESTED a copy of the Dedication Service, it will be available Tuesday, and will be placed in your mailbox. It can also be viewed on our website.
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)
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 only being an injured person.
THE RUMMAGE SALE IS THIS WEEK! Please bring any used but usable donations for the Rummage Sale no later than Tuesday and leave them in the gym. Mary Beth Musselman will be in the narthex to help you sign-up for a time slot to work anytime during the set-up on Monday and Tuesday or during the actual sale, Wednesday 9-8 and Thursday 9-6. We especially need men, women, and youth to help Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m. for pack-up. Shop Wednesday for a huge selection or come on Thursday when you can get a paper grocery bag of items for $2.
WANT TO HELP WITH JUDGEMENT HOUSE without acting? Consider donating food for the cast! There is a sign-up sheet on the wall in the narthex for you to tear off a slip to bring the items we need. Please bring the donated items to the kitchen by the date posted and mark it “JH”. Thank you.
IT’S BACK!  THE LEIDY’S CHURCH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR is on the books for November 19th, and it’s not too late to reserve a table! If you don’t think you have enough stuff for a whole table, consider grabbing a friend and sharing space! We are looking not only for homemade crafts, but also direct sales representatives like Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay or Discovery Toys? See Donna Frueh for a commitment form and you can have extra cash for Christmas!
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 IS IN NEED OF some items to furnish rooms. Needed are: wall hanging/tapestry, a side table, lamp, an area rug, curtains (boys room), an area rug (boys room).
WORTHWHILE WEAR is having their annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 22nd from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Calvary Church in Souderton. All funds raised on this night are used by Worthwhile Wear to provide restorative services, housing and employment to survivors of human trafficking, both in the tri-state area and internationally. To purchase a ticket please go to https://worthwhilewear.webconnex.com/worthwhileeveningrefined. Worthwhile Wear is growing in its mission to end modern day slavery. The Well, our U.S.-based residential program, is almost at capacity and we’re in the midst of creating an educational and counseling center on the same property. While our financial needs are also expanding, we’re grateful for generous supporters like you who help make what we do possible!
CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE, that is, time to prepare for the sending of tens of thousands of Operation Christmas Child boxes all around the world. The Mission Committee has a table in the narthex with details about filling the boxes, when they have to be back, and where they go. There are several mounds of boxes from which you may take a box or two for your family to fill.
HURRICANE HELP can be given through Leidy’s Church. Use a Second Mile offering envelope from your pew rack, put your contribution inside, and mark it Hurricane Help. Your gift will go to organizations with people on the ground in places hardest hit so that your gift can go directly onsite and provide immediate help. Checks should be made out to Leidy’s Church.
PAKISTAN’S SUPREME COURT will hear the appeal of Asia Bibi this Thursday. This is the Christian woman accused of blasphemy by Muslim co-workers. She has been on Pakistan’s death row since 2010. This is her last hope not to be executed by hanging. Please remember her in your prayers. You can read about her case on Wikipedia and other sources.
AS THE PRESENTATION NEARS, we still need adults to who love children to look after those too young to tour Judgement and Hell scenes; security guards; set construction workers, room decorators, make-up artists, kitchen workers, registration helpers, prayer team, and short-term child care. If interested, please fill out an interest form (found on the Judgement House table in narthex). Thank you for serving in the Lord’s work with us.
SUNDAY                               12:00 p.m.              Pastor Appreciation Luncheon
                                                  4:30 p.m.              Judgement House Practice
                                                  6:00 p.m.              Youth help with Rummage
MONDAY                                9:00 a.m.             Rummage Set up
                                                  4:00 p.m.              Lost Sheep Prayer
                                                  6:45 p.m.              Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 118
TUESDAY                              9:00 a.m.              Rummage Set up
                                                 7:00 p.m.              Grace Community – F.H.
                                                 7:00 p.m.              Christian Ed Volunteer Training
WEDNESDAY                      9:00 a.m.              Rummage Sale
                                                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
                                               8:00 p.m.              Chancel Choir
THURSDAY                        9:00 a.m.              Rummage Sale
                                               9:00 a.m.              Precept Study
                                               6:00 p.m.              Rummage Clean up
                                               6:30 p.m.              FPU – Rm. 118
                                               7:00 p.m.              JH Counseling Orientation – C.R.
                                               7:30 p.m.              Men’s Bible Study
FRIDAY                               8:00 a.m.              Set up for Sr. Saints Luncheon
SATURDAY                        8:00 a.m.              Sr. Saints Luncheon Prep
                                            12:00 p.m.              Sr. Saints Luncheon
SUNDAY                              8:45 a.m.              Sunday School
                                             10:00 a.m.              Worship Service
October 21             Judgement House begins
November 5           Women’s Event
November 19         Craft Show

10,000 Reasons

The sun comes up it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes
Bless the Lord O my soul, O my soul
Worship His holy name,
Sing like never before O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore
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Glory to God Forever

Before the world was made
Before You spoke it to be
You were the King of kings
Yeah You were yeah You were
And now You’re reigning still
Enthroned above all things
Angels and saints cry out
We join them as we sing
Glory to God, glory to God
Glory to God forever (2x)
Creator God You gave me breath
So I could praise ,Your great and matchless name
All my days all my days
So let my whole life be a blazing offering
A life that shouts and sings the greatness of our King
Take my life and let it be
All for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be Yours
Take my life and let it be
All for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be Yours
We sing
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Behold Our God

Who has held the oceans in His hands
Who has numbered every grain of sand
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him
Who has given counsel to the Lord
Who can question any of His words
Who can teach the One who knows all things
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds
Who has felt the nails upon His hand
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus Savior risen now to reign
Men: You will reign forever
Women: Let Your glory fill the earth
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