Sunday, April 19

Sunday April 19, 2020 

10 a.m. – Connect with us through Zoom https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163,   OR for audio only, call +19292056099, (enter code 673028163).  We also will post our service to our Facebook Calvary Moravian Church Allentown page. 

Thank you for listening, participating or worshipping with us Calvary Moravian Church.    If you are able to continue to support our ministries in any way we are most grateful!   

You can mail the office a check (948 N. 21st St. Allentown 18104).   We do have a giving portal through the Moravian Ministries foundation at  https://mmfa.info/calvary-moravian-church-pa-donation-form/.

Holy Humor and Congregational Gathering – Join us Early to Celebrate with Music and Jokes at 10 a.m.!     

At 10 a.m. we will gather to observe the tradition dating from the early church of sharing joy and gladness with the reality that not even death could keep Jesus from us.    As we live into the resurrection joy, even in our own upper rooms, separate from others at this time, may we find joy in our laughter together.  

We invite you to bring along your favorite joke to share online, or share it with Pastor Janel before the service.  We’ll end with a joy and peace filled song of praise, I’ve Got Peace like a River (Hymn 592 – Moravian Book of Worship).    

Please stay in touch with Pastor Janel if there is a need for masks, or any other form of help.   

(janelrice3616@gmail.com).   Or call 610-435-6881.   

Regular Worship Begins at 10:45 a.m.  

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcement 

CALL TO WORSHIP – Our Upper Rooms.  (Adapted from Santified Art, by Sarah Ares, used with permission). 

In our upper rooms, we recognize the wilderness in the world. 

In our rooms, we trust that God is near. 

In our rooms, we hold on to hope. 

In our rooms, we hold on to each other. 

In our rooms, we sing, “Alleluia!”

In our rooms, we trust that love is stronger than hate. 

So in our rooms, we celebrate. 

In our rooms, we sing. 

In our rooms, we trust that nothing can separate us from God’s love. 

Let us worship Holy God!

Special Music. “In the Upper Room”   Mahalia Jackson 

Prayers of the People. 

Excerpt from the Liturgy for Pentecost and the Holy Spirit  (Moravian Book of Worship, used with permission, pg 96-97).  

Interceding Spirit, we do not know how to pray as we ought; but you understand our deepest needs and present them with love to the Father.  Lead us now to repentance and confession.

Silent Prayer and Confession. 

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me:

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

TEXT AND TUNE: Daniel Iverson ©1963 by Birdwing Music (a div. of the Sparrow Corp.) 

All rights administered by the Sparrow Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission. One License. #FBC-A003716

Spirit of holiness, we confess that we are a sinful people.  In thought, word, and deed, we quench the fire of your love and dissipate the power of your presence.  You long to restore us to the image of God; but we let it tarnish as we nurse selfish attitudes.  You nurture unity, but we sow discord.  You come to make our bodies your temples, but we desecrate them. We dishonor your good intentions for us.  Forgive us, merciful Spirit.  Burn away our impurities, and forge us into renewed and useful instruments in your service.  Amen.

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  The law of the Spirit of life in Christ has set you free from the law of sin and of death.    As Jesus breathed his gift of peace on his followers in the upper room, receive this breathe, this spirit of peace today.  

“This is the Air I Breathe”   Marie Barnett. CCLI Song # 1874117 

Scripture  John 20:19-31     Jeff Diehl. 

Special Music

Message   “Believe in the Resurrection . . . Your Resurrection”

Hymn 754.  When Peace, Like a River

Benediction 

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