May 31, 2020
Pentecost Celebration and Virtual Holy Communion
Starting at 10:30 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 and YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/janelrice1978) later.
Thank you for listening, participating or worshipping with us at Calvary Moravian Church. If you are able to continue to support our ministries in any way we are most grateful!
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Welcome and Announcements
Liturgy for Pentecost pg. 95
TUNE: IN BABILONE
Holy Spirit, ever living, as the church’s very life;
Holy Spirit, ever striving, through us in a ceaseless strife;
Holy Spirit, ever forming, in the church the mind of Christ:
You we praise with endless worship, for your fruits and gifts unpriced.
Holy Spirit, ever working, through the church’s ministry;
Quick’ning, strength’ning, and absolving, setting captive sinners free;
Holy Spirit, ever binding, age to age and soul to soul:
In communion never ending, you we worship and extol.
Holy Spirit of God, we praise and worship you as the one who gave birth to Christ’s church. With the sound of mighty wind and flashing fire, you brought life to the church in Jerusalem.
You filled those frightened new believers with power, and they became Christ’s witnesses, speaking boldly the word of truth.
You continue to transform believers–healing, reconciling, empowering. Lives are turned around. Emptiness is filled. Drifting hearts are given direction.
You vitalize your wavering church–lavishing gifts upon us, forging unity, giving new vision. You turn our eyes from the wistful memories of yesterday to the new things you are
doing among us now.
We worship and extol you, our Teacher, Guide, and Comforter. You make Christ known to us and make us your holy temple.
By your presence, the church in all its diversity is welded together in unity.
(Kneeling or sitting)
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.
TUNE: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD (OneLicense #FBC-A003716, by Daniel Iverson)
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.
Silent Prayer of Confession
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.
We believe God’s promise in these last days: I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Upon both men and women in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall speak my message.
The Spirit of God dwells in us if we belong to Christ. The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we receive power, and we become God’s witnesses.
The fruit that the Spirit brings to the lives of those who follow Christ is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The diverse and empowering gifts of the Spirit are given to each one for the common good. None of us is useless to God. None of us is sufficient by ourself. We serve through the body of Christ, and we depend on the people of Christ.
The Spirit’s gifts are given to equip believers for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.
Prayers of the People
Come, heavenly Dove, and alight upon us. Anoint us to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release, recovery, and freedom to those in need.
Empower us to work for God’s kingdom in such a way that life becomes a Jubilee, for us and for all people.
Lift up the lonely, the neglected, the outcast. Comfort the grieving. Restore the lost. Be the advocate of the afflicted.
Teach all your people. Remind us of Jesus, and lead us into all the truth.
Keep us on the edge of dynamic living, wrapped in the flames of new beginnings, and filled with power for personal renewal.
Form us in the likeness of Christ, that we may glorify God’s name.
Renew your church. Fill stagnant and empty lives with the breath of God. Overcome our apathy, and energize us with your engaging presence.
Give your church new vision, new hope, and a driving desire to claim the promise of new birth.
Spirit of power, work in all who confess the risen Christ to spread your message of hope, love, and salvation to every person and nation.
Hasten the day when every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
TUNE: AZMON (Moravian Hymnal, used with permission, by Darryl Bell)
Spirit of truth, and grace, and power, Blow through your church, we pray.
Transform us from this very hour, In all we do and say.
Anoint us all to be good news, To sad and weak and poor.
Make us the instruments you use, To praise the Savior more.
Pour out your gifts, wrap us in flames, Of energy and drive;
And make our goal, our guiding aim, That Jesus’ church would thrive.
Recognition of Confirmation
Scripture Acts 2:1-21. Barbara Kemmerer
Hymn 491 Spirit of God, Burst Forth in Flames
Message “Nothing normal about Pentecost”
Holy Communion for Pentecost pg. 222 (using only selected hymns)
Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, be with you all.
Hymn (Sharing Right Wave of Fellowship). pg. 222 (by Brian Wren, OneLicense #52132)
I come with joy to meet my Lord, forgiven, loved, and free;
In awe and wonder to recall his life laid down for me.
As Christ breaks bread and bids us share, each proud division ends;
The love that made us,, makes us one, and strangers now are friends.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The Lord’s Prayer may be used as a conclusion to this prayer.)
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
HYMN: Page 224
Spirit of God, who dwells within my heart, wean it from
sin, through all its pulses move. Stoop to my weakness,
mighty as you are, and make me love you as I ought to love.
Teach me to love you as your angels love, one holy
passion filling all my frame: the baptism of the
heav’n descended Dove; my heart he altar, and your love the flame
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you.
(All partake together.)
By your divine presence,
By the holy sacraments,
By all the merits of your life, sufferings, death, and resurrection,
Bless and comfort us, gracious Lord and God. Amen.
In the same way, after supper our Lord Jesus Christ took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sin. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.
HYMN: Page 228 (verses 1 and 3)
Lord Jesus Christ, we humbly pray that
we may feast on you today; beneath these forms of
bread and wine enrich us with your grace divine.
One bread, one cup, one body we, rejoicing
in our unity, proclaim your love until
you come to bring your scattered loved ones home.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: Drink from this, all of you. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.
(All partake together.)
Christ, the Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
Grant to us your peace. Amen.
Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death,
Until he comes.
HYMN (Sharing Right Wave of Fellowship) Page 230 (by Brian Wren, OneLicense #52132)
I come with Christians far and near to
find, as all are fed, the new community
of love in Christ’s communion bread.
Together met, together bound, we’ll
go our different ways; and as his people
in the world we’ll live and speak his praise.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace;
In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Reprinted or adapted from the 1995 Moravian Book of Worship with the permission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in America. © 1995 IBOC. www.moravian.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. All rights reserved.