July 12, 2020

Worship Begins 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). Check Facebook (Calvary Moravian Church Allentown) for service by 12 p.m. 

We are also offering an outside worship service at 9 a.m.   (please bring your own chair, wear a mask, and observe all social distancing protocol).   

Thank you for listening, participating or worshipping with us at Calvary Moravian Church.   To support our ministries, you can mail the office a check (948 N. 21st St. Allentown 18104).   An online giving portal is at https://mmfa.info/calvary-moravian-church-pa-donation-form/.

Welcome and Announcements. 

Hymn 460. Great is Thy Faithfulness. 

Examine Prayer

A call for us to prayerfully examine our lives at the mid-point of the year, and as we mark 4 months since entering a time of social distancing and alternative worship formats during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

God of peace, we seek your peace in our hearts and in our world.

We celebrate Your serenity of spirit in the midst of life’s opportunities and challenges.  We celebrate the days when we live in Your peace without fear.  

Yet we confess that, at times, we act in ways that do not support the spiritual life we celebrate.

God of peace, forgive us for the times we have not supported peace, within our own lives or in our greater community.    God of peace, teach us to be present in the moments of our days and to be thankful.    

Reflect on the time spent social distancing.  What, in your life, do you celebrate and are thankful? 

(silent reflection)

“And they shall stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord.” (1 Chron 23:20)

“ To you, O God, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and power.” (Daniel 2:23)

Reflect on the time spent social distancing. Where have you witnessed God’s presence in your life?

(silent reflection)

“Lord, where can I go from your Spirit? If I ascend to heaven or make my bed in Sheol, you are there.” (Psalm 139: 7 & 8)

Jesus assures us, “I will be with you always to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Yet we know that for many, this time in social distance has been often been a time of grief and lament, where we yearned for the presence of God.  Reflect on the time spent social distancing.   Where did you need God’s presence, or where do you still need it?   What are you mourning or lamenting?   What losses have you experienced? 

(Silent Reflection)

Again, Jesus assures us, “I will be with you always to the end of the age.”O Lord, You are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.”  (Psalm 86: 5)

“Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication.  In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.”  (Psalm 86:6-7)

God of peace, we seek your peace in our hearts and in our world.  With grateful hearts we give thanks to you.  Fill us with your Spirit.  Renew our lives with your purpose.  Open our hearts to your will.  

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits – who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Amen. (Psalm 103:2-5)

Prayers 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer 

Psalm 119:105-112. 

Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to observe your righteous ordinances.

I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word.

Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your ordinances.

I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.

The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.

Your decrees are my heritage for ever; they are the joy of my heart.

I incline my heart to perform your statutes, forever, to the end.

Special Music    Thy Word   Michael W. Smith 

Hymn 784. This is a Day of New Beginnings.

Message 

Hymn 790. Guide Me O My Great Redeemer. 

Benediction

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