Janel Rice, Pastor
Anne Ettinger, Minister of Music
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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/.
Please note the changes beginning this Sunday, September 6
(if you are not on our weekly email list, please share your email with firstname.lastname@example.org for regular updates).
9:00 a.m. Outside Worship Continues
10:45 a.m. Inside, limited capacity seating (physically distancing, masks required)
Also at 10:45 a.m. Livestream service found at Calvary Moravian Church Allentown’s YouTube Channel. Email us for the address.
Welcome to Calvary Moravian Church
- Hand Sanitizer: We provided three sanitizer stations in the church (one at each entrance and one downstairs in Fellowship Hall). Hand Sanitizer is also available in each pew.
- Masks are required and we have masks available for those who might need them. Please have your mask on before entering Calvary.
- Bulletins and Greeters: A greeter or the pastor will greet you as you enter; however there will not be any hand shaking and bulletins will be already placed in the pews.
- Seating arrangements: Every other pew is roped off as to maintain distances. Bulletins are placed at appropriate places to sit in the open pews. If you are coming with your family unit, please sit together. Otherwise, please maintain the 6 ft distance in pews and when entering and leaving.
- Bathrooms: Our restroom (upstairs only) is open if needed.
- Singing: We will not have choral or congregational singing during our inside service. Special music will be shared and on occasion, we will play pre-recorded singing through our sound system.
- Nursery/Sunday school Room: We will not have the nursery/Sunday school room open for now.
- Offering: You may drop off your offering in the back of the sanctuary in the offering plates before or after the service. We continue to accept your donations by mail, dropped off in the mail slot at the church door, or through bill-pay with an automatic deduction from your bank account into the church’s account. Please call the office to get this set up.
- As you exit the church, please maintain the 6 ft. distance and try to exit the side you are sitting on to continue to avoid close contact with others.
- The “Upper Room” devotional guides are located in the Little Library.
– Please remember – if you would like to borrow a hymnal to use at home, contact the office. An order of worship will continue to be emailed out by Thursday each week and bulletins will be available in the Little Library by Friday.
Coming Soon at Calvary:
-Check out our Prayer Walk – Look for the Blue Yards signs near the Little Library and follow along Thomas Merton’s prayer to meditate and pray.
–Wednesdays – starting September 2 – Mid-Week Sanctuary Prayer Time
Each Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. our sanctuary will be open for anyone. Pastor Janel will lead a prayer and meditation at 12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Please wear a mask and maintain the proper distancing in the pews. You can also join in on our mid-week prayers via Zoom – contact us for the address.
-Wednesdays at 7 p.m., starting September 9 – Sacred Ground: Dialogue on Race and Faith – Sign up by September 2!
We will be partnering with the Episcopal Church of the Mediator to share a film and book based dialogue series called “Sacred Ground:” We will be leading this on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting September 9,. Contact Pastor Janel now to reserve your spot and get the books.
-Our Tuesday morning Bible study continues to meet on Zoom each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Join us for a time of prayer and friendship, and a deeper look into the upcoming Sunday Bible passages.
-Sunday, September 13th, 4 – 5 p.m., Kids’ Gathering at Calvary (please wear masks) Outside on the Church Lawn (weather-permitting), Scavenger Hunt and Prayers for Kids of all ages
WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK – Give me understanding, O God, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Psalm 119:34
WORSHIP – September 6, 2020, 10:45 a.m.
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements
CALL TO WORSHIP – Remembrance of Labor Day
LITURGY FOR STEWARDSHIP: (Page 154 with some edits)
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Let us give thanks to the Lord our God, creator of all things visible and invisible, powerful beyond measure, good beyond all understanding.
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
“Join Hearts and Voices” by Jane Parker Huber tune: Duke Street (22Q)
Join Hearts and voices as we lift
Our gratitude for every gift,
And multiply each gift with praise
To God who gives us all our days.
All praise to Christ, the living bread
By which our hungry souls are fed.
Salvation’s cup is offered too,
As God in Christ makes all things new.
Lord, our God, you bring forth and nourish every living being.
We lift up our hearts to you.
We assemble here celebrating the joys of human life, shared one with the other. We recall the ministry of Jesus, crucified and raised up for our salvation, still present among us through the mystery of the Holy Spirit.
We praise you for new life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Confessing that we have strayed from your holy will, we humbly acknowledge our sins before you.
(Kneeling or sitting)
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned in many ways, times, and places. We have mishandled this good earth entrusted to our care, and we have misused our personal gifts, hurting both ourselves and others. Forgive our false pride which hides our negligence, and forgive our careless acts which destroy your handiwork. In your mercy correct our faults and restore us to responsible, compassionate living.
Hear and know that the Lord is good. God forgives those who are contrite in heart. Live in peace, for God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Let us taste and see that the Lord is good. Let us be grateful for all that God has provided.
Inspire us, God of mercy, to be thankful for what we have received.
Let our lives resound with the wonder and beauty of all that God has been creating from the beginning. As caretakers of creation, may we learn anew to enjoy the land, preserve the water, respect all living creatures, and meditate upon the grandeur of open sky and sea.
Teach us, God of creation, to walk the earth with gratitude and wisdom.
Let our eyes be opened to the needs of all people, especially the poor.
Move us, God of justice, to share what we have and to be just and merciful in our nation and the world.
Let us hear God’s call to the urgent tasks of our time: studies to pursue, projects to begin, communities to build, individuals to support, damages to restore.
Use us, God of the covenant — use our time, our talent, our treasure.
Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Multitude of Worship Opportunities, including
a rededication to worship in the physical space of Calvary Moravian Church.
Our Creator God calls us to become the servant body of Christ, ministering to the world, and grants us the blessings of membership in the holy, universal church.
We thank you for our place in the church.
The Spirit of the Lord fills this house. God delights in its beauty, and sings through the music of the faithful. God speaks by the reading and proclamation of the word, stirs in the waters of baptism, nourishes through the gifts
of bread and wine. God hears the prayers of the people and rejoices in our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.
We thank you for your presence and power among us.
The Lord gathers us into the fellowship of this congregation. Here we share our spiritual gifts and employ them to build up the body. Some of us teach and proclaim, some shepherd and heal, some lead and administer, some serve, prophesy, and evangelize. All of us dwell in God’s love, and all pray for one another in the peace of Jesus Christ our Lord.
We offer our gifts to honor your holy name and to strengthen one another in faith.
God calls us to commit our financial resources to the building of the kingdom, to tithe, and to give generously of our wealth in proportion to the blessings we have received.
Search our hearts and try our ways that we might give to your glory, O God.
Jesus leads us onward in the high mission of the church. We proclaim the gospel to all nations by word and deed, that people everywhere may find new life in God.
We hear your call. We pledge the best of our labors that your glory may be known in all the earth.
Let us now rise to serve God. Let us renew our commitment to Christ’s call for servanthood, obedience, and sacrifice to establish a world of justice, prosperity, and peace.
We rise as one to love and serve the Lord!
Our gifts no matter what their worth,
We give as stewards here on earth.
Called and empowered by God’s command,
We multiply the gifts at hand.
So may we answer Christ’s clear call
To offer talents, treasures, all.
God’s love abounding, grace on grace
Enriches life in every place.
“Join Hearts and Voices” by Jane Parker Huber
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
PASTORAL PRAYER /LORD’S PRAYER
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 12:1-14, Mathew 18:15-20 Olga Pirone
SPECIAL MUSIC: “Go Down Moses” Anne Ettinger
SERMON: “Remembering from Whence you Came” Rev. Janel Rice
HYMN: NO. 802 “Lord of All Hopefulness”
May the words of our lips and the meditations of our hearts –
May the deeds of our hands and the action of our lives –
Be pleasing in your sight, O God our Creator.
Through Christ our Lord, and the Holy Spirit,
One God of all, world without end.
Thanks to Rich and Olga Pirone for serving as our ushers.
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