Sept. 27, 2020
Thank you for 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 – our outside service is no longer occuring; currently we are offering:
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.
(if you are not on our weekly email list, please share your email with firstname.lastname@example.org for regular updates).
– Blessing of the Animals. October 4, 2 p.m., Outside
Come join us as we remember the feast day of St. Francis and his care for all creatures of the earth on Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m. with our annual blessing of the animals. Pets of all forms are welcome (leashed for pets, masks for humans), as we ask for God’s blessings and thank God for our furry friends.
- 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 – 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 mediation at 12:00 – 12:15 p.m., also on Facebook.
Crop Walk (from last week’s bulletin)
Liturgy for Adoration (pg. 18-21, 24)
This is the day which the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
From the rising to the setting of the sun,
The name of the Lord be praised.
TUNE: LOBE DEN HERREN (61 A)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!
Come all who hear, brothers and sisters, draw near;
Join now in glad adoration.
Glory be to you, Lord God, our Father.
You are the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes.
You chose us in Jesus Christ our Lord before the creation of the world.
You rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of your dear Son.
In our union with Christ you have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.
You have made us worthy to share in that which you have reserved for your people in the kingdom of light.
Your love is so great that we may be called the children of God.
Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we join in proclaiming the glory of your name.
We now with a joyful mind
Praise you, Lord, for you are kind;
For your mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
Praise, honor, and glory be to you, Christ Jesus, Son of the living God.
To you be glory at all times, in the church which waits on earth for you, and in that which is with you in heaven, now and forever.
Jesus, you are the eternal Word, who became a human being and lived among us.
Those who were yours saw your glory, the glory which you received as the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.
In you, the full content of the divine nature dwells in a human body. You are the true God and eternal life.
Through you the whole universe is reconciled to God.
You made peace through your death on the cross.
Therefore God raised you to the highest place above, and gave you the name which is greater than any other name.
TUNE: HOLY LORD (119 A)
Jesus’ name, Jesus’ name,
Source of life and happiness;
In this name true consolation
Mourning sinners may possess;
Here is found complete salvation;
Blessed Jesus, we your name will praise
All our days, all our days.
Glory be to you, Holy Spirit, our Teacher, Guide, and Comforter.
We proclaim your righteousness and praise.
You pour out the love of God into the hearts of all
believers, and make their bodies your holy temples.
By our own reason and strength we cannot believe in Jesus Christ our Lord, or come to him; but you call us through the gospel and enlighten us with gifts of grace.
You dedicate us to God in the true faith, and you enable us to remain in union with Jesus Christ.
We praise you, together with the Father and the Son, now and forever.
Come, Holy Spirit, come
Let your bright beams arise;
Dispel the darkness from our minds,
And open now our eyes.
(Kneeling or sitting)
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry, and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.
The Lord says: I, even I, am the God who blots out your transgressions for my own sake and will not remember your sins. Go and sin no more.
Prayers of the People
Almighty God, for the opportunity to be used by you in the life of your church,
For our use of your splendid gifts,
For the joy of obedient service,
We dedicate ourselves to you.
For our creation and preservation, and for all the blessings of this life,
For your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
For the fellowship and ministry of your body, the church,
For the opportunity of service in Christ’s name through the power of the Holy Spirit,
For your personal presence among us to guide and bless,
We offer our thanks, dear Lord.
For our congregation, that we may know and do your will,
For our bishops, ministers, teachers, and leaders, that they may guide your people in the truth,
For the peace of the world, and for the renewal of your whole church by the power of the Holy Spirit,
For all who, in your name, work for justice, reconciliation, and peace,
Lord, hear our prayer.
For our community, for the whole land, and all who live in it,
For the fruitfulness of the earth, and for the careful stewardship of our natural resources,
For those who travel,
For the poor, the homeless, and the imprisoned,
For the afflicted, the persecuted, the abused, and those who face temptation, anger, or violence,
For the sick and dying, and for the salvation of all,
Lord, hear our prayer.
Be gracious to us, for to you alone are due all glory, honor, and praise.
Special Music Anne Ettinger.
Scripture Exodus 17:1-7, 18:13-22. Jeffrey Diehl
Hymn 743 What a Friend We Have in Jesus.
Sermon “Relying on God, Relying on Your Community: We cannot do it alone”
Hymn 460 Great is Thy Faithfulness.
“Great is Thy faithfulness, ” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness, ” Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; `
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!