October 25, 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/.

Worship with us on Sundays: 

9:30- 10:15 a.m. Zoom Sunday school/Community  Check-in.

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.

Announcements:  

Remember – Our sanctuary is open for Prayers every Wednesday from 12 – 2 p.m.  

Dining with Friends goes Virtual – Tuesday, October 27, 7 p.m. 

The fourth Tuesday in September, October 27 at 7 p.m., we’ll encourage you to pick up (or make) some dinner (and maybe grab a drink too) and join us via Zoom to share in conversation.   Dining with Friends ZOOM:  https://zoom.us/j/99357268475

Meeting ID: 993 5726 8475

Call +19292056099 (enter 99357268475#) 

Pre-worship Sunday school on Zoom!  

9:30 – 10:15 A.M.  – Jeff Diehl will lead us in check-ins and conversations.  

https://zoom.us/j/96115430870?pwd=YndUa0dOREhuL0wvc0tLMzZUSkZBUT09

Meeting ID: 961 1543 0870

Passcode: 749341

Call +19292056099, enter Meeting ID and Passcode above.   

Sunday, Nov. 1:   All Saints Day Remembrance. 

As we remember all who have gone before us – and with the lighting memorial candles, we hold a testimony to their witness and service.   If you are not attending the live (in-person) worship service, you can email us the name (and relation) of the person(s) you would like a candle lit for, and someone at the service will light a candle and read the name(s).   

Collections for our Neighbors without Housing 

The Allentown YMCA and the Lehigh Conference of Churches are two organizations helping our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness this winter.  The warming center will open for evening shelter beginning November 1st at the YMCA.    The Conference of Churches will be offering lunches through the Soup Kitchen and daytime shelter through Daybreak at their Dubbs Memorial Community Center location at 5th and Allen Streets.   The Conference also continues to provide outreach to outside “camps.”  

For these efforts, we are helping to collect the following items.   Many of them can be gently used (washed first please!).    Starting November 1st, we’ll have collection bins inside the sanctuary for these items or contact us to make a drop-off.   Donations also accepted and will be shared with the outreach efforts through the Conference of Churches. 

Gently Used or New: Sleeping bags, tarps, tents (3 person or more), flashlights, lanterns (battery operated), power chargers for phones, backpacks

Gently used or New: Socks, Sweatshirts, sweatpants, men’s jeans, winter jackets, gloves and hats, boots and sneakers

Snacks: beef jerky, crackers, chip bags, breakfast bars (easy items for on the go)

New only: Batteries AAA,AA,C,D, Laundry soap, Bug spray, Shaving Razors, Deodorant, Toilet paper

Welcome and Announcements. 

Hymn  Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Joyful, joyful, we adore You, God of glory, Lord of love;

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before You, Op’ning to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day!

All Your works with joy surround You, Earth and heav’n reflect Your rays,

Stars and angels sing around You, Center of unbroken praise;

Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,

Chanting bird and flowing fountain, Praising You eternally!

Always giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blest,

Well-spring of the joy of living, Ocean-depth of happy rest!

Loving Father, Christ our Brother, Let Your light upon us shine;

Teach us how to love each other, Lift us to the joy divine.

Call to Worship.   1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 

A Liturgy of Compassion

(We thank the Rev. Rick Beck for this liturgy and permission to share it.)

God hears the cry of the needy and does not wait for us to call before coming to our aid;

While humanity was still lost in its brokenness, God came to us in the person of Jesus Christ, lived among us, died our death and rose to lead us into life.  

And so we come to worship, to offer God our devotion and love, our thanksgiving and praise.

For God is worthy of our praise.

Holy One, you are a God of compassion.  You desire that all might be whole.

In the brokenness of our lives you continue to turn toward us with the hope that we will accept your renewing love and find new meaning for our lives in you.

You have established compassion as the foundation for all relationships and societies.

You commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to treat others in the same manner that we ourselves wish to be treated.   

Yet at times we find ourselves preoccupied with our own self-interests at the expense of helping others.

Teach us to love ourselves in a way that embraces others also.  Give us courage to make room at the center of our world where others might be renewed by your healing presence.  

Fill us with your spirit of compassion, Lord, that we might not act or speak out of our own self interests.  

Fill us with the desire to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures.  Heal our hearts that we might refrain from acting in ways that will cause pain.

Open the hearts of all people to the profound truth of Jesus Christ

Call all nations to repent from any action that would increase the sum of human misery in the name of religion.  Replace the apathy and selfishness of the world with passion to cultivate empathy with the suffering of all human beings.

Lord, redeem us from actions that deny our common humanity.

We desire peace over war, generosity over greed, patience over intolerance, compassion over callous judgment.

At the root of God’s compassion is the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are each in need of Christ’s compassion. Gratitude is our true response to God who calls us to be Christ’s compassion in the world. 

 How is God inviting you to offer greater compassion?  

(Silent Reflection)

Musical Reflection “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Jesus, in extravagant compassion, has already revealed our forgiveness and calls us to live as those who are renewed and thankful.  Receive this grace and share it.

We are grateful; we live differently because of what you, Lord Jesus, have done for us.  

As one body with one voice we share the prayer our Lord has taught us.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us,

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

For thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory 

forever and ever. Amen.

Special Music.   Thine is the Glory   Handel 

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer  

Scripture   Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Matthew 22:34-40    Olga Pirone. 

Sermon   “Compassion for God, Neighbor and Self.”    

Hymn 824.  God be with you til’ We Meet Again

God be with you till we meet again,

By His counsels guide, uphold you,

With His sheep securely fold you,

God be with you till we meet again.

Refrain

Till we meet, till we meet,

Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;

Till we meet, till we meet,

God be with you till we meet again. 

God be with you till we meet again,

’Neath His wings protecting hide you,

Daily manna still divide you,

God be with you till we meet again. [Refrain]

God be with you till we meet again,

When life’s perils thick confound you,

Put His arms unfailing round you,

God be with you till we meet again. [Refrain] 

Benediction   

Postlude 

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