November 22, 2020

November 22, 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 that we are no longer holding in-person Worship services.  

10:45 a.m. :  Worship with us via ZOOM or on our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube Channel. 

https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163

You can continue to call this number and listen to the service on your any telephone as well:

(929) 205-6099 (enter 673028163#).

Bulletins are available from Friday onward in the Little Library on Livingston St. 

Worship will start at 10:45 a.m. via Zoom or on our Calvary Youtube Channel.    

A Sunday school check-in and community sharing will begin at 10 a.m. using the same Zoom address

Helping our Neighbors at Esperanza Moravian Church! 

Esperanza Moravian Church, a bilingual church and ministry outreach to the neighborhood of South Bethlehem, is collecting food to help hungry kids in the neighborhood.   If parents are working or food is scarce, kids can go hungry over the weekend and Esperanza is asking local Moravian churches to help.  We are collecting microwaveable Mac and Cheese cups (just the cups not the boxes) to donate as part of this effort.   We are also collecting funds to purchase some in bulk (indicate Esperanza donation on your memo line).  Please bring them to church or call us to arrange a drop-off. 

Daily Texts

Moravian Daily Texts for 2020 are available at the back of the church.  There is an envelope for your payment.  The cost is $11.00 for regular print, $13.00 for large print.

2021 Pledges 

Please remember to make your 2021 pledge commitment to Calvary Moravian as we need your financial support to continue working within the lives of members and in our community.    Pledges can be dropped off to the church, mailed in, or emailed directly to churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com 

Advent Devotional “Do Not be Afraid” 

Join us on Wednesday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m. or Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 p.m. during Advent (Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23) for an Advent Devotional group on Zoom.     “Do Not be Afraid” is the message that the God gave to God’s people throughout their history and it is heard again in our Advent readings in the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel.    What does it mean to hold hope when life feels really uncertain, to bring peace in the face of fear, practice joy, and to choose love when it is sometimes really hard?  Each week you will receive a PDF study guide of a few pages or you can also receive a hard copy of the study guide.   Email or call the office to sign up.    

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. https://zoom.us/j/94658842137, Meeting ID: 946 5884 2137 

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/96061712916, Meeting ID: 960 6171 2916

Dining with Friends on ZOOM – Tuesday, November 24, 7 p.m. 

Join our church family via Zoom to share in conversation and fellowship.  

https://zoom.us/j/99357268475, Meeting ID: 993 5726 8475

Call +19292056099 (enter 99357268475#)

Welcome and Announcements. 

Call to Worship and Introit.    Let All Things Now Living   

Liturgy for  Thanksgiving pg. 159. 

Almighty and gracious God, you have made yourself known to us in a multitude of ways, and each of those ways invites us to respond to you with grateful hearts.

You have been present with us even before our thoughts and words and feelings ever turned toward you.

You created us in your own image, redeemed us with your love, and have always sustained us with your grace.

When we think of you, gracious God, we think of your compassion and tender mercies toward us all, and we are humbled with gratitude.

TUNE: DUKE STREET (22 Q)

Lord of all being, throned afar, your glory flames from sun and star;

center and soul of every sphere, yet to each loving heart how near!

We thank you, everpresent God, for coming to us in your Son, Jesus Christ, for entering into our human flesh and taking the form of a servant.

We thank you for reaching the least of us while we were yet sinners and for doing all things necessary for our salvation through the sufferings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We praise and honor you with our hearts and our lives, because we know that we could not help ourselves or earn our own salvation.

You continue to rush out to meet us and embrace us while we are yet far off. We marvel at the depth of your forgiving love which always comes to us through the working of your Spirit. We thank you for each new experience and each new reminder of your very constant care.

TUNE: FESTAL SONG 

Good news is ours to tell!  Let no one fail to hear!

God gives us life; God conquers death! What’s left for us to fear?

Christ comes, the promised One, eternal life to bring.

Though judgment is our just reward, instead Christ makes us sing!

TEXT:   © by Jane Parker Huber, CCLI Streaming License. 

You have not left us to live alone in this world, but have called us to be members of your Body, the church. We thank you for all those in the past who shared their faith with us and for those in the present who help to shape our response to your love.

We are grateful for the nurture we receive and the mission we have been given to manifest the good news of Jesus Christ to the world around us.

You have not left us without written and living testimony to your involvement in human history. We thank you for the Holy Scriptures and the insights they provide for us in our mission and ministry.

We are grateful for the words and stories of judgment and justice, comfort and renewal, salvation and peace that come to us from the Bible and from the ongoing inspiration of your Holy Spirit.

For the creation itself and the nourishment we receive from its resources,

For seedtime and harvest, sunshine and rain, oceans and forests,

For the wondrous way in which we are woven into the environment,

We give you thanks, Creator God.

For all the creative things we are enabled to do through the gifts and talents you have given to us,

For the good health within our bodies, minds, and spirits,

For the courage and healing that you provide when we are broken and discouraged in the

midst of our earthly pilgrimage,

We acknowledge with thanks your leadership in our journey.

For the gift of time and the guidance you give for the redemptive use of our days,

For the satisfaction and renewal that come from our labor and leisure,

For directing us to do justice and to love mercy,

For the chance to begin again whenever we falter and fail,

We are grateful, our Savior, whose faithfulness endures through all

generations.

TUNE: WIR PFLÜGEN

We thank you then, O Father, for all things bright and good,

the seedtime and the harvest, our life, our health, our food;

help us to show thanksgiving, for all you freely give,

to love you in our neighbor, and by the way we live.

Refrain:  All good gifts around us, are sent from heaven above;

  then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord, for all his love.

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer 

Psalm 100  – Sophie Rice 

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
   Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
   It is he that made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
   Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for ever,
   and his faithfulness to all generations.

Hymn 533 Now Thank We All Our God (verses 1 and 2).  

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,

who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices;

who from our mothers’ arms, has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this gracious God, through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts, and blessed peace to cheer us,

to keep us in his grace, and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills, of this world in the next.

Scripture.   Matthew 25:31-46.   David Venditta.  

Sermon   “Thankfully Doing Our Faith”   

Hear now, gracious God, our words of contrition that we pray in the light of your manifold blessings:

We confess that we have failed to perceive your glory as it is revealed in creation. We have taken the gifts of this world for granted and have not stopped to marvel at what you have provided for us. Forgive us for rushing through life with reckless abandon. Forgive us for trampling upon other persons, places, and things, and for not understanding how dependent we are upon one another and the earth itself.

Help us, Creator God, to share the resources of this world as good and faithful stewards. Show us how to tend the land, water, and air and to prevent their pollution and destruction. Teach us the discipline of conserving and of replacing what we have used. Deliver us from exploitation. Keep us from idolizing money and material possessions. And make us compassionate in our concern for the needs of others. Amen.

God hears our prayers, blots out our transgressions, and creates a new and right spirit within us.

TUNE: ST. GEORGE’S, WINDSOR (205 F)

Hark, the song of jubilee, loud as mighty thunders’ roar,

or the fullness of the sea, when it breaks upon the shore:

Alleluia! for the Lord, God omnipotent shall reign!

Alleluia! let the word, sound from city, hill, and plain.

Benediction. 

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: pubs@mcnp.org. All rights reserved

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