January 17, 2021.
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/.
Zoom (live starting at 10 a.m, Sunday school check-in and 10:45 a.m. Worship)
Youtube (Calvary Moravian Church Allentown channel) – either live at 10:45 a.m. or access later recorded on the Youtube channel.
Every Sunday morning, continue to use this Zoom address:
https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163
You can call this number and listen to the service on any telephone as well:
(929) 205-6099 (enter 673028163#).
Bulletins are available from Friday onward in the Little Library on Livingston St.
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. We will continue to collect microwaveable Mac and Cheese cups (just the cups not the boxes) to donate as part of this effort or funds to purchase these. Please call us to arrange a drop-off.
2021 Offering Envelopes are available for pick-up, please contact the office to make arrangements
Week of Christian Unity
Each January, the World Council of Churches celebrates the diversity of our Christian expressions and our unity together. This year our theme is John 15: how do we “bear fruit” for the great community?
Using Zoom, the Lehigh Conference of Churches is excited to present a time of worship and brief reflection from four different local Christian communities on Tuesday – Friday, January 19-22, all at 10 a.m.
Jan. 19: Phoebe Home Chaplains, Jan. 20: Ripple Community, Jan. 21: Resurrected Life Community Church, Jan. 22: bilingual ministries in Allentown
These 1 hour programs will include a brief time of prayer and worship, followed by different expressions of how these four ministry following John 15 and bear fruit in our community with a time for Q&A. Look to your Calvary weekly email to register or ask Pastor Janel for more information.
January 17, 2021.
Welcome and Announcements
Introit Allemande from the third Cello Suite by J. S. Bach
Performed by Daniel Syrvet, marimba.
Call to Worship. Genesis 1:1-5.
Liturgy for Christian Unity pg. 123.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. All rights reserved
Almighty God, you are the one who called this universe into being. Out of nothing you created everything that is.
By your power you hold together all space and time and substance.
By your hand alone, Creator God, the inanimate elements became alive so that we could live and move and have our being.
We celebrate life, the precious life you have given us, and we celebrate that unity of mind and emotions, of body and soul, that you want us to enjoy and share with each other.
We rejoice in the centrality of Jesus Christ in all your works, for he was with you from the very beginning, and is supreme over all creation.
We praise you that Christ is before all things, and that in him all things hold together, especially our very fragile, vulnerable, and often broken lives.
We know that we will remain less than the whole persons you have called us to be in Christ Jesus until we acknowledge our sins to you, and so we bow before you and pray:
Almighty God, we confess that we have tried to run away and hide from you. We constantly deceive ourselves into thinking that we can live without you. We have made idols of our own achievements. We have treated other persons as though they did not bear your image. We have failed to enfold and include all persons within the outstretched and open arms of Jesus Christ, our Savior. And we have left undone those deeds of lovingkindness and godly justice that you want us to pursue in your name. Bring your Spirit upon us in a gracious, healing way. Make us agents of reconciliation as we live within your holy presence. Amen.
Hymn 494. Breathe on Me, Breath of God. (Thanks to Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA for this recording).
Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew,
that I may love the way you love, and do what you would do.
Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure,
until my will is one with yours, to do and to endure.
Breathe on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die,
but live with you the perfect life, for all eternity.
Prayers of the People
Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer
Hymn 495 Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling
Holy Spirit, ever dwelling, In the holiest realms of light;
Holy Spirit, ever brooding, O’er a world of gloom and night;
Holy Spirit, ever raising, Sons of earth to thrones on high;
Living, life-imparting Spirit,Thee we praise and magnify.
Holy Spirit, ever living, As the Church’s very life;
Holy Spirit, ever striving, Through her in a ceaseless strife;
Holy Spirit ever forming, In the Church the mind of Christ;
Thee we praise with endless worship, For thy fruit and gifts unpriced.
Holy Spirit, ever working, Through the Church’s ministry;
Quickening, strengthening, and absolving, Setting captive sinners free;
Holy Spirit, ever binding, Age to age, and soul to soul,
In a fellowship unending, Thee we worship and extol
Scripture Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11 Gary Handwerk.
Sermon “Pouring out of the Holy Spirit: Ever Dwelling”.
Special Music “There is a Balm in Gilead”.
Hymn 324 Jesus’ Name, Jesus’ Name.
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.
God with us, God with us, God made known in human frame;
In his name rejoice with gladness, since to save the lost he came;
no-one need sink in hopeless madness,
For Immanuel is now with us, God with us, God with us.