January 24, 2021

Jan. 24

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. 

Any changes in Address/Email/Phone Number?  Directory updates!

We are preparing a new directory to be shared soon along with updates from church council elections. Please share any updates on address, email, phone number etc. with the church office ASAP (churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com)

Are you a friend of the church? We would be happy to list your information in our “Friends” section – just let us know!

Looking ahead: Church Council, Feb. 7th at 12 p.m. (Virtual) 

Our Church Council will occur right after worship on Sunday, Feb. 7th at 12 p.m.(with a short break before) – using the same Zoom link.     

Hope you can join us for an important meeting to receive reports, elect our church leadership for Elders and Trustees in 2021, and hear and engage in planning for this year.  

Kids’ Gathering – and all invited for a Service project!   

This Sunday, January 24 at 1 p.m. our kids are invited to join us outside on Livingston St. (with masks and their families, maintaining social distancing).   In preparation for Valentine’s Day We’ll learn about the history of St. Valentine, and what the Bible teaches about Love in the Greatest Commandment.    Then we’ll work on acting in love as we embark on our service project – small candy bags for the residents of Above and Beyond at the Knights (where Delores Miller is living) and King’s Daughters home in Bethlehem.    Kids will each get Valentines’ cards to take home and make to deliver with their gifts.    This event is weather permitting and crafts will be sent home if it is too cold!  If you can’t make it, let us know and we’ll deliver.   

If anyone is interested in sending a message of love and good cheer, we have lots of Valentines hearts to share.  Please let Pastor Janel know and you can pick them up at the office.   

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. 

Welcome and Announcements 

Introit 

Call to Worship: A Return to our Center 

Psalm 62 

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
   my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
   pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
       


Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery;
   if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
   and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all according to their work.

Special Music.  “Song of Bernadette”.   Performed by Christian Rice. 

Silent Reflection 

Liturgy for Discipleship (adapted) pg. 37. 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. All rights reserved

What shall we render to the Lord for all his bounty to us?

We will offer to the Lord the sacrifices of thanksgiving and call upon the name of the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

Hymn 548  O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (verses 1 and 5) 

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,

the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!

To God all glory, praise, and love be now and ever given

by saints below and saints above, the Church in earth and heaven.

Gracious God, for revealing yourself to us as one

   who created all things,

   who gave us dominion over all the earth,

   who called us into a covenant relationship with you,

   who has given us the privilege of being your

     ambassadors in our world,

   who loves us as your children through Jesus Christ our Lord,

We give you our heartfelt thanks.

Jesus Christ our Savior, because you were willing to come to

earth in the likeness of humanity, to take the form of a servant;

Because you became obedient unto death, even death on a cross;

Because God has highly exalted you and bestowed on you the name which 

is above every name, that at your name every knee should bow, in heaven 

and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that you are 

Lord, to the glory of God the Father;

We humbly bow before you in praise and adoration.

Holy Spirit, for dwelling within us and calling us to God by the gospel,

For preserving us in the true faith,

For leading the church on earth in its mission,

For pointing the way of discipleship to each of us,

We acknowledge your presence and power among us.

Jesus said:  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; whoever serves me, the Father will honor.  If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.

We hear your call to discipleship.  Master, teach us the way we should go.

Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your minds, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Jesus said:  This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear much fruit, and that your fruit should abide.

Now the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

TUNE:  IN BABILONE  

Lord, as you have lived for others, so may we for others live;

freely have your gifts been granted; freely may your servants give.

Yours the gold and yours the silver, yours the wealth of land and sea,

we but stewards of your bounty, sharing all by your decree.

We confess, Lord, that as your disciples we have often dishonored the holy name we bear.  We ask your forgiveness for the times when we have failed to labor for your kingdom; when we have not followed your admonition to seek first the kingdom of God; when we have hidden our light from the world; when we, as the salt of the earth, have lost our strength.  Have mercy on us, and restore unto us the joy of faithful discipleship.  Amen.

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer 

Scripture.  Mark 1:14-20   Lynne Strother 

Hymn 600 Jesus Calls Us; O’er the Tumult (verses 1, 2, and 4) 

Jesus calls us o’er the tumult, of our life’s wild, restless sea;

day by day his voice is sounding, saying, “Christian, follow me!”

Long ago the apostles heard it, by the Galilean lake,

turned from home and work and family, leaving all for Jesus’ sake.

In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease,

still he calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these!”

Sermon   “A Disciple of Jesus: Expectation and Support”   Rev. Janel Rice.  

Liturgy for Discipleship pg. 42. 

TUNE:  GRACEHAM (581 K) 

Jesus, Master, whom I serve, though so feebly and so ill,

strengthen hand and heart and nerve, all your bidding to fulfill;

open now my eyes to see all the work you have for me.

Jesus, Master, will you use one who owes you more than all?

As you will, I would not choose; only let me hear your call.

Jesus, let me always be in your service glad and free.  Amen.  

Benediction: 

The Lord, your Redeemer, has said:  With everlasting love, I will have compassion on you.  Therefore serve the Lord with gladness; witness to his goodness and mercy; and preach Jesus Christ as Lord, with yourselves as servants for Jesus’ sake.

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