February 7, 2021

February 7, 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. 

Church Council today at 12 p.m. (Virtual) 

Our Church Council will occur right after worship today at 12 p.m.     

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.  

Ash Wednesday Worship – February 17, 7 p.m.  

Ash Wednesday will be the beginning of our Wednesday evening programs – all on the same Zoom address: 

https://zoom.us/j/96449497731

Meeting ID: 964 4949 7731

Mid-Week Lenten Programs ““Hope with Flesh – Embodied Hope for our Lenten Journey” every Wednesday (Feb. 17-March 24) at 7 p.m. on Zoom (and Livestreamed to Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube) 

https://zoom.us/j/96449497731

Meeting ID: 964 4949 7731

This year during the season of Lent we will ask what it takes for us to take the spiritual aspect of Hope and give it flesh.    How do we embody Hope?   How do we make hope concrete and tangible?   

Using the resources from the art-inspired devotional group Sanctified Art, we will explore how hope is embodied in art and music.   With local and International mission, we will hear about hope for returning citizens from prison and hope for hurricane devastated areas.     And within a space to worship each week, we will nurture our spirit with God’s everlasting hope.

COME pick up your ashes and Lenten materials.   Starting Wed. Feb. 10th,  we will have a small package of Lenten materials for you (ashes, a devotional resource, and other materials).   We will have them in the Little Library off Livingston St., please pick up whenever you can.  If there are not any available, please let the office know.  

Welcome and Announcements  

Introit   (771)  My Hope is Built on Nothing Less 

My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain:

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;

all other ground is sinking sand,

all other ground is sinking sand.

In ev’ry rough and stormy gale,

my anchor holds within the vale.

When all around my soul gives way,

he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

Welcome and Announcements 

Call to Worship: Romans 12:12 

Congregational Watchword 2021

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12. 

Hymn 709   How Firm a Foundation (verses 1-4) 

How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,

is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!

What more can he say than to you he has said,

to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

“Fear not, I am with you; O be not dismayed,

for I am your God, and will still give you aid.

I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,

upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

“When through the deep waters I call you to go,

the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow,

for I will be with you, your troubles to bless,

and sanctify to you the deepest distress.

“When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,

my grace, all sufficient, shall be your supply.

The flames shall not hurt you. I only design

your dross to consume, and your gold to refine.

GENERAL LITURGY 1.   pg. 1. 

O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world.

We give thanks to you, for you are good; your love is eternal.

We glorify you, majestic Lord.

We praise your holy name.

Worship, honor, glory, blessing, Lord, we offer unto you;

Young and old, your praise expressing, Sing your mercies ever new.

All the saints in heav’n adore you; We would bow before your throne.

As your angels serve before you, So on earth your will be done.

The sacrifice which you desire is a humble spirit:  O God, you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.

If we confess our sins, you are just and will keep your promise; you will forgive our sins and will purify us from all wrongdoing.

Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, humbly confessing our sins.

(Moment of Silent Confession) 

Most holy and almighty God, our Savior, we confess our disobedience.  We, like sheep, have gone astray, all of us turning to our own way.  We have sinned and have done wrong.  The good that we knew to do we have not done.  We know that we have been unworthy servants and have fallen short of your glory.  Help us, deliver us, and forgive our sins, O God of our salvation, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us.

Thus says the Lord:  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.

Lord, make us one in spirit with all your people as we profess our faith, saying:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

  creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

      and born of the Virgin Mary.

  He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      was crucified, died, and was buried.

  He descended to the dead.

  On the third day he rose again.

  He ascended into heaven,

      and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

  the holy catholic church,

  the communion of saints,

  the forgiveness of sins,

  the resurrection of the body,

  and the life everlasting.  Amen.

TUNE:  GLORIA PATRI

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;  

             As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

             Amen, Amen, Amen.

Prayers of the People 

Lord’s Prayer 

 THE SHORTER CHURCH LITANY pg. 10  (From The Litany of the Unitas Fratrum, 1571)

Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ, hear us.

From all sin, from all error, from all evil,

From famine and disease,

From disaster by fire or flood, storm or earthquake,

From violence, war, and bloodshed,

From all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,

Preserve us, gracious Lord and God.

By your holy incarnation and birth,

By all the merits of your perfect life,

By your cross and atoning death,

By your triumphant resurrection and ascension,

By your sending the Holy Spirit,

By your coming again to your church on earth, or our being called home to you,

Help us, gracious Lord and God.

Guide and unify your holy Church;

Keep all bishops, ministers, and church servants sound in doctrine and holy in life;

Restore all who have fallen away;

Strengthen those who suffer persecution for the sake of the gospel;

Send us as faithful laborers into your harvest, that all may be gathered into your family;

Direct all governments in the way of justice and peace, that your will may be known and done among the nations;

Enable us to make wise use of the world you have entrusted to us;

Send help to all who are in danger, trouble, or anguish;

Grant healing and the constant assurance of your love to the sick;

Enable the dying to put their trust in you as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world;

Hear us, gracious Lord and God.

Have mercy on your whole creation;

Hasten the day when the kingdom of the world shall become your kingdom,

Keep us in everlasting fellowship with the Church Triumphant  in heaven, and let us rest together in your presence from our labors;

Hear us, gracious Lord and God.

 O Christ, almighty God, Have mercy upon us.

Christ, the Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; Manifest yourself to us.

Christ, the Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Grant to us your peace.

O Christ, hear us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.  Amen.

Scripture.  Scripture Isaiah 40:21-31, Mark 1:29-39  

Sermon

Special Music. “On Eagles’ Wings and What a Friend We have in Jesus”

And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings

Bear you on the breath of dawn

Make you to shine like the sun

And hold you in the palm of His hand

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit

Oh, what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Closing Hymn  662. “Jesus Makes my Heart Rejoice”

Jesus makes my heart rejoice,

I’m his sheep, and know his voice;

he’s a Shepherd, kind and gracious,

And his pastures are delicious;

constant love to me he shows,

yea, my very name he knows.

Trusting his mild staff always,

I go in and out in peace;

he will feed me with treasure

of his grace in richest measure;

when athirst to him I cry,

Living water he’ll supply.

Should not I for gladness leap,

led by Jesus as his sheep?

For when these blessed days are over

to the arms of my dear Savior

I shall be conveyed to rest.

Amen, yea, my lot is blessed.

Benediction.  

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