Feb. 14, 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.
COME pick up your ashes and Lenten materials. Wehave a small package of Lenten materials for you (ashes, a devotional resource, and other materials). We will have them in a Tupperware box on the steps of the Livingston St. door., please pick up whenever you can. If there are not any available, please let the office know.
Calvary Moravian Church Ash Wed. And Mid-Week Lenten Program 2021:
“Hope with Flesh – Embodied Hope for our Lenten Journey”
starting on Ash Wednesday, February 17th at 7 p.m.
We will use the same ZOOM address each Wednesday starting Feb. 17th – March 24th.
Or watch it live or recorded on our Calvary Youtube channel.
Meeting ID: 964 4949 7731
Feb. 17: Ash Wednesday Worship, if possible use the ashes included in the package or have a bowl of water.
Feb. 24: Henry Moore, director of Lazarus Houses. Learn about how Hope is embodied in local mission as the Lehigh Conference of Churches’ Lazarus Houses provide a safe and affordable place for returning citizens to live after being released from prison.
March 3: Through the beautiful art of Sanctified Art, we will walk through a guided meditation called visio divina to explore the themes of the Lenten season. In particular we will discuss the art form of a mandala (included in this packet).
March 10: Grace Hochella, Harp and Vocals. Listening and making music can bring incredible hope and healing to our lives. Come hear a reflection from musician Grace Hochella and then enjoy her music.
March 17: Rt. Rev. Chris Giesler, Board of World Mission, Moravian Church. Learn about Hope in international mission as Rev. Giesler discusses a new program called “Seeds of Hope” in Nicaragua and Honduras following recent hurricanes there.
March 24: Hope can come through concrete actions like baking bread. Or the making of pretzels. Learn about the history of pretzel making and how its’ symbolic shape speaks of God’s hope for us. (A pretzel and pretzel recipe is included in this package).
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship – A Call for Transformation.
You call us to go to the mountain top with you
And we follow, not quite sure of what is to happen,
but we like mountain tops,
we like the view from up here,
we like mountain top experiences.
Lord some times we need mountain top experiences with you
when our days are dark and dreary,
when our hearts, are heavy,
when the valleys seem more depressing than ever.
Lord, may this mountain top experience
fill our hearts with your light,
may we be filled with your love,
may we be filled with hope.
Lord, we are aware,
that just as Moses and your disciples
were changed by their experiences
that we too are changed and transformed
into the image of Christ by your mercy.
Lord, may we have unveiled faces that reflect your love,
your hope, and your light.
And Lord as we come down from these experiences, these mountain tops,
Might our spirits remain transformed –
To reflect your love, mercy and hope.
Even when we cannot be at the mountaintop with you, Lord,
Bring us into your wondrous light and share your glory to the lives we lead. Amen.
— adapted by a prayer by written by Rev. Abi, used with permission from https://revgalblogpals.org/.
Liturgy for the Lord’s Prayer (Sing to the Lord a New Song hymnal, used with permission)
O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
For he is our God; we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
This day is holy to the Lord;
this day the Lord has made;
we will rejoice with one accord
and in his name be glad.
Come, let us worship and bow down,
with thanks appear before his throne;
he to our songs of praise and prayer
will lend a gracious ear.
Let us pray for trust in God, that in all the situations of life we may not be troubled by needless anxiety or doubt, but may come to him as our loving heavenly Father, hallowing God’s Name in everything that reveals God, both in the natural world and in the Holy Scriptures, given for the guidance and salvation of all.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Let us pray for divine guidance, that God’s will may be known and done among the nations, so that we and the whole world may come to a fuller knowledge of God’s truth and love, as the gospel of Jesus Christ spreads throughout the whole world until all people come to know him as Savior and Lord.
Thy kingdom come.
Let us pray for faithfulness, not only in great matters, but also in the smallest things, that we may pattern our lives after Christ’s example and be his holy people to our life’s end.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Let us pray for earthly necessities, not only for ourselves, but that all God’s children may be clothed and sheltered and fed.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Let us pray for forgiveness, that our merciful Father may renew his image in us, so that we and all people may be freed from bitterness and malice, forgiving one another as he in Christ has forgiven us.
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Let us pray for strength from above, that God may grant us his power and protection to support us in all the dangers and temptations of life.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Let us pray for the constant awareness of God’s presence within each of us and within God’s whole church, that we may be comforted by his love and strengthened for witness and service to all of creation in the name of Christ.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Jesus, Prince of Peace, be near us; CASSEL
fix in all our hearts your home;
with your gracious presence cheer us;
let your sacred kingdom come;
raise to heav’n our expectation,
give our favored souls to prove
glorious and complete salvation
In the realms of bliss above.
Prayers of the People
Welcoming Prayers for our Joint Board
Board of Elders:
We welcome Tammy Karol and Mary Venditta as they join Robert Syrvet, Deana Zosky (vice-chair), William Glose, Rick Cabrey, and Pastor Janel Rice.
Board of Trustees:
We welcome Elissa Waldron as she joins David Venditta (board president), Kim Kametz, Richard Pirone, Larry Weik, Deanna Doster, Thomas Weaver, David Pieringer, ex-officio, treasurer, and Pastor Janel Rice, ex-officio.
Hymn 327 O Wondrous Sight! O Vision Fair (verses 1, 4 and 5).
Scripture 2 Kings 2:1-12, Mark 9:2-9 David Venditta, lay reader
Sermon. “The Possibilities – and the process – for Transformation”
Reflections on Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Silent reflection: How ready and willing am I to rely on the Lord’s help?
Where, in my life, might I rely more on God?
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Silent reflection: How have I experienced God’s attentiveness in my life?
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon my night.
Silent reflection: In what way am I feeling the heat of daily living?
What do I need to say to God about this?
The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.
Silent reflection: What tempts me to live in ways that are not consistent with God?
What do I have to say to God about this? How does God respond?
We humbly gather in this place
To praise you, Lord, and seek your grace,
And, Holy Spirit, we now pray:
Come, work among us every day.
As we go forth to do your will,
Lord, guide us and your word fulfill,
And show us how to work and be
Your blest disciples, wholly free.
©2006 by John Craver