February 28, 2021

February 28, 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 and Upper Room devotionals are available in the blue Tupperware box on the steps of the Livingston St. entrance.  

Sugarcake Sale!  

Even if we can’t have our traditional in-person Lovefeast, we will still celebrate Calvary’s Anniversary (82 years!) in worship on March 7th.    Order your sugarcake now ($6)  to celebrate with us.  They will be available for pick-up on March 5th in the afternoon.      Please call or email the office to reserve your sugarcake(s).    

Mac and Cheese Outreach Continues!   

 Special thanks to all who contributed Mac and Cheese cups for our efforts to help Esperanza Moravian Church’s outreach to neighborhood kids in Bethlehem.  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. 

Calvary Moravian Church Mid-Week Lenten Program 2021: 

“Hope with Flesh – Embodied Hope for our Lenten Journey”

We will use the same ZOOM address each Wednesday – March 24th.   

Or watch it live or recorded on our Calvary Youtube channel.    

https://zoom.us/j/96449497731

Meeting ID: 964 4949 7731

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). 

February 28 Worship

Welcome and Announcements.  

Introit    Heal me, O My Soul (P. Gerhardt, 1607). 

Call To Worship:  John 2:13-22

A Liturgy for Lent.   (Liturgy by The Rt. Rev. Dr. Kay Ward; used with permission) 

We come to worship as we are Lord, full of those feelings which would keep us from loving ourselves and others.

Receive us as we come and may our hearts be turned away from those feelings.

MBW Hymn 762 Tune: WOODWORTH

Just as I am, without one plea, 

but that thy blood was shed for me,

And that thou bidd’st me come to thee, 

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thy love unknown

Has broken every barrier down;

Now to be thine, yea, thine alone,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Our misunderstandings often lead us to make snap judgements of others.

Our fear and uncertainty make us build walls to keep others from getting near us.

O Lord, help us to understand the kind of love that can break every barrier down – each wall that would separate your people.

Help us to be givers and receivers of that kind of love.

MBW Hymn 484 Tune: MUNICH

Thou, Lord, didst once for all atone;

Thee may both Jew and Gentile own

Of their two walls the Cornerstone,

Making them one.

Join high and low, join young and old

In love that never waxes cold;

Under one shepherd, in one fold,

Make us all one.

Even though we are persons with walls built against our neighbors, may we meet them as friends, as we all come before your grace and mercy.

Join us, O Living Christ, by becoming the cornerstone of our lives.

Just as you overturned the tables of old, O Lord, overturn the barriers that we place between ourselves as your people.

Make the stranger like a friend, the widow and widower like a mother and father, the convicted like a neighbor.

We struggle with our difference.  Our world is wounded, O Lord, and we need your passion to be a sign for us.

The wounded world is in need of your balm.  Help us to be healed.  May our barriers be overturned as we minister in your home.

MBW Hymn 672 Tune: HERRNHUT [11 A]

By thy reconciling love every stumbling block remove;

Each to each unite, endear; come and spread they banner here.

Let us each for others care, each the other’s burden bear.

To thy church a pattern give, showing how believers live.

May it to the world appear that we thy disciples are

By our loving mutually, by our Christian unity.

Amen.

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer 

Hymn 738. O God of Unrelenting Grace (verses 1, 3, 4). 

O God of unrelenting grace, Whose judgment yet we daily face,

Forgive us now, good Lord.

You are so distant and so near;

For you we long, yet you we fear,

O known, and yet beyond record.

For taking light the tasks now ours, Belittling oft our given powers,

Forgive us now, good Lord.

We sense you not in each day’s flow,

And deeming this for you too low,

In heaven afar we have you stored.

For thinking you too far from us, For fearing you too close to us,

Forgive us now, good Lord.

You dwell in high and holy place,

Yet touch all things by your grace,

Through all our lives be now adored.

Scripture     Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16,  Romans 4:13-25

Sermon  “New Names, New Covenant?”    

Hymn 331. Jesus, Refuge of the Weary. (Verses 1 and 3). 

Jesus, refuge of the weary, Blest Redeemer, whom we love,

Fountain in life’s desert dreary, Savior from the world above:

Often have Your eyes, offended, Gazed upon the sinner’s fall;

Yet upon the cross extended, You have borne the pain of all.

Jesus, may our hearts be burning With more fervent love for You;

May our eyes be ever turning To behold Your cross anew

Till in glory, parted never, From the blessed Savior’s side,

Graven in our hearts forever, Dwell the cross, the Crucified.

Benediction 

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