March 7, 2021

March 7:  Third Sunday in Lent, Anniversary Celebration Worship.  

Celebrating our 81st year of Ministry at Calvary Moravian Church on March 5th!    

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.     

Calvary’s OUTSIDE Easter Egg Hunt Welcomes All!   

Invite friends and neighbors – all children 11 and under are welcome to our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 27th at 1:30 p.m.  There will be great prizes, snacks, and of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny!   Please register all children (with their age) by emailing or calling the church office by March 21st.  

The Egg Hunt will be entirely held outside, and we ask that everyone wears a mask and practices social distancing.   If you would like to donate wrapped, candy/chocolate (no peanuts!) that fits inside a plastic egg, you can drop off your donation by Sunday, March 21st.   

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.   

https://zoom.us/j/96449497731

Meeting ID: 964 4949 7731

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 

Introit   Jesus Makes my Heart Rejoice.          (Based on Hymn 663, Herber, 1735) 

Call to Worship 

Calvary Moravian Church Watchword for 2021

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

Liturgy for Anniversaries   pg. 143 

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.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all God’s benefits, 

Who forgives your iniquity, who heals your diseases,

Who satisfies you with good as long as you live, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

TUNE: ST. ANNE (14 H)

O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home!

Under the shadow of your throne, Your saints have dwelt secure;

Sufficient is your arm alone, And our defense is sure.

O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,

Remain our guide while life shall last, And our eternal home.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us in penitence and humility confess our sins before the throne of grace, praying together:

God of mercy, as we mark this moment, we confess our weaknesses, failures, and transgressions:

Our broken vows,

Our slackness and misuse of time and opportunity,

Our selfishness and our love of ease,

Our unkindness and indifference,

Our self-indulgence and our pleasures taken at the

expense of others,

Our moments when we have not been true to ourselves,

Our lack of faith in your providence.

For these sins of commission and omission, have mercy upon us.

Silent Confession 

Prayers of the People 

Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

God will supply every need of ours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

TUNE: DISMISSAL

Thanks we give and adoration, For the gospel’s joyful sound;

May the fruits of your salvation, in our hearts and lives abound.

May your presence, May your presence, With us evermore be found.

Lord Jesus, you are the same yesterday, today, and forever: your throne is established in righteousness, your compassion fails not, and your love endures from generation to generation. Lift the light of your countenance upon us, for we are exiles as our ancestors were. We thank you for all the ways by which you have led us in the past. Give us courage to set our faces toward the future.

Amen.

Let us give thanks for all God’s mercies:

For your grace given to us in days that are gone,

For the blessings of life, seen and unseen,

For the joy and peace of communion with you,

We give you thanks, gracious God.

For the sacraments of love and service which have made us conscious of your presence in our common life,

For the deeds we have been able to accomplish in the strength which you supply,

For the kindness of associates, the love of friends, and the fellowship of kindred souls,

We give you thanks, loving God.

For the disciplines which have enriched our living,

For your wisdom and gracious providence which we have recognized when you have denied our foolish requests,

For the faith which has guided us in days of trial,

We give you thanks, gracious God.

God will supply every need of ours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

TUNE: MIT FREUDEN ZART

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in every generation.

Your people still have known your grace and your blest consolation.

Through every age you heard our cry, Through every age we found you nigh,

Our strength and our salvation.

Lord, nothing from your arms of love, shall your own people sever.

Our helper never will remove; Our God will fail us never.

Your people, Lord, have dwelt secure; Our dwelling place, you will endure

Forever and forever.. 

Scripture.  Exodus 20:1-17 lay reader, Karen Kahle 

Hymn 511  The Church’s One Foundation 

The church’s one foundation, is Jesus Christ, her Lord;

she is his new creation, by water and the word;

from heav’n he came and sought her, to be his holy bride;

with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

This church has felt your blessing for lo, these many years; 

your Spirit’s gracious leading through all its joy and tears; 

We join with those before us in holding high the cross.

O use us, Lord and Master, whatever may be the cost.    

Sermon   “The Church’s Name, the Church’s Role”.  

Hymn 442. Bless, O Lord, this Congregation 

Bless, O Lord, we pray, your congregation;

bless each home and family;

bless the youth, the rising generation;

blessed may your dear children be;

bless your servants, grant them help and favor;

you to glorify be their endeavor.

Lord, on you we humbly call;

let your blessing rest on all.

Closing Prayer 

Hymn 543.  Sing hallelujah, Praise the Lord. 

Sing hallelujah, praise the Lord! Sing with a cheerful voice;
exalt our God with one accord, and in his name rejoice.
Ne’er cease to sing, O ransomed host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
until in realms of endless light your praises shall unite.

There we to all eternity, shall join th’angelic lays
and sing in perfect harmony, to God our Savior’s praise;
he has redeemed us by his blood, and made us kings and priests to God;
for us, for us, the Lamb was slain!  Praise ye the Lord! Again.

But not for us alone this news, was brought by Christ our Lord.
‘Twas meant for all the world to hear and thus with one accord
with all God’s children everywhere, his name and sign with pride we bear.
To us, to us, this task is giv’n: to spread God’s word. Amen.

Benediction.  

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