March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday.
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/
Every Sunday morning, continue to use this Zoom address at 10 a.m. for Sunday school check-in and 10:45 a.m. for worship.
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#).
The worship service is also live (and recorded) at our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube channel. Bulletins and Upper Room devotionals are available in the Little Library!
Easter Cookies and Palms will be available for pick-up today, March 28th.
Get ready for Palm Sunday with our traditional palms, and pick up a bag of delicious sugar cookies (by Sue Dickinson) for Easter. She is asking for a free-will donation for each bag to benefit the Muhlenberg Elementary School playground fund. Pick up will be between 9 – 10 a.m. and 12 – 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 28th.
HOLY WEEK 2021 (March 29-April 2)
SAME ZOOM ADDRESS for all Holy Week.
Meeting ID: 946 4717 6409
If calling by phone, dial (929) 205-6099, and enter 946 4717 6409
Or access us live on our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube Channel (recorded there for later viewing as well).
Mon, Tues., Wed., and Maundy Thurs. (Holy Communion) Holy Week Readings, 7 p.m.
Good Friday, April 2, 2 p.m. Holy Week Readings. Same ZOOM Meeting ID: 946 4717 6409.
Good Friday EVENING – Tenebrae, April 2, 7 p.m. Same ZOOM Meeting ID: 946 4717 6409
Using the worship practice of the Seven Last Words” we will follow the movement of light in lighting and extinguishing candles to remind of the light of Christ in the challenges of the world.
April 4: Easter Sunday
An Outside only Easter Dawn/Sunrise Worship: 6:15 a.m., prelude, 6:30 a.m. service
We are blessed to welcome a brass quintet from the Easton Band to share with us the Moravian chorales and hymns of the Easter season. We gather at 6:15 a.m. to begin with special music. Please wear a mask.
Easter Celebration Virtual Worship only: 10:45 a.m. (Zoom/Youtube)
March 28, 2021
Welcome and Announcements
Introit “The Holy City” (Adams).
Call To Worship. Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Liturgy for Palm Sunday pg. 49.
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, all the earth! The glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Rejoice greatly, shout for joy! See, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and brings salvation.
TUNE: ST. THEODULPH (151 G)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, great David’s greater Son!
Hail, in the time appointed, his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free,
to take away transgression, and rule in equity.
We praise you, the Lord God of Israel! You came to the help of your people and have set them free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Savior, a descendant of your servant David.
You promised through your holy prophets long ago that you would save us from our enemies, from the power of all those who hate us.
You have shown the mercy promised to our ancestors and have remembered your holy covenant.
With a solemn oath to our ancestor Abraham, you promised to rescue us from our enemies and allow us to serve you without fear,
So that we might be holy and righteous before you all the days of our life.
By your tender mercy you cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us,
To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
The voice of the messenger echoes from the desert, calling us to prepare the way of the Lord and to make a straight path on which he may come. Let us confess our sins, so that our crooked ways will be made straight and the rough ways smooth.
Our sovereign Redeemer, we join the people of Jerusalem offering our own shouts of praise and celebration at your coming. Although we welcome you today with the multitude on Palm Sunday, we confess we have also stood with the condemning crowd on Good Friday. Our thoughts, words, and deeds have cried, “Crucify!” We turn to you for help and forgiveness, gracious Savior; not because we deserve it, but because you are forgiving. Save us from our sinful ways, and restore us to a life of loyalty to you. Amen.
Through John the Baptizer, we hear the Lord’s promise: Turn away from your sins, and God will forgive your sins.
TUNE: LANCASHIRE (151 M)
“Hosanna in the highest!” That ancient song we sing,
For Christ is our Redeemer, The Lord of heav’n our King.
O may we ever praise him, With heart and life and voice
And in his blissful presence, Eternally rejoice!
Eternal God, Ruler of all ages, graciously you come to us in order that we might come to you, through the merit of Jesus Christ, strengthened by the Holy Spirit.
Help us and all your children to respond to the call of your gospel with faith, love, and hope.
God of faith, you created humanity to serve and praise you; and even when we rebelled against you, you promised to send a Savior to redeem us from our sins:
Strengthen our faith in your saving work through Christ. As you chose the people of Israel to hear the promise of redemption through the prophets, may people today believe in your good will for all that you have made.
God of love, you fulfilled your promise of a redeemer in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Grant us the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we may share your love with the sick and the afflicted, with the poor and the homeless, with the victims of injustice and discrimination, and with all who are experiencing times of trouble.
God of hope, you comfort us through our Savior’s promise to return in glory at the end of time:
As we await the coming of the Prince of Peace, let us not despair. We long for you to inspire all the nations and peoples of the world to turn to cooperation and nurture, rather than to hatred and destruction.
God of faith, love, and hope, to you and to you alone we pray:
For you are our God, the only God, forever and ever. Amen.
“Hosanna” page 239. (Special thanks to Moravians around the world and the IBOC)
Lord, you have kept the promise you made to our ancestors, and have come to the help of your servant people.
You remembered to show mercy to Abraham and Sarah and to all their descendants forever!
We praise you, Lord. You are enthroned in glory, yet you came and continue to come for all who will receive you. We praise you, for you are good, and your mercy endures forever.
To you be glory and power, forever and ever. Amen.
TUNE: REGENT SQUARE (585 D)
Praise to you, O Lord, we render, for your love in Jesus shown;
may that love, so strong and tender, bind us fast to him alone;
now and ever, now and ever, gather us among your own.
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.
Prayers of the People
Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer.
Readings for Holy Week (Saturday and Sunday) pg. 5-12 (Music ed.). Jeff Diehl, lay reader.
Special Music “Jerusalem” (H. Parry)
Readings for Holy Week pg. 13 – 15
Sermon “A Peculiar Combination”
Special Music Ride on! Ride On in Majesty (H. Milman)