May 2, 2021 – Outside/Youtube Worship

May 2

Thank you to Anne Ettinger, our organist for these outside services and thank you to Bob Kahle (keyboard) and Gary Gipson (guitar) for providing special music today!   

Youtube Livestream and Recorded Worship

Please remember – a virtual service is still available at our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube channel each Sunday.  

“Lord, I Lift your Name” and “Thy Word” used with permission through our CCLI Copyright License Number 2626163 and Streaming License Number 21081607.

As we worship OUTSIDE – please remember  . . . 

– Please wear a mask as you come and leave, and when you are talking with others before or after the service.  

– Masks are not necessary if you are seated with your family.

– Some chairs will be provided, but we would also welcome you to bring your own lawn chair.

– While seated, please remain within your family unit or maintain appropriate social distancing.

– Kids’ activities – each Sunday, we’ll offer a special craft or coloring materials for our kids.

Next Sunday, May 9th, 10:45 a.m.Outside Worship as we celebrate the Christian Family Sunday (Mother’s Day) and welcome Samatha Zosky with special music, etc.  

Sunday, May 16th (10:45 a.m.) onward – INSIDE Worship (please see the newsletter for a full listing of inside, safety precautions).   

Please do not come to these services if you have a fever, do not feel well, or are simply not ready to return to the sanctuary for worship (Youtube is available).  

Masks will be required for the entire time you are inside the building, as well as physical distancing (every other pew will be roped off).   

There will be the same limits as in the fall for worship (no offerings plates passed, no choral singing, no hand-shaking or physical contact with others).  Bathrooms are open if needed.  

Sugarcake Baking 

Just in time for Mother’s Day, our sugarcake bakers will be baking on Friday, May 7th. Pick-up will be available after 1 p.m. that day, or at church on Sunday, May 9th. $6 each. To order, please contact the office at churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com or 610-435-6881

Dining with Friends – Outside Pizza Party!   

On our normal Dining with Friends date, Tuesday, May 25th, at 6 p.m., at the Allentown’s Rose Garden pavilion, we invite everyone to join us for an outside version of Dining with Friends.   We’ll bring pizzas and beverages – you can just show up for a night of community outside.  If you wish, you are welcome to bring your own food as well.   The Allentown Rose Garden Pavilions are located on the opposite side of the park from the Rose Gardens, with the address of Honochick Dr, Allentown, PA 18104.   It is Ott St. just before you get to Hamilton Blvd if you are coming from the church.   Please RSVP to Sam or Sharon Spagnola.   

Order of Worship 

Prelude   “Rock of Ages”  R. Veazey (1971)

    “Built on a Rock” Lindamon (1840)

Welcome/Announcements 

Call to Worship 

“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.  By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.”- 1 John 4:12-13

Hymn 463    God is Love, Let Heaven Adore Him (verses 1 and 3). 

God is Love, let heaven adore him; 

God is Love, let earth rejoice; 

let creation sing before him and exalt him with one voice. 

God who laid the earth’s foundation, God who spread the heaven above, 

God who breathes through all creation: God is Love, eternal Love. 

God is Love: and though with blindness, sin afflicts the souls of all,

God’s eternal loving-kindness holds and guides us when we fall.

Sin and death and hell shall never o’er us final triumph gain;

God is Love, so Love for-ever, o’er the universe must reign

Children’s Message – Where is God?  

–  Responsive Liturgy    “As we gather in this place – God is here” 

“Lord, I lift Your Name on High”.    Bob Kahle, keyboard, Gary Gipson, guitar 

Lord I lift Your name on high

Lord I love to sing Your praises

I’m so glad You’re in my life

I’m so glad You came to save us

You came from heaven to earth to show the way

From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay

From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky

Lord I lift Your name on high

By Rick Founds. © 1989 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing, CCL# 2626163 

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer. 

Scripture   Acts 8:26-40.  Karen Kahle.   

“Thy Word”    by Amy Grant  and Michael W. Smith,  Bob Kahle, keyboard.  

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (repeat) 

When I feel afraid, Think I’ve lost my way

Still you’re there right beside me

And nothing will I fear, As long as you are near

Please be near me to the end

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (repeat) 

I will not forget. Your love for me and yet

My heart forever is wandering

Jesus be my guide, And hold me to your side

I will love you to the end

Nothing will I fear as long as you are near

Please be near me to the end

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path

(Repeat) 

By Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, ©1984 Meadowgreen Music Company, CCL# 2626163

Sermon. “Relationships or Religion”   Rev.  Janel Rice.  

Hymn 790. “Guide Me, O my Great Redeemer”

Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer, Pilgrim through this barren land

I am weak but you are mighty, Hold me with your powerful hand

Bread of heaven, Bread of Heaven, 

Feed me now and evermore, Feed me now and evermore.  

Open now the crystal fountain, where the healing streams flow

Let the fire and cloudy pillar, Lead me all my journey though

Strong Deliverer, Strong Deliverer,

Be Thou still my strength and shield, Be Thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan, Bid my fears subside

Death of death, And hell’s destruction

Land me safe on Canaan’s side

Songs of praises, Songs of praises

I will ever give to thee, I will ever give to thee

Benediction 

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