Thank you to Anne Ettinger, our organist for these outside services and thank you to Samantha Zosky for providing special music today!
Facebook Livestream and Recorded Worship:
Please remember – a virtual service is still available at our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Facebook page each Sunday.
“Oceans” 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.
Next 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 (Facebook livestream is available).
Masks will be required for the entire time you are inside the building, as well as physical distancing. Bathrooms are open if needed.
Moravian Women/Nitschmann Circle Meeting – Monday, May 10th
The reading for May is chapter 9. We are meeting by Zoom.
12 p.m. Meeting, https://zoom.us/j/99047953822, Meeting ID: 990 4795 3822
7 p.m. Meeting, https://zoom.us/j/99942796871, Meeting ID: 999 4279 6871
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.
Reading Room looking for Book Donations!
For several years, our church has been working on ways to encourage kids to read by sharing free books with our greater community. We are gearing up for several outside events this summer when we hope to share books with our community. We are looking for gently used or like new books for children, especially the “Learn to Read” level books or elementary chapter books. As you are doing your spring cleaning, please consider donating any children’s books to Calvary’s Reading Room. Please contact Pastor Janel (firstname.lastname@example.org, 484-903-3946) to arrange for a drop-off or a pick-up, depending upon location.
Participate in the West End’s Yard Sale at Calvary!
The West End Alliance’s community wide OUTSIDE yard sale is on June 5th, starting 8 a.m. Reserve your spot on our lawn (and access to a 8 ft table) with a $10 donation! Please RSVP now to the office and start your spring cleaning!
You will need to remain at your table(s) during the sale and take anything that doesn’t sell with you. All sales are yours to keep
May 9, 2021.
God of our Life Brase (1928), O Day of Rest, Mason (1839), Prelude to Joy, Handel
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship/Children’s Message – Why Praise?
Psalm 98:4-8, Psalm 147:1 and 7-11 (Common English Version).
Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!
Be happy! Rejoice out loud! Sing your praises!
Sing your praises to the Lord with the lyre—
with the lyre and the sound of music.
With trumpets and a horn blast,
shout triumphantly before the Lord, the king!
Let the sea and everything in it roar; the world and all its inhabitants too.
Let all the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains rejoice out loud altogether before the Lord because he is coming to establish justice on the earth!
He will establish justice in the world rightly;
he will establish justice among all people fairly.
Praise the Lord! Because it is good to sing praise to our God!
Because it is a pleasure to make beautiful praise!
Sing to the Lord with thanks;
sing praises to our God with a lyre!
God covers the skies with clouds; God makes rain for the earth;
God makes the mountains sprout green grass.
God gives food to the animals – even to the baby ravens when they cry out.
God doesn’t prize the strength of a horse;
God doesn’t treasure the legs of a runner.
No. The Lord treasures the people who honor him,
the people who wait for his faithful love.
Hymn 544. Joyful Joyful We Adore (verses 1, 2, and 3)
Joyful, joyful, we adore You, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before You, Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day!
All Your works with joy surround You, Earth and heav’n reflect Your rays,
Stars and angels sing around You, Center of unbroken praise;
Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain, Praising You eternally!
Always giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living, Ocean-depth of happy rest!
Loving Father, Christ our Brother, Let Your light upon us shine;
Teach us how to love each other, Lift us to the joy divine.
Presentation of Bible to 3rd graders (Chase Tatum)
Receive the Word of God. Learn its stories and study its words. Its stories belong to us all, and these words speak to us all. They tell us who we are. They tell us that we belong to one another, for we are the people of God.
Chase (receiving Bible):
I receive this Bible with my hands, heart, and mind.
May the word of God be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
We rejoice in this step in your journey with God.
We pray God will guide you, your family, and us as you use this Holy Bible in your home, in your Sunday school classes, and in our worship. We will learn together and grow in our love for God’s Word. Thanks be to God.
(from “An Order for the Presentation of Bibles to Children” Copyright © 1992 UMPH)
Prayers of the People
Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer.
Matthew 6:25-34 Sophie Rice.
‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Message – Rev. Janel Rice “Consider the lilies. . . .”
Special Music. “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” Samantha Zosky, vocals
By Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, Salomon Ligthelm ©2012 Hillsong Music Publishing , CCL# 2626163
You call me out upon the waters, The great unknown
Where feet may fail, And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep, My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name, And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours, You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand, Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You’ve never failed
And You won’t start now
So I will call upon Your name, And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours, And You are mine (You are mine)
Hymn 467. All Things Bright and Beautiful.
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, .
‘Twas God that made them all.
Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing color, He made their tiny wings.
The purple headed mountains, The river running by,
The sunset and the morning That brightens up the sky.
He gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell,
How great is the Almighty, Who has made all things well.