June 6, 2021.
Facebook Livestream and Recorded Worship:
A virtual service is available at our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Facebook page each Sunday. We also put the service on Calvary’s Youtube Channel by Sunday at 1 p.m.
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. Please continue to maintain appropriate distancing.
Moravian Women/Nitschmann Circle End of Year Picnic!
All women are invited to our end of year picnic on Monday, June 7th at 12 p.m. It will be outside under the pavilion at the Rose Garden (same place as Dining with Friends). 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 bring your own lunch – we will provide dessert!
Lehigh Conference of Churches’ Annual Meeting and Introduction to New Executive Director!
Did you know that we are a member church with the Lehigh Conference of Churches? We contribute annually to their mission to bring housing, food and mental health support for the Lehigh Valley’s most vulnerable residents, and we also benefit from their programs for the community. Pastor Janel also serves as the president of the board of directors.
Now is the time to learn more about the Conference from their new executive director, Abby Goldfarb. Come join the annual meeting on Zoom to meet Abby and hear her vision for the Conference on June 10th at 9 a.m. You can register for the meeting at the bottom of their homepage (lehighchurches.org) or ask Pastor Janel for a direct link.
Cool Treats, Summer Nights at Calvary Moravian Church
Each last Wednesday of the summer months, join us between 7-8 p.m. for a cool treat from a rotating ice cream or Italian ice food truck as well as live music, children’s activities, and free kids’ books from our Reading Room.
Children and Families are welcome to come at 6:30 p.m. for a special storytime and craft – and stay for ice cream and music!
These events will take place, weather permitting, outside of the church on Wednesday June 30th, July 28th, and August 25th with a children’s program at 6:30, and music/ice cream starting at 7 p.m.
In June we will collect for the local organization Family Promise. On June 13th, we will welcome the director Rosyln to speak to our congregation at worship Family Promise of Lehigh Valley is a non-profit 501(c)3 affiliate of the National Family Promise Organization, which assists children experiencing homelessness and their families. Relying on volunteers and mentorship, Family Promises houses families in local churches and provides a day center for them along with case management and follow-up care.
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Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
Hymn 372. “Rejoice the Lord is King”
Opening Litany (by Thom Shuman, used with permission from http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/)
Almighty God, from the beginning of time to the end of eternity,
you have chosen to use your power and majesty,
to love us, to redeem us, and to shape us as your people.
King of Kings and Lord of Lords, you became weak
so you could confront the strength of sin and death with your resurrection.
Spirit of God, resting upon us:
may your power enflame us with your peace;
may your peace touch us with your grace;
may your grace fill us with your hope;
may your hope lead us into your Kingdom.
God in Community, Holy in One, may your word be on our lips,
as we pray together as Jesus has taught us, saying,
The Lord’s Prayer
Prayers of the People
The Church Litany pg. 5 – 9
– Special thanks to Peter Swavely
Scripture 1 Sam. 8:1-22.
Special Music. “If You But Trust in God to Guide You” (Hymn 712). Peter Swavely, solo
Sermon “Why Can’t I be Like . . . .?”
Hymn 543 Sing Hallelujah, Praise the Lord (verses 1 and 2)