Dec. 13, 2020

December 13, 2020.  

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/.

10:45 a.m. :  Worship with us via ZOOM or on our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube Channel. 

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 are available from Friday onward in the Little Library on Livingston St. 

Sunday school at 10 a.m. – Advent Devotionals (same Zoom). 

Worship will start at 10:45 a.m. via Zoom or on our Calvary Youtube Channel.    

Helping our Neighbors at Esperanza Moravian Church! 

Esperanza Moravian Church, a bilingual church and ministry outreach to the neighborhood of South Bethlehem, is collecting food to help hungry kids in the neighborhood.  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. 

Daily Texts

Moravian Daily Texts for 2021 are available, contact the church office The cost is $11.00 for regular print, $13.00 for large print.

Advent Devotional “Do Not be Afraid” – Last Session Dec. 16th. 

Join us on Wednesday morning, Dec. 16th  from 10 – 11 a.m. or Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 p.m.   Let Pastor Janel know if you need the PDF for this week’s focus on Love.   

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. https://zoom.us/j/94658842137, Meeting ID: 946 5884 2137 

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/96061712916, Meeting ID: 960 6171 2916

For Christmas!  

You can still order your “Lovefeast to Go” or Moravian sugarcake for pick up on December 23.  Contact the office or look to your email for the link to order.     Christmas Eve worship will be via Zoom (or Youtube and saved there for later viewing) at 4:30 p.m. 

Pick up for Lovefeast to Go and Sugarcake Orders 

Dec. 23.   TIMES TBA. 

Moravian Blue Christmas Online Service

The holiday season is hard for some of us, particularly this year with the challenges that Covid presents. You are not alone. If you are dealing with a broken relationship, if you are mourning or remembering the loss of a loved one, if you are struggling with depression or sadness, the Northern Provincial Advent & Christmas Planning Team would like to invite you to join us for a different kind of worship service…of comfort…of lament…of hope. 

– We will be offering a Blue Christmas Worship Service on Sunday, December 20th at 7:00 pm ET via Zoom video conference. You can find the access link on https://moravianchristmas.org/2020/11/blue-christmas-service-dec-20/– Please sign up at any time before the service. By doing so, you are helping us plan ahead to create a smooth and meaningful online worship experience.  (Optional) Please have with you a piece of cloth or paper that you can tear.

Worship Service – Dec. 13, 2020.  

“This Sunday’s prayers are adapted from prayers by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org, used with permission”.

Introit. “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”    performed by Anne Ettinger.  

Call to Worship: Dreaming and Sowing Joy (Psalm 126:1-3), 

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy;

then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

Lighting of the Advent Candle “Sow Joy” 

Close your eyes.   What is your dream?    

We light this 3rd Candle of Advent to Dream, to Sow, to Imagine Joy.   

We might dream of big things, or small ones, but let us dream of what brings joy, and know that it comes from God.   

So today we light the candle of joy as a reminder that God’s dream for this world involves the end of all tears.

God’s dream for this world involves a joy that overflows and is contagious. 

So may this fire burn bright, and as it does, may we sing and dance.

May we laugh and hold onto the people we love.

May we sow joy in a hurting world, and may it be an act of holy resistance. Amen.

Hymn 260. Rejoice, Rejoice, The Kingdom Comes.    

Rejoice, rejoice, the kingdom comes; be glad, for it is near.

It comes with joy surprising us; it triumphs o’er our fears.

Give thanks, for as the kingdom comes, it brings God’s own shalom,

a state of peace and justice, where all with God are one.

Rejoice, rejoice, God’s will stands firm, throughout all time and space.

It is a quiet, steady force, pervading ev’ry place.

It snaps the brittleness of hate, unties the bonds of greed.

It holds out love abundant which never fails our need.

TEXT: M. Lynnette Delbridge (1987). ©1987 by M. Lynnette Delbridge; Used with permission.

TUNE: Traditional English melody. Arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). From the English Hymnal (1906). Used by permission of Oxford University Press.

Prayers of the People:  Where did you see joy, where is joy needed?  

Prayer  

Scripture.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24.   Sharon Ettinger.   

Message   “Joy: An Act of Holy Resistance”.   Rev. Janel Rice  

“Do Not Fear”. A Christmas Pageant for a Joyful Celebration of Jesus’s Birth 

With special thanks to:  

Parent & child: Tiffany & Nikayla Myers         

Angel “Gabe”: Sophie Rice                       

Mary: Mary Venditta                        

 Elizabeth:  Janel Rice                        

Joseph: David Venditta                         

 Caesar: Gary Handwerk   

Shepherds: John, Jennifer, Wyatt Graeffe     

Sheep: Emily and Olver Graeffe 

Magi 1: Christian Rice 

Magi 2: Alma McMahan 

Magi 3: Jeff Diehl 

King Herod: Jim McMahan 

Special Music – “The Magnificat” © Flo Paris Oakes, used with permission.

Performed by Reserved Parking, a Moravian-based group from NC. 

Benediction 

Dec. 6, 2020

December 6, 2020.  

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/.

10:45 a.m. :  Worship with us via ZOOM or on our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube Channel. 

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 are available from Friday onward in the Little Library on Livingston St. 

Sunday school at 10 a.m. – Advent Devotionals (same Zoom). 

Worship will start at 10:45 a.m. via Zoom or on our Calvary Youtube Channel.    

Helping our Neighbors at Esperanza Moravian Church! 

Esperanza Moravian Church, a bilingual church and ministry outreach to the neighborhood of South Bethlehem, is collecting food to help hungry kids in the neighborhood.  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. 

Daily Texts

Moravian Daily Texts for 2021 are available, contact the church office The cost is $11.00 for regular print, $13.00 for large print.

2021 Pledges 

Please remember to make your 2021 pledge commitment to Calvary Moravian as we need your financial support to continue working within the lives of members and in our community.    Pledges can be dropped off to the church, mailed in, or emailed directly to churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com 

Advent Devotional “Do Not be Afraid” 

Join us on Wednesday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m. or Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 p.m. during Advent (Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23) for an Advent Devotional group on Zoom.     “Do Not be Afraid” is the message that the God gave to God’s people throughout their history and it is heard again in our Advent readings in the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel.    What does it mean to hold hope when life feels really uncertain, to bring peace in the face of fear, practice joy, and to choose love when it is sometimes really hard?  Each week you will receive a PDF study guide of a few pages or you can also receive a hard copy of the study guide.   Email or call the office to sign up.    

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. https://zoom.us/j/94658842137, Meeting ID: 946 5884 2137 

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/96061712916, Meeting ID: 960 6171 2916

Angel Tree – Due December 8th –call or email office to arrange a drop-off 

For Christmas!  

You can still order your “Lovefeast to Go” or Moravian sugarcake for pick up on December 23.  Contact the office or look to your email for the link to order.     Christmas Eve worship will be via Zoom (or Youtube and saved there for later viewing) at 4:30 p.m. 

Unity Prayer Watch 

Every day throughout the year, the worldwide Moravian churches take a day to pray.    December is the month given to the Northern Province of the Moravian Church (N. America) and Calvary will be sharing Dec. 7 with several other local churches.    Please consider praying for our church and global churches, as well as any other prayer requests for 30 minutes during that day.    Contact the church office to take a prayer slot!    

Moravian Blue Christmas Online Service

The holiday season is hard for some of us, particularly this year with the challenges that Covid presents. You are not alone. If you are dealing with a broken relationship, if you are mourning or remembering the loss of a loved one, if you are struggling with depression or sadness, the Northern Provincial Advent & Christmas Planning Team would like to invite you to join us for a different kind of worship service…of comfort…of lament…of hope. 

– We will be offering a Blue Christmas Worship Service on Sunday, December 20th at 7:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm CT via Zoom video conference. You can find the access link on moravianchristmas.org

– Please sign up at any time before the service. By doing so, you are helping us plan ahead to create a smooth and meaningful online worship experience.  (Optional) Please have with you a piece of cloth or paper that you can tear.

Worship Service – Dec. 6, 2020.  

“Call to Worship and Prayers are adapted from prayers by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org, used with permission”. 

Welcome and Announcements. 

Call to Worship

John the Baptist said, “Prepare the way.” Family of faith, how do we prepare our minds for worship? 

We silence the inner critic and let go of busy thoughts.
We make space for God to speak. 

How do we prepare our hearts for worship?

We bless all emotions and open ourselves up to be moved. 

How do we prepare our bodies for worship?
We breath in God’s mercy. We exhale God’s love. 

How do we prepare our souls for worship? 

We bring our full selves into this space. We wear our hearts on our sleeves. We trust that even now, God is here. 

Family of faith, what we practice in worship, we must live out in our daily lives. So prepare the way. Let us worship Holy God. 

Introit. “Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silent”    performed by Anne Ettinger.  

Lighting of the Advent Candle “Prepare the Way – Peace” 

Close your eyes.   What is your dream?    

May this Light be an invitation to see the Messengers of Peace.

May this Light be our invitation to be Advent People – Those Who Dream.   

May this Light be our invitation to be a Messenger of Peace.

A Litany from the Prophet Isaiah (adapted from  40:1-11) 

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.  A voice cries out:
‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

Where is Comfort needed in our world? 

Are we preparers of the Way? 

Moment of Silent Reflection 

Where is Peace needed? 

Are we messengers of our Lord?  Do we pause and look and listen for God’s messengers?  

Moment of Silent Reflection 

Hymn 264.  Comfort, Comfort Now My People.

Prepare us, O God, to see and hear your message in your Holy Word.  
The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever.

Lift up our voices with strength and do not fear.  

See, the Lord God comes with might, and God will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.

Silent Confession of Sins  

Holy God,

I wish that peace was something we could buy, a subscription service, found on a map, downloaded in an app, or voted for in a ballot. I wish that peace was as easy as a one-time choice when I was feeling my best. However, what I have found is that peace involves everyday decisions over and over, whether or not I am feeling my best. 

So today we confess, O Redeemer God, that we need your help in this Advent season. Prepare the way for greater peace, and teach us how to be a part of it.    Walk with us in the everyday decisions to make us peacemakers.  And let us know and feel your peace,  Amen.  

Prayers of the People 

Prayer 

Scripture  Mark 1:1-8 

Sermon  “A Different Type of Messenger”. 

We believe that a voice cried out in the wilderness,
Saying, “Prepare the way of the Lord.”  We believe that this voice was a messenger coming once to open eyes to hope and peace and coming again in our world, to open our eyes and hearts.   Believing this messenger, let us show up.  

To Dream dreams. 

To work for Justice. 

To share stories and wisdom.

To celebrate community.  

To show up even when we don’t feel hopeful or peaceful.  But to believe and dream that peace is possible and to live in such a way as to be messengers of God’s peace.   Amen.    

Special Music 

Holy Communion for Christ’s Coming (adapted from pg. 183). 

Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, be with you all.

Amen.

Hymn  “For the Bread which you have Broken” (Sharing Right Wave of Fellowship).

For the bread, which You have broken; For the wine, which You have poured;

For the words, which You have spoken— Now we give You thanks, O Lord.

By this promise that You love us, By Your gift of peace restored,

By Your call to Heaven above us, Hallow all our lives, O Lord.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(Lord’s Prayer) 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

 (All partake together.)

Silent prayer

By your divine presence,

By the holy sacraments,

By all the merits of your life, sufferings, death, and resurrection,

Bless and comfort us, gracious Lord and God. Amen.

In the same way, after supper our Lord Jesus Christ took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sin. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.

 (All partake together.)

Silent prayer

Christ, the Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Grant to us your peace. Amen.

Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death,

Until he comes.

Hymn pg. 193, Brian Henkelmann (Sharing Right Wave of Fellowship)

Brothers, sisters, join in praising Christ, the Son, Incarnate Word; 

Join, with hearts and voices raising, songs of thanks to Christ, our Lord

God made flesh, who dwelt among us giving bread and wine as sign, 

Grant that now your love many, through us, in a world of darkness shine.    

The Lord bless you and keep you; 

The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace; 

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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. www.moravian.org; e-mail: pubs@mcnp.org. All rights reserved.

Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License M-733262, All rights reserved.

Nov. 29, 2020 – First Sunday in Advent

November 29, 2020.  

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/.

Please note that we are no longer holding in-person Worship services.  

10:45 a.m. :  Worship with us via ZOOM or on our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube Channel. 

https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163

You can continue to call this number and listen to the service on your any telephone as well:

(929) 205-6099 (enter 673028163#).

Bulletins are available from Friday onward in the Little Library on Livingston St. 

Worship will start at 10:45 a.m. via Zoom or on our Calvary Youtube Channel.    

A Sunday school check-in and community sharing will begin at 10 a.m. using the same Zoom address

Helping our Neighbors at Esperanza Moravian Church! 

Esperanza Moravian Church, a bilingual church and ministry outreach to the neighborhood of South Bethlehem, is collecting food to help hungry kids in the neighborhood.  We are collecting microwaveable Mac and Cheese cups (just the cups not the boxes) to donate as part of this effort or funds to purchase these.   Please bring them to church or call us to arrange a drop-off. 

Daily Texts

Moravian Daily Texts for 2021 are available, contact the church office The cost is $11.00 for regular print, $13.00 for large print.

2021 Pledges 

Please remember to make your 2021 pledge commitment to Calvary Moravian as we need your financial support to continue working within the lives of members and in our community.    Pledges can be dropped off to the church, mailed in, or emailed directly to churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com 

Advent Devotional “Do Not be Afraid” 

Join us on Wednesday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m. or Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 p.m. during Advent (Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23) for an Advent Devotional group on Zoom.     “Do Not be Afraid” is the message that the God gave to God’s people throughout their history and it is heard again in our Advent readings in the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel.    What does it mean to hold hope when life feels really uncertain, to bring peace in the face of fear, practice joy, and to choose love when it is sometimes really hard?  Each week you will receive a PDF study guide of a few pages or you can also receive a hard copy of the study guide.   Email or call the office to sign up.    

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. https://zoom.us/j/94658842137, Meeting ID: 946 5884 2137 

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/96061712916, Meeting ID: 960 6171 2916

Angel Tree is here!   

The Angel Tree is returning this year; our regular participation in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree benefits low-income children in our community.   Our tree will be virtual this year – contact the office if you need the link or if you can’t open it, we can share some suggestions (tell us gender, age preference).  It is not necessary to buy all the items; these are just suggestions or ideas for what the children would like.    All presents should be delivered to Calvary UNWRAPPED in a gift bag with the tag (with name of child and code)  securely fastened on it by December 8.    

For Christmas!  

You can still order your “Lovefeast to Go” or Moravian sugarcake for pick up on December 23.  Contact the office or look to your email for the link to order.    

Christmas Eve worship will be via Zoom (or Youtube and saved there for later viewing) at 4:30 p.m. 

Unity Prayer Watch 

Every day throughout the year, the worldwide Moravian churches take a day to pray.    December is the month given to the Northern Province of the Moravian Church (N. America) and Calvary will be sharing Dec. 7 with several other local churches.    Please consider praying for our church and global churches, as well as any other prayer requests for 30 minutes during that day.    Contact the church office to take a prayer slot!    

Worship Service 

Welcome and Announcements. 

Introit. “Hosanna”   Anne Ettinger.  

Call to Worship – Psalm 126

The power of dreams lies in waking up. For when we close our eyes,

We can see a better world.

When we close our eyes,

We can dream a better dream.

But when we open our eyes,

We begin the work of faith.

The power of worship is the same. When we enter this space,

this virtual space is still sacred space, gathered together – being still and welcoming in God’s presence wherever we are. . . . when we enter this space, 

We can see a better world.

When we enter this space,

We dream a better dream.

But when we leave this space,

We begin the work of faith.

So come in. Dream your dream. Find hope here. Begin the work of faith.    Amen.   

Lighting of the Advent Candle “Keep Awake-Hope”.  

Close your eyes.   What is your dream?    

May this Light be an invitation to Keep Awake.  

May this Light be our invitation to be Advent people- Those Who Dream.   

May this Light be our invitation to be people of Hope.

Liturgy for Advent   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.

Gracious Lord Jesus, you come to us with the good news of salvation, but too often we fail to notice. You come to us day by day, yet we close the doors of our hearts when it seems convenient to do things our own way.  We ignore your presence and your leadership.  We have failed to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.  Forgive us, merciful Lord.  May we live so that the world will know that you have come.  Amen.

Through John the Baptizer, we hear the Lord’s promise:  Turn away from your sins, and God will forgive your sins.

TUNE:  TRURO

Lift up your heads, you mighty gates; behold the King of glory waits;

the King of kings is drawing near; the Savior of the world is here.

Fling wide the portals of your heart; make it a temple set apart

from earthly use for heaven’s employ, adorned with prayer and love and joy.

So come, my Sovereign, enter in; let new and nobler life begin;

the Holy Spirit guide us on, until our glorious goal is won.

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. www.moravian.org; e-mail: pubs@mcnp.org. All rights reserved

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer 

Scripture  Mark 13:24-37. 

Sermon “Revolutionary Patience” 

Hymn 274. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” 

O come, O come, Immanuel, and ransom captive Israel

that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:  Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel, shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Wisdom from on high, who ordered all things mightily;

to us the path of knowledge show, and teach us in its ways to go. Refrain

O come, O Bright and Morning Star, and bring us comfort from afar!

Dispel the shadows of the night

and turn our darkness into light. Refrain 

Benediction 

November 22, 2020

November 22, 2020.  

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/.

Please note that we are no longer holding in-person Worship services.  

10:45 a.m. :  Worship with us via ZOOM or on our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube Channel. 

https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163

You can continue to call this number and listen to the service on your any telephone as well:

(929) 205-6099 (enter 673028163#).

Bulletins are available from Friday onward in the Little Library on Livingston St. 

Worship will start at 10:45 a.m. via Zoom or on our Calvary Youtube Channel.    

A Sunday school check-in and community sharing will begin at 10 a.m. using the same Zoom address

Helping our Neighbors at Esperanza Moravian Church! 

Esperanza Moravian Church, a bilingual church and ministry outreach to the neighborhood of South Bethlehem, is collecting food to help hungry kids in the neighborhood.   If parents are working or food is scarce, kids can go hungry over the weekend and Esperanza is asking local Moravian churches to help.  We are collecting microwaveable Mac and Cheese cups (just the cups not the boxes) to donate as part of this effort.   We are also collecting funds to purchase some in bulk (indicate Esperanza donation on your memo line).  Please bring them to church or call us to arrange a drop-off. 

Daily Texts

Moravian Daily Texts for 2020 are available at the back of the church.  There is an envelope for your payment.  The cost is $11.00 for regular print, $13.00 for large print.

2021 Pledges 

Please remember to make your 2021 pledge commitment to Calvary Moravian as we need your financial support to continue working within the lives of members and in our community.    Pledges can be dropped off to the church, mailed in, or emailed directly to churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com 

Advent Devotional “Do Not be Afraid” 

Join us on Wednesday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m. or Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 p.m. during Advent (Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23) for an Advent Devotional group on Zoom.     “Do Not be Afraid” is the message that the God gave to God’s people throughout their history and it is heard again in our Advent readings in the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel.    What does it mean to hold hope when life feels really uncertain, to bring peace in the face of fear, practice joy, and to choose love when it is sometimes really hard?  Each week you will receive a PDF study guide of a few pages or you can also receive a hard copy of the study guide.   Email or call the office to sign up.    

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. https://zoom.us/j/94658842137, Meeting ID: 946 5884 2137 

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/96061712916, Meeting ID: 960 6171 2916

Dining with Friends on ZOOM – Tuesday, November 24, 7 p.m. 

Join our church family via Zoom to share in conversation and fellowship.  

https://zoom.us/j/99357268475, Meeting ID: 993 5726 8475

Call +19292056099 (enter 99357268475#)

Welcome and Announcements. 

Call to Worship and Introit.    Let All Things Now Living   

Liturgy for  Thanksgiving pg. 159. 

Almighty and gracious God, you have made yourself known to us in a multitude of ways, and each of those ways invites us to respond to you with grateful hearts.

You have been present with us even before our thoughts and words and feelings ever turned toward you.

You created us in your own image, redeemed us with your love, and have always sustained us with your grace.

When we think of you, gracious God, we think of your compassion and tender mercies toward us all, and we are humbled with gratitude.

TUNE: DUKE STREET (22 Q)

Lord of all being, throned afar, your glory flames from sun and star;

center and soul of every sphere, yet to each loving heart how near!

We thank you, everpresent God, for coming to us in your Son, Jesus Christ, for entering into our human flesh and taking the form of a servant.

We thank you for reaching the least of us while we were yet sinners and for doing all things necessary for our salvation through the sufferings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We praise and honor you with our hearts and our lives, because we know that we could not help ourselves or earn our own salvation.

You continue to rush out to meet us and embrace us while we are yet far off. We marvel at the depth of your forgiving love which always comes to us through the working of your Spirit. We thank you for each new experience and each new reminder of your very constant care.

TUNE: FESTAL SONG 

Good news is ours to tell!  Let no one fail to hear!

God gives us life; God conquers death! What’s left for us to fear?

Christ comes, the promised One, eternal life to bring.

Though judgment is our just reward, instead Christ makes us sing!

TEXT:   © by Jane Parker Huber, CCLI Streaming License. 

You have not left us to live alone in this world, but have called us to be members of your Body, the church. We thank you for all those in the past who shared their faith with us and for those in the present who help to shape our response to your love.

We are grateful for the nurture we receive and the mission we have been given to manifest the good news of Jesus Christ to the world around us.

You have not left us without written and living testimony to your involvement in human history. We thank you for the Holy Scriptures and the insights they provide for us in our mission and ministry.

We are grateful for the words and stories of judgment and justice, comfort and renewal, salvation and peace that come to us from the Bible and from the ongoing inspiration of your Holy Spirit.

For the creation itself and the nourishment we receive from its resources,

For seedtime and harvest, sunshine and rain, oceans and forests,

For the wondrous way in which we are woven into the environment,

We give you thanks, Creator God.

For all the creative things we are enabled to do through the gifts and talents you have given to us,

For the good health within our bodies, minds, and spirits,

For the courage and healing that you provide when we are broken and discouraged in the

midst of our earthly pilgrimage,

We acknowledge with thanks your leadership in our journey.

For the gift of time and the guidance you give for the redemptive use of our days,

For the satisfaction and renewal that come from our labor and leisure,

For directing us to do justice and to love mercy,

For the chance to begin again whenever we falter and fail,

We are grateful, our Savior, whose faithfulness endures through all

generations.

TUNE: WIR PFLÜGEN

We thank you then, O Father, for all things bright and good,

the seedtime and the harvest, our life, our health, our food;

help us to show thanksgiving, for all you freely give,

to love you in our neighbor, and by the way we live.

Refrain:  All good gifts around us, are sent from heaven above;

  then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord, for all his love.

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer 

Psalm 100  – Sophie Rice 

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
   Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
   It is he that made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
   Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for ever,
   and his faithfulness to all generations.

Hymn 533 Now Thank We All Our God (verses 1 and 2).  

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,

who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices;

who from our mothers’ arms, has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this gracious God, through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts, and blessed peace to cheer us,

to keep us in his grace, and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills, of this world in the next.

Scripture.   Matthew 25:31-46.   David Venditta.  

Sermon   “Thankfully Doing Our Faith”   

Hear now, gracious God, our words of contrition that we pray in the light of your manifold blessings:

We confess that we have failed to perceive your glory as it is revealed in creation. We have taken the gifts of this world for granted and have not stopped to marvel at what you have provided for us. Forgive us for rushing through life with reckless abandon. Forgive us for trampling upon other persons, places, and things, and for not understanding how dependent we are upon one another and the earth itself.

Help us, Creator God, to share the resources of this world as good and faithful stewards. Show us how to tend the land, water, and air and to prevent their pollution and destruction. Teach us the discipline of conserving and of replacing what we have used. Deliver us from exploitation. Keep us from idolizing money and material possessions. And make us compassionate in our concern for the needs of others. Amen.

God hears our prayers, blots out our transgressions, and creates a new and right spirit within us.

TUNE: ST. GEORGE’S, WINDSOR (205 F)

Hark, the song of jubilee, loud as mighty thunders’ roar,

or the fullness of the sea, when it breaks upon the shore:

Alleluia! for the Lord, God omnipotent shall reign!

Alleluia! let the word, sound from city, hill, and plain.

Benediction. 

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. www.moravian.org; e-mail: pubs@mcnp.org. All rights reserved

November 15, 2020 Worship

November 15, 2020.  

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/.

Please note that we are no longer holding in-person Worship services starting this Sunday, Nov. 15th.    

Worship with us via ZOOM or on our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube Channel. 

https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163

You can continue to call this number and listen to the service on your any telephone as well:

(929) 205-6099 (enter 673028163#).

Worship will start at 10:45 a.m.

A Sunday school check-in and community sharing will begin at 10 a.m. using the same Zoom address.

Collections for our Neighbors without Housing 

Provided for homeless outreach through the Lehigh Conference of Churches – call us to arrange for a drop-off:  

Gently Used or New: Sleeping bags, tarps, tents (3 person or more), flashlights, lanterns (battery operated), power chargers for phones, backpacks

Gently used or New: Socks, Sweatshirts, sweatpants, men’s jeans, winter jackets, gloves and hats, boots and sneakers

Snacks: beef jerky, crackers, chip bags, breakfast bars (easy items for on the go)

New only: Batteries AAA,AA,C,D, Laundry soap, Bug spray, Shaving Razors, Deodorant, Toilet paper

Helping our Neighbors at Esperanza Moravian Church! 

Esperanza Moravian Church, a bilingual church and ministry outreach to the neighborhood of South Bethlehem, is collecting food to help hungry kids in the neighborhood.   If parents are working or food is scarce, kids can go hungry over the weekend and Esperanza is asking local Moravian churches to help.  We are collecting microwaveable Mac and Cheese cups (just the cups not the boxes) to donate as part of this effort.   We are also collecting funds to purchase some in bulk (indicate Esperanza donation on your memo line).  Please bring them to church or call us to arrange a drop-off. 

Daily Texts

Moravian Daily Texts for 2020 are available at the back of the church.  There is an envelope for your payment.  The cost is $11.00 for regular print, $13.00 for large print.

Please remember to make your 2021 pledge commitment to Calvary Moravian as we need your financial support to continue working within the lives of members and in our community.    Pledges can be dropped off to the church, mailed in, or emailed directly to churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com 

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements 

Call to Worship    1 John 4:16b-18. 

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.  Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.

Liturgy for Reconciliation pg. 13 (Moravian Hymnal, used with permission). 

With joyfulness and longing  We look to you, O Lord;

Receive us in your mercy, And cheer us with your word.

Crown us with love enduring, And promises of grace,

And let your holy blessing, Remain within this place.

The years have all been crowded, With tokens of your love;

And many who have sought you, Now worship you above.

But we, O Lord, still need you, Our pilgrim feet to stay,

For evil often triumphs, As faith to fear gives way.

Almighty God, enthroned above all, you alone are God over the nations of the earth.  Even the planets, the stars, and the galaxies are placed by your hand.

Where could we go from your Spirit?  Where could we flee from your presence?  If we go up to the heavens, you are there; if we go down into the caves of the earth or the depths of the sea, you are there.

God of all creation, we sing praises to your name; we stand jubilant before your glory, power, and beauty.

God of certainty, God of truth, our confidence is in you and in you alone.

Yet we live in a fallen world and we are an imperfect people.

Our world is filled with pain and alienation.

We know of illness when body or mind is failing, and the loneliness of spirit it brings.

We know of separation from parent or child, from friend or neighbor, and the emptiness of life it brings.

We know of strangeness in new communities and in changing communities, and the longing it brings.

We know of alienation caused by unemployment or poverty or discrimination, and the pain it brings.

We have become strangers to our relatives, and foreigners to our own families.

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?  Let our cry for help come to you.

I am a God nearby, says the Lord.  Do I not fill heaven and earth?  I am the Lord your God.  I have called you out from the peoples and you shall be holy to me.

We declare your praise, the One who called us out of darkness into your wonderful light.  We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to you.

Sing praise to God, who reigns above, The God of all creation,

The God of power, the God of love, The God of our salvation;

With healing balm my soul he fills, And every faithless murmur stills.

To God all praise and glory!

The Lord is never far away, But through all grief distressing,

An ever-present help and stay, Our peace, and joy, and blessing,

As with a mother’s tender hand, He leads his own, his chosen band.

To God all praise and glory!

Silent Confession 

Gracious God, we humbly confess that we walk in the way of the indifferent, who depend on their strength alone.  We sit among the scornful, who deny the need for your guidance and power.  Our hearts are not satisfied with riches vulnerable to moth and rust and thief, yet we zealously store up those very treasures.  Set our minds on things unseen and eternal, that our emptiness within may be filled.

We humbly confess that we fail to welcome the stranger among us.  We pass by the neighbor who is hungry and thirsty, naked, sick, and in prison.  We sing of your healing power and your unconditional love, but we fail to make our sanctuaries true havens for the suffering and the exiled.  Give us the will to be ambassadors for our Savior and faithful stewards of the ministry of reconciliation entrusted to us.

Lord, have mercy on us.   Amen.

Without Christ we were strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus we who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  He is our peace.

We are no longer strangers and aliens, but citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, with Christ himself as the cornerstone.

Therefore, let us affirm our faith in the Triune God.

We believe in the one God who has created the land and sea and heavens and all that is in them; who established a world that was good; who gives to us the task of watchful and responsible care over it; who is certainty and truth.

We believe in the one God who in Jesus Christ assumed our humanity and knew our life as child, youth, and adult; who dined with sinners and lived with the homeless; who confronted popular opinion and power; who remained obedient in temptation and suffering; whose triumph was a servant’s death and resurrection.

We believe in the one God who comes to us as comforter and advocate; who does not leave us as orphans; who brings peace and calms the troubled heart; who bestows gifts for serving, healing, showing compassion, and doing miracles; who alone is the power and the wisdom of our proclamation.

Let us in faith keep our eyes fixed on the promises of God, though we see them and greet them from a distance.

We confess that we are strangers and foreigners on the earth, a people who are seeking our true home.

We desire a better place, that is, a heavenly one.  Indeed, God has prepared a city for us.

Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.

O then what raptured greetings, On Canaan’s happy shore;

What knitting severed friendships up, Where partings are no more!

Then eyes with joy shall sparkle, That brimmed with tears of late,

Orphans no longer fatherless, Nor widows desolate.

Bring near your great salvation, O Lamb for sinners slain;

Fill up the roll of your elect, Then take your power, and reign!

Appear, Desire of nations, Your exiles long for home;

Show in the heaven your promised sign; Great Prince and Savior, come.  

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer.  

Scripture. Matthew 25:14-30    Sam Spagnola 

Sermon   “Antidotes to Fear” 

Psalm 90

Lord, you have been our dwelling-place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn us back to dust, and say, ‘Turn back, you mortals.’
For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.

You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning;
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;  in the evening it fades and withers.

For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed.
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

For all our days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh.
The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Who considers the power of your anger? Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due to you.
So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands—
O prosper the work of our hands! Amen. 

Hymn 461  O God our Help in Ages Past 

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

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

Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame,

From everlasting Thou art God, To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight, Are like an evening gone;

Short as the watch that ends the night, Before the rising sun.

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

Be Thou our guard while troubles last, And our eternal home.

Benediction 

November 8, 2020

November 8, 2020.  

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/.

Worship with us on Sundays: 

9:30- 10:15 a.m. Zoom Sunday school/Community  Check-in.

10:45 a.m. Inside, limited capacity seating (physically distancing, masks required) 

Also at 10:45 a.m. Livestream service found at Calvary Moravian Church Allentown’s YouTube Channel.   Email us for the address.

Announcements:  

Remember – Our sanctuary is open for Prayers every Wednesday from 12 – 2 p.m.  

Pre-worship Sunday school on Zoom!  

9:30 – 10:15 A.M.  – Jeff Diehl will lead us in check-ins and conversations.  

https://zoom.us/j/96115430870?pwd=YndUa0dOREhuL0wvc0tLMzZUSkZBUT09

Meeting ID: 961 1543 0870

Passcode: 749341

Call +19292056099, enter Meeting ID and Passcode above.   

Moravian Women/Nitschmann Circle Meeting – Monday, November 9th 

 Our next meeting is on November 9th with chapter 3 in our book on Queen Esther.  

12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9th

https://zoom.us/j/99047953822

Meeting ID: 990 4795 3822

One tap mobile +19292056099, (enter code 99047953822# ) 

7 p.m. Monday Nov. 9th 

https://zoom.us/j/99942796871

Meeting ID: 999 4279 6871

One tap mobile. +19292056099, (enter code. 99942796871#) 

Collections for our Neighbors without Housing 

The Allentown YMCA and the Lehigh Conference of Churches are two organizations helping our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness this winter.  The warming center will open for evening shelter beginning November 1st at the YMCA.    The Conference of Churches will be offering lunches through the Soup Kitchen and daytime shelter through Daybreak at their Dubbs Memorial Community Center location at 5th and Allen Streets.   The Conference also continues to provide outreach to outside “camps.”  

For these efforts, we are helping to collect the following items.   Many of them can be gently used (washed first please!).    Starting November 1st, we’ll have collection bins inside the sanctuary for these items or contact us to make a drop-off.   Donations also accepted and will be shared with the outreach efforts through the Conference of Churches. 

Gently Used or New: Sleeping bags, tarps, tents (3 person or more), flashlights, lanterns (battery operated), power chargers for phones, backpacks

Gently used or New: Socks, Sweatshirts, sweatpants, men’s jeans, winter jackets, gloves and hats, boots and sneakers

Snacks: beef jerky, crackers, chip bags, breakfast bars (easy items for on the go)

New only: Batteries AAA,AA,C,D, Laundry soap, Bug spray, Shaving Razors, Deodorant, Toilet paper 

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements 

Hymn 401. Heart with Loving Heart United  (verses 1 and 3) 

Heart with loving heart united, met to know God’s holy will.

Let his love in us ignited, more and more our spirits fill.

He the Head, we are his members; we reflect the light he is.

He the Master, we disciples, he is ours an we are his.

Since, O Lord, you have demanded, that our lives your love should show

so we wait to be commanded, forth into your world to go.

Kindle is us love’s compassion, so that ev’ryone may see

in our faith and hope the promise, of a new humanity.

Litany for The Chief Eldership of Jesus Christ 

Prayers of the People/Pastoral Prayer

Scripture.   Matthew 25:1-13.      Jeff Diehl. 

Hymn.   “Give me Oil in My Lamp” 

Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning. Give me oil in my lamp, I pray.

Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning. Keep me burning till the break of day.

Refrain:

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna, sing hosanna to the King of kings!

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna, sing hosanna to the King!

Give me love in my heart, keep me sharing. Give me love in my heart, I pray.

Give me love in my heart, keep me sharing. Keep me sharing till the break of day.  

Give me joy in my heart, keep me singing. Give me joy in my heart, I pray.

Give me joy in my heart, keep me singing. Keep me singing till the break of day. (Refrain)

Give me faith in my heart, keep me praying. Give me faith in my heart, I pray.

Give me faith in my heart, keep me praying. Keep me praying till the break of day. (Refrain)

Sermon “When our lamps aren’t full”

Special Music. “Song of Hope”  Mendelssohn

Holy Communion for Christ as Chief Elder. 

Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, be with you all.

Amen.

Hymn  400 “Jesus, Great High Priest of Our Profession” (Sharing Right Wave of Fellowship).

 Jesus, great High Priest of our profession, we in confidence draw near;

grant us, then, in mercy, the confessions, of our grateful hearts to hear;

you we gladly own in ev’ry nation, 

Head and Master of your congregation,

conscious that in ev’ry place, you are giving life and grace.

Your blessed people, trusting in your merit, on the earth’s extended face

from each other far, but one in spirit, sound with one accord your praise.

May we never cease to make confession

that your death’s the cause of our salvation;

we to you, our Head and King, joyful hallelujahs sing.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(Lord’s Prayer) 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

 (All partake together.)

Silent prayer

By your divine presence,

By the holy sacraments,

By all the merits of your life, sufferings, death, and resurrection,

Bless and comfort us, gracious Lord and God. Amen.

In the same way, after supper our Lord Jesus Christ took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sin. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.

 (All partake together.)

Silent prayer

Christ, the Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Grant to us your peace. Amen.

Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death,

Until he comes.

Hymn “We Who Here Together” (Sharing Right Wave of Fellowship)

We who here together are assembled, Joining hearts and hands in one,

Bind ourselves with love that’s undissembled, Christ to love and serve alone;

O may our imperfect songs and praises

Be well-pleasing unto Thee, Lord Jesus;

Say, “My peace I leave with you.” Amen, Amen, be it so.

The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace;

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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. www.moravian.org; e-mail: pubs@mcnp.org. All rights reserved.

Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License M-733262, All rights reserved.

October 25, 2020

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/.

Worship with us on Sundays: 

9:30- 10:15 a.m. Zoom Sunday school/Community  Check-in.

10:45 a.m. Inside, limited capacity seating (physically distancing, masks required) 

Also at 10:45 a.m. Livestream service found at Calvary Moravian Church Allentown’s YouTube Channel.   Email us for the address.

Announcements:  

Remember – Our sanctuary is open for Prayers every Wednesday from 12 – 2 p.m.  

Dining with Friends goes Virtual – Tuesday, October 27, 7 p.m. 

The fourth Tuesday in September, October 27 at 7 p.m., we’ll encourage you to pick up (or make) some dinner (and maybe grab a drink too) and join us via Zoom to share in conversation.   Dining with Friends ZOOM:  https://zoom.us/j/99357268475

Meeting ID: 993 5726 8475

Call +19292056099 (enter 99357268475#) 

Pre-worship Sunday school on Zoom!  

9:30 – 10:15 A.M.  – Jeff Diehl will lead us in check-ins and conversations.  

https://zoom.us/j/96115430870?pwd=YndUa0dOREhuL0wvc0tLMzZUSkZBUT09

Meeting ID: 961 1543 0870

Passcode: 749341

Call +19292056099, enter Meeting ID and Passcode above.   

Sunday, Nov. 1:   All Saints Day Remembrance. 

As we remember all who have gone before us – and with the lighting memorial candles, we hold a testimony to their witness and service.   If you are not attending the live (in-person) worship service, you can email us the name (and relation) of the person(s) you would like a candle lit for, and someone at the service will light a candle and read the name(s).   

Collections for our Neighbors without Housing 

The Allentown YMCA and the Lehigh Conference of Churches are two organizations helping our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness this winter.  The warming center will open for evening shelter beginning November 1st at the YMCA.    The Conference of Churches will be offering lunches through the Soup Kitchen and daytime shelter through Daybreak at their Dubbs Memorial Community Center location at 5th and Allen Streets.   The Conference also continues to provide outreach to outside “camps.”  

For these efforts, we are helping to collect the following items.   Many of them can be gently used (washed first please!).    Starting November 1st, we’ll have collection bins inside the sanctuary for these items or contact us to make a drop-off.   Donations also accepted and will be shared with the outreach efforts through the Conference of Churches. 

Gently Used or New: Sleeping bags, tarps, tents (3 person or more), flashlights, lanterns (battery operated), power chargers for phones, backpacks

Gently used or New: Socks, Sweatshirts, sweatpants, men’s jeans, winter jackets, gloves and hats, boots and sneakers

Snacks: beef jerky, crackers, chip bags, breakfast bars (easy items for on the go)

New only: Batteries AAA,AA,C,D, Laundry soap, Bug spray, Shaving Razors, Deodorant, Toilet paper

Welcome and Announcements. 

Hymn  Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

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.

Call to Worship.   1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 

A Liturgy of Compassion

(We thank the Rev. Rick Beck for this liturgy and permission to share it.)

God hears the cry of the needy and does not wait for us to call before coming to our aid;

While humanity was still lost in its brokenness, God came to us in the person of Jesus Christ, lived among us, died our death and rose to lead us into life.  

And so we come to worship, to offer God our devotion and love, our thanksgiving and praise.

For God is worthy of our praise.

Holy One, you are a God of compassion.  You desire that all might be whole.

In the brokenness of our lives you continue to turn toward us with the hope that we will accept your renewing love and find new meaning for our lives in you.

You have established compassion as the foundation for all relationships and societies.

You commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to treat others in the same manner that we ourselves wish to be treated.   

Yet at times we find ourselves preoccupied with our own self-interests at the expense of helping others.

Teach us to love ourselves in a way that embraces others also.  Give us courage to make room at the center of our world where others might be renewed by your healing presence.  

Fill us with your spirit of compassion, Lord, that we might not act or speak out of our own self interests.  

Fill us with the desire to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures.  Heal our hearts that we might refrain from acting in ways that will cause pain.

Open the hearts of all people to the profound truth of Jesus Christ

Call all nations to repent from any action that would increase the sum of human misery in the name of religion.  Replace the apathy and selfishness of the world with passion to cultivate empathy with the suffering of all human beings.

Lord, redeem us from actions that deny our common humanity.

We desire peace over war, generosity over greed, patience over intolerance, compassion over callous judgment.

At the root of God’s compassion is the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are each in need of Christ’s compassion. Gratitude is our true response to God who calls us to be Christ’s compassion in the world. 

 How is God inviting you to offer greater compassion?  

(Silent Reflection)

Musical Reflection “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Jesus, in extravagant compassion, has already revealed our forgiveness and calls us to live as those who are renewed and thankful.  Receive this grace and share it.

We are grateful; we live differently because of what you, Lord Jesus, have done for us.  

As one body with one voice we share the prayer our Lord has taught us.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us,

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

For thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory 

forever and ever. Amen.

Special Music.   Thine is the Glory   Handel 

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer  

Scripture   Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Matthew 22:34-40    Olga Pirone. 

Sermon   “Compassion for God, Neighbor and Self.”    

Hymn 824.  God be with you til’ We Meet Again

God be with you till we meet again,

By His counsels guide, uphold you,

With His sheep securely fold you,

God be with you till we meet again.

Refrain

Till we meet, till we meet,

Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;

Till we meet, till we meet,

God be with you till we meet again. 

God be with you till we meet again,

’Neath His wings protecting hide you,

Daily manna still divide you,

God be with you till we meet again. [Refrain]

God be with you till we meet again,

When life’s perils thick confound you,

Put His arms unfailing round you,

God be with you till we meet again. [Refrain] 

Benediction   

Postlude 

October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020. 

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/.

Worship with us on Sundays: 

9:30- 10:15 a.m. Zoom Sunday school/Community  Check-in. (Zoom into to chat and see our church family anytime between 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) 

10:45 a.m. Inside, limited capacity seating (physically distancing, masks required) 

Also at 10:45 a.m. Livestream service found at Calvary Moravian Church Allentown’s YouTube Channel.   Email us for the address.

Announcements:  

Remember – Our sanctuary is open for Prayers every Wednesday from 12 – 2 p.m.  

Moravian Women/Nitschmann Circle Meeting – Monday, October 19th 

Nitschmann Circle Women’s group is enjoying a study of Queen Esther this year.  Our next meeting is on Oct. 19th – note the date change  at 12 p.m. or 7 p.m.  Usually we will meet on the 2nd Monday. 

12 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19th

https://zoom.us/j/99047953822

Meeting ID: 990 4795 3822

Call 19292056099, (enter code 99047953822# ) 

7 p.m. Monday Oct. 19th 

https://zoom.us/j/99942796871

Meeting ID: 999 4279 6871

Call  +19292056099, (enter code. 99942796871#) 

Dining with Friends goes Virtual – Tuesday, October 27, 7 p.m. 

The fourth Tuesday in September, October 27 at 7 p.m., we’ll encourage you to pick up (or make) some dinner (and maybe grab a drink too) and join us via Zoom to share in conversation.   Dining with Friends ZOOM:  https://zoom.us/j/99357268475

Meeting ID: 993 5726 8475

Call +19292056099 (enter 99357268475#) 

Pre-worship Community Check-in and Sunday school on Zoom!  

9:30 – 10:15 A.M.  – Jeff Diehl will lead us in check-ins and conversations.  

https://zoom.us/j/96115430870?pwd=YndUa0dOREhuL0wvc0tLMzZUSkZBUT09

Meeting ID: 961 1543 0870

Passcode: 749341

Call +19292056099, enter Meeting ID and Passcode above.   

Sunday, Nov. 1:   All Saints Day Remembrance. 

As we remember all who have gone before us – and with the lighting memorial candles, we hold a testimony to their witness and service.   If you are not attending the live (in-person) worship service, you can email us the name (and relation) of the person(s) you would like a candle lit for, and someone at the service will light a candle and read the name(s).   

Christmas Eve Worship Update!

Our board leadership has made the decision to hold one Christmas Eve in-person worship service at 4:30 p.m.   This Christmas Eve Worship service will also be live-streamed on our Calvary Moravian Church Allentown Youtube Channel and recorded for later access as well.  

To attend the in-person Christmas Eve service, please RSVP to the church office (churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com, 610-435-6881) with your group number and address (or return the form below).  Tickets will be mailed to you.  Masks will be required, and non-related groups will be seated at least 6 feet from each other.   Maximum capacity of about 40 individuals (depending upon family units that can sit together).   

While we will not have congregational singing, we will have this service uphold Christmas Eve traditions in a safe manner.     Instead of lit beeswax candles and lovefeast, we will offer 

“Lovefeast to Go” packages (a piece of sugarcake, trimmed beeswax candle, bulletin, and mug).   If you would like to preorder a Christmas Eve “Lovefeast to Go” you can do so with your RSVP.     We would ask for a “free-will offering” for your “Lovefeast to Go” packages.  

We will also be offering a limited amount of pre-ordered 8in. Sugarcake squares to pick-up before Christmas Eve (yes, curbside sugarcake … does it get any better?).   For all Christmas Eve in-person 4:30 p.m. Worship, Lovefeast to Go packages and sugarcake squares, we are asking for pre-orders as soon as possible.    

(All reservations for in-person Christmas Eve will be first-come, first serve.  Subject to change, pending the state’s crowd restrictions and current phase of the pandemic. )

October 18, 2020 

Liturgy for Thanksgiving

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. www.moravian.org; e-mail: pubs@mcnp.org. All rights reserved

(Standing)

Almighty and gracious God, you have made yourself known to us in a multitude of ways, and each of those ways invites us to respond to you with grateful hearts.

You have been present with us even before our thoughts and words and feelings ever turned toward you.

You created us in your own image, redeemed us with your love, and have always sustained us with your grace.

When we think of you, gracious God, we think of your compassion and tender mercies toward us all, and we are humbled with gratitude.

TUNE: DUKE STREET (22 Q)

Lord of all being, throned afar, your glory flames from sun and star;

center and soul of every sphere, yet to each loving heart how near!

(Sitting)

We thank you, everpresent God, for coming to us in your Son, Jesus Christ, for entering into our human flesh and taking the form of a servant.

We thank you for reaching the least of us while we were yet sinners and for doing all things necessary for our salvation through the sufferings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We praise and honor you with our hearts and our lives, because we know that we could not help ourselves or earn our own salvation.

You continue to rush out to meet us and embrace us while we are yet far off. We marvel at the depth of your forgiving love which always comes to us through the working of your Spirit. We thank you for each new experience and each new reminder of your very constant care.

You have not left us to live alone in this world, but have called us to be members of your Body, the church. We thank you for all those in the past who shared their faith with us and for those in the present who help to shape our response to your love.

We are grateful for the nurture we receive and the mission we have been given to manifest the good news of Jesus Christ to the world around us.

You have not left us without written and living testimony to your involvement in human history. We thank you for the Holy Scriptures and the insights they provide for us in our mission and ministry.

We are grateful for the words and stories of judgment and justice, comfort and renewal, salvation and peace that come to us from the Bible and from the ongoing inspiration of your Holy Spirit.

For the creation itself and the nourishment we receive from its resources,

For seedtime and harvest, sunshine and rain, oceans and forests,

For the wondrous way in which we are woven into the environment,

We give you thanks, Creator God.

For all the creative things we are enabled to do through the gifts and talents you have given to us,

For the good health within our bodies, minds, and spirits,

For the courage and healing that you provide when we are broken and discouraged in the

midst of our earthly pilgrimage,

We acknowledge with thanks your leadership in our journey.

For the gift of time and the guidance you give for the redemptive use of our days,

For the satisfaction and renewal that come from our labor and leisure,

For directing us to do justice and to love mercy,

For the chance to begin again whenever we falter and fail,

We are grateful, our Savior, whose faithfulness endures through all

generations.

(Standing)

TUNE: WIR PFLÜGEN

We thank you then, O Father, for all things bright and good,

the seedtime and the harvest, our life, our health, our food;

help us to show thanksgiving for all you freely give,

to love you in our neighbor, and by the way we live.

Refrain:  All good gifts around us, are sent from heaven above;

  then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,  for all his love.

Prayers of the People 

Silent Prayer

Hear now, gracious God, our words of contrition that we pray in the light of your manifold blessings:

We confess that we have failed to perceive your glory as it is revealed in creation. We have taken the gifts of this world for granted and have not stopped to marvel at what you have provided for us. Forgive us for rushing through life with reckless abandon. Forgive us for trampling upon other persons, places, and things, and for not understanding how dependent we are upon one another and the earth itself.  And make us compassionate in our concern for the needs of others. Amen.

God hears our prayers, blots out our transgressions, and creates a new and right spirit within us. Go in peace and joyful service.

Special Music  “Ring Them Bells” Bob Dylan (performed by Bob Kahle)

Ring them bells, ye heathen, From the city that dreams
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries, ’Cross the valleys and streams
For they’re deep and they’re wide, And the world’s on its side
And time is running backwards, And so is the bride

Ring them bells St. Peter, Where the four winds blow
Ring them bells with an iron hand, So the people will know
Oh it’s rush hour now, On the wheel and the plow
And the sun is going down, Upon the sacred cow

Ring them bells Sweet Martha, For the poor man’s son
Ring them bells so the world will know, That God is one
Oh the shepherd is asleep, Where the willows weep
And the mountains are filled With lost sheep

Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf, Ring them bells for all of us who are left
Ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through
Ring them bells, for the time that flies
For the child that cries, When innocence dies

Ring them bells St. Catherine, From the top of the room
Ring them from the fortress, For the lilies that bloom
Oh the lines are long, And the fighting is strong
And they’re breaking down the distance
Between right and wrong

Copyright © 1989 by Special Rider Music

Scripture Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5.  Karen Kahle 

Message “Finding Gratitude, Finding God: Role of Stewardship”.  Janel Rice 

“Words of Gratitude”    Jeff Diehl 

Hymn 593. All People on do Dwell 

Benediction 

October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020 

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/.

Worship with us on Sundays: 

9:30- 10:15 a.m. Zoom Sunday school/Community  Check-in. (Zoom into to chat and see our church family anytime between 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) 

10:45 a.m. Inside, limited capacity seating (physically distancing, masks required) 

Also at 10:45 a.m. Livestream service found at Calvary Moravian Church Allentown’s YouTube Channel.   Email us for the address.    

ANNOUNCEMENTS:   

Wednesdays – Mid-Week Sanctuary Prayer Time

Each Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. our sanctuary will be open for anyone.  Pastor Janel will lead a prayer and mediation at 12:00 – 12:15 p.m., also on Facebook.

– This Sunday – Crop Walk, Sunday, October 11th.  Raising money for: the Allentown Ecumenical Soup Kitchen (of the Lehigh Conference of Churches), the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank, and international hunger relief through Church World Service.  

This year, we are avoiding a large crowd by not having the traditional Crop Walk through Allentown.  Instead Calvary Moravian is doing a walk around our neighborhood at 1 p.m.    Choose your own distance – 1 mile or longer.   Let people know that you are taking part in this action and help us raise money!  

Want to Donate?  Sponsor Calvary Moravian and help our drive-by and walkers by donating to our Crop Walk page.  Go to https://www.crophungerwalk.org/allentownpa/calvarymoravian to make a donation to our page.    Or to donate – write a check to Calvary Moravian Church (memo: Crop Walk) and send it or drop it off to the office.      Or drop money into our Joyful Noise container at the back of the sanctuary. 

Prelude    

BWV 925   Bach 

Jesus Makes My Heart Rejoice  

Liturgy for Stewardship  (pg. 154 with some edits). 

©1995 Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in America. All Rights Reserved, used with permission.   

(Standing)

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God, creator of all things visible and invisible, powerful beyond measure, good beyond all understanding.

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

“Join Hearts and Voices” by  Jane Parker Huber.     tune: Duke Street (22Q). 

Join Hearts and voices as we lift, Our gratitude for every gift,
And multiply each gift with praise, To God who gives us all our days.

All praise to Christ, the living bread, By which our hungry souls are fed.
Salvation’s cup is offered too, As God in Christ makes all things new.

Lord, our God, you bring forth and nourish every living being.

We lift up our hearts to you.

We assemble here celebrating the joys of human life, shared one with the other. We recall the ministry of Jesus, crucified and raised up for our salvation, still present among us through the mystery of the Holy Spirit.

We praise you for new life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Confessing that we have strayed from your holy will, we humbly acknowledge our sins before you.

(Kneeling or sitting)

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned in many ways, times, and places. We have mishandled this good earth entrusted to our care, and we have misused our personal gifts, hurting both ourselves and others. Forgive our false pride which hides our negligence, and forgive our careless acts which destroy your handiwork. In your mercy correct our faults and restore us to responsible, compassionate living.

(Silent confession)

Hear and know that the Lord is good. God forgives those who are contrite in heart. Live in peace, for God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Let us taste and see that the Lord is good. Let us be grateful for all that God has provided.

Inspire us, God of mercy, to be thankful for what we have received.

Let our lives resound with the wonder and beauty of all that God has been creating from the beginning. As caretakers of creation, may we learn anew to enjoy the land, preserve the water, respect all living creatures, and meditate upon the grandeur of open sky and sea.

Teach us, God of creation, to walk the earth with gratitude and wisdom.

Let our eyes be opened to the needs of all people, especially the poor.

Move us, God of justice, to share what we have and to be just and merciful in our nation and the world.

Let us hear God’s call to the urgent tasks of our time: studies to pursue, projects to begin, communities to build, individuals to support, damages to restore.

Use us, God of the covenant — use our time, our talent, our treasure.

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer.

Special Music.    Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”   

Scripture   Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9 

Sermon   “Decision Fatigue: Bringing God and Gratitude into the Process”

Our Creator God calls us to become the servant body of Christ, ministering to the world, and grants us the blessings of membership in the holy, universal church.

We thank you for our place in the church.

The Spirit of the Lord fills this house. God delights in its beauty, and sings through the music of the faithful. God speaks by the reading and proclamation of the word, stirs in the waters of baptism, nourishes through the gifts of bread and wine. God hears the prayers of the people and rejoices in our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

We thank you for your presence and power among us.

The Lord gathers us into the fellowship of this congregation. Here we share our spiritual gifts and employ them to build up the body. Some of us teach and proclaim, some shepherd and heal, some lead and administer, some serve, prophesy, and evangelize. All of us dwell in God’s love, and all pray for one another in the peace of Jesus Christ our Lord.

We offer our gifts to honor your holy name and to strengthen one another in faith.

God calls us to commit our financial resources to the building of the kingdom, to tithe, and to give generously of our wealth in proportion to the blessings we have received.

Search our hearts and try our ways that we might give to your glory, O God.

Jesus leads us onward in the high mission of the church. We proclaim the gospel to all nations by word and deed, that people everywhere may find new life in God.

We hear your call. We pledge the best of our labors that your glory may be known in all the earth.

Let us now rise to serve God. Let us renew our commitment to Christ’s call for servanthood, obedience, and sacrifice to establish a world of justice, prosperity, and peace.

We rise as one to love and serve the Lord!

“Join Hearts and Voices” by  Jane Parker Huber.     tune: Duke Street (22Q). 

Our gifts no matter what their worth,
We give as stewards here on earth.
Called and empowered by God’s command,
We multiply the gifts at hand.

So may we answer Christ’s clear call
To offer talents, treasures, all.
God’s love abounding, grace on grace

Enriches life in every place.

Benediction: 

May the words of our lips and the meditations of our hearts —

May the deeds of our hands and the action of our lives —

Be pleasing in your sight, O God our Creator.

Through Christ our Lord, and the Holy Spirit,

One God of all, world without end.

Amen!

Postlude. 

October 4, 2020 Worship

October 4, 2020: Celebration of Holy Communion: World Communion 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/.

Worship with us on Sundays: 

9:45 a.m. Zoom Sunday school/Community  Check-in. (Zoom into to chat and see our church family anytime between 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) 

10:45 a.m. Inside, limited capacity seating (physically distancing, masks required) 

Also at 10:45 a.m. Livestream service found at Calvary Moravian Church Allentown’s YouTube Channel.   Email us for the address.    

As we celebrate the sacrament of Communion, if you are worshiping with us in person please pick up a sealed cup/wafer in the back of the church.   If you are joining us at home, please bring a piece of bread and something to drink to be consecrated during the worship service.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  

Blessing of the Animals. Today, October 4, 2 p.m., Outside 

Come join us as we remember the feast day of St. Francis and his care for all creatures of the earth with our annual blessing of the animals.    Pets of all forms are welcome (leashed for pets, masks for humans), as we ask for God’s blessings and thank God for our furry friends.  

Wednesdays – Mid-Week Sanctuary Prayer Time

Each Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. our sanctuary will be open for anyone.  Pastor Janel will lead a prayer and mediation at 12:00 – 12:15 p.m., also on Facebook.

Crop Walk, Sunday, October 11th at 1 p.m.   It will look a little different but still raising money to benefit the Allentown Ecumenical Soup Kitchen (of the Lehigh Conference of Churches), the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank, and international hunger relief through Church World Service.  

This year, we are avoiding a large crowd by not having the traditional Crop Walk through Allentown.  Instead Calvary Moravian is doing a walk around our neighborhood at 1 p.m.    We’ll have chalk for our kids (and adults!) to decorate our sidewalks with messages.  Then we will walk our neighborhood – choose your own distance 1 mile or longer.   Let people know that you are taking part in this action and help us raise money!  

Want to Donate?  Sponsor Calvary Moravian and help our drive-by and walkers by donating to our Crop Walk page.  Go to https://www.crophungerwalk.org/allentownpa/calvarymoravian to make a donation to our page.    Or to donate – write a check to Calvary Moravian Church (memo: Crop Walk) and send it or drop it off to the office.    

Prelude    How Beautiful This Day    Taber. 

Call to Worship

Liturgy for Christian Unity pg. 123.

(Standing)

Almighty God, you are the one who called this universe into being. Out of nothing you created everything that is.

By your power you hold together all space and time and substance.

By your hand alone, Creator God, the inanimate elements became alive so that we could live and move and have our being.

We celebrate life, the precious life you have given us, and we celebrate that unity of mind and emotions, of body and soul, that you want us to enjoy and share with each other.

We rejoice in the centrality of Jesus Christ in all your works, for he was with you from the very beginning, and is supreme over all creation.

We praise you that Christ is before all things, and that in him all things hold together, especially our very fragile, vulnerable, and often broken lives.

TUNE: DUKE STREET (22 Q)

Lord of all being, throned afar, Your glory flames from sun and star;

Center and Soul of every sphere,Yet to each loving heart how near!

Lord of all life, below, above, Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,

Before your ever-blazing throne, We ask no luster of our own.

(Sitting)

Silent Confession 

We know that we will remain less than the whole persons you have called us to be in Christ Jesus until we acknowledge our sins to you, and so we bow before you and pray:

Almighty God, we confess that we have tried to run away and hide from you. We constantly deceive ourselves into thinking that we can live without you. We have made idols of our own achievements. We have treated other persons as though they did not bear your image. We have failed to enfold and include all persons within the outstretched and open arms of Jesus Christ, our Savior. And we have left undone those deeds of lovingkindness and godly justice that you want us to pursue in your name. Bring your Spirit upon us in a gracious, healing way. Make us agents of reconciliation as we live within your holy presence. Amen.

TUNE: BEECHER

Breathe, O breathe your loving Spirit, Into every troubled breast;

Let us all in you inherit, Let us find the promised rest.

Take away the love of sinning; Alpha and Omega be;

End of faith, as its beginning, Set our hearts at liberty.

Prayers of the People 

Dear God, as we your people gather in every time and place around this wondrous earth, may we be strengthened by our awareness of one another and united by our mutual prayers.  May the variety of traditions and customs of your whole church become a multitude of lights to reveal the good news needed by people everywhere. May the variety of our ministries and service convey your redemptive love and bind us ever closer to one another.

Grant us grace to unite in essentials, to accept diversity in non-essentials, and to love one another in all things.

Hymn 781. In Christ There is No East or West 

In Christ there is no East or West, in Christ no South or North;

but only those by God possessed, throughout the whole wide earth.

For God in Christ has made us one, from every land and race,

has reconciled us through the Son, and made us whole by grace.

In Christ there is no East and West, he breaks all barriers down,

By Christ redeemed, by Christ possessed, in Christ we live as one.  

Special Music “Trees” arr. Ettinger. 

Holy Communion for Christian Unity  

Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, be with you all.

Amen.

Hymn  (Sharing Right Wave of Fellowship).

(“I Come with Joy” by Brian Wren, OneLicense #52132)

I come with joy, a child of God, forgiven, loved and free, 

the life of Jesus to recall, in love laid down for me. 

I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed, 

the new community of love in Christ’s communion bread. 

As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share, each proud division ends. 

The love that made us, makes us one, and strangers now are friends.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(Lord’s Prayer) 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

 (All partake together.)

Silent prayer

By your divine presence,

By the holy sacraments,

By all the merits of your life, sufferings, death, and resurrection,

Bless and comfort us, gracious Lord and God. Amen.

In the same way, after supper our Lord Jesus Christ took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sin. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.

 (All partake together.)

Silent prayer

Christ, the Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Grant to us your peace. Amen.

Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death,

Until he comes.

Hymn (I Come With Joy, vs. 4 and 5, by Brian Wren) 

(Sharing Right Wave of Fellowship)

The Spirit of the risen Christ, unseen, but ever near,

 is in such friendship better known, alive among us here. 

Together met, together bound by all that God has done, 

we’ll go with joy, to give the world the love that makes us one. 

The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace;

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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. www.moravian.org; e-mail: pubs@mcnp.org. All rights reserved.

Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License M-733262, All rights reserved.