Sunday, Sept. 27th

Sept. 27, 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 the changes – our outside service is no longer occuring; currently we are offering: 

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.

(if you are not on our weekly email list, please share your email with churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com for regular updates).   

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  

Blessing of the Animals. 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 on Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m. 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.  

  • Check out our Prayer Walk – Look for the Blue Yards signs near the Little Library and follow along Thomas Merton’s prayer to meditate and pray.  

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 (from last week’s bulletin) 

Prelude 

Liturgy for Adoration (pg. 18-21, 24) 

(Standing)

This is the day which the Lord has made.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

From the rising to the setting of the sun,

The name of the Lord be praised.

TUNE:  LOBE DEN HERREN (61 A)

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!

Come all who hear, brothers and sisters, draw near;

Join now in glad adoration.

Glory be to you, Lord God, our Father.

You are the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes.

You chose us in Jesus Christ our Lord before the creation of the world.

You rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of your dear Son.

In our union with Christ you have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.

You have made us worthy to share in that which you have reserved for your people in the kingdom of light.

Your love is so great that we may be called the children of God.

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we join in proclaiming the glory of your name.

TUNE:  MONKLAND

We now with a joyful mind

Praise you, Lord, for you are kind;

For your mercies shall endure,

Ever faithful, ever sure.

(Sitting)

Praise, honor, and glory be to you, Christ Jesus, Son of the living God.

To you be glory at all times, in the church which waits on earth for you, and in that which is with you in heaven, now and forever.

Jesus, you are the eternal Word, who became a human being and lived among us.

Those who were yours saw your glory, the glory which you received as the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

In you, the full content of the divine nature dwells in a human body.  You are the true God and eternal life.

Through you the whole universe is reconciled to God.

You made peace through your death on the cross.

Therefore God raised you to the highest place above, and gave you the name which is greater than any other name.

TUNE:  HOLY LORD (119 A) 

Jesus’ name, Jesus’ name,

Source of life and happiness;

In this name true consolation

Mourning sinners may possess;

Here is found complete salvation;

Blessed Jesus, we your name will praise

All our days, all our days.

Glory be to you, Holy Spirit, our Teacher, Guide, and Comforter.

We proclaim your righteousness and praise.

You pour out the love of God into the hearts of all 

believers, and make their bodies your holy temples.

By our own reason and strength we cannot believe in Jesus Christ our Lord, or come to him; but you call us through the gospel and enlighten us with gifts of grace.

You dedicate us to God in the true faith, and you enable us to remain in union with Jesus Christ.

We praise you, together with the Father and the Son, now and forever.

TUNE:  DOMINICA

Come, Holy Spirit, come

Let your bright beams arise;

Dispel the darkness from our minds,

And open now our eyes.

(Kneeling or sitting)

Silent Confession 

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry, and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name.  Amen.

The Lord says:  I, even I, am the God who blots out your transgressions for my own sake and will not remember your sins.  Go and sin no more.

Prayers of the People 

Almighty God, for the opportunity to be used by you in the life of your church,

For our use of your splendid gifts,

For the joy of obedient service,

We dedicate ourselves to you.

For our creation and preservation, and for all the blessings of this life,

For your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,

For the fellowship and ministry of your body, the church,

For the opportunity of service in Christ’s name through the power of the Holy Spirit,

For your personal presence among us to guide and bless,

We offer our thanks, dear Lord.

For our congregation, that we may know and do your will,

For our bishops, ministers, teachers, and leaders, that they may guide your people in the truth,

For the peace of the world, and for the renewal of your whole church by the power of the Holy Spirit,

For all who, in your name, work for justice, reconciliation, and peace,

Lord, hear our prayer.

For our community, for the whole land, and all who live in it,

For the fruitfulness of the earth, and for the careful stewardship of our natural resources,

For those who travel,

For the poor, the homeless, and the imprisoned,

For the afflicted, the persecuted, the abused, and those who  face temptation, anger, or violence,

For the sick and dying, and for the salvation of all,

Lord, hear our prayer.

Be gracious to us, for to you alone are due all glory, honor, and praise.

Amen.

Special Music         Anne Ettinger. 

Scripture  Exodus 17:1-7,  18:13-22.      Jeffrey Diehl 

Hymn  743  What a Friend We Have in Jesus. 

Sermon   “Relying on God, Relying on Your Community: We cannot do it alone” 

Hymn 460 Great is Thy Faithfulness.  

“Great is Thy faithfulness, ” O God my Father,

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Chorus: 

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

“Great is Thy faithfulness, ” Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Chorus 

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; `

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Chorus

Benediction. 

Sunday, Sept. 20 Worship

Janel Rice, Pastor

Anne Ettinger, Minister of Music

610-435-6881 + churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com

http://www.calvarymoravian.net + facebook.com/CalvaryMoravianAllentown

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 20, 2020

Thank you for listening, participating or 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 the changes this month: (if you are not on our weekly email list, please share your email with churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com for regular updates).   

9 a.m. Outside Worship Continues. 

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:  

  • Check out our Prayer Walk – Look for the Blue Yards signs near the Little Library and follow along Thomas Merton’s prayer to meditate and pray.  

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.   

PRELUDE.    “Every Time I feel the Spirit”       “Give Me Jesus”

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 

CALL TO WORSHIP AND SERVICE 

Today we reflect on our call to be servants, as we prepare to act in the name of Christ to do good. 

We do not do good to those around us. We do not do good for those around us. We seek to do good with those around us

As we serve, who stands – or sits – in the place of Jesus? Who “gets to be Jesus” in this situation?

 It is not we who stand in Jesusplace. It is those we serve

As we do it for – and with – the least of these who are members of Jesus’ family, we do it for and with Jesus. Yet we are the hands and feet of Christ. So we too sit and stand in the place of Jesus. Let the Jesus in me speak to the Jesus in you. Let the Jesus in me receive from the Jesus in you. 

It is all about Jesus. And it is all about those whom we serve. And it is about us, too. God loves in a holy Trinity. 

We are welcomed to serve in love with God, our neighbor and ourselves.  Thanks be to God! 

DARWALL (342 D) 

God’s love is ours to share with all the world in need; 

all equal in God’s eyes, yet seeking dignity. 

In humble thanks, 

we reach out to our brothers, sisters through God’s grace. 

We serve so others grow and find their paths to live

a life where needs are met and all their dreams fulfilled; 

And loose the chains, 

that limit the abundance given in God’s reign. 

We serve because we’re loved, forgiven and made new; 

A love that flows through us to those that need love too. 

God’s hope, we know 

is healing in this world so all may be made whole. 

We thank you, gracious God, for this the work you give, 

May we be faithful servants in the lives we live. 

You bless us still; 

for those we serve help us to better know your will. 

© 2019 Judith Ganz

PRAYERS FOR SERVICE AND PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 

PASTORAL PRAYER/LORD’s PRAYER

SPECIAL MUSIC: Anne Ettinger

REAFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM: Pages 170-171, 173-174

Welcoming Elissa Waldron into the membership of Calvary Moravian Church 

(Standing)

In grace God called and chose the people of Israel and established with them a covenant: I will be your God and you will be my people. In that relationship they were to be freed from sin and become a blessing to all.  Then God came to us in Jesus Christ and fulfilled that covenant for all people.  Through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, God made for us a new covenant of grace.

We come before you with joy, O God, to claim the promises of your covenant.

Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted baptism as the visible means of entry into the new covenant. Baptism is a gift of God. In this sacrament, through grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are united with Christ, are cleansed by his saving work, enter into the fellowship of the church, and are called to a life of faith and willing obedience.

Claimed by God in baptism, we pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit our lives may faithfully affirm the blessings of Christ’s new covenant.

(The minister addresses the candidate.)

As you present yourself before God and this congregation, we call upon you to profess your faith.

Do you believe in God as your Creator and loving heavenly Father, in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, and in the Holy Spirit as your Comforter and Sustainer, according to the Holy Scriptures?

I do.

(Candidate may profess her faith by means of the Apostles’ Creed, 

The baptismal profession of the early church. The congregation may be 

Invited to join in the Creed as an affirmation of their own baptism.)

Lord, make us one with all your children as we profess our faith, saying:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to Judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the holy Christian* church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

*Ancient text reads “catholic,” which means “universal”

(The minister addresses the candidate.)

Do you in this faith turn away from sin, evil, and selfishness in your thoughts, words, and actions; and do you intend to participate actively in Christ’s church, serving God all the days of your life?

I do.

(The minister addresses the congregation)

Do you affirm this child of God as a member of this congregation, and accept your obligation to love and nurture her in Christ?

We do.

Reaffirmation of Faith

(The congregation sitting, the candidate presents herself, and

the minister gives her the following greeting and charge.)

Elissa Waldron, through baptism, profession of faith, and Christian service, you have already entered into the life of the Church Universal, and today we rejoice to welcome and receive you into the fellowship of this congregation. Continue faithfully in the good way you have chosen in Christ, and may the Holy Spirit bless you in your life among us.  May we all, through grace, be enabled to support and encourage one another in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Standing. During the singing of the following hymn, the minister and others according to local practice, give the right hand (wave) of Fellowship to Elissa Waldron.

HUS (22 F)

Here in the name of Christ our Lord, the church’s Head by all adored,

with Christian love and purpose true, this church in faith embraces you.

We welcome you among us here, with joy that God has brought you near.

With heart and hand we pledge our love,

and pray Christ’s blessing from above.

The God of peace you sanctify and bless you richly from on high,

that spirit, soul, and body may reflect God’s presence every day.

SCRIPTURE:  Exodus 16:2-15, Matthew 20:1-16 Sam Spagnola

SERMON:  “Asking the right question; Do we have enough?”  

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 through

out all time and space.          

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

It snaps the brittle-ness of hate, unties the bonds of greed.       

It holds out love abundant which never fails our need.

BENEDICTION 

POSTLUDE 

Sunday, Sept. 13th, 2020

September 13, 2020

Thank you for listening, participating or 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 the changes this month: (if you are not on our weekly email list, please share your email with churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com for regular updates).

9:00 a.m. Outside Worship Continues

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.

Welcome to Calvary Moravian Church

  • Hand Sanitizer:  We provided three sanitizer stations in the church (one at each entrance and one downstairs in Fellowship Hall).  Hand Sanitizer is also available in each pew.   
  • Masks are required and we have masks available for those who might need them.  Please have your mask on before entering Calvary.   
  • Bulletins and Greeters: A greeter or the pastor will greet you as you enter; however there will not be any hand shaking and bulletins will be already placed in the pews.  
  • Seating arrangements:   Every other pew is roped off as to maintain distances.   Bulletins are placed at appropriate places to sit in the open pews.   If you are coming with your family unit, please sit together.  Otherwise, please maintain the 6 ft distance in pews and when entering and leaving.  
  • Bathrooms:  Our restroom (upstairs only) is open if needed.   
  • Singing: We will not have choral or congregational singing during our inside service.  Special music will be shared and on occasion, we will play pre-recorded singing through our sound system.  
  • Nursery/Sunday school Room:  We will not have the nursery/Sunday school room open for now.  
  • Offering:  You may drop off your offering in the back of the sanctuary in the offering plates before or after the service.   We continue to accept your donations by mail, dropped off in the mail slot at the church door, or through bill-pay with an automatic deduction from your bank account into the church’s account.   Please call the office to get this set up. 
  • As you exit the church, please maintain the 6 ft. distance and try to exit the side you are sitting on to continue to avoid close contact with others.   
  • The “Upper Room” devotional guides are located in the Little Library.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  

  • Check out our Prayer Walk – Look for the Blue Yards signs near the Little Library and follow along Thomas Merton’s prayer to meditate and pray.  

Wednesdays – Mid-Week Sanctuary Prayer Time

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

Today – Sunday, September 13th, 4 – 5 p.m., KidsGathering at Calvary 

Outside on the Church Lawn (weather-permitting), Scavenger Hunt and Prayers for Kids of all ages.  (please wear masks)

Monday, September 14th at 12 p.m. or 7 p.m. (Zoom) – 

Moravian Women’s Gathering.  Book is available in the office – please call first.    

WORSHIP – September 13, 2020, 10:45 a.m.

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

PRELUDE: “My Lord, What a Morning”

“Balm in Gilead”

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Matthew 18: 21-35 “Grace for Us, Grace for Others”

HYMN 686  “Lord of all Nations, Grant me Grace”

Lord of all nations, grant me grace
to love all people, every race;
and in each person may I see
my kindred, loved, redeemed by thee.

Forgive me, Lord, where I have erred
by loveless act and thoughtless word.

Break down the wall that would divide
thy children, Lord, on every side.

SILENT CONFESSION/ASSURANCE OF PARDON 

Psalm 121 Liturgy (from Sing to the Lord A New Song) 

I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help com?

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Silent reflection: How ready and willing am I to rely on the Lord’s help? Where, in my life, might I rely more on God

He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber

He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

Silent reflection: How have I experienced God’s attentiveness in my life?

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

Silent reflection: In what way am I feeling the heat of daily living?

What do I need to say to God about this?

The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Silent reflection: What tempts me to live in ways that are not consistent with God?

What do I have to say to God about this? How does God respond?

TALLIS CANON (22 T, hymn 64)

We humbly gather in this place

to praise you, Lord, and seek your grace,

and, Holy Spirit, we now pray:

come, work among us every day.

As we go forth to do your will,

Lord, guide us and your word fulfill,

And show us how to work and be 

Your blest disciples, wholly free. ©2006 by John Craver

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 

PASTORAL PRAYER

SCRIPTURE:  Exodus 14:19-31

MEDITATION

HYMN 790 “Guide me of My Great Redeemer”

Guide me, O my great Redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but you are mighty; hold me with your powerful hand.

Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,

feed me now and evermore, feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain, where the healing waters flow.

Let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through.

Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,

ever be my strength and shield, ever be my strength and shield.

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

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

Amen.

HYMN 423 (vs. 1 and 2)  “Come Let Us Eat” (Sharing Right Wave of Fellowship).

Leader: Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread,
Congregation: come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread.
Our Lord’s body let us take together,
our Lord’s body let us take together.

Come, let us drink, for now the wine is poured
come, let us drink, for now the wine is poured.
Jesus’ blood poured let us drink together,
Jesus’ blood poured let us drink together.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 (The Lord’s Prayer may be used as a conclusion to this 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 from the wafer or a bread of your choice.)

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 from the cup provided or a drink of your choice.)

SILENT PRAYER

SPECIAL MUSIC:  “Beautiful Savior” arr. Ettinger

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 (Sharing the Right Wave of Fellowship)

Leader: In Jesus’ presence now we meet and rest.
Congregation: in Jesus’ presence now we meet and rest.
In the presence of our Lord we gather,
in the presence of our Lord we gather.

Rise, then, to spread abroad God’s mighty word,
rise, then, to spread abroad God’s mighty word.
Jesus risen will bring in the kingdom,
Jesus risen will bring in the kingdom.

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.

Thanks to Charles and Kathleen Jenkins for serving as our ushers.

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.

Sept. 6, 2020 – Livestream Worship/Inperson 10:45 a.m.

Janel Rice, Pastor

Anne Ettinger, Minister of Music

610-435-6881 + churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com

http://www.calvarymoravian.net + facebook.com/CalvaryMoravianAllentown

Thank you for listening, participating or 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 the changes beginning this Sunday, September 6

(if you are not on our weekly email list, please share your email with churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com for regular updates).   

9:00 a.m. Outside Worship Continues

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.

Welcome to Calvary Moravian Church

  • Hand Sanitizer:  We provided three sanitizer stations in the church (one at each entrance and one downstairs in Fellowship Hall).  Hand Sanitizer is also available in each pew.   
  • Masks are required and we have masks available for those who might need them.  Please have your mask on before entering Calvary.   
  • Bulletins and Greeters: A greeter or the pastor will greet you as you enter; however there will not be any hand shaking and bulletins will be already placed in the pews.  
  • Seating arrangements:   Every other pew is roped off as to maintain distances.   Bulletins are placed at appropriate places to sit in the open pews.   If you are coming with your family unit, please sit together.  Otherwise, please maintain the 6 ft distance in pews and when entering and leaving.  
  • Bathrooms:  Our restroom (upstairs only) is open if needed.   
  • Singing: We will not have choral or congregational singing during our inside service.  Special music will be shared and on occasion, we will play pre-recorded singing through our sound system.  
  • Nursery/Sunday school Room:  We will not have the nursery/Sunday school room open for now.  
  • Offering:  You may drop off your offering in the back of the sanctuary in the offering plates before or after the service.   We continue to accept your donations by mail, dropped off in the mail slot at the church door, or through bill-pay with an automatic deduction from your bank account into the church’s account.   Please call the office to get this set up. 
  • As you exit the church, please maintain the 6 ft. distance and try to exit the side you are sitting on to continue to avoid close contact with others.   
  • The “Upper Room” devotional guides are located in the Little Library.

Please remember – if you would like to borrow a hymnal to use at home, contact the office.  An order of worship will continue to be emailed out by Thursday each week and bulletins will be available in the Little Library by Friday.   

Coming Soon at Calvary:  

-Check out our Prayer Walk – Look for the Blue Yards signs near the Little Library and follow along Thomas Merton’s prayer to meditate and pray.  

Wednesdays – starting September 2 – 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 meditation at 12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Please wear a mask and maintain the proper distancing in the pews.  You can also join in on our mid-week prayers via Zoom – contact us for the address.  

-Wednesdays at 7 p.m., starting September 9 – Sacred Ground: Dialogue on Race and Faith – Sign up by September 2!

We will be partnering with the Episcopal Church of the Mediator to share a film and book based dialogue series called “Sacred Ground:” We will be leading this on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting September 9,.   Contact Pastor Janel now to reserve your spot and get the books. 

-Our Tuesday morning Bible study continues to meet on Zoom each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Join us for a time of prayer and friendship, and a deeper look into the upcoming Sunday Bible passages. 

-Sunday, September 13th, 4 – 5 p.m., KidsGathering at Calvary (please wear masks) Outside on the Church Lawn (weather-permitting), Scavenger Hunt and Prayers for Kids of all ages

WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK – Give me understanding, O God, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Psalm 119:34

WORSHIP – September 6, 2020, 10:45 a.m.

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

PRELUDE

Welcome and Announcements

CALL TO WORSHIP – Remembrance of Labor Day

LITURGY FOR STEWARDSHIP: (Page 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.

Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Multitude of Worship Opportunities, including 

a rededication to worship in the physical space of Calvary Moravian Church.  

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!

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.

“Join Hearts and Voices” by  Jane Parker Huber

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 

PASTORAL PRAYER /LORD’S PRAYER

SCRIPTURE: Exodus 12:1-14, Mathew 18:15-20 Olga Pirone

SPECIAL MUSIC:  “Go Down Moses” Anne Ettinger

SERMON:  “Remembering from Whence you Came” Rev. Janel Rice

HYMN: NO. 802  “Lord of All Hopefulness”

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

Thanks to Rich and Olga Pirone for serving as our ushers.

Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, 

License M-733262, All rights reserved.

August 30, 2020

Worship Begins at 10:30 a.m. – Connect with us through Zoom https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163,  OR for audio only, call +19292056099, (enter code 673028163). Check Facebook (Calvary Moravian Church Allentown) for service by 12 p.m. 

We are also offering an outside worship service at 9 a.m.   (please bring your own chair, wear a mask, and observe all social distancing protocol).   

Thank you for listening, participating or 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 the changes beginning next Sunday, Sept. 6 (if you are not on our weekly email list, please share your email with churchcalvarymoravian@gmail.com for regular updates).   

9 a.m. Outside Worship Continues. 

10:45 a.m. Inside, limited capacity seating (physically distancing, masks required) with a livestream service found at Calvary Moravian Church Allentown’s Youtube Channel.  

August 30 

Welcome and Announcements. 

Liturgy for Education   pg.127.   ©1995 Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in America. All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission. 

We praise you, Lord! We give thanks to you with our whole heart!

Great are your works, full of honor and majesty and studied by all who delight in them.

The works of your hands are faithful and just.

Your precepts are trustworthy.

Our reverence for you is the beginning of wisdom.

You are to be praised forever.

Let the whole creation cry, “Glory to the Lord on high!”

Heav’n and earth awake and sing, “Praise to our almighty King!”

Praise God, angel hosts above, ever bright and fair in love;

sun and moon, lift up your voice; night and stars in God rejoice.

All-knowing Creator, from whom comes every good and perfect gift, we praise you for the wisdom, power, and love displayed in the natural universe and in humanity, whom you have placed within it to care for it and nurture it.

All glory to you, omniscient God!

Light of the world, we praise you for being the eternal truth.

All glory to you, Christ our teacher!

Revealer of the deep things of God, we praise you for your gifts of awe and wonder which lead us on the path of true wisdom.

All glory to you, Holy Spirit!

Let us pray:

God of vision and wisdom, we confess our short-sightedness and folly in our search for knowledge and understanding. For our pride in pursuing and using knowledge in ways that make us think we are superior to others, we ask your forgiveness.

For our misuse of science and technology, leading to the oppression of people and the abuse of creation, we ask your forgiveness.

For our failure to ask hard questions and our willingness to be satisfied with easy answers, for our ignorance of history and tradition, and for our stubborn resistance to new insights of both heart and mind, we ask your forgiveness.

We neglect the study of Scripture, the foundation of all true learning. Although your splendor has illuminated our path, we have chosen to walk in darkness.

Although your guidance is always available, we have relied upon our own will.

Although you have given us wise counsel, inspired writers, and thoughtful teachers, we have turned to our own ways.

Gracious God, you forgive us through Jesus Christ. In humble acknowledgement of your love revealed in him, we give you thanks, and pray the prayer he 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.

Prayers of the Community 

Prayers for those returning to school; students, teachers, administrators, parents.  

Divine Teacher, to you we commend all who learn: infants tasting and touching, children exploring in play, youth testing and challenging, and adults continuing the quest. 

Bless our learning with your Spirit.

In the disciplined mastery of subject and skill, in the reflection on life experience, in the practical wisdom of long years,

Bless our learning with your Spirit.

At every age and in every circumstance of life,

Bless our learning with your Spirit.

Give patience and understanding to those who teach. Give perseverance and openness of heart and mind to those who learn

Bless our learning with your Spirit.

Spirit of truth, to you we commend all the educational ministries of the church. Guide us in the search of the Scriptures, in the study of creation, and in the pursuit of truth. Give to parents your wisdom and thoughts, that with love and understanding they may guide to Christian maturity the young lives entrusted to their care. May congregations nurture faith in children, youth, and adults.

Hear our prayer, Spirit of truth.

Bless all those responsible for education in our community and country: teachers and administrators, custodians and clerks, students and families. For their gifts and their service,

We give you thanks.

For all the diversity of human study and knowledge — for science and art, for literature and drama, for labor and play — for all the teaching experiences of life,

We give you thanks.

God of wisdom, truth, and beauty, God of spirit, fire, and soul,

God of order, love, and duty, God of purpose, plan, and goal:

grant us visions ever growing, breath of life, eternal strength,

mystic spirit moving, flowing, filling height and depth and length.

God of drama, music, dancing, God of story, sculpture, art,

God of wit, all life enhancing, God of every yearning heart:

challenge us with quests of spirit, truth revealed in myriad ways,

word or song for hearts that hear it, sketch and model — forms of praise.

God of science, history, teaching, God of futures yet unknown,

God of holding, God of reaching, God of power beyond each throne:

take the fragments of our living. fit us to your finest scheme. 

Now forgiven and forgiving, make us free to dare and dream. 

TEXT:   © by Jane Parker Huber. (One License streaming, #121618

To the God of lasting wisdom, to the God of relentless change, to God be glory, majesty, dominion, and power,

Now and forever. Amen.

Scripture Exodus 2:23- 3:15. 

Hymn 641.  I, the Lord of Sea and Sky.   (verse 1 and 3). 

Sermon “What made Moses stay?: “Here I am,” Moses said.”    

Hymn 457. Immortal Invisible.   (3 verses) 

Benediction 

August 23, 2020 Worship

August 23, 2020. 

Worship Begins at 10:30 a.m. – Connect with us through Zoom https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163,  OR for audio only, call +19292056099, (enter code 673028163). Check Facebook (Calvary Moravian Church Allentown) for service by 12 p.m. 

We are also offering an outside worship service at 9 a.m.   (please bring your own chair, wear a mask, and observe all social distancing protocol).   

Thank you for listening, participating or 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/.

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  Exodus 1:8-2:10, Matthew 16:13-20.   

Special Music.  The Right Hand of God (found in hymnal 491). 

Sermon.  Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber.   

Hymn 694.  The Church of Christ, In Every Age.  

Benediction. 

August 16, 2020 Order of Worship

August 16:   

Celebration of the “Moravian Pentecost – August 13th Experience/Renewal of the Moravian Church”

Worship Begins at 10:30 a.m. – Connect with us through Zoom https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163,  OR for audio only, call +19292056099, (enter code 673028163). Check Facebook (Calvary Moravian Church Allentown) for service by 12 p.m. 

We are also offering an outside worship service at 9 a.m.   (please bring your own chair, wear a mask, and observe all social distancing protocol).   

Thank you for listening, participating or 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/.

Holy Communion will be celebrated with sealed containers of grape juice and a wafer

(prepackaged and safe) at our outside worship service. If you wish to pick some up to celebrate virtually, please let us know asap! Or you can bring your own cup and bread to break together in virtual Holy Communion on Sunday.

Liturgy for PENTECOST AND AUGUST 13 

All praise, dear God, for founders who built this church by grace, 

our mothers and our fathers, whose legacy we trace.

 Renew us now for service that we may hallow all, 

possessions, time, and talents, to answer to your call. 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, 

The whole earth is full of your glory! 

You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. You created all things, and by your will you brought them forth.

 To you, the One who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, glory and might, forever and ever!

We know God as the Holy Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. 

The world cannot receive the Spirit because it cannot see or know him. But we know him, because the Spirit remains with us and is in us. 

God’s Spirit joins with our spirits to declare that we are God’s children.

 The Holy Spirit is the helper who stays with us forever.

Holy Spirit, still creating 

Christ’s one church in tongues of flame, 

move within us and inspire us 

more to serve God’s holy name. 

Let us never claim your blessings 

come as trophies we deserve;

make the goal of all our striving 

not to glory, but to serve. 

When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we receive power, and we become God’s witnesses. 

The fruit that the Spirit brings to the lives of those who follow Christ is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

The diverse and empowering gifts of the Spirit are given to each one for the common good. None of us is useless to God. None of us is sufficient by ourself. We serve through the body of Christ, and we depend on the people of Christ. 

The Spirit’s gifts are given to equip believers for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. 

Lord Jesus Christ, Head of your body the church, we thank you with humble hearts that to fulfill our heavenly Father’s good will for the salvation of all, through the power of the Holy Spirit you came upon the members of our church in years past, to unite them in love and service to proclaim your name to all the world. 

We ask you today that through this same Spirit, you will anoint us to love you and each other, so that with our words and with our actions, we may bear true witness to you as Lord and Savior, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

We covenant with hand and heart 

to follow Christ, our Lord; 

with world, and sin, and self to part

and to obey his word; 

to love each other heartily, 

in truth and with sincerity, 

and under cross, reproach, and shame, 

to glorify his name. 

All praise, dear God, for founders and Holy Spirit, still creating © C. Daniel Crews. Used by permission.: Reprinted from Singing from the Heart: A Shorter Moravian Hymnal and Liturgies with the permission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in North America.

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer 

Scripture Matthew 15:10-20 

Message  “Love each Other, we comply?”  

Scripture “A Summary of the Joseph Story” Genesis 37, Genesis 45   

Hymn 673.  Christian Hearts, in Love United.   (performed by Moravian Church Choir, from the Moravian Music Foundation’s CD “Joining Our Voices”). 

Holy Communion for Pentecost     pg. 222 (using only selected hymns) 

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). pg. 222 (by Brian Wren, OneLicense #52132)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 (The Lord’s Prayer may be used as a conclusion to this 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.

Hymn. pg. 224 

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you.

 (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.

Hymn  pg. 228 (verses 1 and 3) 

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: Drink from this, all of you. 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 (Sharing Right Wave of Fellowship).  pg. 230 (by Brian Wren, OneLicense #52132)

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.

August 9, 2020

August 9:   

Call To Worship:  The Courage to  . . .

General Prayer of Intercession  

God’s amazing grace is offered to us today, tomorrow, and forever. Thanks be to God!

God’s grace renews our lives like a flowing stream. Thanks be to God for the wellspring of the joy of living.

In the assurance of God’s unconditional love poured out for us in Jesus Christ, we pray first for ourselves and for our needs.   And in this time, a prayer for our wholeness, to know God’s peace and presence in the midst of anxiety or isolation, uncertainty or fear, illness or scarcity.    

For forgiveness for wrongs we have done and good deeds we have not done,

For courage to change what needs changing within our lives,

For wisdom to seek God’s guidance,

For healing of our body, mind, spirit, and relationships,

For a thankful awareness of all the blessings of our lives,

Prayers for our Own Needs. (please share!)

Hear our prayers, God of grace.

Meet us in our need and in our honesty.

In the abundance of your mercy, we pray for others: 

For members of our families,

For our friends and neighbors,

For those with whom we work, and learn, and play,

For the sick, the frightened, the lonely,

For those who grieve,

For those who are desperate and angry,

For those in prison,

For the hungry, the homeless, the poor,

For those we perceive as our enemies,

Prayers for Others.  

Hear our prayers, God of compassion.

Send your Spirit upon all for whom we pray.

In the awareness that we are one with all your human creation, we pray about the issues that confront us all:

For our planet and the environment in which we live,

For the end of war, ethnic conflict, and all violence,

For liberation from racism, bigotry, and injustice,

For freedom from addictions of all kinds,

For the end of abuse of children, women, and men,

For each member of the human family, that all may know the dignity and worth of being a child of God,

For solutions to our common human dilemmas, and for our dedication to be part of those solutions,

Prayers for Current Issues 

Hear our prayers, God of justice, God of love.

May your love and justice be manifest in our lives.

We pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.”

In this act of worship, we come in faith — faith that our problems will not defeat us, faith that our hearts and spirits can be renewed, faith that we are not alone; for you are with us.

Thanks be to you, God our Savior, for meeting us here in this time and place. Thanks be to you for forgiving us, for freeing us, and for strengthening us to be your disciples in this life.

We are filled with the grace, mercy, and peace of God.

We are filled with the love of Jesus Christ. We give thanks that we are blessed, and we commit ourselves to be a blessing to others. Amen.

Scripture  Matthew 8:23-27

Hymn 757 Be Still My Soul. 

Message – Courage to Find Calm 

Scripture  Matthew 14:22-33

Message –  Courage to Go 

Hymn 725 Eternal Father Strong to Save.    (verses 1 and 2) 

Hymn Precious Lord take my Hand.  (verses 1 and 2) 

Benediction. 

August 2, 2020

Worship Begins at 10:30 a.m. – Connect with us through Zoom https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163,  OR for audio only, call +19292056099, (enter code 673028163). Check Facebook (Calvary Moravian Church Allentown) for service by 12 p.m. 

We are also offering an outside worship service at 9 a.m.   (please bring your own chair, wear a mask, and observe all social distancing protocol).     We will be continuing this schedule throughout August.  

Thank you for listening, participating or 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/.

On Sunday, Aug. 16th, we will be celebrating Holy Communion as we remember the spiritual revival (Moravian Pentecost) of August 13, 1727.     Sealed, self-contained communion pods are available with a wafer and grape juice.  Please call the office if you are interested – they will be available at our outside service.  

To Celebrate this event, we will be holding two special events that day: 

  1. Food Drive for Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank (this food bank serves our neighbors in downtown Allentown – N. 6th St.).   We’ll have plastic tubs outside that morning by the church sign from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to collect canned and non-perishable goods.    
  2. Book Sharing for Children of all Ages: We’ll be putting out lots of books from our Reading Room, cleaned and spread out on tables for free pick-up.   Please encourage anyone with kids to stop by and pick up some free books from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.   

Welcome and Announcements. 

Scripture Genesis 32:22-30

Prayer Reflection/Confession “Where are you wrestling/What are you wrestling today?”  

Liturgy for “Mercy and Truth” adapted from Singing from the Heart hymnal with the permission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in North America.

Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.  

In him is the fountain of life, and in his light we see light.  

Enter into his gates with Thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him and bless his name.  

For the Lord is good.  His mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations.  

Siyahamba / We Are Marching In the Light of God (Onelicense copyright permission and streaming license #65063

The sacrifice which God desires is a humble spirit; O God, you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.  

If we confess our sins, you are just and will keep your promise: you will forgive our sins and purify us from all wrongdoing.  

Silent Confession 

Hear what the Lord says: I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am.  I will not hold your sins against you.  Go, and sin no more.   

Glory be to the Creator, the Christ and the Holy Spirit, world with out end, Amen.   

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer 

Light The Fire  (Onelicense copyright permission and streaming license

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Scripture  Matthew 14:13-21.   Barbara Kemmerer. 

Hymn 502 Break Now the Bread of Life  (Verses 1 and 2) 

Sermon 

Hymn 543 Sing Hallelujah Praise the Lord  (Verses 1 and 2) 

Benediction.  

July 26, 2020

July 26. 

Worship Begins at 10:30 a.m. – Connect with us through Zoom https://zoom.us/j/673028163, Meeting ID: 673 028 163,  OR for audio only, call +19292056099, (enter code 673028163). Check Facebook (Calvary Moravian Church Allentown) for service by 12 p.m. 

We are also offering an outside worship service at 9 a.m.   (please bring your own chair, wear a mask, and observe all social distancing protocol).   

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Welcome and Announcements 

GENERAL LITURGY 1.   pg. 1. 

O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world.

We give thanks to you, for you are good; your love is eternal.

We glorify you, majestic Lord.

We praise your holy name.

Worship, honor, glory, blessing, Lord, we offer unto you;

Young and old, your praise expressing, Sing your mercies ever new.

All the saints in heav’n adore you; We would bow before your throne.

As your angels serve before you, So on earth your will be done.

The sacrifice which you desire is a humble spirit:  O God, you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.

If we confess our sins, you are just and will keep your promise; you will forgive our sins and will purify us from all wrongdoing.

Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, humbly confessing our sins.

(Moment of Silent Confession) 

Most holy and almighty God, our Savior, we confess our disobedience.  We, like sheep, have gone astray, all of us turning to our own way.  We have sinned and have done wrong.  The good that we knew to do we have not done.  We know that we have been unworthy servants and have fallen short of your glory.  Help us, deliver us, and forgive our sins, O God of our salvation, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us.

Thus says the Lord:  I, even I, am the God who blots out your transgressions for my own sake and will not remember your sins.  Go and sin no more.

Lord, make us one in spirit with all your people as we profess our faith, saying:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

  creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

      and born of the Virgin Mary.

  He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      was crucified, died, and was buried.

  He descended to the dead.

  On the third day he rose again.

  He ascended into heaven,

      and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

  the holy catholic church,

  the communion of saints,

  the forgiveness of sins,

  the resurrection of the body,

  and the life everlasting.  Amen.

TUNE:  GLORIA PATRI

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;  

             As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

             Amen, Amen, Amen.

Psalm 105:1-11

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
   make known his deeds among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
   tell of all his wonderful works.
Glory in his holy name;
   let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Seek the Lord and his strength;
   seek his presence continually.
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
   his miracles, and the judgements he has uttered,
O offspring of his servant Abraham,
   children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
He is the Lord our God;
   his judgements are in all the earth.
He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
   of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
the covenant that he made with Abraham,
   his sworn promise to Isaac,
which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
   to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan
   as your portion for an inheritance.

Prayers of the People 

Lord’s Prayer 

 THE SHORTER CHURCH LITANY pg. 10  (From The Litany of the Unitas Fratrum, 1571)

Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ, hear us.

From all sin, from all error, from all evil,

From famine and disease,

From disaster by fire or flood, storm or earthquake,

From violence, war, and bloodshed,

From all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,

Preserve us, gracious Lord and God.

By your holy incarnation and birth,

By all the merits of your perfect life,

By your cross and atoning death,

By your triumphant resurrection and ascension,

By your sending the Holy Spirit,

By your coming again to your church on earth, or our being called home to you,

Help us, gracious Lord and God.

Guide and unify your holy Church;

Keep all bishops, ministers, and church servants sound in doctrine and holy in life;

Restore all who have fallen away;

Strengthen those who suffer persecution for the sake of the gospel;

Send us as faithful laborers into your harvest, that all may be gathered into your family;

Direct all governments in the way of justice and peace, that your will may be known and done among the nations;

Enable us to make wise use of the world you have entrusted to us;

Send help to all who are in danger, trouble, or anguish;

Grant healing and the constant assurance of your love to the sick;

Enable the dying to put their trust in you as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world;

Hear us, gracious Lord and God.

Have mercy on your whole creation;

Hasten the day when the kingdom of the world shall become your kingdom,

Keep us in everlasting fellowship with the Church Triumphant  in heaven, and let us rest together in your presence from our labors;

Hear us, gracious Lord and God.

 O Christ, almighty God, Have mercy upon us.

Christ, the Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; Manifest yourself to us.

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

Grant to us your peace.

O Christ, hear us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.  Amen.

Scripture Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46 

Hymn 702 Like a Tiny Seed of Mustard.  (5 verses). 

Like a tiny seed of mustard,

Stored with life, invisibly, grows and grows, each 

Day increasing and becomes a mighty tree;

Like the leaven in the mixture

Swells inside while hid from view, living, rising

And transforming simple grain to bread anew;

Like the priceless treasure, hidden

In a field which folk pass by; one man finds it,

Knows its value, sells his all that field to buy;

Like the merchant, fine pearls seeking,

Searches, yearning for the best; finds it, clasps it,

Claims and buys it, selling all that he possessed.

Like all these is God’s great kingdom,

Growing from the smallest part;

Rising, swelling, coming, dwelling,

In each new believer’s heart.

TUNE: Roy Hopp (1990), © 1990 by Selah Publishing Company, Inc.

Sermon 

Hymn 467. All Things Bright and Beautiful

Refrain:

All things bright and beautiful,

all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful,

the Lord God made them all.

Each little flow’r that opens,

each little bird that sings,

he made their glowing colors,

he made their tiny wings. [Refrain]

The cold wind in the winter,

the pleasant summer sun,

the ripe fruits in the garden,

he made them, ev’ry one. [Refrain]

He gave us eyes to see them,

and lips that we might tell

how great is God Almighty,

who has made all things well. [Refrain]

Benediction