May 17 Worship

Sunday May 17, 2020 

Starting 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).  We also will post our service to our Facebook Calvary Moravian Church Allentown page and YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/janelrice1978) later.   

Thank you for listening, participating or worshipping with us at Calvary Moravian Church.    If you are able to continue to support our ministries in any way we are most grateful!   

You can mail the office a check (948 N. 21st St. Allentown 18104).   We do have a giving portal through the Moravian Ministries foundation at  https://mmfa.info/calvary-moravian-church-pa-donation-form/.

10:45 a.m. – Welcome and Announcements. 

Special Music How Great Thou Art – Daniel Syvret

Call to Worship  – Ephesians 1:3-6. 

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 

Paul’s Prayer for his followers – Ephesians 3:14-21 

Lord’s Prayer. 

Ephesians 2:11-22  – Jeff Diehl 

Reflection “Reconciliation for Gentiles: Built Together as a Dwelling Place for God”.  

Hymn 523.   “In Christ there is no East or West”

Ephesians 4:1-16 – Jeff Diehl 

Reflection “Growing up in the Unity of the Spirit”. 

Hymn 525. “Join We All with One Accord” 

Benediction Ephesians 6:23-24. 

May 10, 2020 Christian Family Lovefeast Order of Worship

Sunday May 10, 2020 – Family Lovefeast 

(In celebration of all the women in our lives and  Mother’s Day)

Starting 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).  We also will post our service to our Facebook Calvary Moravian Church Allentown page later.   

Thank you for listening, participating or worshipping with us at Calvary Moravian Church.    If you are able to continue to support our ministries in any way we are most grateful!   

You can mail the office a check (948 N. 21st St. Allentown 18104).   We do have a giving portal through the Moravian Ministries foundation at  https://mmfa.info/calvary-moravian-church-pa-donation-form/.

10:45 a.m. – Welcome and Announcements. 

Call to Worship  –  A Letter to Philemon. (verses 1-7) 

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,   To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in your house:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith towards the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother.

Hymn 675 What Brought us Together.

Liturgy for Christian Homes. pg. 119. (from the 1995 Moravian Book of Worship, used with permission)

Eternal God, Creator of our first home, and our only true Rest, we gather as your family to celebrate our diverse homes, and to seek your blessings on them. God of relationships, you have put within our hearts a longing that only you can satisfy. Yet we need each other to learn of your steadfast love throughout all generations.

Open our hearts, that we may learn from our biblical heritage how to manifest your love.

God our Creator, in the garden you formed our first parents, and found them good. At first in their innocence, they trusted you and helped each other, but they sinned and fell short of your purposes for them.

Forgive us our sins and give us grace to trust you in the goodness of your creation and your design.

You called Sarah and Abraham to go out from their homeland and begin a new nation in covenant with you. In their old age, you gave them a child whose name meant laughter. In our homes, may we live with their trust and courage, their humor, their sense of mission.

Increase our faith and give us grace to answer your call.

You strengthened Ruth and Naomi, in the face of grief and bitterness, to remain loyal to each other and to journey to new life.

Encourage us and give us grace to support each other.

When you came to earth, Incarnate God, you had no place to lay your head. God of the stable, bless the homeless, and bring them to a place of shelter.

Keep us aware and give us grace to be family to others.

Rejoicing Savior, you sanctified marriage by your presence at Cana in Galilee. You restored life and health and balance in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Be a holy guest within our homes, filling our ordinary days with newness of life and mutual joy.

Grant us the grace to recognize you as the Christ among us, and to be open to your miracles of change.

Suffering God, from the cross you cared for your loved ones, saying to Mary: Woman, behold your son! and to the disciple: Behold your mother! And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. Bless all families and enable them to form new bonds of love.

Comfort us in our brokenness and give us grace to claim our relationship as your children.

Life-giving Spirit, you came in power to form and guide the church, a family with varied gifts and graces. Grant that church and home may model for each other the nurturing of individuals and the growth of community. We recognize the difficulty of forming family with those who are different from ourselves, and with those who are like ourselves. We confess our failure to love and grow, our impatience for others to change, our blindness to one another’s needs. Yet we rejoice that you have given us each other, and we dedicate ourselves to mutual support and love, trusting not in our own strength, but in your strong compassion.

Bless and guide us, triune God, and enable us to support and love each other.

Hymn 538. For the Beauty of the Earth.  (verses 3 and 4) 

Prayers of the People.

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer  

Paul’s Plea for Onesimus (verses 8-20) 

For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love—and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back for ever, no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. 

Hymn 401 Heart with Loving Heart United.

Reflection  

Moravian Blessing – Sharing in Lovefeast. 

Be Present at our table, Lord;

Be Here and Everywhere Adored 

From thy all bounteous hand, our food

May we receive in Gratitude. 

Sharing in Lovefeast – Some form of a simple meal, baked good, etc. and a beverage of your choice.  

Musical Reflection on piano,  Bob Kahle  

“Exhale” by Lena Raine. 

Special Music “Driftwood” written by Rich Pirone 

On a river wild, in a current swift —  As our souls are set adrift

Lost and tossed in the ebb and flow — At the whim of the winds that howl and blow

Chorus:

We are driftwood, As the river bends

We are driftwood, To the river’s end

We are as the river does intend, We are driftwood

On an ocean dire, a sea untamed — We are but vessels of clay

Lost and tossed in the swell and sway —  The rise and fall of the tides and the waves

Chorus:

We are driftwood, In waters deep and dark

We are driftwood, On beaches wide and stark

We are what the waters will impart, We are driftwood

© 2015 R. Pirone (BMI)

Musical Reflection on piano,  Bob Kahle “Great is the Lord” by Michael W Smith and Deborah D Smith, arr. by Jack Schrader

Blessing for Families –  Hymn 445. Bless, O Lord, We Pray.

Prayer    

Hymn 662    Jesus Makes my Heart Rejoice. 

Benediction –  Future Looking Hope (verses 21-25)

Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.  One thing more—prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping through your prayers to be restored to you.  Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow-workers.   The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

May 3, 2020 Worship

Starting 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).  We also will post our service to our Facebook Calvary Moravian Church Allentown page later.   

Thank you for listening, participating or worshipping with us at Calvary Moravian Church.    If you are able to continue to support our ministries in any way we are most grateful!   

You can mail the office a check (948 N. 21st St. Allentown 18104).   We do have a giving portal through the Moravian Ministries foundation at  https://mmfa.info/calvary-moravian-church-pa-donation-form/.

10:45 a.m. – Welcome and Announcements. 

Call To Worship Philippians 1:2-5

Opening Hymn  Amazing Grace  (Virtual Choir Music Video – Life.Church Worship).  Also in Moravian hymnal 783.  

General Prayer of Intercession (Hymnal pg. and Reflections during Moments of Prayer (Musical selection by Anne Ettinger, Hymn 773, “And Can it Be that I should Gain”).  

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:

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,

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.    

Prayers for our Own Needs. (please share!)

Reflection with music 

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, 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 

Reflection with music 

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 

Reflection with music 

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  Philippians 2:1-11 

Reflection “The First Christian Hymn – And why it is Important for Us Today!”  

Hymn 480 At the name of Jesus 

Scripture   Philippians 4:4-7, 10-13. 

Reflection “He did What?  When?  How did Paul learn how to be content?” 

Hymn. You are my All in All 

Benediction  Philippians 4: 8-9

April 26, 2020 Order of Worship.

Sunday April 26, 2020 

Starting 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).  We also will post our service to our Facebook Calvary Moravian Church Allentown page later.   

Thank you for listening, participating or worshipping with us at Calvary Moravian Church.    If you are able to continue to support our ministries in any way we are most grateful!   

You can mail the office a check (948 N. 21st St. Allentown 18104).   We do have a giving portal through the Moravian Ministries foundation at  https://mmfa.info/calvary-moravian-church-pa-donation-form/.

10:45 a.m. – Welcome and Announcements. 

Call to Worship –  On the Road to Emmaus  . . .  Luke 24:13-35

Hymn “God of Wonder” (used with permission by One License, #90389). 

Opening Prayer (by Thom Shuman, from lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.ca/, used with permission) 

When we are blinded by anger,

you pour out your love for all to see;

when we wonder

what tomorrow will bring,

you call us to trust in you;

when sadness fills our lives,

you plant gladness in our hearts.

God of Easter:

touch us with your grace.

Pause and think of a time when you have experienced Grace or Forgiveness. OR shared Grace/Forgiveness with another. 

You show us your hands,

so we may reach out to mend the broken;

you show us your feet,

so we may walk with those the world passes by;

you show us your face,

so we may know what our sisters and brothers look like.

Risen Christ:

touch us with your compassion.

Pause and think of a time when you have experience Compassion or shared Compassion with another.  

You open our eyes,

so we may see God’s love;

you open our minds,

so we may welcome God’s Word;

you open our lips,

so we may be God’s witnesses.

Spirit of Hope:

touch us with your peace.

Pause and think of a time when you have experience Peace or shared Peace with another.  

God in Community, Holy in One, open us to your presence,

as we pray as Jesus has taught us, saying,

Our Father . . . (Lord’s Prayer) 

Prayer Requests 

Silent Confession 

Assurance of Pardon 

Pastoral Prayer

Recognizing You – Resurrection Poem (by Amy Scott Robinson, Richard Lyall, used with permission https://engageworship.org/RecognisingYou )

Scripture  Acts 1:1-8, Luke 24:36-49.     Karen Kahle 

Hymn 515  Highly Favored Congregation  

(pay particular attention to verse 3: “ Witness here to all around you, of your Savior’s dying love; tell them how he sought and found you, gave you grace from heav’n above.”). 

Sermon “Can I Get a Witness?”    – Asking for Signs of Jesus in our Community!

Hymn 625.  I love to Tell the Story  

Benediction 

Sunday, April 19

Sunday April 19, 2020 

10 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).  We also will post our service to our Facebook Calvary Moravian Church Allentown page. 

Thank you for listening, participating or worshipping with us Calvary Moravian Church.    If you are able to continue to support our ministries in any way we are most grateful!   

You can mail the office a check (948 N. 21st St. Allentown 18104).   We do have a giving portal through the Moravian Ministries foundation at  https://mmfa.info/calvary-moravian-church-pa-donation-form/.

Holy Humor and Congregational Gathering – Join us Early to Celebrate with Music and Jokes at 10 a.m.!     

At 10 a.m. we will gather to observe the tradition dating from the early church of sharing joy and gladness with the reality that not even death could keep Jesus from us.    As we live into the resurrection joy, even in our own upper rooms, separate from others at this time, may we find joy in our laughter together.  

We invite you to bring along your favorite joke to share online, or share it with Pastor Janel before the service.  We’ll end with a joy and peace filled song of praise, I’ve Got Peace like a River (Hymn 592 – Moravian Book of Worship).    

Please stay in touch with Pastor Janel if there is a need for masks, or any other form of help.   

(janelrice3616@gmail.com).   Or call 610-435-6881.   

Regular Worship Begins at 10:45 a.m.  

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcement 

CALL TO WORSHIP – Our Upper Rooms.  (Adapted from Santified Art, by Sarah Ares, used with permission). 

In our upper rooms, we recognize the wilderness in the world. 

In our rooms, we trust that God is near. 

In our rooms, we hold on to hope. 

In our rooms, we hold on to each other. 

In our rooms, we sing, “Alleluia!”

In our rooms, we trust that love is stronger than hate. 

So in our rooms, we celebrate. 

In our rooms, we sing. 

In our rooms, we trust that nothing can separate us from God’s love. 

Let us worship Holy God!

Special Music. “In the Upper Room”   Mahalia Jackson 

Prayers of the People. 

Excerpt from the Liturgy for Pentecost and the Holy Spirit  (Moravian Book of Worship, used with permission, pg 96-97).  

Interceding Spirit, we do not know how to pray as we ought; but you understand our deepest needs and present them with love to the Father.  Lead us now to repentance and confession.

Silent Prayer and Confession. 

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me:

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

TEXT AND TUNE: Daniel Iverson ©1963 by Birdwing Music (a div. of the Sparrow Corp.) 

All rights administered by the Sparrow Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission. One License. #FBC-A003716

Spirit of holiness, we confess that we are a sinful people.  In thought, word, and deed, we quench the fire of your love and dissipate the power of your presence.  You long to restore us to the image of God; but we let it tarnish as we nurse selfish attitudes.  You nurture unity, but we sow discord.  You come to make our bodies your temples, but we desecrate them. We dishonor your good intentions for us.  Forgive us, merciful Spirit.  Burn away our impurities, and forge us into renewed and useful instruments in your service.  Amen.

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  The law of the Spirit of life in Christ has set you free from the law of sin and of death.    As Jesus breathed his gift of peace on his followers in the upper room, receive this breathe, this spirit of peace today.  

“This is the Air I Breathe”   Marie Barnett. CCLI Song # 1874117 

Scripture  John 20:19-31     Jeff Diehl. 

Special Music

Message   “Believe in the Resurrection . . . Your Resurrection”

Hymn 754.  When Peace, Like a River

Benediction 

Easter Sunday: The Reaction of the Marys – Fear and Joy? Let us move forward into this new reality with both!

Easter Sunday Message, April 12, 2020 – The Rev. Janel Rice, Calvary Moravian Church 

Our Bible study had a laugh last week when we talked – virtually – about the number of places “Do Not Fear’ appears in the Bible.   One quick Google search turned up 365, which the commentator neatly put it, one for each day of the year.    But we also discussed how whenever “Do not Fear” appears, there should be an asterisk, or a wink, because it is usually in places when one might think – How can you do anything but fear?  “Do not fear” God says to Joshua following the death of Moses, even though the land they are entering has lots of people who don’t want them there.   “Do not fear, you are going to have a child from God,” the angel tells the expectant Mary?   And then here we are at the scene from Matthew 28 for this Sunday.  

Do not fear, says the angel that meets Mary Madgelene and the other Mary, after rolling away the stone from the tomb.   Do not fear?  Really?  There was an earthquake, an angel of the Lord, stone rolled away, and now no body of Jesus.  Do not fear??!   

Now it might be important to remember that there are other characters besides these two Marys in the gospel of Matthew’s account of the story.    Verse 4 tells us of the guards who are at the tomb.  They are there because this empty tomb is precisely the thing that the Roman government didn’t want to happen.  They knew about prophecies of a risen Jesus, and the last thing they wanted was someone to steal the body and give any sign of hope to his followers.  

So there are the guards and there is the two Marys.  Both are afraid.  

Vs. 4 – the guards are afraid, “For fear of him the guards shook….”     

Vs. 8 – The Marys leave the tomb with fear . . .    

Let’s pause a moment and think about what the good news of Jesus is really about.   Is it about worshipping Jesus, praising him and reading about the events of his life and death as an observer?   Is it a show that we watch and consume, from a safe distance?  

Or is the gospel of Jesus, the good news. –  the entire reason he came, instead about inviting us to change the way we are living?   Is the gospel of Jesus about inviting us to participate in God’s kingdom, even in a glimpse?    Is the gospel, the good news that we are invited as collaborators and participants in this evolving story of God with us (Immanuel)? 

Our Holy Week readings certainly have pushed us into this gospel story; if you recall the number of times that Jesus teaches about the call for us to love the neighbor, to serve as he has served others, and invited us to participate in taking the bread, drinking the cup and living his love?    We are invited into this evolving story.      

And so maybe, just maybe, the gospel of Jesus – despite all those pronouncements of “Do not Fear,” is not really asking us to give up fear completely.    Maybe the gospel is asking us to do something with that fear.  Even with fear, can we leave the tomb, join the movement, open our eyes to the coming of the kingdom, participate – not as an observer – but as a disciple of Jesus?         

And so back to those two different groups; the guards and the Marys.  Both are afraid.   

But each group reacts quite differently with that fear.     

vs. 4 “For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.” – Guards 

vs. 8 “So they (Mary M. And other Mary) left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell the disciples.”    

It is what it is.   What are we going to do with it, the Marys asked themselves?   We are still afraid but we are also incredibly joyful and we are deciding to put this joy first and take us out, to tell the good news, to live our lives, even in fearful times – even in very different times.    

If the Marys and if the disciples could have scripted Jesus’s resurrection, what would they have truly wanted?    What would we truly want from Jesus’s return?   

They – and we – would probably want a leader, our teacher and friend back to ways things used to be.   But over the next few weeks in reading the stories after the resurrection, we’ll hear about the few appearances of Jesus to the disciples and it isn’t business as usual.  He isn’t continuing his ministry; healings, teachings, traveling throughout Galilee, and so forth.  Instead he’ll be asking them to participate; love my sheep, make disciples, share good news, etc.   

The resurrected Jesus and the coming of the kingdom of God is exactly what Jesus says about the movement of the Spirit – it will come to abide with us, but we do not control it nor script it. 

The Rev. Laurel Mathewson writes in the Christian Century, “I tend to want the kingdom of God to be developed in tidy, linear fashion.   Why isn’t the risen one showing up for the implicit work that I assigned?”  (Christian Century, April 8, 2020) 

How many of us have said,  over the last three weeks of physical distancing, of isolation and of very different patterns in our lives – I just want things to go back to normal?     

How many of us are grieving now, even on Easter Sunday, grieving separation from family and friends, physical touch of another, act of worship in beloved sanctuary?  

How many of us are fearful – unknown ramifications of time and an end date for isolation, fearful of COVID-19 and those who are suffering from it, fearful for loss of employment and financial stability, fearful for the hard work of those in essential services and the effects on them, fearful for brother and sister in recovery programs and separations, fearful for. . . . and the list goes on and on?    

And we say – can’t things just go back to normal?   

Brothers and sisters, on April 13 – Easter Monday – social distancing won’t end and things won’t go back to normal.  Nor should they until the health official and experts say they should.    But what the resurrected Jesus gives us isn’t a way to get things to go back to normal.  Instead it shows us how to live into a fearful time – but still to live with joy?     There are two things we can do with a fearful time:  

We can live with the reaction of the guards – fear transforming us into dead people.   

Or we can live with the reaction of the Marys – Fear – (yes certainly – this is a scary situation) but finding a way to also let joy in – and follow the lead of Joy – the Spirit.    

Let’s end with two other historical scenarios when pandemics threatened the population:  

1) In 1349, when the plague of Europe was at its worst, the Christians of Europe reacted to the disease with fear.   Rounding up the city’s Jewish people, the authorities of Alsace (Germany) accused them of poisoning the Christians’ wells and killed over 1,000 Jews immediately.  

2) In the time of another plague in the 3rd century, Christians became known in the Roman Empire as the ones who would perform acts of compassion for those who were sick.  Bishop Cyprian wrote that this plague “searches out the righteousness of each one and examines the minds of the human race [to see which ones tend the sick and love their fellow kindred].  These are trainings for us, not deaths . . . they prepare us for the crown.”  

In the 3rd Century, this reaction is one of fear and joy, a reaction where fear did not lead to hatred or isolation, but to a positive reaction of love.   (Christian Century, pg. 11, April 8, 2020). 

I would be a fool to say that we do not live in a time of fear.   But I also know that we are not created to be people paralyzed, made into “deadlike people” by fear.  

We are people of the resurrection.  Can we follows the Marys today?  

Go out – or stay inside – in fear and joy?!  

Can we take the fear, but fearfully look for the joy, the ray of sunshine, the gratitude for today, the ability to call, text, zoom, facebook, write a note, say a prayer, offer a physical distance smile, show mercy, forgive, love, donate, be grateful for a grocery store clerk/health care worker/other essential person, ask what another needs, etc. etc.?   

Can we live as people of the resurrection – not the old normal – but with fear and JOY?   Amen.      

Easter Sunday Worship!

Easter Sunday – April 12, 2020 

This Sunday – Connect with us via Facebook Livestream (found on Calvary Moravian Church’s Facebook page) or through a Zoom conference call on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. 

Zoom by clicking here   Meeting ID: 673 028 163

OR  Call +19292056099, (enter code 673028163). 

Thank you for listening, participating or worshipping with us Calvary Moravian Church.    If you are able to continue to support our ministries in any way we are most grateful!   

You can mail the office a check (948 N. 21st St. Allentown 18104).   We do have a giving portal through the Moravian Ministries foundation at  https://mmfa.info/calvary-moravian-church-pa-donation-form/.

Please stay in touch with Pastor Janel if there is a need for masks, or any other form of help.   

(janelrice3616@gmail.com).   Or call 610-435-6881.   

Order of Worship 

Join us for Conversations starting at 10:15 a.m.!   

Welcome – 10:45 a.m.  

Liturgy for Easter. (pg. 90)

The Lord is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed!

Sing this aloud, proclaim it to the ends of the earth:

The Lord has set his people free.

            The day of resurrection!  Earth, tell it out abroad:

The passover of gladness, The passover of God.

From death to life eternal,  From sin to be set free,

Our Christ has brought us over,  With hymns of victory.

Now let the heavens be joyful,  Let earth its song begin;

The round world keep high triumph,  And all that is therein;

In grateful exaltation  Their notes let all things blend,

For Christ the Lord has risen, Our Joy that has no end.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By God’s great mercy we are given new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.

Praise, honor, glory, and power to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!

Jesus was handed over to death for our sins.

And was raised to life for our justification.

Then what can separate us from the love of Christ?  Can affliction or hardship?  Can persecution, hunger, nakedness, peril, or sword?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ, who loved us.

For we are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor powers, nor heights, nor depths, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Christians, dismiss your fear; Let hope and joy succeed;

The joyful news with gladness hear, “The Lord is ris’n indeed!”

The promise is fulfilled, In Christ our only Head;

Justice with mercy’s reconciled,  He lives who once was dead.

We have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves.  If we live, it is for the Lord that we live; and if we die, it is for the Lord that we die.

So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord, for Christ died, rose from death, and lives again in order to be Lord of the living and of the dead.

We do not want you to be in any doubt about those who have died, or to grieve over them as others do who have no hope.

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.

What we are saying, brothers and sisters, is this:  flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

Nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

What is sown as perishable,

Is raised imperishable;

What is sown in dishonor,

Is raised in glory;

What is sown in weakness,

Is raised in power;

What is sown a physical body,

Is raised a spiritual body.

Then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:  Death has been swallowed up in victory.

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

        Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Hearts to heav’n and voices raise;

Sing to God a hymn of gladness, Sing to God a hymn of praise;

He who on the cross a victim, For the world’s salvation bled,

Jesus Christ, the King of Glory,  Now is risen from the dead.

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are of the earth.

For we have died, and our lives are hidden with Christ in God.

God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,

Make us complete in everything good so that we may do your will, working among us all that is pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Sing hallelujah, praise the Lord!  Sing with a cheerful voice;

Exalt our God with one accord,  And in his name rejoice.

Ne’er cease to sing, thou ransomed host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

Until in realms of endless light, Your praises shall unite.

There we to all eternity, Shall join the angelic lays,

And sing in perfect harmony,  To God our Savior’s praise;

He hath redeemed us by his blood, And made us kings and priests to God;

For us, for us, the Lamb was slain!   Praise ye the Lord!  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

Prayers of the People 

Silent Confession 

Pastoral Prayer and Assurance of Pardon 

Hymn 366.   We Know that Christ is Raised. 

Scripture   Colossians 3:1-4, Matthew 28:1-10

Sermon  “Joy and Fear: It’s Ok to Come with Both”. 

Hymn 358.  Jesus Christ is Ris’n Today 

Benediction

Our walk during Holy Week 2020

We are walking physically alone, or in small family clusters this Holy Week. Yet we never – in spirit – walk alone. Be still and allow the breath of God to enter – this week as perhaps you enter into times of meditation with the Moravian Holy Week readings (available here)

Holy Week Readings Tonight and each night of Holy Week (Monday, Tuesday Wed and Friday) at 8 p.m. here.

April 5 Holy Week Meditation Passion Sunday: https://youtu.be/N3shNMJCz5s (From Pastor Janel)

April 6 Holy Week Meditation Monday: https://youtu.be/-TdLA7H4SiE (From Pastor Janel)

April 7 Holy Week Meditation Tuesday: https://youtu.be/WC7tz4de950 (from Pastor Janel)

April 8 Holy Week Meditation Wednesday: https://youtu.be/cDyRf5GX8p8 (from Pastor Janel)

Order of Worship, April 5, 10:45 a.m.

Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 

Connect with us via Facebook Livestream (found on Calvary Moravian Church’s Facebook page) or through a Zoom conference call on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. 

Zoom through  https://zoom.us/j/673028163

Meeting ID: 673 028 163

OR  Call +19292056099, (enter code 673028163). 

Thank you for listening, participating or worshipping with us Calvary Moravian Church.    If you are able to continue to support our ministries in any way we are most grateful!   

You can mail the office a check (948 N. 21st St. Allentown 18104).   We do have a giving portal through the Moravian Ministries foundation at  https://mmfa.info/calvary-moravian-church-pa-donation-form/. Thank you!

Also, stay tuned to our Facebook page or look to our Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/janelrice1978. for more worship opportunities beginning this evening with our walk into Holy Week.   

Maundy Thursday (7 p.m.), Good Friday (2 p.m.), Easter Sunrise (6 a.m.) and Easter Worship (10:45 a.m.) will all be live-streamed to Facebook and available at our Zoom.   Email janelrice3616@gmail.com for more information.    

Order of Worship 

Welcome – 10:45 a.m.  

Call to Worship 

On Palm Sunday so many years ago, the people saw Jesus and asked,  Who is this? 

We find ourselves today asking the same questions.   Who is this Jesus and who are we?  

In our weeks in the wilderness, we have seen Jesus as bread, as light, as life itself.     

And yet we know how easy it is be anxious about a lack of bread, fearful of the darkness and pondering the role of our life.   

But finally, we see and know Jesus as the source and example of God’s love.   

So in our wilderness moment, remind us, O Lord, that Jesus walks with us.   With Jesus, we are never alone.  Hosanna, Let us Lift God’s Name on High!  

Opening Hymn    Lord I lift Your Name on High (Onelicense #55260, used with permission). 

Liturgy for Palm Sunday. 

(from Singing from the Heart, (C)2010 Interprovinicial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in America, used with Permission).   A shorter version of the Liturgy found on pg. 49 in the Moravian Book of Worship. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

(Standing)

Hosanna. pg. 239.    (men sing the first part, women sing the second). 

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.

Prayers of the People 

Silent Confession 

Prayer of the Community (in unison) 

Our sovereign Redeemer, we join the people of Jerusalem offering our own shouts of praise and celebration at your coming.  Although we welcome you today with the multitude on Palm Sunday, we confess we have also stood with the condemning crowd on Good Friday.  Our thoughts, words, and deeds have cried, “Crucify!” We turn to you for help and forgiveness, gracious  Savior; not because we deserve it, but because you are forgiving.   Save us from our sinful ways, and restore us to a life of loyalty to you.  Amen.

Musical Meditation. “Jerusalem”. Performed by Anne Ettinger. 

Scripture Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Matthew 21:1-11

Hymn 239  “Hosanna”  

Message 

Palm Procession   (consider coloring your own palm, or consider picking one up from outside the church at the Free Little Library area).    

Hymn 343   Ride On! Ride On in Majesty

Benediction. 

Prepare for Palm Sunday!

Weather permitting, we hope to have palms outside for a drive-by pick up on Palm Sunday, April 5. We’ll use some for our Zoom worship service as well. But if you would like to prepare your own Palms, check out this resource from Illustrated Ministry for a pattern to color and your own palms. https://illustratedmin.s3.amazonaws.com/weekly-resources/PalmColoring.pdf?ck_subscriber_id=136899452 .