November 1, 2020.
Thank you for worshipping with us at Calvary Moravian Church. To support our ministries, you can mail the office a check (948 N. 21st St. Allentown 18104). An online giving portal is at: https://mmfa.info/calvary-moravian-church-pa-donation-form/.
Worship with us on Sundays:
9:30- 10:15 a.m. Zoom Sunday school/Community Check-in.
10:45 a.m. Inside, limited capacity seating (physically distancing, masks required)
Also at 10:45 a.m. Livestream service found at Calvary Moravian Church Allentown’s YouTube Channel. Email us for the address.
At 4 p.m., today, Nov. 1, we invite all children (with a parent) to join us for a special outside Sunday school program in the church yard (off Livingston). We’ll learn about All Saints Day and what a saint can be.
Remember – Our sanctuary is open for Prayers every Wednesday from 12 – 2 p.m.
Pre-worship Sunday school on Zoom!
9:30 – 10:15 A.M. – Jeff Diehl will lead us in check-ins and conversations.
Meeting ID: 961 1543 0870
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Next Sunday, November 8 – Sacrament of Holy Communion, “Christ as Chief Elder Sunday,” Matthew 25:1-13
Moravian Women/Nitschmann Circle Meeting – Monday, November 9th
Our next meeting is on November 9th with chapter 3 in our book on Queen Esther.
12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9th
Meeting ID: 990 4795 3822
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7 p.m. Monday Nov. 9th
Meeting ID: 999 4279 6871
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Collections for our Neighbors without Housing
The Allentown YMCA and the Lehigh Conference of Churches are two organizations helping our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness this winter. The warming center will open for evening shelter beginning November 1st at the YMCA. The Conference of Churches will be offering lunches through the Soup Kitchen and daytime shelter through Daybreak at their Dubbs Memorial Community Center location at 5th and Allen Streets. The Conference also continues to provide outreach to outside “camps.”
For these efforts, we are helping to collect the following items. Many of them can be gently used (washed first please!). Starting November 1st, we’ll have collection bins inside the sanctuary for these items or contact us to make a drop-off. Donations also accepted and will be shared with the outreach efforts through the Conference of Churches.
Gently Used or New: Sleeping bags, tarps, tents (3 person or more), flashlights, lanterns (battery operated), power chargers for phones, backpacks
Gently used or New: Socks, Sweatshirts, sweatpants, men’s jeans, winter jackets, gloves and hats, boots and sneakers
Snacks: beef jerky, crackers, chip bags, breakfast bars (easy items for on the go)
New only: Batteries AAA,AA,C,D, Laundry soap, Bug spray, Shaving Razors, Deodorant, Toilet paper
Welcome and Announcements
Liturgy for All Saints pg. 105
Behold, a great multitude, which no one can number, out of every nation and of all tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, with palm branches in their hands,
And they cry with a loud voice saying, “Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
Salvation to God, who sits on the throne! Let all cry aloud and honor the Son;
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim, Fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb.
Then let us adore and give him his right, All glory and power and wisdom and might,
All honor and blessing with angels above, And thanks never ceasing for infinite love.
These are the ones of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and the holes in the ground. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were slain with the sword, they were burned at the stake, they were killed by an assassin’s bullet. They were destitute, persecuted, tormented. These are the ones who have come out of great tribulation; they have washed their robes and cleansed them in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore they are before the throne of God, and they worship day and night in the temple.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd, and will guide them to springs of living water.
And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Glory to God, whose witness train, Those heroes bold in faith,
Could smile on poverty and pain, And triumph e’en in death.
God, whom we serve, our God can save, Can damp the scorching flame,
Can build an ark, can smooth the wave, For such as love his name.
Lord, if your arm support us still, With its eternal strength,
We shall o’ercome the mightiest ill, And conquerors prove at length.
Moment of Silent Remembrance
Almighty God, Redeemer and Sustainer, we offer you thanks and praise for the holy lives of all your servants — the prophets, apostles, and martyrs — who have shone forth as lights in the world and sacrificed their lives in testimony of their faith. We thank you for the triumphant fellowship of all the saints in glory. We remember before you all who have been called to the more immediate presence of the Savior, and especially those most dear to us and our congregation.
We rejoice in our present fellowship with them, in our continuing hope, and in the promise of eternal joy. Let the great cloud of witnesses, the innumerable company of those who have gone before and entered into rest, be to us an example of godly life. May we run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith; and may we obtain entrance into your eternal kingdom, and with the glorious assembly of the saints, worship and adore you.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Apostles, prophets, martyrs, And all the sacred throng
Who wear the spotless raiment, Who raise the ceaseless song;
For those passed on before us, Our Savior, we adore,
And walking in their footsteps, Would serve you more and more.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. If God is for us, who can be against us!
Hear the words of the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, who was dead and is alive again: Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
To him who loves us and washed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests to God, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Prayers of the People
Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer.
Scripture 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, Matthew 23:1-12.
Hymn. “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God”.
I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true,
who toiled and fought and lived and died, for the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor, and one was a queen, and one was a shepherdess on the green:
they were all of them saints of God, and I mean, God helping, to be one too.
They loved their Lord so dear, so dear, and God’s love made them strong;
and they followed the right, for Jesus’ sake, the whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier, and one was a priest, and one was slain by a fierce wild beast:
and there’s not any reason, no, not the least, why I shouldn’t be one too.
They lived not only in ages past; there are hundreds of thousands still;
the world is bright with the joyous saints, who love to do Jesus’ will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea;
for the saints of God are just folk like me, and I mean to be one too.
Sermon “Sainthood’s Open Invitation”.
*A Time of Remembrance – Memorial Procession
Moment of Silence
Special Music Anne Ettinger.
Hymn 390 For All the Saints (verses 1, 2 and 4)
* During our Time of Remembrance we invite the congregation to light a candle and if they wish, say the name(s) of those who have entered God’s more immediate presence that they wish to remember today. Each candle will be placed on the cross and we will remember all the saints who have gone before us with a moment of silence. Please wait until each person is seated before going up to get a candle to light. We will not be using a microphone. If you are not worshiping with us in-person, you can let Pastor Janel know before the service about the loved ones you wish to remember and a candle will be lit for them.