The Gifts of Moravian Music In our Moravian musical heritage we see many examples of the fact that one need not be a “professional” musician in order to enrich the musical life of one’s own time and of generations yet to come. Even today, you know people who can play several different instruments, and sing, and can lead a group of musicians, and have helped to inspire young people in learning music and playing and singing to the glory of God. And for most of these people, music isn’t their “day job” – it is something they do for love of their Lord and God’s people. God has given to us in the Moravian Church a heart for music, and special gifts in composing music, writing words, and singing and playing from that heart. We are thankful that God gave us this gift, which can draw us closer to one another and to our God. Through music, may we learn to love one another more fully, and in so doing, to love our Saviour more deeply. Today we thank God for these gifts of music given to Moravians over the centuries and especially today. Many are writing hymn texts and music, sacred songs, anthems, and instrumental music for use in our congregations, music which speaks to our current circumstances and to the never-failing love of God in Christ. The Moravian Music Foundation publishes anthems in the Moravian Star Anthem Series, including many by living composers. For information about sponsoring a publication in honor or in memory of a loved one, please contact either office listed below. See our website for a complete listing of recordings and publications, and more information about the gifts of Moravian music and the work of the Moravian Music Foundation.
Moravian Music Foundation Winston-Salem Office: Bethlehem Office: 457 South Church Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101
41 West Locust Street Bethlehem, PA 18018
Welcome to Oak Grove Moravian Church on this Moravian Music Sunday. Today we celebrate the rich musical heritage of our Church. All hymns and anthems during today’s service were written or composed by Moravians. We welcome our visitors and invite you to fill out a blue visitor’s card and place it in the offering plate. We worship Almighty God today through music. Acolyte Hayley Wolfington Ushers Jamie May, James Peddycord Gray Comer, Sam Peddycord Nursery Hazel Beasley, Marion Clark & Hanna Smith The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in loving memory of Tam and Rebecca Church by Tammy Lewis. Prayer List: Ethel Idol, Faye Collins, Michelle Nagy, Helen Hammock, Helen Lewis, Elizabeth Marshall, Sarah Ellis, Harold Lloyd, Marie Marshall, Tonya Stanley, Alvin Sell, Shirley Sell Shut-ins: Gary Hester, Willie Disher, Lucy Gardner, Evelyn Fulp Our Stewardship of Last Week Attendance – 100 Offering – $3,454.17 Today we celebrate Moravian Music Sunday with a Singstunde. The Singstunde is a song service originating in the early 1700’s in Herrnhut, Germany. Scripture was read and appropriate hymns stanzas were sung that expressed a certain theme of Christian truth. No sermon was given on such an occasion; the message was brought forth through the scripture and hymns. We thank the choir and the band for their music ministry at Oak Grove. We are blessed with a fine music program in our church. The Moramus Chorale and Home Moravian Church Choir will present a joint concert this afternoon at 3:30 in the Home Church Sanctuary. Secretary Angie Renigar will be on vacation this week. If you need to get in touch with Pastor Allen, call him on his cell phone (413-1482). Youth Fellowship will meet this Wednesday at 6:00 for supper, devotion, and painting the new Youth Room. Circle #2 will sponsor a Baked Potato and Salad Bar Luncheon on Sunday, June 1 at 12:00. Donations will be accepted for the Capital Campaign.
Fifth Sunday of Easter May 18, 2014 To God we render praise, Who grants us new displays Of mercy all our days. When Christ, the Son of Man, again Shall come, the angels in His train, May all of us who here ‘Fore Him appear Then meet Him without fear. How great our joy shall be In heaven, O Lord, where we Thy glorious face shall see! We then shall Thee forevermore As the Lamb slain for us adore; In realms of glory bright With saints in light In hymns of praise unite. Repeat the solemn strain, Worthy the Lamb once slain! Let all reply, Amen! Blessing and power and majesty Through endless ages be to Thee, Who us by blood hast bought, In mercy sought, And to the fold us brought.
Benediction: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all. Choral Amen
Postlude – Hail, O Once Despised Jesus……….Herrnhut/Henkelmann
The Rev. Matthew W. Allen, Pastor
Watchword for the Week – Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth,
and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Service for Moravian Music Sunday Band Prelude Organ Prelude – Christ, the Life of All the Living…Anton/Henkelman Come, let us sing the song of songs, With hearts and voices swell the strain, The homage which to Christ belongs: “Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!” Slain to redeem us by His blood, To cleanse from every sinful strain, And make us kings and priests to God; “Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!” To Him Who suffered on the tree Our souls at His soul’s price, to gain, Blessing, and praise, and glory be; “Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain.” Long as we live, and when we die, And while in heaven with Him we reign, This song, our song of songs shall be: “Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!” Welcome and Announcements Statement on Moravian Music Sunday
Liturgy for Moravian Music Sunday O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! 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. My soul with comfort rich He fills, And every grief He gently stills: To God all praise and glory!
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582 C Servant of God, well done! Rest from thy loved employ; The battle fought, the victory won, Enter thy Master’s joy. The pains of death are past; Labor and sorrow cease; And life’s long warfare closed at last, Thy soul is found in peace.
Let us give thanks to the Father, who has enabled us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. In Him all things in heaven and on earth were created. He Himself is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, to which indeed we were called in the one body. Above all, may we clothe ourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Lord Jesus, you are worthy for all on earth to praise; Our hymns in glad thanksgiving in gratitude we raise, For all you did on Calv’ry when suffering on the tree – The world from sin’s dominion most wondrously set free.
Anthem – Jesus Makes My Heart Rejoice…………………………...Mueller
And I, unworthy sinner when kneeling at your feet, Can see that my redemption in you is now complete: In faith I now would serve you through all my earthly days, And then in heav’nly glory my hallelujahs raise.
Rest from thy labor, rest, Soul of the just, set free; Blest be thy memory, and blest Thy bright example be. Now, toil and conflict o’er, Go, take with saints thy place; But go as each has gone before, A sinner saved by grace. Soldier of Christ, well done! Praise be thy new employ; And, while eternal ages run, Rest in thy Saviour’s joy. 159 A We in one covenant are joined And one in Jesus are; With voices and with hearts combined, His praise we will declare; In doctrine and in practice one, We’ll love and serve the Lord alone, With one accord sound forth His praise, Till we shall see His face.
Children’s Message………………………………………………..Tammy Lewis Presentation of Tithes and Offerings Prayer Anthem – O The Blessedness is Great……………………..Bechler Doxology…………………………………………………T. Hus (22 F) Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen. Ten thousand times ten thousand In sparkling raiment bright, The armies of the ransomed saints Throng up the steeps of light; ‘Tis finished, all is finished, Their fight with death and sin. Fling open wide the golden gates And let the victors in. What rush of hallelujahs Fills all the earth and sky! What ringing of a thousand harps Bespeaks the triumph nigh! O day, for which creation And all its tribes were made; O joy, for all its former woes A thousand fold repaid. 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 Thy great salvation, Thou Lamb for sinners slain; Fill up the roll of Thine elect, Then take Thy power, and reign: Appear, desire of nations, Thine exiles long for home; Show in the heavens the promised sign; Thou Prince and Saviour, come. Scripture
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 1 Peter 2:2-10 John 14:1-14
SINGSTUNDE 168 A Make my calling and election, Jesus, every day more sure; Keep me under Thy direction, Till I, through almighty power, Unto endless glory raised In Thy mansions shall be placed. When in Thee I end my race, Weeping shall forever cease. Amen, yea, my lasting praises, Jesus, unto Thee are given, That a place by Thee prepared Is for me secured in heaven; Blest my case, ah, truly blessed, When to heavenly glory raised, I from and sorrow free Live forevermore with Thee.
Countless hosts before God’s throne, Where the Lamb abideth, And as God and Man His own To life’s fountain guideth, Now possess Perfect bliss, Which to us is wanting And for which we’re panting.
149 A Most gracious God, we give you thanks for every good gift. On this day we especially thank you for your creative gifts to us, which cause us to enrich our lives through science and art, literature and drama, words and music. For you, O Lord, have made us glad by your works; at the works of your hands we sing for joy.
O how excellent and fair, Goodly beyond measure, Is the lot which we shall share; And how rich the treasure! When we see Bodily Our beloved Saviour, As He is, forever.
We thank you for your gifts to the Moravian Church: devotion to the Saviour, simplicity, our strong sense of community and fellowship, and our longstanding dedication to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. We thank you for our musical heritage, through which we draw closer to you and to one another. Inspire and bless those who write and compose, those who play instruments and those who sing, and those who lead and teach.
May this ever blessed hope Fill our hearts with gladness, And ‘mid weakness bear us up, Till from sin and sadness We shall be Wholly free And above forever Praise our gracious Saviour. Who are these in bright array, This innumerable throng, Round the altar night and day, Hymning one triumphant song: “Worthy is the Lamb once slain, Blessing, honor, glory, power, Wisdom, riches, to obtain, New dominion every hour?” These through fiery trials trod, These from great affliction came; Now, before the throne of God, Sealed with His almighty Name, Clad in raiment pure and white, Victor palms in every hand, Through their dear Redeemer’s might, More than conquerors they stand.
As you have helped us through the centuries to sing our faith, so move within each one of us today, that all our gifts may unite in your service. 205 A
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant us to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Jesus Christ. In whose holy name we pray. Amen. Lamb of God, you shall remain forever Of our songs the only theme; For your boundless love, your grace and favor, We will praise your saving name; That for our transgressions you were wounded Shall by us in nobler strains be sounded, When we, perfected in love, Once shall join the church above.
Lord Jesus, you are worthy ©Albert H. Frank. Used by permission.
Church Staff The Rev. Matthew W. Allen, Pastor Dwayne Stanley, Organist Robin Hancock, Choir Director Robert Clark, Band Director Angie Renigar, Secretary Board of Elders Faye Gardner Eric Linville David Hester Gerald Peddycord Tammy Lewis James Stevens
Board of Trustees Pam Ellis Arnold Reeves Judy Dillon Jeff Styers Gerry Peddycord Johnny Vanhoy
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK of May 18 â€“ 25 Today, May 18 9:15 a.m. 9:15 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Prayer Time Band Prelude Worship Sunday School
Tuesday, May 20 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 21 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Youth Fellowship Choir Practice
Sunday, May 25 9:15 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Prayer Time Worship Sunday School
Crisis Control donation for May Whole Wheat or Low Sodium Crackers