Author Archives: Anna French

Weekly Moravian Message: November 26, 2017

Reign of Christ Sunday — November 26, 2017 Surprise! Surprises can be absolutely affirming or downright disappointing. They range from the delightful to the unnerving to the dreadful. A well-intentioned surprise may add value to the quality of life or in-crease the heart rate so much it takes minutes off our life. Sometimes the first […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: November 19, 2017

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost — November 19, 2017 Investing Our Gifts The parable of the ten talents is often looked at through a lens that emphasizes the value of economic prosperity. However, the financial outcome is not the motivation behind this gospel story. In this passage, more important than the value of money is the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: November 12, 2017

Festival of Jesus Christ the Chief Elder — November 12, 2017 Festival of the Chief Elder Leonard Dober was elected Chief Elder of the Moravian Church in 1741 at a time when the church was rapidly expanding. He realized that his job had become more than he could handle, so he did what a great […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: November 5, 2017

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost — November 5, 2017 Humility “All who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:1–12). Humility isn’t cool these days. And we might wonder if it was a trait folks respected in Jesus’ day. Not so long ago speaking of someone’s humble attitude could be considered a compliment. But then there were also […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: October 29, 2017

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost — October 29, 2017 . . . As Yourself “You shall love the Lord your God. . . . You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). This is how Jesus summarized his religious tradition, “the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40). In recent decades, Christian reflection on that […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: October 22, 2017

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost — October 22, 2017 Responding in Faith or Fear Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:21). In the United States, Tax Day is a colloquial term for the day individual income tax returns are due. Many have complied consistently […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: October 15, 2017

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost — October 15, 2017 A Hidden Truth Jesus loves to inflate aspects of a story to embolden the truths hidden within his parables. He invites us to remove the log from our eye and to consider how easy it is to thread a camel through the eye of a needle! Today […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: October 8, 2017

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost — October 8, 2017 Seeing Who We Are I love science fiction, not because of how it takes us into an imaginary world, but because it shows us our world and explains humanity. At its best, it helps us understand how we have the poten-tial to be both righteous rebellion and tyrannical […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: October 1, 2017

World Communion Sunday — October 1, 2017 Hard Work Growing up on a dairy farm was work. Hard work. You worked when the temperatures and the humidity were high and sweat ran into your eyeballs. You worked when the temperatures were low and the wind froze your snot. But you did it, because there was […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: September 24, 2017

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost — September 24, 2017 The Grand Bargain, or Grace? It’s easy for us to read this story and hear a message of equality, justice, and fairness. We deal with these issues in the work world every day. Those who do more deserve a greater reward, right? Jesus brings that calculation into […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: September 17, 2017

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost — September 17, 2017 A Trait with Which We Struggle “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” (Matthew 18:21). Peter asks what feels like a loaded question. It is one we ask ourselves on a continual basis—probably because […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: September 10, 2017

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost — September 10, 2017 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20) Where Is Peace? In a time of conflict, dispute, animosity, partisan bickering, irreconcilable differences a time of Sides . . . God is My Rock and My Salvation,   I […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: September 3, 2017

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost — September 3, 2017 When the Rock Becomes a Stumbling Block We have two rebukes in this text. The first is a mild rebuke, more like a caution given to Jesus by one of his most trusted disciples, Peter. Jesus had just elevated Peter into a position of leadership (Matthew 16:16–19), […]

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Board of World Mission seeks new executive director

The Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church in North America has begun the search process for the position of Executive Director. After more than six years of strong and faithful service, the current BWM Executive Director, Rev. Judy Ganz, has announced her intention to retire at the end of this year. The position […]

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Children’s Festival and Lovefeast coming August 20

What do you remember about Bible stories when you were growing up? I was fortunate that sharing significant Bible stories was part of our family tradition. I remember, as a young child, going to my grandmother’s house in South Carolina. It was a busy farming community and everyone had lots to do, but my grandmother […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Studying the historical and theological background to The Ground of the Unity

As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 and updated twice, this study looks at the theological and historical underpinnings […]

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Salemtowne celebrates opening of Babcock Heath Care Center

Salemtowne, the nonprofit continuing care retirement community renowned for providing the highest standards and options for seniors, celebrated the soon-to-be-open new Babcock Health Care Center with a ribbon cutting on June 8. The $42 million Babcock Health Care Center consists of approximately 127,000 square feet of space, sits on almost eight acres, and is nearly […]

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A walk through Holy Week on the USA-Mexico border

Greg Behrend, recent Seminary graduate, shares his team’s experiences on a border immersion program. Photos by Greg and Justin Rabbach. Holy Week readings are a powerful tradition within the Moravian Church. They offer an opportunity to walk through scripture together at the end of our Lenten journey, following Christ from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Northern Province Ordination Brother Gregory M. Behrend, a May 2017 graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church on June 24, 2017. Bishop Kay Ward officiated at the service, which was held at Wisconsin Rapids Moravian Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Altura, Minnesota Brother Gregory M. Behrend has accepted the call […]

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Conference shares ways to Age Well

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, 80 Moravians and guests from 23 different congregations met at Friedberg Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. for the first Aging Well Conference. Replacing the “Older Adult Spring Retreat” previously held at Laurel Ridge, the Aging Well Team developed this event as a different approach in an effort to reach a […]

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Ministry continues spreading friendship and care with lambs

New Philadelphia Moravian Church is approaching the fifth anniversary of its Lamb Ministry. Begun in the summer of 2012, more than 700 lambs have left the New Philly pasture to travel throughout the community and beyond. The lambs are a small token of friendship and care, reminding receivers that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and […]

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Living Branches: A new resource for teaching Moravian heritage

The Moravian Church in America has a brand new resource for teaching our Moravian heritage! This new curriculum, called Living Branches: Moravians Growing in Faith, Love & Hope, is a flexible, 13-week Sunday School program focused on sharing the story of our Moravian heritage from Jan Hus to the present day. It includes lower elementary, upper elementary, […]

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Seminary commencement begins new chapter in spiritual lives

The 210th academic year of Moravian Theological Seminary (MTS) came to a close when 26 graduates received degrees and certificates at its Commencement Service on Saturday, May 13, 2017. For the second time in its long history, the service was held at College Hill Moravian Church. Every seat in the sanctuary was filled, which provided […]

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Larger Life Foundation makes more Moravian camping possible

Moravian summer camps play an integral role in helping young people further their relationships with Christ and find out what God is calling them to do. The Larger Life Foundation provides much needed funds to four camp programs in the Northern Province to help offset expenses, allowing these programs to provide lasting experiences for the […]

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Members focus on spiritual direction at meeting of Northern and Southern PECs

“Who are you, what gifts do you bring to your team, and what do you need from the team to be effective in your work?” Those were the three questions that opened the Group Spiritual Direction Retreat of the Provincial Elders’ Conferences (PEC), South and North. Members from each PEC came together at the St. […]

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