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Weekly Moravian Message: September 16, 2018

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Our Lamb Has Conquered Our Lamb has conquered: let us follow him, with eagerness of heart and strength of limb, brave in endeavor, with your vision clear, and high thanksgiving for God’s purpose here. Our Lamb has conquered: let us follow him. In loving service may our lives be spent, in […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: September 9, 2018

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Be Opened” The Gospel writer Mark provides us with not one but two stories of Jesus reaching out in remarkable ways to proclaim God’s glory. Jesus and his disciples have already rankled the powers that be in the Jewish areas and perhaps are seeking a respite from the resultant animosity by […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: September 2, 2018

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Jesus in Our Hearts In Arizona, it’s illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs. In New Hampshire, it’s against the law to collect seaweed at night. You don’t have to look hard to find all kinds of weird laws and traditions that might have made sense at one point, but have […]

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Northern Province finalizes full communion with United Methodist Church

The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province approved a relationship of full communion with the United Methodist Church (UMC) on Friday, June 22. The vote occurred at the Northern Province’s 2018 Synod in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The full communion agreement, which was initially approved by the UMC at their General Conference in Portland, Ore., […]

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Northern Province Synod legislation leads church forward

The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province tackled a wide range of topics facing the church today. Delegates brought more than 60 pieces of legislation to the Synod floor for discussion and deliberation, and approved nearly all of them. This legislation was the work of 13 committees, who reviewed and revised memorials submitted […]

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“Irene”—the ship sails again!

On Saturday, September 15, 2018,* you are invited to come aboard the mission ship Irene as she sails to foreign lands bringing the good news of God’s love for us shown in Jesus Christ! The ship is piloted by Captain Garrison, with the assistance (and guidance) of his wife Marianne, accompanied by none other than […]

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Southern Province consecrates its first woman bishop

On Sunday, June 10, 2018, Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem was filled with people, all gathered to see and take part in the consecration of Carol Foltz as a bishop for the Southern Province. As the Rt. Rev. Lane Sapp said in his sermon, “This is a historic day. In this sacred space Sister Carol, […]

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Ponderings: Finding time for contemplation

As I pondered this issue’s Ponderings, I found my mind crowded with tasks, ideas, worries, appointments, “gotta-dos,” concerns about my family and the world around me. I was distracted by an article on my iPad, emails on my computer, text messages on my phone, Facebook notifications, even the news on the radio. There’s much written […]

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“I am the bread of life…”

Messages on John 6:24-35 Each week, Moravians across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean share a common message through their Sunday bulletins. This month, we share writings based on John 6:24-35. This Bible text is for “Proper 13” in Lectionary Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary used by the Moravian Church. “Give us this […]

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Become a part of “Create in Me”

In the beginning of 2018, Rev. Brian Dixon and I started to solicit articles and reflections about worship to share in The Moravian Magazine. We believe that worship is central to our lives of faith and also that it is not just for Sunday mornings in our sanctuaries. We longed for a place to have […]

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Northern Province Moravians “Gather, Grow and Go” at 2018 Synod

Under the theme “Gather…Grow…Go!,” more than 220 delegates representing congregations and agencies from across the Northern Province came together in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to do the governance work of the church June 21-25. At the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province, delegates on 13 committees discussed, debated, wrote and revised more than 60 pieces of legislation to […]

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Sharing a love feast with Presbyterian educators

Every winter, several Moravian pastors and church educators gather with hundreds of other pastors, educators and lay volunteers from around the country who are passionate about Christian education at the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event. The 2018 event featured the theme “Deep and Wide: Boundless Hospitality,” depicted by open doors. While Presbyterian […]

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Northern Province elects new leadership

At its 2018 Synod, the Moravian Church Northern Province elected the Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) to lead the church in the coming four years. The PEC is the Province’s highest governing board, providing administrative leadership to congregations and program agencies. It is made up of four lay members, plus the presidents of each of the province’s […]

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Crossroads: the intersection of your life and God’s ministry

In August, 2009, Moravian Theological Seminary (MTS) held an info session for our-soon-to-be launched Crossroads Lay Leadership program. Not knowing how many would come, we were surprised when 17 people, from a variety of denominations, showed up. After a brief description of what we had planned for the first year, the people in the room […]

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Western District News & Notes: June 2018

The newsletter of the Moravian Church, Western District by Western District President, Bruce Nelson. Bruce’s Babblings Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I greet you in these final days of June as we look forward to the month of July. I have returned from a week of vacation in Branson, Missouri followed by our Northern […]

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Western District News & Notes: June 2018

The newsletter of the Moravian Church, Western District by Western District President, Bruce Nelson. Bruce’s Babblings Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I greet you in these early days of June. For some the school year is done and for others it will be done very soon. It is wonderful to see the activity pick […]

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District Developments: July 2018

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church: July 2018 David E. Bennett, President MasterChef it is not…but Master’s Chef…Maybe! It was in the midst of their “Youth First” after-school program that First Moravian Church of Easton, PA discovered that youth from their neighborhood loved learning how to cook. One of the modules of the […]

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District Developments: June 2018

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church: June 2018, David E. Bennett, President Ministry Plans Grow At Leadership Summit This last month an Eastern District Leadership Summit took place at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA. This event offered the newly established Eastern District Service Ministry Teams an opportunity to meet face-to-face and finalize […]

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District Developments: May 2018

The Newsletter of the Eastern District Moravian Church: May 2018, David E. Bennett, President Catch a Glimpse of Hope This Season! Editor’s Note: Thank you to Sister Sue Dreydoppel, Director for Hope Conference & Renewal Center, for contributing this month’s article. Did you attend the 2016 Eastern District Synod? Do you remember the feeling after everyone had […]

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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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