Author Archives: Renee Schoeller

Weekly Moravian Message October 4, 2015

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, World Communion Sunday October 4, 2015 We Can Talk about It Divorce is a sensitive subject in many of our communities. Fundamentally, it involves the disruption of a relationship—with many heart-wrenching implications. Though we may be tempted to avoid the topic, how can we witness to God’s active movement in our […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message August 30, 2015

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 30, 2015 What Comes Out There is something practical about hand washing. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Washing our hands is good not only for […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message August 23, 2015

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 23, 2015 The Source of Eternal Life An individual was on a pilgrimage, searching for the secret of eternal life. “You must cease wanting it,” said one teacher. “It is only when you realize that there is no eternal life, and give up searching for its secret, that you will […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message August 16, 2015

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost August 16, 2015 Comfort Food Our fond memories often involve food. When we’re stressed, we are inclined to crave the food that comforted us when we were children, safe at home. These comfort foods fill our bellies, and they also satisfy the emotional hunger that has resulted from the worries of […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message August 9, 2015

Festival of August 13; August 9, 2015 Part of Christ’s Team I once had a conversation with a newer member of my congregation who told me of a very challenging family situation that had recently befallen her. When I realized that it had already been several weeks since the incident occurred, I said, “I wish […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message August 2, 2015

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost August 2, 2015 The Best Bread Why is it that the healthiest bread is the hardest for me to eat? Just the other day I commented to my wife how I didn’t like the whole wheat English muffin compared to the plain white variety we had the week before. We often […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message July 26, 2015

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost July 26, 2015 Drawing Nearer to Jesus Jesus had compassion for the crowd that followed him. For the crowd, the pressing need was finding food to eat. To test Philip, Jesus asked him, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message July 19, 2015

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost July 19, 2015 Rest for the Weary After a long hard day, toiling away in the wilderness of this modern world, it is a fine and wonderful thing to put our feet up. Perhaps we talk with our family about the day that has just passed, seeking decompression and release from […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message July 12, 2015

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 12, 2015 Living a Life of Honor John did not seek honor among other people. It was his delight to say concerning Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Though John did not seek it, he proved to be such a man of honor that even King Herod recognized […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message July 5, 2015

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost July 5, 2015 Shake Off the Dust Today’s Gospel lesson begins with Jesus going to his hometown, knowing that his words and authority would be accepted marginally at best. He goes to the synagogue and begins to teach. Many are astounded. Is this carpenter kid from down the street for real? […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message June 28, 2015

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost June 28, 2015 Two Women In Mark we see Jesus on a fast-paced journey, proclaiming the kingdom of God and manifesting God’s power through a series of miraculous acts. Today’s reading centers on two women. One is Jairus’s twelve-year-old daughter, near death. In her culture she is womanhood. Her future promises […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message June 21, 2015

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost June 21, 2015 Peace Invites Peace After a series of parables that describe what the kingdom of heaven is like, Mark tells the story of Jesus’ calming the storm. This story is filled with spiritual images. The sea could represent the unknowable, awe-inspiring, and uncontrollable essence of life. In order to […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message June 14, 2015

Third Sunday after Pentecost June 14, 2015 God’s Kudzu In both of the short parables in today’s Gospel, Jesus says some profound things. In one sense, he tells us that the kingdom of God will be what it will be, regardless of what we do. The kingdom of God is comparable to seeds sprouting and […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message June 7, 2015

Second Sunday after Pentecost June 7, 2015 We Are Family A song released in 1979 by Sister Sledge titled “We Are Family” became a hit and rose to #2 on the pop music survey. The song also became the theme song for the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates on their way to winning the World Series that […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message May 31, 2015

Trinity Sunday May 31, 2015 Schooling Nic Not to Forget I enjoyed school. Lunch, friends, recess, laughter, field trips, pep rallies; class time, studying, questions, and learning; great relationships formed with friends, peers, and school staff! I hope you are, like me, a lifelong learner, especially about the things of God. In John 3 Jesus […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message May 24, 2015

Pentecost May 24, 2015   Playing with Fire If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned. In the fall of 1983, my Boy Scout troop had a special three-day campout. Dubbed “The War Game,” it was a cross between capture the flag and wilderness survival exercises. Each of our six patrols had to […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message May 17, 2015

Ascension Sunday May 17, 2015   Church of the Ascension   There is an Episcopal church in Davie County, North Carolina, called the Church of the Ascension—a small rural church with deep roots in the local community. Although small in number, the church is a robust group of people who live out their faith through […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message May 10, 2015

Sixth Sunday of Easter May 10, 2015   A Mother with a Ministry   In our Gospel passage for today, Jesus commands his disciples then and now to “love one another” (John 15:17). Those three words are a clear directive from our Savior that doesn’t require much discussion or interpretation. Sharing Christ’s love for others […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message May 3, 2015

Fifth Sunday of Easter  May 3, 2015   “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.”   In Maryland we have a wild vine that resembles wisteria and another that resembles English ivy. The ivy winds up tree branches, attaches to brick walls, and meanders along the ground. It’s similar to the ivy I have […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message April 26, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Easter April 26, 2015   Voice Recognition   Do you remember the television show This Is Your Life? There was always a voice coming from behind the curtain that was recognized by the honoree. When we answer the phone, we listen for a familiar voice. When we are out shopping or at a […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message April 19, 2015

Third Sunday of Easter April 19, 2015   Jesus Familiar and Unfamiliar   In today’s Gospel reading, familiar images take on new meaning and offer fresh perspective. In a scene not unfamiliar today, mourners gather together and share their grief. But the one whom they mourn, whom they know was crucified, dead, and buried, is now […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message April 12, 2015

Second Sunday of Easter April 12, 2015 Christ the Unexpected   After giving up hope, a couple who prays for a child discovers they are pregnant. A man who was given six months to live gets to walk his daughter down the aisle three years later. A woman who reenters the workforce late in life […]

Read More…

Weekly Moravian Message April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday April 5, 2015 Sounds Too Good to Be True, But It Is! In a world known for its insincerity and scams, extreme caution is vital in embracing certain propositions and sale pitches. The old adage—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is—acts as the flag-bearer statement of caution. Some persons think […]

Read More…

The unexpected gifts in life

As a pastor for thirty years I have encountered all kinds of people with different perspectives and approaches to life. Like any pastor worth their salt will confirm, bringing the love of Jesus Christ is an honor, a pledge and a call. At times, God’s unexpected love lands right in your lap. Here is one […]

Read More…

“Something Beautiful for God” The 2014 Plus 50 retreat

Each year people from around the Western District gather for a long summer weekend at Mt. Morris Camp in Wautoma, Wis. The annual Plus 50 event is an opportunity for the over-50 crowd to enjoy the experience of being campers. The group usually numbers 15–25; this year, our over-50 campers came from Minnesota, California, Indiana […]

Read More…

Rudolph Moravian congregation loses church to fire

After more than 80 years as the home of the Rudolph Moravian congregation, the church at 1490 Main St. in Rudolph, Wis., suffered a serious fire on August 26. While Rudolph is one of the smallest congregations in the Northern Province — less than 30 members — it has been a vital, faithful, spirit-filled group […]

Read More…

Ponderings: Gearing up for a busy Autumn

As the calendar rolls past Labor Day and the cool winds of September begin to blow (unless, of course, you’re in Canada, where the cold snows begin to fly), the activity level at many of our Moravian congregations begins to really ramp up. Not surprisingly, the same goes for the Interprovincial Board of Communication. While […]

Read More…

Official Provincial Elders’ News, October 2014

Prayer Day for Children On a Sunday in October, congregations of the Northern and Southern Provinces are invited to join with thousands of other congregations across the nation in the thirteenth annual national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994. Prayer Day for […]

Read More…

Moravian Women’s Conference coming Summer 2015

The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference is quickly approaching and the conference committee is excited about seeing Moravian Women from around the world next June! The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference will be held June 25–28, 2015 at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East, Md. Keynote speaker Jennifer Sands will share her testimony of coming to […]

Read More…

Behind the scenes: the making of the Moravian Daily Texts

  Every October, the Interprovincial Board of Communication receives hundreds of cases of the Moravian Daily Texts from its printer in Michigan. But shepherding each year’s Daily Texts from watchwords drawn more than two years before in Herrnhut to the printed—and now digital—publication used by many North American Moravians takes the IBOC team nearly a […]

Read More…