Author Archives: Susan Kiefner

Messages on the Transfiguration

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 Mark 9:2-9. This Bible text is for “Last Sunday After Epiphany” in Lectionary Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary used by the Moravian Church. Listen to Him by Dean […]

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Bringing healing and faith in Honduras

Rick Nelson spent much of the last 30-plus years working with Moravians in Honduras. Late last year, Rick completed his full-time assignment with the Board of World Mission and shares his views on the Moravian Church’s medical efforts in that Central America country. My involvement with the Honduran Moravian medical work began in 1985. With […]

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Daily mail brings the yesterday to today

One of my daily tasks here at the Interprovincial Board of Communication offices is to receive correspondence and payments for books, bulletins and other services. We save the stamps for a charity project and recycle the envelopes. Usually, I don’t take much notice of the stamps themselves. Most are the standard “Forever” stamps—you know, basic […]

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Exploring a new song: “Bread of Life, for Others Broken”

As part of our new Create in Me efforts, we share a hymn from Sing to the Lord a New Song A New Moravian Songbook written by Bishop Sam Gray. Sam shares the story behind the song, while the Rev. Rebecca Craver of Edmonton Moravian Church offers ideas on how to use it in worship. […]

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Create in Me…through inspiration, reflection and worship

Worship is a powerful expression of our love for God and God’s love for the world. It is such an important part of faith that many congregations center their community life around the weekly worship service. We are continuously created in worship as we follow Jesus into the world to proclaim the Good News. After […]

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Create In Me: Report from the New Moravian Worship Resource Exploration Committee

Introduction In the fall of 2016, the Provincial Elders’ Conferences meeting jointly authorized the Rev. Nola Reed Knouse to form a committee, with three members from the Northern and three from the Southern Province, to explore the question of whether it is time for the two provinces to begin work towards a new hymnal. Over […]

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“Box” provides blessings to Winston-Salem neighborhood

Driving around Winston Salem, one cannot help but notice the extreme need of our neighbors. On almost every corner there is someone in need of help. This can be both overwhelming and defeating, because it seems an impossible task to help everyone. Especially for a small congregation in a small denomination. But the words of […]

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OFFICIAL PROVINCIAL ELDERS’ NEWS

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2018 The Moravian Church is privileged to join with Christians throughout the world in prayers for the unity of the Church during the week of January 18-25. The theme for this year is ”Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power”, taken from the Book of Exodus […]

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WD News & Notes: February 2018

Bruce’s Babblings Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I greet you from sunny Southern California where I am awaiting a flight back to the cold and snowy upper Midwest. I have enjoyed the warmer temperatures and sunshine that I have experienced during my short time in southern California. But, as much as I have enjoyed the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: February 11, 2018

Last Sunday after the Epiphany Transfiguration of Our Lord Listen to Him The Gospel of Mark is Scripture that most of us feel we can understand. The book simply witnesses to what the believers saw and heard, and then invites us to wrestle with how to live by these “nuggets of faith.” In Mark 9:7 […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: February 4, 2018

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany When We Are Overwhelmed “Everyone is looking for you.” Do you ever feel that way? In this hustle-bustle, rat race of a world we live in, some days it seems as if everyone wants a piece of us. If it’s not our kids, it’s our spouse. If it’s not our […]

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District Development: February 2018

The Newsletter of the Eastern District Moravian Church, February 2018, David E. Bennett, President Hurricane Relief Concert Sings a Melody of Compassion As the parade of hurricanes blew their way through the Caribbean this last year, the rest of the world held its breath. None more, however, than our Caribbean Moravian congregations whose family and friends […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: January 28, 2018

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Interruption A young man dressed in wrinkled clothes came into the church building one Sunday morning a few minutes before worship was scheduled to begin. He asked for some food and for some money. This urban congregation ran a weekday breakfast ministry and was also the official monthly food pantry […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: January 21, 2018

Third Sunday after the Epiphany Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things Author, pastor, and teacher David Lose expresses the theme of our text for today in a beautifully concise way: Jesus called ordinary people right in the middle of their ordinary lives to do extraordinary things . . . and he still does. The first disciples […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: January 14, 2018

Second Sunday after the Epiphany Come and See I am constantly saying to my husband, “Look at this!” “Look at how cute the baby is!” “Look at the puppy!” “Look what the cat did!” Most of the time it is something he has seen a thousand times before, but I find it so adorable or […]

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Unity Prayer Day Offering 2018

The 2018 Unity Offering has been designated for the purchase of a piece of land for a church office for the Moravian Church in Peru. March 1 is observed as the founding of the Unitas Fratrum and the first Sunday in March (March 4, 2018) is the Prayer Day for Unity Work and the Sunday […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: January 7, 2018

First Sunday after the Epiphany You Are Beloved . . . One of my most treasured photographs captures my mother holding me on my baptism day. She is cradling me to her chest, my head upon her shoulder. Beside us is a statue of the Blessed Mother, Mary. In addition to this perfect picture of […]

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District Developments: January 2018

The Newsletter of the Easter District Moravian Church, January 2018, David E. Bennett, President Gather, Go, Grow Provincial Synod 2018 On behalf of the Eastern District Executive Board, I send our warmest new-year greetings — especially within these extra chilly days! As 2018 dawns upon us, believe it or not so does another synod year! […]

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WD News & Notes: January 2018

Bruce’s Babblings Greetings to you in these early days of 2018! I hope your holiday celebrations were meaningful and spirit filled. I realize for some the holiday was the first spent without a loved one, which could have made things difficult. I enjoyed being able to see all of my children during the month of […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: December 31, 2017

First Sunday after Christmas Bucket Lists Decades ago my Great-aunt Ruth was in grave health but kept hanging on, even though it seemed she was physically at the end of her life in this world. Soon it became clear she was waiting for her grandson, David, to return safely from his tour of duty in […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: December 24, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent Relentless Joy Joy. O Joy, all joys excelling. Joy of every longing heart. Joy to the world! The candle of joy should burst into flame spontaneously, so powerful is the joy of this day—and the anticipation of tonight’s high and holy commemoration of Jesus’ birth. But there can be no joy […]

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Let Our Lights So Shine

Take a good look at a Moravian Christmas candle. Whatever is it doing in our modern church? Mr. Twentieth Century says it is nothing but a cylinder of yellow wax from a beehive, molded around a string and decorated with a bright-colored paper frill. Mrs. Practical moans that hours of work are needed to make […]

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Morning Star, O Cheering Sight

The singing of “Morning Star, O Cheering Sight” is a longstanding, heartwarming Christmas Eve tradition in many Moravian congregations. A young person from the congregation is invited to lead the singing, which features a call and response. As the song comes to a close, worshipers hold up their lighted beeswax candles, filling darkened sanctuaries with […]

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Larger Life Foundation enriches college-community connection

The Larger Life Foundation is fast approaching 100 years of ministry to the Moravian Church Northern Province. Through income received from its permanent endowment fund, the Foundation is able to provide “larger life” to many Moravian agencies and causes. Its financial reach is broad and far-reaching, including support for individual churches, educational institutions, camps, retirement […]

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Thanks for the memories…

Retiring Board of World Mission Executive Director Judy Ganz shares thoughts on the Moravian mission work It truly has been a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of the Moravian Board of World Mission in North America, and I am grateful for God’s faithfulness and guidance in this ministry. I want to take this opportunity […]

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Churches come together to build “Welcome Kits” for Puerto Rican families

A few days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in late September, a group of five people met at Edgeboro Moravian Church expecting to discuss some of the upcoming events taking place in the congregation’s ongoing food ministries. What came out of that conversation was an expressed desire to reach out to those directly impacted […]

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Christmas from Carolina to the Caribbean

Every year the New Philly Kids (our K-5th grade youth group at New Philadelphia Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C.) participates in the Operation Christmas Child project. This year we wanted to more directly help our Moravian brothers and sisters who have been impacted by the hurricanes in the Caribbean. With the help of the Board of […]

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Book Review: Speaking to 
Body and Soul

Instructions for the Moravian 
Choir Helpers, 1785-1786 Edited and translated by Katherine M. Faull 2016, Penn State Press What’s missing? This is a big question our church has been engaged with as we seek to define our mission, structure our organization, reach out in mission and invigorate the laity. As we consider declining numbers and […]

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Comenius Learning Series lecture 
highlights leadership and contributions of early Moravian women

In November, more than 40 Moravians gathered at Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem to hear Dr. Katherine Faull of Bucknell University share her insights into women’s leadership roles in the 18th century Moravian Church. Dr. Faull’s lecture, entitled “Leading the Way: Women in the Moravian Church Through the Centuries” is part of the Board of […]

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Ponderings: “Morning Star, on my front porch…”*

On many Moravian (and non-Moravian) front porches and foyers this time of year, Advent Stars—or what we call “Moravian Stars”—are on display. While they make lovely decorations, they also remind us that the joy of Christmas is coming. The Advent after I joined the IBOC, our family received a white Herrnhuter star as a gift. […]

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