Moravian Church in North America

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Moravian Church in North America
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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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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 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 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: 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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Weekly Moravian Message: August 20, 2017

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost — August 20, 2017 “Woman, great is your faith!” Or, the women who won’t take no for an answer. At first glance, this text about the encounter between the Canaanite woman and Jesus appears to be simply a story of another desperate person pleading for Jesus’ attention and healing. However, a […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: August 13, 2017

Festival of August 13 — August 13, 2017 Renewal of the Moravian Church On August 13, 1727, exiles from Moravia (now the Czech Republic) on the German estate of Count Zinzendorf felt God’s blessing in a dramatic fashion. They experienced a moment of transformation much as the apostles had at Pentecost. Five years before, the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: August 6, 2017

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost — August 6, 2017 Source of Compassion Jesus needed to get away. He had just heard about the death of John the Baptist. He sought the solitude of a lonely place, but the crowds followed. When he saw them, he was moved with compassion for them—compassion enough to change his plans […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: July 30, 2017

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost — July 30, 2017 The Kingdom of Grace Treasure stories are common in every culture, and were very popular in Jesus’ day. The rabbis frequently told treasure parables: “A man buys a field and works the land. His plow hits something hard, and behold, there’s a great treasure, making the man […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: July 23, 2017

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost — July 23, 2017 The Weeds and the Wheat Today’s bulletin cover draws attention to the wheat, but I’m equally aware of the weeds. The parable’s matter-of-fact acknowledgment and response to evil (the weeds) is not to my liking. I want evil to be addressed and eradicated immediately. Jesus’ teaching doesn’t […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: July 9, 2017

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost — July 9, 2017 Rest in Jesus The front of this bulletin shows Jesus’ words from Matthew 11. Another version reads, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” You may be reading this message at a church service. During the service the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: July 2, 2017

Festival of John Hus, Martyred July 6, 1415 — July 2, 2017 The Human Face of the Good News Keenly aware of the growing corruption in his beloved Catholic Church of the early fifteenth century, John Hus saw a disconnect between the biblical witness and how the church was actually living out its purpose. Because […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: June 25, 2017

Third Sunday after Pentecost — June 25, 2017 Nothing to Fear In today’s Gospel passage Jesus shares with his disciples sayings about facing opposition, before they go off on a mission of healing and preaching. As Jesus was called names, we will be called names as well. We experience struggle and opposition at times. If […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: June 18, 2017

Second Sunday after Pentecost – June 18, 2017 That’s what you do Jesus is on a mission: teaching, proclaiming, and curing, as he travels through the countryside. He cannot help but notice that the crowds—and there are always crowds—appear harassed and help-less. Who can blame them? Beaten down by problems and cares, surrounded by illness […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: June 11, 2017

Trinity Sunday June 11, 2017 I am with you It is fitting that Matthew’s Gospel, which begins by naming Jesus Emmanuel, meaning “God is with us” (Matthew 1:23), would have the last words of the Gospel remind us that “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (28:20). Everything between describing the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: June 4, 2017

Pentecost Sunday June 4, 2017 The Only Way to Attain Peace English teachers caution against the passive voice. “The ball was hit.” Who hit it? In the passive voice it’s not always clear who controls the action. “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: May 14, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Easter Troubled Hearts When we lived in the Midwest, a visit to distant family could at times seem like more effort and trouble than it might be worth—days away and pastor coverage, arrangements for flights and rental cars, pass-ports and time zones. However, whatever time of day or night we arrived, no […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: April 30, 2017

Third Sunday of Easter Encountered by Jesus On what road is Jesus encountering you? As a few disciples walk and talk about what has happened, Jesus comes near and goes with them, but “their eyes were kept from recognizing him” (Luke 24:16). Jesus inquires about their discussion. They stand “still, looking sad.” What gives you […]

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Moravian Daily Texts

11/19/2017

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Watchword for the Week — So teach us, O God, to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Psalm 90:12

Sunday, November 19 — Zephaniah 1:7,12–18; Psalm 90:1–8,(9–11),12
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

The Lord your God has blessed you in all your undertakings. Deuteronomy 2:7

Paul wrote: So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7

God of the harvest, you make things grow. As gardeners in this world let your spirit work through us as we tend to the growth of others so that they will become what you meant for them to be. Amen.

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