Moravian Church in North America

In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.

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

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Weekly Moravian Message: March 4, 2018

Third Sunday in Lent Anger Cut off at an intersection, shut down publicly by the management team, insulted by a cheerleading mom, and snubbed by a “so called” friend are just some examples of situations in which someone can push our “anger button.” Such tongue jabs trip the lever on our emotions. We steam. We […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: February 25, 2018

Second Sunday in Lent Disappointment Sometimes we experience displeasure and disappointment in response to an offensive object, person, or behavior: spoiled milk in the refrigerator, a roach in the kitchen, a bigot bragging at a local coffee shop, a swastika sprayed in the alley down from the church. Sometimes we disappoint someone, as Peter disappointed […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: February 18, 2018

First Sunday in Lent Fear Bulletin-back meditations for the 2018 Lenten season will focus on the emotions in the Gospel passages, and how our feelings can change our interpretation and understanding of the gospel. Remember watching the reality television show Fear Factor? Do we need to set five tarantulas on a man’s chest to see […]

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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: 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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Weekly Moravian Message: December 17, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent Abiding Peace The candle of unconditional love continues to burn. While its candle is diminished and appears smaller, perhaps weaker, its flame remains pure and profound. The candle of unceasing hope challenges us to commit ourselves to hope for ourselves, our neighbors, our enemies, and the Creation. We light next the […]

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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 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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Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, March 24 — Psalm 38:17–22
Exodus 29:31–30:16; Matthew 26:14–30

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

And a woman, having learned that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Luke 7:37–38

Friend of sinners, thank you for the gift of grace. Cause us to see more clearly the design you have for us to share this grace with all people—including are neighbors and friends. Grant new opportunities today to share and listen for your love. Amen.

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