Moravian Church in North America

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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message: April 23, 2017

Second Sunday of Easter Jesus Is with You After revealing himself to Mary Magdalene on Easter morning, Jesus sent her to share the glad news of his resurrection with his disciples. We may never understand their state of mind when they received the news from Mary, or whether they even believed her. But later that […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday God Is in Charge Through this Lenten season (and these bulletin backs), I have asked how God dares to enter into our world, “grounding” Godself with the very ordinary stuff of our lives, in order to show how the extraordinary happens. Walking through the Gospel stories from John about the ordinary things like […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: April 2, 2017

Fifth Sunday in Lent Weeping Someone once said that there are only two things certain about life: death and taxes. Yet it is one of those certain things and one of those ordinary things about life—death itself—that Jesus challenges in our Gospel passage from John today. Lazarus, we are told, has physically died—an ordinary death, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: March 19, 2017

Third Sunday in Lent Thirsty The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge writes, “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” words from a sailor challenged to find a way to quench his thirst amid the salty sea water. Fresh water is essential to human survival, re-minding us of the ordinary nature of the story in John’s […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: March 12, 2017

Second Sunday in Lent Shining Last Sunday, as the season of Lent began, we suggested that God was present in the midst of the temptations of Jesus, that God could use the ordinary struggles that Jesus faced—of bread, mortality, and power—to do extraordinary things. Over this season of Lent, we will be walking through several […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: February 5, 2017

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany The Jesus of Flavor In the past couple of years, during my time at our children’s ministry at Esperanza for Bethlehem, I kept hearing these remarks from our kids regarding the meal preparation: “Pastora, you did not prepare this meal right.” Because it needed some “adobo” Spanish seasoning. I realized […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: January 29, 2017

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany “Favored by God” The scriptural Beatitudes are an important list of nine “blessed” verses, or “favored by God” verses, as the Greek word actually translates. In this, the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus confers a blessing upon various groups of people who are characterized by what they […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: January 22, 2017

Third Sunday after the Epiphany “Come with me!” “Come with me!” (Matthew 4:19 CEV). That is one version of Jesus’ invitation “Follow me.” Sometimes we call ourselves “followers of Jesus.” I prefer that phrase to “Christians,” because of some of the statements and actions that people label as Christian. I ask, “Would Jesus do that? […]

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Moravian Weekly Message, December 18, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Advent The Birth of the Messiah Matthew’s telling of the birth of Jesus is very simple, brief, to the point. Read it through several times, in order to hear precisely what Matthew does say—and what he doesn’t! This is not Luke’s story! This story centers around Joseph! Joseph chooses to hear and […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, December 11, 2016

Third Sunday of Advent “Are you the one?” John asks of Jesus, “Are you the one?” Jesus responds with words that might have come from Isaiah, or the psalm, or from his mother Mary! With God’s salvation come healing, wholeness, reconciliation . . . restoration! The blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, those […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, November 20, 2016

Reign of Christ Sunday “Today in Paradise” Jesus was crucified between two criminals. One mocked Jesus, but “the other” said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” I got stuck on that first word: “today.” I was distracted by theo-logical questions. Does this […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, November 6, 2016

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost Children of God In our Gospel reading today a group of Sadducees have come to question Jesus about the resurrection. They are even noted as saying there is no resurrection, a belief that separates them from the rest of Judaism, who accept the resurrection. They open the discussion with Jesus by […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, October 23, 2016

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Two Men and Me Over the years at various times in life I’ve wanted to come to grips with why I’m attracted to the message of Jesus. I’ve come to find that I like the home-spun stories and parables that resonate with my life story and the learning parables I’ve experienced. […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, October 16, 2016

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Prayer Will Jesus find faith when he comes again to gather his people on earth? Will he find sure proof that we prayed with zeal for justice and peace and rebirth? Though fairness seems fickle and hope long gone, Christ wants his disciples to know the power to change life lies […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, October 2, 2016

World Communion Sunday We Are All Servants It is clear that the immediate hearers are not the servants mentioned in this passage. Thus, there is something about the truth of today’s Gospel, Luke 17:5–10, that makes us a little uncomfortable. Surely, we would rather that the servant should take care of our needs and then […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, September 25, 2016

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost A Cry For Mercy Just a few verses prior to today’s Gospel, we read that some Pharisees had “sneered at Jesus.” In reply Jesus said, “You are the ones who justify your-selves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” […]

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Moravian Daily Texts

11/20/2017

Monday, November 20 — Psalm 129
Daniel 6:19–7:22; 3 John

You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 4:2

Jesus said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” Luke 8:21

Lord, it is so easy to interpret your holy word with our own biases and miss the point you were trying to make. Guide our hearts and minds to understand your calling for us and to act on that calling. Amen.

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