Moravian Church in North America

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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 16, 2017

Easter Sunday Good News The belief we share that Jesus of Nazareth was God incarnate, and that he lived, suffered, died, and lived again, is good news. We think of it as such and call it so. We declare it to be the Good News, news surpassing in goodness all other news. And it was […]

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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 26, 2017

Fourth Sunday in Lent Seeing You will read this passage about light just a few weeks after our clocks have been turned ahead one hour in most of the United States to observe Daylight Savings Time. This will bring more light to our evenings, so that many of us will enjoy an extra hour of […]

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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: March 5, 2017

First Sunday in Lent Grounded   In teaching his disciples how to pray, Jesus shares this: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (or as the NRSV version of Matthew 6:13 states, “And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one”). Yet in our […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: February 26, 2017

Last Sunday after the Epiphany Transfiguration of Our Lord The Rhythm of the Christian Life Why do you come to worship on a Sunday morning? Maybe you come to find a bit of peace; to get away from your problems for an hour. Or maybe you come to get motivated and empowered to face your […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: February 19, 2017

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Another Way It just seems too good to be true, but then again . . . Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount about nonviolence and the love of our enemies are a bit of a head-scratcher. Does he really mean what he says? “Turn the other cheek . […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: February 12, 2017

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Understanding the Law In our text for today, Jesus does not discard the law. Instead, he interprets the law by teaching that the laws are not mere rules. They are actually the way to being in right relationship with God and with neighbor. As Jesus cuts through the people’s understanding […]

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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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Weekly Moravian Message: January 15, 2017

Second Sunday after the Epiphany Jesus Our Lamb When John the Baptist cried out, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” you can imagine how startling that may have been to those who stood by. Every Israelite understood and at one point had experienced the sacrifice of a lamb—or […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, January 1, 2017

First Sunday after Christmas Threatened by Jesus Herod was a wise man. He knew Jesus was a threat. So he tried to kill him, in what we call the slaughter of the innocents, a preemptive strike against a political rival. Is Jesus a threat? To us? Matthew 1 gives a genealogy of Jesus, his Jewish […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, December 25, 2016

Christmas Day O sing to the Lord, for the Lord has done marvelous things! Once upon a time, a few years ago, I read a story in a Bible study. A boy of about six years of age was sleeping in his bed, when suddenly there was a fierce thunderstorm. He awoke and called out […]

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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, December 4, 2016

Second Sunday of Advent Prepare . . . prepare the way . . . prepare the way of the Lord! This is my annual Advent challenge. I actually do a lot of preparing. I have a church list, a gift list, a grocery list, a card list, an invitation list, and an RSVP list. In […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, November 27, 2016

First Sunday of Advent “Now is the time to wake up!” “Keep awake!” “Be ready!” The Scripture readings for the first Sunday of Advent have an urgency that is not familiar in our day-to-day living. It’s as if the writers want to shake us into being on guard, alert, aware: God is moving! Pay attention! […]

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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 13, 2016

Festival of Jesus Christ the Chief Elder Christ as Chief Elder Our text for this day, Matthew 6:21, is from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5–7: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The text does not tell us what the treasure is. It could be anything: money, land, […]

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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 30, 2016

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost Never the Same Again A song that I learnt in childhood about Zacchaeus focuses on his short stature: “Zacchaeus was a very little man, a very little man was he.” But by the end of the story in Luke 19 Zacchaeus has grown immensely. It is a fascinating story, filled with […]

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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 9, 2016

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost   “I once was ill but now am found.” Ten once were ill but now are healed. So much emotion, so much feeling. How can one respond to such a miracle? I once was ill but now am healed . . . and I have the promise of respect in my […]

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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

04/24/2017

Monday, April 24 — Psalm 53

Job 29; 1 Corinthians 5:9–6:8

May those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!” Psalm 40:16

Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. Luke 19:5–6

Care for us this day as a shepherd cares for the flock. We praise you and honor you through our service and through spreading your gospel message. In our world of uncertainty and change we give thanks for your constant presence and guidance. Help to free us from the trials of today and lead us to the hopes of tomorrow. Amen.

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