Moravian Church in North America

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

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Weekly Moravian Message

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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Weekly Moravian Message, September 18, 2016

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Uncle” Marty “Uncle” Marty was a friend of our family’s, and perhaps the only truly wealthy person I’ve ever known. He made his first fortune through a series of lucrative real-estate deals; later, he inherited several large pieces of farmland, two of which were developed into shopping malls. At the height […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, September 11, 2016

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Lost In these two parables, Jesus is trying to point out why he travels, eats, and worships with sinners. We have all lost things: sometimes just briefly, when you forget where you put your keys down; other times for a long time—always in a safe place, you think. A while ago, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, Sept. 4, 2016

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Total Commitment There is a fable told about a pig and a chicken. As they walk down the road, the chicken says, “Hey Pig, I was thinking we should open a restaurant!” Pig replies, “Hm, maybe. What we should call it?” Chicken responds, ‘How about ‘Bacon-n-Eggs’?” Pig thinks for a moment […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, August 28, 2016

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Welcome to the Table Unassuming. Still. Alone. He stood there. Not wanting to be scary, hoping to be noticed, he waited for his alms. We piled out of the car, intent on our post-church mission. One errand stood between the church service and our lunch at home. We zoomed past his […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, June 19, 2016

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost June 19, 2016 Those Poor Pigs When discussing the story of Jesus driving demons out of the man and into the herd of pigs, people often feel bad for the pigs. What had those innocent creatures done to deserve their treatment? Some scholars believe Jesus chose this particular course of action […]

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Weekly Moravian Message June 12, 2016

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost June 12, 2016 A Time for Extravagance It is a simple story, appearing in all four Gospels with some variations. However, certain aspects are consistent: Jesus was dining as the guest of honor. The door was open so people could mill around. The guests were reclining, as was the fashion for […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 22, 2016

Trinity Sunday May 22, 2016 The Trinity–Why It Matters Throughout the year we have opportunities to ponder the wonders of creation and be in awe of the Father who created all that exists. At Christmas and Easter we rejoice in the coming of the Son of God and in all that Christ has done for […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 15, 2016

Pentecost Sunday May 15, 2016 Never Alone “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. . . . You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you” (John 14:16, 17b). Pentecost Sunday is usually filled with pageantry. Flaming red paraments, rousing […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 8, 2016

Ascension Sunday May 8, 2016 Learning in the Family I finally did it. I repeated those words I never thought I would say to my children: “How does it feel to want?” When I was a child, I despised that question. Whenever I asked for something frivolous or unnecessary, that was the response. And to […]

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Weekly Moravian Message April 10, 2016

April 10, 2016 Going Fishing after Easter “The Lord is risen! Let’s go fishing!” Wait, that’s not right. If someone in your congregation shouted such profanity on Easter morning, he or she might not be welcomed back. Such a shame. After all, Easter has come and gone. The weather is getting nicer. The pastor’s sermons […]

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Moravian Daily Texts

08/21/2017

Monday, August 21† — Psalm 102:1–11
Jeremiah 16:14–17:27; 1 Timothy 2:8–3:7

The Lord will not reject forever. Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love. Lamentations 3:31–32

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

God of all grace, you do not ask us to go where you are not already going before us. Teach us to trust you. We go out today in your name. Amen.

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