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

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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Weekly Moravian Message April 3, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016 Is Seeing Really Believing? I occasionally feel a twinge of jealousy toward those in the first century. They didn’t have the Internet, cars, germ theory, air conditioning, or indoor plumbing; so I quickly get over it. But while the jealousy lasts, I daydream about sitting down for a meal with Jesus. […]

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Weekly Moravian Message February 28, 2016

Third Sunday in Lent February 28, 2016 Turning Jesus is a hands-on, down-to-earth kind of guy! He lays his hands on folks to heal and bless, he doesn’t shy away from truth-telling, and he loves to use gardening metaphors. The common element in this two-part passage is turning. The word “to repent” means “to turn, to […]

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Weekly Moravian Message February 21, 2016

Second Sunday in Lent February 21, 2016 Under his wings One of the few periodicals my Wisconsin farmer grandparents subscribed to was Outdoor Life, the sportsmen’s magazine. I pored over those pictures and stories as a child, learning more about nature and wildlife beyond the farm. I learned that the prairie chicken, a wild bird of […]

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Weekly Moravian Message February 7, 2016

Last Sunday after the Epiphany/Transfiguration of Our Lord February 7, 2016 Telling the truth that we know What a thrill it must have been for John and James and Peter to see Jesus then—his clothes becoming dazzling white, his face changing, and Moses and Elijah appearing in glory!—a glimpse of a reality far beyond any they […]

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Weekly Moravian Message January 10, 2016

First Sunday after the Epiphany January 10, 2016 Baptism by fire “Baptism by fire” suggests a form of initiation by trial, a very difficult entry into some new chapter or experience of life—like your first organic chemistry class in college. On this Sunday, something brand new is afoot. People can sense it. The messianic hope is […]

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Weekly Moravian Message January 3, 2016

Second Sunday after Christmas January 3, 2016 Circles of Influence “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him” (John 1:10 NIV). I wonder why they didn’t recognize him. Perhaps they were too busy. Perhaps their minds and hearts were focused on other matters. Perhaps […]

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Weekly Moravian Message December 27, 2015

First Sunday after Christmas December 27, 2015   Hide-and-seek or lost-and-found? When we were younger, we played a game called hide-and-seek, or as some say, lost-and-found. One person would go hide; the others would count to ten, then say, “Ready or not, here we come.” Meanwhile the other person tried not to be found. But was […]

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Weekly Moravian Message December 6, 2015

Second Sunday of Advent December 6, 2015 Hope energizes!   In today’s Gospel lesson, John the Baptist strides boldly onto our Advent stage, announcing that God’s saving power is coming at last (Luke 3:6). It’s a message of radical hope—the kind of hope that just might empower a person to straighten out his crooked ways, to […]

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Weekly Moravian Message November 29, 2015

First Sunday of Advent November 29, 2015 An Advent attitude toward the apocalypse   “Apocalyptic” movies draw big money at the box office. Responding to the demand, Hollywood has shown tireless creativity in envisioning new scenarios for ending the world. This movie genre began with tales of global nuclear devastation, extraterrestrial invasions, and a marauding Tokyo-skyscraper-tall […]

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Weekly Moravian Message November 15, 2015

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost November 15, 2015 When? What Signs? “Lord, come for your world!” We hear those words from our grand-parents as they see the signs of the times, as they call it. Jesus goes to the temple for the final time and predicts its complete destruction. One of the disciples asks Jesus if he […]

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Weekly Moravian Message November 8, 2015

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Festival of Christ the Chief Elder November 8, 2015 Jesus Christ Our Chief Elder News sometimes travels slowly! In the early 1740s it took a while for the great news of the church that Jesus Christ was the Chief Elder of the Moravians, as recognized by a synod in September, to reach […]

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Weekly Moravian Message October 25, 2015

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost October 25, 2015 Jesus, Have Mercy! It was a day just like other days. It was a day of traveling from town to town. All along the way, the entourage and the masses followed the Master. It was Jesus walking with his disciples—all the while sur-rounded by countless more who all wanted something […]

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Moravian Daily Texts


Fourth Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Sunday, April 22 — Acts 4:5–12; Psalm 23
1 John 3:16–24; John 10:11–18

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me. Psalm 7:1

Jesus prayed: “I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15

God in whom we find refuge, we are grateful. When we find life unmanageable we remain hopeful, knowing you provide safekeeping from all that would separate us from you. Amen.

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