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

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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Weekly Moravian Message September 6, 2015

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 6, 2015 Be Opened! I sometimes find myself wondering what comes next. What happens after the characters in Scripture disappear from the page? What’s the next chapter of the story? What happened next after the Syrophoenician woman’s plea to Jesus for her daughter’s healing was answered? What happened next after the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message October 4, 2015

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, World Communion Sunday October 4, 2015 We Can Talk about It Divorce is a sensitive subject in many of our communities. Fundamentally, it involves the disruption of a relationship—with many heart-wrenching implications. Though we may be tempted to avoid the topic, how can we witness to God’s active movement in our […]

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Weekly Moravian Message August 30, 2015

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 30, 2015 What Comes Out There is something practical about hand washing. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Washing our hands is good not only for […]

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Weekly Moravian Message August 23, 2015

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 23, 2015 The Source of Eternal Life An individual was on a pilgrimage, searching for the secret of eternal life. “You must cease wanting it,” said one teacher. “It is only when you realize that there is no eternal life, and give up searching for its secret, that you will […]

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Weekly Moravian Message August 16, 2015

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost August 16, 2015 Comfort Food Our fond memories often involve food. When we’re stressed, we are inclined to crave the food that comforted us when we were children, safe at home. These comfort foods fill our bellies, and they also satisfy the emotional hunger that has resulted from the worries of […]

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Weekly Moravian Message August 9, 2015

Festival of August 13; August 9, 2015 Part of Christ’s Team I once had a conversation with a newer member of my congregation who told me of a very challenging family situation that had recently befallen her. When I realized that it had already been several weeks since the incident occurred, I said, “I wish […]

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Weekly Moravian Message July 26, 2015

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost July 26, 2015 Drawing Nearer to Jesus Jesus had compassion for the crowd that followed him. For the crowd, the pressing need was finding food to eat. To test Philip, Jesus asked him, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would […]

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Weekly Moravian Message July 5, 2015

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost July 5, 2015 Shake Off the Dust Today’s Gospel lesson begins with Jesus going to his hometown, knowing that his words and authority would be accepted marginally at best. He goes to the synagogue and begins to teach. Many are astounded. Is this carpenter kid from down the street for real? […]

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Weekly Moravian Message June 28, 2015

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost June 28, 2015 Two Women In Mark we see Jesus on a fast-paced journey, proclaiming the kingdom of God and manifesting God’s power through a series of miraculous acts. Today’s reading centers on two women. One is Jairus’s twelve-year-old daughter, near death. In her culture she is womanhood. Her future promises […]

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Weekly Moravian Message June 21, 2015

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost June 21, 2015 Peace Invites Peace After a series of parables that describe what the kingdom of heaven is like, Mark tells the story of Jesus’ calming the storm. This story is filled with spiritual images. The sea could represent the unknowable, awe-inspiring, and uncontrollable essence of life. In order to […]

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Weekly Moravian Message May 31, 2015

Trinity Sunday May 31, 2015 Schooling Nic Not to Forget I enjoyed school. Lunch, friends, recess, laughter, field trips, pep rallies; class time, studying, questions, and learning; great relationships formed with friends, peers, and school staff! I hope you are, like me, a lifelong learner, especially about the things of God. In John 3 Jesus […]

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Weekly Moravian Message May 17, 2015

Ascension Sunday May 17, 2015   Church of the Ascension   There is an Episcopal church in Davie County, North Carolina, called the Church of the Ascension—a small rural church with deep roots in the local community. Although small in number, the church is a robust group of people who live out their faith through […]

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Weekly Moravian Message May 10, 2015

Sixth Sunday of Easter May 10, 2015   A Mother with a Ministry   In our Gospel passage for today, Jesus commands his disciples then and now to “love one another” (John 15:17). Those three words are a clear directive from our Savior that doesn’t require much discussion or interpretation. Sharing Christ’s love for others […]

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Moravian Daily Texts


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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