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 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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Weekly Moravian Message May 3, 2015

Fifth Sunday of Easter  May 3, 2015   “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.”   In Maryland we have a wild vine that resembles wisteria and another that resembles English ivy. The ivy winds up tree branches, attaches to brick walls, and meanders along the ground. It’s similar to the ivy I have […]

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Weekly Moravian Message April 19, 2015

Third Sunday of Easter April 19, 2015   Jesus Familiar and Unfamiliar   In today’s Gospel reading, familiar images take on new meaning and offer fresh perspective. In a scene not unfamiliar today, mourners gather together and share their grief. But the one whom they mourn, whom they know was crucified, dead, and buried, is now […]

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Weekly Moravian Message April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday April 5, 2015 Sounds Too Good to Be True, But It Is! In a world known for its insincerity and scams, extreme caution is vital in embracing certain propositions and sale pitches. The old adage—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is—acts as the flag-bearer statement of caution. Some persons think […]

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Weekly Moravian Message March 22, 2015

Fifth Sunday in Lent Dynamic Eight hundred miles south of the North Pole, burrowed deep within a sandstone mountain on Spitsbergen Island, part of a remote Norwegian archipelago, the Svalvald Global Seed Vault just might be the planet’s final refuge of agricultural biodiversity. The ultimate backup plan, Svalvald houses duplicates of seed samples already preserved […]

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Weekly Moravian Message March 15, 2015

Fourth Sunday in Lent Displayed There’s a certain vulnerability that comes with reclining in a dentist’s chair, a tray of shiny, pointy instruments arranged near your elbow, a trickle of water gurgling in the spit sink near your head. Behind you, you might hear the snap of latex as the hygienist pulls on gloves, or […]

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Weekly Moravian Message March 8, 2015

Third Sunday in Lent Demonstrative If Jesus came to your congregation’s next spaghetti or chicken pie supper, would he bring a whip? If he noticed that table in the narthex loaded with crocheted dish scrubbers/cookbooks/fairly traded or-ganic coffee for sale, would he raise his voice? It depends. The day Jesus lost his temper at the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message March 1, 2015

Second Sunday in Lent Daring Do you see her over there? On the other side of the orange-mesh barrier? The one who has just spent fifteen minutes putting on personal protective equipment that looks strikingly like a hazmat suit? The one who has just been doused in a chlorine solution? She’s about to enter one […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, February 22, 2015

Driven A mild-mannered, even-keeled friend of mine recently shocked me by doing something uncharacteristically audacious. She jumped out of an airplane. On purpose! Why anyone would trust life and limb to a couple of millimeters’ worth of ripstop nylon is beyond me, but skydiving, it turns out, is just something she felt com-pelled to try. […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, February 1, 2015

One Having Authority “He taught them as one having authority” (Mark 1:22). The word “authority” carries a sense of power: here, to know the Scripture, to know and understand the people listening, and to control the evil spirit in the man. This passage begins in a rather matter-of-fact fashion. Jesus is setting up in Capernaum, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, January 18, 2015

Second Sunday after the Epiphany Disciples, Not Teachers When David Livingstone was in Africa, a mission society wrote saying they had some good persons to send to help him. They asked if there was a good road to the famous missionary’s current location. He wrote back, “If you have people who will come only if […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, January 11, 2015

First Sunday after the Epiphany The Sacrament of Baptism During the Moravian Church’s sacrament of baptism, the officiating clergy states, “Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted baptism as the visible means of entry into the new covenant.” I have always found this statement jarring. After all, as depicted on the cover of this Sunday’s bulletin, John […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, January 4, 2015

Second Sunday after Christmas What the Gift Means The Gospels of Matthew and Luke give us accounts of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. John’s Gospel tells us what Jesus’ birth means for us today. Jesus’ arrival on planet Earth was no accident. The motivation of God for sending him to the world was […]

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Weekly Moravian Message for August 17, 2014

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost August 17, 2014 The challenge The story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman, an uncomfortable story, is worthy of our attention. Jesus and his disciples have entered into Gentile territory, where they are met by a Canaanite woman (someone considered an outsider and an enemy) who is disturbing the(ir) peace. Yet […]

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Weekly Moravian Message for August 3, 2014

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost August 3, 2014 Leftovers This story of the feeding of the five thousand contains a curious detail easily overlooked: “They gathered up the leftovers.” Why did Jesus show such concern for leftovers, the broken pieces? The birds would have eaten them. Was Jesus collecting them for distribution to the poor? If […]

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Moravian Daily Texts


Tuesday, January 16 — Psalm 11
Genesis 19:1–29; Matthew 7:1–12

You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or anything that belongs to your neighbor. Deuteronomy 5:21 (NIV)

Jesus said, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15

Forgive us, Lord Jesus, when we fail to remember that the craving of material goods leads to spiritual poverty. May our energies be directed into investing in the treasures of your spirit. Amen.

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