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 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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Weekly Moravian Message for July 27, 2014

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 27, 2014 The kingdom of heaven is like yeast In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus says that “the kingdom of heaven is like yeast.” The picture on today’s bulletin of a woman working in a kitchen probably brings back memories to many of us. Memories of our mother, grandmother, or someone […]

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Weekly Moravian Message • June 15, 2014

Trinity Sunday June 15, 2014   God in three persons Each of the four Gospels expresses the change that Jesus brought into the lives of those who came in contact with him. Matthew’s Gospel is the most Jewish, comparing Jesus to Moses (as Moses led Israelites from slavery in Egypt, Jesus saves us from bondage […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 25, 2014

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 25, 2014 Keeping the commandments “If you love me, keep my commandments.” I sing these words in my head every time I read this text. For forty-three years I have sung in the choir of Central Moravian Church. As a singer, I have been privileged to learn many different anthems whose […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 18, 2014

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 18, 2014 Many dwelling places In my Father’s House there are many dwelling places,” Jesus says. When you hear the words of John 14, what stands out for you? Are your anxieties eased when you hear Jesus’ assurance, “Do not let your hearts be troubled”? Do you identify with Thomas’ deep confusion, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 11, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 11, 2014 The Good Shepherd Trust is a firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing. When we are born, our parents are the ones who take care of us. They feed us, clothe us, and keep us safe. They are our world, and we follow […]

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Moravian Daily Texts


Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Watchword for the Week — So teach us, O God, to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Psalm 90:12

Sunday, November 19 — Zephaniah 1:7,12–18; Psalm 90:1–8,(9–11),12
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

The Lord your God has blessed you in all your undertakings. Deuteronomy 2:7

Paul wrote: So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7

God of the harvest, you make things grow. As gardeners in this world let your spirit work through us as we tend to the growth of others so that they will become what you meant for them to be. Amen.

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