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 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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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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Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, March 24 — Psalm 38:17–22
Exodus 29:31–30:16; Matthew 26:14–30

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

And a woman, having learned that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Luke 7:37–38

Friend of sinners, thank you for the gift of grace. Cause us to see more clearly the design you have for us to share this grace with all people—including are neighbors and friends. Grant new opportunities today to share and listen for your love. Amen.

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