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, September 18, 2016

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Uncle” Marty “Uncle” Marty was a friend of our family’s, and perhaps the only truly wealthy person I’ve ever known. He made his first fortune through a series of lucrative real-estate deals; later, he inherited several large pieces of farmland, two of which were developed into shopping malls. At the height […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, September 11, 2016

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Lost In these two parables, Jesus is trying to point out why he travels, eats, and worships with sinners. We have all lost things: sometimes just briefly, when you forget where you put your keys down; other times for a long time—always in a safe place, you think. A while ago, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, Sept. 4, 2016

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Total Commitment There is a fable told about a pig and a chicken. As they walk down the road, the chicken says, “Hey Pig, I was thinking we should open a restaurant!” Pig replies, “Hm, maybe. What we should call it?” Chicken responds, ‘How about ‘Bacon-n-Eggs’?” Pig thinks for a moment […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, August 28, 2016

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Welcome to the Table Unassuming. Still. Alone. He stood there. Not wanting to be scary, hoping to be noticed, he waited for his alms. We piled out of the car, intent on our post-church mission. One errand stood between the church service and our lunch at home. We zoomed past his […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, June 19, 2016

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost June 19, 2016 Those Poor Pigs When discussing the story of Jesus driving demons out of the man and into the herd of pigs, people often feel bad for the pigs. What had those innocent creatures done to deserve their treatment? Some scholars believe Jesus chose this particular course of action […]

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Weekly Moravian Message June 12, 2016

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost June 12, 2016 A Time for Extravagance It is a simple story, appearing in all four Gospels with some variations. However, certain aspects are consistent: Jesus was dining as the guest of honor. The door was open so people could mill around. The guests were reclining, as was the fashion for […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 22, 2016

Trinity Sunday May 22, 2016 The Trinity–Why It Matters Throughout the year we have opportunities to ponder the wonders of creation and be in awe of the Father who created all that exists. At Christmas and Easter we rejoice in the coming of the Son of God and in all that Christ has done for […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 15, 2016

Pentecost Sunday May 15, 2016 Never Alone “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. . . . You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you” (John 14:16, 17b). Pentecost Sunday is usually filled with pageantry. Flaming red paraments, rousing […]

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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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Moravian Daily Texts

11/19/2017

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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