On the cover: Forsythia flowers herald the coming of Spring to Laurel Ridge. Photo by Mike Riess
Weekly Moravian Message, April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 Unexpected Jesus “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But we live in cultures that place value on appearances. We want leaders who project an image of strength, sophistication, composure, and decisiveness. We don’t want someone who looks like a pushover. We have stylists that […]
Moravian Church in North America congregations can be found in 13 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. To find a congregation near you, simply enter your Postal/ZIP code and select how far you want your search to go (if you don’t find a congregation on the first try, increase the search radius). You can also […]
For the past three years the Freedom Moravian Church has raised funds for several different ministries by simply using the church parking lot. What do they do? The church holds their annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament which has been bringing in quite the crowd. This fundraiser filled with family fun basketball, food, carnival games, 50/50 free throw contest and a raffle drawing helps raise hundreds of dollars for local and international missions.
You may be familiar with the phrase “In Essentials Unity; In Non-Essentials Liberty; in All Things Love.” We hear this statement a lot in Moravian churches, but it is often hard for Moravians to identify just what things are essential or non-essential. Rather than being united in the essentials, as the “motto” claims, Moravians today seem to disagree over just what is “essential.”
First Sunday after Christmas December 29, 2013 Responding to the unacceptable The biblical revelation is that God allows injustice, cruelty, and even the despicable treatment of children to occur. The slaughter by Herod of all the children under two years of age in and around Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus is but […]
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last…
John 15: 16 (part)
Those were the words that gave the Rev. Bevon H. White his motivation to enter into Ministry some 25 years ago.
Reign of Christ Sunday November 24, 2013 Three crosses, three requests, one promise They nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified-one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” . . . “He saved others,” they […]
Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost November 17, 2013 Grace for all our moments At the beginning of the first century, Judea was grafted into the Roman Empire. It no longer was permitted to govern itself, but had become subject to the whims and visions of the Roman emperor and his appointed puppet kings. The […]
Festival of Christ the Chief Elder November 10, 2013 Deciding or discerning? Today Moravian Churches celebrate the Chief Elder Festival. Nearly 300 years ago, the term “chief elder” referred to an individual entrusted with the spiritual oversight of the Moravian community. People looked to the chief elder for guidance, encouragement, correction, and care. […]
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost November 3, 2013 The wee little people The story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, “the wee little man,” is one that I can’t really read without thinking of the Unity of the Brethren. Our church has such a rich history since its humble beginnings in what is now the Czech […]
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost October 27, 2013 Two men at prayer Did you hear the one about the publican and the Pharisee?” asks Jesus. Today, it might be, “Did you hear the one about the theologian known as the pillar of the community and the drug pusher on the corner?” Or “the person who […]
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost October 20, 2013 The journey of prayer A widow is pressing the judge for justice. We don’t know what the injustice was, but her persistence tells us not to give up asking in prayer for what we need. We may not receive what we want or when we want […]
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost October 13, 2013 Being made well I attended a milestone high-school reunion this year, and my tenth wedding anniversary is coming up, so relationships are on my mind. Today’s Gospel has something to say about relationships. Even the lepers, who are outcasts, are ten gathered together. Probably, despite isolation from […]
World Communion Sunday October 6, 2013 One God, one loaf, one cup, one church Since my childhood, this Sunday has been a Holy Day. There is Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and on the first Sunday in October, World Communion Sunday. It is not like other communion Sundays. Today, we don’t eat the bread and […]
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 29, 2013 A second chance I don’t know about you, but for me the summer heat is something I look forward to. Now that summer is over, I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I did. Let me explain a little, as someone coming from Latin […]
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 22, 2013 Did Jesus commend dishonesty? In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus tells a story about a rich man and his dishonest manager. When someone in our society employs another to manage his or her property, that employer must have expected that manager to be trustworthy and loyal in […]
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost September 15, 2013 Found-ness My daughter recently misplaced her wallet, with several important identification documents. She first called, worried about what to do. She checked with the bank to see if there had been any activity on her account. Then she retraced her steps and discovered that it […]
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 8, 2013 Carrying a cross It would surely feel like standing on holy ground. Imagine walking with Jesus and being so near that he could simply turn to say the challenging words to you: “Whoever doesn’t carry the cross and follow me can’t be my disciple.” Carrying a […]
Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center A full-service all-season Camp and Conference Center just outside Wautoma, Wisconsin. Marquardt Village A Retirement Community at Watertown, Wisconsin Moravian Care Ministries in Carver County, Minnesota
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 1, 2013 God’s big-enough table As he sat at the table of the Pharisee who had him over for dinner, Jesus acted a little like “Mrs. Manners,” by outlining the rules of a proper dinner party. While I was living in Indianapolis, Indiana, I had the great fortune of meeting […]
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 25, 2013 Jesus’ healing power for you! If you had a choice of living in today’s time or going back to Jesus’ day, which would you choose? I would stay here. In some ways life long ago would be simpler and less stressful. It would also be a lot harder, […]
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 18, 2013 The tie that binds In its mission statement, our congregation describes itself as “a family of believers,” so what are we supposed to hear in today’s text? The divisive Jesus who declares, “I came to bring fire to the earth!” (Luke 12:49) is not the Jesus we imagined […]
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Who has not looked in the eyes of a small child and struggled with the question, “Why do we call it Good Friday?”
The Stewardship Center has an array of resources and materials for your use. Workshops and training sessions are each created with a distinct Moravian feel…consistent with our unique theology and practice of the Christian faith!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 8th for the 2012 Moravian Festival at New Philadelphia Moravian Church, 4440 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem. The Moravian Festival 5k Challenge begins at 8 AM with music along the route, Moravian carbs (yes, including chicken pie and sugar cake!) at the finish line and Willie Mason & Friends following the awards. Register now to walk or run! Net proceeds benefit Sunnyside Ministry.
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Come away . . . and rest Many people will say that a pastor’s life is one they could not live. The idea of leading a large group of people down their spiritual walk with God frightens the average layperson—not to mention the other responsibilities that a pastor obtains when entering […]
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Twentieth-century martyrs We often forget that we have brothers and sisters in Christ who have to face incredible brutality because of their faith in Jesus. As they follow Jesus their life is placed at risk for the sake of the gospel. May the reminder of John the Baptist’s gruesome and awful […]
On Saturday, June 23, the Eastern District of the Moravian Church, Northern Province, completed the work of the 2012 Synod held in Bethlehem, Pa. But the work of Synod — discussions, elections, legislation, committee work, and resolutions — is only the beginning. The Synod establishes work that will continue for the next four years.