Moravian Church in North America

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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message: April 29, 2018

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Abiding in Jesus

The only time I use the word “abide” is in my relationship with Jesus. I don’t talk about abiding with my spouse or children, my mother or father, my sisters or brothers. I don’t use “abide” when I talk about my friends, even when I talk about church. I use “abide” only when it comes to Christ, and it yields great things.

When we are connected to Christ in such a special way, we have the potential to grow and do so many amazing things that happen only in this unique relationship. This relationship has the power to change the world. Love challenges us to see each other the way God sees us. Sharing joy lets everyone around us know that we live together in hope. Peace forces us to look for new solutions to old problems. Kindness opens our hearts for new relationships to form. Goodness stems from being part of God’s creation, which God deemed good. Faithfulness requires us always to be on the lookout for where the Holy Spirit is working in our midst. Gentleness tames our own urges and desires and connects us to Jesus. Self-control leads us away from sin and into deeper relationship with God, our-selves, and our neighbors.

This connection we as disciples have with Jesus is far more wonderful than we can express. In everything we do, may we glorify our Creator with the fruit that we bear.

Will you join me in trying something new? Try creating a poem using only the words from the back of this bulletin, cut them out and glue them to the cover, then take a picture and send it to me on Facebook or Instagram. #RansomedPrayer.

Matt Gillard, pastor

Heimtal Moravian Church, LeDuc County, Alberta 

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, July 20 — Psalm 88:1–5
Deuteronomy 29:22–31:8; Luke 10:17–24

I will bring them through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

Paul wrote: We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3–4

God, sometimes life feels too difficult to bear and we cannot feel you with us. Help us to be more aware of your presence even in the most challenging situations, and strengthen us to face the day. Amen.

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