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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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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 quiet presence, still reflecting on the day’s sermon.

Back in the car, errand completed, we readied ourselves to leave. Seatbelts, engine. Stomachs growled after the morning’s activities. It was then that our ten-year-old said it, tentatively. “May I give that man my candy bar?”

Chocolate, not a common household currency for us, had been his waited-for pleasure. This treat wasn’t family-owned; it was solely his.

We sat and waited. Slowly, he clasped his sweet pos-session and inched out of the car. Bravely, he crept up to the gentleman. “Would you like a candy bar?” He released his confection into an eager and polite hand. He walked away, turned back and waved, and strode back to join us.

He opened the door to the quietness inside. What was there to say? The boy had become the teacher. We, his students, had watched and learned.

Margaret Norris, director of Christian education, Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, December 16 — Psalm 144:1–4
Nahum 3; Habakkuk 1; Revelation 14:17–15:8

Woe to those who plan iniquity, because it is in their power to do it. Micah 2:1 (NIV)

Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” Mark 10:42–43

God of humanity and humility, teach us the way of gentleness. May we be servant leaders. May we overcome iniquity by the power of your love. Amen.

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