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North: Bethlehem, Pa.
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, October 21 — Psalm 119:49–56
Ezekiel 25:15–27:11; James 5:1–12

And now, O Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:7

Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” Luke 8:48

Lord, we are able to face the obstacles of life because of hope in you and your peace that passes all human understanding. Help us in our times of trouble to wait patiently on you to show us the direction we ought to go or the path we need to take. Thank you for caring for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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