Moravian Church in North America

In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.

Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message for August 10, 2014

Festival of August 13
August 10, 2014


Unity is hard to maintain. My way and your way often conflict.

Unity takes work. I must work at loving others, listening to them, being careful how I tell them I think they are wrong. If we don’t, divorce rates go up, siblings quit talking to one another, coworkers harm one another. It seems too difficult to work together and take the time to figure out how we can stay united in our differences; it is easier to go our own way.

Unity is worth the effort. When the Herrnhut community so long ago found themselves at odds with each other, they divided themselves. As they came together to pray and read the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit began working on their hearts. It took effort to let go of anger and opinions to listen to God. As they endeavored to listen, the Scriptures in their entirety began to shape their understanding. They came together in anger, but they ended united once again.

Unity isn’t about me. The right way doesn’t rest on my shoulders. John in his first epistle reminds us that God is love and we are called to love one another. God can work out those issues that would tear us apart; we simply need to assert as Joshua and the people of Israel did, “The LORD our God we will serve, and him we will obey” (Joshua 24:24).

Unity is about being the body of Christ, working together until we understand. Unity is a lifelong practice that grows us in the image of Christ. God loves us; no one is left out. Only God can change us into the people he created us to be. Let us break bread in love and unity.

Trina Holmberg, pastor, Moravian Church, Unionville, Michigan

Moravian Daily Texts


Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Watchword for the Week — Trust in him at all times, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

Sunday, January 21 — Jonah 3:1–5,10; Psalm 62:5–12
1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20

I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. Psalm 138:2

Jesus prays: “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26

Blessed Redeemer, on this holy day may our worship of you spill out of the sanctuary and into every aspect of our lives. May all that we do give testimony to your unifying love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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