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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The Moravian Star

The Moravian Star

starintroOriginating in the Moravian boarding schools in Germany in the nineteenth century as an exercise in geometry, the stars were carried throughout the world by missionaries and other church workers. Now, from the Himalayas to the Caribbean, the star proclaims the hope of Advent. While we are most familiar with the white star, the first star had alternating red and white points. Stars colors have also included red and yellow, white and yellow, and a yellow “starburst” with a red center.

star2Whatever its form, the star reminds us of God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness and of the light which is the life of humanity. It reminds us of the promise of Abraham that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars; we are reminded of the star that pointed to the “great and heavenly light from Bethlehem’s manger shining bright.” The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. This is the message of the Advent star, which also points to Jesus, who said, “I am the bright and Morning Star.” It is the star of promise, the star of fulfillment, and the star of hope.

Moravian Daily Texts


Fifth Sunday in Lent

Watchword for the Week — Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Sunday, March 18 — Jeremiah 31:31–34; Psalm 51:1–12
Hebrews 5:5–10; John 12:20–33

Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Psalm 85:7

Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

Creator of all things, we are in awe of you. We worship you today. You desire hearts that are open to your voice. Help us to make Sabbath time with you today, and space to draw close to your presence and spirit. Amen.

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