Moravian Church in North America

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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

06/29/2017

Thursday, June 29 — Psalm 79:9–13

Isaiah 10:12–11:9; Galatians 5:19–6:5

I pray to you, Lord, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. Psalm 69:13 (NIV)

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. James 5:13

Great Doctor, you still heal our diseases, you are still our rock and shield, you still remove mountains and stumbling blocks from our path and so to you we offer our thanks and praise. Please do not stop being present with us even in spite of us. Heal us, Emmanuel, hear our prayers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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