In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.
On the cover: Sun and clouds combine to demonstrate the beauty of God's creation. Photo by Mike Riess
You may be familiar with the phrase “In Essentials Unity; In Non-Essentials Liberty; in All Things Love.” We hear this statement a lot in Moravian churches, but it is often hard for Moravians to identify just what things are essential or non-essential. Rather than being united in the essentials, as the “motto” claims, Moravians today seem to disagree over just what is “essential.”
Many of the most quoted New Testament stories involve the message that faith manifests itself not only in our personal one-on-one relationship with God, but when we look outside ourselves during fellowship and service. In his miracles and ministry, Christ teaches us that faith is not only represented in our quiet times of prayer and reflection, but in our moments of deep fellowship with others and heartfelt service to help those in great need.
Every four years, Moravians from each North American Province gather to “do the business of the church”—to decide, legislate, make policy, discuss doctrine and chart the way forward for the next four years.
This coming June, more than 250 delegates from across the Northern Province will meet in Bethlehem, Pa. to “covenant with hand and heart” about church practice, Provincial structure and ministries, budgets, health care, new programs and more.
The 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province, will be held June 19-23 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.
The Polly Heckewelder doll, the oldest continuously made American doll, is made in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Made and sold by the Moravian Ladies’ Sewing Society since 1872, this doll carries the memory of the real Polly around the world.
“Polly” dolls tell more than the story of Polly Heckewelder. The story of the doll includes the story of its creators, the Moravian Ladies’ Sewing Society and how she came to be.
The Board of World Mission (BWM) is making changes to strengthen its work directly with congregations—and congregations’ work directly with their mission efforts.
“The Board is announcing changes in its program of Moravian Volunteer and Disaster Response due to the recent resignation of Mark Ebert as our Director of Moravian Volunteer Resources (MVR),” says Judy Ganz, executive director of BWM.
The Southern Province’s Regional Conferences of Churches (or RCCs) help congregations share their strengths, participate in shared ministries, build unity and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by putting our time, talents and resources together. Here’s a story of one that truly demonstrates faith in action.
There’s nothing quite like the sight of the sun on the horizon. Whether it’s greeting the day or heading home, the mix of clouds, sun and color puts a smile on my face and wonder in my heart.
As the sun sets on each day, my thoughts drift to what’s come before and what’s on the horizon. And as this new year begins, I’m glad to be closing the chapter that was 2013 and am very optimistic for the coming year.
The Moravian Ministries Foundation launched its new website (www.mmfa.info) in late January to offer tools and information for Moravians who want to help the ministries they care about.
The redesigned site features information about the Foundation’s services (endowment management, planned giving and campaign services), relevant articles and news, blog posts by our staff and resources for pastors and church lay leaders.
Brother Arthur J. Freeman died in Nazareth, Pa., December 4, 2013, at the age of 86.
Every year for almost three centuries, printed Moravian Daily Texts books have been a staple of Moravians’ daily prayers. For 2014, the North American Daily Texts is now available for the millions of readers who use a screen instead of paper.
The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference will be held June 25-28, 2015 at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East, Md. Sandy Cove’s 220-acre retreat center is located minutes from I-95 between Philadelphia and Baltimore in North East, Maryland on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.
Keynote speaker Jennifer Sands will share her testimony of coming to salvation through Christ after her husband was killed on September 11. Keynote speaker Reverend Dr. Craig Atwood will guide the conference attendees to view Moravian church pioneer women and the importance of their role in the ministry of the denomination. And Mary Kategile will share her love for Moravian women in Tanzania and how we can be a part of their spiritual growth.
Saturday, March 8 — Psalm 34:8-18
Exodus 14:19-15:21; Matthew 22:15-22
Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love with those who love you and keep your commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. Daniel 9:4-5
Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. James 5:16
O God, too often we have failed to speak words of hope. Too often, we have nurtured hatred in our hearts. Too often, we have turned away from the soul in need. Forgive us, Lord. Amen.
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This new Moravian songbook features 80 new songs by 51 composers and authors from across the Moravian Church. Includes music and guitar chords, plus new specialty liturgies. Celebrate the musical gifts of today's Moravian Church!