In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.
On the cover: Forsythia flowers herald the coming of Spring to Laurel Ridge. Photo by Mike Riess
When the Moravian Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) joined in a full communion relationship in 1999, both denominations saw opportunities to work together. In February, two Wilmington, N.C. churches joined in a Joint Ministry Worship Celebration that sealed a unique relationship between two congregations—and the two denominations.
The Moravian Church of Western Tanzania is our partner province. In 2001, assisted by our Board of World Mission, the province began a comprehensive AIDS program that included three components: prevention, treatment and orphan care. The first two sections were addressed immediately at the Sikonge Moravian Hospital, but it took a year to find Mama Kimwaga, the woman who took charge of orphan care. Together with three of her friends from the Sikonge Moravian Church, she enrolled 34 children from their village, and began providing them with food, clothing, medical care, school supplies and uniforms, soap and sleeping mats.
Should we talk about the weather?
My wife kids me that I write about the weather too often in my “Ponderings.” I’ve grown a little self-conscious about it over the years and have worked hard to ensure she has little ammo to rib me with on this score.
The four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—record words and deeds of Jesus. More than a quarter of the Gospel narrative is devoted to Holy Week, from Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through his cleansing of the temple, disputes with religious leaders, teaching about the end times and Last Supper with his closest followers, to his arrest, trial and crucifixion. After a quiet Sabbath comes the story of Jesus, still bearing his wounds, being raised from the dead.
“I consider S. Morgan Smith the pre-eminent industrialist in the history of York County. Five companies today can trace their roots to Smith, yet no one has ever written a biography about him. Why don’t you think about writing one?”
by Jeremiah Pearson
Incunabula Press, 2013, 510 pgs.
Part of the Villeins Trilogy.
Watchword for Maundy Thursday — He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful. Psalm 111:4
Thursday, April 17 — Psalm 50:7-15
Leviticus 11:29-13:8; Mark 4:1-20
Lord, you have been a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm. Isaiah 25:4 (NIV)
Jesus said, "I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!" John 16:33
Lord, thank you for your presence, love, forgiveness, and peace. We so often try to live our lives in darkness but realize we cannot. Thank you, ever-present God, for bringing us from darkness to your light. 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!