Tag Archives: December

Morning Star, O Cheering Sight

The singing of “Morning Star, O Cheering Sight” is a longstanding, heartwarming Christmas Eve tradition in many Moravian congregations. A young person from the congregation is invited to lead the singing, which features a call and response. As the song comes to a close, worshipers hold up their lighted beeswax candles, filling darkened sanctuaries with […]

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Larger Life Foundation enriches college-community connection

The Larger Life Foundation is fast approaching 100 years of ministry to the Moravian Church Northern Province. Through income received from its permanent endowment fund, the Foundation is able to provide “larger life” to many Moravian agencies and causes. Its financial reach is broad and far-reaching, including support for individual churches, educational institutions, camps, retirement […]

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Thanks for the memories…

Retiring Board of World Mission Executive Director Judy Ganz shares thoughts on the Moravian mission work It truly has been a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of the Moravian Board of World Mission in North America, and I am grateful for God’s faithfulness and guidance in this ministry. I want to take this opportunity […]

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Churches come together to build “Welcome Kits” for Puerto Rican families

A few days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in late September, a group of five people met at Edgeboro Moravian Church expecting to discuss some of the upcoming events taking place in the congregation’s ongoing food ministries. What came out of that conversation was an expressed desire to reach out to those directly impacted […]

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Comenius Learning Series lecture 
highlights leadership and contributions of early Moravian women

In November, more than 40 Moravians gathered at Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem to hear Dr. Katherine Faull of Bucknell University share her insights into women’s leadership roles in the 18th century Moravian Church. Dr. Faull’s lecture, entitled “Leading the Way: Women in the Moravian Church Through the Centuries” is part of the Board of […]

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Ponderings: “Morning Star, on my front porch…”*

On many Moravian (and non-Moravian) front porches and foyers this time of year, Advent Stars—or what we call “Moravian Stars”—are on display. While they make lovely decorations, they also remind us that the joy of Christmas is coming. The Advent after I joined the IBOC, our family received a white Herrnhuter star as a gift. […]

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Christmas from Carolina to the Caribbean

Every year the New Philly Kids (our K-5th grade youth group at New Philadelphia Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C.) participates in the Operation Christmas Child project. This year we wanted to more directly help our Moravian brothers and sisters who have been impacted by the hurricanes in the Caribbean. With the help of the Board of […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ: 1957 and Ground of the Unity

Studying the historical and theological background to The Ground of the Unity As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 […]

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Book Review: Speaking to 
Body and Soul

Instructions for the Moravian 
Choir Helpers, 1785-1786 Edited and translated by Katherine M. Faull 2016, Penn State Press What’s missing? This is a big question our church has been engaged with as we seek to define our mission, structure our organization, reach out in mission and invigorate the laity. As we consider declining numbers and […]

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Let Our Lights So Shine

Take a good look at a Moravian Christmas candle. Whatever is it doing in our modern church? Mr. Twentieth Century says it is nothing but a cylinder of yellow wax from a beehive, molded around a string and decorated with a bright-colored paper frill. Mrs. Practical moans that hours of work are needed to make […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

NORTHERN PROVINCE   Nazareth, Pennsylvania Brother Garritt Fleming, who has been serving the Freedom Moravian Church, Appleton, Wis., and Sister Sanette Fleming have accepted the call to serve as pastors in team ministry for Schoeneck Moravian Church, Nazareth, Pa.. Brother and Sister Fleming will be installed January 21, 2018. Specialized Ministry Sister Jennifer Moran, who […]

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Moravian Magazine, Issue 9 2017

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After 60 years, a bishop’s brother returns home

In August, the Rt. Rev. Graham Rights and his family put his brother George to rest. George died while serving in Korea in 1951, yet it was only in 2015—64 years later—that the family received closure on the case. What follows is Bishop Rights’ story of bringing his brother home… George Rights grew up as […]

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Session encourages Moravians to make bold choices for Christ

On a chilly, rainy Saturday, you wouldn’t expect to find a group of people gathered to learn about Moravian history. But on this dreary day inside Clemmons Moravian Church in Clemmons, N.C., it was warm and bright with hospitality and inspiration as 65 people gathered for the Comenius Learning Series, “Martyrs, Exiles and Missionaries: Making […]

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Sharing reflections on mission in Peru

This past spring, a fresh new relationship began to blossom… and bear fruit! The Northern Province took on the responsibility of supervising the Peru Moravian Mission Area. In the past few months, Moravians from Peru and North America have accompanied each other in many ways as they have entered into this fruitful endeavor. The four […]

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Covenant for Christian Living – Part X: Conclusion

In our January issue of the Moravian Magazine, we introduced a new regular feature, “Studying Moravian Doctrine.” Following the outline established by Jesus Still Lead On, An Introduction to Moravian Belief, we will cover different aspects of two central documents outlining Moravian doctrine and belief each month. This month wraps up the Moravian Covenant for […]

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Moravian Magazine December 2015

On the cover: Red paper-trimmed beeswax candles await their shining moment in a Christmas Eve Candlight Lovefeast service. Photo by Mike Riess

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Scarecrows demonstrate Waconia Moravian core value

This fall, eight life-sized scarecrows gathered around a bright yellow sign that reads: “Waconia Moravian Church—In Essentials, Unity; in Non-essentials, Liberty; And in all things, Love.” From left to right there is a Democrat, a Republican, a police officer, a “Black Lives Matter” activist, a pastor, a gay pride person, a Vikings fan and a […]

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Painting captures moment in history of Graceham Moravian Church

In the light and fragrance of a trimmed beeswax candle, award-winning artist Rebecca Pearl recently completed a historic portrait of Graceham Moravian Church entitled, “‘Morning Star’ Graceham Moravian Church, 1892.” The Graceham Moravian Church was organized in 1758. The current building—a combination parsonage, church and school—was erected in 1797, with a sanctuary added in 1822. […]

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15 years of following our Shepherd into full communion

A relationship between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Moravian Church in America, Northern and Southern Provinces. In early summer 2015, I was looking through the filing cabinets at Fries Memorial Moravian Church and came across a copy of the original booklet from the first formal worship and holy communion in celebration of the […]

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Northern and Southern Provinces meet jointly for annual discussions

Members of the Provincial Elders’ Conferences of the Northern and Southern Provinces gathered in Bethlehem, Pa. in October for their annual meeting. While having no legislative authority, members of the two PECs came together to share mutual joys and concerns, explore ways to collaborate to more faithfully bear witness to God’s love in the world […]

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When Linus shares the true meaning of Christmas

I have a soft spot for Christmas specials. I grew up with “the classics”—Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch—but by far my favorite Christmas special is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Among the many stories of snowmen and Santas and reindeer came this simple, poignant reminder of what Christmas all about. Throughout the cartoon, Charlie Brown laments on […]

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Moravian Magazine December 2014

  On the cover: Traditional Beeswax candle lights the way toward Christmas. Photo by Mike Riess & Renee Schoeller.

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Living as a Christian and a Moravian in the former East Germany

The Rev. Andreas Tasche, a pastor and board member of the Herrnhuter Missionshilfe (Moravian Mission Society in Germany), grew up in the former East Germany. Under Communist rule, Christians were under constant suspicion and sometimes even open hostility from the government. In this remembrance, initially published in The Moravian Messenger, Andreas shares a little of […]

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Northern, Southern Province PECs meet to share best practices

In the peaceful, comfortable setting at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, Minn., members of the Provincial Elders’ Conferences, North and South, met jointly to pray, study God’s word, share best practices and encourage and support one another. Thanks to funding from the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America, and in conjunction with the annual shareholders […]

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What does it take to spend a year in Nepal?

Let us introduce ourselves—we are the Rev. Trina and Ken Holmberg. We are the crazy 50-year-old Canadian/Americans who sold almost everything to become Antioch servants living in Nepal for a year. Now who would want to do that? Aren’t we supposed to be saving for retirement—the golden years.—sitting on our patio in Florida doing…? Jeremiah […]

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Christmas at the Bethlehem Boarding School for Girls

How did students at the Moravian Boarding School for Girls in Bethlehem experience Christmas around 1790? To answer this question, we turn to an unusual source. The records of the school contain a school diary for the years 1788 to 1791. The diary was kept not by a teacher but by the students themselves. Each […]

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Am I my brother’s keeper?

A personal reflection on Ferguson by Betsy Miller “Am I my brother’s keeper?” took on new meaning for me when I was in St. Louis, Missouri last month. The National Council of Churches had made a deliberate decision to hold its annual meeting in St. Louis to stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ. […]

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Moravians gather to discuss money and ministry

In early November representatives from more than 20 Moravian congregations and agencies gathered in Chaska, Minnesota to gain new insights on an old topic: money and ministry. The second Adamson Innovation Forum, sponsored by the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA), sought to help churches and agencies change their conversations about finances and faith by […]

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Lectures discuss Moravians’ balance of economics and religion

In many religious settings, the spiritual side and economic side of “being the church” can sometimes be a difficult mix. But for Moravians in Bethlehem during the early days of the settlement in Pennsylvania, their economic efforts were key to making their spiritual work possible. At the November 2014 Adamson Forum in Chaska, Minn., attendees […]

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