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 Church

About the Moravian Church

The Moravian Church is one of the oldest Protestant denominations, dating back to 1457 in Europe and first coming to America in 1735. Moravians have a strong tradition of ecumenical work and are best known for their missionary work and rich musical heritage. The Moravian Church in North America is comprised of the Northern and Southern Provinces.

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Governance of the Moravian Church

spsynodwideshotopensWhen church members think of what the church is, they tend to center on the local church. While this is certainly true for Moravians as well, they really have something unusual in their worldwide Unity. This is a closely-knit federation of more than 20 provinces on four continents. Every seven years a Unity synod is convened with three delegates from each of the established provinces and one delegate each from the so-called affiliated provinces: those not yet completely self-supporting.

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A Brief History of the Moravian Church

For over five centuries the Moravian Church has proclaimed the gospel in all parts of the world. Its influence has far exceeded its numbers as it has cooperated with Christians on every continent and has been a visible part of the Body of Christ, the Church. Proud of its heritage and firm in its faith, the Moravian Church ministers to the needs of people wherever they are.

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Who Are Moravians?


frontsealproportionIt is essential that we never lose sight of the fact that our faith is not simply a list of statements about us or our Church. Our faith is relationship — relationship with Jesus Christ. This provides a basis for relationship with each other. This should always be the foundation of our understanding of Moravian identity. Once we understand this, then we can use the statements below as a way to describe this relationship.

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The Moravian Church Is…

… a church where people matter and where love and compassion flow freely from God through people.

The Moravian Church is a warm, friendly, accepting atmosphere in which to grow in your relationships with God and people.

We believe God created us for relationships – for solid, meaningful, loving relationships with God and people. This kind of relationship doesn’t just happen in a vacuum or in a harsh environment;

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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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