In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.
When 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.
It 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.
Saturday, April 19 — Psalm 51:1-6
Leviticus 13:47-14:18; Mark 4:30-41
The Lord will again comfort Zion. Zechariah 1:17
Christ says, "You too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you." John 16:22 (NASB)
Jesus, as we prepare for Easter and the celebration of your resurrection, we should not grieve but rejoice. May we see not just an empty tomb but all the possibilities which will come our way when you return. Amen.
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