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.
Second Sunday of Advent
Watchword for the Week -- Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. Matthew 3:2
Sunday, December 8 -- Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72
Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
You shall worship the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water. Exodus 23:25
Jesus said, "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things." Matthew 6:31-32
God who nourishes our soul, forgive us for craving that which can satisfy our appetites but which cannot sustain our whole beings. Thanks to you, O Bread of life. Amen.
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