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Obituary: The Rev. Gordon B. Mowrer

Brother Gordon B. Mowrer died at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 19, 2016, at age 80.

Born February 9, 1936 in Bethlehem, he was the son of Clifton and Margaret (Brown) Mowrer. Brother Mowrer graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. in 1959 and received a Masters Degree in Education from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem in 1965. He received a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1989 and a Certificate in Theological Studies in 1992. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry June 17, 1992 and consecrated a Presbyter October 22, 1995.

He was united in marriage to Mary Thaeler December 29, 1960 in Bilwaskarma, Nicaragua. Together they served the Bethlehem, Pa. community and, following his ordination, pastored the Advent Moravian Church until his retirement January 1, 2003.

Brother Mowrer is survived by his wife, Mary; son, George; daughters, Ruth and Margaret; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held July 26, 2016 at Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Memorials were welcomed for the Bethlehem Rotary Foundation or Central Moravian Church’s Tanzania Mission Fund.


From the August 2016 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High. Psalm 92:1

Sunday, June 17 — Ezekiel 17:22–24; Psalm 92:1–4,12–15
2 Corinthians 5:6–10,14–17; Mark 4:26–34

My spirit abides among you; do not fear. Haggai 2:5

Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5

God of hope, we lift up our hearts to you with thankfulness. We praise you with song all day long! Thank you for loving us. Let nothing shake our confidence in you. In every change, you are faithful. Amen.

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