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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


Saturday, April 21 — Psalm 52
Leviticus 15:1–24; Mark 5:21–43

The snares of death encompassed me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ Psalm 116:3,4

The disciples awoke Jesus and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:38–39 (NKJV)

Christ Jesus, how prone we are to worry. How we forget your words, “Fear not.” When our faith is diminished by fear, gently remind us to take refuge in you. “Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.” Amen.

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