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Moravian Magazine, June/July 2018

Northern Province finalizes full communion with United Methodist Church

npsynod2018-8196The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province approved a relationship of full communion with the United Methodist Church (UMC) on Friday, June 22. The vote occurred at the Northern Province’s 2018 Synod in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The full communion agreement, which was initially approved by the UMC at their General Conference in Portland, Ore., […]

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Northern Province Synod legislation leads church forward

npsynod2018-7940The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province tackled a wide range of topics facing the church today. Delegates brought more than 60 pieces of legislation to the Synod floor for discussion and deliberation, and approved nearly all of them. This legislation was the work of 13 committees, who reviewed and revised memorials submitted […]

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“Irene”—the ship sails again!

IMG_1752On Saturday, September 15, 2018,* you are invited to come aboard the mission ship Irene as she sails to foreign lands bringing the good news of God’s love for us shown in Jesus Christ! The ship is piloted by Captain Garrison, with the assistance (and guidance) of his wife Marianne, accompanied by none other than […]

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Southern Province consecrates its first woman bishop

ADC Carol Foltz consecration-26On Sunday, June 10, 2018, Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem was filled with people, all gathered to see and take part in the consecration of Carol Foltz as a bishop for the Southern Province. As the Rt. Rev. Lane Sapp said in his sermon, “This is a historic day. In this sacred space Sister Carol, […]

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Ponderings: Finding time for contemplation

MR2_2260As I pondered this issue’s Ponderings, I found my mind crowded with tasks, ideas, worries, appointments, “gotta-dos,” concerns about my family and the world around me. I was distracted by an article on my iPad, emails on my computer, text messages on my phone, Facebook notifications, even the news on the radio. There’s much written […]

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“I am the bread of life…”

bread-2864703Messages on John 6:24-35 Each week, Moravians across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean share a common message through their Sunday bulletins. This month, we share writings based on John 6:24-35. This Bible text is for “Proper 13” in Lectionary Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary used by the Moravian Church. “Give us this […]

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Become a part of “Create in Me”

In the beginning of 2018, Rev. Brian Dixon and I started to solicit articles and reflections about worship to share in The Moravian Magazine. We believe that worship is central to our lives of faith and also that it is not just for Sunday mornings in our sanctuaries. We longed for a place to have […]

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Northern Province Moravians “Gather, Grow and Go” at 2018 Synod

npsynod2018-6386Under the theme “Gather…Grow…Go!,” more than 220 delegates representing congregations and agencies from across the Northern Province came together in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to do the governance work of the church June 21-25. At the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province, delegates on 13 committees discussed, debated, wrote and revised more than 60 pieces of legislation to […]

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Sharing a love feast with Presbyterian educators

27654953_1416066978503372_2175556970473028449_nEvery winter, several Moravian pastors and church educators gather with hundreds of other pastors, educators and lay volunteers from around the country who are passionate about Christian education at the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event. The 2018 event featured the theme “Deep and Wide: Boundless Hospitality,” depicted by open doors. While Presbyterian […]

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Northern Province elects new leadership

npsynod2018-8763At its 2018 Synod, the Moravian Church Northern Province elected the Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) to lead the church in the coming four years. The PEC is the Province’s highest governing board, providing administrative leadership to congregations and program agencies. It is made up of four lay members, plus the presidents of each of the province’s […]

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Crossroads: the intersection of your life and God’s ministry

profile_Peters_2x.jpgIn August, 2009, Moravian Theological Seminary (MTS) held an info session for our-soon-to-be launched Crossroads Lay Leadership program. Not knowing how many would come, we were surprised when 17 people, from a variety of denominations, showed up. After a brief description of what we had planned for the first year, the people in the room […]

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Moravian Daily Texts

09/20/2018

Thursday, September 20 — Psalm 108:1–5
1 Samuel 11,12; John 1:29–42

God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself. Psalm 49:15 (NIV)

Christ Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:10

Christ the everlasting light, with great love and sacrifice you have freed us from the bonds of death. How can we ever thank you enough? Help us to live up to your sacrifice—to seek you in all that we do— to be your hands and feet in the world. Our Lamb has conquered! Let us follow Him. Amen.

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