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Leather-bound Moravian Book of Worship now available

LBMBWimageBy popular request, the Interprovincial Board of Communication is once again offering a leather-bound edition of the Moravian Book of Worship.

This beautiful edition is bound in navy blue leather, stamped with a silver foil, with a ribbon bookmark sewn in. The specially-trimmed pages have silver edges.

Ideal as a gift or for your own personal use, this special edition is available from the IBOC for $35. Regular hard-bound and large print editions of the Book of Worship are also available. Visit, or call 1.800.732.0591, ext. 38.

Moravian Church celebrates 555 years

On March 1, 2012, the Unitas Fratrum, the worldwide Unity of the Moravian Church, celebrated its 555th anniversary. To mark the occasion, The Rev. Dr. Paul Gardner, chairman of the Unity Board, shared this letter with all Provinces of the Church:

Dear Brother and Sisters,
    In the name of our Chief Elder, Jesus Christ, I greet you on behalf of the Unity Board!
    On this day we mark the Anniversary of the founding of the Unitas Fratrum (1457). It is a day for quiet reflection and thanksgiving to our Chief Elder who has guided our Church throughout these 555 years. We stand collectively on the shoulders of the pioneers of the Unity; the Brothers and Sisters who unselfishly laboured for the cause for which Christ died.
    May we pray for a greater unity within the Unity, deeper fellowship, mutual understanding and respectability as we discern together God’s direction. There is much work to be in all our Provinces, may we use this day to rededicate ourselves to the mission of our Church.
    The New Testament Text from the Watchword; Hebrews 10:23 — Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised His faithful.

May God bless you always.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Gardner


From the April 2012 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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