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Open the eyes of our heart, Lord: impressions of the Intersynodal Gathering

0712spgatherjobethPeace is what I felt as I walked under the welcoming trees and heard the birds sing out praises on the church grounds of Friedland Moravian Church. The roots of these giant old trees run deep, like our Moravian Faith. I and others walked quietly among the flat stones of those who are asleep in Jesus. How many of these souls gone before had attended Synod and had the spiritual responsibility entrusted to us gathering today?I prayed that we would honor our Father with our thoughts and actions and that a spirit of peace and joy would prevail! That He would help us deepen our personal relationship with Christ as a result of 200 or so coming together.

That we would understand the power of the almighty God—that even in small numbers of two or three gathered, much can and will be accomplished in the kingdom of Christ; and that we would be helped to “Move Forward” together and follow the Lamb—going where He Leads us.

We as Christ’s children should not fear the unknown since God does know. We were reminded that Abraham and Sarah lived in tents and tents are moveable and flexible. Abraham and Sarah went by faith and we go on faith.

“Open your eyes and follow,” was a comment made in our small group. This touched me deeply and it reminded of the song “Open the Eyes of Our Heart Lord.” We celebrated our open doors, our Moravian doctrine and new friendships being made.

0712spgatherchurchOur group had small, large and medium churches represented and we talked about the challenges and joys of serving. Most felt the new structure was allowing us to reach out together. One example was Friedberg and Little Church on the Lane going on Sierra Leone missions. In the Pilot Mountain RCC (of which my home church, Bethabara, is a part) I shared the joint clothes closet that we have with sister church Fairview. Each person in our group had a true love for Jesus and a willingness to serve.

Jesus calls us friends and friendship is a blessing that allows us to journey together and bear fruit. Lasting fruit grows and nourishes those who partake. The fruit of friendship is rooted and grounded in prayer just as our RCC should be.

I was blessed by this meeting and have a true feeling of peace. I love the Lord Jesus and it is a blessing to serve! I will close with the words of hymn 620, “We Are All One in Mission” from the Moravian Book of Worship: “We are called in service to witness in God’s name. Our ministries are different, our purpose is the same.”

Jo Beth Holland Boyles is a leader in the Pilot Mountain RCC and a member of Bethabara Moravian Church in Winston-Salem.


From the July/August 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, July 20 — Psalm 88:1–5
Deuteronomy 29:22–31:8; Luke 10:17–24

I will bring them through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

Paul wrote: We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3–4

God, sometimes life feels too difficult to bear and we cannot feel you with us. Help us to be more aware of your presence even in the most challenging situations, and strengthen us to face the day. Amen.

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