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Ponderings: One busy Summer

For many, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and vacation. For me, this summer has been one of fun; relaxation, that’s another matter!
July and August offered me many opportunities to be out and about in the Moravian world. In early July, I attended the Youth Convo in Greensboro, N.C. with more than 60 students, counselors and leaders. Watching these bright, articulate, God-loving high schoolers talk together, work together and have fun together was an inspiring sight. See the story starting on the next page to read what a meaningful experience Convo was for those who were there.

Two weeks later found me in downtown Bethlehem for the 24th Moravian Music Festival. This every-four-years event brought together performers and fans of Moravian Music for a week of playing, singing, listening, learning and enjoyment. In addition to taking photos and recording video, I had the chance to hear Moravian music beautifully brought to life, to learn about Moravian music history and to see dozens of children perform a remarkable original musical about our Moravian ancestors.

Summer is also the time when we complete the Moravian Daily Texts. In between these wonderful events, I spent hours reading hymns and prayers selected by Moravians to help punctuate and celebrate the daily watchwords for next year. I think Daily Texts fans will be pleased and inspired by the work of our writers this year

And most recently, I spent several days at Camp Hope with the senior high/post high campers. One of their assignments for the week was to create and shoot a 30-second “commercial” for the church. My role was to advise the technical side of shooting and editing; the creativity that went into their work was all theirs…and quite enlightening!

I hope this summer was a relaxing, refreshing one for you. (As you can see from the photo above, I did manage to get to the beach a few times this summer…) As you read through this issue of The Moravian, we can look back on a busy—yet uplifting—summer!

Peace,
Mike

From the September 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts

01/19/2018

Friday, January 19 — Psalm 14
Genesis 22; Matthew 8:5–22

The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. Psalm 12:6

You will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:15–16 (NIV)

Lord, you never promised us that life would be easy. However, you did promise to be with us through it all. May our trust in your promise witness to the joyful hope that we have in you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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