Moravian Church in North America

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Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Day for Children

On a Sunday in October, congregations of the Northern and Southern Provinces are invited to join with thousands of other congregations across the nation in the national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994.

Prayer Day for World Mission, October 9, 2016

The second Sunday in October has been designated as a special Day of Prayer for World Mission. Pray for the ministries in our Partner Provinces, our mission areas, and for wisdom and guidance for our Worldwide Unity. May God hold us together in celebration of our wonderful diversity, and may God persist in revealing to us where the church in North America and throughout the world is called to mission, both locally and globally, that God’s love may be known by all.

For specific information for your prayers about these and other new and continuing ministries, please see the BWM website,

Mt. Airy, N.C.

The Rev. Dr. Neil Routh has accepted a call to become pastor of Grace Moravian Church, Mt. Airy, N.C., and was installed during morning worship on Sunday, September 25, 2016.  Neil most recently served as pastor of King Moravian Church, in, King, N.C.

Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Rev. Joe Moore has accepted a call to become associate pastor of New Philadelphia Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. and was installed during morning worship on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Joe served as co-pastor at Fries Memorial, Winston-Salem, N.C. prior to his call to New Philadelphia.


The Rev. Richard Sides, pastor at Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., has requested and been granted permission to retire October 31, 2016 after 41 years of service.  Prior to serving as pastor of Home Moravian, Rick served as director of Laurel Ridge Moravian Camp and Conference Center, Laurel Springs, N.C.; pastor of Christ Moravian, Winston-Salem; associate pastor of Home Moravian, Winston-Salem; Executive Director of the Board of Christian Education, and of the Board of Cooperative Ministries.

The Rev. John Rainey, pastor of Mizpah Moravian Church, Rural Hall, N.C., has requested and been granted permission to retire January 31, 2017, after 24 years of service.  Prior to serving at Mizpah, John was associate pastor of Clemmons Moravian, Clemmons, N.C., pastor of Olivet Moravian, Winston-Salem, N.C., associate pastor of New Philadelphia, Winston-Salem, and pastor at Mayodan, Mayodan, N.C., at New Hope, Newton, N.C. and at First Moravian, Greensboro, N.C.

David Guthrie
Provincial Elders’ Conference

Prayer Day for Peace with Justice and Freedom, October 16, 2016

The third Sunday in October is designated as a Day of Prayer for Peace with Justice and Freedom.
Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference


From the September/October 2016 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — Surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Psalm 85:9

Sunday, July 15 — Amos 7:7–15; Psalm 85:8–13
Ephesians 1:3–14; Mark 6:14–29

Lord, you silence the song of the ruthless. Isaiah 25:5 (NIV)

The Son of God was revealed for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

Great Protector—thank you for keeping us safe from harm as a hen protects her chicks. How good it is to be kept safe, nestled in your care. Amen.

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