Moravian Church in North America

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North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message, Nov. 3, 2013


Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 3, 2013


The wee little people

The story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, “the wee little man,” is one that I can’t really read without thinking of the Unity of the Brethren. Our church has such a rich history since its humble beginnings in what is now the Czech Republic more than 556 years ago. Our spiritual ancestors were the minority in a crowd that grew to reject them. The Moravian Church traces its roots back to a time in history when it was against the law to believe in a way that was different from the majority. It took faith like that of Zacchaeus for the early Brethren to step out of the crowd and stick to what they knew was right.

Sometimes in life, one of the scariest instances is when we find ourselves in front of a door. Do we walk past it, stand in front of it, or go through it? This is when faith like that of Zacchaeus and the early Moravian Brethren helps us. If we were to walk past the door, we would miss out on what God has in store for us. If we just stand in front of the door, we do the same thing. However, if we have faith and enter the door, we can take part in what God has there waiting for us on the other side.

We may feel as if we are small or “short in stature” in our faith, but remember it only takes a little faith to start something big. The faith of a few people in the 1400s led to the formation of a church that, though it may be small in numbers, worldwide has great faith.

Don’t let the crowds overcome you or the door stop you, when it comes to faith. Follow Jesus!

Jeff Jones, pastor, Bethabara Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Moravian Daily Texts


Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Watchword for the Week — Trust in him at all times, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

Sunday, January 21 — Jonah 3:1–5,10; Psalm 62:5–12
1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20

I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. Psalm 138:2

Jesus prays: “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26

Blessed Redeemer, on this holy day may our worship of you spill out of the sanctuary and into every aspect of our lives. May all that we do give testimony to your unifying love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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