A Year Apart: A Service of Memory and Hope

Let us breathe deeply and hold together all the lessons we have learned and the sorrows we bear after the past year. Join us for a time of reflection, prayer, and hope with our siblings from around the Moravian Church in North America as we mark the first year of pandemic living.

This interprovincial online service included music, prayer and an opportunity to share losses and blessing brought on by our year apart. Our bishops and PEC presidents also brought messages of reflection and hope during this commemorative service.

Thank you to our worship leaders for this service: The Rev. Rebecca Craver, Edmonton Moravian Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the Rev. Brian Dixon, Emmaus Moravian Church in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. We appreciate Bishops Blair Couch and Sam Gray for offering a special message from our bishops. And thank you to the Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller and the Rev. David Guthrie, representing the Northern and Southern Provincial Elders Conferences.

Additional voices include Rev. Evette Campbell, Rev. Bevon White, Rev. Jennika Borger, Dave Blum, Rev. Desna Henry Goldbourne, Dana Myers, Rev. Aaron Linville, Amy Linville, Justin Rabbach, Mike Riess, Rev. Fran Saylor, Rev. Neil Routh, Rev. Riddick Weber, Rev. Rebecca Craver, and Ruth Cole Burcaw.

Thanks to our interprovincial collaboration team: Dave Blum, Ruth Cole Burcaw, Sarah Durham, Hanna Cheek Jackson, Gwyn Michel, Dan Miller, Justin Rabbach, Mike Riess, Riddick Weber. Special thanks to Austin Craver.


  • Prelude Music: “I Surrender All,” performed by Rebecca Lepore, from her Morning by Morning CD
  • I Will Wait for You, performed 3/14/21 at Unity Moravian Church. Words and Music by: Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, Keith Getty, Stuart Townend CCLI Song # 7118914 © 2018 Getty Music Publishing CCLI License # 11573886 (Unity Moravian Church)
  • Moravian Book of Worship Hymn 393, verse 3, Recorded at College Hill Moravian Church, Text ©1994 Madeleine Forell Marshall, used with permission.
  • Postlude Music: Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand from the CD What Heights, What Depths, Moravian Music Foundation, Used with permission.

Video compilation by Mike Riess, IBOC.