The 2023 Day of Service is set for September 17. Local congregations are invited to make this a day to stress the importance of service in the community in their worship services, and coordinate a service activity either that weekend or at a time that is most convenient for them.
The idea for the Moravian Day of Service sprang from the 2018 Synods of the Northern and Southern Provinces. The Synods recognized that coordinated efforts of Moravians can help engage others in service and ministry and raise awareness of the Gospel message; that Moravians have always celebrated their faith through service and mission work locally, regionally and globally; and that Moravians derive a sense of collective unity and identity from serving together and with others.
The Day of Service isn’t a one-time thing but an annual event; it does not replace the great local mission work already happening in our congregations. The Day of Service offers a chance to rethink how your congregation interacts with your community and encourages you to make service to others an ongoing expression of God’s love for the world.
If you use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, please tag any of your Day of Service-focused posts with the hashtag #MoravianDayofService. This will allow us to consolidate posts about all the great work happening around the U.S. and Canada in one place. When you post about your Day of Service activities, please be sure to make your posts public (not just to your friends or followers.) Also, be sure you have the permission of those involved to share their images.
We also ask that congregations share their stories, photos, videos and more directly with us. The information you share will be used to provide ideas and inspiration for congregations looking to get involved in community mission; catalog the work being done by our congregations; help guide future Moravian Days of Service; highlight the work of Moravian Church online, via the Moravian Magazine and other venues.
Complete information for planning your worship service, service opportunities and reporting back to us can be found at www.moravian.org/dayofservice.
The Rt. Rev. Chris Giesler is director of mission engagement with the Board of World Mission. Reach him at [email protected].