August Thirteenth Festival† — Joshua 24:16-24; Psalm 133
1 John 4:1-13; John 17:1-2,6-19
Thursday, August 13 — Psalm 97:7–12
Joshua 21:9–45; Luke 17:11–19
By his bruises we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
Jesus was about to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the dispersed children of God. John 11:51-52
Christ, we are united by your grace. You call us from all walks of life to gather at your cross. May the painful waters flow from your side into our wandering hearts to bring us together. Amen.
† On this date in 1727 in Berthelsdorf, Saxony (now Germany), a group of quarreling Christians experienced their unity in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. This new Pentecost marked the revival of the Unity of the Brethren, begun in 1457, and the beginning of the Renewed Moravian Church.