The Moravian Day of Service helps raise awareness of the importance of mission work to the Moravian faith, encourages congregations to think of new ways to make a difference in their communities, and demonstrates our desire to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. For your congregation, this can be a day to celebrate the service that you do all year long and highlight ways more of your members can get involved. We also encourage you to plan a special service opportunity that might invite a sense of community engagement and excitement among your members.
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 common unity and identity from serving together and with others.
The Synods resolved to set aside a day, every year, for individuals and congregations to get involved in mission work in their communities, and share their work across the Moravian Church in North America.
The Day of Service isn’t a one-time thing but an annual event; it is not to replace the great local mission work already going on in our congregations but to help celebrate it. The Day of Service offers a chance to rethink how your congregation interacts with your community and encourages you to make local missions an enduring part of your congregation’s identity.
Resources for Moravian Day of Service, including ideas on where to serve, worship resources, and ways to share Day of Service activities, are available in the articles below.
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