Perhaps you have shared a Christmas Eve Lovefeast with us? New Philadelphia has two worship services every Sunday morning with c. 518 persons in attendance (2013). Our 9:00 AM Worship is a large Traditional service. Our 11:10 AM Worship is a blended service. Ordinarily, the preacher of the day preaches at both services, and Mr. Steve Gray always directs the Chancel Choir at the earlier service, and the Beracah Choir at the later services.
There is a nursery for both services. Parents receive a radio-alert device, and are notified immediately if their child displays any kind of discomfort.
Both Sunday services feature frequent performances by our Band, and our Bell Choir.
Two Unique Choirs
The Chancel Choir leads worship each Sunday at 9:00 AM. and meets at 7:00 PM each Wednesday for practice. Mary Hege is the Organist.
The Beracah Choir leads worship each Sunday at 11:10 AM, and practices each Monday at 7:30 PM. Sandra Gray is our organist.
A number of New Philadelphians are accomplished musicians, and we frequently enjoy the trumpet, flute, violin, or guitar in our worship services. We invite members and friends of New Philadelphia to participate in one choir, or in both.
Bells of Joy
The Bells of Joy meets every Wednesday evening to practice and enjoy fellowship with each other as we work through a variety of music to enhance the worship experience for the NPMC congregation. The members of our handbell choir come from a variety of musical backgrounds, but each of us enjoys creating music as a part of our ministry to the church. Our director, Donna Cartner, is a delightful leader, always eager to guide and challenge us. Music is a wonderful way to worship our Lord and Savior, and we are so happy to be a part of the music program at New Philadelphia.
The New Philadelphia Band
The New Philadelphia Moravian Church Band meets weekly*. Check the schedule for this week’s practice. There are classes for beginning band members, and scholarships are presently available for children who wish to play an instrument**. Although the Band takes a special interest in Church Festival occasions (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Palm Sunday, Passion Week, Easter, Pentecost, 4th of July, August 13th, Church Anniversary, and Thanksgiving), the main purpose of the Band from week to week is to play a prelude for each Sunday morning worship service. During Lent and Advent, the Band plays rounds through the community and at homes of shut-ins. The Band is also committed to supporting funeral services of members within this and other Moravian congregations. Do you play an instrument? Would you like to? You are invited to participate with our band. Contact David Teague at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
Regular Band Practices are from 7 pm – 8 pm on Monday evenings; we take a break after Christmas and during the summer we have Band-Rounds in the fellowship hall.
MoravianChorales.Info hosts a complete green-blue chorale book in parts.
MoravianBand.Org is theSouthern Province Band Page.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NPMC_Band/ is a newsgroup for NPMC Band Members.
For additional information about our musicians, please check out the Staff page.
The Christmas Eve Lovefeasts
The Christmas Eve Lovefeasts are the apex of worship at New Philadelphia Moravian Church. Services are held at 4:30 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, with a band prelude 30 minutes prior to each. A third lovefeast is ordinarily held at 7:30 p.m. on a Sunday night in late December. The dieners serve a simple meal of buns and coffee as the congregations sings carols and hymns of the season. We partake together as the choir sings several anthems. Then, as we sing “Morning Star” the candles are distributed to every worshipper. A wonderful scent feels the air. The warmth of the moment is palpable. The soft glow of the light from hundreds of pure beeswax candles reminds us that Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world!” Or, as St. Paul once wrote, “We have seen the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.” Then, during the final verse of the final hymn, the congregation holds all our candles aloft to remind one another that Jesus also said, “And you are the light of the world! Let your light so show shine before people that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven.”