Our New Philadelphia Moravian Church Facebook page is public.
When we live-stream our services, it is public…SO that means: if the live-stream is from a public page and is open to everyone, you can watch it without a Facebook profile (or without logging in).
Type this in your web browser’s address bar: www.facebook.com/newphiladelphiamoravianchurch, click on Videos (to the left of the page) and you will be able to watch our services online.
Per the latest CDC recommendations, church member Nancy Leonard has been making cloth facial masks for friends, family, and elderly neighbors. Her original batch of 12 is gone and she is currently working on a request for more.
“I started working on them in the morning and hope to have around 16 or 17 made by the end of the day. People have tried to pay me for them, but they are truly a labor of love for me and one small way that I can give back and do something to help during these uncertain times. I am making mine from scrap/leftover material that I had in my craft room, so they are quite festive and come in an interesting variety of colors and patterns. I will continue to make them as long as they are needed and as long as I have sufficient supplies to do it.”
Nancy would like to share her masks with our congregation; she’s making and donating masks for anyone who needs them. You may contact Pastor Joe if you’d like to have one (firstname.lastname@example.org).
While Nancy claims she is NOT anything close to an expert seamstress, she has designed a method that is super easy … (you only need to be able to use an iron and sew a straight seam on a sewing machine). If anyone wants to learn how to make masks, she can also teach you pretty quickly.
Our online Sunday School will continue each Sunday at 11:30. We are continuing our study of Adam Hamilton’s “When Christians Get It Wrong”. This week we will be looking at Chapter 3 – When Speaking of Other Religions
You can join in the class and discussion by clicking this link:
Or you can call in at (301) 715 8592.
Holy Week Reading Services – New Philadelphia Moravian Church
April 6-10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Our Holy Week Reading Services will be live-streamed each night at 7:00. If you don’t have a copy of the Readings for Holy Week, you can access a PDF version by using this link: https://www.moravian.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/RFHW-for-Distribution-2020-final.pdf
You may find the Holy Week Reading schedule here: www.tinyurl.com/2020HolyWeek
Friday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
The Tenebrae Service is a service that begins in light and ends in darkness. It is symbolic of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, experiencing the darkness of death. The sanctuary goes from light to dark as candles are extinguished to represent the gathering darkness of the sin that
hangs over the world as the earthly life of the Savior comes to an end on the cross. Even though we won’t all be in the sanctuary, you can participate in this experience from home. Find 7 candles that you can light as the service begins and then simply follow along with the service, extinguishing your candles at home as we do in the sanctuary. As the candles go out, one by one, we sense the growing loneliness of Jesus as his friends and followers abandon him. His anguish is so great that he feels even God has left him. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Darkness falls as Jesus breathes his last, abandoned to the cross, surrounded by criminals.
Our service ends in darkness and silence. Yet even then, the darkness is not complete. We have hope that the light will return. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned, but those who do not believe are condemned already because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.” (John 3:17-21)
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. We enter into Holy Week with Jesus as he entered into Jerusalem, welcomed by the crowds crying out “Hosanna! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord!” and waving palm branches in the air to signal his arrival as the one who will come and save them.
Palm Sunday is a day of great rejoicing and celebration in the Moravian Church. We pray our beloved liturgy and we sing the Hosanna anthem. And even though we will be worshipping as an online-only congregation again this week, we will still be doing all of those things. The only thing that will be missing is the palm branches waving in the air. But you can still do that at home.
You can go out to your trees and cut down a leafy branch to wave during the service, or you can create your own palm branch. Marla Sparks shared this palm branch that was painted on beautiful stone. Follow this example or be creative and come up with your own palm branches to have for our service on Sunday. And share a picture of what you come up with during our live-stream of the service!
“See” you on Sunday!