One of our goals for Lent 2012 was to ADD SOMETHING of permanent value to our life together as a congregation. Thanks to the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews, our Provincial Archivist, and the Rev. Dr. Nola Knouse, the director of the Moravian Music Foundation, and especially to Br. Hoyle Koontz, of New Philadelphia, we have. Dan and Nola did a wonderful series on the Moravian Church, “Nothing if Not Consistent, and Hoyle filmed the presentations, and now makes them available to us for on-line viewing. A Big Tip of the Hat goes out to Dan, Nola, and Hoyle!
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Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him. Acts 2:38-39
Baptism is the sacrament of initiation. It is through baptism that believers and their children are embodied in the covenant of grace and become a part of the fellowship of the Church. There are some important facts that every Moravian should know about baptism.
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The Ground of the Unity is the only doctrinal statement adopted by the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum). First crafted in 1957, and revised several times since, it has proven its continued usefulness for more than fifty years.
The Lord Jesus Christ calls His Church into being so that it may serve Him on earth until He comes. The Unitas Fratrum is, therefore, aware of its being called in faith to serve humanity by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It recognizes this call to be the source of its being and the inspiration of its service. As is the source, so is the aim and end of its being based upon the will of its Lord.
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The Moravian Covenant for Christian Living was formerly known as The Brotherly Agreement of the Moravian Church. The name has changed, but, more than ever, it is heartily recommended for use in the congregations of The Moravian Church in America, Northern Province and Southern Province.
This Moravian Covenant for Christian Living is an attempt to state in clear arrangement and contemporary form a document which has long served the Moravian Church. The Church today has need of a clear statement of its faith and life through which each member may become aware of the nature of his/her Christian commitment. Such a document can become an invaluable aid in the instruction of both new and present members and a meaningful guide in the expression of the Christian life. That such a revision of the Agreement should have been made is entirely in harmony with the spirit of the early Moravian Church which believed that all forms should be updated and made relevant to the present life of the Church.
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