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All bandsmen and bandswomen are invited to come and play with the New Philadelphia Summer Play-Around Band! The band will meet each Wednesday (beginning June 7) at 6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall (on the God’s Acre side of the church). We will play chorales from the green and blue books that are selected by the players. A different local band leader will direct each night. This is a great opportunity to meet new players, learn a new instrument or part, and keep those lips in shape over the summer. Hope to see you there!

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On Sunday April 30th at 5:00 p.m. we will assemble as a Congregational Council to vote on whether we should adopt the current hymnal of our denomination.  We have been using the red, 1969 Hymnal of the Moravian Church almost since its publication.  I love the liturgies of the 1969 hymnal.  I know many of them by heart.  However, as pastor, I am concerned that the archaic language no longer speaks to people that are actively seeking the God rules the world of today, and all who are in it.  The blue 1995 Moravian Book of Worship drops the archaic language of the 19th century, and speaks in the language you and I use for everyday communication.  If this is not the language we use for prayer, it should be, for God invites us to approach him as we are.  So, too, the new hymnal uses language that is inclusive of the people of God, ordinarily using “children of God,” rather than “sons of God” (In Romans 8 St. Paul uses these terms interchangeably.).  The 1995 Moravian Book of Worship continues to use Biblical language to describe God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as in the Lord’s prayer, when we pray, “Our Father, who art in heaven…”  The Scripture references are taken from the New Revised Standard translation of the Bible, which is consistent with our new pew Bibles.

As a bonus, the new hymnal also includes a much larger selection of gospel hymns, including favorites that were omitted from the red hymnal, such as “How Great Thou Art.”  The second service has been using content from the new hymnal since it inception.  Our musicians want this hymnal as a resource for both services.  I believe it is time that we adopt it. I leave it to the congregation as to whether we should adopt it 1) alongside, or 2) as a replacement for the old hymnal. 

Pastor Green

On March 2, 2017, the Joint Board voted to recommend to the Congregational Council to purchase the 1995 Moravian Book of Worship (blue hymnal) to use in addition to the 1969 Hymnal of the Moravian Church (red hymnal).

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New Philadelphia Moravian Church is seeking a Church Organist. The organist is expected to be experienced in playing for choir and congregational singing. The organist must be routinely available to play on Sundays from 8:30 to 12:30 and accompany adult choir rehearsals on Monday (7:00-8:30) and Wednesday (7:00-8:30) evenings. Send inquiries to Rev. Joe Moore; email joe@newphilly.org or call (336)765-2331.

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Director of Children’s and Youth Choirs:  New Philadelphia Moravian Church is seeking a Director of Children’s and Youth Choirs. The director is expected to lead the choirs for children (K-2nd grades, 3rd-5th grades) and youth (6th -12th grades), to promote participation in the children’s and youth choirs; to teach children about music and developing their voices and hearing for music; to plan age appropriate songs, some sung by separate choirs, some sung by combined choirs; to have the choirs sing in worship 1-2 times per month and for Easter and Christmas services and other special events. The time commitment includes Sunday mornings from 8:30-12:00 and Sunday afternoon rehearsals from 4:00-6:30 PM. Send inquiries to Rev. Joe Moore; email joe@newphilly.org or call (336)765-2331.

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Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Home Moravian
Sister Fran Saylor
10 a.m. Coffee Hour
10:45 a.m. Music
11 a.m. Worship, Nursery Provided

Sunday, March 5, 2017 – Christ Moravian
Rev. Kelly Moore
2 p.m. Lovefeast, Nursery Provided

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Trinity Moravian
Dr. Debbie Norris Lanier
11 a.m. Worship
Luncheon

Wednesday, March 15 – Ardmore Moravian
Dr. Robert Shackleford
9:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
10:45 a.m. Music
11 a.m. Worship, Nursery Provided

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Calvary Moravian
Rev. Dr. Nola Knouse
9:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
11 a.m. Worship, Nursery Provided

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Fairview Moravian
Rev. Dr. David Marcus
10:30 a.m. Band Prelude
11 a.m. Worship with Communion, Nursery Provided

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Konnoak Hills Moravian
Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Rights
11 a.m. Lovefeast

April 9 – Palm Sunday
April 14 – Good Friday
April 16 – Easter Sunday

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