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Sunday, June 28, 2020, New Philadelphia Installation Service

Jeremiah 28:1 – 9 Where Do I Begin?

 

Where do I begin? I mean, this is a very special day for me. I’ve been installed. You have bid me welcome in the name of Jesus, our exalted Head. We worked out a way that I could sing with my brother and sisters and still stay within the guidelines for safe gathering. It all feels really good.

But, you know, now reality sets in. What do I mean by that? Well, some of you know that this is not the first time that I’ve preached here. But it is the first time that I’m preaching here knowing that I’ll be preaching here next Sunday and the next Sunday after that…

This is not a preach-and-run or a drive-by preaching. For the first time, I’ll be around to deal with the results (or the consequences) of what I’m saying today. So, knowing how important “this” is, I started looking for guidance and direction. And I went first to one of my go-to sources of inspiration – our Moravian Daily Texts – and I looked ahead to Sunday, June 28.

The first thing that I noticed was that one of the hymns chosen for today was “O Jesus I have promised to serve thee to the end.” You see, it was when I was 17 years old that I first felt God nudging me, gently pushing me in the direction of mission and ministry. I wasn’t sure what my response would look like, but I made a promise to God to serve God in some way. And I expressed that promise by taking the words of that hymn and putting them to my own tune and singing them to God when I was 17, and then I sang them again at my ordination in 1996 and then again at my consecrations – first as a presbyter and then as a bishop – and now this morning with my brother and sisters here at New Philadelphia.

Then I saw the other hymn verse chosen for today. It’s the 3rd verse of the hymn “Ready Lord, I’m ready Lord.” Listen to what it says:

 

Ready, Lord, I’m ready Lord to follow where you lead

Show me, Lord, just show me Lord the service you will need

Ready Lord, I’m ready Lord, I’m ready come what may

So call me, Lord, just call me, Lord and I’ll be on your way.

 

Feed your lambs, I’ll feed your lambs, and first of all with food

Give them drink and comfort them and build their fortitude

Then I’ll feed them with the word you fed me with until

They’re ready, Lord, so ready, Lord to go and do your will.

 

More than words, yes, more than words, I know you want from me

Moving, Lord, I’m moving, Lord, I’m moving eagerly

Take my heart and take my hands, my feet, my life, my all

I’m ready, Lord, so ready, Lord to follow till I fall.

 

And I thought, “Wow! I could just read those words to you and call it a day!” But then I looked at one of the verses chosen for today, from Luke 9. It says,

“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” I took that to mean, “There’s no turning back. It’s all or nothing!” And the prayer for today: Help us to be faithful in our service according to your divine command to follow you.

There was so much good stuff to work with. And I hadn’t even looked at the assigned Scripture readings for today! So I looked at the verses in Matthew chapter 10. Now I sometimes refer to Matthew chapter 10 as a mini-mission-manual. It tells us how Jesus called his disciples in and got to know them and then gave them instructions and gave them authority and sent them out on a mission. And I thought, it’s interesting how I’ve spent the past 16 years trying to find ways to get people out of the church building and out into the world, and now my first challenge in ministry is trying to find ways to get them back in the building. But the portion of Matthew 10 that is assigned for today, as we heard, is about welcoming, so that had lots of possibilities and potential.

But then I looked at the Jeremiah passage. And the first thing I noticed was these words (starting in verse 2): “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. 3 Within two years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the Lord’s house, which King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. 4 I will also bring back to this place King Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim of Judah, and all the exiles from Judah who went to Babylon, says the Lord, for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.”

And I thought This is it! I get to share this prophecy – this hopeful word – on my first Sunday. Everything is going to get back to normal by such and such a date. Bring the hymnals back in! Break out the communion trays and patens because communion will be served right here… to everyone! Not only that, the other problems we have are all going to go away! Oppression, political divisions, racism, injustice, conflict… The yoke will be broken and we’ll all live happily ever after! That would have been a great way to begin.

But, not so fast. You see, I took a closer look at the reading (that’s always important when we’re reading Scripture), and even though it says, “thus says the Lord of hosts,” as it turns out these are not God’s words. They’re not even Jeremiah’s words. No, here’s what Jeremiah says starting in verse 1 instead of verse 2 like I did: He says:

In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying…

And then comes the part about the yoke being broken and returning all of the vessels to the temple and the exiles coming back – all of the good stuff! But these were Hananiah’s words.

Now, they certainly were not bad words. Actually, this was a very pastoral message in some ways, but it wasn’t prophetic because… it wasn’t true.

I’ve been taught that ministry in the church – ministry to God’s people and with God’s people – has three aspects or three components.

There’s the pastoral part. A lot of times we call our ministers “pastor.” Pastor means shepherd. And pastoral ministry has to do with caring for the flock – feeding the lambs, tending the sheep, as I have been charged with doing. And I look forward to getting to know this flock and being a part of the significant moments and events in your life and hopefully being able to bring comfort in difficult times.

But there’s also the priestly part of ministry. Now, in our corner of the Moravian world, we don’t normally refer to our ministers as “priests.” But our ministers do fulfill a priestly function. That means that ministers serve as mediators between God and God’s people. The way I like to describe that is to say that I am not called to pray for you, but I am called to pray for you. What I mean is that you don’t have to outsource your prayer time to me as the professional pray-er (one who prays). God hears your prayers just as God hears my prayers. But I am called to pray for you in the sense that I have a responsibility to pray to God on your behalf and lift up petitions and intercessions for you. And the other part of the priestly ministry is that I serve as God’s instrument by serving you the sacrament of Holy Communion and by baptizing and confirming and marrying and burying you and sharing God’s word with you as clearly as I can. That’s a priestly ministry.

But there’s also the prophetic part of ministry. Again, in the Moravian Church in North America, we don’t normally call our ministers “prophet so and so.” And this is not necessarily prophetic in the sense of predicting who’s gonna win the next Carolina – Duke basketball game (or when that will actually take place!). Prophetic ministry means listening carefully to God and discerning what God is doing and saying and then communicating that to God’s people as faithfully as possible.

Now sometimes that means comforting the afflicted. But at other times it can mean afflicting the comfortable.

Prophetic ministry requires a lot of discernment because I can’t set the vision for a congregation unless my vision is in line with God’s vision and my words are in line with God’s word

And my heart is in line with God’s heart.

So, pastoral, priestly and prophetic. And ministers don’t really get to pick and choose which one we’re going to be. No, pastor, priest and prophet are like 3 “P’s” in a pod (of course, in this part of the world we often call our ministers “preacher,” as in, “Did you see how many pieces of chicken Preacher ate at the church picnic?” So maybe there’s a 4th pea!)

But in our reading in Jeremiah today I get the impression that Hananiah was trying to be pastoral.

I mean, these people had lived through a lot. We talk about 2020 being one bad thing after another (and now a Saharan sandstorm!). But I’ll tell you, the early 600’s and late 500’s (BC) were no picnic for God’s people. They always managed to be caught in the middle of power struggles between the Egyptians and Assyrians and Babylonians and they never got the good end of the deal! They were oppressed from all sides and sometimes even from inside by their own leaders. And the temple was destroyed and first their leading citizens and eventually all of them were taken into exile by the Babylonians.

They needed to be comforted. They needed words of hope. And Jeremiah recognized that, so he said to Hananiah:

Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles.” But for words to be truly comforting they need to be true. Pastoral words need to be prophetic. And as Evie so clearly stated it: The proof of prophetic words is in the pudding.

And you better get used to groaning because this won’t be the last time I do this, but I’m going to play with Evie’s words and say it this way: The proof is not only in the pudding. The proof also comes in putting these words to the test of time. And as Jeremiah said (in verse 9) “when the word comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.

Evie would have loved to be around Jeremiah, I think because Jeremiah was the master of object lessons. For example, when he wanted to make his point about people being bound together by God, he went out and bought a linen belt and wore it and then took it off and buried it for a while and then dug it up and wore it again just to make that point – just to show how much we need God to keep us bound together.

When he was angry with the people because of their disobedience to God he bought a clay jug and smashed it in front of everyone to help them see how hard it would be to put the pieces back together and repair the damage that had been caused.

One of his object lessons was a field that he bought for 17 silver shekels.

And to make the point about oppression in exile he wore an actual yoke around his neck – a wooden yoke! And we didn’t hear this part of the story today but after Jeremiah questioned the truth of Hananiah’s words there was a dramatic scene where Hananiah removed the yoke from Jeremiah’s neck and shoulders and smashed it to pieces! But Jeremiah said, “You’ve removed the wooden yoke, but soon it will be replaced with an iron yoke.”

So is this prophetic or just pessimistic? You may be getting a picture of Jeremiah kind of like that old Saturday Night Live character, Debbie Downer (or I guess it would be Donnie Downer – Wah Wah!). Why is he so negative? No, you see, Jeremiah was committed to the truth. And he knew that sometimes the truth can be hard to swallow. He knew that people were hurting and he wept for them but he felt that the medicine they needed was reality.

Jeremiah had lived through many political, social, and religious periods and contexts. His ministry spanned the reigns of 5 kings of Judah. And he knew that ministry takes place in the real world and that God doesn’t always insulate us from that world but God is always with us in the midst of that world. And when Jeremiah wrote a letter to the folks in captivity he shared this word from God with them (you’ve probably heard this verse) and we can hear more of the pastoral side of Jeremiah in these words: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

You see, those words are comforting and they’re also true – not false hope or false promises. And he knew that people were suffering because of the way they were treated by King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians but he felt that the bigger problem was that they were not being faithful to their covenant with God, and coming out of exile and being freed from captivity wouldn’t necessarily fix that problem.

So his message to them was, “While you’re worried about getting back to the temple, you need to also be focused on getting back to God.

God has promised to redeem you and restore you and God is faithful. God will do that in God’s time. But in the meantime, you need to figure out who God is calling you to be and what God is calling you to do in the place and in the circumstances in which you find yourselves right now.

That wasn’t really what the people wanted to hear. They wanted a quick fix. But Jeremiah was telling them that they needed to be molded and refined. They needed to examine their own faithfulness to God and not just rebel against the terrible things that others were doing.

Well, as you can probably imagine, his message wasn’t always popular (and I don’t just mean some negative comments or angry emojis on Facebook.) No, once when he was banned from speaking in public, he sent a written prophetic word to the king by way of his assistant (whose name was Baruch) and Baruch gave the scroll with Jeremiah’s message to one of the king’s people and he read the message to the king and the king showed what he thought of Jeremiah’s message by taking the scroll and cutting out the parts that he didn’t like and throwing them into the fire.

(Don’t get any ideas!) And Jeremiah was scorned by his own people and beaten and arrested and put down in a pit.

But what is it that gives him credibility? Where and how did he get this prophetic authority? If we go back to chapter 15, Jeremiah says, “When I found your words, I devoured them; your words were my joy, the happiness of my heart.” You see, during King Josiah’s reign, when they were renovating the temple, they discovered a Torah scroll – art of the Hebrew Scripture. That was an amazing discovery. And Jeremiah devoured it – he ate it up! He feasted on God’s word and realized that the word needs to be written not only on scrolls or stone tablets or in books but rather in our minds and inscribed on our hearts. Before we can share God’s word we have to know God’s word and we have to love God’s word, we have to devour God’s word.

When a minister is ordained in the Moravian church, we are asked if we freely accept 6 obligations: to study, pray, care for souls, preach, teach, and administer the sacraments. Notice which one is first. Study. And the second one is pray. And then care for souls. And then comes preach and teach and administer the sacraments.

I accept those 6 obligations again today. And I recognize that if I’m going to feed the sheep, I have to have something to feed them. So I will need to study and pray so that I can care for souls and preach and teach and administer the sacraments.

Do you remember the question that I asked at the beginning of this sermon? It was, “Where do I begin? And I guess the answer is, “I don’t.” Because I’m not really beginning anything. Pastor Joe reminded you last Sunday that the ONE who did begin the good work in you (and in me) will be faithful to bring it to completion. 

So, what’s my part in that? Well, there was one more verse in the Daily Text for today – the watchword chosen for June 28th a long time ago.  It’s Psalm 16:8 and it says: I keep my eyes always on the Lord. That’s what Jeremiah did. He kept his eyes focused on God. That didn’t keep him from seeing God’s people. Keeping his eyes always on the Lord didn’t keep him from seeing the real world around him. No, it helped him see all of these things through God’s eyes and with God’s heart. If I can manage to do that – if I can keep my eyes always on the Lord – and if you can do that with me, I look forward to seeing, together, what God has in store for us next Sunday and the next and the next, as we say: 

Ready, Lord, we’re ready Lord to follow where you lead.

Show us, Lord, just show us Lord the service you will need.

Ready Lord, we’re ready Lord, we’re ready come what may

So call us, Lord, just call us, Lord and we’ll be on your way.

~Bishop Sam Gray

Lorena & Sam Gray, Peggy Carter (PEC rep)

Bishop Gray and his wife, Lorena with PEC Representative Peggy Carter

 

 

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We welcome the Rt. Rev. Sam Gray as New Philadelphia’s pastor at the installation service on Sunday, June 28, and the drive-through welcome from 11:30-noon at New Philadelphia. Sam’s first day as our pastor is July 1.
 
Bishop Gray was born in Winston-Salem and grew up in a missionary family with his parents, the Rev. Joe and Lahoma Gray and four siblings, and lived in Nicaragua for 11 years.
 
He graduated from the Stony Brook School (Long Island, NY), attended Moravian College, worked for a year in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, completed studies in Elementary Education at Moravian College, and took additional coursework at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. For more than 13 years he was a missionary in Honduras as a high school teacher, Director of the Bible Institute, Christian Education Director, as well as organizing pastor of Israel Moravian Church in Tegucigalpa.
 
Sam returned to Moravian Theological Seminary in 1993, earned the Master of Divinity degree in 1996, was ordained and served as the Assistant Pastor of Emmaus Moravian Church and Director of Youth Ministries with the Eastern District of the Moravian Church, Northern Province. He was pastor of the New Hope Moravian Church, Miami, FL from 1998 until joining the staff of the Board of World Mission in 2004. Sam was elected a Bishop of our worldwide Unity by our 2006 Southern Province Synod.
 
Sam and his wife, Lorena, have three sons: Luke, Tim, and Christian David, as well as two grand-daughters, Rachel and Gabriella Marie.
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“For Just Such a Time As This” June 21, 2020

New Philadelphia Moravian Church

Today is my last Sunday serving as your pastor. And it is not an easy day for me, for my family, and for many of you. Change is never easy. Over the last month, knowing that my ministry with you was drawing to a close, I have appreciated hearing from you, whether in an email, a text message, a card or letter, or making time to spend a few minutes together, to actually be able to SEE each other. Your words and your presence have been invaluable to me as I have spent time remembering and reflecting on all of the ups and the downs of the last three and a half years. 

There is a certain amount of irony in the fact that it is so difficult for me to leave you now. A few weeks ago, I wrote in the weekly newsletter about how difficult it had been for me to accept the call to come to New Philadelphia in the first place. Four years ago, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to come and join you. And now, I know that I don’t want to leave you.

God’s call is like that. It can be so challenging to hear God’s call. It often comes to us as a voice from an unexpected place in an unexpected time, just as it came to the young Samuel in the middle of the night. He didn’t have trouble hearing the voice calling his name, but at first he didn’t know that it was God who was calling. He only knew it was God calling after 3 times of hearing that voice and assuming it was someone else because Samuel didn’t think that God would be calling him. And even then, he had to rely on Eli to help him realize that it was God who was calling him.

It is the same with us. Sometimes, not very often but sometimes, God’s call comes loudly and clearly. But far more often it comes quietly and unexpectedly. So we have to be listening, we have to be aware, we have to be awake, to hear God’s call. And even then we need to rely on others to help us to hear and know both who is calling us and what we are being called to do.

When I got the call to New Philadelphia, I did that. I listened for the voice of God, along with the voices of the PEC and the New Philly Joint Board. I prayed about it, I thought about it, I pondered it, and, despite MY hesitation, I heard God calling me to New Philadelphia. So I answered “Here I am, Lord. Speak, for your servant is listening.” And on October 9, 2016 I was installed as your Associate Pastor.

We have been through a lot together the last three and a half years. Together we have seen the retirement of Worth Green after 30 years of wonderful and impactful ministry, we have faced the challenges thrust upon us by Resolution 14 from the 2018 Southern Province Synod, and we have been dealing with the unexpected and unprecedented effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. And those are just the big things!

We have also experienced the everyday ups and downs, joys and sorrows, opportunities and challenges of life together. We have welcomed new people into our church family through birth and baptism, and those seeking a new church home, a safe place to practice their faith. We have seen our young people confirm their faith and commit their lives to Jesus and then go out to serve others. We have said goodbye to people we have loved and lost, through death or by their choosing to move onto other places and opportunities. We have been together in sickness and in health, for better or for worse. We have been the church, seeking to live, to love, and to serve like Jesus.

And now that time has come to an end. At least it has for me as your pastor. I am confident that you will continue to be the church that God has created you to be, that Jesus calls you to be, and that this community needs you to be. The good work that has begun in you and among you and through you will continue. You will continue to live, to love, and to serve like Jesus. You will just be doing it with another pastor.

My hesitation to leave this congregation has been just as great as my hesitation was to come to this congregation. Over my years in ministry, I have left congregations before. And it has always been of my own choosing, as I was answering God’s call to serve in another place. But that is not the case with this leaving. If it were up to me, I would not be leaving New Philadelphia. Yet that choice is not one that I was able to make. And over the last month, I have experienced anger and sorrow and grief and loss. But over the last week, after spending such quality time with so many of you, I am beginning to gain a sense of peace about it all. I still don’t want to leave you. However, I am beginning to see that perhaps God called me here for this specific time.

During these last few days, I have been recalling a verse from the book of Esther. Esther is one of those often overlooked OT stories about a Jewish girl who reluctantly married the King of Persia. Using her royal authority, she was able to prevent the annihilation of all of the Jewish people living in exile. While she is at first hesitant to intervene, her cousin Mordecai asks her the question that helps her decide to save her people “Who knows?” Mordecai asks, “Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”

I feel the same way. Not that I have done anything as momentous as Queen Esther did. But more in the way that Esther was Queen of Persia at just the right time, I feel that perhaps God called me to New Philadelphia for “just such a time as this.” It was a blessing to help guide you all through these unexpected and unwanted times and situations. And while things may not have ended like we wanted them to, while we may lament many of the changes that have resulted from these last years, I feel that New Philadelphia is now in the perfect position to follow where God is leading the congregation to for the future.

As I contemplate both the future of this congregation and my future as a pastor, I am not afraid. I recall the words of Corrie Ten Boom that were shared by a colleague of mine- “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Rev. Victoria  Lasley spoke those words to senior high campers at Laurel Ridge and they apply just as well to us today. We don’t know where God will lead New Philadelphia in the years to come, and I don’t know where God will lead me in the months to come. But I do know that God will lead us both where He needs us to be. Our futures may not be known, but the God who creates us, redeems us, and sustains us is known. And we can place our full faith, our complete confidence, and our unending hope in the God we know.

The “last words” that I want to leave with you are echoes of the first words I shared with you on the Sunday I was installed as your pastor. On that day, we read the same scriptures that we heard this morning- John’s beautiful words about love.

 

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.  1 John 4:7-12

 

One of the things that I have seen over my time here at New Philadelphia is how much and how well this congregation is able to love- to love God and to love each other and to love our neighbors. I have seen the love of God perfected in you and among you and through you. I have seen God living in you and among you and through you. And that is something to hold on to, for it will serve you well as you enter into this unknown future with our known God.

But one of the things that I have also seen in you as the congregation of New Philadelphia is that too often you fail to heed the words that John shares later in this same letter. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” Too often, I have seen this congregation respond with fear rather than with faith. Fear of change, fear of losing what you have and what you know, fear of not being what you think you should be. Too often, New Philadelphia has let that fear cloud your love, rather than letting your love cast out your fear.

So remember, as you move into the future, an unknown future that will continue to bring change, that will continue to have loss, that will continue to not always be what you think it should be, remember to respond with faith, not with fear. Remember to rely on the perfect love of God to cast out whatever fears you may have. And remember that it is all about love. Nothing else matters.

The first sermon I preached here was titled “It’s All About Love” and that is even more true now than it was then. For then I didn’t really know you. I didn’t know the love that you were capable of showing and sharing and giving. And now I do know you and I know your capacity for love. And I know that as long as you make sure that no matter what you do, if you make sure that it is all about love, at the beginning, at the end, and during everything in between, then everything will be alright.

God is calling. God is calling us all into an unknown future And he is calling us to different futures. The future that God is calling me into is different from the future that God is calling New Philadelphia into. And though we part ways today, we do not part in our hearts. For it is truly all about love. It is all about the love that God has for us, that we have for God, and that we have for each other. It has been since the beginning, through all that we have been through together, and it is about love now that we have come to the end.

Brothers and Sisters, friends, don’t stop listening for God’s call. Don’t stop answering God’s call, don’t stop saying “Here I am, Lord.” Don’t be afraid of that unknown future. And most of all don’t stop loving- at the beginning, at the end, and at every moment in between.

Amen

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This is the last pastoral letter that I will write for the weekly newsletter. I have really been struggling with what to write for this last time. Mostly be-cause I want to say my final, final words in my last sermon on Sunday. But also because I have been trying to figure out how to find the right words that would best capture my thoughts and feelings about my ministry with you over the past 3 and a half years. So I decided to heed the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words and share with you two pictures that to me illustrate both what I have received from my ministry with you and what I have tried to give to you during my ministry with you. Maybe these will say more than two thousand words would. I know that they do to me.

This first picture shows what I have received from the congregation as your pastor. It is of the Confirmation Class from last year. All of my confirmation classes have been special but the one from last year really stands out. And not just be-cause my son was in that class but it stands out because I feel like all of those amazing kids are my “sons and daughters.” Over the months that we met together, we became a true family in Christ. We prayed together, we learned with and from each other, we supported and challenged each other, and most of all, we loved each other. And I am blessed to see them grow from disciples into apostles.

And while I will forever hold a special place in my heart for Ryan, Paul, Mercer, Beckett, Ava, Maggie, Georgia and Gracie (and this picture will hang on the walls of wherever I serve next) the experience that I had with this class was really an example of what I received from the entire congregation during my ministry. Together we have all been a true family in Christ. We have prayed together, we have learned with and from each other, we have supported and challenged each other, and most of all, we have loved each other. And I am eternally grateful for this gift.

 

The second picture is representative of what I have tried to give to you during my minis-try among you. It was made by a choir member on Christmas Eve 2018.
This is one of my favorite pictures ever. It shows us doing what we do best. And I’m not talking about just the lovefeast and candle service. I’m talking about letting the light of Jesus Christ shine in us and through u to illuminate this dark world.

What I have tried to give you as your pastor is the reminder that you are the light that shines in the darkness, and to remember that the darkness can not and will not overcome it. It cannot and will not over-come YOU.

What I have tried to give you is the opportunity to let the light of Christ shine in you and through you so that all the world will see that light shining. So that the world will see it and know the God who sees and knows each and every one of you, the God who sees you and knows you and loves you. I have tried to help you receive the light, to help you be the light, and help you share the light. And that is what I hope and pray that you will continue to be and what you will continue to do as you live, love and serve like Jesus.

Pastor Joe

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The Regathering Committee has met and performed research regarding resuming in-person worship services at New Philadelphia Moravian Church.

While utilizing multiple resources, the Committee has compiled guidelines to set in place should we determine that it is safe for us to resume meeting on the Church campus at some time in the near future.

You may click the link HERE to read the guidelines and take the survey.

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URGENT NEED for Blood Donations

The need for blood is urgent right now!

Please contact Michael Crane to set up a time to give on June 29, if this date does not work for you, please consider giving at another time.

Michael Crane: 860-304-6907 or cranemrev@gmail.com

**Every successful donation will also receive a $5 Amazon gift card by email so be sure the Red Cross has your email address**  

Monday, June 29
2:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
New Philadelphia Moravian Church Fellowship Hall

COVID Questions?  Read the information below:
Covid-19 Antibody Testing

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