Thank you, Denise Hunt, for capturing these Christmas scenes at New Philadelphia:
This week’s Gathering will be a time for guided and focused prayer. In keeping with the emphasis on prayer and fasting, we will not have any snacks or refreshments. Pastor Gray will provide resources and several creative ways to join together in prayer. If you are not comfortable praying out loud in public – have no fear! There will be other ways that you can be part of the “prayer blitz” – something for all personality types and comfort levels!
Thursday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Room.
This past Sunday, I challenged all of you to take seriously Jesus’s statement that some things can only be faced head on with prayer and fasting. I asked you to choose one mealtime this week (or any week) when, instead of eating, you would use the time to join in battling the Coronavirus and its variants by “praying this thing away,” even as we continue to act responsibly and thoughtfully. Michael Crane shared some resources with me from a website called “The Grotto.” I have summarized some of their information to offer you a sense of focus for your time of prayer and fasting this week.
Let’s all pray:
- For the Coronavirus to stop spreading and for all of us to do our part in helping that happen.
- For people who are infected with the Coronavirus and/or facing quarantine
- For medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers, and all those responsible for fighting the Coronavirus.
- For leaders responsible for making decisions about the Coronavirus.
- For families adjusting to new ways of life.
- For business owners and families facing financial stress.
- For grocery store workers and delivery drivers.
- For health and healing.
- For peace and comfort for those who have lost loved ones.
- For a sense of solidarity and community in facing this together.
New Philadelphia Moravian Church is delighted to host Lovefeasts this year. We have options for people who are able to attend in person or folks may view through live streaming or watching the recording later.
In the spirit of love and care for one another we have outlined requirements to keep us all safe when attending the Lovefeasts that are in person and indoors.
Guidelines for Indoor/In person Lovefeasts (Registration CLOSED))
- Registration is required and available at this link Lovefeast Registration. We encourage people to register early. Those attending in person should plan to show their COVID vaccine card, if eligible for the vaccine; or present a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours, if unvaccinated or not eligible for the vaccine
- Masks are required inside the building.
- A nursery will be available with staff who will be masked and vaccinated.
- Since we are limiting numbers, we respectfully ask you choose one of the three services to attend in order to open up more spots for other members and for the community.
- Wrapped buns and disposable coffee cups will be distributed by Dieners. The baskets and coffee can be passed. People can use their own discretion to eat at the service or take it home.
- Lit candles will be used during the service.
- Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the service.
We will celebrate with hope, peace, joy and love the birth of our Saviour in many ways during this Advent and Christmas!
The Board of Elders of New Philadelphia Moravian Church
Twas the Sunday after Christmas
and all through the church,
the pastor was worried
and turned with a lurch;
he suddenly thought no one would attend
a Sunday morning service way before 10.
“Maybe if folks rest, it’ll feel like heaven;
they can sleep in a bit and get to church by 11.”
Sunday – December 26 – 11:00 a.m. Worship Service
Another Christmas Lovefeast opportunity!
Sunday, December 19 at 8:30 p.m.
Drive through the portico to pick up your bun, coffee, and candle; claim your parking spot, and join us outside for a Christmas Lovefeast ~ registration not required.
You’re welcome to bring a lawn chair and sit outside, weather permitting.