Rather than concentrating on divisive doctrines, the Moravian Church preaches the basics of the faith, which all Christians share in common. Moravians are encouraged to live out their faith through service to those in need. Our mission work has concentrated on the poor and the powerless.
Jesus said “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me” (Matt 25:35–36 NRSV).
The seal of the Moravian Church goes back to the sixteenth century, possibly earlier. In the center is the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei), a favorite symbol of the early Christian church. The Lamb is holding a staff, and from the staff waves the glorious banner of victory. On the banner a cross is clearly displayed. The uniqueness of the lamb symbol for Moravians is the inscription attached (often in a circular band): Vicit agnus noster, eum sequamur, "Our Lamb Has Conquered, Let Us Follow Him." The seal focuses on the triumph of Christ over death, sin, and the power of evil through His sacrificial death. It combines faith in Christ with active discipleship in following His path of love and service.During the holiday season, many families decorate their homes with a Moravian star. While these unique multi-pointed stars are beautiful, they also have a rich history. Originating in Saxony (Germany) in the 1830s as a geometry project for Moravian school boys, the stars were quickly adopted by the Moravian Church as a symbol of the birth of Jesus, representing the star of Bethlehem. Traditionally, the star is hung in the church sanctuary on the first Sunday of Advent and remains up until Epiphany.
The Moravian Lovefeast is based upon the Agape feast and the meals of the early churches described in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles, which were partaken in unity and love. Traditionally, a semi-sweetened bun and coffee is served to the congregation in the pews by dieners (from the German word for servers); before partaking, a simple table grace is said. The Moravian Christmas Eve LoveFeast, ending in the breathtaking glow of lighted candles, is one of the most beautiful and inspirational services of the Moravian Church. Originating on the European Continent in 1747, rapidly spreading to Moravian congregations around the world, the CandleLight Service now draws Christians of all denominations.
To many, the term [Moravian] denotes ancestry. To Moravians, the term defines Christianity. Few are direct descendants - all are spiritual descendants of the ancient Brethren. We come from all nationalities, all races, all religious backgrounds, and many walks of life to devote our life to Christ.
We thank you for visiting our website and we encourage you to learn more about our rich Christian heritage - come join us each Sunday morning at 10:00 AM for Sunday School and at 11:00 AM as we worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.