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 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 first lovefeasts of the Moravian Church in North America were held in Savannah Georgia, during the years 1735 to 1740. The first lovefeast in North Carolina was held on the evening of the arrival of the first Moravian colonists in the settlement of Bethabara on November 17, 1753.
The Moravian Christmas Eve LoveFeast, ending in the breathtaking glow of lighted beeswax 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 - now draws Christians of all denominations. “It just isn't Christmas until we attend a Moravian Lovefeast and Candlelight service” is a familiar comment heard from our guests.
What makes this particular service so special? Pastor Ray Burke of Clemmons Moravian Church may very well have the answer: "these services engage all of our senses. We Hear the marvelous music and familiar words of scripture that tell of God’s coming. We Smell the warm, rich coffee and beeswax candles. We Taste that coffee and the semi-sweet buns. We Touch the cups, the buns, the candles, and the hands of our brothers and sisters in Christ as we greet each other in worship. We See the joy, the excitement. But there is more… even beyond the engagement of all our senses, lies that mysterious communion of our spirits with the very Spirit of God."
Each year we have two Christmas Eve Candlelight Lovefeast Services at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm to honor the birth of our Savior. The services are usually crowded, so please come early.
Christmas Eve Lovefeast & Candlelight Service
New Hope Moravian Church
2897 Sandy Ford Road
Newton, NC 28658
Saturday, December 24, 2016 (5 PM and 7:30 PM)