Someone Is Missing? Let Us Pray for the Best!

As we go deeper into the Corona Virus pandemic, we begin to put more and more faces on the suffering. I take Spanish using Dulingo.Com, and have studied about twenty minutes a day for almost two years. In all that time a young lady named “Lisa K” has kept pace with me. However, over the last several months, her activity on the site has dropped to zero. I finally noticed this, and clicked on her information link. She lives in China and I did not know. China is where the pandemic began. Her picture is small, but she appears to be relatively young. I hope and pray that, if her inactivity on Dulingo.Com has been due to the Corona Virus, it will not be permanent. Though I have never met her, it is easy for me to pray, “O Lord, please, let her live, not just before you, but in our world, too.”

It was John Donne who wrote:

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Yes, the loss of anyone diminishes us all, and the loss of every individual represents a dramatic change in the composition of our world, and the wonderful possibilities of our lives are reduced. And so we pray, “Kyrie Eleison,” “Lord have mercy!” Not just for our families, close friends, church members and neighbors, but for all God’s children scattered wherever they may be.

The Pastor

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A Visit with the Pastor: Saturday, 28 March 2020

Pastor Green has put out a video for the congregation and friends of Fries Memorial Moravian Church. Click here to view it. In the video, when he says that introverts are enjoying this time more than extroverts, he should have said that introverts are tolerating this time more than extroverts. That said, he has always prayed that each of us should be able to find some joy in everyday. He would also add the names of several physicians, nurses and healthcare workers in our larger church family for prayer, I will just call them by first names, Bill, Amret, Wes, Amanda, Jeremy, Clark, Evelyn, Beverly, Amanda, Kenneth and their families. Would you like to add to this list of healthcare professionals? Email the pastor at frieschurch6@gmail.com.

You may also want to watch the live stream worship from Home Moravian at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Click here to view it. Alternate you can listen on the radio. There are several options:  AM 600 (W-S), FM 101.5 (W-S, High Point) and FM 104.5 (Burlington).

Members of Fries are encouraged to post other options in the comments section below.

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“Love is Stronger than Death” Quote

Again I recommend that you sign up for a daily email.at the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) Or you can read them here. They are written by Fr. Richard Rohr of the CAC, Brian McLaren of the Emerging Church movement, and others.

I particularly like two things from Fr. Rohr’s post this morning. This paragraph is worth remembering:

I believe the meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus is summed up in the climactic line from the Song of Songs, “love is stronger than death” (8:6). If the blank white banner that the Risen Christ usually holds in Christian art should say anything, it should say: “Love will win!” Love is all that remains. Love and life are finally the same thing, and we know that for ourselves once we have walked through death. 

I hope and pray that you and I don’t have to “walk though death” anytime soon. I am grateful that Jesus did “walk through death.” He went into the grave, and he came out again. That is good news, for he is “the first-born from the dead,” “the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” In light of the present crisis, it is comforting for all of us to know that “love is stronger than death,” and “Love will win!”

May God protect you and those you love.

The Pastor

Note: I think I am okay to quote this. The usual limit, as I recall, is three sentences from any one section. At the very least, I am promoting the CAC.

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A Prayer Request

Every now and then we encounter a succinct statement of truth that humbles us. I found such a statement his morning as I scanned the online edition of the New York Times. I read:

Early research shows that health care workers are more likely to contract the coronavirus than the average person and, when they get it, to suffer more severe symptoms. Many doctors are already rationing the protective gowns, gloves and masks that are necessary to keep them safe. They are also drawing up their wills.

Source: Bari Weiss, Opinion staff writer and editor, New York Times, March 26, 2020 5:00 a.m. ET

Continue to pray for and support our health care workers. They are certainly heroes. We know that. Sometimes they are victims. We need to know that, too. It puts a whole new light on things.

Stay home as much as you can. It is not really such a burden for those of us who are retired. Self-isolate–that means no visits with the grandkids, except out of doors, at a safe distance. If we all do this for even two weeks, it will save lives, perhaps the life of a healthcare worker that you know.

“God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change,
courage to change the things we can,
and wisdom to know the difference.”

The Pastor

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A Message from the Unity Administrator

Christiansfeld, March 25th, 2020

Let’s Pray Together


Dear sisters and brothers,

Pope Francis has invited all Christian Communities to pray simultaneously today for all humanity as we are deeply affected by the pandemic. 

Last Sunday, Pope Francis publicly invited the Heads of the Churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all Christians, to invoke the Almighty, Omnipotent God, by praying the Lord’s Prayer simultaneously this Wednesday, 25 March ideally at noon Rome time, or noon local time, or at any other convenient time of the day.

Would you pray together with all other Christians to end this pandemic?

Please find attached a small prayer text, humbly proposed by sisters and brothers in ECP and the office of the Unity:

Moravian Church Worldwide,

Proposed payer during the Corona Virus Pandemic

Let us join in prayer for the world together with many fellow Christians: 
Lord, we pray for all who are fighting against the spreading of the virus-, Especially for all victims of the virus, for the sick, and for all nurses, doctors and other medical staff working in the hospitals. For the scientists working on finding vaccines and other medical solutions to the virus. For peace and stability in all countries. 

Rev. D. Jorgen Boytler (PhD)
Pastor of the Moravian Church, Christiansfeld
Unity Board Administrator

boytler@ebu.de

www.unitasfratrum.org

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