Lititz Moravian Church

Ponderings & Happenings

A Call To Prayer

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

  Church Family, As servants of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we come to you with an urgent need for prayer, Our congregation’s Biblical watchword for 2021, “Christ is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14) calls us to doing prayerful deeds of peace. As...

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Christmas Eve Devotional Message

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

A Christmas Eve devotional message from the bishops of our province, taken from a devotional for Moravian pastors, “26 Points” ON THE TWENTY-SITXH DAY OF ADVENT, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2020...My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?...

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Covenanting Is A Grand Thing

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

We sang “We in one covenant are joined, and one in Jesus are” earlier. Covenanting is a grand thing, a sacred choice. It is an expression of our bond in Jesus, like the sacred bond we have with our spouse, if we are married.As one of your pastors I have been in covenant with you to...

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Life is a Gift To Be Shared

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

Recently a customary “How ya doin?” greeting from an acquaintance brought out of me a surprising, unexpected, unwanted, and unpleasant response. It was followed immediately by my apology, and my explanation that I’m only human, and I wake up each morning, and sometimes in the...

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I Cherish All of These Experiences of Life

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

I’ve been thinking of the changes in my life, since the corona virus flew into town. What have I been missing the most, or what changes bother me the most? What’s the greatest challenge for me?--Not eating at a restaurant? No. Liz is a terrific cook, and we’ve had some great...

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A COVID-19 Prayer Based On Psalm 51

Posted by Chad Engbers on

Prayed by Calvin University professor, Chad Engbers, at the chapel service onMarch 12, 2020, just before the campus was closed, because of the coronavirus pandemic.Merciful God, we need you so much. When we look around, we see disease everywhere; when we look within, we see our sin. You desire...

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Stay at Home and Come to Worship

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

Worship happens…… in different languages,… in different cultures,… in different styles.… in different theologies,… in different traditions,… in different settings,But, up until these days, worship always happened with a gathering together of the...

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Pastoral Ponderings on Living With[out] Fear in These Uncertain Times

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

It would be easier to follow our Lamb who has conquered if we could see Him and hear Him wouldn’t it? But then we wouldn’t be walking by faith, would we? “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7). His first disciples didn’t have trouble seeing Him. They...

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Pastoral Ponderings for Living in These Uncertain Times

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

Daily we see the numbers of those with CODIV-19 and those who have died from it rise. And with the news, our fears and anxieties rise. Hospitals are overwhelmed; medical tests and treatment supplies are not available to all who need them; now we are told that everyone should wear a mask when...

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God is Our Refuge and Strength

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

(Written on the day after the first Sunday we were closed for worship).The empty church on Sunday made me aware of how much I miss you all! Church is family, Church is home, Church is intended to be a place to show love to God and His children. And even with the key to the building in my hand...

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