On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1888, a new Moravian congregation was formally organized in Easton. How wonderful that day must have been for the 39 charter members as they not only celebrated Christ’s Resurrection, but also the birth of this congregation, a new life waiting to unfold. For 130 years the First Moravian congregation has been worshiping together and doing ministry in Christ’s name. This year, again, Easter falls on April 1. We will rejoice in the love and hope of the Resurrection as we worship our risen Lord. We’ll remember those who have passed into the more immediate presence of our Lord at our Sunrise Service and our regular worship time will be enhanced by the Silver and Brass Trombone Quartet. We will also remember and give thanks that just as Christ offered new life to this congregation 130 years ago, he continues to renew and sustain us even now.
We will officially celebrate our anniversary on Sunday, April 8. During the worship service, as is our tradition, we will honor our outstanding member of the year for 2018. After worship we’ll share in the fellowship of a covered dish lunch. At this informal lunch we’ll be able to share memories and enjoy each other’s company. We’ll spend time together as a church family. Even if you have not attended lately, we invite you to come and partake in the fellowship. Come learn about the new ministries that are taking place at First Moravian. Even though the congregation has gotten smaller over the years, our zeal for ministry has not. There are many exciting things happening here at the corner of 10th and Bushkill. We invite you to be part of it all.
An anniversary is a time to remember and celebrate our past – yet we cannot cling to it or rest on it. Each anniversary is also a call to look toward the future. God still has much work for us to do. As we move into our 131st year as a congregation, let us prayerfully discern how God is calling us to share the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Be the good news!
Peace and grace,