For All the Saints

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At this time of year, many Moravian congregations proclaim our liturgy for All Saints during worship.

“Behold, a great multitude, which no one can number, out of every nation and of all tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, with palm branches in their hands . . .” it begins.

Moravians use the word “saint” in a more general, inclusive way than Roman Catholics. We have no formal process to declare or bestow sainthood. To us, it’s a reference to all those who have lived in obedience to Christ and suffered because of their faith.

My own discernment of the concept of “saint” would certainly include all our Moravian missionaries and those who make their service possible by working behind the scenes or through financial support. So, it is appropriate now for all of us to recognize the saints around us in two ways:

Pray for Mohamed and Safiatu Braima

Safiatu Braima, William Holbrook, and Mohamed Braima at Kernersville Moravian Church

Emerging to service from Little Church on the Lane in Charlotte, NC, Mohamed and Safiatu Braima have bravely served God as Moravian missionaries in their native land of Sierra Leone for many years. They have established Moravian schools there and proclaimed Christ in a mostly Muslim country. They courageously endured the ravages of famine and deadly disease throughout Africa over the years.

Now, you may know that Mohamed is very sick. Please pray for Mohamed and Safiatu.

Support Moravian Mission

This Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. at Friedland Moravian Church you will have the opportunity to find yourself in the company of saints at our Mission Lovefeast, sponsored by the Southern Province Mission Society, in partnership with the Moravian Music Foundation and the Board of World Mission. Come and sing songs in many languages and listen to what God has done and continues to do in the hearts of people all around the world! You are sure to be blessed!

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Vince Holbrook

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Vince Holbrook began as Director of Communication and Marketing in November 2017. He's a career communications professional who teaches public speaking and interpersonal communication at Forsyth Technical Community College and Guilford Technical Community College. He also spent significant time with Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Texas Instruments and Trone Advertising. A graduate of Morehead State University in Morehead, KY, Vince holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Communication from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He attends First Moravian Church in Greensboro, NC and also attends Come & Worship emerging ministry at the Liberty Arts Coffee Shop in Winston-Salem.
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