Our Bishops Message of Hope in the Wake of Hurricane Irma
September 13, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We greet you with every good wish in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Chief Elder.
Living in islands which were spared from the wrath of Hurricane Irma, we want to offer words of empathy, encouragement and solidarity with all those members in the islands which have been bruised and battered.
We share your pain, anxiety, shock and loss, your sense of bewilderment and displacement and we pray for your present comfort and speedy restoration to a sense of normalcy.
At this time, we would briefly share thoughts from an event in the life of Jesus’ disciples and Jesus himself.
Challenged, But Do Not Quit
Advancing the Kingdom of God is no easy task. The forces of darkness are ever at work to plant doubt and fear in your heart. Not only that, but If one is not careful, the spirit of despair, destruction and death could be some of the tactics used by the forces of darkness and evil to distract one from the tasks at hand. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthian Christians in 1 Corinthians 9:25 declared, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever” (NIV).
As Servants of the most High God, our faith will be stretched as we continue to run this race. Attacks will come from every side and cause some to faint. Some will give up, while others could become indecisive in their faith. It is said that, when you are being stretched spiritually, your faith in God grows. When you are being stretched mentally, your old ideas are challenged and replaced with new ones. When you are being stretched relationally, selfishness dies and love grows.
Bishops’ Message for Easter 2017
“If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” 1 Cor. 15:14
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The answer given to St. Paul’s question in his First Letter to the Corinthians is fundamental to all that we do and say as Christians and as a Church. That Christ arose from the dead is the foundation of Christian life and witness.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins but if he stayed dead it might well have been a matter of speculation as to whether he had paid the price for our sins or whether he simply died biologically like anybody else crucified on a cross. But God did raise him up from the dead and that signaled to the world that Christ rose from the dead in spite of the various plans hatched to explain away an empty tomb.
The resurrection was believed in and taught as the principal truth of Christianity at the time of its occurrence. Men preached it who saw Jesus after his resurrection; men who at first were not easily convinced of the fact themselves had their unbelief overcome by the sheer evidence they had of it.
Bearing the Torch with Pride
Rev. Dr. Cortroy Jarvis Chairman of PEC
August 13, 2016 will mark the 289th year since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on a disorganized, disenchanted, disheartened and disjointed Moravian Community in Herrnhut. The Community had been torn apart by infightings, jealousy, greed and a lust for power. Their division had nothing to do with their love for God and Him crucified. On August 13 at Bertlesdorf Chapel, the Holy Spirit transformed their outlook on life for good. It brought a Unity in their midst that they had never experienced before. It was out of this that the Moravians began to send Missionaries throughout the world, beginning with David Nitschmann and Leonard Dober in 1732 in St. Thomas Virgin Islands, formerly Danish West Indies.
A Moravian historian wrote that Church history abounds in records of special outpourings of the Holy Spirit, and verily the thirteenth of August 1727, was a day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We saw the hand of God and His wonders, and we were all under the cloud of our fathers baptized with their Spirit. The Holy Ghost came upon us and in those days great signs and wonders took place in our midst. He continues, from that time scarcely a day passed but what we beheld His almighty workings amongst us. A great hunger after the Word of God took possession of us so that we had to have three services every day, viz. 5.0 and 7.30 a.m. and 9.0 p.m. Every one desired above everything else that the Holy Spirit might have full control. Self-love and self-will, as well as all disobedience disappeared and an overwhelming flood of grace swept us all out into the great ocean of Divine Love.
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Update on the Caribbean Praise Hymnal
Rev. Dr. Mikie Roberts
Director, Provincial Hymnal Committee.
The historic publication of the first Caribbean Moravian hymnal – Caribbean Moravian Praise – is near completion. Upon completion of the hard cover hymnal, each congregation will also receive a database that will contain a reference to the hymn tunes. In this database the music for the new hymns will be provided.
However, in cases where the tune for the hymn is unchanged the actual music for that hymn will not be provided. Instead the database will indicate the name of the tune and the number of that hymn in the current music edition. By so doing, it is our desire that the new hymns will soon be incorporated into the congregation’s hymnal repertoire since the tunes will be at the congregation’s disposal.