Please join in worship as LUMC celebrates our 38th Moravian Love Feast on December 5th at 6:30pm.
The Christmas Love Feast celebrates the birth of Christ through scripture, prayer, the singing of hymns, the lighting of candles, and the serving of Moravian buns and sweet, creamy coffee.
The first love feast was served in Germany on August 13, 1727, following the renewal of the Moravian Church. The love feast is not to be confused with the sacrament of Holy Communion—it does not take the place of the sacrament of Communion, but is styled after the common meal partaken in love and fellowship by the early church as described in the book of Acts.
The name of the service is a literal translation of the New Testament word “agape.” It is interesting that John Wesley, the cofounder of the Methodist Church with his brother Charles, sailed to the U S with the Moravians and was influenced by their faith, joy, and practice of love feasts. This pilgrim group celebrated their journey with a love feast when they safely arrived in Savannah, Georgia. His diary notes: “After evening prayers, we joined with the Germans in one of their love feasts. It was begun and ended with thanksgiving and prayer, and celebrated in so decent and solemn a manner as a Christian of the apostolic age would have allowed to be worthy of Christ.”