Friedberg Moravian Church welcomes all people of all backgrounds to join in our service of worship. Our Sunday schedule is as follows:
- 9:15 a.m. - Band Prelude
- 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School
- 11:00 a.m. - Worship Service
During special celebrations throughout the year we offer services in addition to our usual Sunday morning worship service. These include:
- Holy Week (week leading up to Easter) - Holy Week Services each night at 7:30 p.m., beginning the Sunday before Easter
- Holy Thursday (Thursday before Easter) - Communion service at 7:30 p.m.
- Good Friday (Friday before Easter) - Good Friday lovefeast at 7:30 p.m.
- Christmas (Sunday before Christmas) - Early candlelight service and lovefeast at 7:30 p.m.
- Christmas Eve - Candlelight and lovefeast at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
What to Expect
Worship at Friedberg is a time for personal devotion, reflection, and prayer, with emphasis on spending time with God. Messages involve a variety of topics and serve to bring the worshiper into a closer understanding of who God is, who Christ is, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Dress ranges from casual to business casual, with more of an emphasis of "come as you are" over "dress your best."
Friedberg currently offers a "Traditional" worship service, which typically involves the congregational singing of hymns from both Moravian tradition and general Protestant tradition. Services are somewhat liturgical in nature, which means they follow a particular "order," or program, yet we are not strictly against changing elements around if we are so led. The music ministry of the service is led primarily by our Senior Choir, with musical selections from many of today's top choral composers and arrangers. In that regard, our "traditional" congregational hymn-singing is married with the more contemporary anthems and special music of our choir, soloists and guest musicians.
Occasionally we will partake in the prayer of a "liturgy," which, in the Moravian Church, is a type of call-and-response congregational prayer mixed with hymn stanzas. Friedberg does not practice weekly communion, however, communion is offered during special times throughout the year, such as New Year's and Easter, as well as general observances like Atonement and Worldwide Communion. Baptism is generally performed on an as-needed basis, such as for new believers and infant dedications. Both sacraments are also types of liturgies.
In the early days of the Christian church, believers would meet together to break bread and worship. The Moravian Church revived this practice over 200 years ago and it continues to this day. Moravian churches all over the world practice lovefeast in different ways, including using cookies and lemonade, or sweet rolls and hot chocolate.
Friedberg, as well as other Moravian churches statewide, follows a practice which was begun by the Home Moravian congregation in Salem. Lovefeast rolls, or buns, are distributed by dieners (German for "servers") to the congregation in the sanctuary or place of worship. These buns are a type of potato bread, similar in size to a hamburger bun and lightly sweetened with nutmeg and other natural flavors. After the lovefeast buns have been served, the then receives mugs of coffee sweetened with sugar and milk.
This simple meal is designed to signify our union and family-like fellowship with each other, and to celebrate our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is not a sacrament, like holy communion, but an informal breaking of bread shared by the whole congregation