Dec. 24-27 Moravian Christmas Marathon

Mike RiessEvents, News

In this upside down year, as folks have looked to share their creative worship, music, and reflection ideas in a virtual way, we have a chance to collect traditional and original Moravian content on a scale never possible before!

Much of this content has been available as individual resources, but there is just so much worth sharing! With that reality… the Moravian Marathon was born!

Starting at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve (Eastern Time) a looping Marathon of more than ten hours of Moravian created content will be shown for two days in a row. This will be a collection of short song videos, longer documentary type pieces on Moravian traditions, and plenty of unique readings, reflections, and overall just fun, beautiful, and meaningful videos to help celebrate this Christmas.

The Marathon is designed to just be on and running throughout the holiday weekend. While there are a few “running bits” to have some fun with the format, for the most part you can turn it on at any point and enjoy what is being shared at the moment.

We look forward to sharing this content with you and hope you enjoy as much of the Marathon as you are able!

It will stream on the Moravian Church Without Walls Facebook Page, the MCWW Youtube Channel, and right here on MoravianChristmas.org!

 

Moravian Marathon Videos

Looking for a specific part of the Moravian Christmas Marathon?  Find your favorite here!

 

1

Moravian Marathon Opening Video  - An introduction video to the Moravian Christmas Marathon. Rev. Dan Miller, Rev. Greg Behrend, Matt Spies, and Justin Rabbach discuss the Moravian Marathon, and delegate Christmas tasks.  (3:40) 

2

The Hosanna Anthem - A virtual choir of Moravians from around North America and the Moravian Unity. Compiled by invitation of Rt. Rev. Chris Giesler, and edited by Matt Spies. (2:25)

3

Candle Lighting Advent 1 - Rev. Rebecca Craver leads a short liturgy for the lighting of the first Advent candle. (2:56)

4

Candle Lighting Advent 2 - Rev. Rebecca Craver leads a short liturgy for the lighting of the second Advent candle. (3:02)

5

Candle Lighting Advent 3 - Rev. Rebecca Craver leads a short liturgy for the lighting of the third Advent candle. (3:06)

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Candle Lighting Advent 4 - Rev. Rebecca Craver leads a short liturgy for the lighting of the fourth Advent candle. (2:56)

7

Northern Province Greetings - Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller, President of the Provincial Elders Conference offers greetings on behalf of the Northern Province in North America. (1:36)

8

O Come Emmanuel - Reserved Parking - A musical group called “Reserved Parking” made up of members of Unity Moravian in Lewisville, NC offer a musical selection. (4:25)

9

O Come Emmanuel - Riddick Weber - Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber, Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Moravian Theological Seminary, offers a reflection on the Hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. (3:59)

 

10

Once He Came in Blessing #273 MBW (Brass) - A special recording from the Moravian Music Foundation recorded at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Trombones: Erik Salzwedel Trumpets: Anita Cirba & Mary Elen Kollman Audio/Video: Erik Salzwedel. (0:45)

11

Advent Hymn Reflections - The Board of Cooperative Ministries interviews Southern Province Moravians about their favorite Advent hymns. (Featuring Keith Weatherman, Rev. Angelica Regalado, Rev. Fran Saylor, Rev. David Merritt, Rev. Lisa Mullen, and Rev. Riddick Weber) (5:12)

12

Prepare Ye the Way - Lake Mills - The Lake Mills Moravian Church Praise Band from Lake Mills, Wisconsin offers a musical selection. (2:38)

 

13

Nativity Story - Rebecca Craver & Theodore O'Connor - Watch Rev. Rebecca Craver and her son, Theodore O’Connor, retell the story of the nativity. (5:27)

14

Christmas Greetings from Moravian Open Door - Frank Johnson, President of the Moravian Open Door Board of Directors, brings greetings on behalf of Moravian Open Door located in New York. (0:56)

15

Moravian Theological Seminary Greetings - Riddick Weber - Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber, Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Moravian Theological Seminary, offers greetings. (2:44)

16

Apart on Christmas - Greg Behrend - Rev. Greg Behrend, Pastor of Our Savior’s Moravian Church in Altura, MN, offers an original song he wrote and performed for this Moravian Christmas Marathon. (4:16)

17

Christmas Reflection 2020 - Barbara Styers - A reflection on Advent and Christmas by a Moravian as a part of a series put together by the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries. (BCM) (1:09)

18

"All Wrapped Up” - Brian Dixon - Rev. Brian Dixon, Pastor of Emmaus Moravian Church in Emmaus, PA, tells an original Christmas themed story he wrote for this Marathon.  (3:23)

19

"God Comes to Us" - David Melby-Gibbons - An original song by David Melby-Gibbons recorded in 2019. (2:42)

20

The Best Virtual Christmas Pageant Ever! - A collection of Moravians from around the Northern and Southern Provinces offer a virtual Christmas pageant. (8:57)

21

This Repeat in Tones Harmonious - A special recording performed by Erik Salzwedel, Business Manager of the Moravian Music Foundation, and family members Eve Salzwedel and James Salzwedel. (4:20)

22

Christmas Reflection 2020 - Winnifred Farquharson - A reflection on Advent and Christmas by a Moravian as a part of a series put together by the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries. (BCM) (2:13)

23

In the Bleak Midwinter - Rachel Marie Schachter - A folk-style hymn cover recorded for the Marathon by Rachel Marie Schachter. (4:20)

24

Nativity - Edmonton Moravian - A unique take on telling the story of the nativity using a Kenyan-made creche. Narrated by Steve Craver. Video by Theodore O’Connor and Rebecca Craver. (5:19)

25

The Pastor Behind the Mask - A game show parody where Moravian Pastors don a mask to sing a Christmas song… can you guess who is the Pastor behind the mask? Our “Moravian Celebrity” Judges do their best to figure out this mystery! (35:17)

26

"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" - Sam Gray & Brad Bennett - Rev. Brad Bennett and Rt. Rev. Sam Gray perform a musical selection.  (2:52)

27

Christmas Reflection - Riddick Weber - A reflection on Advent and Christmas by a Moravian as a part of a series put together by the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries. (4:08)

28

I Heard the Bells - Rachel Marie Schachter - Rachel Marie Schachter offers her cover of I Heard the Bells. (3:31)

29

Godly Play - Margaret Norris - Margaret Norris, director of Christian education at Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem NC, demonstrates a European Advent tradition called a Christingle. (5:26)

30

Marathon Hosts Interlude 1 - The Moravian Marathon hosts (Rev. Dan Miller, Rev. Greg Behrend, Matt Spies, and Justin Rabbach) check back in during the Marathon to update viewers on how their Christmas task delegation is going! (1:10)

31

Edgeboro Candle Making - A short documentary style piece on Moravian beeswax candles being made one year at Edgeboro Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA. (3:45)

32

First Candlelight Service - I Can Still Remember - Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber gives a short history of the first Moravian Christmas Eve Candlelight service. This is followed by an original reflection written and read by Justin Rabbach from the perspective of a child who was present at that service. (10:45)

33

How to Trim a Lovefeast Candle - Raleigh Moravian Church - An instructional video by Stephanie Frazier, member of Raleigh Moravian Church (NC), on how to add the paper trim to a beeswax candle and make it festive for those Christmas Eve candlelight services! (6:24)

34

"Light a Candle" - Brad Bennett & Sam Gray - Rev. Brad Bennett and Rt. Rev. Sam Gray perform an original song. (3:13)

35

Come Light Our Hearts - Reserved Parking - A musical group called “Reserved Parking” made up of members of Unity Moravian in Lewisville, NC offer a musical selection. (3:56)

36

Candle Lighting Christmas - Rev. Rebecca Craver leads a short liturgy for the lighting of the Christ Advent candle. (2:19)

37

O Little Town of Bethlehem - O Little Town of Bethlehem sung around the unity. (1:05)

38

How to Trim Candles - Susan Corder - Susan Corder, member of Dover First Moravian Church in Ohio, teaches us how to trim our beeswax candles. (2:13)

39

Nativity - Stop Motion - A unique telling of the nativity story through the use of stop motion animation. (3:06)

40

Christmas greetings from the Laurel Ridge Staff - The staff of Laurel Ridge share their favorite Christmas traditions. (3:21)

41

Shining the Light - Lake Mills - The Lake Mills Moravian Church Praise Band from Lake Mills, Wisconsin offers a musical selection. (3:23)

42

Greetings from Canadian District - Greg Weir - Canadian District President, Greg Weir, offers Christmas greetings. (0:41)

43

How to Make a Christingle - Pastor Craig & Anna Troutman, Raleigh Moravian Church (NC), teach how to make a Christingle.  (5:14)

44

Come All Ye Faithful - Schoenbrunn - Becky Canfield & Jacob Cannon of Schoenbrunn Moravian in New Philadelphia, OH sing O Come All Ye Faithful (3:35)

45

Christmas Joy & Holiday Greeting from the staff of Moravian Music Foundation - The staff of the Moravian Music Foundation bring holiday greetings. (0:47)

46

"A Moravian Christmas Celebration" on Trombone - A Moravian Christmas Celebration arranged by Michael Brown and performed by Dave Cannon on Trombone (5:48)

47

A Christmas Meditation from Bishop Chris Geisler - Bishop Chris Geisler offers a Christmas meditation.(8:38)

48

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent #271 - A special recording from the Moravian Music Foundation recorded at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Voices: Sarah Durham, Eve Salzwedel, Nola Knouse, Barbara Strauss, Barry Foster, and Dave Blum. Organ: Susan K. Foster. Audio/Video: Erik Salzwedel. (1:59)

49

Dewey Linville Christmas Reflection 2020 - A reflection on Advent and Christmas by Southern Province Moravians as a part of a series put together by the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries. (BCM) (3:33)

50

Dover First Prophecy Promenade - The congregation of Dover First Moravian Church offers their virtual Christmas Pageant, luminary walk, and Hymn sing, produced by John Wallace, directed by Joe Compton, filmed & edited by Matt Spies and music supervision by G. Randall Gibbs. (43:55)

51

Lititz Moravian Church Trombone Choir - O Come All Ye Faithful performed by the brass instrumentalists of the Lititz congregation. (1:42)

52

Marathon Hosts Interlude 2 - The Moravian Marathon hosts (Rev. Dan Miller, Rev. Greg Behrend, Matt Spies, and Justin Rabbach) check back in during the Marathon to update viewers on how their Christmas task delegation is going! (1:40)

53

Edgeboro Putz Time Lapse - A time-lapse of setting up the putz at Edgeboro Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA. (1:34)

54

Christmas Putz 2020 East Hills Moravian Church - The East Hills congregation of Bethlehem, PA offers a look at their putz. (20:04)

55

Andy Kilps as "The Angel" - Andy Kilps, pastor of Hope Moravian Church in Hope, IN offers a children’s message. (2:50)

56

Reserved Parking - Magnificat - A musical group called “Reserved Parking” made up of members of Unity Moravian in Lewisville, NC offer a musical selection. (3:17)

57

Andy the Shepherd - Andy Kilps - Andy Kilps, pastor of Hope Moravian Church in Hope, IN offers a children’s message. (4:42)

58

"I Wonder as I Wander" - Brad Bennet & Sam Gray - Rev. Brad Bennet and Rt. Rev. Sam Gray perform a musical selection.  (2:11)

59

Andy and the Three Wisemen - Andy Kilps - Andy Kilps, pastor of Hope Moravian Church in Hope, IN offers a children’s message. (4:06)

60

Still, Still - Moravian Academy Chamber Singers - Andy Kilps, pastor of Hope Moravian Church in Hope, IN offers a children’s message. (2:50)

61

Greetings from Western District - Bruce Nelson - Western District President, Bruce Nelson, offers Christmas greetings.  (1:03)

62

O Come All Ye Faithful (John Hus Moravian Choir) - The choir of John Hus Moravian Church in Brooklyn, NY performs their rendition O Come All Ye Faithful (4:44)

63

"The Advent Journey Wrap-Up" - Andy Kilps - Andy Kilps, pastor of Hope Moravian Church in Hope, IN offers a children’s message. (7:49)

64

Estamos Unidos Christmas Reflection 2020 - Estamos Unidos of Winston-Salem, NC gives a Christmas reflection. (3:14)

65

Salem Brass Ensemble: Christmas Medley - Salem Moravian Church, Port Elizabeth, Salem Christmas Concert (December 2018) (3:15)

66

Estamos Unidos Moravian Ministry (Spanish) - Estamos Unidos de Winston-Salem, NC ofrece una reflexión navideña.

 (4:04)

67

Moravian Vespers - A special virtual performance of the annual Moravian College Vespers. This video is a mix of original 2020 content and highlights from some recent performances. (53:47)

68

Marathon Hosts Interlude 3 - The Moravian Marathon hosts (Rev. Dan Miller, Rev. Greg Behrend, Matt Spies, and Justin Rabbach) check back in during the Marathon to update viewers on how their Christmas task delegation is going! (2:02)

69

The First Moravian Star - Moravian Archives - Paul Peucker, of the Moravian Archives offers insight into the first Moravian Stars. (2:31)

70

Moravian Star Assembly Time-Lapse - Get a behind-the-scenes look at a time lapse of the assembly of the annual Moravian star on top of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  (0:56)

71

Wake Awake for Night is Flying #258 - A special recording from the Moravian Music Foundation recorded at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Voices: Sarah Durham, Eve Salzwedel, Nola Knouse, Barbara Strauss, Barry Foster, and Dave Blum. Organ: Susan K. Foster. Audio/Video: Erik Salzwedel. (2:10)

72

Moravian Star Unboxed - An unboxing and assembling of a traditional Moravian Star. (3:50)

73

What Child Is This - Rachel Marie Schachter - Rachel Marie Schachter offers her cover of What Child Is This. (2:34)

74

About Morning Star - Rev. Nola R. Knouse offers insight into a favorite Christmas hymn, Morning Star, O Cheering Sight. (4:15)

75

Morning Star - David Melby-Gibbons - David Melby-GIbbons performs his rendition of Christmas classic, Morning Star. (3:32)

76

Moravian Star - Winston-Salem News - Moravian stars and the way they're made are a tradition that traces back centuries. (1:13)

77

Fulp Moravian - A musical selection over reflective photos offered by Fulp Moravian Church in Walnut Cove, NC. (1:12)

78

Moravian Ministries Foundation - Christmas Reflection 2020 - The Moravian Ministries Foundation in America offer Christmas greetings. (2:10)

79

Jason Anderson - Poem - Rev. Jason Anderson, Pastor of Christian Faith Moravian Church in Deforest, WI, offers an original poem.  (4:57)

80

"In the Bleak Midwinter" - Brad Bennet & Sam Gray - Rev. Brad Bennet and Rt. Rev. Sam Gray perform a musical selection.  (3:35)

81

Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) Christmas Greeting - Greetings offered by the Board of Cooperative Ministries of the Southern Province. (2:16)

82

Eastern District Greeting from David Bennett - Eastern District President, David Bennet, offers Christmas greetings.  (0:39)

83

Christmas Greetings from the IBOC - Mike Riess, Executive Director of the Inter-Provincial Board of Communications (IBOC) offers Christmas Greetings. (2:30)

84

Hope Was Born This Night - Lake Mills - The Lake Mills Moravian Church Praise Band from Lake Mills, Wisconsin offers a musical selection. (4:03)

85

"Manger in My Heart" Story - Rick Beck - Rev. Rick Beck shares an original story about how a young boy learns about the true meaning of Christmas from a wise woman who knows what “Shepherds, Sages, and Saints” have to do with Christmas. (10:50)

86

"Manger in My Heart" (song) - Greg Behrend - Pastor Greg Behrend, of Our Savior's Moravian Church in Altura, MN performs “Manger in My Heart” a song written by Rev. Rick Beck, based on his original story of the same name. (5:03)

87

Christmas Pageant - Calvary Moravian - The congregation of Calvary Moravian performs their virtual pageant. (16:47)

88

Moravian Lovefeasts - A short history on Moravian Lovefeasts provided by the Bethabara Historical Park in North Carolina. (4:29)

89

Come, Eat Love - David Melby-Gibbons - David Melby-Gibbons offers his original song, Come, Eat Love. (2:07)

90

Christmas Greetings from Moravian Theological Seminary - Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood, Interim Dean, offers greetings on behalf of the Moravian Theological Seminary.  (2:11)

91

Candle Tea 2020 - Home Moravian - A documentary style piece on the history and significance of the Candle Tea, held each year at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. (28:41)

92

Marathon Hosts Interlude 4 - The Moravian Marathon hosts (Rev. Dan Miller, Rev. Greg Behrend, Matt Spies, and Justin Rabbach) check back in during the Marathon to update viewers on how their Christmas task delegation is going! (1:48)

93

Christmas Greetings from the BWM - Justin Rabbach, Executive Director of the Board of World Mission, offers Christmas greetings on behalf of the board, staff, and global partners of this mission agency.  (2:32)

94

Jesus Loves Me Sung Around the Moravian World - Members all over the unity sing, Jesus Loves me. (4:01)

95

Greetings from Moravian Global Partners - Greetings offered by Global Partners of the Moravian Board of World Mission for a special worship service focused on Mission Work. (7:54)

96

"Mary Had a Baby" - Brad Bennet & Sam Gray - Rev. Brad Bennet and Rt. Rev. Sam Gray perform a musical selection.  (2:30)

97

Hurricane Update - Moravian Disaster Response - Bishop Chris Geisler of the Board of World Mission gives an update on the Hurricanes that hit Nicaragua and Honduras this past year, as well as the response from the Board of World Mission. (5:16)

98

Morning Star - Edgeboro Moravian Church - “Morning Star” performed by four children of the Edgeboro Moravian Church congregation in Bethlehem, PA. (3:16)

99

Alaska Hosanna - Moravians at Bethel Moravian Church in Bethel, AK perform the Hosanna Anthem. (2:12)

100

What Do Moravians Believe? - Moravian voices explain a bit about the history and theology of the Moravian Church.  (3:13)

101

Hosanna in Miskito - Moravians in Nicaragua sing the Hosanna Anthem in Miskitu.  (2:13)

102

Thomas Baucom Hears Joy in the World - Board of World Mission Chair, Thomas Baucom answers the question, "How have you seen joy in the world through mission work?" (2:43)

103

Herrnhut Christmas Reflection - Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber offers a reflection on a personal story… a trip to Herrnhut, Germany to experience Christmas Eve in a “new” way.  (6:01)

104

Nativity - He's Here - He’s Here of the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, read by Dave Blum. (4:04)

105

Go Tell It on the Mountain - Rajpur Moravian Youth - Youth and young adults from the Moravian Institute in Rajpur offer a musical selection. (3:28)

106

Dan's Candle Conundrum - Dan Miller laments his candle lighting decisions made during the host interlude videos. (0:24)

107

Sparrow Story - Bishop Kay Ward - Rt. Rev. Kay Ward reads an original story from her book “Hoping for Spring”.  (4:27)

108

Even So, Come - Lake Mills - The Lake Mills Moravian Church Praise Band from Lake Mills, Wisconsin offers a musical selection. (4:45)

109

Central Moravian Church Virtual Putz - A recording of the Christmas Putz at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA. (16:07)

110

Thou Child Divine - Thou Child Divine by James M Bates (Moravian Star Anthem Series) Moramus Chorale Singstunde, Nov 10, 2019, Unity Moravian Church, Lewisville, NC (6:13)

111

Gods Own Son Reserved Parking Intro - Ruth Cole-Burcaw, Executive Director of the Board of Cooperative Ministries, and member of “Reserved Parking” offers an introduction into the song “God’s Own Son”. (1:30)

112

Reserved Parking - God's Own Son - A musical group called “Reserved Parking” made up of members of Unity Moravian in Lewisville, NC offer a musical selection. (4:36)

113

Three Trees - John Wallace - Pastor John Wallace, of Dover First Moravian Church reads a classic Christmas story. (7:51)

114

Jonah Christmas Reflection 2020 - A reflection on Advent and Christmas by Southern Province Moravians as a part of a series put together by the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries. (BCM) (1:17)

115

Once He Came In Blessing #273 - A special recording from the Moravian Music Foundation recorded at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Voices: Sarah Durham, Eve Salzwedel, Nola Knouse, Barbara Strauss, Barry Foster, and Dave Blum. Organ: Susan K. Foster. Audio/Video: Erik Salzwedel.  (1:31)

116

Sue Gentry Christmas Reflection 2020 - A reflection on Advent and Christmas by Southern Province Moravians as a part of a series put together by the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries. (BCM) (2:59)

117

Messiah - Comfort Ye - Every Valley - A special recording from the Moravian Music Foundation recorded at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Tenor: Glenn Siebert Organ: Susan K. Foster. Audio/Video: Erik Salzwedel. (7:53)

118

Tricklebee Christmas Video - Executive Director Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons offers Christmas greetings on behalf of the staff and volunteers of Tricklebee Cafe located in Milwaukee, WI. (1:02)

119

Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay #276 (brass) - A special recording from the Moravian Music Foundation recorded at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Trombones: Erik Salzwedel Trumpets: Anita Cirba & Mary Elen Kollman Audio/Video: Erik Salzwedel. (0:38)

120

Christmas Greetings from Sunnyside Ministries - Christmas greetings and an update on the ministry offered by staff of Sunnyside Ministries in Winston-Salem, NC. (2:45)

121

Hark the Herald Angels Sing - United Moravian Church - Members of United Moravian Church in New York City offer a musical selection. (3:15)

122

Joy to the World - Tannenberg Organ - The Moravian Music Foundation presents a musical selection with Gwyn Michel playing the Tannenberg Organ. (1:07)

123

Silent Night Guitar Instrumental - Nahum Pradhan - Moravian College student Nahum Pradhan offers a guitar instrumental cover of “Silent Night”. (2:03)

124

How Brightly Shines the Morning Star - Tannenberg Organ - The Moravian Music Foundation presents a musical selection with Gwyn Michel playing the Tannenberg Organ. (4:03)

125

Silent Night - Friedland Moravian Church Choir - Friedland Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., offers their rendition of Silent Night.

126

Moravian Marathon Closing Video - Rev. Dan Miller, Rev. Greg Behrend, Matt Spies, and Justin Rabbach find the true meaning of Christmas, close out the Moravian Christmas Marathon, and start another one!? (2:38)