Lovefeast

 
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