On Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and all the promises of God that sustain and nurture us. In the Holy Spirit’s power and promise we are always made new and eternally joined to God and all the people we’ve known and loved. This painting by He Xi depicts Jesus’ disciples with flames of Holy Spirit power on their heads on that first Pentecost.
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Mag’dalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbou’ni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” Mary Mag’dalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. (John 20: 1-18 )
HOLY WEEK SERVICES 2018
Please join us!
Good Friday March 30, 7:00 p.m.
At this solemn service we remember our savior Jesus’ crucifixion and death and his final works and words. At the conclusion of the service, “Were You There” is sung in darkness.
Easter Sunday, April 1
On Easter morning we rejoice with Mary Magdalene and all the followers of Jesus at the news of his Resurrection!
Joyous Sunrise Service, 7:00 a.m.
Potluck Easter Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Egg Hunt for the kids, 9:30 a.m.
Festival Worship with Holy Communion, 10:30 a.m.
Lenten Soup Suppers and worship – Lent is an old English word meaning springtime. In church usage it refers to the 40 days (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
On Wednesdays during Lent we will host a light soup supper at 6:00 p.m. followed by a service of prayer and holy communion using elements of Holden Evening Prayer and the traditional vespers service. Please join us!
Our Sunday services are the same as always: 8:00 and 10:30 A.M.
Our Ash Wednesday service at Messiah will be at 6:30 P.M. on Feb. 14, beginning our Lenten observance . Everyone is welcome for supper and worship.
Lent is an old English word meaning springtime. In church usage it refers to the 40 days – not counting Sundays – before Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, this year observed on Feb. 14. We will have a solemn service at 6:30 p.m. with Holy Communion and imposition of ashes.
On the following Wednesdays of Lent we will have a light soup supper at 6:00 p.m. followed by a service of prayer using elements of the traditional vespers service and the Holden evening prayer service.
O God of justice and love,
you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son.
Give us the light we need,
and awaken us to the needs of others,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Messiah Mission Fest
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Trunk or Treat – 5:00-6:00
Brisket ‘n Brats Dinner – 6:00-8:00 – freewill offering
Join us at Messiah Lutheran Church for Trunk or Treat, and stay for dinner! We’ll have games and bounce house fun, food and music, cake walk, silent auction and crafts, and a drawing for an amazing quilt. Live music by 8-Track.
All proceeds will benefit Crossroads Youth Program, a service of Freedom House in Weatherford.
Messiah is reaching out. Come join hands with us in support of Crossroads and enjoy the Mission Fest!
Gracious God, you helped Saint Francis to reflect the image of Christ through a life of poverty and humility. May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, and by imitating his joyful love. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.