Holden Evening Prayer
We will gather together at Messiah to sing the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer service each Wednesday during the Advent season at 6:00 p.m., beginning Nov. 30. The music for this vespers service was composed at the Holden Village retreat center in Washington state by church musician Marty Haugen. It is now sung to praise the coming Christ by churches throughout the world. The service lasts about 25-30 minutes. Everyone is invited, and please bring your families and friends. Let’s discover the quiet beauty of Advent together.
Sunday School Christmas Program
Our Messiah children will practice for the annual Christmas program on Saturday morning, Dec. 10 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.
The program will be Sunday afternoon, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. (kids please be at church by 5:00). Then we’ll enjoy a light potluck supper (cake and sandwiches).
You, too, can bring a song, a reading, or another other Christmas talent to share as part of the program. Let Pastor Franz or Ellen Legvold know how you would like to participate.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Our Christmas Eve services will be at 7:00 and 11:00 P.M. (Saturday, Dec. 24) with candlelight, scripture and “Silent Night.”
On Sunday, Christmas Day, we will celebrate with one service only at 10:30 A.M. Join us!
Bishop Eaton calls for Veterans Day prayers
You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, you will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91)
During the week of Veterans Day (Friday, Nov. 11), I invite you to join across this church to pray for service members, veterans, chaplains and their families. Let us pray for an ordered civic life and respect for the dignity and worth of every person. In worship on these days, please remember the impact of family separation and mobility for veterans and those currently serving, many of whom are members of our congregations and communities.
In New Orleans this year, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly adopted a memorial asking, “the Office of the Presiding Bishop to establish a Sunday of prayer and action closest to Veterans Day each year to unite this church in prayer and encourage practical assistance for military members, veterans, ELCA chaplains and families.”
I invite you to pray for the pursuit of peace and for the right use of power in cases where war is a response to aggression. Pray for those who have answered a vocation of military service and for their families. Through prayer, let us encourage our ELCA chaplains as they witness for Jesus Christ and make Christ present in word and sacrament. Prayer is powerful, and knowing this church remembers in prayer those who serve helps sustain their hope in Christ. For worship resources, prayer aids and other ideas visit: elcachaps.com
Whether your congregation is new to addressing military concerns or has a history of prayer and action for those touched by war-time service, I ask for your prayers. Consider making the Sunday closest to Veterans Day an opportunity to care for those who have served as together we turn to God as our refuge and strength.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Gracious Father, we pray for your holy catholic church.
Fill it with all truth and peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it;
where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it;
where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in need, provide for it;
where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Holy God, our righteous judge,
daily your mercy surprises us
with everlasting forgiveness.
Strengthen our hope in you,
and grant that all the peoples of the earth
may find their glory in you,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Blessing of the Animals
Join your animal companions for our annual Blessing of the Animals service, outdoors, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9. Our animal friends help us in so many ways, so it is fitting to pray that they experience God’s love and care. We will also pray that we can be loving and responsible caregivers for these friends who give us unconditional love.
Benevolent, merciful God: When we are empty, fill us.
When we are weak in faith, strengthen us.
When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors
and serve them for the sake of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Messiah Lutheran Church will welcome family and friends and the community to a Mission Fest and Marketplace, an evening of food, fun, music, games and fellowship. It’s Saturday, Oct. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M. at Messiah, 907 Washington St. in Weatherford.
Dinner will be chicken spaghetti, green bean casserole, Caesar salad, bread sticks and dessert (and we make some fabulous desserts). A freewill offering will be appreciated.
Live music will be provided by Messiah’s favorite band, Ebenezer.
Tickets are available for a drawing for a vintage “Jacob’s Ladder” quilt, crafted around the 1920s. “It is simply amazing to find a quilt this old in this condition: pristine, well preserved and cared for,” says the donor. “It could easily be in a museum. This one of of those rare finds!” Call 817-291-4371 for tickets.
Look for a silent auction and lots of fun: face painting, games, cake walk and a bounce house. At the Marketplace you’ll find handmade crafts: pickles, jams, specialty baked goods, jewelry, crocheted items, quilts, and woodworking.
When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Proceeds from the Mission Fest and Marketplace wil support the ministries of Messiah Lutheran Church.
For more information contact Pastor Franz Schemmel (email@example.com)
Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
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