Lord God, source of every blessing,
you showed forth your glory
and led many to faith by the works of your Son,
who brought gladness and salvation to his people.
Transform us by the Spirit of his love,
that we may find our life together in him, Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord. Amen
Christmas Eve schedule
Messiah will present two wonderful Christmas Eve services, each with candlelight, the Christmas story, and Holy Communion, on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M.
Wednesday Evening Advent Services
We will sing together the Holden Evening Prayer service during Wednesdays in Advent. Join us for music and a brief Holy Communion service on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, and 19, beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Almighty and ever-living God, you anointed your beloved Son to be priest and sovereign forever. Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united by the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Here are some photos from our Blessing of the Animals last Sunday…
This is Christ’s church. There is a place for you here. We are a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person –questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world. We worship together on Sundays at 8:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M.
Prayer: O God, eternal goodness, immeasurable love, you place your gifts before us; we eat and are satisfied. Fill us and this world in all its need with the life that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
Fifteen years ago Messiah officially organized as a congregation of the ELCA. We celebrated our anniversary on Sunday, June 24. Bishop Erik Gronberg was our guest and presided over Holy Communion. We welcomed friends from Prince Memorial Church (CME) in Weatherford. A song offered by Friends from Prince Memorial Church, Weatherford
Call to worship
Greetings and encouragement from Bishop Erik Gronberg
Alumni singers boosted Messiah’s choir for a rendition of our theme anthem, ”Table of Grace.”
Save the date! Messiah’s 15thanniversary
Our festive celebration of the 15th anniversary of Messiah Lutheran Church will be Sunday, June 24. The Rev.Erik Gronberg, bishop of the NT-NL Synod, will join us for the day. We’ll worship together at 10:30. Later we’ll feast on BBQ and enjoy fellowship activities.
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.