Holy Week 2015 Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, March 29, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The Palm Sunday service begins joyfully with the reenactment of Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem as the crowd hailed him with palms and shouts of praise. But the mood turns more serious as we listen carefully to the story of his betrayal, suffering, and death on the cross for our salvation.

 

Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.

On Maundy Thursday we focus on the last supper of Jesus with his disciples and his command to them that they love one another as he has loved them.

 

Good Friday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.

At this solemn service we remember our savior Jesus’ crucifixion and death and his final works and words. The climax of the service is the solo singing of “Were You There” in darkness.

 

Easter Sunday, April 5

Sunrise Service, 7:00 a.m.

Potluck Easter Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.

Egg Hunt for the Young Ones, 9:30 a.m.

Festival Worship, 10:30 a.m.

10 Ways to a better lent, a better life

10 Suggestions for making your Lent (and your life) better 

  1. Take part in Messiah’s “Reading the Bible Together” program . The list of readings is in the hallway by the coat rack. Pastor Franz sends a daily email reminder that is also posted on Facebook. It’s okay to jump in at any point; don’t worry about catching up or keeping up.
  2. The email reminder includes a “Thought for the Day from Martin Luther.” You may not always agree with him, but Luther’s thoughts on the Christian life are always earnest and seek to make you strong in your faith in God’s grace in Christ.
  3. Start your day with a devotion. Use Christ in Our Home or the booklet provided by the Prison Congregations of America, both available in the narthex.
  4. Join in the Wednesday night bible study, meeting at 6:00 p.m. during Lent. Ten to 15 of our Messiah friends have been meeting every week since September, enjoying learning and fellowship. You will be blessed by the time together.
  5. Worship at the weekly 30-minute Lenten evening Holy Communion services. It’s at 7:00 P.M. Wednesdays, and we are using a beautiful liturgy setting by Marty Haugen and Pastor Susan Briehl: “Unfailing Light.” Very short sermon.
  6. Set aside a little money each day for the hungry. Global offering boxes for these gifts are in the narthex. Pick one up. Cutting back a little on one of your personal luxuries will make it possible.
  7. Pray for others each day. It might be a friend or loved one who needs special care, those on our Messiah prayer list, or those you know  are just not getting along with very well.
  8. Take on a volunteer opportunity at Messiah: Outreachers, the mentoring program, the lawn mowing crew, the Sunday school and the choir;  and Pastor Franz can always use your help. Community groups outside Messiah need help, too.
  9. Forgive someone.
  10. Trust in God. For everything.

Book Group and Out-to-Dinner tonight

Messiah’s Book Group meets at church this afternoon, Wednesday, at 5:30 to talk about “When Bad Christians Happen to Good People: Where We Have Failed Each Other and How to Reverse the Damage,” by Dave Burchett.

The Out-to-Dinner Group of Messiah Lutheran will gather at La Playa Maya, 1445 Fort Worth Hwy., in Weatherford, at 6:30 P.M. Join the group for good fellowship and food.

Fair trade display offers coffee, other products

Messiah’s fair trade display provides coffee and tea, olive oil, nuts and snacks – all from fair trade distributors. Fair trade is a trading partnership that seeks greater equity in international trade. When you buy fair trade coffee and chocolate and other products, more of the money you spend reaches the hands of the farmers and families who grew them.

Fair trade display

Ash Wednesday worship

Last year’s Palm Sunday palms have become the ashes for our Ash Wednesday worship with Holy Communion. Join us at 6:45 pm when we will be marked with ashes to remind us of our mortality. The Reading the Bible Together discussions will be begin at 6:00 pm. Choir practice will follow worship at 7:45 pm. Tonight there will be no fellowship supper.

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10 Ways to a Better Lent, a Better Life

10 Suggestions for making your Lent (and your life) better 

  1. Take part in Messiah’s “Reading the Bible Together” program . The list of readings is in the hallway by the coat rack, and Pastor Franz sends a daily email reminder. It’s okay to jump in at any point; don’t worry about catching up or keeping up.
  2. The email reminder includes a “Thought for the Day from Martin Luther.” You may not always agree with him, but Luther’s thoughts on the Christian life are always earnest and seek to make you strong in your faith in God’s grace in Christ.
  3. Start your day with a devotion. Use Christ in Our Home or the booklet provided by the Prison Congregations of America, both available in the narthex.
  4. Join in the Wednesday night bible study, meeting at 6:00 p.m. during Lent. Ten to 15 of our Messiah friends have been meeting every week since September, enjoying learning and fellowship. You will be blessed by the time together.
  5. Worship at the weekly 30-minute Lenten evening Holy Communion services. It’s at 7:00 P.M. Wednesdays, and we are using a beautiful liturgy setting by Marty Haugen and Susan Briehl: “Unfailing Light.” Very short sermon.
  6. Set aside a little money each day for the hungry. Global offering boxes for just this purpose are in the narthex. Pick one up. Cutting back a little on one of your personal luxuries will make it possible.
  7. Pray for others each day. It might be a friend or loved one who needs special care, those on our Messiah prayer list, or those you know  are just not getting along with very well.
  8. Take on a volunteer opportunity at Messiah: Outreachers, the mentoring program, the lawn mowing crew, the Sunday school and the choir;  and Pastor Franz can always use your help. Community groups outside Messiah need help, too.
  9. Forgive someone.
  10. Trust in God. For everything.

The Oil for the Lamp

We’re Reading the Bible Together
February 17, 2015

Exodus 27 & 28 – Read it here.

The Oil for the Lamp
You shall further command the Israelites to bring you pure oil of beaten olives for the light, so that a lamp may be set up to burn regularly. In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that is before the covenant, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the Lord . It shall be a perpetual ordinance to be observed throughout their generations by the Israelites.

The Ark of the Covenant

We’re Reading the Bible Together!
February 16, 2015

Exodus 25 & 26 – Read it here.

The Ark of the Covenant
They shall make an ark of acacia wood; it shall be two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside you shall overlay it, and you shall make a moulding of gold upon it all round. You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on one side of it, and two rings on the other side. You shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, by which to carry the ark. The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. You shall put into the ark the covenant that I shall give you.

Then you shall make a mercy-seat of pure gold; two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its width. You shall make two cherubim of gold; you shall make them of hammered work, at the two ends of the mercy-seat. Make one cherub at one end, and one cherub at the other; of one piece with the mercy-seat you shall make the cherubim at its two ends. The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy-seat with their wings. They shall face each other; the faces of the cherubim shall be turned towards the mercy-seat. You shall put the mercy-seat on the top of the ark; and in the ark you shall put the covenant that I shall give you. There I will meet you, and from above the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the covenant, I will deliver to you all my commands for the Israelites.

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