Advent evening prayer, Christmas program and worship on Christmas Eve

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. 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’s program was Sunday afternoon, Dec. 11.

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!

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Bishop Eaton calls for Veterans Day prayers

Bishop Eaton calls for Veterans Day prayers
November 2016

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.

God’s peace,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

We pray for the church, for truth and peace

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.
Amen