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.
I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication,
because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
2The cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me; I came to grief and sorrow.
3Then I called upon the name of the LORD:
“O LORD, I pray you, save my life.
10How shall I repay the LORD
for all the good things he has done for me?
11I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call upon the name of the LORD.
12I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
13Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his servants.
14O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.
15I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call upon the name of the LORD.
16I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of | all his people,
17in the courts of the LORD’s house,
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!
PSALM 116:1-3, 10-17
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Wednesday evening adult study and choir practice are on hiatus right now. We’ll announce when they start up again.
On Easter Sunday, April 16, two services and breakfast. It’s the happiest day of the year at Messiah! You are welcome to join us whenever it’s best for you.
+ We will gather for a Sunrise Service, at 7:00 a.m., to rejoice in the risen Christ and new life, sharing Holy Communion.
+ Everyone is welcome to our Easter Breakfast. Come hungry! We will start serving at 8:30 a.m.
+ All kids are invited to our egg hunt at 9:30 a.m.
+ We will celebrate Easter together in our Festival Worship at 10:30 a.m., with choir and brass instruments, Holy Communion and lots of rejoicing.
Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Join us for Lenten soup supper and worship on Wednesdays at 6:00 P.M. We share a simple meal and gather for a Lenten-themed service of song and prayer at 6:45. Please join us for this friendly, warmhearted time of reflection.
Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and our neighbors. Call forth our prayers and acts of kindness, and strengthen us to face our mortality with confidence in the mercy of your Son, Jesus, Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and forever, Amen
Today is the first day of the season in the church year known as Lent. It includes the 40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays). Lent is a time of reflection, repentance and opening our hearts to Christ and the gospel of love.
We enter into Lent today, Ash Wednesday, with a solemn service at 6:30 P.M., with confession and imposition of ashes, and Holy Communion.