We have entered the most sacred week of the year in the Christian life. While we go forward with hearts full of confidence in God’s promises, on Thursday and Friday we worship with solemn attention to Jesus’ Passion, his suffering and death.
Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.
It could be called “commandment” Thursday; on Maundy Thursday we will focus on the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples and his command to them that they love one another as he has loved them.
Good Friday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.
At this solemn service we remember our savior Jesus’ crucifixion and death and his final words from the cross. We will worship with reverence and conclude listening to “Were You There” sung in darkness.
EASTER SUNDAY, April 21
Christ is risen! We announce it to one another and to the world on Sunday morning. God’s love for us is boundless.
Sunrise Service with candles and Holy Communion, 7:00 a.m.
Potluck Easter breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Egg hunt for the kids, 9:30 a.m.
Easter Festival Worship, with Holy Communion, 10:30 a.m.
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.