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
Easter Sunday, April 5
Sunrise Service, 7:00 a.m.
Dawn brings the news that Christ is risen indeed! At this early morning service we hear the story of God’s salvation for us in Christ and call on the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith and commitment as we renew our baptismal vows.
Potluck Easter Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Lenten fast is over. Bring a little something to share and enjoy a true breaking fast meal with your church community.
Egg Hunt for the Young Ones, 9:30 a.m.
The children enjoy a fun way of recognizing the new life that Christ brings on Easter morning.
Festival Worship, 10:30 a.m.
Joyous music hailing the triumph of Christ over the power of the grave accompanies the baptism of a new member of the body of Christ, Jace William Becker, son of Kyle and Nikki Becker.
10 Suggestions for making your Lent (and your life) better
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Forgive someone.
- Trust in God. For everything.
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.
Due to the possibility of severe ice and snow, we will not be having our Bible study or Lenten Holy Communion this evening.
May God keep you all safe and sound.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Franz