Reading the Bible Together – Exodus 7 & 8

Reading the Bible Together
February 5, 2015

Exodus 7-8 – Read it here

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Rise early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh, as he goes out to the water, and say to him, “Thus says the Lord : Let my people go, so that they may worship me. For if you will not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you, your officials, and your people, and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians shall be filled with swarms of flies; so also the land where they live. But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people live, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I the Lord am in this land. Thus I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This sign shall appear tomorrow.” ’ The Lord did so, and great swarms of flies came into the house of Pharaoh and into his officials’ houses; in all of Egypt the land was ruined because of the flies.

Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron, and said, ‘Go, sacrifice to your God within the land.’ But Moses said, ‘It would not be right to do so; for the sacrifices that we offer to the Lord our God are offensive to the Egyptians. If we offer in the sight of the Egyptians sacrifices that are offensive to them, will they not stone us? We must go a three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God as he commands us.’ So Pharaoh said, ‘I will let you go to sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness, provided you do not go very far away. Pray for me.’ Then Moses said, ‘As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart tomorrow from Pharaoh, from his officials, and from his people; only do not let Pharaoh again deal falsely by not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.’

So Moses went out from Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord. And the Lord did as Moses asked: he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his officials, and from his people; not one remained. But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and would not let the people go.

Bible reading: Bricks without Straw

We’re Reading the Bible Together!
February 4, 2015

Exodus 5-6 –

Bricks without Straw
Afterwards Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, “Let my people go, so that they may celebrate a festival to me in the wilderness.” ’ But Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the Lord, that I should heed him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and I will not let Israel go.’ Then they said, ‘The God of the Hebrews has revealed himself to us; let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness to sacrifice to the Lord our God, or he will fall upon us with pestilence or sword.’ But the king of Egypt said to them, ‘Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their work? Get to your labours!’ Pharaoh continued, ‘Now they are more numerous than the people of the land and yet you want them to stop working!’ That same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, as well as their supervisors, ‘You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as before; let them go and gather straw for themselves. But you shall require of them the same quantity of bricks as they have made previously; do not diminish it, for they are lazy; that is why they cry, “Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.” Let heavier work be laid on them; then they will labour at it and pay no attention to deceptive words.’

Moses at the Burning Bush

Reading the Bible Together
February 3, 2015

Exodus 3-4 

Moses at the Burning Bush

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then he said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ He said further, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.’

Wednesday evening activities resume

6:00 Fellowship Supper at church. A light supper and good fellowship for everyone. No need to bring anything. Just join us!
6:30 Youth Group (junior high and high school) meets at church for study, fellowship and fun.
6:30 Small group discussions of the previous week’s chapters of our Reading the Bible Together project.
7:30 Choir Practice. Come and give choir a try in 2015. All are welcome.

Christmas Eve services and more

Christmas Eve
Carols, scripture readings, Holy Communion, and candlelight “Silent Night” – all at 7:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M.

Come as you are and bring family and friends!


We will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army at the Hudson Oaks Walmart on December 19, 20, 22, 23, and 24, which means we will need ringers for 54 two hour shifts. Sign up sheets will be available on church on Sunday, and by email starting next Monday.


Thanks to all of you who have taken on a Christmas sponsorship of one of the children under the care of the Parker County Child Protective Services. As of today as a congregation we have fulfilled the Christmas wishes of God’s little ones.


Slow progress has been made in the last month in slowing the rate of increase of new ebola cases in Sierra Leone. Our gifts have helped the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sierra Leone respond to this crisis with food and medical supplies. Please continue to pray.


We will meet on Dec. 17, then take a break from our Wednesday schedule on December 24 and December 31.

Messiah’s Christmas program

Our Christmas supper and program last night were marvelous. The children did a terrific job with all their recitations and songs. And we did it all accapella! Thanks to everyone who brought sandwiches, salads and desserts. Thanks to the parents and children, Miss Ellen and Miss Melissa, and all those who helped with the presentation. Now we return to the watching and waiting of Advent. Christ is coming soon.

Revising the schedule for `Reading the bible together’

Congratulations to all who have been participating in  Reading the Bible Together. Many of our Messiah community have been enriched by the daily readings. Anyone who has not begun reading may begin now; it is not important to have been with the program from the beginning. You are invited to participate in the Wednesday evening discussion groups. Those who have been coming for the fellowship meal and discussion have been having a great time and learning a lot.

We have received some feedback that our reading schedule was just a bit too ambitious.  Some folks have said that they are falling behind. To prevent anyone from becoming discouraged. we have revised the schedule of New Testament readings through the end of the year.

Also, we have left Sundays and Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day offf the schedule so we can relax or use the day to catch up.

We will still be able to finish the New Testament by the end of the year.

Revised Reading Schedule

Friday 11/14/14 2 Thessalonians 1-2
Saturday 11/15/14 2 Thessalonians 3
Sunday 11/16/14
Monday 11/17/14 1 Timothy 1-2
Tuesday 11/18/14 1 Timothy 3-4
Wednesday 11/19/14 1 Timothy 5-6
Thursday 11/20/14 2 Timothy 1-2
Friday 11/21/14 2 Timothy 3-4
Saturday 11/22/14 Titus and Philemon
Sunday 11/23/14
Monday 11/24/14 Hebrews 1-2
Tuesday 11/25/14 Hebrews 3-4
Wednesday 11/26/14 Hebre4ws 5-6
Thursday 11/27/14
Friday 11/28/14 Hebrews 7-8
Saturday 11/29/14 Hebrews 9-10
Sunday 11/30/14
Monday 12/01/14 Hebrews 11-12
Tuesday 12/02/14 Hebrews 13
Wednesday 12/03/14 James 1-2
Thursday 12/04/14 James 3-4
Friday 12/05/14 James 5
Saturday 12/06/14 1 Peter 1-2
Sunday 12/07/14
Monday 12/08/14 1 Peter 3-4
Tuesday 12/09/14 1 Peter 5, 2 Peter 1
Wednesday 12/10/14 2 Peter 2-3
Thursday 12/11/14 1 John 1-2
Friday 12/12/14 1 John 3-4
Saturday 12/13/14 1 John 5, 2 John
Sunday 12/14/14
Monday 12/15/14 3 John, Jude
Tuesday 12/16/14 Revelation 1-2
Wednesday 12/17/14 Revelation 3-4
Thursday 12/18/14 Revelation 5-6
Friday 12/19/14 Revelation 7-8
Saturday 12/20/14 Revelation 9-10
Sunday 12/21/14
Monday 12/22/14 Revelation 11-12
Tuesday 12/23/14 Revelation 13-14
Wednesday 12/24/14
Thursday 12/25/14
Friday 12/26/14 Revelation 15-16
Saturday 12/27/14 Revelation 17-18
Sunday 12/28/14
Monday 12/29/14 Revelation 19-20
Tuesday 12/30/14 Revelation 21-22


Here is our fall wednesday evening schedule

Wednesday evenings are a fun time at Messiah. We are getting together for a light meal and bible study.  We are Reading the Bible Together (yes, that’s a theme).  Find our daily readings at our Facebook page.

6:00 Fellowship Supper . A light supper and good fellowship for everyone. The meal is provided by our members. No need to bring anything. Just show up – all are welcome.
6:30 Youth Group (junior high and high school) meets for study, fellowship, and fun. Contact Christy Hughes for more information: 817-597-9444 or
6:30 Small Group Discussions of the previous week’s chapters of our Reading the Bible Together project.
7:30 Choir Practice . Come and give choir a try. No auditions; every singer is welcome.

Join us Saturday, October 11, at 5:30 for our Mission Fest to aid Ebola-affected communities in West Africa

The Ebola crisis is spiraling out of control in West Africa,  becoming a humanitarian and food crisis. We sometimes feel helpless, but we must do something. The NTNL Lutheran Mission has collected two containers full of material for use in Sierra Leone’s clinics and hospitals.

We can do more. We must help with food aid as well.

All proceeds from our Mission Fest will go to Ebola aid. Now is the time to invite your friends, co-workers and family! It’s Saturday, Oct. 11, 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.

We’re planning a luscious dinner (baked ham, fried chicken, potatoes, salad, homemade bread, and cobbler) with a freewill offering for the meal. Our silent auction will be back along with the popular cake walk, plus other fun for kids and music by Eight Track (a great local band). A new feature: a drawing for a fabulous vintage quilt!

Click here for a map to the church.

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