Rector's Message: Saturday, 13 March 2021

Sunday, 14 March

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Included in today's update: The Rector's Message, Birthdays in the week ahead, Day by Day has arrived, Spring Forward!, Dine and Donate Fundraiser, Yoga, Help needed by a Parish member, Creative Angels Recipe, and Ongoing Updates


Saturday,13 March 2021

Dear Friends:

Martin Luther is not only remembered as one of the leading church reformers in the 16th century, but also a professor of theology, priest, author, composer, and Augustinian monk. This prayer, written for the season of Lent, comes from his German Litany. May you find it a helpful addition to your Lenten devotions . . .

Dear God,

In this season of Lent, we’re reminded of our own difficulties and struggles. Sometimes the way has seemed too dark. Sometimes we feel like our lives have been marked by such grief and pain, we don’t see how our circumstance can ever change. But in the midst of our weakness, we ask that you would be strong on our behalf. Lord, rise up within us, let your Spirit shine out of every broken place we’ve walked through. Allow your power to be manifest through our own weakness, so that others will recognize it is You who is at work on our behalf. We ask that you would trade the ashes of our lives for the beauty of your Presence. Trade our mourning and grief for the oil of joy and gladness from your Spirit. Trade our despair for hope and praise. We choose to give you thanks today and believe that this season of darkness will fade away. Thank you that you are with us in whatever we face and that you are greater than this trial. We know and recognize that you are Sovereign, we thank you for the victory that is ours because of Christ Jesus, and we are confident that you have good still in store for our future. We thank you that you are at work right now, trading our ashes for greater beauty. We praise you, for you make all things new. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source: Martin Luther, the German Litany

I know we're all becoming COVID-weary,

but don't forget the 3 W's:

  • Wear a mask.

  • Watch your distance.

  • Wash you hands.

Despite the actions in some states, let's all continue to be vigilant and keep doing our part to stop the spread of this viral pandemic! With every vaccination, we are getting closer! Let's not make the mistake of turning back now!

May your week ahead be filled with health, happiness and hope!

Blessings! Peace! Grace! And Love!

- Keith


O God, our times are in your hands: Look with favor, we pray, on these your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Mary Hilgner

  • Patricia Wurts

  • Cecilia Ferullo

  • Susan Kriebel

  • Marss Senteio

  • Shirley Wacyk

  • Hayden Dunlap

  • Jean Brown

  • Cali Nelson


arrives at 2:00am tonight!!!

Remember to set your clock forward one hour!



Many of you have been asking about this popular daily devotional, wondering where the copies covering the months of February through April might be. Well, they were apparently held up in the mail! But they have finally arrived! Copies – which are free! - are available to be picked up in the church office. Or, if you are unable to make it into the office, give us a call and we will gladly put a copy in the mail – which you will hopefully receive before the end of April!!! (Oops! Did we say that? 😉)

Dine and Donate FUNDRAISER Returns THIS TUESDAY!!!!

Tuesday, March 16 (St. Patrick’s Day Eve)

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Pour House

29 Airport Square, North Wales


No flyer necessary!

If dining in: simply notify your server that you are there for Church of the Messiah. 15% of your total order (excluding tax and gratuity) will be donated to Messiah (includes alcoholic beverages!).

If you are ordering take-out: please mention Church of the Messiah when you pick up your order. They cannot give credit to Messiah at the time the order is placed – only when it is picked up.


The work to replace the roof and gutters on the Parish House is now finished! If you haven't been by the church recently, I think you will greatly pleased with the new look of the building. The red roof really makes a statement and the building stands out beautifully. Thanks to everyone who contributed to make this project possible. And to Marv Walters for his time and effort in coordinating with the contractors. Well done!!!


Diana Mulroy continues offering yoga classes, an excellent way to maintain flexibility and balance, relieve stress . . . and minister to those in need within our community. The cost for each session is only $10.00 and all proceeds raised support various local agencies that provide social services to those in need. Classes are held virtually and meet most Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Re March dates: 3/15, 3/17, 3/24, and 3/29. If interested in participating, please contact Diana at, or 267-481-6091.


Each year, at the Annual Parish Meeting, held on the first Sunday in May, four parish members are selected to fill three-year terms on the Messiah Vestry. If you are interested in serving, or if you have someone you wish to be considered, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee: Vicky Fogel, Susan Miller, Charles Sudlow.


Dave Reichley reports: I am happy to share the news that our Shrove Sunday Take Out Fundraiser last Sunday raised $630!! So amazing!! That is the most we have ever raised through a Shrove Sunday event!! Thank you to everyone who participated, either by ordering pancakes, or making donations.

As we are organizing the funds to send to the Tree for Hope Girls School, I wanted to reach out and ask if any of you would like to offer a little note or card to send along with the money. Notes can be addressed to "Students at the Tree for Hope Girls School," and can be kind and encouraging messages, such as "We are so happy that our church was able to help support your wonderful school!" If you would like to take part and include a note, please let me know so that we can wait until we have everyone's message accounted for before sending.


A member of the parish with limited mobility and can no longer drive has been receiving assistance from a couple of parishioners with rides to doctor's appointments, errands, and help 1-2 times a week with minor household chores (taking out trash, etc). She has just moved into a new apartment for independent living, and needs additional help getting settled. Her new apartment is in Hatfield, twice the distance from parishioners who have been helping her. If anyone lives near Hatfield can help this parishioner settle in her new apartment (unpacking, minor furniture repair/placement, cleaning) and/or provide rides to appointments, please contact Michael Stinson at Enter "Help for Parishioner" in the subject line. Thank you.


Check the website each weekend for the video of the Sunday service. And make it interactive by checking out the service bulletin with all the responses, lessons, and weekly updates and information. A copy of the Sunday sermon is also available.


NOTE: Barbara Stevenson continues to need recipes and craft ideas to pass along to the parish through the weekly email messages. You can send your submissions to Barbara at

Spring is coming! It’s almost here! That means we’ll be able to have al fresco meals soon. Grilling and great side dishes will be on the menu! Here’s a wonderful, refreshing potato salad to add to your menu selections. Enjoy!

Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 2 large shallots

  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more to taste

  • 3 1/2 lbs small Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 3/4 inch chunks

  • 2 Tablespoons whole grain mustard

  • Black pepper, to taste

  • 2/3 cup olive oil

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Combine the shallots in a large bowl with the vinegar, sugar and salt. Set aside so they pickle slightly while you cook the potatoes. Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water by an inch. Season with salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well and let sit in the colander about 10 minutes to cool. Whisk the mustard into the shallot mixture. Season with pepper. Whisk in the olive oil in a slow, steady stream to make a slightly thick dressing. Add the potatoes and toss well. Add parsley and toss again. Season with more salt and pepper, if needed.

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