THE GREAT FEAST OF PENTECOST, May 31, 2020

Click above for the Service Video For Music Click here To read today's Sermon Click here LITURGY FOR SUNDAY 31 MAY 2020 WORSHIP THE GREAT FEAST OF PENTECOST PROCLAMATION Come to Jesus, you who are thirsty. Alleluia! Drink deeply of God’s Most Holy Spirit. Alleluia! Let your heart overflow with the living water that renews the face of the earth. Alleluia! Thanks be to God. SONG OF PRAISE Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; y

Rector's Message: Saturday, 30 May 2020 - Preparing for Sunday Worship

In today's update: A Message from Father Keith and the Liturgy for Tomorrow's Worship. FROM THE RECTOR Eve of the Great Feast of Pentecost Saturday, 30 May 2020 Dear Friends, Tomorrow, Sunday, 31 May, we celebrate the fulfillment of Jesus' promise to release God's Most Holy Spirit into the world with the Great Feast of Pentecost. This day marks the sending and sharing of the Holy Spirit, allowing it to be claimed by Christ's followers in baptism down to this very day. This powerful gift is the power and the inspiration that enables us to fulfil and uphold our side of the covenant we have with God in Christ, the mission we are given to carry the Good News of Our Risen Lord to the very ends o

Community Food Donation Day

YOU CAN HELP!! The food supply in local food cupboards is dwindling and needs to be replenished so that people in need can have nutritious food during this challenging time. Five churches in the North Wales/Gwynedd community - Gwynedd Friends, Sanctuary United Methodist, St. Peter's Lutheran, St. Rose of Lima, Church of the Messiah - are joining together to help alleviate this situation by hosting Community Food Donation Days. We are asking you, your neighbors, and your friends to participate by donating non-perishable food items, paper products and cleaning/sanitizing products. Bring your donations to Church of the Messiah on Saturday, May 30th, between 9:00am and 1:00pm. 1001 Dekalb Pike,

THE RECTOR'S MESSAGE Thursday, 28 May 2020

Included in today's update: A Message from Father Keith, This Saturday Food Donation Day, Sponsor a VBS Child, Quarantine Cookbook, June Dine & Donate, VOTE this coming Tuesday, and more! FROM THE RECTOR Seventh Week in Easter Season Thursday, 28 May 2020 Dear Friends: Have you jumbled your days in ways that have you feeling a bit out of sorts? I certainly have. I know of no other time in my life when my first thought upon waking is: "What day is this?" Without a set routine, or appointments and meetings and other points to mark my days, when one day seems more or less like the day before, or the day before that, or the day before that one, I find that I easily lose track of just what day I

Seventh Sunday of EASTER, May 24, 2020

Click above for the Service Video For Music Click here To read today's Sermon Click here LITURGY FOR SUNDAY 24 MAY 2020 WORSHIP EASTER PROCLAMATION Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ is risen! Response: The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! SONG OF PRAISE Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Mo

Rector's Message: Saturday, 23 May 2020 - Preparing for Sunday Worship

In today's update: A Message from Father Keith, the Liturgy for Tomorrow's Worship and additional information to keep you informed. FROM THE RECTOR Saturday, 23 May 2020 This past Thursday, day number forty of the Church's fifty-day-long Easter season, was The Feast of the Ascension. This Feast Day, due to the fact that it always falls on a Thursday, is seldom celebrated in most churches, which is a pity since it honors an important event in Our Savior's life - his return to heaven and reunion with his heavenly Father. In the lessons assigned for the day (Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53), we learn that Jesus did not abandon his disciples, but left them with a powerful promise:

THE RECTOR'S MESSAGE Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Included in today's update: A Message from Father Keith, Messiah Joins in Community Food Donation Days, Face Masks for All, Important Voting Deadlines, The Bishop Returns to CBS and more! FROM THE RECTOR Sixth Week in Easter Season Wednesday, 20 May 2020 Dear Friends: All of us are looking forward to the day - hopefully in the near future! - when the rates of infection and death caused by this vicious virus allow government and other official restrictions to be lifted. Who among us does not long for a return to a sense of normalcy? Most of us understand that life post-COVID will most likely not look like the days before this crisis attacked. Most of us understand that many things will be fo

YOM Mission Trip Update

Dear Families, This is usually the Sunday where we would gather together before church and prepare the YOMS to take part in the service. We would usually share some moments from our most recent mission trip as well as share our trip plans for the upcoming summer. However, like most things in life right now, this Sunday feels a lot different. Parents-by now you should have received and read the email I sent and the message from Father Keith sharing the disappointing news that Youth Works has cancelled all summer trips. For those in the congregation who have not heard, the organization, YouthWorks, that was going to be hosting us in Boston, Massachusetts this summer for our 2020 mission trip,

Sixth Sunday of EASTER May 17, 2020

Click above for the Service Video For Music Click here To read today's Sermon Click here LITURGY FOR SUNDAY 17 MAY 2020 WORSHIP EASTER PROCLAMATION Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ is risen! Response: The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! SONG OF PRAISE Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Mo

Rector's Message: Saturday, 16 May 2020 - Preparing for Sunday Worship

In today's update: A Message from Father Keith, the Liturgy for Tomorrow's Worship and additional information to keep you informed. FROM THE RECTOR Saturday, 16 May 2020 Dear Friends: As I was working on this week's sermon, I ran across a poem that not only picks up the themes of this week's lessons - which you will hear more about in tomorrow's sermon - but is an excellent summation of the entire Christian Gospel. I offer it to you in hopes that you will find it to be as inspirational as I have . . . Be born in us Incarnate Love take our flesh and blood and give us Your humanity; take our eyes and give us your vision; take our minds and give us Your pure thought; take our feet and set them

THE RECTOR'S MESSAGE Wednesday, 13 May 2020

NEW in today's update: A Message from Father Keith, Church School & VBS Update, YOM News, Are You or Someone You Know in Need, Food Assistance for Guatemala, and A Prayer and Psalm for the Week Ahead. FROM THE RECTOR Fifth Week in Easter Season Wednesday, 13 May 2020 Dear Friends: There are so many people to whom I owe a "Thank You" for all they are doing during this unusual time period we are living through: doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and first responders, of course; but also the mailman, the trash collectors, grocery and pharmacy clerks, the pizza delivery guy, bank tellers, beer distributor, the security guards at Meadowood keeping my mother and other residents safe - all the many

A Prayer for Mothers

Dear Families, I wanted to send out a special Mother's Day Prayer. It is the one that the kids read every year at the Mother's Day Service, but since we can't all be together, my kids came along to read with me. Happy Mother's Day!!

A Mother's Day Message

I wanted to start today's message off with a story: Usually Mother's Day is the day we all gather together on Sunday morning to worship together at our annual children's service. But as with many things that have happened so far in 2020, this Mother's Day is going to be a lot different. For those with children who no longer live at home, the day may include a zoom hangout or a phone call. Maybe you are the child who is no longer at home and you're trying to think of the best way to honor your mother without being able to visit and hug her. If you have young children at home, you will most definitely be enjoying a day NOT having to home school, and you may even receive some other special s

Fifth Sunday of EASTER May 10, 2020

Click above for the Service Video For Music Click here To read today's Sermon Click here LITURGY FOR SUNDAY 10 MAY 2020 WORSHIP EASTER PROCLAMATION Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ is risen! Response: The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! SONG OF PRAISE Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Mo

Rector's Message: Saturday, 9 May 2020 - Preparing for Sunday Worship

Included in today's update: A Message from Father Keith with a prayer for Mother's Day, Liturgy for Sunday 10 May Worship, Sunday Worship Music, Another Lessons Learned... ​ FROM THE RECTOR Saturday, 9 May 2020 Dear Friends: As I anticipate the coming weekend, with Sunday being Mother's Day, I am saddened by the prospect of not being able to see my own mother on this day dedicated to the women in our lives who gave us life and nurtured us through the years. In this time of forced isolation and quarantine, I am certainly not alone as I am sure many among you are also in the same boat of having to celebrate the day without the usual hugs and kisses. But do not let our current situation keep y

THE RECTOR'S MESSAGE Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Included NEW in today's update: A Message from Father Keith, More Lessons Learned, Invitation to Help Healthcare Workers, Voting Information and more... FROM THE RECTOR Fourth Week in Easter Season Tuesday, 5 May 2020 Dear Friends: To all the teachers among you - both active and retired: HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! And to all the parents out there who are serving in that teaching capacity in these days of home schooling, I am sure you have a whole new appreciation for the teachers in your children's lives, Especially when you consider how difficult it can be when you have only one or two students, while they deal with thirty at a time! Whew! I heard a parent comment that in their home

We Shine The Light. We Do Not Hide It.

Dear Families, I pray this message finds you safe and healthy. I can't believe it is now May. I know that this spring season is looking really different for all of us, but I am hoping that you all are finding ways to embrace the change. I've enjoyed seeing photos of our Messiah family through the virtual hugs messages. I truly miss seeing the teens in person for our YOM meetings and getting to joke and laugh and talk with them.I hope that these lessons are helping everyone to stay connected spiritually. Father Keith has sent out an invitation for us to reflect on this unusual time to see if we have truly learned something from the experience. It's a topic that Tiff and I have talked about wi

Healing and Comfort: a Church School Lesson

Hi Families! Scripture for this week: Acts 9:36-43 The Story: In the city of Joppa, there was a follower of Jesus named Tabitha. She was committed to doing good things and helping people out when they were in need. The Apostle Peter was near Joppa when she became sick and died. Her friends gathered around her and prepared her body for burial. People who knew that Peter was nearby asked him to visit and he came to the friends and family of Tabitha. When Peter arrived, they began showing him all of the things she had done and made for them. Peter knelt in front of Tabitha's body and prayed. He spoke to her and said, "Tabitha, get up." Tabitha opened her eyes and when she saw Peter she sat up.

Fourth Sunday of EASTER May 3, 2020

Click above for the Service Video For Music Click here To read today's Sermon Click here LITURGY FOR SUNDAY 3 MAY 2020 WORSHIP EASTER PROCLAMATION Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ is risen! Response: The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! SONG OF PRAISE Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Mos

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