Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, 27 September 2020

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 27 SEPTEMBER 2020 Click above for the Service Video For Music Click here To read today's Sermon Click here OPENING PROCLAMATION The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Alleluia! And also with you. Alleluia! Alleluia! COLLECT FOR THE DAY (Proper 21) O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. COLLECT FOR CHURCH

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP Saturday, 26 September 2020 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Included in today's update: Reopening Church Message, The Liturgy for Tomorrow's Worship, Birthdays in the Week Ahead, and more. FROM THE RECTOR Saturday, 26 September 2020 Dear Friends: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH 9:30 A.M. IN THE CHURCH That is the date and time Bishop Gutierrez has approved the reopening of Church of the Messiah for in-person worship services! We will be resuming services at 50% capacity, 125 worshippers. A letter to all parishioners has been mailed with more details concerning guidelines and restrictions. Please be on the lookout for this information. I am looking forward to welcoming many of you back to church, but if you choose not to return until more time has passed, please

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 20 September 2020

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 20 SEPTEMBER 2020 Click above for the Service Video For Music Click here To read today's Sermon Click here OPENING PROCLAMATION The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Alleluia! And also with you. Alleluia! Alleluia! COLLECT FOR THE DAY (Proper 20) Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. COLLECT FOR CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH Gracious God: through your Fatherly goodness, make Church of the Messiah a Christian community united

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP Saturday, 19 September 2020 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Included in today's update: The Liturgy for Tomorrow's Worship, Birthdays in the Week Ahead, and more. FROM THE RECTOR Saturday, 19 September 2020 Dear Friends: Over the next several weeks, we will be in the midst of what promises to be a very contentious and acrimonious election cycle, what someone has dubbed "the silly season". This prayer seems appropriate . . . Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives, that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Yoga for Kids!

The class will take place outdoors at the church. Parents are welcome to join in as well. It's fun for all ages! Free will donation will be collected the day of the event. Pay what you wish! Sign up at the link below: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CAEA922A4F58-join1

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP Saturday, 12 September 2020 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Included in today's update: The Liturgy for Tomorrow's Worship, Birthdays in the Week Ahead, and more. FROM THE RECTOR Saturday, 12 September 2020 Dear Friends: In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, and our God who wants only health and wholeness for his children, I send you blessings, peace and grace in these uncertain, confusing and anxious times. Blessings! Peace! Grace! And love! - Keith BIRTHDAYS IN THE WEEK AHEAD 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. Heathe

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 13 September 2020

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 13 SEPTEMBER 2020 Click above for the Service Video For Music Click here To read today's Sermon Click here OPENING PROCLAMATION The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Alleluia! And also with you. Alleluia! Alleluia! COLLECT FOR THE DAY (Proper 19) O God, because without you we are not able to please you mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. COLLECT FOR CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH Gracious God: through your Fatherly goodness,

YOGA UPDATE - Classes Added

Dear Friends! Join me for Yoga on the Lawn The Church of the Messiah is sponsoring a series of Yoga classes September 14th - October 1st.  The proceeds will benefit the charities Belfry Bargains would typically support if we were open. Please join us for one class, or as many as you like! We will be meeting Monday and Wednesday nights.  6:30pm JUST ADDED, Tuesday & Thursdays at 9:15am These classes will be outside and socially distanced.  You will need to bring your own water bottle yoga mat and mask. If it looks like rain,  we will decide on cancellation 1 hr prior and will text/email you. Please supply your email and phone #. The cost is $10 per class paid via cash or check to Belfry Barga

YOM News: a Faithful Start to a New School Year

Dear Families, I hope that you have all had a fun, relaxing and safe summer. I know we all needed that time to decompress from such a mentally and emotionally demanding spring. The school year has begun, and I know it is bringing its share of challenges to everyone. Whether your teens are in school in masks with social distancing precautions or if they're at home learning virtually, I just want you to know I am praying for all of you. I know that neither of those scenarios feel "normal" to your teens, and many of them probably feel they are missing out on many of the opportunities that middle school and high school have to offer. While I can't help to bring back sports and other social activ

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 6 September 2020

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 6 SEPTEMBER 2020 Click above for the Service Video For Music Click here To read today's Sermon Click here OPENING PROCLAMATION The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Alleluia! And also with you. Alleluia! Alleluia! COLLECT FOR THE DAY (Proper 18) Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.​ COLLECT FOR CHURCH OF THE MESS

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP Saturday, 5 September 2020 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Included in today's update: A Message from Father Keith, the Liturgy for Tomorrow's Worship, Birthdays in the Week Ahead, and more. FROM THE RECTOR Saturday, 5 September 2020 Dear Friends: As Deb, Trevor, Lauren, Nick and I leave for a week of vacation, the following prayer will be added to my devotions, so I thought I would share it with you: O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, and our God who wants only health and wholeness

Church School News: Resources for Faith at Home

Hi Everyone! I pray you are all getting to enjoy this last stretch of summer! I know that school is right around the corner, and that means a new journey for children and parents. Whether schooling from home or helping our kids navigate the social distancing guidelines of in-person instruction, we will all have a full plate come fall. And we should certainly be gracious with ourselves as we set foot in this new terrain! I want to thank those who have given me your honest feedback regarding the virtual VBS program. I am taking all concerns into account and I will be incorporating your suggestions into this fall's church school program. The most common concern was our lack of face to face

THE RECTOR'S MESSAGE Thursday, 3 September 2020

Choral Tribute Honoring Those Messiah Members No Longer With Us Thursday, 3 September 2020 Dear Friends: When we are once again cleared to resume in-person worship services and we begin gathering together once again, we will notice that the congregation is not the same as when we left in mid-March. In the time we have been apart, a number of deaths have occurred, diminishing our ranks. To honor those we have lost, the choir has made a virtual choral piece dedicated to those brothers and sisters in Christ who are no longer with us: Doc Alpert Justin Anderson Holly Audsley-Gyulveszi Savannah Gallagher John Long Lee Mangan Mary Ann Sabokbar Nasser Sabokbar Anne Wichterman Please find a quiet mo

Rector's Message: Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Included in today's update: A Message from Father Keith, Outdoor Yoga Classes to Benefit Local Charities, Opportunity to Help A Parishioner with Transportation, Belfry Bargains Update, Produce for Manna, Recipes Needed, Questions for Reflection and a Prayer & Psalm for the Week FROM THE RECTOR Wednesday, 2 September 2020 Dear Friends: Next week, September 4-13, I will be away enjoying a few vacation days with my family at the beach. Should you have a pastoral emergency, The Rev. MaryJo Melberger will be available to assist: 215-692-4123. The office will be closed on Labor Day, September 7th, but Sue Phillips will be in the office on Tuesday through Thursday, September 8-10, from 9:00-1:00.

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