Divine Service

IMG_0809 (2)When do we worship?

Messiah worships on Sundays at 9:00 am. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of each month. Both Common and Individual Cup are offered.

Midweek Advent and Lenten Services are held on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. The Advent Services prior to Christmas enrich our celebration of Jesus’ birth. The Lenten Services leading up to Holy Week prepare us to remember the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

How do we worship?

Messiah’s services reflect the historic worship of the Church and the rich heritage of Christian hymns and music.

Pastor Engel’s preaching is Bible-based and proclaims both the Law and the Promises of God. His sermons assure the hearers that God’s love and forgiveness are theirs through faith in Jesus.

There is no “dress code” to attend worship at Messiah. Most members opt for a business casual look appropriate for coming to God’s house.

Why do we worship?

canstockphoto0151289At Messiah God brings us together each week as His dearly loved children to receive His gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. These gifts are given to us through the proclaiming of His Promises in His holy Word and the celebrating of His love in the Sacraments.

The Promises of God are the basis of our faith. Therefore, they are woven throughout the entire worship experience.

  • We receive God’s Promises as the pastor announces the forgiveness of our sins in the Words of Absolution.
  • We discover God’s Promises in the Scripture texts that are read each Sunday.
  • We hear God’s Promises as the pastor preaches the message of Jesus Christ during his sermon.

As the apostle Paul assures us, “All the promises of God find their Yes in Jesus” (2 Corinthians 3:20).

God’s gifts are also poured out in the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

  • We remember our baptisms as we begin the service “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” words that echo what was said as we were baptized (Matthew 28:20).
  • We celebrate the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ death (1 Corinthians 11:26) and to receive His true body and blood for our forgiveness (Matthew 26:26-28).

baptism lord's supper (2)God’s gifts of love and mercy move us to offer Him our sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving. We sing our hymns, pray our prayers, and give our offerings in joyful gratitude to God for all His goodness toward us. When we leave worship we are strengthened by God’s grace to serve Him faithfully and to love others fervently.