“[What’s at stake in worship]is nothing less than the formation of radical disciples who desire the kingdom of God.”
James K.A. Smith
At Messiah, we come to worship expecting God to show up. We can confidently expect that because God has promised to show up each time we come together to hear the scriptures explained, each time we come into contact with the baptismal waters, and each time we share the bread and wine of communion. And wherever God is present, so are his gifts of peace, truth, mercy, and forgiveness. We come together in worship so that God’s life might flow into our lives and begin to work a change in us—and that through us, the world might experience something of God’s love.
We worship each Sunday at 11 o’clock AM. We welcome you to come as you are to worship with us. You will be greeted warmly, given everything you need for worship, and introduced to new friends.
What to Expect
Our worship is liturgical. That means we follow a pattern of worship handed down from ancient times. It connects us with believers from across the milennia, and across the globe, and like all traditions, reminds of promises which, left to our own devices, we might forget. “Liturgy” means “work of the people,” and as such, it’s not passive but participatory. Like all living traditions, our liturgy is alive and attuned to the needs of the world today. It engages our imagination so that we might be equipped to speak anew the old, old story of Jesus’ life offered up for us.
Our worship is sacramental. We do not just talk and sit quietly. We pour baptismal water, break bread, drink wine, and remember that God has promised to be present with us in the everyday stuff of basic life. The sacraments are “visible words” that assure us of God’s love—because sermons sometimes fall flat, and music doesn’t always reach us. We celebrate communion weekly and baptism as often as possible!
Our worship is musical. Lutherans are an artsy bunch, and we’ve helped shape a lot of artists over the years. From J.S. Bach to contemporary songwriters like Nate Houge, we represent particularly well in the musical world. At Messiah, it would not seem odd to sing a hymn written in the first century, an American Protestant Classic, a Taize chant, and a song written in the last five years. Our choir does a wonderful job leading us as we sing, and has an inspiring offering almost every week.
A Note to Parents during Worship
We are so glad that you are here, and that you brought your children with you! Thank you! A few suggestions for your worship experience:
- Relax! God made children very active; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. If you feel comfortable doing so, please sit toward the front where it is easier for children to see and hear.
- Sing hymns loudly, pray, and voice the responses with enthusiasm. Children learn behavior by copying you. If you are excite about God, they will be too!
- Teach children some of the basic prayers; being able to join in with the prayers helps them feel they are contributing too. Also, it can be helpful to explain to your child what is happening during service.
- Attend worship often. Children like and need routines where they can participate.
To those who are sitting near worshiping parents and children:
- A smile of encouragement is always welcome to parents with small, active children! Jesus welcomed the little children, and so do we.
- Whether talking, crying, laughing, or singing, the sounds of children in worship are joyful songs of praise!