What are services like?

Our services center entirely on proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ from beginning to end. This is done through our songs, recitations, readings, sermons and prayers. 

Our services typically last 50 minutes to 1 hour. A typical service at Messiah follows this format:

  • Song
  • Responsive Confession and Forgiveness of Sins (We don’t “air out” publicly our individual shortcomings from the past week. Rather, we simply all join together to publicly confess that over the past days/weeks/months, we have sinned against God and need his forgiveness).
  • Readings from Scripture
  • Song
  • Sermon, or message, based on one of the day’s readings
  • Offering
  • Confess our faith (or “state what we believe”), usually with the Nicene Creed or Apostles Creed
  • Prayer
  • Lord’s Supper (“Communion”) on 1st/3rd/5th Sundays of the month
  • Blessing
  • Song

What do you preach about?

A typical sermon will be about 20 minutes long and feature an explanation of a Scripture text followed by an “application” section: how this lesson applies to/can help me during everyday life. All of our sermons contain law and gospel – that is, a reminder on how we, as sinners, fail God via our thoughts, words, and actions, and then the beautiful hope that is ours because of Jesus.

What should I wear?

At Messiah, we have no dress code. Some will come to church in dress shirts and dress pants, others in jeans, others in shorts. Feel free to dress and come as you please.

Can I bring my Children?

Absolutely! Children are welcomed and encouraged at Messiah’s services. If your child is getting a little restless and you need to take them out, there is a mother’s room (quiet room) just outside the sanctuary behind the piano area where you can still hear and see the service.

There is also Sunday School for your children on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. during the school year, between Labor Day and Memorial Day. While your child is in Sunday School, please feel free to join us for Bible Study in the worship sanctuary, also from 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Am I expected to give an offering?

The Bible says, “Each person should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Messiah members are committed to supporting the work and mission of Messiah Lutheran Church in our community and around the world.

If you would like to support our mission of sharing Christ with our local community, you are welcome to do so; however, you are not required to give an offering when attending one of our services.

Can I participate in the Lord’s Supper (Communion) when it is offered?

The Bible teaches us that participating in the Lord’s Supper is a reflection of Christian unity, as well as a proclamation of Christ’s death (1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 1 Corinthians 11:26). The Bible also teaches us that to participate in this sacred act, without recognizing and understanding what is taking place through (the act), has spiritual consequences (1 Corinthians 11:27, 29).

Therefore, without judging anyone’s hearts, we invite confirmed members of Messiah Lutheran, or any other church inside of the WELS or ELS church bodies to join us at the Communion table. If this does not apply to you, or if you are unsure, we ask you to wait on communing with us for the time being, and allow our pastor to instruct you in what we believe. We want nothing more than to instruct you in what the Bible teaches and then to welcome you into our congregational family, so that we might all be “united” when we commune together (1 Corinthians 10:16-17).