Welcome to Messiah Lutheran Church!
Located at the corner of West Southern Avenue and Howard Street in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a small community nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Allegheny mountains, Messiah Lutheran church is a large congregation of the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. One of the most recognizable features of our church is the crescent moon on our steeple. Click on the link below to learn more about its symbolism.
Whether you live in the area, are traveling through, or planning to relocate in north central Pennsylvania, it would be our joy to have you worship with us.
FROM THE PASTOR…..
During this season of Lent, we are given a beautiful opportunity to discover the mystery of Christ within us. It is a gentle but also a demanding time. It is a time of solitude but also a time of community, it is a time of listening to the voice within, but also a time to pay attention to other people’s needs. It is a time to continuously make the passage to new inner life as well as to life with those around us.
This is the most important time of the year to nurture our inner life. It is the time during which we not only prepare ourselves to celebrate the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also the death and resurrection that constantly takes place within us. Life is a continuous process of death and resurrection: the death of the old and the familiar, and being reborn again into a new hope, a new belief, and a new love. The death and resurrection of Jesus is an inner event that takes place in our own heart when we are willing to be attentive to it. True repentance is an interior attitude in which we are willing to let go of everything that prevents us from growing in spiritual maturity.
When we live Lent attentively and gently, then Easter can truly be a celebration during which the full proclamation of the Risen Christ will reverberate into the deepest place of our being. May God give us the strength and faith enough to be renewed and recreated during this most Holy Season. I encourage you to participate in the Holy Week liturgies and ministries. See you at Church!!
For centuries Christians have set aside the forty days before Easter to be a time of faithful introspection, careful repentance, and deepened service. Following this time tested tradition we will hold Lenten Wednesday Bible Study and Worship beginning February 25th, and when we reach Holy Week we will worship the Paschal Triduum.
Every Wednesday in Lent following Ash Wednesday we will gather for learning and worship at 7:00PM. This year’s focus will be on Prayer. The Pastor and Marti Karchner will lead the study and discussion. In our time together we will delve into various types of prayer so that we might have a deeper understanding of our connection to God. We will also look at the biblical understanding of prayer building on our worship and faith practices.
In the ever increasingly fast paced world that seeks to take a firm grip on us and our time, you will feel the peace and hope of our Lord’s grip on us as you engage yourself in our Lenten Discipline. Prayer is a language of love. Join us!!
Daily Bible Readings
Sunday March 29 Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47; Psalm 31:9-16
Monday March 30 Psalm 36:5-11; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 9:11-15
Tuesday March 31 Psalm 71:1-14; Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Wednesday April 1 Psalm 70; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 12:1-3
Thursday April 2 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14; 1 Corinth. 11:23-26
Friday April 3 Psalm 22; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 10:16-25
Saturday April 4 Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; Job 14:1-4; 1 Peter 4:1-8
HOLY WEEK BEGINS MARCH 29th
PASSION / PALM SUNDAY worship will begin with the procession of palms and hosannas and then spiral quickly to the harsh and raw reality that our Lord rides to Jerusalem to die! There will be a reading of the Passion, giving voice to the contrasts that give shape to the whole week- hope, yet despair, cries of hosanna and crucify sounds of death and denial. Our own struggles to be people of faith are paralleled in the denials and betrayals of the people who had first welcomed Him with their shouts of hosanna.
+ + + THE THREE GREAT DAYS + + +
MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 2nd, named after the Lord’s “mandatum” that we love one another, recalls our Lord’s lastSupper in our celebration of Holy Communion and concludes with the stripping of the altar as a symbol of the denials and betrayals of Christ. Eucharist at 7:00 P.M.
GOOD FRIDAY, April 3rd, will reflect shadows and darkness, and
will recall Jesus in his “dying woes, craving pardon for” his foes. The day will end in darkness. Prayer of “The Way of the Cross”, 12:00 (Noon). Veneration of the Holy Cross begins at 7:00P.M.
HOLY SATURDAY, April 4th, The Great Easter Vigil, 7:00 P.M. The vigil begins in “Good Friday” darkness only to give way to Easter joy with the glad announcement that “He is RISEN.”
EASTER DAY, April 5th, is pure celebration for “the victory Thou o’er death has won!” With thankful hearts, glad alleluias and joyful music, we celebrate life in the good news that God resurrects life out of death- The Lord is Risen indeed! Worship will be at 8:15 AM and 10:45 A.M.
Did you know . . .
That Camp Mount Luther offers a daily devotional on their web site? To access it, visit http://cmlfaithformation.weebly.com/first-light
You are blessed to be a blessing.
God loves you . . . serve Him faithfully, serve Him well!