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.
Children of God through Baptism Celebrating Milestones along the WayIn Christian love you have presented these children for Holy Baptism. You should, therefore, faithfully bring them to the services of God’s house, and teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments. As they grow in years, you should place in their hands the Holy Scriptures and provide for their instruction in the Christian faith , that, living in the covenant of their Baptism and in communion with the Church, they may lead godly lives until the day of Jesus Christ.
Two important Milestones are occurring back-to-back . . . Affirmation of Baptism for those who have completed Confirmation instruction, and the graduation of our high school seniors. This past week, five students affirmed their faith and made a commitment to continue living the life of discipleship that began with their baptism. Attesting to this commitment, each student in turn shared his/her personal faith statement with the congregation. It is important to note that confirmation day is not an ending but rather a very important milestone, marking the time when a student takes greater responsibility for his/her own faith life and as a member of the congregation.
Similarly, some folks often think of graduation as an “ending.” While it is indeed an end of one’s high school years, it is not an end to learning but rather the beginning of a whole new chapter of life and continued learning. It is for this reason that the graduation ceremony is called “Commencement.” We will recognize this Milestone with the presentation of tied fleece blankets (made by the Women of the ELCA) to our graduating high school seniors this Sunday, May 31, as a reminder of the congregation’s continued love and support as they embark on a new chapter in their lives. Please join us in praying for all of these youth as they continue to live out their discipleship.
Vacation Bible School
Visit our VBS page for info and a registration form . . . Age 4 through Grade 6 . . . Monday-Friday, June 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon.
Daily Bible Readings
Sunday May 31 Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17
Monday June 1 Psalm 20; Numbers 9:15-23; Revelation 4:1-8
Tuesday June 2 Psalm 20; Exodus 25:1-22; 1 Corinth. 2:1-10
Wednesday June 3 Psalm 20; Numbers 6:22-27; Mark 4:21-25
Thursday June 4 Psalm 103:1-13, 22; Ezekiel 16:1-14; Roman 3:1-8
Friday June 5 Psalm 103:1-13, 22; Ezekiel 16:44-52; 2 Peter 1:1-11
Saturday June 6 Psalm 103:1-13, 22; Ezekiel 16:53-63; John 7:53-8:11
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
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God loves you . . . serve Him faithfully, serve Him well!