Exactly What Is Messiah Lutheran?
Messiah Lutheran is a community of people dedicated to serving the people and community where we live, work, play, and worship. We consider it a gift from God to welcome new visitors to this vibrant ministry community. Our work with the community has shown us that the Williamsport area is a diverse community, with people who have many different worship needs. Whether you prefer a traditional and more formal worship service, a relaxed, come-as-you-are praise service, or something completely different, there is a place and a service for you here at Messiah.
Visiting a church for the first time can be nerve-wracking! Where do you go? What do you wear? Where do you park? What time should I be there? Are kids included?? All of these questions create anxiety when worship should be peaceful. To help with that, we made some test drive videos so that you know what to expect. We believe that no one should have to feel uncomfortable when they really need a chance to relax and reconnect with God.
Visiting Messiah: tl;dr Edition
|Where do I go?||The main entrance to the church is across from the parking lot at the corner of Howard St and Bald Eagle Alley. There is a wheelchair accessible entrance and parking behind the building on Bald Eagle Alley.|
|Where do I park?||The main parking lot is on Howard St. There is also street parking available along Howard St, Southern Ave, and George St.|
|What do I wear?||Any clothes you want.|
|What time should I be there?||8:15 AM or 10:45 AM on Sundays (Sunday School is at 9:30 AM) & 6:00 PM on 1st Saturdays.|
|Are kids included?||Sunday School is available for all ages at 9:30 AM. We never ask you to send your kids to a different place. We believe kids belong in worship and that family worship is pleasing to God.|
|Do I have to turn off my cell phone?||Why would we do that to you?|
|What if I have more questions???||Give the office a call at 570-326-9171, email us at email@example.com, message us on Facebook, come by the office, or scroll down to see the videos. No question is too silly to ask if you have it.|
Messiah has a large parking lot right across Howard St. from the main entrance, as well as street parking along Howard St, Southern Ave, and George St. There is also a handicap accessible entrance on Bald Eagle Alley with handicap spaces. There are no assigned spaces and plenty of parking spots, so park wherever you like. Check out the video for more information!
Test Drive 1: Traditional Service
Traditional worship services happen every Sunday at 8:15 AM and 10:45 AM. The most important thing to know is that the name “traditional” is a little misleading. There’s no expectation that you dress up or leave the kids behind (or in a separate “kids area”) to come to this service. What makes this service “traditional” is the Lutheran communion liturgy (a fancy name for service order) that guides worship. This service uses a full paper bulletin and most of the music is provided by the organ, piano, and handbells. The worship order and songs at this service come from a variety of Lutheran hymnals, including the Lutheran Book of Worship found in the pews and newer hymnals, such as With One Voice and Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Check out the video from more info!
Test Drive 2: Renew Contemporary Worship
Renew worship, on the 1st Saturday each month, is a new and growing service that offers different worship opportunities that don’t fit the traditional mold. Again, there’s no dress code and children are welcome and encouraged to come to worship. This service uses projector screens for the service, so there’s no need for paper bulletins or hymnals. The songs are a mix of contemporary Christian songs (like what’s on the radio) and praise songs. Check out the video for more info!
Test Drive 3: Morning Prayer
One of the best parts of being Christian is that we’re able to draw on 2,000+ years of tradition when we create worship services. Morning prayer is no different. This service, also known as Matins, is an ancient tradition of the Church and is held every Thursday at 9:00 AM in the Chapel. This service tends to be more traditional, with music provided by the organ and the worship leaders wearing robes. However, as with all of the services at Messiah, there is no dress code for worshipers; come as you are!
Test Drive 4: Messiah’s Table
Messiah’s Table, on the 3rd Sunday of each month, is a whole new idea that we’re trying for the first time. The congregation really wanted a way to have a community meal that was open to all. They also wanted to experiment with some non-traditional services. So, we decided to combine the ideas and create a dinner church. The service focuses on a community meal served at tables family-style and includes holy communion. Check out the video for more info!