Hybrid services are those that are both in-person AND online via livestream. We livestream via our Facebook page and also invite you to join us in-person. NOTE: Masks are optional for all community gatherings going forward.
Peace be with you! It is good to be together.
If you are new to Messiah, you can find out more about our community here on our website and/or on our Facebook page. Currently, Sunday worship services are held in-person, with live-streaming here on the Worship page of our website at 10am on Sunday mornings, followed by a video of the service later each week. Check this site weekly for last minute updates.
We are a community committed to the fostering of faith for all ages, especially younger participants. Children are encouraged to engage fully in worship and can grow together through Sunday School and other opportunities throughout the year. Classes for all ages are available at 9:00am on Sundays.
Prayer Concerns can be shared via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (440-442-6941). Please indicate if you would like your request to be considered for inclusion in worship or with our Prayer Partners prayer chain ministry.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated weekly. Worshippers of all ages are welcome at Christ’s Table. If Communion is new for you or a young one in your family, we invite you to have a conversation with Pastor Paul.
Serving in Worship:
Presiding Minister: The Rev. Paul Moody
Organist: Adam Dellinger
Welcome! We hope we get the chance to get to know one another better in the days to come. Sunday worship services are open to all and continue to be held in-person inside the sanctuary at 10am. Masks are optional. Please follow the guidance of the ushers to find appropriate seating. Check this site weekly for last minute updates. We also livestream our services via Facebook, which can be found via the Home page of this website or the Worship page.
If you're new to a faith community such as Messiah, you may have a lot of questions. Below you will find some common questions and answers to help guide you in this time of transition:
What should I wear?
Sometimes we wonder how we are expected to dress for a worship service we’ve never attended. Fear not! Community members here often dress causally and comfortably, and we encourage you to do the same. It’s not uncommon for one family to be dressed rather formally, next to another individual wearing blue jeans or shorts, while others might be somewhere in-between. Come as you are!
Will I have to introduce myself publicly?
No! There’s no formal introduction process to follow. Feel free to sneak in quietly to the back, or march to the front pew confidently. It is important for you to have space to just be you, without pressure to make any pressured presentation.
Will my child be too disruptive?
No way! Children take part in worship just as any of us do. If you’d like, grab a children's bulletin and follow along with the day's theme in an age-appropriate format. If you do need to step out of the sanctuary for a minute or two, we have an area nearby where they can play and you can still see and hear the service.
Will I feel out of place?
We hope not! But like anyone, we may make mistakes, and inadvertently make your transition harder than it needs to be. We do hope that this website guide will ease your mind and give you some helpful tips. If you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don't hesitate to say, "I am new. What is this about?" We will do our best to try to be as friendly and helpful as we can be.
March 3, 2019 (1894-1919): A church history talk will begin the services. The service itself will be taken from the old black hymnal, with hymns and an anthem and bulletin cover from that era.
May 5, 2019 (1920-1944): A church history talk will begin the services. The service itself will be taken from the old RED hymnal, with hymns and an anthem and bulletin cover from that era.
June 2, 2019 (1945-1969): Another history lesson from Messiah’s past; complete with services from the old green hymnal and hymns and an anthem and bulletin cover from that hymnal.
September 15, 2019 (1970-1994): Another history lesson from Messiah’s past; complete with services from our current hymnal.
October 6, 2019 (1995-2019): What a milestone! Messiah’s quasquicentennial birthday! That is 125 in math terms, we think. To commemorate this time in our history, the CXXV committee put together a year of celebration, divided into 25-year segments! Here is the last segment with descriptions about our beautiful stained glass windows.
Handbell music in the background is Nancy Durst, Nancy Pittard and Elise Hassink.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region.
We are what God has made us – people whom God has created by grace to live in union with Jesus Christ and has prepared to live faithful, fruitful lives by the power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:8-10). In Jesus Christ, God has reconciled us to God and to each other. As we gather around word and sacraments, this life in Christ is what defines, shapes and guides us as a community of faith, the church.
By God’s grace we can and do live confidently and generously in this community of faith and in service of others, amid the mysteries and paradoxes of this life in Christ – including our human limitations and failings, and the ambiguities, uncertainties and suffering that we experience.
We are a church that walks by faith, trusting God's promise in the gospel and knowing that we exist by and for the proclamation of this gospel word. We proclaim Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead for the life of the world. As the apostle Paul wrote (Romans 1:16-17), and we echo in our Constitution (2.02), we are not ashamed of this gospel ministry because it is God’s power for saving all people who trust the God who makes these promises. “We are to fear and love God, so, that we do not despise preaching or God’s word, but instead keep that word holy and gladly hear it and learn it” (Small Catechism). God’s word, specifically God’s promise in Jesus Christ, creates this liberated, confident and generous faith. God gives the Holy Spirit who uses gospel proclamation – in preaching and sacraments, in forgiveness and in healing conversations – to create and sustain this faith. As a Lutheran church, we give central place to this gospel message in our ministry.
We understand to be Lutheran is to be ecumenical – committed to the oneness to which God calls the world in the saving gift of Jesus Christ, recognizing the brokenness of the church in history and the call of God to heal this disunity.
Just as God has joined us to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in baptism, we are also joined to others, not only in the ELCA and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), but in all communities of Christian faith around the world. In Christ none of us lives in isolation from others. Jesus is our peace and has broken down the walls that divide us – walls of judgment, hatred, condemnation and violence – and has made us into one, new human community (Ephesians 2:14-15). This spiritual communion depends only on God’s mercy that comes to us in the word and sacraments. That alone is enough for unity, and so we yearn for this communion with all Christians at the Lord’s table.
Because God gives us our unity in Christ, we are able to see and respect the diversity within Christ’s body. We receive it as a gift and embrace it, rather than treating it as a threat or a problem to be solved (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). We respect and honor the diversity of histories, traditions, cultures, languages and experiences among us in the ELCA and in the larger Christian community of faith. We seek full participation of all in the life and work of this church and will strenuously avoid the culture of any one group becoming the norm for all in the ELCA. And we strive to address the ways that racism, sexism, classism and other forms of injustice limit participation and harm people, communities and the whole body of Christ. In all these relationships the ELCA serves reconciliation and healing with other Christians, while repentantly acknowledging its failings and wrongs, trusting in God’s forgiving mercy.
Christ has freed us from sin and death, even from ourselves, so that we can live as ministers of reconciliation in loving and generous service of our neighbors (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). In Jesus Christ, all of life – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.
Freed by the transformative life of Christ, we support ELCA members as they give themselves freely in transforming service with the neighbor. Through a wide range of daily vocations and ministries, we nurture faith, build alliances and gather resources for a healed, reconciled and just world. As church together, we faithfully strive to participate in God’s reconciling work, which prioritizes disenfranchised, vulnerable and displaced people in our communities and the world. We discover and explore our vocations in relation to God through education and moral deliberation. We bear witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ through dialogue and collaboration with ecumenical partners and with other faiths. In all these ministries, God’s generosity flows through us into the life of the world.