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Messiah Lutheran Church


 Welcome Home to Messiah

All are Welcome


The Rev. Dr. Michael Meranda, Pastor




Holy Communion Service:
Postponed through May 29th
Check out Video Services on the "Link" Menu to Our YouTube Channel

Sunday School
Cancelled through May 29
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Sunday Forum
Cancelled through May 29
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Check out Daily Prayers for the week at "Pastor's Daily Prayer" page on the top menu.

Following the advice of our bishop and federal health protocols and in compliance with Governor DeWine's and state health officials directives, Messiah’s congregational council has concurred to cancel large group worship events here thru May 29th.
 
Sunday liturgies through May 29th are postponed. 
 
More announcements will follow as to when Messiah will be open for prayer times that conform to State & Federal guidelines. 
 

We are not without spiritual resources. The Facebook Page Messiah Lutheran Church Ashtabula (maintained by Sue Riley) hosts all sorts of positive and helpful posts. The Facebook Page that I write, "Good Day", provides relevant biblical / prayerful perspectives. Links to these pages are provided on this websites Menu and are usefull for those not registered on Facebook - Pages can still be accessed via these links.

In addition to Facebook, Frank Maenpa edits Messiah's web page -- www.messiahashtabula.com. Helpful pieces show up there, such as sermons from our Bishop Allende and my own Pastor's Page of Daily Prayers.

In addition, Sunday's Video Services are posted on our website & on our YouTube channel ("Messiah Lutheran Ashtabula").  Please Subscribe to our YouTube channel.   

We've weathered many crises in our lifetimes, none perhaps as dangerous as this -- certainly none as socially isolating as this. We understand we cannot physically be with one another. But we can certainly pray for one another, phone each other, message each other, and email each other. 

When God in Christ is present, life is never over. One of God's many gifts for us is to lead us thru death into life. God will bring us to deeper life after Codiv-19's march toward death. Exactly what that new gift of life will be like for us, we do not yet know. But we are people of faith. We know there will be renewed life because we know we will be with Christ. It will be our privilege when this is over to look back upon this time and to marvel at the patient resourcefulness that God provided.


During this pandemic I appreciate perspectives from Psalms 40 and 41. (“Though we are afflicted, the Lord has plans for us; You are our help and savior, do not delay, O God.” 40:17)
 
 
Peace is ours. We’ll get thru this,
Michael Meranda, pastor