May 16, 2019
Dear

Doesn’t it feel like no matter where we are in life, it doesn’t seem to slow down? One thing after another, we keep ourselves so busy that we can sometimes forget the purpose of why we do the things we do. As I have been preparing for a wedding, figuring out the move situation, and juggling my transition, I had to ask myself this week, have I even taken a moment to spend some time with God? For the last few weeks, so much has been going on, I tried to do things on my own while letting go of God. However, do you think that worked out for me? Absolutely not! I have just felt numb and started going through the motions. But that is not what God wants. God wants us to trust in him and rely on him. No matter where we are or how far we have been from letting go of God, I pray that we, together, can pause for a moment to spend some time in prayer with God.
 
Speaking of transitions, this Sunday is Graduation Sunday and we will celebrate all those who have accomplished something great. Whether you are graduating from high school, college, grad school, or PHD, we want to take the time to acknowledge all your hard work and determination to go through the years to graduate. Messiah, as a family, let us support our fellow graduates through worship and be a loving community to one another.
 
We will focus on 1 Corinthians 12:3-7;12-13 in traditional worship with a sermon entitled “ Never Let Go .” At the 8:15 am service, the Joyful Noise Choir will present “Great is Thy Faithfulness” as the anthem. At the 9:30 and 11:00 am services, the Chancel Choir, and trumpeter Christian Pagnard, will present “One Hope, One Faith, One Lord” as the anthem. The Unity in Motion Dance ministry will present “Reckless Love” in both 9:30 and 11:00 services. Lauren Geraghty will be leading a contemplative non-traditional worship service at 11:00 in the Youth Center (the "Risk" service), focusing on Jesus' miracles in Matthew 14:13-21. Lauren will guide us in the practice of listening for God through prayer and meditation on scripture....God is speaking all the time and sometimes we need to practice listening! We hope that you will come and join us this Sunday to Messiah! 
We’re going to try something new at Messiah this summer by changing our Sunday morning schedule. Beginning on July 7, we will offer traditional worship at 8:30 am, a blended worship service and sunday school at 10 am and our Risk service at 11:15 am. Be sure to spread the word!
 

Faith Stories, Everyone Has One
Come and hear Tommy Suh’s faith story Sunday, June 2, at 12:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall. A free light lunch will be served. All are welcome to attend. RSVP by May 30 to Robin Ringler , or by calling or texting Deb Rowland at 703-304-7964. Please let us know if you need childcare.
 
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