What Is A Sunday Like?

Messiah Lutheran church​Sunday Worship in August- 9:15 am

Join us in August for Eucharist at 9:15 am and fellowship immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.  There is not adult or children's Formation until September 10 when we begin our Fall Programing.

We worship in Messiah Lutheran Church at the corner of Atlee Road and Meadowbridge Road.  Our worship is centered in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer with a variety of music, from traditional to contemporary. We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Eucharist each week, and all are welcome to Jesus’ table.

Weekly sermons connect the message of the Scriptures to the real lives of our community, attentive to the work of the Spirit in the world around us.  We have a talented choir with a great choir master and a family-friendly environment that engages members of all ages in our service.

During the service small children are welcomed in the nursery.  During communion they are brought into the church to share the Eucharist with all members of the congregation. 

Community Time - Sunday 10:30 am

After worship, we gather for food and coffee as only All Souls can do it.  It is during this time we have a chance to catch up with each other and make plans to meet during the week.  There is always good java and good food - a tradition here at All Souls.

Faith Formation - Sunday 10:45 am

Offered September through May.

At All Souls Church, we prize learning, seeking to know the mind and will of God through Scripture, reason, tradition and human experience. A wide variety of educational opportunities for all ages are offered on Sundays and during the week throughout the year.  

We have an array of class styles - everything from traditional bible study and book discussions to interactive programs that engage our creativity and use a variety of media to explore our questions of faith and nurture fresh spiritual practices. Our children's program invites our young ones to learn, share, question and experience the story of God's people and the way of Jesus as their own. Please join us!

Additional Worship Opportunities 

Wednesday Evening Centering Prayer - Will resume in September

As a practice, Centering Prayer is different from other forms of prayer, but is not meant to replace other forms of prayer.  While practicing Centering Prayer, we are mindful of God's presence within. The guidelines are very simple: choose a sacred word as your symbol of intention to consent to God's presence and action within. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed an silently think your sacred word, when you become aware of your thoughts turning to the everyday, return to your sacred word, and at the end of the prayer time (usually 20 minutes), remain silent with eyes closed for a few minutes.  Feel free to join us to practice and experience Centering Prayer.

New - Thursday Morning Prayer, 11 am, August 10 and 24  

Join us for prayer at the Atlee House at 11 to prayer.  We will explore some prayer practices and look at prayer with current issues of the day. Everyone is invited to attend.

Thursday Evening Prayer - Will resume June 8 at a new time - 6pm.

All are welcome to drop in at the end of the work day for an informal liturgy of Evening Prayer, Rite II to be held each week in the chapel upstairs at the Atlee house.  This has been a peaceful way for our members to transition into the evening hours through prayer and readings from scripture.  

Labyrinth - The warm weather has made the grass grow, and the labyrinth is now open.  Please visit the labyrinth at 9077 Atlee Road.

In warm weather, you are invited to the All Souls very simple labyrinth, created at the Atlee House by members of our congregation that wanted another place for contemplation.  The labyrinth is available in Spring through Fall when the grass is growing. Our labyrinth pattern is cut into the grass and maintained by dedicated volunteers.  There are many ways to use the labyrinth, but central to all is that you start on the outside, follow the circles to the center, pause, then retrace your steps back out. The labyrinth is a joyfully sacred space. You do not need to be somber around it, but if someone is walking the labyrinth, it is courteous to respect the need they may have for quiet concentration.

As you enter the labyrinth, you may focus your thoughts on a question or concern. You may walk the labyrinth with a quiet mind, sensing without particularizing the wonder of the pattern. Or you may walk it with specific prayers from your own experience and heart’s desires. In the labyrinth, as in life, there is no single right way to follow the path.  Come by and enjoy the special serenity of the labyrinth.

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