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  • Wonderfully-Made_Fall-2022 | Messiah-Online

    Every human being is “wonderfully made” by our Creator (Psalm 139). God cares deeply and specifically about each of our bodies, and our Savior Jesus became flesh and blood for our body’s redemption. And yet so many struggles relate to our body: appearance, aging, disability, gender, sexuality, race, and the deep need for human connection. ​ Join us beginning September 18 as we explore how the Gospel speaks to these areas in profound, powerful, and often surprising ways. The aim of this series is to encourage each of us in the Bible’s hopeful message, and also to train us to love our neighbors wholly. ​ Sermons will all be recorded and posted online each week. Sunday Sermons September 18, 2022 Wonderfully Made… Why? Pastor Ken Shomo Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides Sunday Sermons September 25, 2022 Glorify God in Your Body Pastor Marty O'Rourke Listen | Sermon Slides Sunday Sermons October 2, 2022 Technology and the Body Pastor Nile Gomez Watch | Listen Sunday Sermons October 9, 2022 Boast in the Lord Pastor Marty O'Rourke Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides Sunday Sermons October 16, 2022 The Gospel and the Whole Person Fr. Dominick Hankle Watch | Listen Sunday Sermons October 23, 2022 Emotions in the Image of God Pastor Ken Shomo Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides Related links: ​ From the John 10:10 Project Skeleton Keys 18 Trillion Feet of You

  • Connections Class | Messiah-Online

    START MAKING CONNECTIONS AT MESSIAH! If you have recently started attending Messiah or are interested in becoming a member of the congregation, our Spring session is starting soon. Classes will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday afternoons, immediately following the worship service (lunch is incuded!). This five-seek session begins September 25. Pastor Marty O'Rourke and Pastor Nile Gomez will cover topics such as: How to Use Your Gifts and Find Your Ministry and How to Hear From God . This is a fine opportunity to meet other people and enjoy fellowship. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the form below, or call the office (757-436-2545). Connections Class Fall Class Schedule ​ 5 Sundays beginning September 25: September 25 October 2 October 9 October 16 October 23 ​ Meet in Fellowship Hall immediately following worship service Lunch included! ​ Your details were sent successfully! Send

  • Share Your Bread with the Hungry | Messiah-Online

    Lent 2018 Sermon & Equipping Series “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard." Isaiah 58:6-8 February 18, 2018 LOVE THOSE WHO ARE FOREIGNERS (audio not available) Dr. Kurnia Foe February 11, 2018 WHY SHARE YOUR BREAD WITH THE HUNGRY? Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation February 25, 2018 SHARING THE BREAD OF LIFE Bishop John Guernsey Slideshow Presentation March 4, 2018 TO SET THE OPPRESSED FREE Rev. Mark Cartledge March 11, 2018 SHARING OUR BREAD WITH JEWS Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation March 18, 2018 HEALING THE WOUNDED Pastor Jim Brown Slideshow Presentation Please reload SUNDAY SERMONS February 21, 2018 How to Show Love to Foreigners Dr. Kurnia Foe Campus Director Global Friendship Ventures February 28, 2018 Suicide Prevention Dr. Paul VanValin Director Eden Counseling Center March 7, 2018 Understanding Addictions Dr. Paul Hardy Director Recovery for Life March 14, 2018 How to Share Our Bread with Jews Rev. Daryl Fenton Director CMJ USA March 21, 2018 How to Heal the Wounded (Click for audio) Rev. Nigel Mumford Founder By His Wounds, Inc. Please reload EQUIPPING WEDNESDAYS SCHEDULE 7:00 P.M. | Fellowship Hall

  • Prayer of General Thanksgiving | Messiah-Online

    Prayer of General Thanksgiving Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. From The Book of Common Prayer PRINTABLE VERSION

  • Vision and Values | Messiah-Online

    Our Vision: Our mission is to make tangible the life-transforming power of God’s love so that all may come to know Christ. We will accomplish this through: Dynamic Worship, Authentic Community, and Creative Outreach. We make tangible the power of God’s love through Dynamic Worship: Worship in which our love for God is expressed, the Word of God is proclaimed and applied to everyday life, and Anglican liturgy is infused with the life and gifts of the Holy Spirit. We make tangible the power of God’s love through Authentic Community – Community in which all people can experience a sense of being loved and connected to one another in Christ. We make tangible the power of God’s love through Creative Outreach – Church of the Messiah is outwardly focused and committed to taking the Gospel of Christ, in the power of the Spirit, to people across the room, across the street, across the city, and across the world to reach and serve the least, the last, and the lost. Our Values: Our personal love relationship with the Triune God, through the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Worship in which the Word of God is proclaimed and applied to everyday life, and Anglican liturgy is infused with the life and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Listening to God and staying in step with the Spirit in our decision-making and in accomplishing our vision. Relationships in which all people can experience a sense of being loved and connected to one another in Christ. Making and equipping disciples who submit to the Word of God as the final authority of everything they are and everything they do. Being “missional,” or outwardly focused, and committed to taking the Gospel of Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to a people across the room, across the street, across the city, and across the world, to reach and serve the least, the last, and the lost. Contending for a biblical faith and worldview in all aspects of our culture. WHO WE ARE ABOUT JESUS Learn more about Messiah's vision and values by listening to Pastor Marty's sermon, "Why Does Church of the Messiah Exist?"

  • Transformed by the Cross | Messiah-Online

    About Our Speakers: THE REV DR. JIM BROWN served as Executive Pastor at Church of the Messiah for over 20 years, and has been involved in ministry and pastoral counseling for more than 30 years. He has served the Body of Christ in many ways in various roles in teaching, counseling and coaching. ​ THE REV. DAVID JOHNDROW, ordained with World Harvest Ministries, is currently a member of the Big House ministry team. In the past, he was involved in the Charismatic Renewal in the Episcopal Church. He has been part of missions teams in Brazil, Korea, and Norway, was a prayer ambassador with The Call, and has written five books. ​ VIVIAN HAYES , wife and mother of three, is a Bible teacher, postulant, and seminarian at Trinity School for Ministry. ​ THE REV. DAVID PETERSON is Senior Pastor at Apostles Lutheran Church in Chesapeake, VA, and has over 30 years of experience in ministry and chaplaincy. He is the author of Journey to Forgiveness: 21 Milestones to Freedom. ​ FR. NIGEL MUMFORD is an author and international speaker, and founder of “By His Wounds” healing ministry. He served in the UK’s Royal Marine Commandos and ministers with the Welcome Home Initiative for veterans suffering from PTSD or moral injury. February 21 Deny Ourselves The Rev. Dr. Jim Brown Listen | Worksheet ​ February 28 Tak ing Up Our Cross The Rev. David Johndrow Watch | Listen ​ March 6 Following Him Vivian Hayes Listen | Slides | Worksheet ​ March 13 Following Him by Forgiving the Way H e Forgave The Rev. David Peterson Watch | Listen March 20 Following Him by Becoming an Instrument of God's Healing Fr. Nigel Mumford Listen ​ Our 2024 Lent Lecture Series is based on the passage from Mark 8:34: And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. ​ The words of Augustine describe the purpose of Lent: "We must empty ourselves of all that fills us so that we may be filled with what we are empty of." The 40 days of Lent serve as a time of emptying ourselves of things of the world, to be filled with a deeper appreciation of the profound significance of Christ's life, suffering, death, and resurrection. ​ ​ Resurrection Sunday is much more meaningful and joyous when we walk with Jesus through Good Friday. In the same way, participation in the 40 days of Lent enables us to receive the fullness of all that Christ did for us on Palm Sunday, at the Passover Meal, the washing of the disciples' feet, His betrayal and arrest, the mockery of His trial, the tremendous beating He took, then finally, being nailed to a cross and laid in a tomb. Then on the third day He rose from the de ad, proving the truth of His earlier declaration: I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. By walking with Christ through these final days of His ear thly life, we can embrace the extent of His sacrifice for us and the depth of God's love for us. ​ The theme for our 2024 Lenten lecture series is based on the passage from Mark 8:34: And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” The Words of Augustine describe the purpose of Lent: We must empty ourselves of all that fills us so that we may be filled with what we are empty of. The 40 days of Lent serve as a time of emptying ourselves of things of the world, to be filled with a deeper appreciation of the profound significance of Christ's life, suffering, death, and resurrection. By walking with Christ through the final days of His earthly life, we can embrace the extent of His sacrifice for us and the depth of God's love for us.

  • Luke's Research on Jesus | Messiah-Online

    Luke’s Research on Jesus Luke was a doctor whose research on Jesus portrays His heart for the lost, the poor, the disabled, and the undervalued, such as women and children. This is illustrated primarily through the miracles, testimonies and parables that are unique to the Gospel of Luke. These include Mary becoming the mother of Jesus; the one leper returning to thank Jesus; and the parables of the Good Samaritan, the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. September 16, 2018 Luke’s Heart for Theophilus Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation September 23, 2018 Good News to the Poor Rev. Mark Cartledge September 30. 2018 Raising of the Widow’s Son at Nain Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation October 7, 2018 Encounter with the Forgiven Woman Deacon Nile Gomez October 14, 2018 Parables on Prayer Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation October 21, 2018 Return of the Seventy-Two Bishop John Guernsey October 28, 2018 The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation November 4, 2018 The Good Samaritan Deacon Tom Sweeney November 11, 2018 The Lost Sons Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation November 18, 2018 The Prodigal Father Rev. David Martin November 25, 2018 "No Thank You"": Cleansing of the Ten Lepers Rev. Robert Walter Video Link Please reload

  • Ladies' Christmas Dinner | Messiah-Online

    Ladies' Christmas Dinner Monday, December 3, 6:00 p.m. Join us for a time of food, fun and fellowship! Ladies ages 13 to 113 are invited, so bring a guest to enjoy a delicious potluck dinner, music, and a talk! Please bring a dish to share (see the sign-up sheet in the foyer) and a toy gift for Sanctuary of Hope. (It's helpful if the gifts are in gift bags, marked "boy" or "girl" and an appropriate age range.) Please contact Elizabeth McGinnis with any questions, and we hope to see you there!

  • We the Church - June 2020 | Messiah-Online

    Sermon Series | June-July 2020 It’s trendy to “love Jesus but not church.” Yet during this season of protests and pandemic, it’s vital that we become the full expression of Christ in the world today. Here at Messiah, we have been praying for a move of God. Please join us for an engaging new sermon series as we explore: What significance does Christ give the Church? Why do we need the Church, and why does the Church need us? How does Christ use the Church to make a difference in the world? June 7, 2020 We the Church Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation June 14, 2020 We the Church: The Bride of Christ Pastor Nile Gomez June 21, 2020 We the Church: The Temple of the Holy Spirit Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation June 28, 2020 We the Church: The Family of God Pastor Nile Gomez July 5, 2020 We the Church: The Body of Christ Pastor Marty O'Rourke and Jennifer Sporl-Palmer Please reload

  • GUARD YOUR HEART | Messiah-Online

    "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." Proverbs 4:23 The Rev. Dr. Marty O'Rourke has served as a local church pastor for over 35 years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Medina, Ohio; and Chesapeake, Virginia. He is passionate about equipping Christian leaders to finish well. While researching sexual misconduct in the church for his Doctor of Ministry dissertation, he discovered that prevention training of leaders reduces the likelihood of moral failure. Most prevention training has primarily a psychological approach, whereas the "Guard Your Heart" prevention training that Pastor Marty developed is grounded in the Scriptures and the social sciences. Many Christian leaders do not finish well. Paul, who finished well, writes to his spiritual son, Timothy: "Set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity" (1Timothy 4:12). The primary purpose of this training is to empower pastors and Christian leaders to finish their race well, by understanding the unique temptations leaders and their families face in a culture where temptation, especially sexual, abounds. ​ Click the link above to watch the opening session of the Guard Your Heart training. Escaping Sexual Sin Before It's Too Late , By Rev. Marty O'Rourke. Click here to view article published on CBN.com Contact: Rev. Marty O'Rourke Church of the Messiah 816 Kempsville Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 436-2545 morourke@churchofthemessiah.org Marty has presented the Guard Your Heart training numerous times to the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA); M.Div and D.Min. classes at Regent University; chaplains at Portsmouth Naval Hospital; the Falls Church staff in Falls Church, VA; Mid-Atlantic Christian University, and hundreds of pastors and church planters in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. ​ What others are saying about "Guard Your Heart" As an Executive Pastor I had my staff attend the Guard Your Heart workshop led by the Rev. Marty O'Rourke. I have been a pastor for over twenty years, and my wife and I have been in ministry in several different churches over the years. I have also had my staff take several different workshops on prevention of misconduct of various kinds. I found the Guard Your Heart workshop to be the most helpful in addressing issues straightforwardly, but from a positive Christian point of view. ​ (The Rev. Dr.) Frederick Wright Senior Associate Rector, The Falls Church Falls Church, Va. 22046 ​ We are greatly privileged to have such an experienced, encouraging, well-equipped presentation. You know whereof you speak, making it accessible for students to understand and practical to apply. I have no doubt that you prevented problems in our students' lives and ministries, and equipped them to serve others better. ​ Mark A. Jumper, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Theological and Ministerial Studies School of Divinity, Regent University ​ ​ The Guard Your Heart training seminar is an asset to any ministry or organization, one of the most powerful tools available today is a preemptive strike against the problems of integrity and sexual misconduct before they happen. My opinion should be an essential part of all leadership preparation I strongly encourage you to consider this seminar for your ministry or organization. I would be delighted to comment further on this seminar resource contacted by phone or email. ​ Sincerely, Dr. James T. Flynn Associate Professor of Practical Theology Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program School of Divinity, Regent University jamefly@regent.edu 757.352.4527 ​ ​ My husband and I have been married for 33 years. We have been in ordained ministry for 28 of those years. Entering parish life after seminary was something we were not prepared for. The demands of "The Church" and the demands of a family can become overwhelming. ​ I wish we had heard this teaching before leaving Seminary. There are so many "mine fields" in the ministry. Rev. O'Rourke shared practical ways to prevent getting "blown away." His message was proactive, like the Priests having an accountability partner, and letting your wife know about all your appointments, especially when women are involved. There were many other great suggestions. ​ Penny Rauh Church of the Epiphany-Anglican Herndon, VA ​ ​ To: Whom It May Concern From: Charles J. Cunningham Jr., Lt Gen, USAF (Retired) Joint Forces Staff College Subject: Improper Behavior, Temptation, and Avoiding Trouble ​ This is my personal endorsement of, and professional judgment regarding a very important program designed by the Rev. Dr. Marty O'Rourke to prepare leaders to do the right things when associating with others, especially those under their leadership. ​ ​

  • In Spirit and in Truth | Messiah-Online

    Worshiping In Spirit and In Truth "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23-24) September 25, 2016 Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth Pastor Jim Brown October 2, 2016 How to Engage in Worshiping God Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation October 16, 2016 Why the Eucharist in Worship? Pastor Marty O'Rourke & Pastor Jim Brown Slideshow Presentation October 23, 2016 Why the Spirit in Worship Rev. Mark Cartledge October 30, 2016 Why the Arts in Worship? Marsha Staples November 6, 2016 Worship and Right Relationships Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation November 13, 2016 The Sacrifice of Worship Pastor Marty O'Rourke Rev. John Dooley Vivian Hayes November 20, 2016 Continual Worship Pastor Jim Brown Slideshow Presentation Please reload

  • CBS | Messiah-Online

    Messiah hosts two Community Bible Study classes on Thursdays during the school year. The 2023-24 term begins on September 7. Both classes will be studying "A King is Coming," in the books of Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, and Ephesians. ​ The LADIES’ DAY CLASS takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings. Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers, as well as age-appropriate curriculum for older kids. An online class is also available. The CO-ED EVENING CLASS runs from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.This group offers men’s, women’s and co-ed classes, as well as online classes. Virtual online classes are also available; please ask for details. Annual registration is $35 for adults and $10 per child (day class only). The registration fee includes the cost of study materials. Scholarships are available, so please don't let financial concerns keep you from learning more about God's Word. ​ To learn more and to register for one of these questions, visit: www.chesapeake.cbsclass.org . ​ You can learn more about the Community Bible Study organization at: www.communitybiblestudy.org.

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