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  • Liturgy for the Ritual of Morning Coffee | Messiah-Online

    PRINTABLE VERSION Liturgy for the Ritual of Morning Coffee Meet me, O Christ in this stillness of morning. Move me, O Spirit, to quiet my heart. Mend me, O Father, from yesterday’s harms. From the discords of yesterday, resurrect my peace. From the discouragement of yesterday, resurrect my hope. From the weariness of yesterday, resurrect my strength. From the doubts of yesterday, resurrect my faith. From the wounds of yesterday, resurrect my love. Let me enter this new day, aware of my need and awake to your grace, O Lord. Amen From Every Moment Holy by Doug Mckelvey PRINTABLE VERSION

  • Ken Shomo | Messiah-Online

    Ken Shomo Children's Ministry Director I grew up in the church and benefited from my mother's prayers and vibrant faith. At age 18 that faith came fully alive through the work of God's grace and Holy Spirit. I was soon called into vocational ministry and have now served in various ministries for over 30 years. I simply enjoy people and have been privileged to serve all age groups. Along the way I also earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, and I'm now working on a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min). I serve as a counselor at HopeWell Ministries. I’ve been married 20 years to Cheryl and we have two children, Cullen and Zoey.

  • Ladies' Fall Fellowship 2019 | Messiah-Online

    Seasons of Planting and Harvest Women's Ministry Fall Potluck Brunch Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; y ou will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 Saturday, September 28 | 9:30 - 11:30 am Messiah Fellowship Hall For ALL women | Bring a guest & a dish to share | Sign up in the foyer We will be collecting items to benefit the women at H.E.R. Shelter in Portsmouth. Help and Emergency Response provides intervention, advocacy, and shelter for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking. These women are often forced to leave their homes for safety with little more than the clothes they have on. Please consider helping another woman feel strong, empowered and loved by bringing in new personal items such as soaps, lotions, shaving gel, razors, body spray, deodorants, make-up, nail polish, inc. Filling a make-up bag is always a nice touch. If you would like, you can include a note of encouragement or scripture that would bless and comfort a woman in crisis. Tidewater Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline: 757-251-0144

  • Intimacy-in-a-Lonely-World | Messiah-Online

    Sunday, April 16 Sermon: Intimacy or Isolation? Pastor Ken Shomo Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides Handout: Loneliness & Intimacy in the Wisdom of Proverbs ____________________________________ Wednesday, April 18 Webinar: Intimacy vs. Technology Pastor Ken Shomo & Pastor Marty O'Rourke Zoom Meeting ID# 928 2372 1136 or Watch ____________________________________ Sunday, April 23 Serm o n: " Put On Love" Creating Connection & Fostering Relationship Pastor Marty O'Rourke Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides ____________________________________ Sunday, April 30 Sermon: Five Forms of Intimacy Pastor Ken Shomo Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides Luncheon: Marriage Tools & Tune-Up Pastor Ken Shomo Handouts: Safe Place Chart | Types of Intimacy | Speaking Your Mate's Love Language | You do not have to be alone to be lonely. Loneliness means we do not feel truly known, seen, or understood. An epidemic of loneliness was reported years ago and has only been exacerbated by social media, political division, and the pandemic. ​ Apart from Christ, we all experience deep loneliness; and even as believers we can fail to experience the richness of relationship God intends for us. The great news is that God’s word speaks to the issue of loneliness! We can grow healthy relationships and find true intimacy in our friendships, families, and the church. Three-Week Series Beginning April 16, 2023

  • Pastor Marty O'Rourke | Messiah-Online

    The Rev. Dr. Martin K. O'Rourke Rector If the alumni of my graduating high school class gave an award to the person who ended up in the least likely job, I believe I would win. As a teen, I was constantly trying to prove myself through sports and by being accepted by others. It is alarming to consider where I would be today if the Lord Jesus Christ had not changed my life. I am still amazed that the Lord called me to be a pastor, and my passion is to see lives transformed by Jesus Christ. My first call in ministry is to trust and love the Lord with all my heart. I am also called to love my wonderful wife as Christ loved the church, and to be a godly father to my four children and two grandchildren. I am very thankful for God’s call on me to be a pastor, serving the people of Messiah. We seek to make disciples who in turn make disciples by emphasizing mentoring relationships. I am very encouraged by the growing diversity in our church as people connect across generations, ethnicities, economic and social backgrounds, and with those who have disabilities. We also serve our community by providing Joyful Noise Club, an outreach to young people with disabilities; having a companion relationship with a church in Portsmouth that has a ministry to the poor; and participating with other ministries, including CAST, a ministry to the homeless, Heart of Compassion, and Serve the City. I have a heart for building fellowship and unity among local church pastors, so Messiah holds a monthly gathering for ministers from various denominations. God used my heart for local church pastors to develop a training titled Guard Your Heart , designed to equip Christian leaders to walk in purity. For fun and exercise, I ride my bike five days a week with my wife, and two days a week I play racquetball. Before coming to Church of the Messiah in 1995, I served as Rector at Church of the Resurrection near Akron, Ohio; as Associate Rector at St. Martin's in Monroeville, Pa.; and as Youth Advisor to the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

  • Missions | Messiah-Online

    FOREIGN MISSIONS The Foreign Missions Committee oversees the financial and spiritual support we provide to missionaries and organizations outside the United States, as well as to individuals from our congregation who go on short-term mission trips to other countries. The list here describes some of the areas we support. If you feel led to donate to any of our foreign missions, please click here . If you would like more information about any of these missions, please contact the church office . GET INVOLVED Eastern Europe: Aaron & Winnie ​ Aaron and Winnie have been working with teens in Eastern Europe since 2009. Their youth center ministers to middle- and high-schoolers through music, drama and the arts. They have also been active with supplying humanitarian aid and witnessing to many refugees fleeing from Syria. Middle East: Betsy & David David and Betsy have ministered for over 20 years to a small but growing Christian community. They have also responded to the desperate needs of refugees from Syria by seeking out ways to welcome in and care for these refugees and provide medical aid. Central America: Carmen & His Love in Action School for the Deaf Since 1989, Carmen and His Love in Action School and Vocational Training Institute have been educating and training hearing impaired children. FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SERVING THE COMMUNITY CHURCH MINISTRIES

  • Seder

    Saturday, March 23 , 2024 | 5 pm The Passover Seder celebrates God setting Israel free from Egyptian bondage, delivering His people from slavery to freedom. Believers in Y'shua the Messiah participate in Passover because through Him, our lives have passed over from death to life. We have been redeemed by the Passover Lamb, through the Perfect Atonement through His Blood. Each food on the Seder plate symbolizes a part of this redeeming act of God. Each person has a little taste of each food, coming together to participate in what God has done for His people. The Seder gives us the historical Jesus, putting into perspective what He did for us. We participate in the life of Y'shua and celebrate this through the Cup of Redemption, which is a part of the Passover Seder. We become one with Jesus through receiving His Body and Blood, remembering He celebrated this dinner with his disciples the night before He was handed over to suffering and death. Come join this celebration on Saturday, March 23, at 5:00 p.m. Please sign up by Sunday, March 17, so we can plan our seating and supply needs. There are sign-up sheets for both attendance and for helpers and donations. We ask that each family bring the following: Last name A-L: A dessert that will feed 8 people and a v egetable dish or salad for 8.* Last name M-Z: A meat dish that will feed 8 people and a vegetable dish or salad for 8.* A bottle of grape juice for your family. If you're coming solo, just bring double what you would eat yourself. The Seder ceremony takes place before dinner, so please provide a snack beforehand for young children, so they will not become too hungry. *Please, no shellfish, pork, lamb, dairy, or anything with leavening (yeast, baking soda/powder.)

  • COVID-19 | Messiah-Online

    COVID-19 Updates & Information In order to keep our congregation safe and healthy, we ask everyone to follow the procedures below: ​ If you are ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19, please worship from home. If you are experiencing symptoms or have had exposure to large groups of people, we encourage you to be tested. Affordable at-home test kits are available online or at local pharmacies. Masks are not required, however, we ask everyone to be sensitive to those who do feel the need to wear one. If you need a mask, they are available in the foyer. Communion will be offered in-person during the service. The priest or Eucharist Minister will intinct the wafer (dip into the wine) and then place into the recipients open hands. Bulletins will be available on the table as you enter the Sanctuary. A box for tithes and offerings will remain in front of the Sanctuary; we will not be "passing the plate" at this time. You may also make a secure online donation at . Sunday worship will continue to be livestreamed on Facebook ; those not on Facebook can view the service on our church online worship page . You may contact the church office to make arrangements to pick up a supply of consecrated wafers for self-administration at home. ​ Thank you for your cooperation!

  • Anger: Appropriate or Inappropriate? | Messiah-Online

    ANGER: Appropriate or Inappropriate? A recent poll says that 69% of Americans are either very or somewhat angry about how things are going in our country. God’s Word has a great deal of wisdom for us about the roots of anger, when it is appropriate, and how to overcome inappropriate anger. This sermon series focuses on how we can serve as a light for Christ by showing an angry world healthy ways to handle emotions. "Be Angry But Do Not Sin" Ephesians 4:2 6 April 8, 2018 Why Are You Angry? Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation April 15, 2018 A Fool Gives Full Vent to His Anger Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation April 15, 2018 Special Testimony from Deacon Tom Sweeney April 22, 2018 Be Angry and Do Not Sin: The Reality of Anger Rev. Robert Walter Slideshow Presentation April 29, 2018 Antidotes to Anger: Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak Pastor Jim Brown Slideshow Presentation May 6, 2018 Stay Angry or Stay in Step with The Spirit Pastor Marty O'Rourke Slideshow Presentation Please reload

  • Alicia Greeley | Messiah-Online

    Alicia Greeley Office Manager As Messiah’s Office Manager, I am blessed to use my spiritual gifts of service and administration to help our church run smoothly and efficiently so that we can fulfill our mission, “to make tangible the life-transforming power of God’s love so that all may come to know Christ.” Originally from Southern California, my family and I moved from Los Angeles to Virginia Beach in 2007, a move that in so many ways was guided and blessed by God. My husband, Bob; our daughter, Sarah; and I were welcomed by the Messiah family upon our arrival in Virginia, and we became active members of our new church home. In 2016, the Lord (and Pastor Marty) called me to join the staff at Messiah as the Office Manager. A million years ago I graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree and no idea of what to do with it. I bounced around in a variety of jobs, from writing resumes to loan processing, before landing at the University of Southern California as a secretary in their fundraising division. After our daughter was born, I found a job closer to home at a local storage and shipping container company, where as a member of the marketing department I developed skills in writing and graphic design. After moving to Virginia in 2007, I became the marketing director for a financial company, and then in 2011 became a full-time freelance graphic designer. All these jobs gave me experiences and skills that I’ve been happy to apply to serving Church of the Messiah. My most important and fulfilling job, however, is as wife and mother. Bob and I have been married for 25+ years, and our twenty-something Gen-Z daughter is a talented writer and artist and college student. We live in Virginia Beach with Bob’s mom, Sandi, and our small menagerie of pets. I consider my role at Messiah to be not only my job but my ministry, and I love welcoming and helping members of our church family. I am extra blessed to be accepted and loved by them in return!

  • 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

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