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  • Holy Week

    Holy Week at Church of the Messiah Palm Sunday - March 24 Worship | 10 am Together we will commemorate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem with a palm branch procession, then turn our focus to the events leading up to the Crucifixion with a special reading. ​ Maundy Thursday - March 28 Maundy Thursday Service | 7 pm This modified instructional Eucharist commemorates the institution of Holy Communion at the Last Supper. The service includes the “stripping of the altar,” Eucharist and foot washing. Good Friday - March 29 Meditation Service | 12 pm - 3 pm Come for all or part of this time of reflection and prayer, which features brief meditations every 30 minutes. Good Friday Service | 7 pm This solemn service features readings, music and the nailing of the cross to help us appreciate Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. Easter Sunday - March 31 Resurrection Sunday Celebration | 10 am Don't miss this joyful celebration of our Lord's resurrection, which includes a special procession by our children and “Flowering of the Cross.” The children will have a special celebration with an Easter message, activities and egg hunt. ​

  • CAST 2023

    JANUARY 3-10 · JOIN THE CAST! The Chesapeake Area Shelter Team (CAST) is a compassionate community of faith that provides overnight winter shelter for those experiencing homelessness in Chesapeake. Every year from November to April, Chesapeake churches, synagogues, mosques, and organizations open their doors for one week, providing safe and warm shelter, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to up to 50 homeless individuals and families. Church of the Messiah has participated in the CAST program since 2014. In addition to shelter and meals, Messiah volunteers provide fellowship, prayer and the love of Christ to these homeless brothers and sisters. Volunteers of all ages and skill sets are needed – that means YOU! There are a number of volunteer roles to participate in, as well as helping with donations of food, supplies, and funds. Regardless of how much time or money you have, there are many ways to participate. Explore the links here to learn about these different volunteer opportunities. Sign up sheets will be in the foyer. Watch this video to learn more about CAST. QUESTIONS? Please fill out the form below, and we will get you the information you need as soon as possible. Your message was sent successfully! Send NEEDED DONATIONS If you are able, please bring donations to the church by Sunday, December 10. ​ Click the r oles below to learn about different volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can serve individually or in a group. Sign up sheets are in the foyer. ​ BUS/INTA KE TEAM REGISTRA TION TEAM HALL MON ITORS DINNE R ACTIVITI ES OVERNIG HT TEAM BREAKFA ST MORNING CLEANUP BAG LU NCHES LAUNDRY TEAM ​ ​ ​ ​ VOLUNTEER! And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

  • Prayer to Become Like Christ | Messiah-Online

    Prayer to Become Like Christ We praise You, Almighty God, for You are rich in mercy. When we were dead in our sin, You made us alive in Christ. Because of Your great love, You desire to conform us into the likeness of your Son Jesus. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who is transforming us to have the same attitude and mind as Christ. Help us to love the way He loves; to humble ourselves as He humbled Himself; and to trust and obey as Christ did in all things. Enable us to see people the way He does; to confront hypocrisy as He did; and to freely forgive just as Christ forgives us. Guard us from quenching Your work in our lives, and help us stay in step with the Holy Spirit each day. May we be ever changing into the likeness of Christ Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen. PRINTABLE VERSION

  • Abiding in the Living Word Spring 2021 | Messiah-Online

    Anchor 3 Abiding in Christ Through Daily Engagement with the Scriptures Spring 2021 Why are we focusing on scriptural engagement? As I was seeking the Lord about the next sermon series, I came across the research of two pastors who wanted to know how to strengthen the Body of Christ. They did research that included 1000 churches and they came to this conclusion: Nothing has a greater impact on spiritual growth than reflection on Scripture. If churches do only one thing to help people at all levels of spiritual maturity grow in their relationship with Christ, the choice is clear. They would inspire, encourage, and equip their people to read the Bible — specifically, to reflect on Scripture for meaning in their lives. The Bible’s power to advance spiritual growth is unrivaled by anything else we’ve discovered. — Pastor Marty STEP 1: TAKE A SCRIPTURAL SELF-ASSESSMENT SUNDAYS @ 10 AM February 14-May 23 in-person or livestream THURSDAYS @ 7 PM February 25-March 25 on Zoom 2/14 Shaped by God's Word Ken Shomo Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides 2/21 Abiding in the Living Word Vivian Hayes Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides 2/28 How God Reveals Himself to Us in His Word Pastor Marty O'Rourke Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides 3/7 Why a Plan? Pastor Nile Gomez Watch | Listen 3/14 Creation: Why Did God Create Us? Joe Kohm Watch | Listen 3/21 Fall and the Promises of the Word for a Savior Fr. Dominick Hankle Watch | Listen 3/28 The Word Arrives: On a Donkey - For Now Pastor John Dooley Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides 4/4 The Resurrection: The Word Is Proven to be True Pastor Nile Gomez Watch | Listen 4/11 The Church: People Living in the Word Deacon Tom Sweeney Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides 4/18 The Great Ending Pastor Nile Gomez Watch | Listen 4/25 What Does The Bible Say About Itself? Rev. David Martin Watch | Listen 5/2 Trusting the Bible & Living the Gospel Pastor Ken Shomo Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides 5/9 How the Word is Living and Active Vivian Hayes Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides 5/16 How the Holy Spirit Empowers Us to Engage in God’s Word Pastor Nile Gomez Watch | Listen 5/23 Being Filled with the Holy Spirit Pastor Marty O'Rourke Watch | Listen | Sermon Slides EXPLORE DEEPER Join us online on Thursday evenings for deeper explorations of Sunday sermon topics. Zoom Meeting ID: 928 2372 1136 or click here to join ​ ​ 2/25 "Praying Through the Scriptures" Fr. Dominick Hankle Watch | Slides 3/4 Going Deeper Vivian Hayes Watch | Slides 3/11 What Are My Plan Options? Pastor Nile Gomez Watch | Resource Sheet ​ 3/18 The Big Story Ken Shomo Watch 3/25 Prophecy Fulfilled Theresa Newell Watch WEDNESDAYS @ 7 PM February 24-March 31 on Zoom A LENTEN STUDY OF EPHESIANS "A Life Lived in the Spirit" with Dr. John Dooley ​ Zoom Meeting ID: 780 7929 3062 Zoom Passcode: yfP5er or click here to join ​ Weekly Reading Assignments 2/24 Module 1: No Longer Strangers Readings ​ Listen | Slides 3/3 Module 2: Saved and Unified Readings ​ Listen | Slides 3/10 Module 3: Empowered and Strengthened Readings ​ Listen | Slides 3/17 Module 4: Living a Life of Unity Readings ​ Listen | Slides 3/24 Module 5: Spirit Life in the Culture Readings ​ Listen | Slides 3/31 Module 6: Stand Firm Therefore! Readings ​ Listen | Slides SCRIPTURE PLANS Parenting by Design Daily Devotional- 280 Days Experiencing God At Home For Daily Family - 12 Days Daily Office Lectionary Navigators Reading Plan YouVersion Bible App for smartphones, tablets & online Anchor 1 Anchor 2

  • CONTACT | Messiah-Online

    CONTACT US Church of the Messiah 816 Kempsville Road Chesapeake, Virginia 23320 Tel: 757-436-2545 PRAYER REQUESTS Let us pray for you! Use the form below to send a confidential prayer request to our prayer chain team. ​ Email our church office: Your details were sent successfully! Send Email Pastor Marty O'Rourke: Your details were sent successfully! Send Your details were sent successfully! Send Anchor 1 We want to get to know you! Click here to fill out our Digital Connection Card!

  • Home Groups

    Home Fellowship Groups Messiah currently has four home groups in Chesapeake, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Members of a home group gather in the comfort of a home, usually share a meal, enjoy fellowship time together, discuss Scripture or other relevant topics, and pray together. Messiah currently has four home groups in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Suffolk. To get connected with a home group -- or to start a new one! -- fill out the form on this page. Chesapeake - Great Bridge Date/Time: Second & Fourth Fridays @ 7:00 p.m. Contact: Conway Telfeyan Chesapeake - Norfolk Highlands Date/Time: Alternating Fridays @ 7:00 p.m. Contacts: Nile & Doris Gomez Suffolk Date/time: Wednesdays @ 7:00 p.m. Contacts: Gary and Karen Phillips Virginia Beach Date/time: Mondays @ 12:00 p.m. Contacts: Larry and Wavy Riggs I'd like to learn more about a home group! Your details were sent successfully! Send

  • About Us

    Come Worship With Us! Whether you call Messiah your home church or you're a visitor, we believe you will fall in love with the people and their hearts for God. From the minute you arrive, to the second you leave, we want you to feel at home. Our Sunday worship service features praise and worship, Biblical preaching and Holy Communion. Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers, as well as Sunday School for kids K-5. To learn more about what to expect during Sunday service, click here . ​ Our worship services are also livestreamed to our Facebook page, and recordings of past services and sermons are available online. To learn more out our online worship options, click here . ​ Every Monday at 7:00 p.m. Messiah hosts a parish-wide prayer meeting via Zoom, where we gather online to pray for our congregation, community, and country. To join, enter Meeting ID 928 2372 1136 into your Zoom app, or click here to join via your web browser. ​ ​ ​ WHAT TO EXPECT WHO WE ARE FAQ Service Times Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. | In-Person & Online ​ Monday Online Prayer Meeting: 7:00 p.m. | via Zoom Meeting ID: 928 2372 1136 Or click here to join. ​ Church of the Messiah 816 Kempsville Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 I'M NEW

  • Vestry

    Our Vestry Craig Stern Senior Warden Marc Bagwell Junior Warden Jim Bohannan Register Drew Bohs Vestry Member John Curtis Vestry Member Susie Martin Vestry Member Chris Woodland Vestry Member

  • Testimonies | Messiah-Online

    Testimonies & Special Presentations Messiah members and guests frequently give testimony to the works that God has done in their lives. See how the Lord makes His presence known! May 19, 2024 | Day of Pentecost Testimony by Jim Brown Audio | Video March 31, 2024 | Resurrection Sunday Testimony by Vivian Hayes Audio | Video November 5, 2023 | Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Doris Gomez Audio October 29, 2023 | Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Ken Nickel Video October 29, 2023 | Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Jim & Monica Flynn Video September 17, 2023 | Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Alicia Greeley Video | Audio July 30, 2023 | Ninth Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Jim & Monica Flynn Video | Audio July 30, 2023 | Ninth Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Jonathan Bekker Video | Audio June 18, 2023 | Third Sunday After Pentecost Juneteenth by Vivian Hayes Video | Audio June 4, 2023 | Trinity Sunday Testimony by Nakita Albritton Video | Audio June 4, 2023 | Trinity Sunday Testimony by Ellen Belfi Video | Audio May 28, 2023 | Pentecost Pentecost Special Reading by Vivian Hayes & Rev. David Martin Video | Audio May 28, 2023 | Pentecost Song & Testimonies by Voices of Hope & Bp. Frank Allen, Sanctuary of Hope Video | Audio May 14, 2023 | Sixth Sunday of Easter Testimony by Drew Bohs Video April 30, 2023 | Fourth Sunday of Easter Testimony by Misty Taylor Video April 9, 2023 | Resurrection Sunday Testimony by Wendy O'Rourke Video March 19, 2023 | Fourth Sunday in Lent Testimony by David Martin Video March 5, 2023 | Second Sunday in Lent Testimony by Marcia Curtis Video February 19, 2023 | Last Sunday of Epiphany Testimony by Jeff Ivester Video January 1, 2023 | Second Sunday of Christmas Testimonies - What Has Jesus Done New in Your Life? Video | Audio November 13, 2022 | Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Marc Bagwell Video | Audio October 30, 2022 | Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Ann Lucier | Testimony by Jonathan Bekker & Madelyn Tubbs Video | Audio Video | Audio October 10, 2022 | Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Drew & Rose Marie Bohs Video | Audio | Slide October 10, 2022 | Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Laurie Swain Video | Audio August 14, 2022 | Tenth Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by David Borst Video | Audio July 3, 2022 | Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Testimony by Tim Maurer Video | Audio June 19, 2022 | Second Sunday After Pentecost | Juneteenth Juneteenth Presentation by Vivian Hayes Video | Audio June 5, 2022 | The Day of Pentecost Testimony by Chris Woodland | Testimony by Terry Hayes Video | Audio Video | Audio April 17, 2022 | Resurrection Sunday Testimony by Jenny Jenson Video | Audio | Text March 6, 2022 Testimony by Alicia Greeley Video | Audio February 13, 2022 Installation & Testimony of Worship Director Tim Maurer Video October 31, 2021 Testimony by Chris & Lauren Coleman Video October 3, 2021 Testimony by Cindy Little Video | Audio June 20, 2021 Testimony & Song by Lauren Pearson Video | Audio June 13, 2021 - Farewell to Worship Director Dean Zawacki Testimonies by Amanda Corona and Terry Hayes Video | Audio Testimony by Dean Zawacki Video | Audio May 23, 2021 - Pentecost Sunday Pentecost Testimony by Jo Ann and Chris Woodland Video | Audio April 4, 2021 Testimony by Lauren Pearson Video | Audio January 17, 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance - Vivian Hayes Video | Audio December 6, 2020 Testimony by Rickee Dozier Video | Audio November 15, 2020 Testimony by Shelley James Video | Audio November 8, 2020 Testimony by Deacon Jennifer Sporl-Palmer Video | Audio October 25, 2020 Testimony by Ken Shomo Video | Audio October 18, 2020 Testimony by Becky Presnall Video | Audio October 11, 2020 Testimony by Lauren Pearson Video | Audio September 20, 2020 Children's Sermon by David Borst Video | Audio September 6, 2020 Testimony by Deacon Tom Sweeney: "Back in the Race" Audio August 23, 2020 Testimony by Joanne Falk Video | Audio August 9, 2020 Testimony by Ben & Kaylee Stern Audio July 26, 2020 Testimony by Debi Balch Audio July 26, 2020 Testimony by Wendy Giancoli Audio June 28, 2020 Testimony by Lorene Evans Audio June 21, 2020 Testimony by Mary Stern Audio June 14, 2020 Testimony by Vivian Hayes & Jennifer Sporl-Palmer: "Sisters in Christ" Audio June 7, 2020 Testimony by Doris Gomez Audio May 31, 2020 Testimony by Chris & Jo Ann Woodland: "Messiah's First Pentecost" Audio

  • Rediscovering Evangelism - Lent 2020 | Messiah-Online

    Rediscovering Evangelism Lent 2020 Sermon Series & Study Every Anglican church is called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen. There is a tremendous need for us to rediscover how to do personal evangelism. We know evangelism can be fearful, but in this six-part series, you will learn how to move personal evangelism from a good idea that is scary into a commitment with the tools you’ll need to lead people into a relationship with Jesus and make them his disciples. In addition to Sunday sermons, an online study group will be held each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Participants should watch that week's video online, and then join the discussion on Zoom, an online video conferencing app. See the instructions below for watching the video, downloading Zoom, and joining the discussion. ONLINE STUDY GROUP INSTRUCTIONS: Prior to the discussion, watch the teaching video: Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6 ​Shortly before 7:30 pm, log into Zoom for our live discussion, using the meeting ID number you will be provided: PC users: open your Internet browser and go to ; then enter the meeting ID number. iPhone/Android users: Open the app on your phone and enter the meeting ID number. Folks should mute themselves until such time as they want to respond or ask a question. To download Zoom to your computer or mobile phone, please click on the appropriate link below and follow the instructions: PC/Windows Mac iPhone Android If you have trouble downloading Zoom, please contact Pastor Nile Gomez at 757-544-7232. Session 1: Introduction Sermon by Pastor Nile Gomez: Rediscovering Evangelism: Commitment March 1: Sunday Sermon & Study Group After Service March 4: Study Group @ 7 pm Session 2: Commission & Compassion Sermon by Pastor Marty O'Rourke: Commission and Compassion Sermon Slideshow March 8: Sunday Sermon and Study Group After Service March 11: Study Group @ 7 pm: Session 3: Cast Sermon by Vivian Hayes: Cast Sermon Slideshow Facebook Video Sermon March 15: Sunday Sermon March 18: Online Class & Discussion @ 7:30 pm Session 4: Continuum - Demonstration Sermon by Pastor Marty O'Rourke: A Demonstration of the Spirit's Power March 22: Sunday Sermon March 25: Online Class & Discussion @ 7:30 pm See Online Study Group Instructions Session 5: Continuum - Practicum Sermon by Rev. David Martin: The Proclamation of the Gospel March 29: Sunday Sermon April 1: Online Class & Discussion @ 7:30 pm See Online Study Group Instructions Session 6: Continuum - Transformation April 15: Online Class & Discussion @ 7:30 pm See Online Study Group Instructions Please reload Anchor 13

  • What to expect

    IMG_0503_edited.jpg IMG_0490_edited.jpg IMG_0508_edited.jpg What to Expect What you can expect when you visit Church of the Messiah: You'll Be Welcomed: Our team of friendly greeters will meet you at the door with a warm welcome (along with a handshake or a hug!). As you head toward the sanctuary, ushers will greet you, hand you a bulletin, and may escort you to a chair, if you like. They can also answer questions about the service, location of restrooms, children's Sunday School, and the nursery. The Place of Worship: The central items in our sanctuary are the altar and the cross. This helps turn our focus to Christ and to God, whose house the church is. On or near the altar there are candles to remind us that Christ is the "Light of the world" (John 8:12). Flowers behind the altar beautify God's house and recall the resurrection of Jesus. The Act of Worship: We begin with praise and worship, led by our praise team. Songs include up-tempo praise songs, traditional hymns, and devotional worship. Words for all the music are projected in the front of the church. After the singing, we generally have a time when we listen for the Lord's guidance. Sometimes people will read a scripture, pray, or give a prophetic word. In the seats you will find liturgical booklets, which enable the congregation to share fully in every service. Communion: We celebrate the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, at each service. All who love the Lord Jesus and are baptized are welcome to receive communion with us. Currently, the priest or Eucharist minister intincts (dips into the wine) the wafer and then places it into your open hands. (Traditionally, the wafer is placed into your hands, and you may then dip it in the cup of wine, or you may eat the wafer immediately and then drink from the common cup. Either way is acceptable.) Children who love the Lord and have been baptized are also welcome to receive. The Church Year: Our church observes the traditional Christian calendar. The season of Advent, during which we prepare for Christmas, begins on the Sunday closest to November 30. Lent, the forty days of preparation for Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday. Easter season lasts fifty days, concluding on the feast of Pentecost. During these times the Bible readings are chosen for their appropriateness to the season. Fellowship: Our post-service coffee hour is a favorite tradition at Church of the Messiah! Help yourself to a cup of coffee and a snack, and come mingle with our friendly congregation as we enjoy this time of fellowship. WHO WE ARE WORSHIP WITH US FAQ I'M NEW

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