Messiah Lutheran Church
13901 Clopper Rd. Germantown, MD 20874
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Advent Services

Posted on: November 25th, 2016 by Edward Lamberton

AdventWreathAdvent is a busy time for many of us. Midweek worship during Advent is meant to be a respite, a time to slow down, if only for a few minutes, in order to reflect on the event that prompted all of the holiday activities in the first place—the coming of the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the flesh.

Each Wednesday evening we will gather together

  • at 6:15 for a pot-luck supper
  • at 7:15 for a Christmas Carol hymn sing
  • at 7:30 for Evening Prayer

Easter at Messiah

Posted on: March 20th, 2016 by Edward Lamberton

EasterLilyJoin us on Easter Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.

6:45 AM – Sunrise Service

7:30 AM – 10 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM – Communion

9:15 AM – Sunday School Craft, Resurrection Story, and Easter Egg Hunt

10:30 AM – Communion

12:00 PM – Potluck Lunch


Holy Week

Posted on: March 20th, 2016 by Edward Lamberton

ChaliceMaundy Thursday

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 7:30 PM as we remember Christ’s institution of the Lord’s Supper and his new commandment.


  • Jeremiah 31:31-34
  • Hebrews 10:15-25
  • Luke 22:7-20

CrusifixGood Friday

We will remember Christ’s death on the Cross at 7:30 PM.


  • Isaiah 52:13-53:12
  • Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9
  • John 18:1-19:42

Lent Midweek Services

Posted on: February 9th, 2016 by Edward Lamberton

LentCrossFeatureJoin us for our Lent Midweek Services each Wednesday night at 7:30 PM. The six mid-week Lenten Services this year will explore The Lord’s Prayer: A Prayer for All Seasons, adapting the resources from Concordia Publishing House prepared by Rev. Steven H. Albers of Kirkwood, Missouri.

Jesus taught His Disciples this “model prayer” as was the practice of most teachers (as His forerunner John the Baptizer), who encouraged an active prayer life in their students. Not intended as a mantra for repetitive vocalization during meditation, popular among eastern faiths, but as an outline of principle concepts to keep in mind in our relationship with God.

Though for all seasons, we will look particularly at the following six prayer seasons:

  • February 10: Needing Forgiveness, Fifth Petition
  • February 17: Lifting Up the Lord, First Petition
  • February 24: Wondering Who’s in Control, Second Petition
  • March 1: Seeking God’s Will, Third Petition
  • March 8: Thanks for Simple Things, Fourth Petition
  • March 15: Standing Up to Evil, Sixth and Seventh Petitions

A dinner will be held at 6:15 each week. Please sign up in the Entry Hall or bring a dish to share.

Christmas at Messiah

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by Edward Lamberton

Christmon TreePlease join us to celebrate Christmas!

Christmas Eve
5 PM – Family Christmas Eve Service
11 PM – Communion

Christmas Day
10:30 AM – Communion

Advent Services

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Edward Lamberton

AdventWreathJoin us each Wednesday evening for Advent Services.

6:15 – Supper (Please sign up the Sunday prior in the Entry Hall).
7:15 – Christmas Caroling in the Sanctuary
7:30 – Advent Service

The choir will rehearse following the Postlude.

A Workplace Experience

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Bob Iser


I wanted to share an experience from my workplace. As many of you know, I work for the Federal Government (as a scientist in the FDA) and this is not always an environment that is conducive to having religious (especially Christian conversations).

One of my work colleagues, and a friend, challenged me with a question the other day. As background, she knows that I am a Christian; she has a background in both the Lutheran and Catholic Church, and is enduring a number of spiritual struggles (which I will allude to later). So she stopped by one day and let me know that she is watching the A.D., The Bible Continues TV series, which she is really enjoying, and she asked me “Do you truly believe in the resurrection?” Without giving me time to answer she went into some work related conversations. Before she left, I took our conversation back to her first question. I let her know that yes, I truly believe that Jesus rose from the dead. And she asked “As a scientist, don’t you struggle with this?” And I told her that as a scientist, I struggle with many of the topics in the Bible, but I confirmed to her that I do believe. Was this the best answer I could give? Looking back, probably not, but it lays the ground work for additional conversation.

As I mentioned, my friend has been struggling with many spiritual issues over the last few years. In no particular order, she has been struggling with her faith, having fallen away from routine church attendance. She has two young daughters that have not been baptized. Her husband is a vocal atheist. And a little over a year ago, she almost lost her mother to an unexpected illness.

She finds herself pulled in many directions, as many of us do. Her mother is “pressuring her” to go back to church, as she sees the serious medical event and her recovery as a miracle and a sign from God. Her husband is resisting, and unhappy, with her decision to start instruction to have their two daughters baptized. And overall, she is truly struggling with believing the Gospel message, but is open to re-building her faith. With God’s help, I will try my best to be ready to share what and why I believe, when given the opportunity.

I am sure that many of you have friends or family members that are going through similar experiences. We have opportunities every day to exhibit our hope in God’s promise revealed to us in Jesus’ death and resurrection (and unlike our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world, we likely won’t be martyred for espousing our faith). I pray that we can all be ready when called upon and that we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us.

Your Brother in Christ.

Bob Iser

Council President

“…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,…” 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)

Retreat Recap

Posted on: April 26th, 2015 by Bob Iser


We held our first Host/Usher Retreat on March 14th. Although we talked about the roles and duties of greeters and ushers, the real focus of the retreat was to allow for an open sharing of ideas and experiences.  The 24 attendees were very engaged and we captured enough evangelism, outreach and spiritual growth ideas, to keep everyone busy for quite a while.  A few highlights that I would like to share:

  • We discussed the role of a greeter with many of ideas about best practices for welcoming worshipers and sharing God’s Love through our greeter role.
  • We talked about how best to follow-up with guests and engaging visitors to Messiah in different ways, whether it is visiting their home, providing a gift, sharing opportunities and activities available to them at Messiah, or pairing them with members that have common interests.
  • We shared ideas of what our ushers could do better as an additional layer of greeters and with respect to their duties as a resource to worshipers. We also talked about ways that we could provide more people usher experience.
  • We also talked a great deal about close communion and what we believe as LCMS Lutherans; and what our role is in informing guests about communion preparation.

I really appreciated the level of engagement of all the attendees.  We really shared a lot of great ideas for not only ushers and greeters, but for all of us at Messiah,  I also want to give special thanks to Lauryn Keeler and Michelle Iser for putting the program together, to Ed Keeler for fixing us breakfast, and to Paige, the Menningen’s granddaughter, for watching our kids.

If you have any questions about what was discussed or have additional ideas (or would like copies of the slides), please feel free to contact Michelle Iser ( or Lauryn Keeler (

Last, but not least, Thanks be to God for all of your service and support to Messiah and our mission to be God’s messengers of the Gospel in our neighborhoods and communities.

Your Brother in Christ.

Bob Iser   

Council President

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retreat 4Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:1-2 (ESV)

Host / Usher Retreat Preparations

Posted on: March 14th, 2015 by Bob Iser


As part of our ongoing commitment to strengthening both growth and outreach; and based on input received during the recent Breakfast with the Council event, the Church Council will be hosting a Greeter & Usher Retreat on March 14th. We feel it was important, not only to get together with the current greeters and ushers, but also to provide an opportunity for others in the congregation to learn about these important church roles.

We currently have a dedicated group of greeters and ushers. These individuals serve the Lord and Messiah very well. However, over the last few years, we have also lost of number of folks that were serving in these roles. We need to provide opportunities for members, and our regular guests, to join the ranks of the others that serve in roles critical to creating a welcoming home for those seeking the promises of God’s Word.

The Retreat provides an environment for attendees to share experiences, to grow in fellowship and to prepare to meet the needs of those that come to Messiah’s door seeking the Good News of God’s salvation. We will look closely at the roles of greeter and usher, and using the Scripture, we will discuss the importance of creating a place that welcomes those visiting Christ’s Church.

This is one of several events the Council hopes to offer to assist our congregants to seek out possible servant opportunities; and we hope that those that attend this retreat, and future events, will come away better prepared to serve the Lord. Please continue to pray that the Holy Spirit works through the Council to do God’s work at Messiah.

Your Brother in Christ.

Bob Iser

Council President

And thus you shall greet him: “Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.” 1 Samuel 25:6 (ESV)

Meeting Our Needs

Posted on: February 21st, 2015 by Bob Iser


We have a new little one at our house. Jenny is a 4 month old rescue puppy (mostly chocolate lab, with a mix of shep-herd or kelpie, whatever that is?). It has been awhile since we had a puppy and we really forgot how much time and nurturing is needed to meet a puppies needs – getting up early to make sure she gets out, all the vet visits, enduring the constant chewing, searching for shoes, and on and on. It is a lot of work, but worth it as the kids (and Michelle and I) really enjoy having a new member in our family.

I know that several folks in our congregation (and also Michelle’s sister, Sunawin – UPDATE – Aria McLaurine Garner was born 2/4/2015) will be in a similar situation in the coming weeks. These folks will be welcoming new little ones into their homes. Of course welcoming a new baby is a lot different than dealing with a new puppy, but these new mommies and daddies, will be in 100% nurture mode to meet all the little one’s needs.

Much like we are responsible for meeting the needs of our new puppy and the new parents are responsible for meeting the needs of their new babies, we are responsible for nurturing and meeting each other’s needs at Messiah. Whether these are the needs of guests seeking a new church home, members dealing with personal or professional challenges, paying the bills to keep the lights on or making repairs to the church building; we are all empowered by the Holy Spirit to meet these needs. With the Holy Spirit as a guide, we can create a welcoming atmosphere for the seekers, we can pray and assist our members struggling through hard times, we can provide with our tithes and offerings, and we can participate in our service work parties.

We all have needs. God meets these needs with all that He has blessed us with including His Gospel and through the work of the Holy Spirit. Knowing this, we should not resist the Holy Spirit working through us, so that we can nurture each other and so we can grow as members of Christ’s Body. Thanks be to God for all your service, prayers and gifts!

Your Brother in Christ.

Bob Iser

Church Council President

[12] For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. [13] For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one bodyJews or Greeks, slaves or freeand all were made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13 ESV)