Messiah Lutheran Church
13901 Clopper Rd. Germantown, MD 20874
(301) 972-2130

Word and Sacrament

The primary mission of the Christian church is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and administer the Sacraments that Jesus gave us.


“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV). We believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and is the standard to which all our teaching must be held.

Messiah Lutheran follows the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod’s three year lectionary. Each Sunday, there are three readings that generally hold to the following pattern: a selection from the Old Testament, Book of Acts or Revelation; a reading from an Epistle; a reading from one of the four Gospels. These three readings provide the context for the sermon where we learn to apply God’s Word to our lives.


Jesus said “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). We believe that God offers his saving grace through Baptism and administer this Sacrament to infants, children and adults to mark them as one saved by Christ’s redeeming work on the cross.

Holy Communion

As Lutheran Christians, we believe that in the Lord’s Supper we receive the real presence of the true Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in, with and under the bread and wine. Jesus says, ” … this is My Body … this is My Blood … this do in remembrance of Me … for the forgiveness of sins.”  All visitors are asked to speak with the Pastor before communing at Messiah.

Messiah celebrates the Lord’s Supper every Sunday and during some special services except when there is a fifth Sunday of the month.

Posted on: June 16th, 2011 by Edward Lamberton

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