Friday, February 16, 2024


1  To you, O Lord,
I lift up my soul.
2  O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.

Psalm 25:1-2



Sunday Worship Services

First Sunday in Lent – Traditional Service

Genesis 22:1-18

James 1:12-18

Mark 1:9-15


The ZOOM meeting ID for all hybrid services is: 485 087 170

Access the room using a smartphone, tablet or computer using this link:

You may also “listen” to the service without video by calling: +1 669 900 6833. 



Midweek Lent Services



6:00pm Online Zoom only


SUSTAINED IN SICKNESS (Psalm 41:3): Since the fall, no part of our human nature has escaped the ravages of original sin. Not only has sin separated us from God to our spiritual detriment, but our bodies, created for perfect health, endure sickness and injury. King David announces God’s answer to this catastrophe in Psalm 41:3: “The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness You restore him to full health.” This is a beautiful promise, but what does it mean for you and your infirmities? As all the Scriptures bear witness to Jesus, the gifts contained in these words are only revealed by your Baptism into Him by whose wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).



Guest Musician this Sunday!



You don’t want to miss Lars Johannesson on flute joining Ann 

for worship this Sunday!





Hybrid M&M Meeting Tue 2/20 2:00pm

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Hybrid M&M meeting this Tuesday 2/20, 2:00pm.

Meet in the Johnson Hall or via online Zoom.

The ZOOM meeting ID is: 831 423 8330 

Call the office at (831)423-8330 for passcode.

Access the room using this link:



Thursday Morning Bible Study

Thursday at 9:30am, we are studying Titus.

Zoom meeting ID: 450 934 553

Call the office at (831)423-8330 for passcode.

You may also “listen” to the service without video by calling: +1 669 900 6833.


Access the room using a smartphone, tablet or computer using this link:



From Pastor Li and the Chinese Ministry

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Thank you MLC and those who attended our Chinese New Year Celebration!


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Please Join us for the Lantern Festival which is the ending of New Year Celebrations, Saturday February 24 10:00am – 3:00pm.  We will deonstrate how to make Yuanxiao glutinous rice balls.


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Pastor Li is searching for a vehicle.  Please contact him if you have, or know of, a used vehicle for sale or donations.




 From Bach to Beethoven: A Musical Matinee



The German Cultural Center is honored to host Jörg Reddin, organist and Kapellmeister of the church in Arnstadt, where Johann Sebastian Bach played from 1703- 1708. Jörg has been practicing on the organ here at MLC and will be joining Ann in March for one of our Traditional Worship Services. This special musical event is co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, for which Herr Reddin is artist in residence for their 51st Season: Legacies.


General Admission $25.  Tickets may be purchased here:

Doors open at 3:30.  Reception followed by a talk and music.

German Cultural Center Hall, 230 Plymouth St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060



You Are Invited - CUI in Monterey!!

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Concordia University Irvine's Select Woman's Choir will be joining Bethlehem Lutheran in Monterey this month!!! 

The performance will be on Sunday, February 25th at 7pm! 

Bethlehem Lutheran is in need for housing for the 30 girls that same night, please contact Pastor Josh Schmidt (314) 261-3180 if you are available to host. This is a great way for our LCMS parishioners throughout the area to come together for one night of comradery, worship, and support.


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More about the ensemble:

Known for its seamless, expressive tone and engaging programming, Concordia University’s select women’s choir inspires audiences at their annual Fall Choral Concert, Christmas Concerts, Valentine’s Concert, and Spring Choral Concert. The choir has touched audiences in recent annual tours to Hawaii, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, and Austria. Dr. Clarissa Shan serves as the ensemble director. 




Preschool Update

Celebrating Friendship!

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To give a donation via the Preschool’s Amazon Wish List, please click the blue button:



General Fund Donation

If you would like to donate to support the ministry of Messiah Lutheran Church, mail your offering to Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 High Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060, or you can make a General Fund d40%onation by clicking below.  Please email a note of each online donation that you make so we can include it in your offering statement.