a sense of calling

Each student brings a rich perspective — his or her own color — and, at Messiah, those colors are celebrated, appreciated, and, while remaining distinct, are crafted together like a strong and splendid stained glass window.

blue glass bar

worship service
We gather to pray and sing,
to stand before God and ask:
How shall we live?

In service learning,
we find an answer.

We discover that our lives
are not theoretical —
that our gifts have a vital place,
that our actions can be
an influence for good.

Messiah is an academic community profoundly committed to worshipping God, whose members feel strongly called to care for those who struggle. Immediately after arriving for orientation, students are in the neighborhoods of Harrisburg weeding the flower beds at a women’s shelter or hanging sheetrock in a Habitat for Humanity home.

Opportunities to do more are abundant through Outreach Teams, Service Plunge Days, ministry groups, and community agencies. Students build a thriving connection to a broader, more complicated world.

Grounded in a culture of worship, exposed to compelling realities, Messiah students are taught that they can and should make a difference. They develop a sense of calling and their lives become part of something larger — an opportunity to do good work in God’s world.