Welcome to Messiah!

Messiah is a community of Christians seeking to live face to face with God, with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and with the most vulnerable. Our faith and our life are rooted in the central Christian practices of every time and place: worship, prayer, celebrating holy baptism and holy communion, helping children grow in faith and knowledge, ministering to our community and the world, speaking for justice and wholeness in our lives and in the world, and inviting anyone to come and be a part of it all. 


We worship at three times every weekend: 

On Saturdays at 5 p.m. we celebrate Holy Communion in a casual, intimate atmosphere with piano and hymns. This service takes place in our Luther Center and lasts about 50 minutes.


On Sundays at 8 a.m. we celebrate Holy Communion with a diverse mix of music and instruments. This service takes place in our sanctuary and lasts about one hour.


On Sundays at 9:30 a.m. we celebrate Holy Communion with a diverse mix of music and instruments. From the second weekend in September until Memorial Day, Sunday School begins after the children's sermon. This service takes place in our sanctuary and lasts about one hour and ten minutes. 


Additionally, on the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. we celebrate Holy Communion at Wauconda Care and Rehabilitation Center.


You are welcome here, because God welcomes you. 


What's Happening Right Now

A message regarding online safety and conduct from Messiah's youth director, pastors, and council president


UPCOMING EVENTS / SAVE THE DATE


Sat. July 27       5:00 pm            Bilingual Worship & Dinner

Sun. Aug 18      12:00 pm          Ecumenical Picnic @ Federated     

                                                  Church

Sat. Aug 24       5:00 pm            Beatles Worship & Dinner

Sun. Aug 25      9:30 am            Back to School Sunday

Sat. Aug 29                                Heritage Day @ Farmers' Market


JOB OPPORTUNITIES


Messiah Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten is now hiring for the fall!  We are looking to hire substitute teachers for our preschool and kindergarten classes, and lead teachers in our before & after care program.  Perks include flexible, part-time hours, competitive pay, tuition discounts, and a fun working environment!  Please e-mal Erica at ejawnyj@mlpk.org or Deana at drossi@mlpk.org for more information.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


This year's Summer Lunch Program began Monday, June 3 and runs every weekday through Friday, August 9.  This year we will be serving both children and adults at Cook Park from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  For this reason, we will need more volunteers than ever!!  We will have two shifts this year.  From 10:00 - 11:00 am, we will transfer food from Wauconda High School to Cook Park.  From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, we will serve.  Follow this link to sign up!


EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES


Sunday School is on summer break and will resume after Labor Day.


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Pastor's Message: Advocate

When I read or hear the Gospels, one of the important themes I sometimes miss is the grief of Jesus's friends at his absence. They've walked with him, heard him teach, seen him heal, and watched him arrested and executed. They heard the story of his rising from the tomb, and they've seen and even eaten with him afterward. But he ascends to "the right hand of the Father" in Heaven. This just means that he is present wherever the power of God is present--that is, everywhere--and so closer to them, in a way, than ever before. But they can't see him or hear him or touch him as they did. And they grieve this absence. 


At least that's the sense I get from the stories. It's the sense I get when I read the passages of John's Gospel about what will happen after Jesus departs. So it's important that Jesus, before his arrest, promises to them that he will send something he calls the "Advocate." The Greek word has the literal sense of someone called alongside of you, for example when you are on your way to court. It is sometimes translated as "Comforter" or "Helper." Jesus insists that he won't leave them without comfort, or help, or an advocate. But the Holy Spirit will do this for them. If Jesus remained among them as he had always been, they would never be able to stray from him. But with the help of the Advocate, they can go anywhere--even to places where they don't know the language or the culture or the religion. The little assembly of disciples needed Jesus to leave, in fact, if they were going to bring Jesus to the ends of the earth by their words and deeds.


I talked about this passage on a recent Wednesday at Wauconda Care Center, to a group of about ten people. And I thought about how important it is for people who living in permanent nursing care, or with a disability, or in foster care, or with chronic violence at home or on the street, or with toxic air or water, that they have an Advocate. The Holy Spirit who comes alongside us, to strengthen and encourage, to reassure us when we are doubting or hurting or lonely, to advocate for us against the slanders and deceptions of the devil, is the same Holy Spirit who empowers us to strengthen, reassure, and advocate for each other. For Pastor Betty Rendon, who was taken out of her home in her pajamas, taken away from her church and daughter and granddaughter and deported to Colombia last month. We bore witness to her humanity, and to the community that loved her. It wasn't enough. But who would we be--what would the church be--if no voice spoke on behalf of someone in this situation?


In this season of Pentecost, we are given the task of growing into our role as disciples. We are gathered, as those first disciples were, at the feet of Jesus, hearing his words and sharing the presence of his Body and Blood in the sacrament. But like those first disciples we are sent out, with our Advocate beside us, to do hard things, speak difficult truths, and reach places we never expected to go. 


See you in church!