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

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL  

"ROAR: Life is Wild, God is Good" is happening June 17-21!

Click here for the registration form.  


LENT 2019


Lenten Soup Suppers will be held each Wednesday night in Lent from March 13 - April 10 at 6:15 pm, with worship following at 7:00 pm.


HOLY WEEK


Palm Sunday Weekend (April 13-14) - Usual worship schedule

Maundy Thursday (April 18) - Worship at 7:00 pm, following Community Meal

Good Friday (April 19) - The Way of the Cross at 12:00 pm & 7:00 pm

The Vigil of Easter (April 20) - Held at Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles in Wauconda from 7:30 - 10:00 pm

Easter Sunday (April 21) - He is Risen!  
Worship at 7:30, 9:00 & 10:45 am
Easter Egg Hunt following 10:45 service


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


Sign up to help out with PADS!

Throughout the colder months, we host PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter) on Saturday evenings.  You can sign up here to take a shift with this powerful ministry with homeless adults.


EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES


Sunday School, for children ages 3 through 5th grade, begins in worship each week at 9:30am. To register for Sunday School click here for the form. Contact our Christian Education Director, Kristin Isom for more information.


Calling all Middle Schoolers! 

Join us for Pathway, Messiah's 3-year Confirmation program designed to prepare middle school students to affirm the promises to affirm the promises that were made for them in Baptism. Wednesday nights during the school year we enjoy Bible lessons, games, retreats, service projects, and small groups. To register for Pathway click here for the form. Contact our Youth Ministry Director, Jessica Wallwin for more information.


LET'S PARTY


Messiah's FREE Community Meal is coming up on Wednesday, March 20 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day we will be serving corned beef & cabbage along with other Irish dishes & treats.  Bring your friends & neighbors!


Gala in the Garage at Smith's Central Garage in McHenry will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 7 - 10 pm!  Tickets are now on sale for $35.  This is a fundraiser for  preschool scholarships, making our building more accessible, and enhancing our nature-certified playground.  We are also seeking corporate sponsors and auction donations for this event, such as gift cards, products or services, unique experiences, children's toys, etc.  Contact the preschool for more information.


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Pastor's Message: Welcoming Lent

The season of Lent is almost upon us, a time when Christians traditionally engage in three sorts of spiritual practices: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We make a few subtle changes in worship, too, to emphasize the mood of repentance and preparation for baptism and Easter that Lent is supposed to be for. 


When I was preparing for ordained ministry, I encountered plenty of people who thought this whole Lent business was too depressing and severe, a relic of a dark age. I wasn't persuaded--I loved Lent, even before I was a Christian. But now I'm really convinced they were wrong. When I look around at our world today, I don't see people who reject fasting, or almsgiving, or even something like prayer. They just do it in a different way, with a different purpose. "Intermittent fasting," in which people go without food for sixteen or even twenty hours each day, has blossomed into a major health trend. People rise early and put their bodies through strenuous activity for the sake of weight loss, appearance, and the benefits it can have for our mood and focus. Joys and concerns are publicly shared through social media, with liking, sharing, responding, and even giving money serving as our intercession for each other, even if we're not imagining that God is listening. 


The truth is that we all seem to need times where we deny ourselves one thing in order to focus on something different and more important. We eat now and not then, we use our phones now but not later, we push ourselves in one way so that we can be at rest in another way. 


The meaning of Lent, in the end, is mostly that we do this for the sake of God and our faith rather than for the sake of self-improvement. We eat a little differently to feel a hint of what it is like to go without, and to have the freedom to give to others in greater need. We pray more, or differently, to focus our minds on that relationship that will endure when every earthly priority has faded away. We start with the remembrance that we are dust and to dust we shall return, in order to be recalled to the faith that leads to eternal life. 


So don't miss out on any part of Lent this year. We start on March 6th with Ash Wednesday worship at 12 and 7 p.m. We'll worship on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. with evening prayer and messages on "God's Story and Our Story," covering the major sections and themes of the Scriptures. And of course we will worship every weekend at 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, with word and prayer, confession and forgiveness and the holy gift of the Sacrament. See you in church!