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

Sign up to help out with PADS!

Our new season of PADS--Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter--is starting up soon! You can sign up here to take a shift with this powerful ministry with homeless adults.

Our first Day of Sunday School is September 9. 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.

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Click here for a full calendar of events.

Message from the Pastor: Bread and Life

In early July, I had the chance to spend a few days camping in California with old friends and their families. I do not excel at camping--I feel like Paul Bunyan himself if I can manage to get a tent upright and run my camp stove without making myself dizzy from the fumes. But luckily for me, several of these friends do excel at camping. In particular they are ambitious camp cooks. One night we enjoyed a peach cobbler baked in a cast-iron oven set among the campfire coals. It was beautiful.

Despite decades of (indoor, decently-equipped) cooking, I have never stopped marveling at what happens to flour when you mix it with water and yeast or baking soda, and apply heat to it. It becomes something entirely different and unexpected: bread. It's a gift of God in the wheat, a marvel of human ingenuity in the making, and a blessing for a community in the eating. Maybe that's part of why I don't share the fear and dismay many pastors experience when they get to August every third year and we hear, for five weeks, Jesus talking about himself as the Bread of Life. If you can find fifteen minutes, I encourage you to read the whole story--it's the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. We get it bit by bit (slice by slice?) in worship, starting with the miracle of feeding the multitude, and ending with Jesus being abandoned by all but his most devoted followers.

In this chapter, over these coming weeks, we hear about the ordinary human need for bodily food and about the extraordinary human need for a world redeemed and life everlasting. Joining these needs is Jesus. Himself an ordinary human being of Nazareth, born under the Law of God and the covenant of God's promises, he is also the Son of God. He feeds the hungry and heals the sick, and at the same time reveals the Kingdom where none will hunger or suffer. Simple needs--like hunger--and simple gifts--like the miracle of bread--make plain the greater things God has in store for those who love him.

We have the chance to learn this every time we share a meal, every time we extend ourselves to help someone eat (as we've been part of doing all summer with the Summer Lunch Program), and every time we experience our hunger for life. Together we'll hear these words in August, and pray that God will open our ears and our hearts (and, yes, our stomachs) to receive them. See you in church!