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. 

You are welcome here, because God welcomes you. 

What's Happening Right Now

On January 6 and 7 we celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord, when the wise men from a distant country bring gifts to Jesus. 

Also on the night January 6-7 Messiah is serving with PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter). Sign up here to help out for a couple hours on either night.

On Wednesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. the Community Dinner starts up again. All are welcome!

On Wednesdays from January 10 through January 31 at 7 p.m., come for "Five Letters to Ephesus," a group Bible study on Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. No experience necessary!

On Saturday, January 13 at 4 p.m., we celebrate the ordination of longtime Messiah member Todd Wright to the ministry of word and sacrament! Bishop Wayne Miller of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod will preside and Rev. Bob Davis of Holy Cross in Libertyville will preach. Messiah pastors and members will have the chance to bless Todd on his way to the church he will be serving in Glasgow, Montana! This will take the place of the usual Saturday evening service. 

Town Hall meetings to discuss the budget and other annual congregational meeting topics will be held on January 21 after both services in Luther Center. 

The annual congregational meeting takes place on January 28 after the 9:30 service and a potluck lunch. Updates and elections will take place. 

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Message from the Pastor:

Mysteries and Revelations

Over the last year I read a lot of mysteries—something I haven’t done in a long time. When the world is crazy, there is something reassuring about the structure of a mystery novel. There were some old favorites in there (Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett) and some new-to-me writers (Megan Abbott, Tana French). 

The sleuths who narrate the stories are all smart and dedicated but complicated. They are subject to their own weak points and they carry their own burdensome histories that interfere with their investigations. Part of the thrill of the stories is thinking with the characters, and trying to spot the things that they only half notice, things that will become clear as the mystery reaches is resolution.In other words, it’s thrilling to watch closely for a coming epiphany—a moment when a random bit of information becomes very important, opening a door that had been locked before. 

This year we are celebrating the feast of Epiphany, which is traditionally January 6, on the first weekend in January This ancient Christian festival commemorates the manifestation of Christ to the nations of the earth, represented most famously by the wise men who, in Matthew’s Gospel, bring gold, incense, and myrrh to the newborn Jesus. It’s a strange story, light on details (as most Gospel stories are) and full of possibilities. 

My favorite interpretation of the story of the wise men is that they were shamans or occult artists. Their gifts represent their particular arts. They bring them to Jesus as a sign of devotion and maybe even surrender. As if all the mysteries they investigated, all the knowledge they sought has been made plain now in this child in Bethlehem. As if a locked door in the universe had been opened to them in the presence of this promised child and his mother. 

Our stories and mysteries and even our skills and ambitions, if we see them with the eyes of faith, all pointing us back to this child in this town, the child and incarnation of the one God of Israel. And in Epiphany we are invited, with the wise men, to dedicate our skills and our arts and our curiosity and our love to him again.

Rev. Ben Dueholm, Pastor of Worship and Education