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 for Preschool - 5th Grade 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.

Messiah is an ELCA congregation and a member of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod.

What's Happening Right Now


Sunday School for Preschool - 5th Grade begins in the Sanctuary during the 9:30 am service, and children are dismissed to their classes after the Children's Message.

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Sat. Sept 28                             6th-7th Grade Lock-In

Sun. Oct 6                                Blessing of All God's Creatures

October 12-13                          High School Lock-In

Sun. Oct 13          1:00pm        Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk

Wed. Oct 16         5:30 pm       October Community Meal

October 19-20                          Stephen Ministry Weekend

Sun. Oct 20                              Dedication of the Courtyard

Sun. Oct 27                              Reformation / Consecration Sunday

Sun. Nov 3                               All Saints Sunday/Grief Group begins


Messiah is proud to be a PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter) host church.  Starting in October and throughout the winter months, we feed and house homeless men every Saturday night.  Interested in volunteering?  Sign up here.  For more information, contact Lisa Charnogorsky at (847) 438-0085 or lisac0085@comcast.net.

For more information about PADS, check out their website here. 

Wauconda United Partnership for a Better Community invites you to participate in the Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 13.  Funds raised will help fight hunger in our community, including raising money for the Wauconda-Island Lake Food Pantry and the Summer Lunch Program.  The walk starts and ends at the St. Anne Catholic Community Center at 120 Ela St. in Barrington.  Registration starts at 12:30 pm and the walk begins at 1:00 pm. Visit www.crophungerwalk.org/barringtonil/UPBCWauconda to register or donate.  Online donations made between October 1-8 will be matched.  For more information, contact Tom Chrysler at (847) 347-2864 or tchrysler1@comcast.net.


Messiah Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten is hiring!  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-mail Erica at ejawnyj@mlpk.org or Deana at drossi@mlpk.org for more information.


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Pastor's Message: Thank you

Dear Messiah family,

It is with an excited, grateful, and heavy heart that I share the news that I have accepted a call to serve as Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas. When I first arrived at Messiah in September, 2011, I had no idea how much this community would end up meaning to me. I’m deeply grateful for everything we’ve done together. I’ve seen you invest many hours in getting to know new members, help bring younger people into worship leadership, maintain faithful support for PADS and so many other ministries of care and compassion, stay dedicated to worship, be generous in your stewardship, and change and grow in so many big and small ways. 

More than all of that, though, I’m grateful for the times you’ve invited me to really be your pastor: when you’ve shared a joy, a problem, a grief; when you’ve handed your babies (or mostly-grown kids) to me to baptize; when you’ve allowed me into your homes, your workplaces, and your hospital rooms. And I’ve been consistently humbled by the kindness you have always shown to my family as it has changed over the years.

It’s hard to end such a meaningful chapter and to say goodbye to people we’ve loved so dearly. My last Sunday will be September 15, and I intend to do everything I can to prepare a smooth transition to the next phase of Messiah’s life. You have powerful gifts for ministry, many of which are still just being discovered. I’ve had the privilege of helping you discover some of them and put them to use, and I’m excited for what you will learn and do in the future. There will be more to say and do in the next several weeks, but for now I want to tell you how thankful we are to God for all of you. You’ve made me into a pastor, and you’ll always be with me.


Grace and peace,


Pastor Ben Dueholm