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

In cooperation with the United Partnership for a Better Community and the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Messiah is helping to provide lunches every weekday over the summer for kids who may not have access to nutritious meals when school is out. Sign up for a volunteer shift between June 4 and August 10!

Summer Save the Dates:

Sunday, June 24:      Installation of Youth Director, Jessica Wallwin

Thursday, July 5:       Summer Lunch Program Community Cookout

Saturday, July 21:      Celebrate Community - Family Fun and Worship Night

Sunday, July 29:        Pastor Ben's Book Signing Event

Thursday, August 30: Messiah at Heritage Day / Wauconda Farmer's Market

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Click here for a full calendar of events.

Message from the Pastor:

Summer is at hand, which means everything from long sunny days to taking on long-deferred projects to vacation and travel to finding alternate arrangements for our kids. It starts out feeling like a great expanse of time with the potential to be enjoyed or at least used wisely. But with each passing day, there is a little bit less left, and a little bit more opportunity for the anxious and self-critical among us to feel that we haven't enjoyed or used it well enough.

Worship this summer starts out with a comforting word from Deuteronomy to us. It's about the Sabbath. Human beings, God says, were not made to work constantly but were made to enjoy the world and enjoy the rest that restores life itself. While life can seem like a constant struggle to get ahead or at least stay even--and that is a reality of life in our society, certainly--the Scriptures tell us that God has something more and different in store. This is even true in the harder stories that follow in June. We hear about Adam and Eve hiding from God in the Garden of Eden because they ate the fruit of the forbidden tree because they've given up what they could have had as a gift, forever, in exchange for taking something less for themselves. And of course we hear about how God works to mend that damage that humans create in themselves and in the world, by promising a restoration of Israel as a beacon and shelter to the nations (June 17), by sending a messenger before God's own coming (June 24), and in the words and miracles of Jesus recounted in Mark's Gospel. 

When you're in worship this season, you have the chance to step out of both the work and leisure of daily life and be brought into the presence of God, and to live for a little while in God's time. That's a gift and a blessing, too. See you in church! 

Rev. Ben Dueholm, Pastor of Worship and Education