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

On the night of March 3-4 Messiah is serving with PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter). Sign up here to help out for a couple hours.

Interested in baptism (for yourself or a child), joining the church, or receiving confirmation or first communion instruction as an adult? Or just want to learn more about the faith we share? Christian Basics small groups are starting soon, on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Click here for more information or to sign up.

Training for youth worship assistants (acolytes) is coming up on Saturday, February 10 at 10 a.m. Children third grade and up are invited to learn how to serve in worship!

As Wednesday is coming up on February 14. Holy Communion with the imposition of ashes is at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night Lent worship is at 7:30 p.m. from February 21 through March 21.

We're filling 150 volunteer slots at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville on Saturday, February 24 from 2-4 p.m., which a thank-you dinner and worship to follow. Sign up or request more information here

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Message from the Pastor:

Remembering Dust

Ash Wednesday is almost here, with the season of Lent right behind it. Quiet as it's kept, this holiday is a favorite of mine and of many clergy. There's something liberating about a day--and a whole season--when we are sort of required to go against the grain. "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return," we say, as we mark the faithful with ashes on their foreheads, in the form of Christ's mortifying and life-giving cross. This is not the message we are normally hearing, which I would sum up as "you will live forever, so buy something expensive or at least get mad at someone you don't know." Or else "death is stalking you, right now, so be very afraid."

Denial and anxiety are both persuasive and both useful. Even to ourselves, sometimes. When we lived in the western suburbs and I had to commute down to the seminary or my internship church, I don't know how I would have gotten myself to sit through the daily Hillside traffic jams if I'd been mindful of my mortality. But as people who live in a death-denying society, most of us need some kind of periodic reminder that our mortality is real, that it's a serious matter. 

That's maybe why, of all times, this is a popular day or season for people to come back to church. Or to come for the first time. Remembering we are dust is not liberating because it makes us feel gloomy; it's liberating because it sets us free from illusions, and free to live in a true and faithful way. A friend of mine wrote an essay recently about witnessing a funeral at a Trappist monastery in Kentucky, and the ways that the brothers there embraced their departed member so fully and movingly. The truth--about ourselves and about a faithful God--really does set us free to love God, and each other, and even ourselves in a new and better way.

So if you've been thinking about dipping a toe back into church, or even for the first time, it's a good time to do it. We'll be here on Ash Wednesday, February 14, at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., remembering together where we begin, where we end, and Who loves us along the way. 

Rev. Ben Dueholm, Pastor of Worship and Education