Worship Services


8:00 a.m. Worship
Messiah Lutheran Church
10:30 a.m. Worship
Messiah Lutheran Church

Third Wednesday Worship Services

Join us for supper at 6:00 p.m. and worship at 7:00 p.m. in the social hall on the third Wednesday of each month.



Messiah Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We have been in the Burlington community for over 150 years. Join us at 8:00 AM or 10:30 AM for worship or attend Sunday School for all ages at 9:15 AM. We, also, hold an informal worship service on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM!

Mission Statement
Welcoming all people to share in God’s blessings by strengthening our commitment to God through prayer, fellowship, and service.

History of Messiah Lutheran Church
Messiah is a friendly congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We were organized in 1859 by Swedish Lutheran immigrants who built their church on “West Hill” in Burlington. In 1962, we dedicated our present building on West Avenue. Messiah is known for music and liturgy, Christian education, friendship and fellowship, and for our involvment in the life of Christ in this community and in the world. Come worship with us!

What’s New?

Adult Sunday School Forum

October 20: The Story of Lutherans in America DVD and Conversation
October 27: The Story of Lutherans in America DVD and Conversation
November 3: Jerry Collell presents “Free, indeed…Lutherans behind bars.”

Lutheran Men in Mission presents “One Year to Live,” a retreat experience for men focusing on real friendships and a closer relationship with Christ. November 8, 9, & 10 at Camp EWALU. Contact Dennis Wohlers in the church office for more information and to register.

Do you know your rights? Erica Johnson, director of the Iowa Immigration Rights Program, will give an informational presentation on what your rights are when confronted with ICE or law enforcement. Topics covered will include legal resources and how to set up a family plan. Saturday, Nov. 2 in Messiah’s library. Open to all members of the community.

The Christian Education Committee and the 412 Timothy students are making care packages for our college students. We would really appreciate any donations you would like to give. Cards of encouragement are greatly appreciated as well. There is a collection box on the table outside Kelly’s office. Here are some great donation ideas:
• Pencils or Pens
• Highlighters
• Toothpaste, Lotion, Laundry Soap
• Gift Cards
• Snack Foods: Slim Jim beef sticks, trail mix, Gum
• Easy Meals: Easy Mac-N-Cheese, Ramen Noodles

Online donations are now available – click here to view

WOMEN OF MESSIAH, both members and non-members:
September brings the beginning of our monthly circle meetings. Currently, we have three groups. Each circle welcomes new members. Meeting times and locations are as follows:
  • Open Circle-1st Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., church library and homes
  • Ruth/Mary Elizabeth Circle-1st Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., church library
  • Sarah Circle-1st Thursday, 7:00 p.m., church library

In these groups, you will find fellowship, refreshment, and learning about the Bible and Christian living.

Youth and Family

Coming soon! From 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 27, goblins, ghouls, witches, ghosts, ballerinas and cowboys will be coming to our parking lot and trick-or-treating from car to car. Trunk-or-Treat is a cross+generational event. You can join the fun by decorating your car trunk and passing out candy! Please have your car trunk set up by 3:45 p.m. for more information, contact Kelly at 572-3947 or

Service/Learning Trip to D.C. Students who will be in middle or high school during the 2020-2021 school year are eligible to join us on the service/learning trip to Washington, D.C. Reserve your spot, don’t miss out! Talk to Kelly.

412 Timothy is for youth in preschool through high school. We meet Wednesday nights at Messiah from 6:00-7:30. Join us for yoga, small groups, worship and prayer stations. As always, friends are welcome too! On the 3rd Wednesday of each month we invite families to join us at the 3rd Wednesday dinner and worship service. We also do a service project between dinner and worship.
1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”


Jesus & Java is a chance for middle and high schoolers to meet for coffee and a quick Bible study. Join Kelly in the Youth Room every Sunday at 9:30 for java and conversation with Jesus.

To encourage students to bring their Bibles to Sunday school, worship and Confirmation, we’re introducing punch cards! We want you to use your Bibles, write in your Bibles, use hi-liter in them, and bring them to worship. Every time you bring your Bible to church, you’ll get one punch. When you’ve accumulated 10 punches, you’ll earn a prize! Punch cards can be found on the table by Kelly’s office.

Confirmation classes continue Wednesday evenings as well. Students meet at 7:30 in the conference room.

Please bring photos of people and animals you want to add to the One Bread One Body poster in the narthex. (The photos will probably get cut up to fit, so you won’t get them back.) After All Saints Sunday, November 3, we will send a photo of the completed poster to the synod office where we have been assured it will be published in Living Lutheran magazine early next spring. Wow! If you have questions, or ideas for the poster, talk with Pastor Susanne.

Messiah Lutheran Church 2411 West Ave Burlington, Iowa 52601 319-754-7591