Assistance Ministry Announcement
With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, and with an abundance of caution, Assistance Ministry will be postponed until further notice. If you are in need of food assistance please contact the Maine Township Food Pantry at 847-297-2510. The food pantry is located at 1700 Ballard Rd Park Ridge, IL 60068.
At its meeting on October 12, the Executive Committee decided that Messiah will continue holding online-only services through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and the end of the year. The committee will continue to monitor the situation and revise plans accordingly.
We will continue to post our weekly worship services found on the Messiah Lutheran Church Facebook group. To receive worship notifications, you can subscribe to our email list by selecting the About Us tab on the left, then click join our email list. Updated information will be sent when it becomes available.
After Pentecost: Keep your lamps trimmed
There’s an African American spiritual based on the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:1-13, the gospel reading for last Sunday. In the gospel story, Jesus speaks of bridesmaids who don’t bring enough oil to keep their lamps lit as they wait for the arrival of the bridegroom and the start of the wedding celebration.
“Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,” goes the song, “for the time is drawing nigh.” Both Jesus’ words and the spiritual are meant to encourage tired people to hang on and be ready for the coming of the Lord. The song says, “Don’t get weary, for the work is almost done.”
Here is a link to version sung by a virtual high school choir.
There is also this recording from the early 20th century of a blues version, written by the slide-guitar master Blind Willie Johnson, king of the guitar evangelists.
We all have work to do before the coming of the Lord, whenever and however that day comes. We stay prepared for that day by staying close to what Jesus is already doing in the world. We stay alert by staying close to Jesus in prayer and in the community of faith, and by serving the Jesus who can be found among our neighbors in need.