Header Graphic


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.


Pastor David


Quick Links

This Month's MESSENGER

Messiah CALENDAR of Events

Manna Order (Updated via MannaGroup website)

Annual Report

ELCA Links

Metropolitan Chicago Synod

ELCA Global Links Newsletter


Check out our page on


Want to use our space for an upcoming event? Click HERE to download our Use of Facilities Policy and Application. For photos and description of our useable spaces, CLICK HERE for a spec sheet.


Can't find what you are looking for? Visit our Site Map.



Our congregation was officially organized on May 7, 1954 with 35 people present. Since then, Messiah has thrived in the community, and has strived to make Christ’s love known to all who enter our doors – through worship, through education, through our facilities, and through fellowship.

Thank you for your interest in us.  If you would like to learn more about us, or would like to become a part of the fellowship of Jesus Christ here at Messiah, please contact our pastor, either in person, by phone, by email, or with a letter. We look forward to hearing from you!




1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
p 847.823.6984           f 847.823.6996