In line with the guidance of public officials and health experts, worship at Messiah Lutheran in Park Ridge will be canceled until further notice.
This is a difficult decision to make, since the gathering of the people of God is central to our life of faith. But it is the wise step for us to take as we seek to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 virus, protect the vulnerable, and help ease the burden on healthcare systems.
The church building may be closed but our services continue online, with our weekly worship services found on the Messiah Lutheran Church Facebook page. 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.
Our Assistance Ministry team will begin to assemble bagged lunches for community members in need starting Monday, June 29th. At this point we cannot allow guests inside the church building. When a guests arrives at the church they should ring the doorbell and a bagged lunch will be handed to you. Should you be in need of any toiletries please let the Assistance Ministry team member what you need and they will get it for you. The Assistance Ministry hours will resume at the normal time every Monday morning from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and we are looking forward to continuing our weekly outreach to the community of Park Ridge.
After Pentecost: Words to live by
When asked about her favorite Bible passages, Carol Hrodey cited two passages that are intertwined with family memories—Psalm 121 and 1 Corinthians 13.
Psalm 121 was a favorite of her mother’s, she said, and the words bring back in particular the memory of going with her mother to see the movie version of The Sound of Music—the beginning of her love of musicals. There’s a moment toward the end of the movie when the von Trapp family is about to embark on its journey across the Alps to escape the Nazis. As they leave the abbey, the Reverend Mother cites the beginning words of the psalm: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” Carol said the words “became an inspiration to find strength when facing difficult situations. My mom had a framed print of it in her house and I now have it in mine.”
As for 1 Corinthians 13, St. Paul’s reflections on love, Carol made a wall hanging with words from that passage to celebrate her parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. “I cut 244 letters, 30 hearts, 30 flowers, 68 leaves and 10 punctuation marks out of felt! All were glued on burlap which has now discolored. It hung in their bedroom for many years. The felt pieces are mainly still intact with a couple exceptions. But it reminds me of family love.”
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; 5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; 10 but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. 13 So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (RSV)
(“Words to live by” is a series of comments on treasured passage of scripture as selected by members of the Messiah community.)
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