Ways to Worship in December

Church is something that happens when people gather around Jesus.
Nothing less and so much more. Jesus is love. You are loved. I am loved. 
Life is shared. Truth is spoken. Grace is poured out without exception. 
People are set free. Gifts are released. Simple, isn’t it?


The Meaning of Advent - The word “Advent” comes from the Latin adventus, which means “coming” or “arrival.” As a season of the church year, Advent is the four weeks before Christmas that prepares us to celebrate the Nativity, the birth of Christ, on December 25. Christmas is a big mystery. We do not understand how exactly God comes to be among us in human form. Taking time to prepare to celebrate Christmas allows us to enter more fully into the mystery. As we say in Godly Play, if we don’t take time to get ready for Christmas, we could “walk right by this mystery” without ever really experiencing it. Advent has a double spiritual meaning. While we are anticipating the celebration of the birth of Jesus, we are also anticipating the second coming, when Jesus will return for the Final Judgement. Churches using the Revised Common Lectionary will find both themes present in the lessons during the season of Advent. 

Worship at Zion is one service at 9 a.m. with Fellowship time after worship. We will celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday. You do not need to be a member of Zion to receive the sacrament If you believe that Jesus died for the sins of the world, and your sins as well, and that he is present in the bread and wine to bring the forgiveness of sins and to bring salvation, please come and share the meal with us. There is white grape juice if you prefer it and you may ask the pastor for gluten-free wafers. Pease fill out a blue card and put it in the offering plate or give it to an usher as you go up to the communion rail.  Whoever you are, wherever you are, however you are, you are welcome here!

Communion at Elim/Country Meadows - on the second Thursday of each month, Pastor Blenkush and Pastor Bauer from Trinity Lutheran visit and provide a Service of Holy Communion to the residents and guests. If you would like to come and assist with the residents or simply come and participate, please do. The service begins at 10 a.m.

The Sunday Sermon is available to read and hear online. Visit the Sermon page.

Did You Know? - In traditional Lutheran worship, we make two confessions on many Sundays; a confession of sin and a confession of faith. In the first, we acknowledge who we are as sinners and saints, and in the second, we acknowledge who God is in the mystery of the Trinity.

If you are away visiting or on vacation,  you are encouraged to find a place of worship near where you are. Please remember your financial obligation to Zion whether you worship with us or with other congregations.

Funeral Planning -A folder called "My Wishes for My Funeral" is available. It is to be used as a helpful piece of information for those who will be making your funeral arrangements so that they will know your wishes. It is meant for the use of your family and the pastoral staff here at Zion. If you have questions or need more information, please call Pastor Blenkush.

Large print and children's bulletins are available from the ushers.

Individual hearing amplifiers are also available from the ushers.

Please join us every week for the Word and the Sacraments, for worship and music, and for fellowship with the Zion family.

Stained Glass Windows - During the month of December, 2009, Zion received two stained glass windows given in memory of Gilbert Rosenberg whose funeral service were held in October of 2008. One window depicts the baptism of Jesus and the second window is a depiction of the three crosses of Good Friday. The two windows compliment a previous given window given in memory of Magnie Peterson and all three are located in the north windows of the upper Narthex. 

Worship Banners at Zion - Have you noticed the wonderful banners that grace our sanctuary? We have a set of white banners to commemorate All Saints Day, Christmas and Easter. During the season of Advent we have beautiful blue banners. Green banners will remind us of the seasons of Epiphany and the time after Pentecost, and the red banners will hang on Pentecost and Reformation Sunday. There are also banners specifically for baptisms and weddings. Currently, each of our banners has been given as a memorial gift.

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