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Welcome to all our guests and visitors. We are glad that you have come to worship with us. If you are searching for a church home, we invite you to join the people of Zion in worshiping Jesus Christ. We hope that your visit with us will be blessed and we invite you to worship with us again soon.

There is a nursery room to the left of our Sanctuary if you feel you need to take your child out during our worship service. Please feel free to make use of the nursery for any children ages five and under. Baby changing stations are also located in the men's and women's restrooms located to the right of the Sanctuary in the education wind hallway.

For your convenience, sound enhancers and large print worship service folders are available. Please ask an usher for assistance.

Note from the elders: Many of those attending worship arrive in time to meditate and pray before the service. Please visit in the Narthex out of courtesy for those that are meditating and praying in the Sanctuary.

 

 

What's a Liturgy service?

Our worship before God is based on what He has taught us through his Word, the Bible. Since it is God who graciously gives us life and salvation, we first gladly receive from Him and then respond in prayer and praise. This is called "Divine Service" because in it God serves us His Word and Sacraments. He serves us His gifts, and we thankfully receive. Our worship stems from our faith, and speaks the words of faith given us by God.

Liturgy describes the order and structure of a church service. Our church follows the basic liturgical orders used by the church for the last 2,000 years. It has roots in Old Testament worship practices and is based on the teachings of the Bible.

In our pews, we have an explanation for all of our liturgy from the Bible.

 

 

How do I request a prayer?

In order to better manage prayer requests for Sundays, we will now have them in certain categories. Please notify pastor or church secretary for names you would like added or that need corrections in the prayers. Names already in the prayers will be left on for two Sundays unless otherwise requested.

 

 

Who can come to communion?

Those belonging to an LCMS congregation are welcomed and encouraged to partake of the Lord's Supper with us. We do care about the spiritual well-being of others present but ask that you please refrain out of love for this fellowship and speak with the pastor or elder prior to the service.

Because we care ...

Out of love for our neighbor and obedience to God's clear Word, Zion Lutheran Church practices "closed (caring) communion" in celebrating the Lord's Supper.

Every communicant member of this congregation or of another Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod congregation, who is sorry for his/her sins, who trusts that only by God's grace through faith in Christ they are saved, and who recognizes that Christ's Body and Blood are really present and received for the forgiveness of sins, is welcome at the Lord's Table. For the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11:28,29:

"A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eat and drinks judgment on Himself."

If you are not a communicant member of an LCMS congregation and desire to partake of Holy Communion, please speak to the Pastor. Our fervent desire is that you would join us at the Lord's Supper soon, after receiving instruction, especially regarding this sacred meal.

Even though we have a closed Communion policy, all are welcomes to come to the Altar during Communion to receive a blessing.

If not taking Communion, fold your arms across your chest to signify you're not taking Communion and are there for a blessing.

There are gluten free wafers available for those who have allergies, and the center ring of individual cups is for those with restriction concerning wine. Please make sure to let pastor or an elder know in order to have enough prepared or any other concerns.

 

 

What if my question isn't listed?

You can learn more about our beliefs and doctrines at the LCMS website.

If you still cannot find an answer to your question, please visit our Contact page and contact us with your questions.