Sunday, October 7, 2018 7 Marks of Discipleship: Prayer, Invite and Encourage Temple Talks

This is the video of the Temple Talks held on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.; regarding Prayer, Invite and Encourage. Special thanks to Karen Sylvester for introducing our presenters today; Roxy Bowdin presenting on behalf of Hilma Backman regarding Prayer, Heidi Beland speaking about Invite and Johanna Zuehls speaking about Encourage.

All are invited to grow in your faith, via Zion’s “Growing in Faith” Stewardship Drive. How are you able to strengthen and grow your faith through: Prayer, Invite and Encourage?

Sunday, September 30, 2018 7 Marks of Discipleship: Worship and Study Temple Talks

This is the video of the Temple Talks held on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.; regarding Worship and Study. Special thanks to Karen Sylvester for introducing our presenters today; Lynn Derby speaking about Worship and Jonah Zuehls speaking about Study.

All are invited to grow in your faith, via Zion’s “Growing in Faith” Stewardship Drive. How are you able to strengthen and grow your faith through Worship and Study?

Sunday, September 30, 2018 Video of 7 Marks of Discipleship Temple Talk

This is the video of the first Temple Talk held on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.; regarding the 7 Marks of Discipleship and ways you can grow in our personal relationships with Jesus. This Temple Talk with expectations for the following weeks, is presented by Karen Sylvester.

All are invited to grow in your faith, via Zion’s “Growing in Faith” Stewardship Drive. How are you able to strengthen and grow your faith using these 7 Marks: Prayer, Worship, Study, Invite, Encourage, Give and Serve?

Question of the Day, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is:  Why would anyone describe Jesus as good?  

This week’s text for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost : Mark 10:17-31 (NRSV)

17As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’?” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Video of Worship, Sunday, October 7, 2018

This is the video of the worship service held on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.; the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.

All are invited to grow in your faith, via Zion’s “Growing in Faith” Stewardship Drive. This week’s focus is on: Invite and Encourage. Temple talk speakers for today are: Heidi Beland regarding inviting and Johanna Zuehls regarding encouragement.

Here are a few suggestions for increasing your faith through Invite and Encourage, two of the 7 Marks of Discipleship : 7 Marks Invite and Encourage

2018 Harvest Dinner

The 2018 Harvest Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in Zion’s Social Hall, following 9:30 a.m. worship.

Please let us know if you plan to attend, to help us better coordinate for the dinner. Honorees simply call Zion’s office at 715-735-7898 to let us know whether or not you plan to attend.

Non-honorees, please complete the RSVP form and place it in the offering plate or drop it off at Zion’s office:Non-honoree RSVP

See you there!

Question of the Day, Monday, October 8, 2018

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is:  What can we do to inherit anything, including eternal life?  

This week’s text for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost : Mark 10:17-31 (NRSV)

17As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’?” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Question of the Day, Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is:  What is the difference between accepting something as a child compared to accepting it as an adult?  

This week’s text for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost : Mark 10:2-16 (NRSV)

2Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Question of the Day, Friday, October 5, 2018

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is:  Why is the episode with Jesus’ reaction to the children the perfect follow-up to Jesus’ discussion about divorce?  

This week’s text for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost : Mark 10:2-16 (NRSV)

2Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Question of the Day, Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is:  How seriously does Jesus think of marriage compared to the Pharisees?  

This week’s text for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost : Mark 10:2-16 (NRSV)

2Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.