Question of the Day, Saturday, October 24, 2020

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 do we get the same privileges that the Son has in his household?

This week’s text for Reformation Sunday: John 8:31-36 (NRSV)

31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

Question of the Day, Friday, October 23, 2020

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: In what ways do you feel like a slave to sin?

This week’s text for Reformation Sunday: John 8:31-36 (NRSV)

31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

Question of the Day, Thursday, October 22, 2020

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: It is not true that the people of Abraham had NEVER been slaves to anyone. Their country was being occupied by Romans as he spoke! How do you feel about this blatant exaggeration?

This week’s text for Reformation Sunday: John 8:31-36 (NRSV)

31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

Announcements for Sunday, October 25, 2020

The announcements for Sunday, October 25, 2020 are now available. To read the announcements, please open or down the load the file titled “20201025-Announcements”.

Sunday, October 25th is Reformation Sunday. Please join us for worship on Facebook live at 9:30 a.m. for our Synod Wide Reformation Worship. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in creating the upcoming worship!

Question of the Day, Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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 this truth that will make us free?

This week’s text for Reformation Sunday: John 8:31-36 (NRSV)

31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

Question of the Day, Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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 do you know you are truly being a disciple?

This week’s text for Reformation Sunday: John 8:31-36 (NRSV)

31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

Distribution of Holy Communion on All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1, 2020

You are invited and encouraged by Zion Lutheran Church to sign up for “Distribution of Holy Communion” on All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1, from 10:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (with the last group entering at 11:45 a.m.).

Distribution will be “No Contact”. We have 8 tables for each time slot with a maximum of 4 people per table from the same household. Tables can be filled with an individual, a couple or family groups from ONE HOUSEHOLD (one table = one household). If your family/household has more than four members, please sign up for more than one table. When signing up you will be required to answer “Which do you need? Wine, grape juice, bread or gluten free?”. It is of utmost importance that you inform us of what you need (wine, bread, grape juice or gluten-free wafers). You will not be able to sign up unless you include your answer in the space provided.

**If at any time you feel this procedure exceeds your safety level of comfort but you still wish to receive Holy Communion, please contact Pastor Keith.**

When arriving for Holy Communion:

~ Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your reserved element setting time (we will have chairs available for those who need one).

~ Social distancing and masks are required (masks, of course, will be removed during the consumption of the elements).

~ The service will last about 5 minutes.

~ While waiting for your turn, please be sure to practice physical distancing by keeping yourself at least 6 feet away from other members of Zion (the exception being members of your immediate household).

~ An usher will greet you at the main entrance and will guide your entry.

~ Exit will be out the north (office hallway) door.

~ All doors will be open for no contact entrance and exiting.

~ Windows will be open and exhaust fans will be on for optimum ventilation.

~ All tables will be sanitized before/after each table is prepared for the next group.

~ Blessing of our young members who have not received First Communion instruction will be done from a distance of no less than 6 feet.

Obviously, safety for all is our primary concern. Patience and graciousness will be welcome as we experiment with this new form of worship. As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns please send an email to: zion@newbc.rr.com or call Zion’s office.

To view the online sign-up sheet and to reserve your element setting, please click on link below. Or you may call Zion’s office (715-735-7898) and ask for assistance in reserving your element setting.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054AABAB29A5FB6-distribution8

Come and join us in Holy Communion as we celebrate All Saints Day.

Blessings,

Zion Lutheran Church

Question of the Day, Monday, October 19, 2020

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 this “word” that we are to continue in?

This week’s text for Reformation Sunday: John 8:31-36 (NRSV)

31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

Question of the Day, Saturday, October 17, 2020

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 do you “give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s?”

This week’s text for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Matthew 22:15-22 (NRSV)

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.