October 2017 Newsletter Available

Zion_NewsletterOur October edition of the newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here. The Zion calendar for the month of October can be viewed here.

Zion Chronicle archive

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Preparing For Worship Oct 1

PreparingWorshipWe will be using the following songs and passages from the Word of God in our corporate gathering this Lord’s Day. Please prayerfully use these resources to prepare your hearts to “come into His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).

The Word of the Lord:
Revelation 4:6 – 11
Psalm 91
Luke 22:9 – 31
I Corinthians 11
Hebrews 13:20 – 22

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Psalm 91
The Lamb
Before the Table of the King
Sanctuary

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Holy Communion
Sermon: “Communion Care”

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New Office Hours Beginning

Beginning September 5, the office hours for Zion will be changing. Our secretary will be available every afternoon except Wednesdays, from 12 pm until 3pm. Feel free to call the church office during her hours.

Pastor Brian will still be available Tuesday through Thursday in the mornings, as well as doing visitation, Bible studies, counseling, and other activities every afternoon except Fridays.

Do you have a question? Please contact us. You can email our secretary at zionerchurch AT qwestoffice DOT net, or Pastor Brian at pastorbrian AT zionerchurch DOT com.

Thank you!

– The Management

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Labor Day For His Glory

Labor Day is a wonderful holiday to celebrate the end of summer activities, prepare for the new schedules that autumn and school bring, and get one last day of the warm sun. But as we reflect on the nature of our labor, and how to take a day off from work, we want to take even these thoughts captive to the Lord (2 Corinthians 10:5). How do you think about Labor Day, and how does Jesus fit into your plan to enjoy this holiday? May the following articles encourage and challenge you to put Christ first!

Rest And the Gospel

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Continue reading “Rest And the Gospel” at Ligonier

The Purpose Of Labor And Rest

ligonier_flat_thumbWhat’s the point of labor and rest? Asking this question is like asking, “What’s the point of breathing?” Like breathing, the cycle of labor and rest is essential to life, embedded in the created order, ceases at death, and begins again for all believers after our resurrection to eternal life. The whole of life is taken up with the rhythm of labor and rest. We labor and rest each day, each week, each year, and each season of life. This is no accident…

Have you found the purpose in your labor and the meaning in your rest? If not, hear again the pleading words of Jesus, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).

Continue reading “Purpose of Labor and Rest” at Ligonier Ministries

Labor Day: Your Need for Both Labor and Rest

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“As we come to celebrate another Labor Day, it may be beneficial for us to step back for a moment and consider what Scripture has to say about the rhythm of work and rest—i.e. the cyclical configuration by which all the events of our lives occur. Learning the theology of work and rest is one of the greatest challenges of our own day. Many of us have adopted faulty views of work, and therefore have faulty views of rest… It is a godly thing to do whatever God has called us to do with all our might as unto the Him, and it is godly to rest from our work and undergo a physical and spiritual re-creation.”

Read more about “Your Need for Both Labor and Rest” at Christianity.com

Working At Learning to Rest

“If you’re anything like me, you know that you have to be intentional about learning how to rest. It’s hard for some of us to downshift. Some have a bent toward laziness and others a tendency to overwork. Phil Ryken has made the helpful observation that busyness stems from the same sinful root as laziness. Both are sinful manifestations of an idol of control. When we overwork, we are trying to control our own life and guide it to a selfishly motivated outcome. We are trying to secure what makes us feel good in life. Those who are lazy do exactly the same thing as those who overwork. If Satan can’t get us to try to do so by the vehicle of laziness, he will do so by tempting us to burn the candle at both ends. There is a sense in which just as those who are lazy need to turn to the Lord in repentance and faith and work hard at learning to work, so those of us who are inclined to overwork need to turn to the Lord in repentance and faith and work hard at learning to rest. In order to grow in our ability to rest, we must know ourselves. We must be able to examine the patterns of our thoughts and actions.”

Keep reading “Working At Learning to Rest” at Feeding On Christ

5 Ways Faith Transforms How We Work

This Labor Day, we refresh and recharge. But the office, the combine, or the classroom will be calling our name soon! This means we should use this time to retool how we approach our careers with our faith in Christ. Tim Keller point us to God’s Word to see how biblical faith will change how we work. 1. “Faith gives you an inner ballast without which work could destroy you.” If our identity is in our work, rather than Christ, success will go to our heads, and failure will go to our hearts. We think any career advancement, raises, or reputation is somehow about us, rather than a good gift our Father gives us to undeservedly in Christ. Conversely, any failure – embarrassment, penalty, or even firing – will show that work as an idol has failed us. We’ll become either defeated or self-determined, but both are a loss for our faith. Only when we know that our identity in Christ is most important will we survive the ups and downs of our callings.” (video included)

Keep reading “5 Ways Faith Transforms” at the Acton Institute

Don’t forget previous articles we’ve put up before, like previous years” “Labor Day in Honor of Christ” and “Labor And Rest on Labor Day” which provide so many resources! Make this holiday – and every day! – count for the glory of Jesus!

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September 2017 Newsletter

Our September edition of the newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here. The Zion calendar for the month of September can be viewed here.

Zion Chronicle archive

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Preparing for Worship Sept 3

We will be using the following songs and passages from the Word of God in our corporate gathering this Lord’s Day. Please prayerfully use these resources to prepare your hearts to “come into His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).

The Word of the Lord:
Revelation 4:6 – 11
Psalm 51
Psalm 46
I Corinthians 11
Hebrews 13:20 – 22

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Te Deum
The Lamb
Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
Sanctuary

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Holy Communion
Sermon: “Encouragement in Christ”

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Sermon: “The Death of Christ” from Mark 15

In our sermon series “Gospel of Mark: Discipleship in Christ Through the Gospel,” the central point of human history is in view – the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. This event is well known to Christians. But have you looked beyond the historical event to understand what the Cross means, and how it ought to transform your life as a disciple of Christ? Join us to learn how a grisly death can bring you beautiful life!

Gospel of Mark: Discipleship In Christ Through the Gospel
“The Death of Christ”
Mark 15:16 – 47
July 23, 2017

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Sunday Evening Activities Canceled

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Due to the accumulating snow fall and travel advisories, there are no evening activities for Zion on March 12. All Bible studies, youth group activities, and community events are canceled for tonight.

Stay safe and warm tonight!

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Preparing for Worship Mar 12

We will be using the following songs and passages from the Word of God in our corporate gathering this Lord’s Day. Please prayerfully use these resources to prepare your hearts to “come into His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).

The Word of the Lord:
Ephesians 1:3 – 6
Genesis 17:7
Psalm 118
Mark 12:1 – 12
Numbers 6:22 – 24

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Come Praise & Glorify
Without You, Jesus
Come Thou Fount
Praise the Name of Jesus

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Holy Baptism
Sermon: “The Lord’s Vineyard”

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Pray For Haiti Missions!


John was known as the “the beloved discple,” since he knew so much of Christ’s love and wrote so clearly about how Christians ought to love one another. So we should pay careful attention to how to love those who sacrifice time and treasure for the cause of missions, as the Apostle John wrote us 3 John: “You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of His Name…” (3 John 6 – 7). We want to send Ashley Smeby, Eric Schafer, and Brielle Smeby – along with their GoServ Global team – out to Haiti in a way that honors Jesus Christ through it all!

One important way we can do this is by praying for the team. Would you take a few minutes each day to pray for them? Below are some suggestions.

Prayer Requests
Thursday – Pray for safety as they travel, no logistical problems with airports/luggage, patience & kindness

Friday – Pray for good first impressions, that the Lord would open their hearts to the poverty in Haiti, that He would prepare the orphans’ hearts for our team will be serving

Saturday – Pray our team would have a good experience with Haitian culture – the cuisine, the weather, the language, and the customs, and that they would learn how the Gospel can flourish in these cultures

Sunday – Ask the Lord to give our team a great time of worship with the Haitian people, to learn more about God in a foreign context, and to bind them in unity in the Spirit

Monday – Pray for the Lord to bless the local ministry workers, and for our team to be an encouragement, relief, and support to their ministry labors

Tuesday – Intercede for our team that they would see how big God is away from home, and that Jesus would claim their hearts more fully for Himself through this whole experience

Wednesday – Pray that God would encourage them as they have tearful goodbyes, that relationships would be established and strengthened, and that their return travels would go forward without incident

Thursday and beyond – Pray that God would give them a passion for missions, and to return with zeal for what He is doing, that we would be blessed by their experience and what they share with us

May the Lord of the Church move within us – and our Haiti team – as we seek Him together in prayer!

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