Sing! 2018 Live Stream At Zion

getty-2018Keith & Kristyn Getty of Getty Music are allowing their Sing! 2018 Conference in Nashvilee, TN to be on livestream! Not only will there be amazing music for the praise of God be heard, but some incredibly gifted preachers of the Word will be speaking as well, including Alistair Begg, Trip Lee, John Piper, Ligon Duncan, Tim Keller, John Macarthur, and more.
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We will be showing the video feed in the Fellowship Room behind the sanctuary Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 11 – 12. We have the schedule, break out sessions, and the Sing! 2018 song book printed off and ready for you with refreshments. Or, you can look for resources yourself online at Getty Music Live.

For Zion members and ministry music leaders: If you would like a copy of the Sing! 2018 song book, with over 30 song arrangements and free resources, please contact Pastor Brian.

The Sing! conferences are to serve Christ’s church. Here’s the information from their website:

The Getty Music Worship Conference – Sing! exists to help pastors, musicians and leaders build a Biblical understanding and creative vision for congregational singing in their churches. Bringing together speakers and artists from many traditions and walks of life, our desire is to encourage churches towards a deeper, more dynamic view of theology, artistry and mission in congregational singing.
The five urgent goals of this project are:
1. Teach everyone why and how we sing.
2. Build deep believers through what we sing.
3. Strengthen and encourage families to sing together.
4. Build churches by singing together and to each other.
5. Witness to our wider communities by our singing.

Come join us!

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Living Our Faith At School

School is back!

Those words console parents, terrify students, and create a flurry of activity for teachers and schools. But the return of the school year also means something else for Christians and our young people – we must think carefully about how to live out our faith in the school year!

Fortunately, Zion has some resources for you!

Three pastors – Juan Sánchez and Afshin Ziafat, and Sam Allberry – think about what role Christianity ought to play for parents as they select school choices for their students. As you think about your kids, what they receive at school, and what they need spiritually, think about where God is directing you to live by faith in His Son to disciple kids for His glory.

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Pool Party Moved Indoors

Due to the weather, we will be moving the pool party to the church basement. Please come for food, fellowship, and all the fun games we will be playing. Begins at 6:30

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Preparing for Worship Jul 29

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:
Psalm 27
Romans 7:7 – 12
Galatians 2:19 – 20
Genesis 46:31 – 47:12
Numbers 6:22 – 24

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Psalm 27
Because He Lives
We’ve A Story To Tell to the Nations
Jesus, We Just Want to Thank You

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: “How To Be Blessed”

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Do I HAVE to Read The Genealogies?!

There you are, working through your daily Bible reading, when you come across a section that seems frustrating. Unending, unpronounceable names. A family lineage of unfamiliar, seemingly insignificant relations. If you’re reading in the King James Version, the word “begat” appears a lot.

Many people skip over the genealogies, assuming they have little relevance to their life, and are therefore unimportant. But doesn’t II Timothy 3:16 remind us, “all Scripture is God breathed, and useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training for righteousness…”? Paul was under the inspiration of the Spirit and knew of these passages, and yet still assures believers in every age that even genealogies are useful for Christians. But how?

Believers must learn to appreciate all parts of Scripture, even those that don’t seem immediately relevant to us. Here are several things that genealogies teach Christians to strengthen their faith today:

  1. The historical truth of Scripture. Genealogies show that God’s Word isn’t mythic or a fable; it is historical fact. When we read the family lineages, we are reminded this is not “once upon a time” or “long ago in a galaxy far, far away.” Instead, we read “this took place during the reign” of a certain historical king (see Daniel 1:1), “in the third day, of this month, in the sixth year” (see Ezra 6:15), or “while Quirinius was governor of Syria” (see Luke 2:2).
  2. Our God is a God of families. In the genealogies, we read of fathers begetting sons. The Lord of Scripture reveals Himself as a Father with a divine Son. His earliest commands to Adam were “be fruitful and multiply,” and His covenant promises were made “to you and your children.” God works in families, and He works over the generations. We are not isolated individuals, but children of a family of faith that reaches back over the generations. This forces us to ask ourselves, “Am I being faithful in my generation?” Since I am a link in an inter-generational chain, with a responsibility to receive “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) and to “teach transgressors Your ways” (Psalm 51:13), do I live in a way to faithfully transmit a living faith to others? Genealogies might not always spark our imagination, but they are God’s divine Word that summons our faithfulness.
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Installation & Welcome for Derek Cozine Family

CozineFamilyOn Sunday, July 8, we will be installing Derek Cozine to the ministry of Gospel service to our youth at Zion. Derek and his wife Angela have moved to Garner from Wisconsin with their two daughters. They have been getting settled in their new home, and Derek has started his work at the church.

Please be in prayer and join us for worship to support Derek and Angela in their next chapter in life, and Derek’s new step in ministry.

We also want you to get to know the family! Later this same Sunday, come to the Parsonage north lawn at 5pm for a “meet and greet” open house with Cozines. Hot dogs, drink, and marshmallows are provided, and lawn games & fun are there! Bring a dish to share (side dish, dessert). This is fun for the whole family!

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Preparing for Worship July 8

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:
Psalm 36:5 – 6
Ephesians 3:18 – 19
Genesis 45:1 – 15
I Corinthians 11
Numbers 6:22 – 24

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
There Is An Everlasting Kindness
Doxology
Behold the Lamb
Jesus, We Just Want to Thank You

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: “True Forgiveness”
Holy Communion

 

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Pray For Our Senior High Mission Trip!

 

YouthWorksEvery summer, we want to disciple our young people to value and participate in missions. One way we want to encourage this is through our summer mission trip. This year, over twenty senior high students and adult chaperones are going to Niagara Falls, NY, to serve in Jesus’ Name!
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Adult chaperones: Tracy, Mike, Dan, and Deana
Students: Braden, Kris, Cam, Hayden, Mara, Evan, Tori, Isaac, Maddie, Grace, Caleb, Bri, Ashley, Kylie, Shelby, Payton, Kennedie

Please pray for our team as they go to serve in upstate New York. Partnering with Youthworks, our students will be running Kids’ Clubs, helping with service projects, and assisting local organizations to bless local residents. Between building relationships and homes, laying down love and painting walls, we are praying that our students would do all this for Christ’s Kingdom and His glory!

Here are some suggestions for prayer each day (Friday, June 22 – 29):

Friday: Travel Day. Pray for the team to be kept safe as they drive from Iowa to New York, for travel logistics to work smoothly, and for the Lord to prepare their hearts for what they are going to experience.
Saturday: Team bonding day. Pray for the Spirit to work unity and servant-hearted love among the team. Pray for the chaperones in their leadership.
Sunday: Lord’s Day. Pray that God would meet the team as they attend worship services at a local congregation, and they would be a great testimony of Christ with saints from other places. Pray for resting in Christ before labors.
Monday: First day of mission service. Pray for our team to mesh well with Youthworks staff, and for wisdom for clear goals for the week.
Tuesday: Pray for the relationships the team is making with fellow servants and locals. Pray for a clear witness to Christ in word and deed. Pray for parents at home missing/worrying/praying for their students!
Wednesday: Ask the Lord to teach our young people to put other’s needs ahead of their own, and to humbly serve as Christ has served us. Request that God grant our team a heart that honors others in Jesus’ Name.
Thursday: Pray for perseverance with the end in sight. With the last evening’s activities, intercede that God would move powerfully in the hearts of our young people in response to His Holy Word.
Friday: Pray for all the tearful good-byes and hugs. Ask for a safe trip home!

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Preparing for Worship Jun 24

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:
I Peter 1:1 – 2
Hebrews 10:4 – 7
Romans 5:7 – 11
Genesis 43:11 – 23
Numbers 6:22 – 24

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Nothing But the Blood Of Jesus
Oh How He Loves You and Me
Not What My Hands Have Done
Sanctuary

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: “Repentance Unto Life”

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Preparing for Worship Apr 29

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:
Ephesians 1:3 – 6
Jeremiah 2:1 – 2, 13, 32
Hebrews 13:5 – 6
Genesis 40:1 – 23
Numbers 6:22 – 24

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Come Praise & Glorify
Jesus, What A Friend!
Our God Reigns
Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: “Never Forgotten”

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