Reformation Sunday 2022

On Sunday, October 30th, we will remember how the Lord worked in the Reformation!

This year, we join Christians and churches around the world to remember God’s grace during the time of the Reformation, to purify and prune the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Historically, God used a monk named Martin Luther when he nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. From this event, and the Spirit’s leading of women and men in several different countries, the Lord brought about the Protestant Reformation, including Lutheran, Reformed, Presbyterian, Anglican, Congregational, Baptist, and Free Churches. Tracing our spiritual heritage back to the German and Genevan Reformation, our congregation rejoices soli Deo gloria!

Events
At 9:15, all are invited to a special Adult Sunday school program entitled, “Standing Firm In Grace & Faith.”

Our covenant worship service will follow for families and all ages at 10:30 a.m., using our Reformation Sunday liturgy. The sermon will be from Ephesians 3:19 and Colossians 2:9, entitled “Solus Christus: Indwelling Fullness.”

We are pleased to invite you back Sunday evening at 7pm for our Reformation Pie Social! We will serve various kinds of pie & ice cream, and offer a special teaching program entitled “Denominations: Is the Refomration to Blame, and How to Unite.” Invite a guest and join us!

Reformation Sunday Resources

You can find more information about Reformation Sundays across America here.

Thanks to Ligonier Ministries, the award-winning Luther is free to watch for the month of October:

Remembering The Reformation” and “Reformed Ethics” are just two of the other free resources availabe at Ligonier. Meanwhile, you can find “Reformation Sunday” resources, especially the free Here We Stand: 31 Day Journey of the Heroes of the Reformation, are all available through Desiring God. Last, but certainly not least, see all the free resources from Zion here.

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Preparing For Worship Oct 16

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:
Galatians 2:19–21
Exodus 20
Zechariah 13:1, 6–7
Psalm 61
Ephesians 3:14–21
Numbers 6:24–26

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Yet Not I, But Christ In Me
There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood
Doxology
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Gloria Patri

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: Ephesians 3:14
Rev. Brian J. Lund “Satisfying Supplication”

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Outerwear Drive: Faith in Action!

We have a wonderful opportunity to bless others as we serve in Jesus’ Name!

OuterwearDrive

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
James 2:15 – 17


This winter will – like all Iowa winters – be cold. This winter clothing/outerwear drive will be a blessing to local kids and families to get through the bitter temperatures. Zion is partnering with 5 Loaves for their outerwear drive.

From now until November 6th, please bring new or gently used clothing, such as hats & gloves, scarves & socks, winter coats, snow pants, waterproof boots, or blankets. A large collection box provided by 5 Loaves is in the narthex just outside the sanctuary. Distribution will take place Nov 8th from 4:30 – 6pm. If you need help with delivering your outerwear, please contact Pastor Brian.

Whether you help with this outerwear drive, or pursue good works at your job, in your home, or elsewhere, make sure to do so trusting in Jesus! It is only through His atoning sacrifice that our works can be accepted by God, as even our evangelical obedience is justified in Christ’s righteousness and sanctified by His Spirit. Please pray for the individuals who will receive these articles of clothing; intercede for other Christians, that God would motivate them to generously give; and request that God’s Name would be glorified in Garner through this opportunity!

Would you like to help in other ways? Check their website, or contact 5 Loaves!

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Women’s Ministry Survey

Recently, our Women’s Ministry has been adding to and restructuring our leadership and ministry plans. To help the ladies of our church, they have put out a survey that would be a blessed assistance in planning for trusting Jesus in the future. Would you please take a few moments to fill it out if you haven’t already?

You can find the survey in the September newsletter. For an online option, you can fill out the survey here. Or, stop in to the church building and pick up a copy in the Narthex or from the church office. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

May the Lord richly bless our Women’s Ministries, our church family, and you!

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Preparing For Worship Sept 25

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:
Psalms 91
Micah 6:6–8
Micah 7:18–20
Proverbs 24:8–12
John 13:34–35
Numbers 6:24–26

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
O Church, Arise
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
Doxology
More Love to Thee
Gloria Patri

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: John 13
Rev. Dr. Ray DeLaurier “How Do We Love One Another”

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Preparing for Worship Sept 11

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:
Hebrews 12:28–29
Psalm 15
John 3:13–14
Esther 4:1–17
Numbers 6:24–26

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
How Deep the Father’s Love
Because He Lives
Doxology

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: Esther 4:1–17
Rev. Brian J. Lund “For Such A Time As This”

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September 2022 Newsletter & Calendar

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

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Preparing for Worship Sept 4

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:
I Timothy 6:14 – 16
Philippians 4:4 – 10
Esther 2:1 – 3:15
I Corinthians 11:23 – 26
Hebrews 13:20 – 21

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Te Deum
Be Still, My Soul
Lead On O King Eternal
Gloria Patri

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Holy Communion
Sermon: Esther 2 – 3
Rev. Brian J. Lund “Visible & Hidden”

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Forgive Us Our [College] Debts?

With President Biden’s announcement that college debt forgiveness plans will go into effect, many Christians are left wondering. Conservative outlets and politicians have slammed the President; liberal and Democratic voices have demanded this debt forgiveness for years. On top of this, many voices on social media and in conversation have pointed out that God calls us to forgiveness, and even uses “debts” to describe Gospel forgiveness. How should Christians think about this issue?

The Bible does not tell us which temporal laws or policies are right and wrong for this world – it has a much more important job: to reveal eternal salvation from all evil in Jesus Christ! However, God’s Word does give us wisdom to evaluate our lives to take every thought captive (II Corinthians 10:5).

Scripture is clear that debt is dangerous (Prov 11:15; 22:26). In fact, Proverbs 22:7 reminds us that it is easy for the “borrower to become a slave to the lender,” and that we are to “owe no one anything, except love…” (Romans 13:8). We see the wisdom of God’s truth when credit card interest, loan problems, and other financial issues can hurt people, marriages, and families.

Contemporary findings show that 44 million American owe $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, which is greater than credit card debt or auto loans (source). If the federal government “forgives” this debt, many estimates suggest this will add as much as $300 billion to our national debt (source: Wharton UPenn). Clearly, this is a lot of money. Is this wise?

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Preparing For Worship Aug 28

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:
Philippians 4
I John 4:7 – 10
Luke 11:33 – 36
Esther 1:1 – 22
Numbers 6:24 – 26

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Come People of the Risen King
What Wondrous Love
Out In the Highways & Byways
Gloria Patri

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: Esther 1
Rev. Brian J. Lund “Jesus Is the Answer”

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