Samson’s Worst Moment

Hello Family of Zion!

Welcome to our new addition of the Zion Church website! This will be the first blog post for a new blog series that we will be starting up this month.

One of the most tragic verses in the bible was covered this Sunday for our middle school students in our walk-through of Judges. Samson, who is one the great men in the Hall of Faith found in the book of Hebrews, has been discussed over the last three weeks as we studied through the chapters of Judges that covered his life. Samson, though he is a believer in our God and attributed genuine faith according to the New Testament author of Hebrews (Heb. 11:32), led a life of self.

Samson was the center of his universe and he did as he pleased. Samson sought the pleasure of women he did not marry (Jg. 16:1), abandoned the woman he did marry (Jg. 14:19-20), and betrayed his personal, unique covenant with God to another woman he was living and sleeping with (Jg. 16:16-18). Samson abandoned his life here on earth for the momentary fleeting pleasure of revenge in this life (Jg. 16:30). We also see throughout his life that Samson not only chose to break his personal, unique covenant with God, but neglected the people in his life along the way, including his parents, his ex-wife, and the whole tribe of Judah (Jg. 14:9, 15:6, 9). Frequently in his story Samson’s self-serving lifestyle got the people close to him in danger or killed. The worst part of his story comes near the end in Judges 16. Samson had just revealed his covenant with God and that he had swore to never cut his own hair or God would remove His Holy Spirit’s strength from Samson (Jg. 16:15-20). As God kept His side of the covenant, God removed His Holy Spirit’s strength from Samson and Samson did not even notice. (Jg. 16:20).

“…But Samson did not even know that the LORD had left him.” Judges 16:20b

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Zion Ski Trip Jan 19th!

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Church Family & Friends Mankato Ski Trip

Saturday, January 19, 2019

We will be leaving Zion Church early Saturday morning. Questions? Contact Pastor Derek

Youth (7th Grade – College)
Member: $10
Guest: $15

Kids (Kind. – 6th Gr) & Adults
Kids: $33
Adults: $33

All permission slips and payments need to be filled out and handed in to the church office. Payment is for lift ticket and rentals. Any other purchases – upgrades, lessons, etc. – will be up to each individual.

Download release form here

You will need money for snack and meals, so please plan accordingly! Contact Pastor Derek with questions

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Preparing For Worship Jan 13

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 Chronicles 16:8 – 11
John 3:18 – 21
II Corinthians 4:4 – 6
Psalm 36:5 – 12
Numbers 6:22 – 24

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
We Gather Together
Psalm 27
More Love to Thee
I Timothy 1:17

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: “Amazing Love”

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January Update & Calendar

Zion_NewsletterOur January edition of the Zion Chronicle can be viewed and downloaded here. The Zion calendar for the month of January 2019 can be viewed here.

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2019 Bible Reading Plans

ligonier_bible5 Day Bible Reading ProgramLet’s commit to letting God’s Word saturate our thoughts and minds for the year ahead! May the Word of the Lord be our firm foundation, a light to our path, and guide us in His grace!

Read through the Bible in a year with readings five days a week.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in a year with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: epistles, the law, history, Psalms, poetry, prophecy, and Gospels.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


5x5x5 New Testament Bible Reading Plan

Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF
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This Week At Zion Jan 7

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We exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the Gospel
in the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God in north Iowa and beyond.

The week ahead for Jan 7 – 13 at Zion…

This Week
Monday
1:00 p.m.            Zion Staff Meeting

Tuesday
9:00 a.m.            Prayer Group
2:00 p.m.            Concord Care Ministry
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Preparing for Worship Jan 6

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 90:1 – 2
Exodus 20:1 – 18
Romans 8:1 – 4
Psalm 119:17 – 24
Numbers 6:22 – 24

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Another Year Is Dawning
In Christ Alone
Day By Day
I Love You, Lord

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: “Delighted in His Word”
(No communion this Sunday since Holy Communion was served on Christmas Day)

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Advent 2018 Schedule

advent-webAs things get more and more busy closer to Christmas, we don’t want you to forget all the exciting opportunities at Zion during this Advent season!

Friday 12/21

The office is open tomorrow, so contact us for any final details before a busy week with Christmas!

Friday night, the Jr. & Sr. High are invited for the Midnight Party at church! Dec21Midnight Continue reading

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Worship Canceled for December 2nd | Advent Party postponed

cancellationAll Zion activities for Sunday, December 2, 2018 are canceled due to inclement weather. There will be no Sunday school or worship service.

You can find the announcement at KIMT, KIOW, and on our social media channels. Please feel free to share this information with others.

advent-webAlso, please note that our Advent Party is postponed to a later day and time yet to be determined. We will not be meeting today, but please stay tuned to your email and our website for updated details.

Please trust the Lord and stay safe during this winter time!

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Why Did We Sing Psalm 107?

congsingLast Sunday, as a congregation we lifted up our voices to a song not found on the CCLI’s “Top 40” – a metrical version of Psalm 107. Ever sung it? Unless you’ve spent time in a church that is being Reformed by the Word of God, chances are you haven’t.

While most Christians think of the Old Testament book of Psalms as important for the worship of Israelites, few Christians think of the Psalms as part of their worship today. Perhaps some realize the importance of praying through the Psalms, or studying the verses as parts of their Bible studies (Psalm 119 gets really long!). But few ever think to sing what was the original songbook of God’s people.

But in Reformed churches, psalm singing is still important. Taking Colossians 3:16 as their cue – “singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” – Reformed churches have emphasized taking the inspired Word of God in the Psalms and putting them to meter so they are singable by the congregation.

Last Sunday we were preparing for Thanksgiving, and so the words of Psalm 107 in meter were especially poignant:

O praise the Lord! For He is good,
His mer-cies still endure;
Give thanks to Him, pro-claim His grace,
From sin and death se-cure

Let them give thanks un-to the Lord
For all His kind-ness shown,
And for His works so won-der-ful
Which He to us makes known

And let them of-fer thanks to Him
The sac-ri-fice of praise!
His works let them de-clare with thanks
In songs our voices raise!

Is an-y wise? Then heed with thanks
The mer-cies of the Lord!
And may we grate-ful-ly re-ceive
With thanks our lov-ing Lord!

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