- What do Lutherans believe?
- How do I become a member?
- Baptism, baptism; what’s this about?
- Can I receive Communion at Zion?
- Can my child receive Communion at Zion?
- Why is the Church always talking about money?
- I’ve got a different question
What Do Lutherans Believe?
Lutherans believe that we are members of the body of Jesus Christ, Christians, but we are not the only Christians. Our understanding of Christianity centers around “grace,” God’s unconditional love. Everything we do is a response to God’s love and acceptance of us.
More information can be found here at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s website.
How Do I Become A Member?
We are delighted that you are interested in joining our fellowship and mission at Zion. We schedule New Member classes regularly throughout the year. Please communicate your desire for membership to our church office.
If you have been baptized in another Christian church, you normally join Zion in a rite of affirmation and welcome during a normal Sunday worship service.
If you have never been baptized, you join Zion (and the whole Christian church) through the Sacrament of Baptism.
Baptism, Baptism; What’s This About?
As mentioned above, Lutherans emphasize “grace,” God’s unconditional love for each of us. In Baptism, we see God as the principal actor, reaching out to each one of us, to welcome us into God’s household as full heirs of all that God has promised to God’s children.
Baptism is the Sacrament of initiation into the family of Jesus Christ, the Church. Thus it is properly celebrated in the midst of community. The ones to be baptized, their sponsors and the gathered community all promise to grow together in faith, love and service to God and neighbor. Zion’s pastors will perform baptisms outside of the normal worship services in extraordinary situations, but at the earliest opportunity, the newly baptized is brought to the community to be welcomed as a fellow member of the body of Christ.
By baptizing adults, youth and infants, we believe that we are following Jesus Christ’s great commission to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
Can I Receive Communion at Zion?
If you are a baptized Christian, you are most welcome to receive communion when you worship at Zion. Your Christian denomination or church membership does not matter to our Lord, who is the host of the meal. There is also no requirement for advance notification of your intent to receive the Lord’s Supper; just come to the communion station at the appropriate time.
If you are looking for a place where God’s unconditional love is emphasized more than our own efforts to be “good,” we’d welcome you to make Zion a part of your regular routine.
Can My Child Receive Communion at Zion?
Children are always welcome to receive a blessing at the Lord’s Table. If your child is baptized and receives communion in your home church, your child is as welcome as you are to receive the sacrament at Zion. There is no fixed age requirement for admission to Communion; Zion’s children receive the Sacrament when they, their parents and the pastors feel they are ready to receive.
Most parents wish that their children receive instruction in the sacrament of Holy Communion before they regularly receive Communion. We offer a home devotional booklet for parents and children to work through. Then they talk with Pastor Mike briefly afterward.
Why Is the Church Always Talking About Money?
The reality is that the church talks less about money than everyone else. When you go to a movie or to the doctor, money is the first thing taken care of. When you shop for groceries or other things or go out for a meal, money is the final thing handled. Try getting gas, reading a magazine, or going to a sporting event without dealing with money. But the church doesn’t charge admission, or require you to pay as you leave. In fact you can attend worship or send your kids to Sunday School for as long as you want, you can talk with a pastor, without ever being required to pay a cent.
When the church does talk about money, it’s primarily about keeping money in the proper focus. The money you give to Zion (or any other part of the Christian church) is part of your response to God’s gifts to you. Money should never be your master, it should only be your servant.
The reality also is that, in the Gospel writers’ accounts, Jesus talked about money and other material goods more than any other earthly subject. Clearly, he saw that money and its uses can say something about God’s place in our lives.
I’ve Got Another Question
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