Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
14205 Ida Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68142
Rev. Lance D. Berndt and Rev. Philip Hale
Church Office (402) 493-1744
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Sunday School 9:15 AM and Bible Study 9:30 AM
Welcome To Zion Lutheran Church
The Mission of Zion Lutheran Church is to reach out to the community as we embrace our fellow members, building on the strength of our heritage in the true Word of God. To this end, Zion's members see themselves as loving Christians called by God to serve Him according to His purpose.
You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. Heb. 12:22-23
- Published: 07 August 2014
- Last Updated: 05 November 2015
Preus Family - May 2016
The Preus Family visted Zion last Spring and delivered the sermon. Rev. David and Jennifer Preus serve the Lord as career missionaries through The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the Dominican Republic. The following is an abridged version of his May 2016 newsletter. The complete PDF version is available online.
Dear friends, welcome to our May newsletter! As we make the best of our present situa-tion, our spirits are undaunted. We are as excited as ever to move on to the next step of doing God’s work in the Dominican Republic. We thank you for all your continued prayers, encouragement, and financial support, and we invite you to continue following our journey!
- Published: 26 May 2016
- Last Updated: 28 May 2016
Pastor's Pen 05/17/2016
A message from Pastor Berndt
“Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Isaiah 6)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. How do sinners stand before God who is Holy? The Lord’s Holy Law shows Isaiah who he is before God—Isaiah is a sinner. I am a man of unclean lips. I am a Law breaker. Genesis 3 – the Fall into sin. Now the sinner’s will is turned against God in thought, word and deed.
We live among other sinners. We cannot pretend sin will not hurt us. Sin brings death and the wrath of God. Woe is me! We confess the same in the Divine Service. I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them.
Confessing the truth. How do sinners stand before God who is Holy? By yourself you cannot stand. The earth shakes in fear.
God sent the seraphim. Proclaiming God’s Word: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”Three times declaring the Holy God—the Trinity. God the Father at work sending His Son—Jesus Christ—to stand in the place of sinners. Christ our Savior who takes the wrath of God for us. You, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless.(Colossians 1) Forgiveness full and free by Jesus’ death and resurrection.
- Published: 19 May 2016
- Last Updated: 20 May 2016
VBS 2016 Is Almost Here
Vacation Bible School is just around the corner - June 5-9, 2016!
VBS 2016 is “farm-tastic!” In Barnyard Roundup VBS, your children learn that Jesus gathers us together! They’ll look into the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and explore five Bible accounts where Jesus graciously gathers us together to be with Him with His abundant provision and saving protection, now and forever.
Join us (Sunday through Thursday) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Registration is open for children age 2 (with a parent) and ages 3-6 th grade (2015-2016 school year). A free family dinner will be served each night stating at 5:00 pm. Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, play awesome games, and more. Plus, you’ll learn all about Jesus our Savior and how He is at work through us! Can’t wait to see you there!
Click here for more information and signup.
- Published: 20 January 2016
- Last Updated: 18 May 2016
A Message from Pastor Hale
Everybody does not win. In this fallen world, people face unfair tragedy and heartache. Some live only for days, others live for a century – only to do incredible evil. Some are born into heart-wrenching situations or bodies that cannot be fixed by human hands. There is no rhyme or reason to how money and success and fame are distributed, if we look with our eyes.
“Everybody Wins” is the name of a movement or campaign started by Christian churches in Omaha. It has good intentions, no doubt. It aims to do outward things that few people can disagree with: like improving run-down and unsafe neighborhoods and making Omaha a more beautiful city. No one desires unsafe and trashed-out areas. Everybody wins, if we work together – that sounds great! But when Christian churches do things outwardly, they also confess something about Christ. Or more precisely, they can also fail to confess and become like a narcissistic teenager primping in front of the mirror.
Individually, we can do many things that are not exclusively Christian in themselves. We seek to help the poor and our neighbors, yes. (Or even help a large family move their heavy and numerous possessions into a house close to Zion.) We don't need a church or pastor to tell us to help someone in need. We have reason and our eyes for that. But what we do must not become a replacement for the Gospel of Jesus. Ours best works are sinful and in need of forgiveness. That's why our activity as sinners in the Church of Christ is nothing compared to Christ for us in the forgiveness of sins.
- Published: 25 April 2016
- Last Updated: 26 April 2016
Photo courtesy of Richard Thies
Please keep our Confirmation students in your prayers as they prepare for questioning and Confirmation.
Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father who is in heaven.Matthew 10
- April 29 - Questioning Service, 6:00pm
- May1 - Confirmation Day, 10:30am
- Published: 19 April 2016
- Last Updated: 19 April 2016
"The hard work is over, says Luther. Christ has done everything for our salvation. It's done! And, Luther says, it is as though our resurrection has already taken place in Jesus," said the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, who quotes Martin Luther in his 2013 Easter video message. "Whatever you face in this Easter season ... know that Christ is yours, and ours is eternal life." Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!!
We welcome you to join us for Easter Service at Zion Lutheran Church on Easter Day, March 27th at our 8:00am or 10:30am service
Breakfast will be served between services and there will be a Easter Egg Hunt for the children.
- Published: 27 March 2016
- Last Updated: 02 April 2016
Preus Family - March 2016
The Preus Family visited Zion in April of 2015 to teach us about their mission work in the Dominican Republic. You can read Rev. David Preus' March newsletter in it's entirety here. The following is an abridged version.
¡Gracias por sus oraciones!
Dear friends, thank you for your prayers as we continue to wait for our departure to the Dominican Republic. Although waiting can be a difficult and trying time, we are comforted to know that God always provides and cares for us, and this purely out of fatherly divine goodness and mercy without any merit or worthiness in us. The same God who saved us by His grace will bring us safely to the mission field in His good time.
Waiting for Easter
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, - yes, more than those who watch for the morning (Psalm 130:5–6).
As each day grows longer than the next, and the sun rises by degrees over the darkness of winter and brings the good tidings of spring, we prepare to hear the good news of Easter. This is no idle waiting. We are not like those sitting out in the cold “hoping” against better odds. Ours is a certain hope, a confidence. We are already home—safe and sound in the Church, constantly warmed by God’s promises. We wait where God’s Word is preached purely, where Christ’s teaching is heard attentively, and where the sacraments are administered faithfully. Our hope touches solid ground in the midst of Lent, because we have been gathered by the Spirit of God’s Son in anticipation of His Easter absolution.
- Published: 13 March 2016
- Last Updated: 14 March 2016
Zion Pictorial Directory
We are beginning to set the schedule for the portraits for our 2016 Directory. Our dates are April 19 through April 23, and May 5 through May 7, with times from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday. You may stop by the office March 16, March 19 or March 20 after the services to schedule your appointment. You may use the forms on the round table with the name tags to schedule your appointment. Just put the completed forms in the black box outside the office. You may also schedule your appointment online by clicking on this link.
- Published: 04 March 2016
- Last Updated: 08 March 2016
This is the altar piece from the Stadtkirche St. Peter und St. Paul in Weimar, Germany. It was begun by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1552/53, shortly before his death, and completed in 1555 by his son Lucas Cranach the Younger.
The composition of the central panel of the Weimar altarpiece is dominated by the representation of Christ on the cross. The crucifixion is positioned in the center foreground and divides the image in two halves. The first pictorial plane is occupied by four figures depicted in a meadow full of flowers. On the left Christ is shown triumphing over Death and the Devil who lie on the ground under his feet.
A complete description of this beautiful artwork can be found in the Lucas Cranach digital archive from the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf Germany
- Published: 04 March 2016
- Last Updated: 31 March 2016
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