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
Upcoming Special Worship times
Please join us for these special times to worship our Lord
|Nov 30||1st Advent Wednesday||4:30pm & 7:00pm|
|Dec 7||2nd Advent Wednesday||4:30pm & 7:00pm|
|Dec 14||3rd Advent Wednesday||4:30pm & 7:00pm|
|Dec 17||Children's Christmas Program||4:00pm|
|Dec 21||No Service|
|Dec 24||Christmas Eve||4:30pm & 7:00pm|
|Dec 25||Christmas Day||10:30am|
Hark the glad sound! The Savior comes,
The Savior promised long
Let every heart prepare a throne
And every voice a song. LSB 349:1
- Published: 25 October 2016
- Last Updated: 30 November 2016
Pastor's Pen 11/22/2016
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Thanksgiving is a part of the Christian life. To be thankful does not come naturally. We remind our children to say "thank you". Kids’ favorite word is "mine".
God is giving you good gifts out of His mercy.
God has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses, an still preserves them… all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true. (1st Article)
These are great gifts that the Lord gives to you. The greatest gift God gives to you is His Son Jesus. The temporal gifts will run out one day, but not the gift of Jesus. This is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17) Jesus redeemed you from sin, death and devil with His Blood shed on the Cross.
- Published: 23 November 2016
- Last Updated: 23 November 2016
LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Sunday
Sunday, November 13 is LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Sunday. It falls on the same weekend as Veterans’ Day (November 11), and is an opportunity to remember and honor our veterans, and become aware of the LCMS outreach program to assist them. The Ministry to the Armed Forces supports about 200 chaplains who represent the church on active duty, the reserves, the National Guard, and Civil Air Patrol. Chaplains meet the needs of God’s people (military personnel and their families) who serve in the vocation as members of our Armed Forces.
One of the programs of this ministry is Operation Barnabas, which provides care to our nation’s military members, families and veterans. At Zion, the MOMZ group has been working with this effort to develop Bible study, devotional materials, and a network for parents and siblings of active duty military on the homefront.
- Published: 09 November 2016
- Last Updated: 11 November 2016
The Luther Seal
The Luther Seal: Summary of the Gospel
The most enduring symbol of the Lutheran Reformation is the seal that Luther himself designed to represent his theology. By the early 1520s, this seal begins to appear on the title page of Luther’s works.
Here is how Luther himself explained its meaning:
First, there is a black cross in a heart that remains its natural color. This is to remind me that it is faith in the Crucified One that saves us. Anyone who believes from the heart will be justified (Romans 10:10). It is a black cross, which mortifies and causes pain, but it leaves the heart its natural color. It doesn’t destroy nature, that is to say, it does not kill us but keeps us alive, for the just shall live by faith in the Crucified One (Romans 1:17). The heart should stand in the middle of a white rose. This is to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace—it puts the believer into a white, joyous rose. Faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). This is why the rose must be white, not red. White is the color of the spirits and angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). This rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that a joyful spirit and faith is a beginning of heavenly, future joy, which begins now, but is grasped in hope, not yet fully revealed. Around the field of blue is a golden ring to symbolize that blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end. Heavenly blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and better than any possessions, just as gold is the most valuable and precious metal. (From: Letter from Martin Luther to Lazarus Spengler, July 8, 1530 [WA Br 5:445]; tr. P. T. McCain)
- Published: 23 October 2016
- Last Updated: 23 October 2016
Why the Reformation Still Matters
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. If that hammer could have announced the seismic changes to come in Europe and the Christian Church, its echoes would have shaken the world. Today, however, it is hardly more than a whisper.
For many Protestant churches, it has been like the “telephone” game, where a little was added here, a little changed there, a little taken away somewhere else. The general population has now moved into a post-Christian era, where differences in Christian theological tenets matter less than choices on the restaurant menu.
So is the Reformation still relevant today?
We could rephrase the question in this way: “Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ still relevant today?” For that is what the Reformation was about: the salvation Christ won for the world. In proclaiming justification by faith alone, through God’s grace alone and not by our own merit and works, the gates were opened for millions to know God’s mercy. The Reformation was about the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ—which is why the Lutheran church’s first name was “Evangelical,” coming from the Greek for “good news.”
- Published: 22 October 2016
- Last Updated: 25 October 2016
An Analysis of the Kloha–Montgomery Debate:
A Plastic Theologian Versus a Staunch Confessor
by Rev. Philip Hale
The debate on Oct. 15th at Concordia University Chicago between Dr. Jeffery Kloha, a professor at the St. Louis Seminary and Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, a renowned apologist and also an ordained and rostered LCMS minister, was historic. Whether people realize it or not, issues rarely are dealt with in such a public way in the LCMS. Political maneuvering and silent teachers are the norm today when doctrinal controversy strikes. All those involved should be congratulated. And all concerned about the future of the LCMS should take note of the debate and the issues raised.
It was a strange debate in one sense. Montgomery attacked Kloha's position consistently. Kloha did little more than insult Montgomery. They had different aims. Kloha’s presentation was antiseptic. It quoted well-regarded orthodox theologians and gave a very basic introduction to textual criticism. It sounded very orthodox. The problem is that he does not speak in the same way to his academic peers. What Kloha said and implied in his previous academic writings is the real issue. But he did not even try to defend his scholarly hypotheses, for example, that not Mary, but Elizabeth, said the Magnificat—in direct contradiction to Luke 1:46. However, in his off-hand debate comments, much insight can be gleaned.
- Published: 20 October 2016
- Last Updated: 21 October 2016
The Lutheran Faith: A Mighty Fortress
The Lutheran Faith: A Mighty Fortress. A Vox Visuals production by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Brandon, MS. Our church produced this a few years back. My brother and I worked together on this project. I wrote the script and provided the onscreen "talent." He handled the directing and video editing. We shot this at The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, FL.
- Published: 17 October 2016
- Last Updated: 17 October 2016
More Germanfest Photos
Here are some more photos from Zion Lutheran Church's 130 Year Anniversary and Germanfest celebration. Photos courtesy of Richard Thies.
- Published: 14 October 2016
- Last Updated: 14 October 2016
Germanfest 2016 Photos
Germanfest at Zion was a great time for members and guests to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the congregation. Food, kids' activities, and dancing to live music by the Dave Salmon Polka Band were highlights of the day. Several craftsmen displayed handmade wares at the craft fair. Former pastor Rev. Thomas Schmitt presented sermons at services. Here's to another 130 years of God's blessings!
- Published: 11 October 2016
- Last Updated: 11 October 2016
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