Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
14205 Ida Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68142
Rev. Lance D. Berndt
Church Office (402) 493-1744
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Sunday School 9:15 AM and Adult Bible Classes 9:30 AM
Preparing for Easter
|02/18||Ash Wednesday Services||4:30 PM & 7:00 PM|
|02/25 - 04/01||Lenten Worship Services||4:30 PM & 7:00 PM|
|04/02||Maundy Thursday||4:30 PM & 7:00 PM|
|04/03||Good Friday||7:00 PM|
|04/04||Holy Saturday||6:00 PM|
A meal will be served between Lenten services each Wednesday in Lent. Please join us for this special time of fellowship. Serving begins at 5:15pm.
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: 01 March 2015
Pastor's Pen 02/17/2015
Ashes. That is what your whole life is apart from Christ. All your plans, all your hopes, all your works apart from Him are nothing but ashes. They are ashes, because threaded through all of them are your sins: pride, arrogance, selfishness. Genesis 3: "...dust you are and to dust you will return.” Children of Adam and Eve is who we are. To hear these words as the Ashes are put on our foreheads can be quite sobering. It re-minds us of our mortality, our sins and where sins ends, in death. (Romans 6)
The Bible contains a number of references to ashes and dust (cf. Joshua 7:6; 1 Samuel 4:12; 2 Samuel 1:2, 15:32; Job 2:12, 16:15; Jeremiah 25:34; Lamentations 2:10; Ezekiel 27:30; Jonah 3:6). In fact, the Lord's curse on Adam, “dust you are, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19) is echoed in the Imposition of Ashes formula. In the New Testament, Jesus declares: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sack-cloth and ashes” (Matthew 11:21). Thus, in the Bible, ashes carry a two-fold meaning: as a sign of human mortality (Genesis 3:19) and as a sign of public repentance (Matthew 11:21).
- Written by George McCoy
- Published: 18 February 2015
- Last Updated: 18 February 2015
A Death On A Friday Afternoon
by Rev. Brent Kuhlman
There he is! He’s just hanging there. He refused to come down. Stayed to the bitter end. Breathed his last and said: “It is finished” (John 19:30). The veil in the temple split in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked. The rocks split. Dead people came out of their tombs (Matthew 27:51-52). Do you see him? Jesus of Nazareth! Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven Jesus of Nazareth! Yes, that’s right, he’s hanging there. His body hangs limp. Dead. Graveyard dead on a Friday afternoon we now call “Good!”
Good for you that is! “Really? Doesn’t look that way! Looks rather gris-ly and horrible.” Indeed. But dead on the cross Jesus is work that he does for you and for your salvation.
Take another look at him. Hidden in this brutally beaten and nailed to the tree corpse is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Yes, he looks so foolish. But dead on the cross Jesus is God’s highest wis-dom. Yes, he looks so weak. But suspended lifeless on the cross Jesus is God’s most magnificent power. All for you!
- Written by George McCoy
- Published: 26 February 2015
- Last Updated: 27 February 2015
Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified
This article by Rev. Mark Buetow, originally appeared on Higher Things: Dare to be Lutheran
Does your church have a crucifix? By crucifix I mean a cross with Jesus’ body on it. Some people have said that Jesus shouldn’t be shown on a cross because He’s risen from the dead. “He’s not on the cross anymore,” they say. (I bet the same folks might nevertheless have Jesus in a manger around Christmas time, though!) The crucifix is a reminder of what stands at the center of our Christian faith: Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. That’s all St. Paul was resolved to know in His preaching. (1 Corinthians 2:2).
St. Paul calls the cross “foolishness.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) What he means is that a guy nailed to a cross, crucified in the vicious Roman way, doesn’t seem like God. It doesn’t seem like a Savior. There’s nothing obviously heroic or notable about this Man, nailed to a tree. But, he says, this preaching of the cross of Christ, of Jesus nailed to the tree to take the curse, is the “power of God unto salvation.” (Romans 1:16). That is, Jesus’ death on Calvary is the way in which the world is redeemed from sin, reconciled to God the Father, and the judgment of God paid and satisfied.
- Written by Church Staff
- Published: 29 January 2015
- Last Updated: 11 February 2015