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
VBS 2016 Photos
Thanks to everyone who made Barnyard Roundup Vacation Bible School a huge success this year, whether through your generous donations of food, money or time. This was a Psalm 23 VBS! The message is that Jesus graciously gathers us together! Jesus is present with us and abundantly provides for all our needs. He also protects and saves us – now in this world and forever too!
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- Published: 23 June 2016
- Last Updated: 25 June 2016
Terror in Orlando: What Should We Do?
After Omar Mateen, a 29 year old Muslim from Fort Pierce, Florida, murdered at least 50, and wounded another 53 at “Pulse,” an LGBT nightclub in Downtown Orlando, many don’t know what to do (Another article on what to say is sure to follow). As Christians, what are we to do in times of terror?
There are helpful things you can do for your “community,” such as providing food, shelter, donating blood, etc. But, the most important things the Christian can do is to cling to God’s Word in times of terror, and speak this Word to those who mourn. Here are three helpful things that pastors can direct their sheep to do in times of terror, and how Christian fathers should instruct their families to respond.
1. Go to Church.
Don’t just go to any church; go to your church. Go to your pastor. Ask him questions. Speak with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Take your wife and children to church. Tell your pastor to show you what God says from Holy Scripture. This will get you away from listening to your feelings, the opinions of the world, and false teachers. Rather, listen to what God’s Word says.
- Published: 18 June 2016
- Last Updated: 18 June 2016
Pastor's Pen 06/07/2016
A message from Pastor Berndt
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” (Genesis 50)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Payback. It is coming — punishment for all the evil that we have done. Joseph’s bothers had it coming — after all the hurt they dished out, now the consequences of sin is coming back.
Joseph was faithful to God’s Word. Joseph’s brothers were jealous — they hated their brother. After all he is Daddy’s favorite. Take that coat from his shoulders, dip it in blood, throw him in a pit, leave him for dead — better yet let’s sell him into slavery to the Ishmaelites.
Dark days for Joseph — separated from his father and now living in a strange land down in Egypt. But the Lord was with Joseph — through all that he faced in his life — for the Lord keeps His Promise. Joseph continued to be faithful to the Word of the Lord. Speaking God’s Word to his bothers, to Pharaoh, and to Potiphar’s wife. Joseph confessing God’s Word brought suffering into his life.
But now that Jacob is dead — “payback” day has come. Yet Joseph does not give “payback” — no revenge for all the evil done to him. Not retribution —but instead Joseph forgives.
- Published: 16 June 2016
- Last Updated: 16 June 2016
Bathrooms and Bodies
A Message from Pastor Hale
We are physical beings. There is no getting around that. Would our problems over male and female restrooms be solved if bathrooms were not needed at all? Would the controversy and heresy go away, if we could outlaw transgenderism and homosexuality? No, there is a more fundamental issue. It is an error that has been quite intense for at least 50 years, but was gaining momentum over 300 years ago. What is that? The world's god of equality. It started when Adam and Eve made themselves equal to God and brought sin into the world through disobedience. Equality, trying to make people look, act, and be the same, has replaced the scriptural Christ, who speaks a clear word on the differences between men and women and their unique purposes for this world.
The problem is that we, Christians and churches, have embraced the thinking that has led to gender-neutral bathrooms and individuals thinking that they can pick their gender like they can pick the color of shirt they wear. How many would disagree with this statement made to a child: “you can do anything you want to do”? Society and those influenced by the world have long said that all opportunities and public offices should be equally open to men and women. Girls have been taught to think they are no different than boys. So why should they have to use a different restroom? Isn't this hateful segregation—saying they are less human than boys? But God Himself declares that He is not for a bland, sexless equality: “As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church” (1 Cor. 14:33-35). Our God speaks a clear Word on how we are to live in the bodies Christ died to redeem. Though it sounds harsh, this is not unloving. To live as God intended is good in itself and pleasing to Jesus our Lord.
- Published: 29 May 2016
- Last Updated: 29 May 2016
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
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
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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