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|
|4:30 PM & 7:00 PM|
|04/03||Good Friday Worship||7:00 PM|
Easter Breakfast, 7:15am-10:00am
Worship w/ Communion, 8am
Easter Egg Hunt, 9:45am
Worship w/ Communion, 10:30am
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: 27 March 2015
Five (Lenten) Meditations on the Lord’s Supper
This article from Pastor Riley's Blog (03/24/2015) Orginally appeared on Theologia Crucis. An audio version can be found on that site.Lord’s Supper.
What is the Sacrament of the Altar?
It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.
In the Name + of Jesus. AMEN. Baptism is how we are born into the Church. In Baptism we were made children of God. God watered, worded, and Spirited the old you into a new you. The Lord’s Supper is the renewing of the new you. After he is born, a baby needs to eat. In the same way, Christians who have been born again in Baptism need to be fed. God feeds us by giving His gifts. When the new you is renewed it happens when God speaks to you. Renewal comes through His Word as its preached by the pastor, and put together with the bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus promises to be with us with His word and with His body and His blood. No need to go looking for Him anywhere else. You won’t find Him anywhere else. When God says “This is my body… This is my blood,” He means it. Just like when He said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Or when He said to Israel, “You are my people and I am your God,” that was that. In the same way when He says, “This is my body… This is my blood,” it happens. He joins His people in their eating and drinking, to give Himself to them.
How can He do this? How can Jesus be with us in the bread and wine? Because He said so. And since He’s God, whatever He says is true. He can’t lie. It doesn’t matter that we can’t explain how it happens. He promised. And since He promised to be with us, we can be sure that He is. God always keeps His promise. So when He says, “This is my body… This is my blood,” you can be sure He means it and He’s telling the truth.
When God comes to us in the Lord’s Supper, Jesus renews us in the gifts. The gifts He gave us in our Baptism: forgiveness of all our sins, rescue from death and the devil, and forever-life…
- Published: 31 March 2015
- Last Updated: 31 March 2015
Holy Week Message from LCMS President Harrison
Posted on LCMS website on 03/22/13
“Of all the things we learn from Holy Week, we learn especially that in God’s plan, suffering is purposeful,” said the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, in his 2013 Holy Week video message. “A blessed Holy Week to you as you meditate on our dear Lord’s suffering — all of it for you. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
- Published: 28 March 2015
- Last Updated: 28 March 2015
The History and Meaning of Our Holy Week Observances
By Dr. Richard Bucher (originally appeared on Our Redeemer Lutheran Church website)
What is this thing we call Holy Week and the special days within it? What is the history of the annual celebrations that happen in this leading to Easter? In other words, though we know that the events that we remember during Holy Week really happened to Jesus (e.g., the procession into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, His death on the cross, His resurrection), when did Christians begin to annually observe them as we do? And, what is the significance of our observances today? This article attempts to offer a brief introduction.
As we now practice it, Holy Week is the last week of the 40 day season of Lent and the week preceding Easter. In Holy Week we focus on the last week of Christ's life, remembering especially His passion and resurrection. Though calling this week "Holy Week" is more of a recent innovation, the annual observance of the festivals within it are of ancient origin.
Palm Sunday is the commemoration of our Lord's triumphant entry into Jerusalem five days before His crucifixion. Scripture records this incident in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1- 11, Luke 19:29-44, and John 12:12-19. This day takes its name from the fact that as Jesus approached Jerusalem on a donkey (in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9), the huge crowd that followed carried palm branches as they praised Him. The people hailed Him as the long awaited "Son of David," that is, the Messiah.
- Published: 26 March 2015
- Last Updated: 28 March 2015