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
|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: 06 December 2016
Pastor's Pen 12/06/2016
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Perhaps the gifts of Christmas are already starting to gather around your tree. Take a look. Who is this gift for? It is for you! Your name is on the tag. Who is the gift from? God. God has the greatest gift in the world for you. JESUS! For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9)
His Name is JESUS. Which means YAHWEH, the Lord saves His people from their sins. Who is this baby? JESUS is true God and true man. JESUS comes down to save you. JESUS is the gift for you.
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won [delivered] me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death. (2nd Article)
God is keeping His promise to you in the gift of JESUS. When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4)
This Advent Season we prepare our hearts for our Savior’s birth. The gift of JESUS coming down with His Divine rescue for sinners like us. To save sinners from their sins. How does our Savoir bring recuse from Heaven down to earth? With His royal blood shed from the Cross for you. God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5) The gift of JESUS is to be received in true faith. Trusting and believing in JESUS as your LORD and Savior.
- Published: 07 December 2016
- Last Updated: 07 December 2016
The Lord is Coming for You
by Rev. Brent Kuhlman (Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Murdock, NE)
“Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.” Who prays like that? The church! She dares to pray that way. Especially during this blessed season of Advent. “Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.” And lo and behold He does! He comes to His lost and condemned creatures. In a way that blows you away! Check it out.
Go ahead. Try to bore a way up to heaven. Peek your head through the clouds. See if you can find the Lord seated on a red-velvety cushioned throne. I’ve got news for you. You won’t find Him way up there! Why? Because the Lord has come way down here!
The Lord Jesus stirs up His power and comes among us with great might. But see how it happens. Scandalous! Outrageous! Illegitimate circumstances! He stirs up His power and comes among us with great might as He is conceived by the Holy Spirit-filled sermon preached by the angel Gabriel in the Virgin Mary’s-engaged-to-be-married-to Joseph-ears. He gestates for nine months in her womb. Born in backwoods Bethlehem. He nurses from the virgin’s breast. He cuddles in her lap. A cattle trough is His bed. Infant holy. Infant lowly. Yes, indeed, this child – the Baby Jesus -- is Lord of all in weakness, a scandalous state of affairs, and great humility.
- Published: 06 December 2016
- Last Updated: 06 December 2016
Agreement Between Fake Lutherans and the Roman Pope
A Message from Pastor Hale
The media made a big deal of a recent agreement signed at Lund, Sweden between a liberal, non-confessional Lutheran organization and the Roman pope: “Pope Francis and the global Lutheran leader have jointly pledged to remove the obstacles to full unity between their Churches, leading eventually to shared Eucharist.” Who is the global Lutheran leader? The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod does not have a pope or global leader. We in the LCMS claim to be ruled by the Word of God, which is correctly interpreted for us in the 1580 Book of Concord. It is composed of documents (including the Small Catechism) written by men such as Martin Luther and by others of a generation later.
The media cannot conceive that not all Lutherans follow this “global leader,” who is currently Bishop Munib Younan from Jerusalem. It is like saying “The Iowans are in the College Football Playoff.” But Iowa State and the University of Iowa are quite different teams and the fate of one has nothing to do with the other. This global leader heads the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), comprised of some 145 churches from 79 countries. Of the many denominations in the U.S. using the name Lutheran, it includes only one: the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). While the word “Lutheran” looks good, a word does not make a church orthodox, or even Christian. We know churches, however, by their teaching.
- Published: 04 December 2016
- Last Updated: 04 December 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
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
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