HERE AT ZION,
OUR LOVING LORD STILL GOES BEFORE US AND WITH US!
“Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel”
We at Zion have enjoyed a rich history and legacy of God’s grace for more than a century of time. This should never be taken lightly or taken for granted. Just like people and cities and nations, every existence is finite and temporary.
So too, a church’s existence may become fragile. Remember always that Zion Lutheran Church is far more than a red-brick church with beautiful stained glass windows and a prominent altar and cross within its chancel area. This church is first and foremost the people of faith that are drawn to the Word of God and the Holy Sacraments.
- Once a year, in worship we remember those brothers and sister of Zion Lutheran Church that have gone on to the Church Triumphant.
- We hear of cities and peoples’ lives changing do to economy or natural catastrophes.
- The map makers have been kept busy over history’s time, deleting nations and kingdoms that had once existed.
As we journey through each calendar year, we pray that God will awaken those that have seen Christ’s church as merely an institution for baptizing, and confirming, and marrying, and burying. We pray that God’s Spirit will lead more of our church members and visitors to see Christ’s church as an integral part of their way of life. Just as most of us view meal times, work schedules, attendance at school, and the importance of spending time with family to be indispensable parts of a normal week, so may we see our involvement and attendance in God’s house of worship to be no less.
God’s word reminds us that no one is in absolute control of his or her own destiny and life. We are helpless and powerless without God’s influence and strength. The Bible verse printed above reminds us that our God used his great power, in the way of miracles, to rescue the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and lead them on their journey to the Promised Land. We too have been rescued in Christ Jesus, from the slavery of sin and its guilt, from the slavery of death and its horror, from the slavery of hell and damnation. How beautiful and priceless is this truth in 2 Corinthians 5:19 & 21, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them…. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” God alone has forgiven us for our sins of the past. God alone will empower us do his will, and to trust that by his Word and Sacraments HE WILL REMAIN BEFORE US AND WITH US!
Thankful for the privilege of serving God and his people,
Pastor Lon P. Kuether