Our entire worship service is broadcast live on the radio within a 50 mile radius of Chippewa Falls on WCFW 105.7 FM
The sermon for May 24th, 2020, can be found here.
A Catechism reading schedule can be found here.
May 19, 2020
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Psalm 122:1)
My Family in Christ at Zion,
Two months ago, I had the heart-breaking duty of telling you that due to the coronavirus pandemic we can no longer go to the house of the Lord Jesus as we would like to do. And while difficult, this was the proper thing to do in order to help keep our neighbor and ourselves healthy and to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Many of the goals of not gathering together for the past two months have now been met. We are all better informed as to what to watch for in regards to the coronavirus and how to reduce and minimize the risk of spreading it. Hospitals and health care centers are better prepared to take care of anyone who does become ill. This, combined with recent court decisions, have allowed the Elders, the Congregational Chairman, and me to meet and discuss the next steps at Zion. As a result of all this, today, I have the joyous privilege of saying ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’
This does not mean that everything will be back to the way it was. The coronavirus is still here, and we do not want the past two months of staying at home to be for nothing. Many adjustments will need to be made in order for us to gather again safely and minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus. These adjustments will be listed in a little bit.
Before getting to the adjustments, I want to reassure everyone that everyone at Zion takes both your spiritual health and your physical health very seriously. This is why we are reopening slowly and will be constantly evaluating the situation and making any necessary adjustments. If you are not comfortable or ready to come back yet, I understand and support you. All the adjustments made for when we were not allowed to gather will continue. This includes the radio broadcast every Sunday at 9am. The bulletin with the full service printed mailed and/or emailed to you. Individual and Family Communion Services as requested throughout the week. The service helper schedules remain suspended (though volunteers to assist will be appreciated). So if you are uncomfortable with coming back, or are not ready, take the time that you need. If you would prefer, I can come to your home for an Individual and Family Communion service. If not, know that you are always in my prayers.
For those who are ready, we will be resuming in-person Sunday services on May 24th. As we gather, please keep in mind the following points and adjustments.
As you can see, there is a lot to consider and pay attention to as we reopen. The above points are but a fraction of all that needs to be considered. This is why I am asking for your continued prayers and patience as we slowly move forward from the shadow of COVID-19. But no matter what happens, we know that Jesus is with us and nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Blessings in Christ Jesus, our risen Lord and Savior,
Rev. Tim Jones
Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls, WI
Introduction to Zion Lutheran
When you step into the sanctuary at Zion you will see the words, "A Changeless Christ For A Changing World" written on the archway in the front of the nave. These words give you a good idea of what to expect at Zion in our doctrine and practice. While many congregations try to market ‘a christ’ that appeals to what a changing world wants, we continue to give a constantly changing world what it needs—A Changeless Christ in Word and Sacraments, like the Christian Church has done for two-thousand years. At Zion you will find a pure proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a right administration of the Sacraments, flowing from Scripture alone, guarded by the historic liturgy and Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. We don’t try to change the Word of God to please the world, but proclaim the full counsel of Scripture, including the Law in Its full sternness and the Gospel of Christ crucified in Its full sweetness. This is what we, and the entire fallen world of all time, need—a changeless Christ. If you would like to have the forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation that Jesus won on the cross and delivers to us today in the Church, please join us poor miserable sinners.