Divine Service

God’s family anxiously gathers each Sunday at 9:00 AM to rejoice as God bestows his gift upon is in Gospel and Sacrament. He preaches His Word into our ears, and feeds us with His body and Blood in the Sacrament. Together, we receive his gifts and extol them. We build one another up as we speak to one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, and then go out into the world to share his love and forgiveness. All are welcome to join us!

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Bible Class

There are three opportunities to study God’s Word to us each week. Currently our Sunday morning class (10:30 am) is participating in a lively discussion of C. S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters”. On Tuesday mornings (9:00 AM) we consider and discuss the three reading (Old Testament, Epistle, and Holy Gospel) which will be used in the Divine Service the following Sunday. Our Thursday Evening (6:00 PM) is currently on a hiatus while pastor is busy serving a neighboring congregation which is currently without a pastor of their own. You are welcome to join us as God’s family learns and grows together!

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Our Mission

As disciples of our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, Zion Lutheran Church is a community at prayer, in the Word, rejoicing in our baptism, and feasting regularly on His body and blood. Being thereby equipped and empowered, we love and serve the community in which God has placed us by our witness to Christ, by showing mercy, and by welcoming all into our joyful fellowship.

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Verse of the Day

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” — Galatians 2:20 Listen to chapter The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV® Text Edition: 2016) Copyright ©2016 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Powered by BibleGateway.com.

Who We Are

Here at Zion, we acknowledge God’s presence in His holy Word and Sacrament and are thankful for the way in which His blessings have been with us throughout the 158 year history of this congregation which was founded in 1861. We believe, teach and confess that the primary mission of the church is to make disciples of every nation by bearing witness to Jesus Christ through the preaching of the Gospel and the admin­istration of the Sacraments.

Our main teaching is the Good News (evangel) about Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible teaches that all are sinners and apart from Jesus Christ, we would be lost in this world and the next. But we also trust that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) His death and resurrection brings new life to all who believe in him both now and in heaven. (John 3:16,17). The aim of our congregation is that the Good News of our salvation be preached and taught in order that people might be made disciples of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the focal point of our lives, both here in church and in our community.

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What We Believe

ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH is a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). With the universal Christian Church, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, Creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became truly human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments. The three person of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, on God.

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Meet Our Staff

Rev. Gary Wright

Pastor Wright was born raised in Ohio. He has served congregations in Michigan, Iowa, and Illinois. He is married to his wife of 25 years, Karen, and has two children: a son, Justin, and a daughter Katie.

Mrs. Sharon Snyder
Office Secretary

Sharon serves as our office secretary at Zion was was formerly a teacher for many years in our preschool. Sharon lives in Colona, Illinois with her husband Tim.