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We are gathering for outdoor worship each Sunday following Labor Day and throughout September at 10:15am.
Guidelines for attending this service are enumerated toward the bottom of the page.
Services and other devotional resources will continue to be posted here, email and on Facebook page.
Those in need of urgent pastoral care are encouraged to call 548-6893 or email pastor at <>
Join us this Sunday at 10:15 am as we gather for worship on the lawn across from Zion
Both a service of Worship and separate sermon will be available Sunday morning
by clicking on Pictures below.
You will also find A PDF of the Liturgy that we will utilize for the worship service on Sunday and
a PDF of the text and closing Hymn for that service if you would like to read and sing along.
Copies of all the resources on The Lord's Prayer
are available on the blog page.
Matthew 18:35b “….forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Each of this Sunday’s texts proclaim powerful perspectives on the necessary prevalence of grace within the community of faith. From Genesis we are reminded of the story of Joseph who forgives his brothers for the cycle of violence and lies that had permeated their relationship. His heartfelt words of grace are emphasized by the tears running down his cheeks and the kind reassurances he makes to provide for them and their children. In Romans we encounter a different sort of gracefulness which doesn’t need to forgive a particular wrong but graciously recognizes that many of the matters that can separate us are simply reflective of differing opinions and practices. In so much as these different practices are motivated by a heart that strives to honor God, we should refrain from judging our brother or sister poorly and instead exemplify a grace toward those differences. Finally, in our Gospel text, we are presented with a parable of Jesus that clearly reminds us that our forgiveness of others will never surpass the dept we have been forgiven by God. We are to continue to abundantly forgive our brothers and sisters with the same unending and perfect grace which Christ has showered upon us. These texts show us from various perspectives that grace is an indelible mark of the Christian life and an essential element within any faithful community.
Despite these biblical encouragements, grace often alludes us. Perhaps it is because our worldly environment seems devoid of grace and forgiveness. Unfortunately, our worldly discourse is doubling up on a pattern of reckless retribution that seeks to destroy and eliminate not only those who have done real wrong but also those who may simply differ over opinions. The prevailing lack of grace within our current culture has so deeply pervaded our conversations that civil disagreements are almost impossible. These divisions between us will never be healed unless we can begin to extend grace into the conversation of our lips and the conviction of our hearts.
Grace begins in only one place: our hearts. If our first step in accelerating the prevalence of grace around us is to point our finger at everyone's ungraciousness, well then, we are adding to the problem. Grace begins with recognizing our own sins and failures. Within this kind of humble heart, we can begin to see the sins and mistakes of others with out assuming a position of superior righteousness and judgmental retribution. It is far easier to extend grace to others when we recognize we need it too.
Beyond the humility to discern our own sinfulness, we are called to recognize in gratitude the grace we have received in Christ. Our incredible dept has been paid by the infinite grace of the cross. As we have received such a grace through Jesus, so we can gratefully and abundantly extend that grace to others. Grace is the transaction that saves us for eternity, but it also saves us here and now. Ungraciousness not only promotes physical violence and social brokenness but a spiritual malaise that hardens the heart and darkens the soul. Grace repairs the heart to a healthy place where the wrongs of this world no longer define us, only the perfect love, peace and grace of our Lord. “Salvation by Grace alone” is not only a Lutheran mantra it is the gift of Christ and our only hope- hereafter and here.
Gratefully forgiven in Christ, Pastor Book
Various announcements from the Pastor..
1. Beginning this Sunday, our outdoor services will be held at 10:15 throughout the month of September. This change in time is a usual one for us in the Fall and will also help us gather at a warmer time of the day.
2. If you are planning to attend the outdoor worship, PLEASE remember to review the guidelines below and remember to bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.
3. A copy of the outdoor service will be posted as soon as possible. Due to the later time for our fall worship, the recording of the service will be available by approximately noon via an email, facebook and our webpage, <zlcboalsburg.org>. Some new equipment to help us live stream has been installed and we will be testing it this Sunday.
4. Our Thursday Zoom Bible study is studying the letter of James. If you would like to join us as we reconvene on Thursday August 27th, please send me an email at <>. We will continue to meet from 7-8pm.
5. REMEMBER. All the previous resources that have been made available each Sunday will continue to be shared via email, the webpage and Facebook. The service from outside will hopefully be available around 10am.
6. Please send your specific prayer requests to <>. Please state: 1) the names of those you wish to be on our prayer list, 2) your name and their relationship to you, and 3) the condition about which we are to pray.
OUTDOOR WORSHIP GUIDELINES
Two fundamental expectations surrounding our Outdoor Worship.
1 We honor your personal choice regarding attendance to these services. If you choose to stay at home, be assured that we will be continuing to provide worship materials via the website, Facebook, and email. Everyone should consider their own health issues, the health of those around them and their own comfortability with potential exposure. Our hope is to replace the worship service currently being offered by posting a recording of the outdoor service as soon as possible and even live streaming the service as we are holding it.
2 If you decide to attend it is imperative that you willingly follow the guidelines Council has developed, not because these guidelines are perfect, but because those who choose to attend need to feel sure that what we are promising is what they will receive. Regardless of your personal discernment concerning the dangers of Covid transmission, our Council has discerned this as our best current path and those who choose to attend these outdoor services must abide by them so everyone in attendance knows what to expect.
Guidelines for our outdoor worship services.
1. New signage and “Automobile Ushers” will be present to direct you in a slightly different pattern into the parking lot. This will improve logistical flow and enable a row or two of cars to be properly aligned for in-car attendance
2. Attendees will be able to either remain in their cars (in a row in our parking lot as directed by the Auto Ushers) or in places marked in the grass lot above the parking area.
3. The service will be held in the grass lot above the parking lot. The grass will be marked with 6 foot diameter circles which will designate a household’s location. (Think of it as your family pew.) Twelve feet will be maintained between each circle.
4. Individuals/households will need to wear masks at any time they are not in their circle. Only while in their circle can they take of their mask. In other words, masks need to be worn to and from cars and any other time someone leaves their circle.
5. Attendees are encouraged to bring whatever will provide a comfortable experience for them including their own chairs, blanket, shade, water, ect.
6. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own masks along with any other preventative utilities. We will have some masks for those who may forget or are without. You may ask for a mask from one of the “Auto Ushers.”
7. Currently, we will not be using hymnals, singing, sharing Communion, or passing the peace.
8. Several collection boxes will be made available for offerings.
9. A couple copies of a simple worship folder will be placed in each circle so that the service can be followed.
10. Social distancing should be maintained before and after the service. (During the service we will be in our circles!)
11. If weather demands that we cancel the service, we will attempt to gather at 7pm on that same Sunday evening.
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