Zion Lutheran Church Congregation



  • Excerpt from September, 2021 "The Mountain Top Messenger" newsletter...

    As I was starting to prepare this month newsletter, I came to the realization that September marks the beginning of my 9th year as Deacon, Vicar, Pastor, here at Zion in a full-time capacity. That seems totally unbelievable to me...
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August 2021 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter
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As I was starting to prepare this month newsletter, I came to the realization that September marks the beginning of my 9th year as Deacon, Vicar, Pastor, here at Zion in a full-time capacity. That seems totally unbelievable to me. Where has the time gone. As the realization of the amount of time I have been serving you, God's people here, I began to look back and all that has gone on over those years. The baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals. Members leaving, new members joining, past members returning. The Bible studies, Sunday schools, the meetings, the potlucks. So many happenings, so many goings on, all taking place in Christ's Church. As I look back I am in awe. I am overwhelmed at being so fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the Lord here with all of you. Now don't get me wrong, this is not a retirement speech. It is just me reflecting on all that we have done and wondering about what glorious things are to come.

So now that all that is behind me, what to talk about now? I am at a bit of a loss. I could talk about how fast it seems fall is sneaking up on us. I drove down to Glidden the other day for the monthly Winkel with the circuit pastors and could not believe how the leaves are turning already, just the third week in August and I bet they were close to 25% foliage. Makes me wonder what might be in store for us as we move ahead. I guess all of this, including the rapid approach of fall, got me thinking about what pastor Steve always used to say; "When's He Coming?" and we all know the answer "soon!".

So, I was thinking about how true that is each and every day, hour, and minute bring us closer to that glorious day. As I look around, I can't help but feel even the natural world, God's creation, knows it too. Following creation, God said His creation was very good, it was paradise. Sometimes I think we fail to take into account that all of God's creation fell into sin and became subject to death that day that Adam and Eve partook of the fruit. Things have changed a bit since that day and I truly believe all of God's creation longs for Christ's return. I know I do.

So, what do we do until then? We keep having baptisms, confirmations, welcoming new members, doing weddings, sharing potlucks, doing Bible studies and Sunday school;, we remember those who have left us and are already with the Lord. We support each other, we build each other up, we share the message of Christ's salvation with all. And we wait. For the Lord is good and keeps his promises. So while this isn't real long, I believe I have said enough. Thank you for all of your support, past, present, and future. And when is He coming? Soon!

God Bless you all!
Pastor Rick