What to Expect/FAQ
Dress for worship is not prescribed at Zion. While many members choose to “dress up” out of respect for God, many members also dress casually. God has not laid out a dress code in His Word, and Zion adds none for our services.
All are welcome! We love to have children worship with us, and we encourage young children to worship with their parents because God’s Word is intended for them as well as adults. If your young one should become too restless during worship, a nursery is available in the lower level. An audio feed of the worship service is available so that parents can continue to worship from this area.
What Happens During the Services?
Our services follow an order of service from our hymnal, which you will find in our pews. The service folder will direct you to a page number where you can follow along and participate in our worship.
We confess our sins to God, and then we receive forgiveness because of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection through his called messenger, the Pastor.
We hear readings from both the Old and New Testaments.
Zion is a singing church, and the congregation participates in worship with hymns and spiritual songs found in the hymnal. Hymn numbers are posted at the front of the church and are also printed in the weekly service folder.
Our pastor provides guidance and encouragement for Christian faith and life based on one of our Bible readings, reminding us of our sinfulness but also of our forgiveness in Christ.
We respond to God’s amazing gift of forgiveness and salvation with offerings and prayers of thanks.
We end the service and begin our week with God’s promise to bless and keep us.
Do I Have to Donate Money?
No, please do not feel as though you are expected to give. Though it is customary for our members to bring offerings to God out of thanks for His gifts to us, many visitors prefer to learn more about our beliefs and ministries before bringing offerings.
Does Zion Offer Communion?
Zion is a sacramental church and offers both Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Communion is celebrated during services on the first and third Sundays of each month.
On the basis of Scripture, Zion and the larger church body of the WELS practice “close” Communion. As we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we confess our unity of faith in the teachings of the Bible. Since we do not want to put our guests in the uncomfortable position of stating their agreement with us before we have had a chance to explain it to them, we kindly ask that only members of WELS or ELS congregations receive the Lord’s Supper until they have spoken with our Pastor.
What Happens Between Services?
After the first service and before Bible Class, we have fellowship time in the lower level with coffee, juice, and refreshments. At 9:20 am Sunday School and Bible Class begin.