The Zion Blog

Facing The Processional Cross

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? It seems that on ?special? days such as Christmas, Easter, and Reformation, we begin the worship service with you, Vicar and others entering the church from the rear.? We?re told to face the Processional Cross as it leads the party into, and later, out of the church.? I (Read the rest…)

Zion’s Worship Service

This month this column will take on a slightly different format.? Please read on.? In early August an email message was sent to me by someone who is moving to our area.? The inquirer is also, wisely(!), looking for a new church home.? A number of questions were directed to me and I attempted to (Read the rest…)

Thank You Zion Congregation

Both Zion Lutheran School PTL and Zion’s Senior High Youth wish to convey their sincere thanks to our members and even the community for the wonderful support of their booths at the Beecher Fourth of July Food Court. Your support will help both organizations accomplish their goals. Thank you to all!!

Why Does Apostles Creed Say He Rose AGAIN?

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? For many years I?ve recited the Apostles Creed by heart, but recently, following your suggestion to our congregation, I went over Luther?s Small Catechism again.? (Boy, I sure had forgotten a LOT of what?s there!)? In reading the Catechism, I began to wonder about this phrase:? ?…on the (Read the rest…)

The Creeds

Question: Hey Pastor, why don?t we use the Apostles? Creed more often?? Isn?t it as important as the Nicene Creed? Answer: Ahh!? You have good questions!!? Thanks for writing. Before getting to the heart of your question, I?ll first provide a bit of background on creeds in general.? Historic Christianity has three creeds: The Apostles? (Read the rest…)

Why Does Athanasian Creed Say Must Hold Catholic Faith?

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? On Trinity Sunday we used the Athanasian Creed.? I must say, I was greatly surprised to read in the bulletin insert (on which the Athanasian Creed was printed), the following expression:? ?Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic (universal) faith.? I don?t get it.? (Read the rest…)

Pastors or Elders Drink Leftover Wine

Question: Why do the pastors drink the wine remaining in the chalice after communion? Answer: Perhaps you have noticed that, at the end of communion distribution, the pastors (and sometimes the elder) drink the wine that is left in the chalice.? And, if you have noticed this, you may wonder why this is done. If (Read the rest…)

Pastor Communing Himself

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? I noticed early last fall that you began communing yourself.? Most of my experience has been seeing the Pastor receive communion from a distribution assistant.? Why the change?? Which way is better? Answer: Thanks for writing!? You pose questions that certainly deserve answers. From the content of your (Read the rest…)

Non-Ordained Men Assisting In Communion

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? In the Augsburg Confession, Article XIV it states:? ?It is taught among us that nobody should publicly teach or preach or administer the sacraments in the church without a regular call.?? I have seen called Principals and Teachers assist the Pastor(s) with the Sacrament of the Altar.? Why (Read the rest…)

Communion Every Sunday; Closed Communion

On the Faithful Administration of the Sacrament of the Altar [The following article by Dr. James Kalthoff, president of the LCMS Missouri District, was first published in the May 1999 issue of The Voice of Missouri, the official newspaper of the Missouri District.? It was reprinted on the LCMS Commission on Worship?s website and is (Read the rest…)