Visitors Guide

When You Visit Us…

Our Sunday services begin at 8:00am and 10:30am and last about one hour. After the first service and before Bible Class, we have fellowship time in the lower level with coffee, juice and refreshments. At 9:20 Sunday School and Bible Class begin.

FAQs about Worship

Zion is a liturgical church, meaning that our worship follows a basic pattern from week to week. Liturgical worship ensures that our worship is focused on Christ throughout the church year, with readings from both God’s Law and also from His Gospel.

Form of Worship

Our weekly worship services contain the following parts each week, though different liturgies may be used each week.

Invocation: We begin our worship by calling on the name of our Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Confession/Absolution: We confess to God that we have not followed his law. The Lord, through his called messenger, forgives our sins because of his Son Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

Bible Readings: Readings from both the Old and New Testaments are a part of each week’s worship.

Sermon: 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.

Response to the Word: We respond to God’s amazing gift of forgiveness and salvation with offerings and prayers of thanks.

Benediction: We end the service and begin our week with God’s promise to bless and keep us.

How to Participate

Our services follow an order of service from our hymnal, Christian Worship, which you will find in our pews. The service folder will direct you to a page number in the front of Christian Worship where you can follow along and participate in our worship. Parts of the service are also routinely printed in the service folder.

Zion is a singing church, and the congregation participates in worship with hymns and spiritual songs also found in Christian Worship. Hymn numbers are posted at the front of the church and are also printed in the weekly service folder.

The Sacraments

Zion is a sacramental church.  Through the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, God comes to us with forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation.  The Lord’s Supper 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’ve 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’ve spoken with Pastor Treptow.

How to Dress

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.

Parents with Young Children

Zion encourages young children to worship with their parents in the Sanctuary.  Though children can be restless, 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 participate.

Offerings

It is customary for our members, during worship, to bring offerings to God out of thanks for his gifts to us. Our ushers will pass a plate for offering following the sermon. Please do not feel as though you are expected to give. Many visitors prefer to learn more about our beliefs and ministries before bringing offerings.

Final Thoughts

Zion welcomes you to come and worship with us, and we’ll never embarrass you or pressure you to join. We are here to share God’s message of forgiveness with anyone in our community who is not being served spiritually. Pastor Treptow is also available for Christian counseling, for couples considering marriage, or for parents seeking baptism for their children.

We hope to meet you soon to worship our Living God together!