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Everyone goes through difficult and challenging times, but no one should have to go through
Trained Stephen Ministers meet with you, the care receiver. They will listen and help you
work through situations in life and process them in a Biblical, caring and confidential
Stephen Ministers help in lots of situations. Some examples of struggling through a difficult
time in life include: experiencing grief, divorce or separation, job loss or difficulty at work,
chronic or terminal illness, loneliness, disability, elderly parent care, hospitalization, health
issues, discouragement, discerning life direction, or some other life crisis.
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Our mission at Zion
To serve God by sharing each other’s burdens through the love of Jesus Christ.
What is the “Introit”?
The Introit (pronounced in-TRO-it) comes from the Latin word introitus which means “entrance.” The Introit used to be sung as the Pastors came into the church and approached the altar.
Why do we use the Introit in the Divine Service?
Usually, the Introit is a Psalm, or parts of Psalms, put together to help sketch a picture of the theme for the day. Sometimes the Introit can be portions of other books of the Bible. For an example of this, the Introit for “All Saints’ Day.” comes from a Psalm and the book of Revelation, but all of it comes from God’s Word!
Before or after the Divine Service, look through the service for the Introit. Be sure to point out the one theme that ties all the parts of the service together: our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-second chapter.
Again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover? ”He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”
P What is the Sacrament of the Altar?
C It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.
P Where is this written?
C The holy evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. Paul write: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: ”Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
Join us Sunday October 22 at 9:15 am as Dr. Jerry Bergman, noted author and creation scientist, discusses key creation-evolution issues during the Sunday school hour at Zion Lutheran, Bridgeville. There will be time for audience questions following the talk. Topics include:
- What have we learned about the so-called “vestigial organs” from our alleged evolutionary past? (tonsils, appendix, etc.)
- Do transitional fossils really prove evolution?
Dr. Bergman’s talk will be non-technical, and relevant for adults, as well as high-school students, who are being taught the principles of evolution in their public high schools. Dr. Bergman will also be speaking at two events the same week in the Pittsburgh area spon-sored by the Creation Science Fellowship of Pittsburgh.
Jerry Bergman, Ph. D. Author, Professor & Creationist Speaker
Dr. Bergman has taught biology, genetics, geochemistry and other subjects at U of Toledo Medical College and Bowling Green U over the last 47 years. He has more than 600 publications in 14 languages, more than 40 books in print, and has been a courageous defender of academic freedom for the past 40 years.