Sermon: Wednesday March 22, 2017

John 18:1–14
When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

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The Wednesday Bulletin and Vicar's Message

Things around the church are changing. It seems like everyone is in a buzz preparing for Holy Week services, preparing for Pastor Grimenstein's installation, and attending to other important things around church. The excitement is building. We get to meet our new pastor soon! Everyone is preparing, and rightly so, for this exciting time.

The excitement is building towards Easter as well. The musicians and choirs are practicing Easter tunes, the bulletins are being assembled, the Easter breakfast is being planned. For some of you, the line between Lent and Easter is blurred as you sing "Alleluia" and "He is Risen" in choir practice. In the midst of all this excitement we gather together for another quiet, meditative lenten service. It provides us a chance to relax, a chance to pray, a chance to shut out all the noise and focus on our Lord.

Tonight we follow our savior on another step of his journey to Calvary. We'll do so using another "sound of the passion", a sound that you will help make!

God Bless Your Worship!
Vicar Joshua

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Treasurer Needed at Zion

As many of you know, the Luedeman family will be relocating to Florida. This means we are looking for a new Treasurer to replace Kim. The Treasurer is responsible for all cash disbursements and maintaining accurate books. In addition, full financial reports are prepared for monthly council meetings. The Treasurer coordinates with the outside payroll company, budget process and uses the Sheppard Staff software. There is a stipend for this position. If you would be interested in learning more about this position please see Kim Luedeman or Bob Schmidt.

Vicar's Book of the Month

We're switching things up with Vicar's Book of the Month in March. this month we will be looking at a non-fiction title, Bo Giertz's "The Hammer of God". Giertz was a Swedish Lutheran pastor and theologian, and this book is one of his most well known and helpful works. Theology does not exist in the abstract, but in the lives of the people of God. This book follows several Lutheran pastors and shows how God's Word works in the lives, hearts, and minds of His people. If you're looking for a picture of what Lutheran theology (justification, grace alone, faith alone) looks like in practice, you'll find it in this engaging and captivating novel. Check out Zion's Library in the conference room to read the book for yourself!

Lenten Service Schedule at Zion

Join us at Zion for the Season of Lent
Wednesday's in Lent - Service at 7:00 p.m. on
March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th and 12th

April 9th - Palm Sunday • Service at 8:00 a.m. and10:30 a.m
April 13th is Maundy Thursday • Service at 7:00 p.m.
April 14th is Good Friday • Service at 7:00 p.m.
April 16th - Easer Sunday Service at 8:00 a.m. and10:30 a.m
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Zion Lutheran Church
3197 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Phone: 412-221-4776

Zion's New Pastor

On Sunday, February 12, there was a Special Voter’s meeting to call a new Pastor. At that meeting the members of Zion accepted the Call Committee’s recommendation to extend a divine call to Pastor Edward Grimenstein.

Pastor Grimenstein was able to visit Zion on Friday February 17 and Saturday, February 18 meeting with the Call Committee, Staff, Vicar and other members of the congregation. We believe he came away with a very positive view of Zion and a better understanding of Zion’s mission and ministry.

We are please to announce that Pastor Grimenstein has accepted the divine call from Zion. We are anticipating the installation will be on Sunday, April 9. Additional details will be provided later.

Bob Schmidt

Last Call for Softball

Touch base with team manager LEVI BAER of the ZION LIONS coed softball team if you can make time for fun, fellowship and fitness. The team needs you!! Here are the details:
1. "Spring training" is on the church lawn in early April
2. Season play begins in late April.
3. Cost to cover league fee is usually about $60 per player
4. New players (church membership not required) are always welcome

Contact LEVI BAER at