Sermon: Wednesday May 24, 2017

Luke 16:19–31
[Jesus said:] “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

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Midweek (Wednesday) Service and Bible Study

Join us at Zion Lutheran Church (Bridgeville, PA) on Wednesday evenings for a midweek Worship Service and Bible Study from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Zion Lutheran Church is located at 3197 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017.

We're also online at www.ZLCB.org and www.Facebook.com/ZionLutheranBridgeville
Our Sunday services are at: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. -- adult Bible Study at 9:15 a.m., coffee and donuts are served.

Preschool News

It’s about that time……time to wrap up the school year. Every year I say that I can’t believe the year is over, but it’s true, it flies by so quickly, but what an awesome year we had!

We took field trips to Bednar’s green house, the Trolley Museum, the Children’s Museum, Simmons Farm, Springhouse Farm, PNC Park, Giant Eagle and Chick-fil-A, just to name a few. We had parties and parades, Chapel and Kids Praise; visits from Fire Fighter Phil, the Queen of Hearts, the Chick-fil-A cow, Happy the penguin and Martin Luther…did you see him in the hallway? We had donuts with dads and muffins with moms and serenaded our families with beautiful Christmas songs! Oh….and did I mention that we learned our ABC’s, 123’s, the days of the week, the months of the year, practiced our handwriting (without tears), learned our addresses, phone numbers, letter sounds, sight words, beginning math skills, how to write our names, how not to eat glue (haha), manners, how to forgive and a whole lot about Jesus! Yes…what a great year indeed!

Please continue to keep our school in your prayers. It is a huge mission for our church and we are so blessed to have the opportunity to reach so many children and their families. This year we were able to teach 150 little souls all about Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us. Our enrollment is currently over 130 and we still have the summer for families to register…what a blessing!

Have a great summer and we see you in September.

Blessings,
Tracey Harris
Director

Ascension Day ... Thursday May 25th

Join us for a special Ascension day service on Thursday, May 25 at 7PM. We just
celebrated the glorious resurrection of our Lord on Easter, but Jesus' story isn't
over! The creed tells us "He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of
God the Father Almighty!". This is an important event in salvation history that we
cannot forget. We gather together to celebrate the ascension. We will hear God's
Word, sing His praises, and reflect on why he ascended and what he is doing now!

Sermon: Sunday May 21, 2017

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter
[Jesus said:] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

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The Sunday Bulletin and Vicar's Message

Have you ever wished that you were one of the disciples of Jesus? Of course, we are all disciples of Jesus by virtue of our baptism, but I'm speaking of the twelve, Jesus' original disciples. Many of us have wondered what it may have been like to walk with Jesus, to talk to Jesus in person, to watch him heal the blind and raise the dead. We may even think that our faith would be stronger if we had seen Jesus with our own eyes.

Would it have been better for us to see Jesus? Would our faith be stronger if we had watched him accomplish his wonderful deeds? Jesus himself gives us part of this answer in our Gospel lesson for today. While there are many ways we could go with the text for today, we are going to focus on the promise of the coming Holy Spirit. The same Spirit has been given to you and he remains your Helper, your Comforter, and your Preacher.

Vicar Joshua

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