Zion Lutheran Church

Vicar's Top 20 Hymns

With under two months left in my vicarage at Zion, this is my second-to-last newsletter article. In light of this, I thought I would have some fun and give you a peek at your Vicar's favorite hymns. Our hymnal is a treasure trove of devotional material. They hymnal is full of beautiful hymns, wonderful prayers, and orders of service, some of which can be used individually, as a family, and of course in church on Sunday. I'd encourage you to look some of these hymns up. Sing them, pray them, and reflect on them!

  1. Thy Strong Word- LSB 578 This hymn describes Jesus as who He is- the Word of the Father who has broken the dark-ness of our sin and made us righetous in His sight. This includes the best Trinitarian Verse in the hymnal.
  2. I Bind Unto Myself Today- LSB 604 This hymn is all about the Trinity (we'll sing it in a few weeks). The melody is beau-tiful and the words leave the Trinity not as an abstract doctrine, but a description of the God who loves us and acts on our behalf.
  3. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence- LSB 621 This hymn describes the glory of the Lord's Supper and reminds us that we join with the angels and saints in heaven around the Lord''s table.
  4. God's Own Child I GladlySay It- LSB 594 This hymn is a wonderful declaration of who we are in Christ! It includes a verse sung against Satan, which we can only do because Christ has defeated him.
  5. For All the Saints- LSB 677 This hymn has been sung many times at Zion this year. It reminds us of the glorious future those who die in Christ have.
  6. Built on the Rock- LSB 645 This hymn reminds us that we are built on the proclamation of Christ, the Son of the Living God. Verse 4 may be the best verse in the entire hymnal.
  7. Salvation unto Us Has Come- LSB 555 This hymn clearly lays out how we are saved- by grace through faith in Christ.
  8. Preach you the Word and Plant it Home- LSB 586 Football players listen to metal music to get pumped before a game. Your vicar listens to this to get pumped up before preaching. It is a reminder of what the preaching task is.
  9. Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain- LSB 435 This is the best Lenten hymn. It makes clear our sin and need to repent, but describes the grace of God as soul-renewing flood.
  10. I Know That My Redeemer Lives- LSB 461 The joy of the resurrection is presented clearly in this hymn.
  11. Crown Him with Many Crowns- LSB 525 The imagery of the heavenly anthem of praise drowning out all other songs in the world is striking.
  12. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today- LSB 457 This is the classic Easter hymn, bringing to mind the joy the women had when they went to the tomb and the joy we have when we worship our risen Lord.
  13. Christ is Arisen- LSB 459 This is a simple proclamation of the resurrection with a haunting melody.
  14. At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing- LSB 633 This hymn reminds us of the salvation history of God's people and how that salvation comes to us in the Lord's Supper.
  15. This Joyful Eastertide- LSB 482 The chorus of this hymn reminds us of the importance of the resurrection. If Christ has not been raised our faith is in vain!
  16. Jesus Sinners Doth Recieve- LSB 609 This is great comfort to me. I am a sinner, but Jesus recieves sinners.
  17. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God- LSB 656 (the right version) Some would threaten to take my Lutheran card for having it this low. Wonderful proclamation that Jesus is our champion who fights for us!
  18. Lord of Our Life- 659 One of the best verses in the hymnal: Lord, be our light when worldly darkness veils us. Lord, be our shield when earthly armor fails us. And in the day when Hell itself assails us, Grant us Your peace, Lord.
  19. Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart- LSB 708 This hymn is the cry of a trusting heart, leaning wholly on Jesus.
  20. When Morning Gilds the Skies- LSB 807 This anthem of praise reminds us that we worship the Lord from day to night.

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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Poinsettia Orders Due by December 6th

Every year we decorate our altar area with poinsettias at Christmas. The flowers are purchased by members and friends to remember special people in their lives. 

The poinsettias will be displayed on Christmas Eve. You may pick them up after that service or the Christmas Day service. Please remove only the number and type of flowers you ordered. 

The flowers may be ordered until Sunday, December 6. Payment must accompany your order. Place this order form with payment in the Poinsettia Collection Box on the narthex desk. Do not place in the offering plate. If you have any questions please call the office at 412-221-4776 or e-mail: secretary@zlcb.org.

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Sermon: Sunday November 29, 2015 - The Lord's Supper

The Gospel Reading:  Mark 14:12-25
And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”  And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’  And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.”  And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 

And when it was evening, he came with the twelve.  And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”  They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?”  He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me.  For 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.” 

And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.  And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.  Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 

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