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Lenten Worship

Lent at Zion

Lenten Worship at 3:30 & 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays

Lenten Supper at 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays

Why do we have midweek Lenten worship services at Zion?

"Lent" refers to the six weeks prior to Easter.  Some people view the church's season of Lent as "boring" or "depressing."  It is just a time when you have to give up something you like, right?  No!  At Zion we view Lent as a very special part of the church year.  Yes, Lenten worship services are often serious, but that is for a reason.  Lent and Lenten worship give us another opportunity to reflect on God's Word and Jesus' saving work.  Through the Biblical accounts that we learn about during Lent, we are reminded of the depths of our sin.  All of us sin every day, falling far short of the perfection that God demands.  We are helpless and hopeless, doomed to death, in desperate need of a Savior.  Yet during Lent we also see how Jesus Christ is that Savior that we so desperately need!  Jesus came to this earth and perfectly kept God's law--all of it.  Through his innocent suffering, crucifixion, and triumphant resurrection Jesus earned eternal life for us.  Some of the most beautiful hymns in our hymnal are Lenten hymns, and that is because Lent reminds us of God's grace, and there is nothing more beautiful than that!

We hope that you are able to join us Wednesdays to learn of God's amazing love for us and find the peace that only Jesus can bring.  

This year's Lenten sermon series --  Jesus Christ Is Our Great High Priest

In this year's Lenten worship we will focus on one of the three roles of Christ:  Prophet, Priest, and King.  Through a study of selections from the book of Hebrews, worshipers will see how Jesus was and is the High Priest of high priests and how his role as the ultimate High Priest affects the lives of his followers by faith now and for eternity.

This Lenten season at Zion we are once again privileged to have a variety of pastors leading us in our Wednesday worship. All pastors are from WELS congregations in the greater Madison area. Below you will find listed who will be the presiding minister and what he will be preaching on for that week.  May God bless our Lenten worship this year!

February 14:  Jesus Is Our Self-Sacrificing High Priest; Pastor Schwertfeger from Zion
Hebrews 10:5-12

February 21:  Jesus Is Our Compassionate High Priest; Pastor Scott from Zion
Hebrews 4:14-16

February 28:  Jesus is Our Praying High Priest; Pastor Schlicht from Eastside in Madison
Hebrews 5:7-9

March 7:  Jesus Our Great HIgh Priest Makes Us Priests; Pastor Runke from St. John's in Pardeeville
Hebrews 10:19-25

March 14:  Jesus is Our Great High Priest; Pastor Berg from Eastside in Madison
Hebrews 1:1-3

March 21:  Jesus Our Great High Priest Serves at a Great Altar; Pastor Willitz from Lord of Love in DeForest
Hebrews 13:10-16

What's for Supper?

To help you feed your soul, we will also feed your body! We know that attending a weeknight worship service can be a challenge, and to help you meet that challenge we offer a supper at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evenings before our evening Lenten worship service. Volunteers from Zion prepare a meal each week; all you need to bring is yourself. A tentative menu will be posted below as the information becomes available (subject to change).

February 14

February 21

February 28
Casserole & salad

March 7

March 14
Baked potato bar & salad

March 21



Holy Week Services
Maundy Thursday 3:30 pm                                
  7:00 pm
Good Friday 1:30 pm
  7:00 pm
Easter Sunday 6:30 am
  9:30 am

You are invited to join us for Easter breakfast downstairs in the fellowship hall following the 6:30 am worship service.