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Lenten Worship






Lent at Zion


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


 

This year's Lenten sermon series:  Only Jesus
 

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.’”
John 14:6
 

“Only Jesus” is our Lenten theme this year.  This series is based on a set of sermon texts that leads believers to meditate on the unique character and work of Jesus and to reflect on their response to their Savior. 
 
We invite you to join us for our mid-week Lenten worship on Wednesdays at Zion beginning on Ash Wednesday (February 17) and continuing through March 24.  Worship services are at 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm.  Pastor Plocher of St. John’s in Pardeeville will be joining us in the Lenten rotation this year.  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 17:  Ash Wednesday
Pastor Scott from Zion                                                                                                                                                         
March 10:  Only Jesus Would Wait So Long for Someone
Matthew 26:20-25 - Pastor Plocher from St. John's in Pardeeville                                                                                                         

February 24:  Only Jesus Can Make Us Look Up on the Last Day
Luke 21:25-28 - Pastor Schwertfeger from Zion 

 
March 17:  Only Jesus Would Let Someone Else Determine His Destiny
Matthew 26:36-46 - Pastor Schwertfeger from Zion

March 3:  Only Jesus Can Cleanse the Temple
Matthew 21:12-17 - Pastor Plocher from St. John's in Pardeeville

March 24:  Only Jesus Could Challenge Us to Move Mountains
Matthew 21:18-22 - Pastor Scott from Zion

 

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. 
 


What's for Dinner?
 
At Zion we usually offer a Lenten dinner before our evening Lenten worship service.  This year due to the coronavirus pandemic we are not able to have our Lenten suppers.  However, this year Eastside Lutheran Church in Madison is offering Carside To-Go Meals.  They will be offered every Wednesday during Lent.  The meals will be prepared and assembled at Eastside.  You are able to pick them up at Eastside from 3:15-4:30 pm.  There will also be a pick-up option here at Zion from 4:30-5:00 pm.  Just drive up to the carport at Zion and someone will come out to your car.  You can pay for your meal then and pick it up without ever leaving your car.  Call Eastside at (608) 244-3045 or email schooloffice@eastsidelutheran.org with your order by 3:00 pm on the Tuesday before the meal date.  Let them know if you are picking up your order at Eastside or if you would like delivery to Zion.

Cost:  $7 each.  You can also order a vat of soup only for $12 each (feeds 4).
  • Feb. 17:  Chicken noodle soup; turkey, ham & cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato & pickle; potato chips; dessert
  • Feb. 24:  Cream of potato soup; ham deluxe sandwich with lettuce, tomato & pickle; potato chips; dessert
  • Mar. 3:  Chili, turkey & cheese deluxe sandwich with lettuce, tomato & pickle; potato chips; dessert
  • Mar. 10:  Beef noodle soup; turkey, ham & cheese deluxe sandwich with lettuce, tomato & pickle; potato chips; dessert
  • Mar. 17:  Cheesy baked potato soup; ham & cheese deluxe sandwich with lettuce, tomato & pickle; potato chips; dessert
  • Mar. 24:  Chicken noodle soup; turkey, ham & cheese deluxe sandwich with lettuce, tomato & pickle; potato chips; dessert

Holy Week Worship
 
We invite you to join us for our special worship services during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter.  Please note that we are asking that worshippers sign up for the service they would like to attend for Good Friday and Easter Sunday so that we can maintain adequate social distancing (see links below).  If you have any questions or need help signing up, please contact the church office at (608) 635-4000.  
 
Palm Sunday - March 28                                                                                             8:00, 9:00, 10:00 & 11:00 am
At the 11:00 service there is no singing and the pastors wear masks throughout the entire service.

 
Maundy Thursday - April 1
3:30 & 7:00 pm
 
Good Friday - April 2
1:30, 6:00 & 7:00 pm
 
Easter Sunday - April 4
6:30, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 & 11:00 am
At the 11:00 service there is no singing and the pastors wear masks throughout the entire service.