Carolyn Due

Table Grace

By on July 17, 2017 in News & Musings

Table Grace The longer I go, the less I know… And sometimes it feels Like falling. Sometimes I stand, Waiting to receive, thinking, “Except for sighs too deep, I bring nothing to the table.” Then comes percolating Through bread and wine, The words, “For you… My body, my blood… Me FOR you… Now…As you are… […]

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What I Hear by Jasmine Wilson

By on April 26, 2017 in News & Musings

During a time of change at Zion, I have been listening to the various things people have told me.  There have been discussions about darkness and light, which are a fairly good metaphor for feeling bittersweet.  I wrote this song to validate everything I hear: uncertainty, sadness, hope, resilience, trust, and faith.  I was inspired […]

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Pastoral Transition

By on March 22, 2017 in Community

March 21, 2017 Dear Zion Members and Friends, I thank my God every time I remember you, Constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, Because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. –  Philippians 1:3-5 In November of 2011, I eagerly accepted the […]

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Ash Wednesday

By on March 1, 2017 in News & Musings

Blessing the Dust A Blessing for Ash Wednesday All those days you felt like dust, like dirt, as if all you had to do was turn your face toward the wind and be scattered to the four corners or swept away by the smallest breath as insubstantial— Did you not know what the Holy One […]

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Annual Meeting Prologue

By on January 18, 2017 in News & Musings

2016 Annual Congregational Meeting Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis The Prologue __________________________________________________ For almost three decades now, Zion has identified as a small, urban congregation that cares deeply about her neighborhood and God’s mission in the world. Both despite and thanks to our size, we have been creative, bold, collaborative, and good humored through many […]

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Why the Chimes Rang

By on December 20, 2016 in News & Musings

THERE was once, in a far-away country where few people have ever traveled, a wonderful church. It stood on a high hill in the midst of a great city; and every Sunday, as well as on sacred days like Christmas, thousands of people climbed the hill to its great archways, looking like lines of ants […]

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Let’s never forget kindness.

By on November 21, 2016 in News & Musings
Let’s never forget kindness.

Nearly 125 years ago a group of Swedish immigrants built a church on the corner of 33rd and Pillsbury in South Minneapolis. Today we at Zion celebrate that heritage each autumn with a Swedish Meatball and Lutefisk Dinner but we have also thrown our doors (and our hearts) open to people who are new to […]

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This New Identity Matters! 2016-2017 Worship at Zion

By on August 24, 2016 in News & Musings
This New Identity Matters! 2016-2017 Worship at Zion

WE ARE SEEN Season: Autumn Liturgical Color: Green September and October bring us a particular kind of story from Luke’s gospel. Whether Jesus is in a public square or a private home, he chooses to see the people most often ignored, belittled, and left out of the conversation. He looks at them with love, interrupting […]

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Bread on the Floor

By on July 18, 2016 in News & Musings

Being a church community means we get to share our joys and sorrows with each other. When these relationships are healthy and honest, we don’t have to carry anything too heavy all by ourselves. Zion does this sharing and caring with such humor and grace.  The hard stuff seems to come in waves. We will […]

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Pale Blue Dot

By on June 6, 2016 in News & Musings
Pale Blue Dot

Earth seen as a pale blue dot from below the rings of Saturn by NASA’s Cassini probe.     Zion loves her neighborhood. Sometimes we’re  focused on the gardens nearby, our next door neighbors at ZOOM, dinner on the lawn, and the school down the street. These are beautiful places to witness and love, but […]

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