News & Musings

Blessing the Animals

By on October 18, 2017 in News & Musings
Blessing the Animals

                “All Things Bright and Beautiful” were celebrated at Zion Lutheran Church in an evening service of Blessing the Animals. Friends and neighbors gathered with members of Zion to celebrate their pet companions. We remembered our animal companions who are no longer with us physically, giving thanks for the gifts […]

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Zion Memories from Thelma Lewis

By on September 25, 2017 in News & Musings

Pastor Daniel Martin and his wife came to visit us at our home and invited us to Zion in April of 1957. Our four children were all baptized, went to Sunday school, bible school, confirmation and our daughter Laura was married at Zion. We have always enjoyed all the activities at Zion. We were surprised […]

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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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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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