Worship Insight: Hospitality

“If the Eucharist (Holy Communion) is the birthright of all the baptized, the exercise of hospitality is the responsibility of all the baptized. Gathering around word and sacrament is central to the life of the community, just so, the exercise of hospitality by the assembly is primary. Those who serve formally as greeters, ushers, and…

WORSHIP INSIGHT: Creeds

One of the ecumenical creeds (Apostles’ or Nicene) is spoken as part of the assembly’s proclamation of and response to the word of God. The third and longer Athanasian Creed is rarely used in worship. Although the Nicene Creed was once exclusively associated with the Communion service, more recent Lutheran practice alternates the use of…

Worship Insight: Gospel Verse

The Gospel Verse is sung by the congregation to introduce the gospel reading for the day.  We pay special attention to the reading from one of the Gospels as a way of revealing that the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ crucified and risen is at heart of all of the readings. The “stand-by” Gospel…

THANKS TO ALL!

Many thanks to all who made the Holy Week such a success here at Zion. Special thanks to Marilyn Hibler, Marlena Schilke and the senior and bell choirs for all of their beautiful music, Malainie Hibler and the Altar Guild crew for keeping up with all the changes to the Sanctuary for the Holy Week…

We Hope You’ve Noticed!

These beautiful banners were created with artwork by the LVCNS children and with help from Pastor Ingrid and Alexandra Seewald. They serve as a visual reminder of the connection we share to our important pre-school ministry, and remind the children that the Sanctuary is also their church home! The LVCNS is still enrolling kids 2…

Unexpected Endings & Beginnings

When Tim and I left our home in Riverton, NJ and moved into the parsonage, we had imagined returning to Riverton regularly and eventually retiring to that house. However, this congregation has been so welcoming and the parsonage renewal committee did such a fantastic job that we immediately felt very at-home here! Returning to Riverton…

WORSHIP INSIGHT: Baptismal Font – Central

In ancient times, churches were built over running water in order to make use of it in the practice of baptism, and the built-in font usually took a central place in the gathering. The font isn’t merely to be remember only at baptisms, but rather, it’s what all the baptized gather around each Sunday, something…

WORSHIP INSIGHT: Lent, not Good Friday

Many people are accustomed to the season of Lent feeling like a season of Good Friday so that hymns, sermons and midweek services focus on the passion of Christ. In the past six decades many denominations have returned to the ancient practice of observing Lent as a spiritual time to prepare catechumens for baptism and…

WORSHIP INSIGHT: Making the Sign of the Cross

An ancient Christian practice is to make the sign of the cross on one’s forehead, or head & torso while saying “in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Many Christians have returned to this ancient practice in the 20th century. The sign echoes the cross placed there in Baptism and reminds us…

WORSHIP INSIGHT

Lent comes from Old English for “lengthen,” as the days lengthen in spring. It is a season of preparation for Easter. Even though the character is solemn and reflective, it is not without joy, for Sunday is always a day of resurrection. Sundays are not included in the forty days of Lent, and we symbolize…