Zion Lutheran Church
439 3rd Avenue South, Clinton, Iowa 52732 (563)242-7391
May 17, 2020 Worship Service
Welcome to Zion Lutheran Church
We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Zion Lutheran was established in 1883 by a group of German Lutheran immigrants. Today we are a community gathered around the Word of God and the Sacraments, living out the gospel and carrying out our mission in Clinton, Iowa, and the world. Our mission, our ministry, and our vision continue to grow as we endeavor to meet the needs of our members, our community, and our world.
May 12, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Zion Lutheran Church,
The self-isolation and social distancing that we have all been involved in to varying degrees in the past two months – in our efforts to keep ourselves and others safe and well – has been inconvenient and stressful for many. But we continue to pray that God has been and is working through these efforts!
To not be able to physically worship together has been one of the sources of our stress and frustration. But I hope that our in-person worship “deprivation” has made us more appreciative of what we may have taken for granted in the past. While I, in no way, see God as having caused a global pandemic in order to open our eyes to “taken for granted” blessings, I DO see God working WITHIN these days to open our eyes and hearts in thanksgiving for what we have had – and what we will have again.
A primary item of business before Zion’s Council at tonight’s meeting was to discuss and decide on when Zion would resume in-person worship services. The concerns addressed took into consideration the questions as to what it will take to get us ready to safely gather together and what it will take for us to safely do so on a weekly basis. Working to strike a balance between the importance of coming together for worship and protecting the health of Zion’s members and our greater community, we have decided that this coming weekend is too soon to resume in-person worship together.
While I may have been hoping for the Council to “set a new target date,” the Council wisely decided that, to do so, we need a more carefully thought-through and coordinated plan regarding these gatherings. There is cleaning and disinfecting that will need to take place – not just for the “re-opening” weekend, but for each and every week afterwards – especially in regards to the cleaning that will be necessary between the Saturday evening and Sunday morning services. So, as of this evening, a group has already begun to work on this task. When a plan is in place, the Council will evaluate and assess both the situation before us and our readiness to safely gather together in worship. Rest assured, we will then let you know!
There is no doubt that, for the sake of everyone’s health and well-being, there are worship things and actions that will need to be done differently. We will do our best to share these worship “differences” before we “re-open” so that you are as comfortable as you can be when you come back to worship here. This said, it is very important to state that each individual should know the freedom and responsibility to decide that it may not yet be time for them to “come back.” Those of you who are “at risk” individuals need to especially be mindful of the possible need for you “stay away” for a while longer. Please! (We will still have our radio (and now video) worship opportunities available!)
These have been strange and trying days. But please, in your prayers, remember and lift up those for whom these days have been much more than “strange and trying.”
In Christ’s service with you,
Pastor Mark S. Luepke
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