Zion Lutheran Church
439 3rd Avenue South, Clinton, Iowa (563)242-7391
Welcome to Zion Lutheran Church, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ECLA). 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.
"In grateful response to God's generosity, we CARE, SHARE, and SERVE.
Welcoming all, we are a caring faith community, sharing the Gospel and building relationships in order to serve our neighbors everywhere."
Our times of worship (Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:00 a.m.) are centered around the proclamation of the Word and the sharing of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The music of these worship services is sometimes led by a musician playing our pipe organ and sometimes by our praise band and vocalists. In and through it all, to God be the glory!
Everyone who believes that Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord and is truly present is welcome to partake in Holy Communion. We usually commune people who are in 3rd grade or older, but conversation with the pastors is welcome if you have questions. We also offer a nursery/cry area in the back of the sanctuary for those with young children who might need a break from the worship.
As Lutherans, our belief is centered around our confessions and our prayers. Our primary confession is the Apostle’s Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen
Our primary prayer is the one that Jesus taught his disciples, The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
As Lutherans we follow the teachings of Martin Luther who lived in the 1500′s. His teachings centered on scripture that teaches – we are saved by grace alone and by the holy and precious blood of Christ.
Worship in the Christian assembly is biblical. Biblical language and imagery have historically been adapted and shaped to form the language through which God’s people pray, sing, and address both God and one another. A common lectionary – a shared list of biblical readings – connects worshiping communities through the use of the same readings on the same day, while assisting the assembly in encountering the breadth of the scriptures.
To read more about Lutheran beliefs, you may visit: http://www.elca.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching/Luther-and-Lutheranism
Rev. Mark S. Luepke