Our In-person Worship Services and Sunday School are Cancelled Until Further Notice due to the Current Health Crisis
Holy Week Schedule
Maundy Thursday Brief Worship - Available on Facebook and Zion Website beginning at 12pm. Take a few minutes to watch, hear Psalm 22 read and transition into Good Friday as the altar area is stripped.
Good Friday Brief Worship - The bell will be rung at 12pm in Clarence Center to honor that special Zion tradition and a brief worship time will be available on Facebook and Zion website at 7pm.
Easter Worship - Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus will take place on Facebook and Zion Website at 9:15am and on TV stations at 10am. You don’t want to miss this one!! Click HERE to view the bulletin. A special Zion Coffee 1/2Hour will take place on Zoom at 10:30am using this link to the meeting:
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Zion’s Easter Cross -
To continue the wonderful tradition of seeing Zion’s Good Friday cross come alive with flowers, the cross will be standing outside Zion on Clarence Center Road in front of the old wooden doors by 8am. We invite all of you when out on a walk, or coming as one household together, to bring a flower from home or use one of the cut flowers at the cross and help fill that cross with new life. Then, take a selfie of your family in front of it and post to the Zion Facebook site. (Or send to Chris LiPuma and he can post for you). PLEASE, respect social distancing when you visit the cross. Only one household at a time at the cross. If there are people at the cross when you arrive, please wait in the car until they are done. This is not intended to be a family reunion time of multiple households. We want to honor social distancing directives from the County and Synod leadership, while giving you a moment of “Easter normalcy” in this viral time. Please help us continue to flatten the curve and be respectful of spacing.
Worship Moving Forward - Zion will continue to partner with St. Paul’s and Parkside to have Saturday/Sunday worship on TV and Facebook together, with Zoom meetings following, through April. At that point, the Council, in consultation with the County and Synod leadership, will know what steps we can take toward regathering in person.
Email the church office if you watched any or all of the options on the computer or TV so we know who’s participating in worship. Please don’t forget to continue supporting the ministry of Zion by shifting your financial giving to the online platform available on the website. Keep checking on your neighbors and loved ones. Be praying for our health care workers, first responders and essential workers as they work to get us through this. And keep the faith! If God can conquer death, God can beat this. We will get through this. In other words, Love God, Love Your Neighbor because Nothing Else Matters!
Click HERE to go to Zion's Facebook page.
Zoom Meeting Instructions can be found HERE.
You May Also Continue Your Giving to the Church Simply by using our Secure Online Giving Portal. Click HERE to give.
These are challenging times but Zion is here for you. We'll "see" you in worship!
For some great organ & piano music from Zion, click HERE to hear Michael Shamrock's recent performance.
Community - Prayer - Worship Opportunities on Zion's Facebook Page. Click HERE.
Archived Sermons may be Viewed by Clicking HERE to go to Zion's YouTube page.
ONLINE PRAYER MEETINGS
Please Join us for our Online Prayer Meetings. Our meetings are on Mondays at 7 PM. Just click HERE to join the Zoom Meeting.
(If you wish to join the meetings via a phone call, just call 929-205-6099. Enter Meeting ID 719 400 523 when prompted. Long distance rates may apply)
A pastoral message from Dr. Julius Carroll, incoming (post pandemic) Interim Pastor for Zion:
Dear Siblings in Christ:
As the world in general and we at Zion in particular, go through this horrendous health pandemic, a written Word from God comes to my mind:
That day when evening came, (Jesus) said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." Leaving the crowd behind, they took (Jesus) along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" (Mark 4: 35 – 41)
As I reflected on this text, a verse of an old gospel hymn kept ringing in my ears: “The wind and the rain obey His will --- peace be still, peace be still”
The followers of Jesus, in St. Mark’s day, were calling on Jesus to save them from the oppressive Roman Empire:
• Peter and Paul were executed in Rome…
• James, the brother of Jesus, and bishop of the church in Jerusalem, was executed in Jerusalem…
• Revolts against Rome were springing – up by Jewish revolutionaries – resulting in towns and villages being burned by Roman soldiers…
• The emperor’s son ‘Titus’ was laying siege to Jerusalem for five - months as 1000’s of people starved to death behind her Holy walls.
ALL SEEMED TO BE LOST! Teacher, don’t you care if we drown? The followers of Jesus exclaimed. It’s a plea by desperate people who have a personal relationship with the Savior but, who find themselves in a desperate situation.
So, do we: find ourselves in a desperate situation:
Schools are closed; ‘non-essential’ businesses are shut; people are suddenly – out of work; radically new socializing norms are established and, people are dying the result of a virus that has no cure.
JESUS HELP US!! ALL HAS BEEN LOST!
DON’T YOU CARE IF WE DROWN?
Family and Friends of Zion, we know – by trusting in our relationship with Him – that Jesus does care. And what we know is that HE STILLS THE STORM AND, CALMS THOSE IN THE ‘BOAT’S HEARTS.
God, in our Savior Jesus cares! Peace be still, peace be still. Jesus stills the storm of the Corona Pandemic (using doctors and nurses; first responders and medical equipment). And, he stills our hearts so that we might be CALM in the midst of and through the ‘winds and waves’.
Jesus CALMS our hearts – rooted in trust in his presence in our lives and in God’s world – and that God will get us: to the other side of this ‘storm’.
Dear followers of Jesus,
God’s Peace; Be Still