Did You Know? 2018-06-09T16:55:31+00:00

Did You Know?

The Date of Christmas

No one knows the real birthday of Jesus! No date is given in the Bible, so why do we celebrate it on the 25th December? The early Christians certainly had many arguments as to when it should be celebrated! Also, the birth of Jesus probably didn’t happen in the year 1 but slightly earlier, somewhere between 2 BC and 7 BC (there isn’t a 0 – the years go from 1 BC to 1 AD!).

The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.

Christmas is now celebrated by people around the world, whether they are Christians or not. It’s a time when family and friends come together and remember the good things they have. People, and especially children, also like Christmas as it’s a time when you give and receive presents!

 

December 1st, 2017|

What is “Lent”?

What is “Lent”?

Lent is a season of the Church Year that lasts six weeks.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the day before Easter Sunday.  During these six weeks we look forward to Good Friday, the day our Lord died on the cross to pay for our sins, and to Easter Sunday, the day He rose from the dead to prove it!

How can I remember to think about Jesus during Lent?

You can give up something you enjoy during Lent.  You might see your parents give up their morning coffee.  Maybe your brother or sister has decided not to eat candy during Lent.  Every time you think about doing what you gave up for Lent, it will remind you of what Jesus gave up for you–His life! Blessings to you as you experience the wonderful journey of Lent!

March 13th, 2017|

Why do we celebrate Lent for 40 days?

Don’t forget what Lent is all about!  It is a time when we are reminded of what Jesus gave up for us and a time when we look forward to and prepare for His death and resurrection!

We celebrate Lent for six weeks, or 40 days, as we remember Christ’s temptation in the wilderness in the Gospel of Matthew.  There Jesus was without food for 40 days.

We remember the temptation of the Israelites in the desert after the Lord had delivered them from Egypt.  This lasted 40 years.

Finally, we can remember the story of Noah and his family.  After 40 days and 40 nights of rain, the Lord delivered them as He promised.

During these 40 days of Lent, we remember God’s faithfulness to His people and how His faithfulness is complete in Jesus, our Savior.  Jesus remains faithful to us, always being where He promises to be: in His Word and Sacraments. Wow!  What a Savior!

March 13th, 2017|

Our Mission Statement

We, the people of Zion Lutheran Church, in joyful response to all that Our Gracious God has done for us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, dedicate ourselves:

  1.  To growing in faith and love
  2.  To working together in God’s Kingdom
  3.  To reaching out with the Gospel of Jesus
July 1st, 2016|

Fatherly Blessings Bestowed

When author Gary Smalley asked 100 people to share how they knew they’d received their parents’ blessing, they offered these memories of fatherly love:

  • My father put his arm around me at church and let me lay my head on his shoulder
  • When my father faced a transfer at work, he purposely took another job so I could finish my senior year in high school.
  • When I wrecked my parent’s car, my father’s first reaction was to hug me and let me cry instead of yelling at me.
  • My father went with me to the store when I had to return a purchase I regretted.
  • My father let me practice pitching to him for a long time after work.
  • My father cried during my wedding because he was going to miss me being at home.
May 30th, 2016|

Kindness Counts

Need some creative ideas for performing acts of kindness?  Here are a few from randomactsofkindness.org:

  • Make a blankets or scarves for homeless people.
  • Send a care package to someone who’s in college or the military.
  • Collect coins for a charity or cause.
  • When you can’t attend an event, give the tickets to strangers.
  • Provide tutoring or mentoring in your field of expertise.
  • Offer to babysit or pet-sit for free.
  • Send a note of appreciation to someone who’s made a difference in your life.
  • Share your gifts of music, reading or conversation at a nursing home.
  • Donate old sport equipment to schools.
  • Give someone the benefit of the doubt—maybe even a family member or yourself!

 

January 3rd, 2016|