First Sunday after Pentecost
Memorial Day
​     When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.

     Today is the traditional Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have given their lives so that we may have the liberties that we enjoy. In honor of that day, we are using parts of a service and some prayers from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Prayer Book for the Armed Services (Augsburg Fortress, 2013). Thank you to all who have served in the Armed Forces and family members who have lost loved ones in that service

FIRST READING: Isaiah 6: 1-8
     This reading narrates Isaiah’s vision of the Lord surrounded by angels. They sing “Holy, holy, holy,” a song the Church sings at the beginning of the Great Thanksgiving. This liturgical text invites the Church and all creation to sing in praise of God’s glory. That glory is God’s mercy toward sinners.
PSALM: Psalm 27: 4-14

SECOND READING: Romans 8: 5-17
​     In describing the new life of faith, Paul refers to all three persons of the Trinity: the Spirit leads us to recognize that we are children of God the Father and joint heirs with Christ the Son.

GOSPEL: John 3: 1-17
​     The miracles of Jesus prompt Nicodemus to visit him in secrecy. Jesus tells him about being born of the Spirit and about the Son who has been sent by God to save.
     SUNDAY DISCUSSIONS BEFORE CHURCH We meet at 9:45 on Sunday mornings to have discussions before the service each week. We currently are reading C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity 
     BREAKFAST AT FIRST ENGLISH ON JUNE 30, I know it seems like we just did it. The last couple of months have been pretty easy. We come and help where we can and serve those who need to be served. Jesus did it, so can we.

     FRIDAY NIGHT UPTOWN FOR JUNE 14TH  will include the music of Lee Grant; more food trucks, including Schmidt’s (love me some cream puffs); and for the dads, Cruisin with the Mayor will be done again this year.

     Please keep these people in your prayers: Michael Koch, Margret Phillips' 1-year-old granddaughter Aurora Lander, Wesley and JoAnn Porter, Nicole Biler Robinette, Mike and Donna Toy, and all of those who are still suffering from illness or other health issues, as well as their families. ​
     Please remember all of our shut ins and sick: Arlene Castor. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)

     Please check the bulletin board behind the office door for all of the sign-up sheets for this year. Communion, birthday Sundays, and Worship Assistants/helpers. Thank you so much!
     You can also remember special occasions or special people by contributing money that would normally be used for altar flowers. Instead the donation goes to our local food pantry.
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Zion Lutheran Church
230 Cemetery Road (West Jefferson Community Center) w P.O. Box 4 w 
West Jefferson, OH 43162 w 614-879-8107
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Zion Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

We worship every Sunday at 10:30 am in the West Jefferson Community Center. Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday. 
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