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Past Gathering participants who are now helping plan the 2016 LCMS Youth Gathering share their own Gathering experience. Listen to their stories about the Gathering, its purpose, and its lasting value in their lives.

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Maundy Thursday, April 2

Holy Communion – 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 3

Worship Service – 1:00 p.m.
Tenebrae Service – 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 5

Sunrise Service -6:00 a.m.
Easter Sunday Festival Services:
Traditional – 8:00 a.m.
Contemporary with Mosaic Worship Team – 10:45 a.m.

Easter Breakfast

Will be served in 2 seatings – after Sunrise and 8:00 services

Easter Egg Hunt

Calling all Sunday School Students from PK – 6th Grade!

Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9:45 a.m.

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Join us for our Midweek Lenten Services

  • Ash Wednesday Service with Holy Communion on February 18th
  • Church Services, Wednesdays at 10:00am & 7:00pm
  • Soup Suppers, Wednesdays at 6:00pm

We will be embarking on a series called “The Parables of Lent”. This series focuses on a biblical parable that connects to Lenten themes. Within each parable’s plot is woven a unique message about what we receive through the crucified Christ.

Parables of Lent

February 25 – Week 1
“Receive the Word: The Sower and the Seed” Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23
The seed that falls on fertile soil takes root and grows, while seeds in other soils fail. The Word of Christ flourishes within us.

March 4 – Week 2
“Receive the Treasure: The Hidden Treasure and the Priceless Pearl” Matthew 13:44-46
Two men give all that they have to buy objects of great worth. We who are priceless to Christ receive him who gave all that he had to call us his own.

March 11 – Week 3
“Receive Mercy: The Good Samaritan” Luke 10:25-37
A man beaten on the road gets help from an unlikely traveler. We who are often beaten down along the road of life encounter the healing of Christ through the cross.

March 18 – Week 4
“Receive Grace: The Workers in the Vineyard”
All workers in a vineyard are given the same pay from the master, no matter how long they have labored. All who have been called by the Master are blessed by the same reward in Christ.

March 25 – Week 5
“Receive Forgiveness: The Prodigal Son” Luke 15:11-32
A wayward son returns to the forgiving embrace of his father, who welcomes him home. We who have strayed can return again and again to the embrace of our Father, through the sacrifice of his Son.

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What is it?
This class prepares adults for membership in the Lutheran Church

Why should I come?

  • To grow in your personal faith
  • To meet other Christians seeking greater understanding
  • To become more familiar with the basic teachings of the Bible
  • To rest secure in the salvation that Jesus Christ has won for you and all people by his suffering, death and resurrection
  • To have practical help in developing a mature faith
  • To review the teachings of the Lutheran Church

When?
Sunday, February 15 & 22, March 1 & 8
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Registration Deadline: February 8th

OR

Saturday, March 14, 21, & 28
9:00am – 11:00am
Registration Deadline: March 8th

Where?
Fellowship Hall

Who teaches the class?
Pastor Christian Rasmussen

More information or to register?

Call or email Pastor Christian
303-659-2339
pastorchristianzion@gmail.com

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GENESIS – Meeting with Will Timmerman in the School Library, this class will take you through the Creation, Flood, Tower of Babel, Abraham-Isaac-Jacob/Esau and Joseph. Why did Adam and Eve succumb to Satan’s wiles and get driven from the Garden of Eden? How and why did the flood take place and what followed it? Why did God choose Abraham? What became of the strife between Jacob and Esau? How did the Israelites get to Egypt? Want to know what preceded the flood? Join in the study and find out.

THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE CROSS is a well-written introduction to understand what Lutherans believe in with a focus toward spirituality. This bible study will help you to understand the theology of the cross, the hidden nature of God, and Luther’s idea of vocation. There will be discussion to help you grow in your understanding of our Christian faith. Join Pastor Christian in the Fellowship Hall West for this study.

CHRISTIANITY — THE FIRST THREE CENTURIES “How could a tiny, tortured faith become the most successful phenomenon in all of history? During its first three hundred years from Christ to Constantine, the Christian church had to wage a two-front campaign against external persecution and internal heresy until if finally conquered the Roman Empire–and the future.” Dr. Paul Maier begins the 8-part DVD series with a look at the sources of information utilized, Jesus of Nazareth, apostles, emperors, persecutions, early church leaders, martyrs, and the eventual triumph of Christianity. This class meets in the Fellowship Hall East and is led by Don Wischmeyer.

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New Life

2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

The New Year is upon us again, and like many of us, I begin to think about the changes that I want to make in my life that will make me a better person. I want to lose weight and exercise more, read more books, spend more time with family and friends and grow in my faith and love of Christ. I would also like to shake off the Rasmussen gene of procrastination, and stop putting things off to the last minute.

These goals I have for my life will hopefully make me a better and more effective pastor. And yet, often, as time does, the New Year begins and my hopes and goals often aren’t accomplished as I have planned. I don’t always see the results that I dreamed of.

But I hope when we think of our lives in Christ, that we see ourselves as we truly are. We are baptized into the body of Christ. We are a NEW creation; this is not a work in progress but a statement, a promise from God’s Word. He has marked us as one who is redeemed. HIS work in our lives, every day of every year, is one in which He is reminding us of HIS work which He accomplished for us on the cross. It was finished, our salvation was complete. We die to ourselves and our sinful nature each day. We rise new, whole and beautiful works of God. The “old” has passed away.

Forgiveness and grace are the heart of the new creation we live in, and we give it to those around us. And that is what makes our lives so special. I often have been asked to use 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 as a text for weddings. But I think it’s even more important as brothers and sisters in Christ, to live out in their daily lives.

4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of
wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

Living a new life in Christ, every single day of the year, is an amazing way to live in the promises of God.

Happy New Year and God Bless,
Pastor Christian Rasmussen

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Have you ever noticed how children emulate their parents? Children watch their parents and they do what they see them doing. This is how they learn to speak. They watch the shape and form of their parents’ mouths and they try to make the same shape so that they can make the same sounds.

But children copy their parents even on a more mundane level. They watch how their parents cross their legs, how they fold their hands, how they stand and sit and walk, how they do and say most everything: and children try to copy it. This can be quite humorous when caught in the act. They do this even when parents don’t want them to. Everyone has been in the uncomfortable, and sometimes rather embarrassing, situation where a child does or says what one of their parent’s have done or said…something that is not too flattering! Sitcoms thrive on this sort of thing. And it only works because of the truth that children emulate their parents. And they do it because they want to be like them.

We are the children of God by grace, through faith. In Holy Baptism, God the Father declares of us what He declared of Jesus at His Baptism in the Jordan, “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” God the Father claims us as His own. He takes away all our sins, and in exchange He gives us His righteousness, His purity, His holiness, and His Spirit, by which we cry out, “Abba, Father.” We are born again, born from above, born of water and the Spirit, to a new life in Christ as His children. We are sons of God in Christ, through Baptism. And since we are sons, we are heirs; heirs who share in the glory of the Son of God. The inheritance is ours because of the Father’s grace and mercy, because of His generosity in sending His Son in time to save us for all eternity.

stewardshipAnd this is why we give generously of our income to the work of the church. Through the working of the Holy Spirit, we are enabled to lead holy lives. We are strengthened to emulate the generosity of our heavenly Father by being generous ourselves. We give to the work of the church because we have witnessed the generous giving of our Father in heaven. More than that, we are recipients of it. It is because we have received God our Father’s gifts that we desire to give ourselves. And His gifts are not just spiritual. They are temporal and earthly as well. As the Small Catechism teaches in the Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer:

“Give us this day our daily bread. What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. What is meant by daily bread? Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government,
good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.”

In other words, he gives us everything that we need for the care of both body and soul. His generosity knows no bounds.

Therefore we sit down at the beginning of the year, the beginning of the month, or the beginning of the week, and set aside a generous portion of God’s daily bread for His work in the church. Not because He has commanded us so to do. But rather because we, as His children by grace, want to emulate His generosity in our own lives. He is our Father; we are His children. And children want to be like their parents.