Dear Members and Friends of Zion,
October/November 2020 Newsletter
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. On November 29, we will celebrate the First Sunday in Advent and begin a new church year. In the season of Advent, we prepare to celebrate our Savior’s birth and look to the time when our Lord Jesus will return. It is a time of preparation and waiting. A theme of waiting is very poignant to us as we await a vaccine and improved treatments for COVID-19. As we continue to take precautions which physically distance us from one another, may we be comforted by the assurance that nothing “will be able to separate us from the
love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
We will continue to gather for worship, Bible Study, and other meetings online through the beginning of January 2021. Preparations are being made for Zion’s sound and broadcasting system in the main worship space to be completed in December. We are hoping by Mid-January to be able to broadcast the 10:15am Sunday worship service over Zoom and YouTube from the church and to welcome in-person attendance, with proper protocols. We are committed to nurturing our fellowship together both for those who are ready to return to in-person worship and for those who, for a variety of reasons, will continue to attend worship online. Bible Study, Worship on Wednesday, and other meetings will re main online.
Advent is also a season of hope. This theme is reflected in several of our Advent hymns, especially, “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” (Service Book & Hymnal #8), based on verses from Psalm 24.
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates: Behold, the King of glory waits!
The King of kings is drawing near, the Savior of the World is here.
Fling wide the portals of your heart: Make it a temple, set apart
From earthly use for heavens employ, Adorned with prayer and love and joy .
Redeemer, come! with us abide: Our hearts to thee we open wide,
Let us thy inner presence feel, Thy grace and love in us reveal.
May the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christ which we celebrate in Advent be with us throughout this coming church year and always.
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