May 12, 2024, Seventh Sunday of Easter and Mother’s Day

Dear Members & Friends of Zion,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. - 1 Peter 1:3-7

Over three months, the church family of Zion held and will hold funeral services commending three faithful women into the welcoming arms of the Lord: Sandy Wisman on March 23, Debbie Grubbs on April 13, and Katherine Helman on May 18. Each knew the sure and certain hope we have in our Risen Lord Jesus Christ through our baptism. “When we were baptized in Christ Jesus, we were baptized into his death … for if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Lutheran Book of Worship, 206).

Prior to suffering long-term illnesses, Sandy, Debbie, and Katherine faithfully attended weekly worship where each was reminded of who they are as beloved children of the Heavenly Father, forgiven by the grace of the crucified and risen Savior, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go forth to love God and neighbor. Their families, church families, and others were blessed by their love, care, and service. During the final months of their earthly pilgrimages, each was surrounding by loved ones including Christian sisters and brothers – in prayer and in visits that often including gathering at the Lord’s table to receive His body and blood given for us.

We give thanks for the witness of these Christian mothers. We pray that we may be encouraged by the strength they received from the Lord in the midst of challenging times. May we, too, regularly join together with our Christian family to receive the gracious love of God in worship through Word, Sacrament, and Prayer; and go forth to share that peace and love with others.

In the certain hope and everlasting joy of the Risen Lord,
Pastor Karin Pejack

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