Dear Friends in Christ:
Welcome from wherever you are! We’re glad you stopped by here on our website. And right now, this is the place to be!
I’d like to welcome you also to our ‘brick and mortar’ location for worship, as we have resumed in-sanctuary worship. We are all using masks and distancing to show our care for one another so we may continue to meet together to worship our gracious God! (We have extra masks if need one when you come.)
We never lose sight of the fact that God is sovereign in all things (Luke 12:3, John 16:19, 1 Timothy 6:13, Revelation 1:8) . And that our circumstances do not catch God ‘off-guard’. We trust Him to act and to care for us as is evidenced by His taking care of our greatest need; that of reconciliation with Him. This He accomplished through the cross of His Son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 2:17).
By Christ’s sacrificial atonement for our sins, God has accomplished overcoming our fall into sin. Knowing that nothing escapes His notice (not one sparrow falls that He is unmindful of, Matthew 10:29, Luke 12:6), we trust what we are going through has not escaped His notice either. In fact, it is something we can be absolutely certain He has known about from creation! And in the midst of these uncertain days, He has chosen to grant us the treasure of hope in the provision of salvation made for us by His Son Jesus Christ alone.
And as we learn more and more to lean on Him and trust in Him to guide us through these times, we will learn again that He never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5). Again, I invite you to join us online and in the sanctuary for worship each week. We post our worship services every Sunday afternoon.
Since we are posting each weeks service on-line we are discontinuing our previous practice of Worship on Wednesdays. Now when Advent comes along at the end of next month (already!) we will have special mid-week Advent Services, so plan to join us for those. They will be at 7PM each Wednesday of Advent beginning on December 2nd. (We will also have mid-week Lenten Services when that season rolls around.)
Let me close with St Paul’s words from 2 Corinthians 4:7-11 that speak to us in a fresh way in these ‘COVID days’.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
Soli Deo Gloria – All Glory to God!
Peace in Christ, Pastor Tom Rhodes
We are located at 600 East Aldrich Road, across from Southwest Baptist University and about 2 blocks west of Springfield Avenue (Hwy 83). Church office hours can vary for our administrative assistant. Please call in advance of visiting to ensure the office is staffed.
Zion Lutheran Church
600 East Aldrich Road
Bolivar, Missouri 65613
(Mailing Address: PO Box 5, Bolivar, MO 65613)