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! 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 have been 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 still 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 for our on-line worship posts each week or in person! We worship at 10:30 each Sunday morning (and there is Adult Sunday School at 9:15). We post our worship services every Sunday afternoon.
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
Current Practices – Out of love for God & our neighbor we continue to practice the following safety measures as we gather together: Physical distancing of 6 ft between family groups/individuals, masks or full-face shields at least until seated in the sanctuary. Please do not ignore this – this applies to everyone as coming in & out of the sanctuary we’ll likely be closer than 6 ft at times & wearing a mask will contribute to everyone’s safety.
- Please be sure you’re not symptomatic with COVID (cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, headache/muscle pain, fatigue, loss of smell/taste, etc)
- No handshakes / hugs
- An offering plate will be on the piano as you enter and leave the sanctuary
- No red attendance books will be used
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)