Zion Lutheran Church
Marshall, Michigan

Confessional + Evangelical + Sacramental + Liturgical---------------Est. 1848

 
 
     

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Worship at Zion

ABOUT HOLY COMMUNION

The Lord's Supper is gladly celebrated at this congregation in the confession and confidence that, as Christ says, He gives into our mouths not only bread and wine, but His very Body and Blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins.

As such, communicants at the Lord’s altar are those in full fellowship with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, having made public profession of the faith by membership in a congregation of the LC-MS, and are there in good standing.

Out of love and concern that no one receive the Sacrament to his harm (1 Cor. 11:27-32), we ask that all those not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of Zion and the LC-MS, refrain from partaking.

Any Christian is welcome to come forward to the Communion rail to receive the blessing. If you come to receive a blessing, but NOT the Sacrament, please fold your arms across your breast and bow your head. If offered the Lord’s body or blood, gently shake your head.

Visitors who desire to partake of the Sacrament are asked to speak with our Pastor before the service.

See Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Cor. 11:17-34

 


Fellowship with Other Churches

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has 34 partner churches around the world, churches with whom we enjoy full altar and pulpit fellowship.

Here is a complete list: http://www.lcms.org/partnerchurches

 


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How is Holy Communion celebrated at Zion?

An extended answer in three parts from Pastor Roger James

1 Part 1: Who should receive Christ's Body and Blood at all? (9/14/08)
1 Part 2: Who should receive Christ's Body and Blood together? (9/21/08)
1 Part 3: Communion Oversight and the Waning of Pastoral Care in the LCMS (9/28/08)

Further Reading on Closed Communion
Pastor Klemet Preus

Part 1: Communion: Close or Closed?
Part 2: Do We Really Practice Closed Communion in the LCMS?
Part 3: The Importance of Closed Communion
Part 4: Why Pastors Practice Open Communion?
Part 5: Closed Communion: Forcing the Body to be a Body
 


Zion Lutheran Church, 135 West Green Street, Marshall, Michigan 49068
Phone: (269) 781-8982, Fax: (269) 781-3711


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