150 Years of God's Blessings!
"I solemnly charge
you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the
living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach
the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort,
with great patience and instruction.
For the time will come when
they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears
tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance
to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth
and will turn aside to myths.
But you, be sober in all
things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your
Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors.
It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the
small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking
man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the
local errors of his native village: the scholar has lived in many
times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract
of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own
Brief Chronicle 1856 - 2005
Erika Bullmann Flores
AVAILABLE HERE IN PDF.
am the Alpha and the Omega,
first and the last, the beginning and end!
are the words of the exalted Lord Jesus Christ recorded
in the last chapter of the last book of the Holy Bible.
What is true in a universal sense is also true for Zion
Lutheran Church, Marshall, Michigan. Christ Jesus who
brings us to the Father through the Holy Spirit is our
all in all.
began in Christ Jesus over 150 years ago; we have lived
in the patience, mercy and forgiveness of Christ; we will
end in the faithful care of Christ. God grant it for Jesus’
the meantime, for as long as God sees fit to establish
us, we also pray that He would preserve us in His true
word, open our mouths to the true confession of the faith
and use us to bring the Gospel of forgiveness to all around.
Roger B. James
Pentecost + September 2005
1848 - Rev. Frederich Schmidt of Ann Arbor traveled
to the Marshall area on horseback, 70 miles, every six weeks
to preach and serve the German Lutheran families with the
Word and the Holy Sacraments. The first Sunday service was
held at the County Court House.
1856 - The organization of the first Evangelical
Lutheran congregation was complete and the first Pastor,
Christan H. Spring was called.
1858 - Property was purchased for the congregation
to have its own place of worship. The old church and lot
of Trinity Episcopal congregation on the corner of Eagle
& Green Streets were purchased for $2,000.
1935 - Zion joined the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ
Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His
appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season
and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate
for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn
aside to myths.
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the
work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
~The Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
"I am the
Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning
Martin Luther and Philip Melancthon
It is true that of all the church bodies which have left
the papacy it is precisely the Lutheran church which is
accused of retaining many papal abuses and having been the
least successful in cleansing itself. It is pointed out,
for example, that in our church priestly clothing, church
ornamentation, pictures, altars, crucifixes, candles, confession,
the sign of the cross, and the like are still apparent.
But my friends, whoever regards these innocent things as
vestiges of the papacy knows neither what the papacy is
nor what the Bible teaches. The very fact that the Lutheran
Reformation was not aimed at indifferent adiaphora but retained
those things which were in harmony with God's Word shows
that it was no disorderly revolution but a biblical reformation.
First President of the Missouri Synod:
1847-1850 & 1864-1878
Lord has indeed, in a rich measure, showered His divine
blessings upon our congregation in the days that are now
history. May He continue to bless us in the future with
all manner of spiritual and temporal blessings. May we,
by His unmerited grace, ever strive to be true and faithful
members of the Church Militant, and at God's appointed hour,
through faith in Christ Jesus, our only Savior, join the
and archangels and with Paul, Justin, Augustine, Martin Luther,
Philip Melancthon, C.F.W Walther, Pastor Heidenreich -- with
all the company of heaven! -- we laud and magnify
Thy glorious name, evermore praising Thee and saying:
holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth!
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory!
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He, Blessed is He, Blessed is He
that cometh in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!
135 West Green Street
Marshall, Michigan 49068
Phone: (269) 781-8982
Fax: (269) 781-3711
Pastor Roger B. James