Zion Lutheran Church
Marshall, Michigan

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

 
 
     

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Our History

1848-2006: 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 ministry!" ~The Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

"Tradition 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 about."~G.K. Chesterton

"A 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 age."~C.S. Lewis

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A Brief Chronicle 1856 - 2005

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Marshall, Michigan

Compiled by
Erika Bullmann Flores

NOW AVAILABLE HERE IN PDF.

I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the first and the last, the beginning and end!
Revelation 22:13

These 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.

We 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’ sake.

In 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. Amen.

Reverend Roger B. James
Pentecost + September 2005

 


Overview


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.




1858

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 ministry.

~The Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and end."
(Revelation 22:13)



1946

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.

C.F.W. Walther
First President of the Missouri Synod:
1847-1850 & 1864-1878

The 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 Church Triumphant!
Rev. Christopher Heidenreich
Pastor, 1896-1946

With angels 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, 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!

 


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



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Phone: (269) 781-8982, Fax: (269) 781-3711


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