Ordinary Time
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1974 sketch of the church by Karen Stoops, member Zion Lutheran Church
405 Hickory Street ; P.O. Box 68
Montpelier, Ohio 43543
(419) 485-8559
Zion1859@yahoo.com
 
Serving Christ in Northwestern Ohio since 1859



updated June 12, 2018

We are located in West Jefferson Township, south of Montpelier, Ohio, and north of Bryan, Ohio, just off of State Route 15. For information about our worship services, including our schedule and worship leaders, visit our worship page.

Liturgical Themes and reflections:
We are currently in "Ordinary Time" for the liturgical calendar, a time in between seasons of the Church. The liturgical color is green, a symbol of life and growth. During this time, the Church is not focusing its celebration and rememberance on a specific event in the life and history of the church. Rather the focus is on growing our relatioship with God, deepening our faith, and furthering our commitment to spreading the Gospel.

Faith is the assurance of things not seen. You may be wondering how someone can be certain of something that has not been seen. Well, in a sense, it has been seen. Faith is something that grows with experience and exposure. It is more than knowing a fact. It is a like a chain reaction. The chain begins with a belief. A belief is formed by teaching and experience. Once a belief has enough support, trust begins to form. Trust, a firm belief in someone or something, is formed by each experience that affirms the belief. When an experience contradicts the belief, trust is weakened which causes doubt or questions to form until the two are reconciled again. As trust becomes stronger, faith begins to form. Faith, complete trust or confidence in someone or something, is evident when one is able to trust an outcome that has not yet been seen regardless of whether or not the experience affirms or contradicts the belief. That's how we can have faith in a God that we cannot see. What we have been taught and what we experience in life tell us that God exists. Our own life journeys with its twists and turns, successes and failures, help us to learn to trust God's existence and trust Him with our lives. Because of God's faithfulness in our lives, we are able to have faith in His promises to us whether we are going through difficult times or good times. What does God promise? The Scriptures are full of them. Here are a few verses that you can read to get started: Exodus 14:14, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 54:10, James 1:5, 1 John 1:9, John 3:16, and Mark 11:24.