On Sunday, November 13th, 2022, we gather for a Worship Service in-person at the Chapel (2700 W 14th Street) and via the Zoom platform (online and by phone) at 11:00 A.M.
To join us at the Chapel, buzz Zion Church (Bob Bucklew) from the Directory at the front of the 2700 Building on the campus of San Sofia apartments or enter from the accessible ramp from the rear parking lot. When you arrive, call Bob at 216-375-5323 to open the parking lot gate.
Holy Communion will be celebrated in our worship service tomorrow. If you are at the Chapel, the elements of Bread and Cup will be provided for you. This is Christ’s table, and All are Welcome! If you are taking part from your home or apartment, we encourage you to gather simple elements in advance of the service and join us!
For the online link and phone info to join the worship service via Zoom, please scan down below…
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the rise in COVID cases, we request the wearing of a face mask regardless of vaccination and booster status while in the Chapel common areas.
Our Administrative Assistant, Beverly Wurm, is available during office hours on Monday (9am -1pm), Wednesday (11am-4pm), and Thursday (9am-1pm). You may reach Bev by e-mail at [email protected] or leave a message for her on the church phone–216-273-7561–and Bev will return your call.
This is the 2nd to last Sunday in the Church Year. Next Sunday, November 20th is Thanksgiving and Reign of Christ Sunday, which concludes the present Year. The new Church Year begins in two weeks in Sunday, Nov. 27th with the First Sunday of Advent.
Next Sunday (Nov. 20th) following worship, we’ll join for Thanksgiving Sunday Lunch of chicken and dressing, cranberry sauce, rolls, and desert. Give thanks to God for God’s many blessings in your life this year. Our thanks to Beverly Wurm for proposing and coordinating this holiday lunch!
Please remember in your prayers
- Elaine Lukacs – a patient in Southwest General Hospital – infection and dehydration
- Betty Funk – scheduled for surgery on Friday
- Patti Augustine – recovering from a respiratory virus
- Beverly Wurm – recovering from a respiratory virus
- Pastor Scott Rosenstein and Bob Bucklew – recovering from COVID infections
We ask God’s healing and strengthening presence to be with each one, their families and loved ones!
The bulletin is attached. You may use it to follow along with us in the worship service or as a Devotional this week.
The Scripture Readings are:
The selection from the Hebrew Scriptures turns toward the day of the Lord, the day of judgment, as the liturgical year turns toward Reign of Christ Sunday. The prophet Malachi prophesied that the day would come when God’s purifying fire would burn up all evildoers, so that there would be nothing left that evil could graft on to. Instead, the Sun of Righteousness would rise with healing in its wings for those who turn to God. This beautiful image conveys that God’s fire of judgment is for purifying and healing, not for destruction and dismay.
Psalm 98 is a song of thanksgiving to God for victory. God has remained faithful to the people of Israel, showing God’s steadfast love, and all the earth knows God’s victory. The psalmist calls upon the whole earth to make a joyful noise, to praise God. With musical instruments, and the music of the sea and floodwaters—everything is called to praise God, all of God’s creation. God is the one who judges the whole earth and judges the people rightly.
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
The Epistle readings conclude the series in 2 Thessalonians, with an exhortation for the believers to do what is right. The writer urges the readers to keep away from those who have gone astray and have either been idle or just busybodies without doing anything to contribute to the community of faith. This was a specific concern with a specific community, and the writers urge them to consider who is working for the community of faith and living out the teachings that were passed to them and encourages the faithful to not stop doing what is right.
These verses in Luke 21 are part of Jesus’ final teachings to the disciples when he is in Jerusalem the last week of his life. While the disciples are admiring the temple, Jesus foretells that not one stone will be left. We must remember that the Gospel accounts were written after the destruction of the temple in 70 C.E., and Jesus is preparing the disciples for what is to come (therefore, the gospel writers are helping the listeners of their day understand why they must endure the troubles of their time). The disciples wonder when the destruction of the temple will take place, but Jesus assures them to not be alarmed. There will be people who will try to lead the believers astray. There will be natural disasters and wars and plagues, and even before that, persecution including trials and imprisonment. Nonetheless, Jesus assures them they will be innocent before God, and will endure for the sake of the gospel.
The Sermon/Reflection is “By Our Endurance, We Will Save Our Souls” by the Rev. Scott Rosenstein, based on the reading from Luke 21:5-19
Our Worship Service is also available through the Zoom platform on Sunday, November 13th, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. (Eastern Time).
Please join us to give thanks to God this Sunday, in-person in the Chapel, or via Zoom!
216-273-7561 – church (new phone number)
216.577.1514 – mobile
Bulletin Cover Image:
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
by Charles Pabst, The Luminous Mysteries, 20 Mysteries of the Rosary,
The Sacred Art Gallery.