The Vicar Is Coming!


We all know the legend of Paul Revere shouting the “Red Coats are coming!” during the American Revolution. While Revere’s exclamation was a warning, this month’s newsletter is a celebration! The Vicar is coming!

Hosting a Vicar for a year is one of the greatest privileges a church can have. Not only does a local congregation get to be on the front lines with the Synod’s seminaries in training a future pastor, she also gets to experience watching a man grow in His service to Christ’s kingdom in her midst. Not many churches get this opportunity. It is a tremendous investment to be sure, but one that is guaranteed to bear fruit. The local congregation may not be the one to benefit from such fruit in the long run, but what better lesson of service is there than one which teaches us to serve without expecting any reward or gain from it?

The word “vicar” comes from the Latin word vicarius, which means substitute or representative. While the Vicar is not at all a “substitute” for the Pastor, he will assist with many of the functions that Pastors do such as conducting parts of the liturgy, and visiting the sick and dying. And yet a vicar is not a pastor. A person does not become a pastor until he receives a Call into the Office of Holy Ministry. This means the Vicar will not be permitted to do official Pastoral Acts such as baptisms and funerals. He also will not be consecrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion, or publicly preaching or teaching the Word unless under supervision. A Vicar is still a seminary student. In fact, he will be earning academic credits for his work at Zion this year!

Please pray for him and his family, and show him Christian love and hospitality. Welcome him into your home. Get to know him. Getting to know you will be encouraging to him in itself! Yet also try to encourage him through your words. Speaking from experience, a vicarage is a highlight if not the highlight of one’s pre-pastoral life!

Below is a copy of the Vicar-to-be’s letter of acceptance that he sent to us shortly after the Vicarage placement Service. I am excited to work with him. I pray that Zion is excited to receive from him and help hone the gifts he has!

Dear members of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church,

On Monday of this week I was placed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in the role of ministerial vicar and I joyfully accept this assignment. I look forward to beginning my duties at Zion on July 21, 2019, as indicated in the vicarage application. We will be living in Westerville and are moving into our new apartment on July 18, 2019.

My wife’s name is Elizabeth. She and I have been married for six years. We have two daughters: Jane, who is five, and Eve, who is three. We are all very much looking forward to this wonderful opportunity.

I pray that the Lord will bless our work together to his glory.

Your servant in Christ,
Andrew R. Twietmeyer


Indeed, to God be the glory as we serve Him together and receive His gifts in Jesus’ name!
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Hromowyk

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Sunday Worship Services - 8:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M.
Wednesday  Compline Service 7:00 P.M.



 

COMMUNION SCHEDULE
 

Holy Communion is available every Sunday at both services.

COMMUNION STATEMENT
Special note to our visitors and guests: Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, are kindly asked to refrain from partaking of the Sacrament until first speaking with our Pastor.