No More Children’s Messages!


No more children’s messages?! What?! Oh, a title is able to grab one’s attention can it not? Worry not, Zion! The process of the children gathering at the foot of the altar to learn the basic teachings of the Christian Faith before the Sermon Hymn is not ceasing. You will notice, however, that it will no longer be called, “Children’s Message” in the bulletin hence the title of this month’s Newsletter Article! From here on out you will instead read, “Catechetical Message.” Included will be a brief excerpt and page number in the Hymnal from Luther’s Small Catechism that will be the focus for the message that Sunday.

After much feedback from many of Zion’s faithful parents regarding children’s messages, it has become clear that the time in the liturgy we allow for “Children’s Message” would be better served teaching the fundamentals of the Christian faith to the children AND the parents as well as the entire congregation. The “Catechetical Message” will not only help our beloved children grow in the knowledge of their Savior, it will also help parents learn how to teach and revisit the message at home during the week. The “Catechetical Message” is one way Zion is working towards helping fathers lead their families as the spiritual head of household.

Martin Luther wrote the Small Catechism in 1529 because he had witnessed how much the laity and the pastors (yes, the pastors, too!) were lacking in their basic understanding of the Christian faith. If you open your Small Catechism to the very first page – and if you cannot find yours, let us know and we will give you another copy – you will read, “As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to his household.” Luther understood how important it was for the Christian faith to be a part of everyday life. Luther, however, was not inventing a new idea. It is biblical!

In the Old Testament we read in Deuteronomy 6:5-7, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

In the New Testament we read in Ephesians 6:4 that this task is a specific duty of Dads. Paul writes, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” If a Father is unwilling or not present to do his God-given task, then Mothers of course may pick up the slack! The Church is here to help you, parents! The “Catechetical Message” is a starting point.

For those people without a family of their own (single, divorced, widowed, “empty nesters”, etc.), the “Catechetical Message” will be a great review of the basic teachings we all hold so dear to our hearts. Since we can never know the Christian faith perfectly this side of heaven, Lord willing we will all learn! We would never want anyone to feel segregated or left out of something during a worship service. The Apostle James admonishes us that we “show no partiality as [we] hold the faith” (James 2:1). The “Catechetical Message” will help move away from the idea that some parts of the worship service are “for the children” and other parts are “for the adults.” A “Catechetical Message” is inclusive of the young and older alike!

As we each grow in our “discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4), I pray that God give us all an increase of faith and a yearning to grow in our “walk by the way” with Christ (Deuteronomy 6:7).

Your Servant in Christ, Pastor Hromowyk

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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


 

COMMUNION SCHEDULE
 

8:00 A.M. First and Third Sundays

10:30 A.M. Second and Fourth Sundays

Fifth Sunday, 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 one of our Pastors.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE/BIBLE STUDY
Beginning Wednesday, June 7th, the Wednesday Evening Service/Bible Study will be resuming. On the First Wednesday (June 7th), the Service will be Divine Setting Three, with Holy Communion. This Service will begin at 7:00 PM; there will be a Bible Study, following the Service, in the Family Room. On the other Wednesdays (June 14th, 21st, & 28th), the Service will be Compline, and will begin at 7:00 PM; there will be a Bible Study following the Compline, in the Family Room. Private Confession and Absolution will be available from 6:15-6:45 PM, in Pastor Hromowyk’s Office, all Wednesdays.