Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
14205 Ida Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68142
Rev. Lance D. Berndt and Rev. Philip Hale
Church Office (402) 493-1744
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Sunday School 9:15 AM and Bible Study 9:30 AM
Welcome To Zion Lutheran Church
The Mission of Zion Lutheran Church is to reach out to the community as we embrace our fellow members, building on the strength of our heritage in the true Word of God. To this end, Zion's members see themselves as loving Christians called by God to serve Him according to His purpose.
You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. Heb. 12:22-23
- Published: 07 August 2014
- Last Updated: 05 November 2015
Pastor's Pen 10/18/2016
A message from Pastor Berndt
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Freedom seems like something we take for granted. After all, we are Americans. We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. The Pharisees had a low view of sin. They thought they could overcome their sin by living a good life – their prayers, keeping of the Sabbath, and good works.
In the Middle Ages much the same lie enslaved sinners in thinking they were free. Many thought they were free by good works, giving, living a good life, and prayers to the saints. But slavery to sin is still slavery even if you call it freedom.
Under the curse of sin we think we can work our way out of sin by being good. A path of futility, trying to please God with good works, will lead either to arrogance or despair. Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. (John 8) We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. (Isaiah 64)
Scripture teaches that there is ONLY ONE WHO CAN SET YOU FREE. JESUS. The Lutheran Reformation returned back to the truth of Scripture. True freedom is in Christ alone for the sinner. The Gospel rescues you from the false religion of works righteousness.
- Published: 19 October 2016
- Last Updated: 19 October 2016
The Lutheran Faith: A Mighty Fortress
The Lutheran Faith: A Mighty Fortress. A Vox Visuals production by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Brandon, MS. Our church produced this a few years back. My brother and I worked together on this project. I wrote the script and provided the onscreen "talent." He handled the directing and video editing. We shot this at The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, FL.
- Published: 17 October 2016
- Last Updated: 17 October 2016
Pastor's Pen 10/04/2016
A message from Pastor Berndt
Jesus said “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” (Luke 10)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. There is a war going on. It is not fought with conventional weapons. It is not a battle over land or property. It is a spiritual war – an angelic war. War arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. (Revelation 12)
Satan is at war against the Lord's Church. Satan brings his lies and accusations against you. Satan lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8) This war’s weapon is words. Lies versus the truth. Satan's deception versus the Word of God.
The Lord sends His Holy Angels to guard and protect you with God's Word. He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91) The word Angel means "messenger". What message do the angels bring? Jesus. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1)
- Published: 13 October 2016
- Last Updated: 13 October 2016
Germanfest 2016 Photos
Germanfest at Zion was a great time for members and guests to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the congregation. Food, kids' activities, and dancing to live music by the Dave Salmon Polka Band were highlights of the day. Several craftsmen displayed handmade wares at the craft fair. Former pastor Rev. Thomas Schmitt presented sermons at services. Here's to another 130 years of God's blessings!
- Published: 11 October 2016
- Last Updated: 11 October 2016
Germanfest Schedule of Events
130th Anniversary Celebration Schedule of Events
Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who celebrate. Jeremiah 30:19
1886 - 2016
Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate 130 years of the Lord’s faithfulness in Word and Sacrament ministry.
Please join us on October 8th for a Germanfest from 11am-5pm with music, food, fun and events for all ages! And come on October 9th for Divine Service at 8am and 10:30am with guest preacher Rev. Thomas Schmitt.
|11am - 5pm||
Brats, Pretzels, Turkey Legs, Snow Cones, Kettle Corn, Cake Walk, Calligraphy, Bounce House, History, Carnival Rides, Obstacle Course, Dessert Booth
|11am - noon||Pony Rides, Petting Zoo|
|11am - 3pm||Balloon Man, Face Painting|
|11am - 4pm||Craft Boutique|
|Noon - 4pm||Polka Band|
|Noon||Bennington Fire and Rescue|
|1:30pm||Omaha Fire Department|
|Renee’s Cloggers, Douglas County Sheriff, Omaha Police Department, Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog|
Divine Service on Saturday, October 8 at 6pm and Sunday, October 9 at 8am and 10:30am with guest preacher Rev. Thomas Schmitt.
- Published: 01 October 2016
- Last Updated: 07 October 2016
Lutherans in Africa
So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ - Romans 10:17
Lutherans in Africa: Forming African Christains to be teachers of the faith.
There is a severe shortage of trained pastors in Africa. In America, the Lutheran Church has 1 pastor for every 376 members. In Tanzania, for instance, there is 1 pastor for every 3,500 members. By training Africans to be teachers of the faith, Lutherans In Africa (LIA) is able to help fill the need for pastors and further spread the Gospel, allowing God to work through His external Word.
To find out more information about this project please visit the Lutherans in Africa website.
- Published: 27 September 2016
- Last Updated: 27 September 2016
- Published: 10 September 2016
- Last Updated: 27 September 2016
Several members of our youth along with Suzie Allen and Pastor Berndt attended the Higher Things, Bread of Life Conference July 26-29. They shared with the congregation this past Sunday their experiences from the conference.
The mission of Higher Things is to assist parents, pastors, and congregations in cultivating, encouraging, and promoting a distinctively Lutheran identity among their youth and young adults.
More information about Higher Things can be found on their web site www.higherthings.org.
- Published: 12 September 2016
- Last Updated: 12 September 2016
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