In 2023, we will be focusing on the intersection of faith and work in our ministry programming. Martin Luther emphasized a concept he called "the priesthood of all believers," which says that we all have a role to play in bringing the kingdom of God into our world. God does not call all of us into "THE ministry" to be pastors and deacons, but God does call us all into ministry.
Our ministry, our purpose, and our life's work all meet where passion, profession, mission, and vocation intersect. What do you really love? What are you great at doing? What do you get paid for? What does the world really need?
Those are all meaningful and important questions, but what if you've lost your passion? What if you don't like your paying job? What if you feel like you're not making a difference? The truth is that we all struggle with whether we are making a difference in our daily life and work.
Look for opportunities to come together and be encouraged this year. Every person, indeed every creature, matters to God; and, you ARE making a difference.
At Zion, we use "Prayer of Good Courage" as our post-communion prayer weekly. This prayer appears in our ELW hymnal as part of the Evening Prayer liturgy, but has been used in many other liturgical places.
This prayer acknowledges that so much of our lives is unknown to us, the "ventures of which we cannot see the ending." Second, the prayer asks God for faith and "good courage." Do we ever need that! And finally, God is leading us wherever we go. Be encouraged, for God is with you!
Zion — Ministries Under the Cross
959 SE 6th Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
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Zion is a community of faith based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and a congregation of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Zion is a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community, and extends God's radical welcome to all people, because we're all created in God's image.
We are raising money to support Zion's newest shared ministry. Nina's Place is a free community market and pantry opening in January 2023 as a collaboration between Zion, Deerfield Beach Community Cares, and FLIPANY. To donate via our online giving platform, click here.