The bricks, steel, glass, mortar and wood of the “the church” are often taken for granted. What is actually a wonderful blessing to a congregation is sometimes at risk for becoming a mere assumption. To place full value on a place or thing, it is helpful to look at what life would be like without it. In the case of the Zion Lutheran Church building – where would we worship that is as warm, safe and attractive as our sanctuary? Where would the Sunday school meet to accommodate its large enrollment of children? Would funerals be found only in cold, public auditoriums or small memorial chapels? How would we facilitate large events like the Harvest of Hands sale, the Women’s Spring Brunch or Bible School? Where would we linger over coffee or a shared meal? In what structure would we baptize, confirm and marry the members of our congregation?
A church building is like a home in some respects. It is usually not noticed or commented upon unless it is put together and cared for extremely well or very poorly. And, what a blessing it is when this is done well. Zion Lutheran Church is that kind of blessing to its members and community. It is a beautiful and functional place – designed to glorify God and facilitate the gathering of God’s people. It makes a statement that there is a special group of individuals, who gather on a regular basis to worship God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and who love each other and care for their neighbors. Let’s not take our church for granted. We need to tend and care for it so it will continue to “work” for the Zion Lutheran congregation, the Buffalo community and the world. It is a beautiful place. We would miss it if it was gone.