Advent and Christmas

Christmas Eve Worship

2pm ~ 3:30pm ~ 5pm ~ 11pm

Christmas Day Worship 10am

As we prepare:

  • Family devotion books will be available at the information desk beginning in late November.
  • Lighting of the advent candles during worship is a tradition that involves families and individuals who lead the advent readings and light the candles at 8:30, 9:45 and 10:30 worship. If you would like to help, call or email Sherilyn by November 21.
  • Come to Zion on Sunday, November 24 for a family advent event at 11:45am.
  • Light a series of advent candles at mealtime during the four weeks of advent.
  • Hear about God’s love through the worship services each Sunday of advent.
  • Join a choir or music ensemble to sing and ring the sounds of the Advent/Christmas season.
  • Choose one of the many Advent/Christmas events at Zion and celebrate with others, waiting and watching for the love of God that comes at Christmas.
  • Take part in Pastor Suzi’s #Adventsigns challenge
  • Joy to the World

    Joy to the World

    300 years ago, a young hymn writer Isaac Watts penned the lyrics for a new song to add to his collection of Psalms of David. The hymn, based on Psalm 98, Psalm 96:11–12, and Genesis 3:17–18, has grown to be one of the most beloved Christmas carols, Joy to the World. There are no shepherds, or angels, or even Mary, Joseph, and an infant Jesus mentioned in this carol yet it prepares us during Advent to celebrate with full voices of joy once Christmas comes. 

    December 1 – Prepare Him Room

    The Advent season begins with regular worship schedule, lighting of the advent wreath, sermon, and holy communion at all three worship services. 

    December 8 – The Savior Reigns

    Worship includes music leadership from the Youth & Family Worship Team, 1st Sunday, and Worship Team at 8:30 and 10:30. Family Express will be led by Zion musicians leading favorite Advent and Christmas carols. 

    December 15 – His Blessings Flow

    The Sunday school Christmas program, Star of Wonder,  is presented at 8:30 and 10:30 in the sanctuary. 9:45 Family Express includes advent and Christmas music led by a worship team.

    December 22 – Wonders of His Love

    Join Zion’s many musicians at worship for scripture and song. At 8:30 and 10:30 worship, SONshine Choir, Joy Choir, Youth Choir, Senior Choir, and Zion’s three handbell choirs join in anthems and congregational carols to prepare for Christ’s birth with the music and scripture from the advent theme, Joy to the World. At 9:45 Family Express the Youth & Family Worship Team will lead the congregation in favorite songs of the Advent and Christmas season. 

    December 24/25 – Joy to the World!

    Christmas Eve worship is at 2pm, 3:30pm 5pm & 11pm

    • The afternoon services will include a special time for the children to come forward to see Jesus’ birthday cake up close and hear a special message.
    • The 11pm Candlelight service will include the Zion Christmas Choir.

    Christmas Day worship is at 10am

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  • Days of Preparation

    Days of Preparation When our children were young, the Sears Christmas catalog was an extreme dream generator. Within a week the pages were dog eared and our son had marked every gift he desired with an “X”. “Who will get all of those things for you,” his mother asked. “Santa” he confidently responded. It was then that we realized that we cannot have Christmas without Advent. We counted down the days with various Advent calendars. The children enjoyed having a hand in making ...
  • Advent

    Advent Jo and her husband, Tom, have been at Zion since 2013. Tom is recently fully retired as a pastor, allowing them to attend more regularly. We are both lifelong Lutherans. Tom has been a Lutheran pastor for 55 years. My husband has been a mentor for me for nearly 57 years. He has a gift in teaching and preaching …the best pastor I have had. Jo’s favorite Bible passage begins at Romans 8:35: Who will separate us from the love of ...
  • Christmas Traditions

    Christmas Traditions Our Global Mission Partners Celebrating Christmas Christmas in Zambia looks and feels similar to many of our local traditions, but there are also some unique traditions. Just like here in the States “many churches in Zambia have nativity plays and a crib in the church. One or two days before Christmas, Zambians like to go carol singing around the local streets. After church, on Christmas Day, it is a custom that all the children go to one house and all the ...
  • Already … And Not Yet!

    Already … And Not Yet! Once again, there are already Christmas decorations up in the stores (I even spotted them before Halloween this year). I have to be honest and admit that I do have a helping of Grinch in me, because I want so badly to hold onto the practice of Advent, to say “Not yet!” I know we celebrate the good news of Jesus’ coming, but I love the sober stillness of Advent that makes space for those who bear the honesty that the ...
  • Christmas and Year End Giving

    Christmas and Year End GivingAccording to the National Philanthropic Trust, 30% of all charitable giving in the United States is done in the month of December. Amazingly, 10% of all giving is historically done in the last 48 hours of each year. The most likely reason for the last minute giving in the past has been to take advantage of potential tax benefits. However, there are some other reasons for the focus on December being the primary month for giving. Family Traditions: For many people, ...

December 15, 2019

Christmas Program at 8:30 & 10:30 - Choir Room

Pam Freer
Choir Room
Christmas and Advent

Star of WonderSee the kids shine like the light of Jesus like never before on Sunday, December 15, at the 8:30 and 10:30 worship services. This year’s Christmas program is called Star of Wonder, where you’ll meet a variety of stars as they watch the biggest announcement in history unfold - the birth of Jesus.


Thursday, December 19, 11:00 am

Advent Appreciation Dinner - Fellowship Hall

Fellowship Hall
Christmas and Advent

Zion staff will host an Advent Appreciation Dinner for Zionaires, volunteers, and homebound members on Thursday, December 19. There will be a worship service with communion at 11am, followed by dinner and entertainment provided by the church staff. Look forward to a tasty main course and all of the "extras" for a fine meal.

There’s no cost for the meal. The staff appreciates the many hours of work so many of you give to Zion once your "day job" has finished and retirement or flex-time has come. 

Please make your reservation by Sunday, December 15, by calling the church office at 763.682.1245 or stopping at the Information Desk. Rides are available if requested.


Tuesday, December 24, 11:00 pm

Christmas Eve Worship - Sanctuary

Christmas and Advent

Joy to the World

Christmas Eve worship services are at 2pm, 3:30pm 5pm & 11pm
  • The afternoon services will include a special time for the children to come forward to see Jesus’ birthday cake up close and hear a special message. 
  • The 11pm Candlelight service will include the Zion Christmas Choir. 


Wednesday, December 25, 10:00 am

Christmas Day Worship - Sanctuary

Christmas and Advent

Monday, January 6, 9:00 am

Christmas Decoration Take Down

Diane Huston
Christmas and Advent

On Tuesday, January 6, at 9am, volunteers will gather to take down the Christmas decorations at Zion.  Even if you weren’t able to help decorate, you are invited to help pack up the decorations for this year.  All are welcome!

Ushers, Greeters, etc.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are great times to volunteer at Zion. There are many new faces from the community and many family and friends who visit Zion during the holidays. It’s an especially important time to show a welcoming face and lend a hand from the time worshippers enter the parking lot to the time they find a spot in the sanctuary for worship. Opportunities on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Years’ Day include parking director, usher, greeter, or nursery helper.

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