Advent and Christmas

Christmas Eve Worship

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

Christmas Day Worship 10am

Take time out of the busy days of November and December to reflect on God’s love, coming down to us as Jesus.

  • 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 Zion’s Advent Photo-a-Day challenge
  • Stop by the Zion information desk to pick up an advent devotional for home use.

Invite your friends and neighbors to Christmas Eve Worship

  • Christ, Be Our Light

    Pastor Ted“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:3b-5 The days grow shorter and the darkness longer as we make our way into December. Darkness seems to take over life. Darkness is just there. It doesn’t come from somewhere – it just is. Darkness is the absence of light. During this time of year, as the darkness takes ... more
  • Christmas and Year End Giving

    According 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, ... more

December 2, 2018

Advent Photo Challenge

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This Advent Photo-a-day Challenge is a way to help us to think through this season every day and ponder how Christmas is changing the world to this day.  Take one picture inspired by the word of the day and post it to Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter.  Then spend some time in prayer asking to focus your heart and mind on the things, people and places that God want you to focus on. 

Share your photos on Instagram, Facebook or twitter with the hashtags #zionbuffalo and #adventphotoaday


Thursday, December 20, 12:00 pm

Advent Appreciation Dinner - Fellowship Hall

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Zion staff will host an Advent Appreciation Dinner for Zionaires, volunteers, and homebound members on Thursday, December 20. 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 16, by calling the church office at 763.682.1245 or stopping at the Information Desk. Rides are available if requested.


Monday, December 24, 2:00 pm

Christmas Eve Worship - Sanctuary

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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. 


Tuesday, December 25, 10:00 am

Christmas Day Worship - Sanctuary

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December 30, 2018

Prayers and Healing at all Services

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During all services on December 30 (8:30am, 9:45am, 10:30am), there will be an intentional time for individuals to receive prayers of healing. We are the body of Christ and all of us are vulnerable to brokenness, those feeling the weight of physical or mental illness, grief or loss, addiction etc., are invited to come forward for prayers. Feel the love of your brothers and sisters in Christ surround you during this sacred time. 

This service will replace the Service of Prayer and Healing that had been a separate service inthe past.


Monday, January 7, 9:00 am

Christmas Decoration Take Down

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On Monday, January 7, 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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