We know the lure of summer vacation and long, lazy weekends can dramatically impact regular church attendance. But we also know that God doesn’t take a sabbatical from June to September, and neither does the ministry of Zion. The regular rhythms of the school year are now coming to an end for a while, and this gives us a huge gift to do life a little differently. The summer gives us a chance to travel and make new memories; it gives us the chance to enter into a different form of routine, and to not be bound by the same time constraints (but often times different time constraints). We know we are called to be disciples year round and this summer at Zion we will have many opportunities to live into this calling. Many different ways to serve, grow and love.
Our worship rhythm will change this summer. We will have the opportunities to worship at 8:30 and 10am on Sunday mornings and at 7pm on Monday evening. The 8:30am worship will have a traditional feel; the organ will be played, hymns sung and traditional liturgy used. The 10am worship will have a contemporary feel, a worship team/band will lead music; the prayers are more casual and the time will be a little less. Monday evenings at Marysville will, as always, remind us of our history and connect us to our roots. As you live into a new rhythm this summer you might try worshiping at a time that you haven’t before. And, rumor has it, we will be hosting a worship outside a time or two this summer; stay tuned for more details.
Our opportunities to serve our neighbor this summer will be endless. As we go through the summer think about serving in a new way. Have you ever been to a Blessing Closet sorting, a Fare for All sale, delivered Meals on Wheels? Summer Stretch is a service opportunity for youth. These days are also a great chance for adults to serve too by walking along side our youth. This summer might just give you the chance to try one of these service opportunities.
Our chances to pass on the faith and help in faith formation are limitless. Kick off your summer by volunteering at Vacation Bible School. Adults are still needed for sure. Do you enjoy reading/telling Bible stories? Zion Day Camp is looking for adults to come in and read to the kids every day after lunch. One of the easiest ways to help pass on the faith this summer is by praying for the 181 youth who will be attending Camp Wapo this summer. Our prayer is for a life changing week full of new memories, laughter, learning and safety. As for adult faith formation this summer, you can participate in the adult confirmation class or join the Women, Wine and the Word Bible study.
Our times for fellowship are great this summer. “Take Me out to the Ball Game” spins in my head most of the summer and we have a few different ways to make that come true. You can join the men’s softball team, as a player or a fan. Go to a Twins game on Lutheran Night or with the Summer Stretch group. The Fishing Club is a great way to be outside and enjoy fellowship time. In late July the annual pie and ice cream social will be held at Marysville, a fun night of fellowship, worship, and of course pie.
As you can see, the rhythm of life changes over the summer but we rest easy knowing God does not take a sabbatical. Our call to lifelong faith never goes on vacation. Enjoy the different rhythm of life, so this summer plan to try something new to see what God is up to here at Zion.