Summer Worship Changes

A sabbatical is a time of rest and reflection. My sabbatical conferences and readings are focused on worship and music. #ZionBuffalo

After a very lengthy winter, it’s time to look towards the summer months and plan for those warm days and summer events that we all enjoy. The Worship and Music Committee, the Church Council, and the Zion staff have looked at those three months of June, July, and August, and here’s what’s coming for summer 2018:


Two Sunday morning worship services from June 3-September 2 at 8:30 and 10:00am.

  • 8:30am – Traditional worship in the sanctuary
  • 10:00am – Summer Express worship in the sanctuary

Both 8:30 and 10:00 worship services will have family-friendly elements since the Sunday school takes time off in the summer months. Both services will have the same sermon. At 8:30 hymns will be organ-led and the 10:00am worship music each week will be led by one of Zion’s four worship teams.

We had a wonderful experience with family leaders helping with the “Worshipping Young” services during Lent & Holy Week. It’s possible that your family could pick a date and be worship leaders on a Sunday morning, helping welcome people or assisting in worship readings.

Sermons for the summer will be based on the narrative lectionary (a pre-selected collection of Bible readings, created by Luther Seminary, that follows a more continuous, “narrative” approach), concentrating on the Psalms, Ephesians, and Ruth.


Monday night worship happens for the months of June, July, and August at 7:00pm at the historic Marysville church on Dempsey Ave SW. The worship season at this wonderful country church begins on June 4 and ends on August 27.

Why the Change?

We notice that many families like to come earlier for worship in the summer so that they can use their Sundays for family events, time at the lake, or special events that can only happen in our short Minnesota summer. That’s why 8:30 and 10:00am appear to be the best choices for worship times.

With the addition of Marysville Monday worship, Zion is still actively worshipping three services each week.

While Sunday school is not in session, there may be a possible option to do a short children’s activity in Trinity Hall after the children’s message which gives parents listening time during the sermon.

Both 8:30 and 10am worship will be in the sanctuary, leaving Trinity Hall open for activities.

Weather permitting, there’s also a tentative plan for two outdoor worship services on July 29 and August 26 on the Zion property … stay tuned.

Summer is coming!

July 29 Outdoor Worship