Zion Lutheran Church has been Serving Lorain and the Surrounding Communities since 1900
Zion is afflilated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and supports outreach throughout Ohio and the world.
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Sunday Service 11:00 A.M.
Bible Study Sunday 12:15 P.M.
Bible Study Wednesday 11:00 A.M.
Children's Sunday School Class
every Sunday at 10:15 to 10:45 under the direction of Julie Barone all Children 4 through 12 are welcome
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Week of November 16-22, 2020: “Cryptic Pregnancy, Ready to Be Done”
… 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Over the past few months, I became both a grandfather and a great-uncle. Both my daughter and my niece, at about seven months into their pregnancies, both told me the same thing: “I’m ready to be done.” By contrast, about 1 out of every 2,500 pregnancies are what are called “cryptic pregnancies”. Here, the woman is unaware that she is even pregnant until right when she gives birth.
For many, when Judgment Day arrives, Jesus’ return will be just like a cryptic pregnancy. They will be ignorant of the many signs all around them until the Lord’s return comes down on them like labor pains upon a pregnant woman (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, Matthew 24:37-39). While physiological factors might be involved in leading a woman to be unaware of her cryptic pregnancy, the unrighteous will be ignorant of the signs leading up to the end by their own choosing.
But for those of us who are in Christ, we are always meant to be watchful and prepared for Our Lord’s return (1 Thessalonians 5:4-8). A woman, who knows that she is pregnant, will alter her lifestyle for the sake of what lies ahead. So too, we are meant to be mindful of our way of life for the sake of what is ahead—the return of Christ. Upon His return, we will, at long last, obtain the salvation that He has prepared for us (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11).
But in view of what is going on in the world around us, and seeing the struggles that we face in our own lives, we often want to cry out, “How long, O Lord?” (Revelation 6:10). Or, as my daughter and niece might put it, “I’m ready to be done.” But the Lord assures us that for us, His elect, the days leading up to the end will be cut short (Matthew 24:22). Then, as a woman, upon giving birth, has great joy (John 16:21), so too will we have unending joy when Christ returns to establish His Kingdom forever..
Your Pastor Pastor Bill Mugnolo Hi, I’m Pastor Bill Mugnolo and I have been serving at Zion Lutherran and at our sister congregation of St Johns in Elyria since September 2017. I was born in Baltimore, Maryland and I grew up on Long Island in New York State, in Northern New Jersey, and in Atlanta, Georgia. Since my graduation from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, I have lived in and have had an ongoing family connection to the Rochester, New York area which I consider to be my adopted hometown. I was confirmed in the Lutheran Church as an adult in 1984. I went on to seminary at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. I was ordained on August 16, 1990 on the thirty-first anniversary of my baptism. I have served congregations in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (1990-1998), Newark, New York (1998-2016), and Columbia Station, Ohio (2016-2017). I was joined in marriage to Sabra LeClaire of Rochester, New York on October 1, 1993. We have two daughters—, Emilia and Rebecca. I enjoy power walking, cross-country skiing, dumbbell training, travelling, and a wide variety of music. It is my great honor and privilege to serve both the Lord and you as pastor at Zion.
Wednesday and Thursday
9 A.M to 12
440-282-8418 Pastor Bill