Zion Lutheran Church has been Serving Lorain and the Surrounding Communities since 1900
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Week of December 3-9, 2018: “A Season of Death, A Season of Life”
… Jeremiah 33:14-16.
Tis’ the season to be jolly—so people say at this time of year. But nature, at this time, tells a different story. In the darkness of the short days and in the barrenness of the tree branches, it would appear that right now is “a season of death”. But after the long wait through the winter months, spring at last arrives. Then, it is truly a “season of life” as the trees bud and their leaves return.
A season of death, a season of life: This was the two-fold message of the Prophet Jeremiah. Called as a youth be God’s prophet, Jeremiah would foretell of judgment and destruction against Jerusalem and the land of Judah for its decades, even centuries, of rebellion against God. While the people would reject his dread proclamations as “fake news”, Jerusalem would indeed be destroyed and the people would be brought off into exile in Babylon (Jeremiah 52).
But even as Jeremiah foretold of this season of death, He also foretold of a coming season of life through “a righteous branch” who would be a descendant of King David (Jeremiah 33:14-16). The people would realize this after seventy years of exile in Babylon as they would return to their homeland under the leadership of Zerubbabel—a descendant of David. But an even greater descendant of David was yet to come who would execute judgment (against sin) and righteousness (for all who would believe in Him). This truly Righteous Branch would enter into the world in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 1:31-32).
To all who believe in this promised Christ, their season of death in sin has ended as now they walk in a true season of life as His fruitful branches (John 15:5). But even as such branches, we will continually be pruned so that we would bear even more fruit (John 15:2). This pruning process will mean going through a recurring “season of death”—similar to that within nature—as we are called to die to sin and to our selves as we “crucify the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24).
But as it is in nature, a season of life always follows as this pruning process “yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness” (Hebrews 12:11). This season, when it comes, is more than jolly—tis’ the season to be joyful in the “Lord, Our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16).
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.
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