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.
Our Hearts at Zion stand open to any person seeking a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Come soon for a visit.
God Is Calling Us To Unite Diverse People, Beset With Various Life Struggles, To Oneness In Christ.
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 October 19-25, 2020: “Home Away from Home (And Back Again)
… Isaiah 45:1-7
Many of you have had the opportunity to live in the same place all your lives. But some of you, for one reason or another, have had to leave the place where you’ve called home. You have left “home” either for a while or perhaps even permanently.
For seventy long years, the People of Israel lived in exile in Babylon away from their historic homeland. They were forced to leave home on account of their continual sin against God (2 Chronicles 36:15-21). While in exile, they were called to settle in and make Babylon their “home away from home” (Jeremiah 29:5-7). They were to build their own homes, establish their families, and seek the welfare of the foreign land where they lived.
All along, the people had word, from the Prophet Isaiah, that the time would come, under a man named Cyrus, when they would be allowed to return to their homeland (Isaiah 45:1-7). Having been humbled by the Lord for seven long decades, the People of Israel were then allowed to return home under King Cyrus of Persia who had just conquered the Babylonian Empire (2 Chronicles 36:22-23).
At times, we may well be called to leave the place or situation that has been “home” for us. Maybe it’s because of a job or educational opportunity. Maybe, because of advancing age, we can longer live in our home of many years. We may, like Israel, be forced to leave home because of something we have done wrong. Then again, we may have to leave home because of no fault of our own.
Wherever we might have to go, we are called—as Israel once was--to “bloom where we are planted” in what is meant to become for us our “home away from home.” In God’s time, we may well have opportunity to return to the earthly place we call home. But whatever our earthly future might hold, we are always being prepared for our true eternal home in the promised Kingdom to come. All this is made possible for us by Our Lord Jesus Christ—who, for a few short years, made this earth His “home away from home” where He would suffer, die, and rise for us before returning home where He now prepares a place for us (John 14:2-3).
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