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Worship

For Lutherans, worship stands at the center of our life of faith.
Through God’s word, water, bread, wine and prayer, we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world.

Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. In worship, we are connected to both Jesus and to others. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world.

Worship is a time of gathering as community to come into the presence of a living, relational God. In worship we seek to be nourished by Word and Sacrament (baptism and Holy Communion). Worship is an ever-changing and growing experience.

Worship shows us that Jesus’ table is expansive and inclusive.

Andrea Fluegel - July 3, 2022

Quest: The Reflection

Quest: The Reflection

When we begin to broaden our experience of lands and peoples in our travel, or in our own towns and cities, we may move through a personal crisis if the plurality of religious thought and practice has not come into close view in our lives before. And yet, if we continue to reflect and open, what feels so different may not be as far from us as we first imagined. The light we seek and life-sustaining river that runs through the “Kin-dom” of God is full of common themes across religions: peaceful coexistence, food and shelter, love and compassion for those suffering and oppressed. How can deeper reflection about our own hesitation to connect to the wider human family free us to explore more possibilities for a better world?

Scripture References: Matthew 25:31-46, Revelation 21:22-26, Isaiah 65:17-25

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Upcoming Worship Series

Quest: Travel As A Spiritual Practice

Sundays, June 19 -July 10, 2022 (4 weeks)

Whether you travel far away or see your local surroundings as if for the first time, pilgrimage has long been a spiritual practice, and “journey” a deeply-felt metaphor for our spiritual lives. “Quest” comes from the Latin root meaning “ask, seek.” This four week worship series will encourage us to open ourselves more fully to the curiosity and wonder, reflection and transformation that travelers–not merely tourists–experience when they choose to immerse themselves in soul-widening adventures. Series adapted from Marcia McFee and Worship Design Studio.

Monumental: Celebrating God’s Greatness

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Kick-off Worship to Vacation Bible School! Through the story of Joseph (Book of Genesis), we will discover God’s greatness in our lives. Explore how God loved Joseph and his family, even when they made a mess of things and how that love is for us, too!

Language of the Holy Spirit

Sundays, July 24-August 28, 2022 (6 weeks)

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is mysterious and often misunderstood. How exactly does the Holy Spirit work in, with and through our lives. In this worship series, we will explore the Holy Spirit in both the Old Testament and New Testament. Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Let us pray. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful: Grant that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations, through Christ our Lord. Amen. (from the Canticle in the Nordic Lutheran Church of Sweden)

Our Money Story

Sundays, September 18-October 9, 2022 (4 weeks)

Discover and tell your money stories in light of God’s money story of liberation and love. This series encourages us to transform our stewardship practices into more full expressions of who we are and what we believe. Our Money Story is intentionally direct—it invites us to name exactly what we’re talking about and not skirt around it. Too often, we avoid talking about money with transparency and vulnerability. It’s time we reframe this. Money and possessions are one of the most common topics in scripture, and Jesus talked about money more than faith and prayer. Our money story, therefore, is a spiritual story. A worship series adapted from A Sanctified Art.

Zion Lutheran Stratford Spotify Playlists

Songs of Hope and Belonging

Summer Praise

Prayers and Laments

Classical Hymns

The SHIFT Collective

Love is the Way