In accordance with the Biblical teachings about fellowship and the Lord’s Supper, and in keeping with the tradition of the ancient Christian church, Zion Lutheran Church of Avilla practices closed communion. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as He says, our Lord gives into our mouths His true body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another. Our Lord invites to His table those who trust His words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us, that they may show forth His death until He comes. Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and yet desire to receive the Sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor or an elder. For further study, see Matt. 5:23f.; 10:32f.; 18:15–35; 26:26–29; 1 Cor. 11:17–34.
We welcome all to worship at Zion to come and hear the Word of God. At Zion, we believe the Divine Service is where we receive the wonderful gifts of God. God comes to those who have faith and bestows forgiveness through His Word and Sacraments. We hope all to come and hear this message because "faith comes from hearing the Word of God" (Romans 10:13-17).
Please join us at the following times:
9:00am Divine Service with Holy Communion*
Coffee and Snacks in Fellowship Hall following service
10:25am Family Bible Hour
5:45pm Bible Study
6:15pm Service of the Word
6:45pm Food Pantry Ministry
Confession and Absolution available by appointment
*Please read the following communion statement below and feel free to contact the office with any questions: