Who we are
Zion has a mixture of white-collar, blue-collar and retired members who mostly do not live in Saddle River. We are as friendly as you can get while still being largely German-American and think of ourselves as an actual family….
Lutheran congregations hold certain things in common. Central to our worship life is the presence of God through word and sacrament. We gather…We encounter God’s word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. We are sent into the world. Worship is about what God is doing and our response to God’s action.
Ministries and Groups
Paterson Shelter Dinner Preparation
Zion has recently taken over the ministry of feeding the men in a Paterson homeless shelter each month. You can participate in this much-appreciated, Gospel-compatible ministry by donating cash or foodstuffs, by helping to cook the meals we serve, and/or by going with us to Paterson to help serve the meals and visit.
The Quilters will not stop until all of the fabric squares are sewn! The WELCA and other members of the quilting group gather weekly to stitch quilts from tasteful pieces of fabric (both new and donated). Seamstress skills are not necessary to join in.
Sanctuary choir: throughout the school year and especially during high church holidays like Christmas and Easter, the choir provides music for processionals, the offertory, recessionals and assorted other elements of the service. Individual choir members frequently perform solos, accompanied by Susan Gadd, our Director of Music.
Susan Gadd (BMus) zips all around Bergen County teaching piano, and though you don’t need to be one of her students to volunteer to perform special music (the entrance or exit hymn, hymn of the day or offertory) but there’s little hope of you avoiding performing special music if you are one of her students. Poly-instrumentalists like Dr. Ed (guitar, trumpet, organ (?!), and tenor vocals) she keeps on speed dial.
Bell Choir: our high church holiday worship experiences (especially Christmas) are enhanced by the bell choir. Bells can be a considered an introductory instrument. You’ll simply need a sense of rhythm and reasonably strong wrists (we use use colored highlighters to mark your notes red and green for “right” and “left”). Please sign up to learn more about joining the Bell Choir.
“Eli’s answer is remarkable. He actually believes Hannah. He takes her pain seriously, and he turns sharply from scorn to trust and blessing. It seems that, in Eli, God answers Hannah. He blesses her: “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.” God listens to Hannah; she sleeps with her husband and “the Lord remembers her.” She has a son: Samuel, one of the great prophets of Israel..”
“Prophets and Priests: God’s Response to Sexual Abuse” – Seminarian Leif McLellan
“Some of the great human stories aren’t played out in front of thousands of adoring fans, nor affirmed by loud applause. Like the patient caregiver who tirelessly cares for the physical and emotional needs of a single bedridden patient or family member. Or the soldier who risks his or her life to protect our safety and freedom. Or the individuals with very little resources who nonetheless … drop two small copper coins in as the offering plate passes by in church—a little drop in a vast sea of need. Yes, these are the silent, anonymous champions of the human spirit. Upon their faithfulness the world turns, and the Kingdom of God advances.”
“The Unsung Heroes of Faith” – Rev. Richard Bowman
“The Epistle – second reading for this day, from Romans, is the gem of the Reformation, for Staupitz and Luther in their day and for us in our time: God puts those who have sinned against God into a right relationship with God, justifying them as a free gift, completely apart from anything deserved or even decided. In other words, God takes the initiative to make friends out of those who are enemies because they have fallen from God’s exacting demands of God’s law.”
“Getting By With a Little Help from Our Friends” – Rev. John Havrilla