Worship Styles and Services
Sunday Worship Service
We extend a warm welcome for all to join us for worship. We welcome to the Lord’s Table all baptized persons who wish to receive the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Young children are invited to the table to receive a blessing.
Zion has two main liturgies:
1) the Lutheran Book of Worship (“LBW”) green book, settings I and II, supplemented with hymns from the bolted-on With One Voice (“WOV”) blue book of forgotten favorite hymns. We basically ripped off our entire liturgical structure from the Catholics (Luther started as a Catholic priest and preserved its service structure in Lutheran services) so Catholics usually have an easy time participating. And;
2) The piano-and-guitar-based Chicago Folk Service, which is light and “folk”-y (i.e. no whanging electric guitars), with more liturgical structure than a praise service. It is actually a legitimate Lutheran service, based on the old red Service Book and Hymnal. It is done in a call-and-response style, with a leader singing and the congregation singing something back. Even people who hate folk services find themselves disliking it less than they first expected. And we are always looking for more musicians to help us lead.