Lutherans deepen their relationship with God with Spiritual Practices
We worship and praise God for what God has done for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We at Zion Lutheran Church use the church year to help form us spiritually as disciples of Jesus.
We use the church year because each season gives us a different perspective of how God established a relationship with us and calls us to discipleship in Jesus.
Currently we are celebrating the Advent Seasonwhich is part of the Cycle of Light as we prepare for the coming of God in Jesus Christ.
The practice of reading the Psalms
If you are interested in the practice of reading the 150 Psalms in the morning and the evening over a 30 day time period, email us at Zionlutheran2@att.net and we will send you the list for the whole month. You might consider chanting the Psalms. Cynthia Bourgeault has some good information and direction to do that from her CD series: Singing the Psalms from www.soundstrue.com
The practice of Healing
We offer a number of experiences of Laying on of Hands and Anointing of Oil for Healing. A public Service of Healing is offered during the Easter season and on or near the day of remembering St. Luke in October. We also offer the laying on of hands and anointing of oil for healing following worship on the second Sunday of each month. Upon entering the hospital or when requested laying on of hands and anointing with oil is offered by our Pastor Larry.
Contemplative Prayer will be offered the Second and Fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Come and be present for God as we move into the silence. Check our Current Activities page for dates.
The practice of using Labyrinths
To help you walk your Spiritual Path we offer Labyrinths to deepen your relationship with God. The four different labyrinths we offer are an indoor Santa Rosa Labyrinth, an outdoor Cretan Labyrinth and finger Labyrinths of a Charte Labyrinth and Cretan Labyrinth.
The practice of Spiritual Reading
The present recommendation for Spiritual Reading by Pastor Larry is Cloud of Unknowing. This is a great practice to broaden your understanding of God, your faith, and yourself and is part of the ancient spiritual path of knowledge.
The practice of Praying the Hours
It is becoming popular as people desire a deeper spiritual life pray more often than in the morning or in the evening before bed. Here is where we are rediscovering the practice of praying the hours. To pray the hours means to set certain times of the day aside for prayer. One of the modern day collection for praying the hours comes from Phyllis Tickle in her four volume set called "The Divine Hours." In Prayers for Springtime, Prayers for Summertime, Prayers for Autumn and Winter prayers are given for The Morning Office, The Midday Office, The Vespers Office, and Compline. In her edition called "The Night Offices" she offers prayers from sunset to sunrise. http://www.phyllistickle.com/index.html
We see people living in a relationship with God in Jesus as both saints and sinners at the same time throughout their walk as disciples.
The practice of personal Bible Study
To deepen your relationship with God, Pastor Larry offers an online Bible Study at: http://klinkerld-pastorlarrysbible.blogspot.com/
that you access when it is convenient for you.
The practice of Praying the Lutheran Rosary
Lutherans form the Christian person through worship, catechesis, and individual prayer. Praying the Lutheran rosary which is based upon the six chief parts of the Catechism gives us an opportunity to combine catechesis and individual prayer. For more details on the actual form check out the ELCA website or download a prayer booklet or see the actual rosary by going to and click on Lutheran Prayer Beads
The practice of Spiritual Direction
Our Pastor Larry is a certified Spiritual Director from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation as well as being certified in group spiritual formation. A Spiritual Director is one who walks with you as you make your spiritual journey through life assisting you to ask the question: Where is God in this? It is a normal practice to meet with your Spiritual Director once a month for about an hour.
Do you need to reflect on your relationship with God or learn some new faith practices? Consider having a Spiritual Director to walk with you.