Thank you for your interest in Zion Lutheran Church and Preschool. We hope you will find answers to some basic questions below. Most of all we hope that you will find a church home where the Good News of Jesus Christ is proclaimed and God’s gifts of life and salvation are delivered. If you think Zion Lutheran might be that place for you, consider a Sunday visit – we already think you’ll fit right in.
Basic Questions about Sunday Mornings
1. Where is the church located?
Zion is located at 11007 South Book Rd. in Naperville, Illinois (the corner of Book and Hassert/111th a mile East of Route 59). Click for map
2. When are your services?
Sunday services are at 8:00 A.M. and 10:45 A.M. (Holy Communion celebrated at both services every Sunday). When there is a fifth “Super” Sunday in the month we have only one service at 9:30 A.M., followed by a luncheon. During the summer months, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sunday services are at 9:30 A.M.
3. How long are your services?
The vast majority of our Sunday services fall between 65-75 minutes.
4. What’s the dress code?
On a scale of 1 to 5 (“1” being flip-flops and shorts, “5” being suit and tie), Zion is about a 3 ½. The bottom line is we want you feel comfortable being in the presence of your Savior.
5. What’s the service sound like?
Zion uses a hymnal (Lutheran Service Book) for all its services. The hymns and liturgy are sung to organ and piano. Many services are complemented by a very active adult choir as well as additional musicians.
6. What about the kids?
We want your kids in service. The Divine Service is a sensory feast with lots of ritual and symbolism pointing to the goodness of God. We don’t mind the usual noises and wiggliness of kids in the service. Bags of quiet activities are available for children to use, and parents can step out and still hear and see the service if needed.
More Questions and Answers
7. Is your worship service contemporary or traditional?
The way we worship reflects what we believe. For us, that means using liturgy. Liturgy is a balance of God giving His gifts and our response to those gifts. “Divine Service” catches both of these directions. Liturgical worship is historic (Christians have been worshiping this way for nearly 2000 years). It is Christ-centered (focused on Jesus’ death and resurrection for sinners). And in a sense, it is neither traditional or contemporary, but both. Most people would call our worship “traditional.”
8. What about Bible Study and Sunday School?
The Pastor leads Bible Study for adults almost every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30am. The study meets where we have coffee after the 8:00am service, in the Activity Center. From September thru May, Sunday School is offered for children age 3 to High School from 9:30-10:30am. During the summer months, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Adult Bible Study is at 8:15 A.M.
9. What’s a Synod?
The word “Synod” comes from two Greek words that mean “walking together.” The term has rich meaning in our church body, because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Though diverse in their service, our over 6,000 congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions (called The Book of Concord). Zion Lutheran Church, has been part of the LCMS since its founding in 1864. For more about the LCMS see the Synod’s excellent website. Click for the LCMS website