Peoria area Lutherans will celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord with candlelight Vespers and Holy Communion on Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 7:00 pm, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1534 S. Easton Avenue, Peoria. The Rev. Steven P. Tibbetts, STS, pastor at Zion, will be preacher and celebrant. All are welcome to participate in this festive worship service.
Ascension Day is the Christian holy day commemorating the ascending of the resurrected Jesus to the right hand of God the Father. It is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter in accordance with the New Testament account found in the Acts of the Apostles. The Thursday evening worship service marks the tenth consecutive year that Zion has hosted an Ascension Day celebration for area Christians on the actual festival day. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow the service.
An offering will be received for Zion’s Prison Mission, which provides chaplaincy services at the Women’s Work Camp in Pekin and sponsors Project Return of Peoria. Led by Karen Wong, AIM, Project Return assists incarcerated mothers reintegrate into the Peoria community by matching each returning mother with a team of trained and supported volunteers.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 1534 S. Easton Avenue, one block west of the intersection of Jefferson and Western on the South Side of Peoria. For more information call 637-9150 or view Zion’s web site at www.zionpeoria.org. A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Zion has been proclaiming the Gospel from the South Side of Peoria since 1894.