Two Congregations Worshiping as One
On February 28, 2021, the United Presbyterian congregation gathered with Zion’s First to begin worshiping together—in person and online. With financial stability and plans to create a unique congregation with both Lutheran and Presbyterian affiliation, there is excitement and joy. The leadership of both groups seek a new identity and clarity around common purpose. The hope is to create a new name along with a more connected and concrete ministry in the community where the congregation worships.
ZF has a small number of people but a faithful, committed and active congregation. The building is located one half block away from the former UP Maplewood address. It is adjacent to the Center for Hope—a community nonprofit serving need-based area residents with food and other practical assistance.
In a year of frustration, disappointment, loss, and confusion, the reality that the Holy Spirit is not bound by any limitations, including the pandemic, became abundantly clear. As conversations have progressed, it became apparent to everyone that by giving up some cherished aspects of congregational life, there would be a greater blessing in cooperative relationship and mutual support. There is much to learn, more to be determined and a future radiating with hope.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. — Ephesians 3:20-21