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608 Highland Dr
PO Box C

Winthrop, MN  55396

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Zion Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS)
608 Highland Drive,
PO Box C
Winthrop, MN 55396
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the fellowship
of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

                             2 Corinthians 13:14

 

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Zion Ev. Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. For more information about WELS, please visit the wels.net website.
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» I often read in Christian publications and in our own WELS literature the phrase "for Jesus' sake." This often appears at the end of written prayers and in the prayers said at the altar in my home church. I really bristle at this. For Jesus' sake? Really? He is holy and gave us eternal life through His holy blood. Jesus doesn't need us to pray for him. It is we poor sinners who need prayers of intercession. As a life-long WELS member, I finally have to ask, what does this phrase mean, as I obviously am missing the meaning?
» How does the WELS promote active participation in prayer? Much of our service is so scripted (all for good reason I know) and so are additional prayers for before and after Communion, baptism, opening/ close of day, or before dinner. I think back to my WELS grade school days - our devotions and our Christ-Light book prayers were scripted as well. It is one thing to have prayer examples so that something important in our prayers to God aren't missed, but I'll speak for myself, and likely others, that it is so repeated that sometimes I fail to focus, to listen, and truly pray from the heart. I can't help but see a disconnect. My point is that the WELS is near and dear to my heart, and has given me a heart for Jesus, but I believe that we aren't taught to actively pray to the Lord. I don't understand why other denominations or non-denominational individuals feel so free to pray off the cuff. Are there any initiatives on this? If not, I'm strongly interested in hearing your comments. Thank you!
» What is the WELS stance on yoga? There is some "flowery language" (basically no more than positive self-talk) throughout the class and the class ends with the traditional, "namaste" - which I don't participate in it. Unless I'm mistaken, the Bible doesn't touch on practicing yoga! However, "you shall have no other gods" might play a role here. It seems to me, in all of the classes that I have been to, that yoga is very Americanized, meant for fitness, and if anything promotes positive self-talk (unfortunately leaving out God), but also not touching on any of its Hindu or Buddhist roots, etc. Of course, each yoga class and instructor are likely different and this may be situational. On the flip side, God also wants us to take care of our bodies, and yoga is a great way to maintain or improve one's fitness. Is it acceptable to go if what I described is true? And when going to yoga, what image does that give others? Does it take away from the Christian image that I hope to portray? Thanks for answering! I look forward to a response.
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