Church Calendar


  • Sunday, December 2
    • 9:00 a.m.Sunday School (PreK-High School)
    • 10:15m. Divine Service
    • 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sunday School (Adult)
    • 12 p.m. Christmas Caroling
  • Monday, December 3
    • Pastor Niemeier at Immanuel, Loup City (vacancy day)
  • Tuesday, December 4
    • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. HLHS Open House
  • Wednesday, December 5
    • 4:30 p.m. Catechism Class
    • 7 p.m. Vespers—“Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord? Birth of Isaac”
    • 8 p.m. Refreshments
  • Thursday, December 6 – Friday, December 7
    • Nebraska District Council of Presidents and Board of Directors in Seward
  • Saturday, December 8
    • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Children’s Christmas Eve Service practice
  • Sunday, December 9
    • 9:00 a.m. Sunday School (PreK-High School)
    • 10:15m. Divine Service
    • 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sunday School (Adult)



Bulletin Announcements

First Sunday in Advent—December 2, 2018   

Jeremiah 33:14–16 / 1 Thessalonians 3:9–13 / Luke 19:28–40 orLuke 21:25–36

The Lord Jesus Comes in Humility to Redeem Us

The season of Advent focuses on the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this first Sunday establishes this theme for the rest of the season. The Son of God came long ago to be our Savior, “a righteous Branch”descended from David (Jer. 33:15). As He then came into Jerusalem, riding on a lowly donkey to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world (Luke 19:28–40), so does He come to His Church today in the humility of Word and Sacrament to deliver the fruits of His Passion: the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He absolves us and establishes our hearts “blameless in holiness before our God and Father”(1 Thess. 3:13). The same Lord Jesus, who came to Jerusalem then and who comes to us now in peace, will come again with power and great glory on the Last Day. Then there will be “distress of nations in perplexity,”with “people fainting with fear.”Yet, as we anticipate that great and terrible day, He bids us to rest securely in Him: “Raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near”(Luke 21:25, 26, 28).

 Advent Midweek 2018:  This year’s Advent Midweek series—“Glimpses of Grace”—foreshadows our Lord’s birth by pointing to three special Old Testament children:  Isaac, Samson, and SamuelThough they are not born to save, they do point us forward to the Christ Child who is.  Our December 5thevening service will focus on the birth of Isaac.  (“Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?”  Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7)  Following Vespers at 7 p.m., we will enjoy refreshments and the gift of each other’s company in the church basement.  Please join us!

 Weekly emailing: The first few installments of pastor’s weekly emailing are in circulation.  Please sign up on the sheet in the back of the sanctuary if you would like to be included.  Or, send a quick email to cniem@kdsi.netindicating your desire to receive the communication.  (Note: This may be one easy way for the church to keep in contact with our college students and military personnel, if parents can help with email contact information.)

Children’s Christmas Eve:  The children of Zion will be assisting with the Christmas Eve service on Monday, December 24that 6 p.m.  Practice will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the following Saturdays: Dec. 8, 15, 22.  Final practice take place during Sunday School (9 a.m.) on Sunday, December 23.  Please call or text Tish Niemeier (308-258-3582) to indicate your child’s ability to participate.

Christmas Caroling:  Carolers are invited to gather on Sunday, December 2ndto share the joyous message of our Savior’s birth. Voices of all ages are sought to share God’s Word in song!  Finalized schedules will soon be available. CANCELED AS OF NOW!

Advent Devotionals:  A simple daily devotion entitled “Unwrapping the Gifts” has been placed on the informational table in the narthex. Designed for use with an Advent wreath at the table, this brief devotion is ideal for Christian families.   A “Higher Things” devotional including longer readings is also available.  More copies will be made when we run out.

Isaiah—The Wednesday evening Bible study—postponed during the season of Advent— will resume in January.

 Life Notes:Advent brings the gift of anticipating: “none who wait for … [the Lord] shall be put to shame” (Psalm 25:3). A surprise pregnancy likewise invites patient faith instead of using death as a solution to difficulty. So does struggling with infertility or enduring permanent disability. Our Father’s salvation comes, not sluggish but steadfast (Psalm 25:10). Life is His promise, and He will move heaven and earth to fulfill it (Jeremiah 33:14). Son of David, our coming King, establish us in hope. Amen.

A Mobile Lutheran Bible study:  Issues, a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s topics include: 4th Century Pastor Saint Nicholas of Myra, The Movie “Fantastic Beasts 2,” The Book of Amos, 8th Century Hymnwriter John of Damascus, The Birth of Jesus Foretold, 16th Century Ruler Philipp of Hesse and more.  You can listen at your convenience at and on the LPR mobile app.

Heartland Happenings:

We will be hosting an OPEN HOUSEon December 4 from6:00 – 8:00 pm. If you know of anyone interested in coming to Heartland Lutheran, next semester or in the future, please spread the word!

Zion Lutheran Church & Norwegian Cemetery Directories

Cemetery Directories

This page contains information regarding the interments at the cemetery of Zion Lutheran Church in Worms (St. Libory), NE and the Norwegian Cemetery (located in Howard County, NE at the corner of Merrick Road and 5th Avenue).

The directories are sorted by last name, and include both birth and death date, as well as a designation for service to our country.  The location of the burial plot is noted in the columns on the right side of the directory.

The plot maps shows the layout of the cemetery, in rows and plots, and by using the coordinates given in the directory will help direct you to the location of the site you are searching for.

If you find an error in either of these directories, please send an email to Please include your name and phone number so, if needed, we may contact you to discuss the discrepancy.

Zion Lutheran Cemetery Directory

Zion Lutheran Cemetery Plot Map

Norwegian Cemetery Directory

Norwegian Cemetery Plot Map



Rev. Craig Niemeier

52 pastorAfter graduating from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Pastor Niemeier was ordained in 1998.  His first call was to Mt. Calvary Lutheran in Bayard, Nebraska and St.  Paul’s Lutheran in Bridgeport, Nebraska where he served for eight years.  Pastor has served at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Worms, Nebraska since 2006.  Pastor and his wife Tish are blessed with four beautiful girls. For the 2014-15 school year, two of their daughters will attend Heartland Lutheran High School in Grand Island, one at Zion Lutheran in Worms, and one at Hillsdale College.  In addition to congregational responsibilities, Pastor stays actively involved with these two Lutheran schools.  In the fall of 2011 Pastor and his wife were blessed to travel to Nigeria, Africa for a mission trip.  They look for continued ways to support the proclamation of the Gospel in that part of the world.  Pastor’s hometown is Elwood, Nebraska.  In his extra time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, and cheering on the Huskers.  You can contact Pastor at



Gym Rental Policy

Zion Lutheran Worms Gym Rental Policy

Recognizing that this building has been dedicated to the glory of God and the expansion of His Kingdom, and recognizing that those who use these facilities love the Lord, we ask any renters to abide by these rules.

(Following these rules is a link to the rental policy.  Please click on the link and print the document, sign and give to the Gym Committee representative to rent the facility.)

  • To reserve the facility please contact Danielle Benson (308-750-3104) or Lisa Bierbaum (308-687-6048).
  • Palmer Public School and Heartland Lutheran School rental fees will be waived.  All other rules do apply.
  • Rental fees are $60 per hour for non-members of Zion Worms and $30 per hour for members of Zion Worms.  In the event that the renter will need the gym for 5 hours or more it will be $300/day for non-members and $150/day for members. Checks need to be made out to Zion Lutheran Gym Fund.  There is no charge for congregational functions including funerals.
  • There will be no renting of the gym during worship services.
  • Curfew for the building is 10pm.
  • Any youth activities must be accompanied by an adult.
  • In the event that sports equipment is brought out, it needs to be returned to its original location.
  • On open gym night, someone from the congregation must be present and responsible.  Everyone is to pay $2 and be done by 10pm.  (Zion Lutheran is not liable for any personal injuries and/or any damage to the building.)
  • Renter assumes full responsibility for guests and is liable for any personal injury and/or any property damage that may occur.
  • The building is expected to be left in the same condition prior to the activity.  (Please notify gym representative of any damage seen prior to your event starting to avoid being held responsible.
  • No alcohol is allowed inside the building or on any church grounds.
  • No smoking is allowed in the building.
  • There is to be no grilling or deep-frying in the building.  Supplies such as ice, paper plates, napkins, cups, etc. will be supplied by the renter.  The gym will only supply these supplies for congregational functions.
  • Under no circumstances are the tables or chairs to be removed from the building.

Zion Gym Rental Policy

Luther on Galatians

Pastor’s Reflection-June 18, 2013

Luther on Galatians

Preaching these past few weeks through Galatians has led me again into one of the finest expositions of this letter ever written, Luther’s 1535 Commentary on Galatians.  (American Edition, Volume 26)  Luther’s articulation of God’s Word, balanced with razor-sharp distinction between the Law and the Gospel makes it a book that every Christian should have as a part of their spiritual library.

Included below is a sampling of his writing on topics so very central to our life in Christ.

On the Law:

  • But the true use of the Law is this, that I know that by the Law I am being brought to an acknowledgement of sin and am being humbled, so that I may come to Christ and be justified by faith.  The Law is abused, first, by hypocrites who attribute to it the power to justify, and, secondly, by men of despair who do not know that the Law is a custodian until Christ comes, that is, that the Law humbles us, not to harm us but to save us. For God wounds in order to heal; He kills in order to make alive.
  • The Law does not justify him; but it places his sin before his eyes, crushes him, leads him to a knowledge of himself, and shows him hell and the wrath and judgment of God. This is the proper function of the Law. Then there follows the application of this function: the sinner should know that the Law does not disclose sins and humble him to make him despair, but that the Law was instituted by God so that by its accusation and crushing it might drive him to Christ, the Savior and Comforter.

On Faith and the Gospel:

  • Therefore faith is a constant gaze that looks at nothing except Christ, the Victor over sin and death and the Dispenser of righteousness, salvation, and eternal life. In his epistles, therefore, Paul sets forth and urges Jesus Christ in almost every verse. He sets Him forth through the Word, since Christ cannot be set forth any other way than through the Word and cannot be grasped any other way than through faith.
  • This is beautifully shown by the story of the bronze serpent, which is a figure of Christ (John 3:14). The Jews, who were being bitten by the fiery serpents, were commanded by Moses to do nothing but look at that bronze serpent with a fixed gaze. Those who did so were healed merely by their fixed gaze at the serpent. But the others, who did not listen to Moses, looked at their wounds rather than at the serpent and died. Thus if I am to gain comfort in a struggle of conscience or in the agony of death, I must take hold of nothing except Christ alone by faith, and I must say: “I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who suffered, was crucified, and died for me. In His wounds and death I see my sin; and in His resurrection I see victory over sin, death, and the devil, and my righteousness and life. I neither hear nor see anything but Him.” This is the true faith of Christ and in Christ, through which we become members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones (Eph. 5:30).

References:  Luther, Martin: Pelikan, Jaroslav Jan (Hrsg.) ; Oswald, Hilton C. (Hrsg.) ; Lehmann, Helmut T. (Hrsg.): Luther’s Works, Vol. 26 : Lectures on Galatians, 1535, Chapters 1-4. Saint Louis : Concordia Publishing House, 1999, c1963 (Luther’s Works 26), S. 26:348, 356