“Blow the trumpet in Zion” rang through my mind as I headed an hour North of Albany to Mount Zion Church. “The day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand …” (Joel 2:1). Pastor Nathan Deming understands the seriousness of the times we are living in and knows the meaning of worshiping in Spirit and in Truth. As of the first of the year, Pastor Nathan, along with his wife Chasity, took on the role of Senior Pastor at Mt. Zion. Pastor Larry Deming, Nathan’s father, started Mount Zion over 30 years ago and is still very active in the church. On Easter of 2018, they moved into a new facility, celebrating the resurrection of Christ as they celebrated new things rising up in their ministry.
I met Pastor Nathan several years ago when he was leading worship at various churches. I always remembered the strong anointing that was present every time. As he began the worship, he called out to the congregation, “Who came expecting?” It was difficult for me to take notes because of the intensity of the worship. As they sang, “Break Every Chain”, shouts of praise were heard throughout the sanctuary. Several people went up to the altar to pray, dance or wave banners. As we repeated the bridge of the song, “There’s an Army Rising Up”, I began to see denominational walls being torn down as God’s army rises up together. There’s power in the name of Jesus, and there is power when God’s people are unified (John 17:23).
As they took up the offering, Pastor Nathan did not use strong persuasion. He was transparent, sharing the upcoming expenses of the church. He prayed and asked the people to give with purpose and not to sow sparingly (2 Corinthians 9:6). Following this, his wife Chasity shared a testimony about healing from pain in her body. Afterwards, Pastor Larry Deming did a fantastic job in speaking to the young children. He spoke on how Josiah was crowned as the King of Israel at just 8 years old (2 Kings:22) and how Jesus was only 12 when He began teaching (Luke 2:46). He then prayed that the children be awakened in their destiny. Then he proclaimed, ‘This is NOT the church of TOMORROW … this is the church of TODAY!”.
Pastor Nathan began his message saying, “I have a word for you this morning. I hear the chains falling!” You can let your praise break the chains or let the chains break your praise. Don’t wait for things to turn around … praise Him now! Praise Him through the sickness until the healing. God cannot lose a battle. His track record is GOOD! To see the glory of God, you will have to forfeit the road that is traveled by many. You are not going to conquer your enemies when you aren’t obeying the Lord. We need to be willing to cast our nets on the other side (Luke 5:4). We need the mind of Christ and must walk in obedience. God wants to protect our ears and our eyes. What are you allowing in? In Acts 16:22, a multitude rose up and attacked Paul and Silas. Even after they were beaten and thrown into prison, they still praised God. They did not let the chains dictate but instead chose to worship God and pray. This affected not just them, but also the prisoners around them. All of the doors flew open and everyone’s chains became loose (Acts 16:26). Let’s get around people who know how to praise Him! He wants to set us free so that we can set others free as well.
As prayer was offered at the altar, we again sang “Break Every Chain”. What an amazing “God moment” it was when we repeated the bridge, “There’s an Army Rising Up”, and the drum beat changed into a march. The people at Mount Zion are rising up. Chains are falling! Their continued praise through every circumstance greatly impacts all who enter the doors at Mt. Zion.
Sunday services are at 10 am. Kings Kids children’s ministry is offered every Sunday for ages 4-11, and Youth Combat is held every Tuesday night, 7-8:30 pm (ages 12-19). Men of Zion meet the first Monday (7-8 pm) and Women of Zion meet the fourth Saturday of each month (5pm – home meeting). They also have Zion School of Ministry offered at various times throughout the year, lead by Pastor Larry.
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.” (Joel 2:32)
Church Website – http://mountzionchurch.simpl.com
By Donna Hansen Munafo