Special sermons

February 17, 2019 - Jesus Is Black

Zao MKE Worship @Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison, WI

Sunday School Horror Stories

Join us this summer as we revisit those classic bible stories adults love to tell to children: David & Goliath, Jonah & the Whale, Noah’s Ark, and more. We love to tell these stories to kids because they feature children and/or animals, but on closer examination, these stories are MESSED UP.

Child soldiers, whales who swallow people whole, and (let’s face it) God’s genocide of basically the entire planet. We’ll revisit these stories with a more critical lens and discover that while the horror is real, so is the grace, beauty, and love of God.

Sept 8 - David & Goliath

August 25 - Esther

August 11 - Rack, Shack, & Benny (Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego)

July 28 - Abraham & Issac

July 14 - Jonah & the Whale

June 23 - Noah’s Ark

June 9 - Adam & Eve

LOST & Found

We all feel a little lost now and then. Sometimes we worry we've lost our way, other times we feel our value has all but disappeared, and we often lose each other in the midst of struggle.

Come and hear of the God who calls us back home to love and celebration, who seeks us out when we have forgotten our own worth, and who finds every last one of those of us who have been forgotten.

May 26 - Finding Our Family (Lost Sheep)

May 12 - Finding Our Worth (Lost Coin)

April 24 - Finding Home (Prodigal Son)


The name "Zao" is a Greek word that means "to be among the living".
This season, we are highlighting the ways that Zao as a community joins Jesus and the tradition of Jesus’ followers in seeking the fullness of life.

Our world is a mixture of creative, vibrant, beautiful life, alongside systems of death, destruction and oppression. At Zao, we look to Jesus and one another to fully seek life and dismantle the mechanisms of death that plague us as individuals, communities, and the world.

April 21, 2019 - Resurrection (Easter)

April 12, 2019 - Living As Resistance (Palm Sunday)

March 24, 2019 - Lost Causes

March 10, 2019 - Be Made Whole


We'll be talking spiritual disciplines (sometimes called spiritual practices or habits). We all know we need to be intentional about our physical health, but how much intention do we bring to our spiritual health? Over the next two months, we'll discuss, learn about, and practice the spiritual habits that can help us throughout the coming year!

February 24, 2019 - Confess & Be Forgiven

January 27, 2019 - Learn to Pray

January 13, 2019 - Get in (Spiritual) Shape

Do you

We're spending time introspecting this fall. Who has God created you to be? What are your biggest barriers to being authentically you, unafraid of love and life, and in deep relationship with the God of all creation? Join others on the journey toward finding God and finding ourselves.

November 25, 2018 - Be Still

November 11, 2018 - Know Your Worth

October 14, 2018 - Show Up

September 23, 2018 - Get Creative

September 9, 2018 - Be Real

Lies I Learned in Church

This summer, we debunked some of the lies we learned in church. If all these things are lies, what are the truths that replace them?

August 26, 2018 - I'm Going to Hell

August 12, 2018 - The Devil Has a Pitchfork

July 22, 2018 - I'm Gonna Get Left Behind