Brian White has been playing music in church since he began taking piano lessons in grade school. He has been music director at Zion for over 10 years and enjoys directing both the vocal choir and handbell choir, and playing the piano and organ during each worship service. He also teaches high school math in Utica and serves as music director for Delaware’s Arena Fair community theater productions. He is blessed to be married to Susan and to have three incredibly talented children.
About Our Staff
Zion's staff are dedicated to serving the needs of the Church and would be happy to talk to you and help you in any way we can! Feel free to call the church or send an email if you'd like to get in touch with someone.
Church Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beth is an enthusiastic extrovert who thinks being a pastor is the best job in the world. She spends her time providing pastoral care, writing encouraging sermons, and equipping the people of Zion for works of service. Beth has a master’s in divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio and more than a decade of experience in church leadership and non-profit management. She spends her downtime listening to audiobooks, sewing, and taking walks with her husband, Sam.
This morning we continue with a new series we started last week. We're going to spend the rest of the summer studying Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Last week we looked at the salt and light passage, but this week we are going back to the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. Now let's put this in context. This is the very beginning of Jesus's teaching in the book of Matthew. Before this Jesus gets baptized, he is tempted in the desert, and after John the Baptist is arrested, Jesus continues to proclaim John's message: Repent for the Kingdom of the heavens is at hand. But we don't yet hear any of his preaching: Matthew just says that's what Jesus is saying. Next he calls the disciples and then the gospel tells us that he begins teaching in the Jewish synagogues, which means he would have been interpreting the Old Testament, also preaching the good news of the Kingdom, and healing people. And this begins to catch people's attention.