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About this Ministry

At Zion, we appreciate all types of music, so we try to mix contemporary offerings with those grand old hymns that we all love so much. Special music in our service is often presented by our talented Zion Handbell Choir or our "Voices of Zion" vocal choir.

Zion Handbell Choir

Usually rehearsing after church on Sundays, the handbell choir rings a 5-octave set of Schulmerich Handbells and 3 octaves of Malmark Choir Chimes.   The ensembles tackles a wide variety of musical types, just to keep everyone on their toes!  The ensemble participates in the annual Delaware Handbell Festival each November, where many choirs gather on the stage at Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.  The festival is a grand event and a wonderful way to head into the holiday season.

Voices of Zion

This vocal ensemble is known to be small but mighty!   The group rehearses each Wednesday night or an hour and offers an anthem approximately three Sundays each month.   A friendly and welcoming group, they prepare both classic and contemporary pieces to add a special touch to the Sunday services.

Recent Message

Rev. Beth Gedert

This morning we begin a series on the parables of Jesus. Not all of them, because there are a lot. But a few of them. A few parables of grace and a few parables of judgment. Grace first, so we are grounded in the right thing. This is how we are going to spend Lent and wrap up our study of Matthew. Parables are fascinating. Jesus told lots of them; all the gospels record at least some of them. The Greek word for parable simply means comparing one thing with another. But parables are NOT simple. We often assume they are simple because they are stories and they are short. But in truth they are often complicated and confusing once you scratch the surface. They say things we agree with and things we disagree with often in the same parable, which is probably how some of you will feel this morning. So why do we tell them. Well an Episcopal priest named Robert Capon* has written three totally awesome books on parables and he compares them to the art we display in our houses.