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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 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.