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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

A few weeks ago we read the origin story of Jesus from Joseph's perspective and realized that Immanuel means "love with us." On Christmas Eve we mixed all our gospel stories together in one bowl, which is what we usually do. But really they are very different. From now until Easter, we are going to focus our discussions on the gospel according to Matthew. The genre of gospel is something unique in literature. It's not a novel, but it's also not a strict biography. The gospels are not concerned with the hard facts about the life of Jesus of Nazareth. They are concerned with the meaning of Jesus the Messiah as an event in the world. And it's important that we know the difference so that we approach these stories the right way. Matthew's gospel was written 30 to 60 years after Jesus died. Everything that is remembered about Jesus is colored by the truth of his resurrection and what his followers are doing in the world.