Worship for June 30–6th Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude:  Brian White

Joyful music leads us into God’s presence and prepares our hearts and minds for worship.

Welcome: Rev. Beth Gedert

Hymn: “Bring Forth the Kingdom”  (Faith We Sing 2190)    

You are salt for the earth, O people:
Salt for the Kingdom of God!
Share the flavor of life, O people:
Life in the Kingdom of God!

Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy,
Bring forth the Kingdom of peace;
Bring forth the Kingdom of justice,
Bring forth the City of God!

You are a light on the hill, O people:
Light for the City of God!
Shine so holy and bright, O people:
Shine for the Kingdom of God!

Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy,
Bring forth the Kingdom of peace;
Bring forth the Kingdom of justice,
Bring forth the City of God!

You are a seed of the Word, O people:
Bring forth the Kingdom of God!
Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice,
Grow in the Kingdom of God!

Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy,
Bring forth the Kingdom of peace;
Bring forth the Kingdom of justice,
Bring forth the City of God!

We are a blest and a pilgrim people:
Bound for the Kingdom of God!
Love our journey and love our homeland:
Love is the Kingdom of God!

Centering For Worship: A formal and mutual invitation to move into the worship experience.

One: The Spirit is among us now,

All:   inviting us to rejoice together!

One: The Spirit is moving in our world now,

All:   encouraging us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God!

One: The Spirit is within us, alive in us now,

All:   awakening us to the movement of God in the world!

One: Come, worship God, and be filled with the Spirit.

All:   For God is calling us out of our comfortable places, to be an expansive church. 

Gathering Prayer (in unison) Glorious Creator of Heaven and Earth, there is none like you. We long to be filled with your power and compassion, for the sake of the world you love. As we worship you this morning, confirm your calling in each of us and all of us. In you there is forgiveness for sinners, peace for the aimless, and freedom for the captives. Inspire us, equip us, and empower us to be ambassadors of your goodness in our daily lives. May the glory of the Risen Christ shine through us. Amen. 

Joys & Concerns: We bring it all to God and one another: celebrating and grieving together.

Silent Prayer:We quiet our spirits to connect with The Spirit: praying and listening. 

Pastoral Prayer: We express our devotion and desires to God. 

The Lord’s Prayer: (In unison) Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.   

Invitation to Give and Serve: You may leave cash or checks in the offering plate on the hospitality table, or give online using the QR code on the back of this bulletin. We are grateful for your generosity.

Offertory:   Brian White


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 

Praise God all creatures here below. Alleluia, alleluia. 

Praise God for all that Love has done: Creator, Christ, and Spirit – One. 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.   

Prayer of Dedication:  O Faithful One, accept these gifts of our hearts and hands. May they be multiplied and magnified as the living presence of Christ in the world. Amen. 

Hymn: “Bind Us Together”  (Songbook Binder 207)

Bind us together, Lord, bind us together
with cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, Lord,
bind us together in love.

There is only one God,
there is only one King;
There is only body,
that is why we sing …

Bind us together, Lord, bind us together
with cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, Lord,
bind us together in love.

Sermon and Reflection:  Rev. Beth Gedert 

We root our teachings in ancient insights from the Bible. We listen with our minds and respond with our hearts to what the Scripture means in today’s world. Scripture Response — One: This is the Word of God for all people. All: Thanks be to God.


July 7 will be a Brunch Table Worship starting at 10 a.m. Communion will also be shared. Sign up on the welcome table to bring a brunchy food to share. There will be no broadcast that Sunday. All are welcome! Plates and cutlery, etc. will be provided. 

Save the date! If you’re interested in becoming a member of Zion, contact Pastor Beth at pastorbeth@zionucc.org. A lunch and informational meeting is planned for August 11 with members joining on Open and Affirming Sunday, August 18, 2024. 

NAMI Hearts+Minds is a fun FREE wellness program designed to educate and empower you to better manage your health — mentally and physically. You’ll gain information and tools that can help you plan and achieve recovery goals and better overall health. Space is limited so register today! For questions or to register contact Tracie at Tracie@NotAloneOhio.org or (740)815-1767. You can scan the QR code on the flyer in the back of church as well. We are hosting it here at Zion on July 13th from 9:30am – 4:30pm. (Snacks and lunch will be provided.)

Upcoming Intertwine gatherings: 

Saturday July 13 – Ice Cream and a Movie! 8:30pm – 11:30pm here at Zion UCC! We will walk to Whit’s for ice cream and then back to Zion for an outdoor movie! Bring a chair or blanket, money for Whit’s, and a drink for yourself!

Sunday August 11 – all youth who have COMPLETED grades 6-12. 6:30-8:30pm at William Street UMC.

Sunday, August 25 – Back to School Bash with WATER GAMES! Open to all youth ENTERING grades 6-12. 6:00-8:00pm at Zion UCC! Dress to get wet!

A weekly Zion 9-Hole Golf Outing is going on Tuesdays at 5pm at Hidden Valley Golf Course, Delaware.  If interested, contact Steven at (704) 651-0519. 

Closing Hymn: “The Spirit Send Us Forth to Serve” (Faith We Sing 2241)  

The Spirit sends us forth to serve;
We go in Jesus’ name
To bring glad tidings to the poor,
God’s favor to proclaim.

We go to comfort those who mourn
And set the burdened free;
Where hope is dim, to share a dream
And help the blind to see.

We go to be the hands of Christ,
To scatter joy like seed
And all our day, to cherish life,
To do the loving deed.

Then let us go to serve in peace,
The gospel to proclaim,
God’s Spirit has empowered us,
We go in Jesus’ name.


Postlude: Brian White

It is our custom to be seated during the postlude. We hope that you leave today feeling connected to Christ and people, and ready to be God’s hands and feet, doing justice in the world. Please join us for coffee and snacks after worship. 

Liturgist Lila Stanforth // Bulletin Editor: Bertie Dell

Centering for Worship by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell, 2022, adapted by Rev. Beth Gedert // Gathering Prayer: Rev. Beth Gedert

Some songs are reprinted with permission under One License #739121A. All rights reserved.

Zion Church Council:  President Alan Cory, Vice President Steve Robertson

Secretary Melissa Petreaca, Treasurer Kelsey Fox,

Members at Large: Jason Abahazi, Barbara Byers, Sue Frederick, Mike Newcomb, Jodi Zellers

Zion United Church of Christ: 51 W. Central Ave ~ Delaware OH 43015 

740.362.6691 ~ zionucc.org ~ facebook.com/ZionUCCDelaware

Our Mission

Zion UCC is an Open & Affirming congregation with diverse beliefs

whose mission is to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

Statement of Welcome (2008)

We, the members of Zion United Church of Christ, welcome you.

  • If you are Asian, Hispanic, Black, or White;
  • If you are male, female, or transgender;
  • If you are 3 days old, 33 years old, or 103 years old;
  • If you’ve never stepped foot in a church, a synagogue, a temple,
    a cathedral, or a mosque;
  • If you are single, married, widowed, divorced, separated, or partnered;
  • If you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or yet unsure of your sexuality;
  • If you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Socialist, Libertarian,
    affiliated with another political party or no party at all;
  • If you are pro-life, or pro-choice;
  • If you have, or have had, addictions, phobias, or a criminal record;
  • If you own your home, rent, live with your parents, or are homeless;
  • If you have typical or atypical skills or are just beginning to sense your God-given
    gifts and talents;

However the rest of the world describes you, 

and however you describe yourself,
you are welcome at Zion.

Being fully welcome in our community here at Zion United Church of Christ

means that our congregation will:

  • Always seek to affirm the person that you are with loving hearts and open minds.
  • Follow the way of Christ Jesus with you in loving and being loved by both God and neighbor, with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Love you for the person you are by living out our denomination’s promise that “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Zion UCC.” 

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