We gather for a Worship Service in-person at the Chapel (2700 W 14th Street) and via the Zoom platform (online and by phone) at 11:00 A.M.
To join us at the Chapel, buzz Zion Church (Bob Bucklew) from the Directory at the front of the 2700 Building on the campus of San Sofia Apartments or enter from the accessible ramp from the rear parking lot. When you arrive, call Bob at 216-375-5323 to open the parking lot gate.
For the online link and phone info to join the worship service via Zoom, please scan down the e-mail below…
The bulletin is attached. You may use it to follow along with us in the worship service or as a Devotional this week.
We celebrate Trinity Sunday. On Trinity Sunday we remember with solemnity and praise the foundation in which we live and worship throughout the year. Trinity Sunday is the Sunday after Pentecost. We are invited to encounter God as Three in One. The use of the Triune formula connects the church today with the historic church, born in the struggle of Christians throughout generations to express their beliefs about God in God’s Very Being. The language ties together the churches of this generation in our ecumenical life, especially in the Sacrament of Baptism. The traditional language for the Trinity is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
For many, however, the traditional language is a hindrance to the intimacy of their relationship with God. They note in particular that the tradition incorporates only male language for God, and seek to incorporate other images, which point to broader understandings of the substance and characteristics of the Holy Mystery, which is our Triune God. “Giver, Gift, and Holy Spirit”; “Maker, Lover, Keeper”; Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit”; “Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God, Mother of All”; are some other Trinitarian images drawn from prayerful, scriptural reflection.
The Trinity is a mystery, as is the work of the Holy Spirit, Wisdom among us.
Sunday we are also celebrating Heritage Sunday 2022 of the Evangelical and Reformed Church. The consummation of the merger of the Reformed Church in the U.S. and the Evangelical Synod of North America was declared during an impressive communion service held at Zion’s Evangelical Church in Cleveland, Ohio on June 26, 1934. Zion Church was known as Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church from 1934 to 1957. The church became known as Zion United Church of Christ in 1957 when the United Church of Christ (UCC) was formed by the merger of the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church in Cleveland, Ohio – a name by which it is known to this day.
The Scripture Readings are:
First Reading: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 – Wisdom personified as feminine in the Hebrew Scriptures, calls out to us like a woman at a crossroads crying out to listen to her voice. The later verses are another account of creation, in which Wisdom is the first creation of God, from before anything else was formed.
Psalm Response: Psalm 8 – a song of wonder and awe at God’s creation, a song of wisdom, for the beginning of wisdom is the awe of God
Second Reading: Romans 5:1-5 – the apostle Paul declares that it is our faith that justifies us in knowing Christ as our Savior, not by our works. God’s love has been poured into us by the Holy Spirit – despite all of our sufferings we have been through, we know that hope remains because of God’s love. We endure because we know God’s love is with us
Gospel Reading: John 16:12-15- Jesus prepares the disciples before his death and resurrection for the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth – everything would be made known to them (and by extension, us) through the Spirit
The Sermon/Reflection is “Children of a Mysterious, Fluid, Diverse, Communal, Hospitable, and Loving God ” by the Rev. Scott Rosenstein based on John 16:12-15 – a reflection on the Trinity on Trinity Sunday.
Our Worship Service is also available through the Zoom platform on Sunday, June 12th, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. (Eastern Time).
To join with a PC, Laptop, or Smart Phone (iphone or android), use the link below:
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To join with a regular phone or landline phone, dial:
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Meeting ID: 821 9529 9381 #
Password: 572234 #
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Please join us to give thanks to God this Sunday, in-person in the Chapel, or via Zoom!