Categories: Worship

by Admin


Categories: Worship


We gather for a Worship Service on this Sunday, May 21st, 2023, 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.

The Sunday Bulletin is attached in PDF format. You may use it to follow along with the service on Zoom or you may use it as a devotional during the week.

Zion’s Administrative Assistant, Beverly Wurm
Beverly will be keeping some limited Office Hours at church/home. The days and hours are:
Monday – 9am – 1pm
Wednesday – 10am – 2pm
Thursday – 9am – 1pm
Beverly can be reached at: [email protected] or by phone at: 216-273-7561 (church) or 216-310-6810 (mobile).

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The Scripture Readings for Sunday, May 21st, 2023 are:

First Reading: Acts 1:6-14

The Seventh Sunday of Easter readings overlap a bit with Ascension Sunday, beginning with these verses in Acts 1. Following the ascension and the message of the angels in verse 11, the male disciples, along with the women disciples, Jesus’ mother, and brothers, gathered in Jerusalem at the house they were staying and devoted themselves to prayer. They trusted in Jesus’s words as they waited for the arrival of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm Response: Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35

These verses of Psalm 68 comprise a song of praise to God for victory in battle. The psalmist sees God as the defender and protector of the most vulnerable of society, becoming a parent to orphans, assurance to widows, and liberator to prisoners. God brings restoration to those who have lost everything. God led the people through the wilderness and showed power through nature, providing for the people. The psalmist concludes by calling all of creation and the people to praise God—because God is the one who will fight for those on the margins.

Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

The Epistle reading concludes the series in 1 Peter with selected verses in chapters 4 and 5. The writer again assures the beloved community of Christ that they do not suffer alone. In the time when they are facing persecution, they are sharing in Christ’s sufferings and are blessed by God’s glory in those times. The author urges the listeners to be humble and steadfast with God and to resist evil. All believers are struggling and suffering around the known world, but the author gives assurance that Christ will restore, support, and strengthen those who are faithful.

Gospel Reading: John 17:1-11

Jesus’ final prayer for the disciples in John’s account begins in John 17. Jesus prays that he might be glorified so that all people will know that God is the true God and he, Jesus, is the one whom God has sent. Jesus has finished the work God gave him to do, and now Jesus prays on behalf of the disciples, because they believed. They were sent by God to Jesus, and now Jesus prays that they will be protected by God as Jesus returns to God, and that the disciples may be one, as Jesus and God are one.

The Sermon/Reflection is “That They May All Be One” based on the reading from John 17:1-11 by the Rev. Scott Rosenstein

Please join the Zion Church community to give thanks to God this Easter Sunday, in-person in the Chapel, or via Zoom!

Pastor Scott Rosenstein
216-273-7561 – church
216-577-1514 – mobile

Bulletin Cover Photo:
Easter 2023 – by Scott Rosenstein