ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Service Personnel: Please keep the following service personnel in your prayers at this special time of year: Joshua Taylor, Seth Garner,Justin Lovellette, Anthony Rauch, Ruth Rauch.
The following is a notice from the Spiritual Council of Zion:
In-person worship resumes January 24, 2021.
The Official Board met on Monday evening, January 11, 2021 and, as promised, considered in-person worship services for Zion United Church of Christ. It was decided that beginning on Sunday, January 24, 2021 those who feel a need to be in the sanctuary for worship service are welcome to attend and all prior proper protocol such as social distancing and wearing masks will be followed. At the same time, we strongly encourage our senior members and those with pre-conditions to stay home, stay safe, and attend service via the internet.
Hopefully the COVID-19 vaccine will have a positive result with a majority receiving the vaccine. However, we know that even with the vaccine, social distancing and wearing masks will be protocol for some time.
We want ALL to FEEL SAFE and hope ALL ARE COMFORTABLE with this decision.
We recognize many of our church family will be severely impacted financially during this time of crisis. We encourage you to utilize the many resources available as far as food and financial help and know that our members will continue to support and look out for our neighbors, families, and community.
It is also critical that we continue to contribute financially to Zion during these times of cancelled services. Our expenses continue regardless of the tithes and offerings coming in and we ask those who are able to mail in your regular offering. There are also many banks who offer bill pay services at no cost. The mail is monitored daily. For those who are not able to do so, we understand your difficulties. Zion has shown time and time again that our faith is strong and we can do all things through Christ. Thank you to all those who have made contributions. It is much appreciated. Please continue to mail or drop them off when possible.
Thanks to all who've served in so many capacities this challenging year, especially Elders, the Official Board and other officers, and our wonderful staff. We've had so much of our usual program year discontinued due to Covid-19, which has provided many other new opportunities for ministry. Thanks also to the technical gurus who've helped us to continue our worship services. God Bless You all for your commitment and service to Zion.
Anyone would like to receive the Sacrament of Home Communion who is not a regular recipient, or anyone who would like to have a home visit is asked to contact the church office (724-3502), and the necessary arrangements will be made.
Our Annual Congregational meeting will be held Sunday, January 24th following worship service. The purpose of the meeting is a review of 2020 activities and finances.
During this uncertain time it is important that we stayed tied together as a people of prayer and support.
Weekly we will send out a prayer for the world and our conference churches on Wednesdays.
We also encourage each of you to stop what you are doing at noon on Wednesdays and pray wherever
you are. Our staff will be praying wherever they are and together we will offer prayers for our world at this time.
Peace, Blessings, and Compassion,
Rev. Chad R. Abbott
God of the orphan, God of the immigrant, God of the widow,
God of the imprisoned, God of the hungry, God of the thirsty,
God of the oppressed, God of the depressed, God of the sick,
God of the lonely, God of the dying, God of the streets,
God of the people, God of Trayvon Martin,God of Breonna Taylor,
God of George Floyd, God of Lisa Montgomery,
We confess that in the face of injustice we often remain silent.
When your children cry out in the streets “I can’t breathe”
we watch in silence, paralyzed by fear, guilt, and shame
for we know we are complicit in this evil that values whiteness and demonizes blackness.
We repent for this era of corruption, racism, and greed that dragged us all through the valley of the shadow of death.
We pray for mercy. We pray for forgiveness. We pray for grace.
We pray for change. We pray for transformation.
On behalf of the hurting people, we cry out to our God of Compassion who hears our cries and wipes away every tear.
God of Hope, God of Love, God of all faiths,
God of Reconciliation, God of Reparations, God of Restoration,
God of Redemption ,Lead us onward into this new day.
Lead us further along the arc of the moral universe that bends towards justice.
Lead us into an era that will make all of our children,
black, brown and white, ambassadors of peace and freedom for all the world.
Lead us in the way of dignity, equality, and respect as we work together to build the Beloved Community here on Earth.
Help us God. Save us God. Guide us God.
Hand-in-hand with the Holy One, may we leave behind our fears,
our terrors, our midnights of despair, and embrace the sacred calling
to fulfill our interconnected destiny of liberation and justice for all.
With you, God, we believe this is possible: to live in peace with one another,
to live in such a way that demonstrates with our actions our love for our neighbor as our selves.
Let us put away our selfishness, our pride, our obsession with might over right.
Let us lay down our weapons and pick up the pen, writing a new chapter of peace in this land.
We pray this in the Great Name of our Living God….the Creator of us all. Amen."
Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, Pastor, First Congregational UCC, Indianapolis, IN,
UCC’s Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice and President of the Southeast Association of the IKCUCC