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We value and welcome all people into our diverse congregation. We are Open and Affirming, believing that each of us is created in God’s image. We celebrate the life of each person as a unique individual created by God, including people of all ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, family configurations, economic circumstances, physical, cognitive or emotional abilities, education, or spiritual and religious traditions.
Gathering Music at 10:30 a.m.
Worship at 10:45 a.m.

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship God and fellowship with one another. Every service is a celebration of God’s presence in our midst and God’s power in our lives.

Independence Sunday
with Us
July 7, 2019
10:30 a.m.

    The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at historic Zion’s ‘Liberty Bell’ United Church of Christ on Sunday, July 7, at the 10:45 a.m. service of worship, features the Honorable Susan Wild, representative from the 7th Congressional District, as guest speaker.

   Representative Wild will speak about the ideals embodied in the Declaration and their meaning for today. She also will lead the reading of the Declaration, the highlight of this annual commemorative service. The reading includes some two dozen volunteer participants who reenact the protests of the colonists by reading the “usurpations” – complaints against King George III. The sections are punctuated by the ringing of “Allentown’s ‘liberty bell.’”

   Allentown’s Liberty Bell, which originally hung in the church tower and tolled to gather people for the reading of the Declaration in 1776, is rung during the ceremony.

    The Reverend Bob Stevens, senior pastor of Zion’s Church, explains, “In 1776 it is likely that one or two people read the entire document to an assembled crowd in front of the church, but we encourage everyone in the congregation to participate in this re-enactment. Anyone who attends has the opportunity to rail against King George’s ‘injuries and usurpations.’” To encourage participation, the church distributes three corner hats and “mob caps” to children in attendance to wear at the service.

    Stephanie Burke, a tour guide and docent at the Liberty Bell Museum housed at the church will be dressed in Colonial era garb and the museum will be open after the ceremony.

    Zion’s church is located at 620 W. Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown. The public is invited. A free-will offering is received.

Colonial Sunday
September 15, 2019
10:30 a.m.

   This annual service commemorates the hiding of 11 bells from Philadelphia at Zion’s church, including the PA State House bell (now known as the Liberty Bell) during the American Revolution, when the British occupied Philadelphia. Colonial era music and prayers from the 1770s led by the Rev. Bob Stevens in Colonial garb recreate a Colonial worship experience.

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