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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.

Patriot Sunday
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26, 2019
10:30 a.m.

    The congregation at Zion’s United Church of Christ has even more to celebrate than usual this year at their annual Patriot’s Sunday service. Held each year on Memorial Day weekend to commemorate our local militia’s endorsement of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776, this year’s emphasis will be on the “little liberty bell” that called the Patriots to action.

    Cast in 1769 and hung above the church doors, the “little liberty bell” has its own story, told in a 250th anniversary exhibit at the Liberty Bell Museum, located in the lower level of the church building.

    The 10:30 a.m. worship service includes “living historians” from the 6th PA Regiment, men and women wearing authentic garb from the Colonial period who tell the story of that era. Following the service the Regiment will load and fire their muskets to salute the Patriots being remembered Memorial Day weekend.

    Guests from the Valley Forge Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will also be in attendance.

    The public is invited. The museum exhibit is open following the service of worship.

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

    The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence is a key part of our Independence Sunday service. It features some two dozen participants who reenact the protests of the Colonists by reading sections of the Declaration, punctuated by the ringing of “Allentown’s ‘Liberty Bell.’”

    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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