"On Not Getting What You Deserve"
Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel, Executive Pastor
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4 and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 5 When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 6 And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ 8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Adult Sunday School Classes
• FaithLink: State of Professional Ministry (Yolanda Toney)
Agape Class meets at 9:30 a.m. via Google Meet. Contact Joe Wyrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) for invite.
• John- The Greatest Book in the Bible (Don Rhoads)
Alpha Class meets at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Contact Bill Nation (email@example.com) for invite.
• Worship in a Time of Pandemic (Bill McLaughlin)
Asbury Class meets at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Contact Bill McLaughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for invite.
• Catching Up with Former Members
Celebration Class meets at 10:15 a.m. via Zoom. Contact Bryan Barger (email@example.com) for invite.
• GUMC/McVay Cemetery History (Andy Pouncy)
Emmaus Class meets at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Center, McVay Park.
• Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times
Foundations Class meets at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Contact Brandon Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) for invite.
• Biblical and Person Heroes (Jimmy Wright)
Horizon Class meets at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Contact Dave Kaiser (email@example.com) for invite.
• Hymnal Quiz (Todd Wilson)
Wesley 2.0 meets at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Contact Matt Luboznski (firstname.lastname@example.org) for invite.
Hymn Stories for 9 a.m. Traditional Worship Sunday, September 20, 2020
#2234 Lead On, O Cloud of Presence LANCASHIRE
Dr. Ruth Duck recently retired from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. She has received many awards and accolades as a hymn writer, liturgist and professor. Our hymn this week came from her pen. Dr. Duck is known for using existing hymn tunes to offer changes to the well-known texts associated with them. Our tune this week you’ll recognize as Lead On, O King Eternal which carries a fair amount of martial bravado. Images of marching into fields of conquest, tents for a home, and battle songs, riddle the first stanza of that 19th century text. Dr. Duck uses the tune to offer a glimpse into the lives of those that need liberation, not domination.
Dr. Duck comes by this more inclusive and loving approach honestly. She lived in Memphis from 1964-69 and was here during that critical time where saying aloud “I AM A MAN” was costly and brave. The death of Dr. King certainly influenced her writing and teaching philosophy.
I could not find a recording of this text that I liked enough to share with you. I decided to make one of my own borrowing brass and organ from a recording and singing along. Thank you Kevin Kwan and Christ - St. Luke’s, Norfolk, Virginia.
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Songs for 11 a.m. Ancient-Modern Worship Sunday, September 13, 2020