Sunday’s Sermon, Scripture, & Music

Sunday’s Sermon

“Kingdom Talk”

Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel, Executive Minister


Mark 4: 26-34

The Parable of the Growing Seed

26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

The Use of Parables

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Sunday School

Please check out the list of lessons and teachers
below for June 13 and join us!
Hannah’s Hope (Rev. Trina Bell-Morrison)
Agape meets at 10:00 am in Room 132, Chapel Building.
Prayer (Carolyn Phipps)
Alpha meets at 10:00 am in Room 136.
Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice by Susan Robb
Apostles meets at 10:00 in Room 338.
Healing Wisdom of the Twenty-Third Psalm (Anne Fritz)
Asbury meets at 10:00 am in The Cottage and via Zoom. Contact Bill McLaughlin ( for invite.
Wesley Foundation (Morgan Stafford)
Celebration meets at 10:00 am in Room 131, Chapel Building.
Chronological Bible Study
Emmanuel meets at 10:00 am in Room 4, Adult Ed Building
The Book of Ruth (Jesse Adkinson)
Emmaus Class meets at 10:00 am in the Trinity Center, McVay Park
Grace by Max Lucado (Sharon Ritz)
Fellowship Forum meets at 10:00 am in Room 339.
The Letter to the Hebrews (Jim Borden)
Fiser Covenant meets at 10:00 am in Room 233, Chapel Building.
Unshakable Hope by Max Lucado
Foundations meets at 10:00 am in Room 133, Chapel Building.
Jewish Festivals (Doug Carpenter)
Gilbert meets at 10:00 am in Room 232
Early Christianity from Disciple to Constantine (Judy Pearson)
Horizon meets at 10:00 am in Room 2, Adult Ed Building Contact Linda Colebank ( for invite.
The Meanings of Life (Frank Marcus)
Lamplighters meets at 10:00 am in Room 342.
Giving Jesus His Due (Tank Tankersley)
Seekers meets at 10:00 am in Room 1, Adult Ed Building.
Devotional and Conversation (Jay McKinney)
Trinity meets at 9:45 am in McVay Gardens Pavilion
Predestination (Stewart Guenter)
Wesley 2.0 meets at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Worship Music

Hymn Stories for 9 a.m. Traditional Worship Sunday, June 13, 2021

#545 The Church’s One Foundation AURELIA
A glorious Wesley hymn! “What?” you say. “Charles Wesley didn’t write this hymn!” And you’d be correct. The grandson of John Wesley, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, wrote the music for this hymn. S. S. Wesley, as he was called to avoid confusion with his daddy Samuel, was quite a
well-considered organist choirmaster and composer in the Church of England. Beyond this hymn, his music is still being offered in churches all over the globe. An example would be Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace. When we go on our Wesley Heritage Tour I think the Choir should have this anthem on its repertoire list!
This hymn remains fresh because of the tune, but also because of the text. Stanza three deals with the moment we find ourselves in as a denomination, right now.
Though with a scornful wonder we see her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,
Yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.
Enjoy this premiere performance by the forces at Duke Chapel.

Songs for 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship Sunday, June 13, 2021




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