Sunday’s Sermon, Scripture, & Music

Sunday’s Sermon

“Once More With Feeling”

Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel, Executive Minister


1 John 1:1-2:2

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life– this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us–we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

John 20: 19-31

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Jesus and Thomas

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

The Purpose of This Book

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.


Sunday School

Please check out the list of lessons and teachers
below for April 11 and join us!
FatihLink: Worship Music (Todd Wilson)
Agape meets at 9:30 am via Zoom. Contact Yolanda Toney ( for invite.
Ephesians: Paul’s New Humanity (Don Rhoads)
Alpha meets at 10:30 am via Zoom. Contact Bill Nation ( for invite.
GUMC Missions (Laura Meanwell)
Apostles meets at 10:00 via Zoom. Contact Mike Goforth ( for invite.
The Passion Play: Living the Story of Christ’s Last 6 Days (Mary Groh)
Asbury meets at 11:00 am in The Cottage and via Zoom. Contact Bill McLaughlin ( for invite.
Sermon on the Mount by AJ Levine (Bryan Barger)
Celebration meets at 10:15 am via Zoom. Contact Bryan Barger ( for invite.
Chronological Bible Study
Emmanuel meets at 10:00 am via Zoom. Contact Scott Davis ( for invite.
David – More Than a Sling and a Stone (Phil Hoffman)
Emmaus Class meets at 10:00 am in the OLEC Gym
TBA (Mack Browder)
Fellowship Forum meets at 10:00 am in Room 339.
The Minor Prophets (Jim Borden)
Fiser Covenant meets at 10:00 am in Room 233, Chapel Building.
Half Truths by Adam Hamilton (Sarah Horrell)
Foundations meets at 10:00 am in OLEC Oasis
TBA (Doug Carpenter)
Gilbert meets at 10:00 am in Room 232
Living While Human (Jim Pruett)
Horizon meets at 10:00 am in Room 2, AEB and via Zoom Contact Linda Colebank ( for invite.
Some Folks Feel the Rain, Others Just Get Wet (Jimmy Wright)
Lamplighters meets at 10:00 am in the OLEC Dance Room
Funny Business (Yolanda Toney)
Seekers meets at 10:00 am in the Chapel.
Devotional and Conversation (Jay McKinney)
Trinity meets at 9:45 am in McVay Gardens Pavilion
TBA (Rev. Tim Carpenter)
Wesley 2.0 meets at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Worship Music

Hymn Stories for 9 a.m. Traditional Worship Sunday, April 11, 2021

#307 Christ Is Risen W ZLOBIE LEZY
I often wonder how new hymn texts get married to their tunes. In this case new is 37 years ago! This tune you might recognize from a Christmas Carol, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly. The hymn writer of our resurrection text, Brian Wren, was adamant that this tune be used for his text. The United Methodist Hymnal Committee received a direct NO when they suggested another option. I share this from Discipleship Ministries History of Hymns.
When the text was approved by the hymns subcommittee for The UM Hymnal, the suggestion was made that Beethoven’s HYMN TO JOY be used for the tune. But when Dr. Wren heard this suggestion from hymnal editor Carlton R. Young, he resisted firmly: “Not my text with that tune!”
Dr. Wren suggested instead the tune usually sung with the Polish carol, “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.” The choice of this tune provides the possibility of a lyrical link between the season of the Incarnation and the celebration of the Resurrection as congregations sing the same tune to both texts.
Ironically, the Presbyterian hymnal that came out one year after ours did indeed have HYMN TO JOY with this text. Maybe they didn’t ask!
There is a phrase in the first stanza that to me makes this lyrical poetic link. Hush in wonder all creation is amazed. Hushed in wonder surely sounds more Christmas like than the celebration of Easter. Dr. Wren has indeed made this connection. I look forward to sharing this text and tune come Sunday.

Songs for 11 a.m. Ancient-Modern Worship Sunday, April 11, 2021



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