Sunday, July 13, is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost. Rev. Michael F. Bailey will begin our new Lectionary series, Heavenly Horticulture: Seeds, Weeds, Good Deeds, and Jesus Feeds with the sermon “Seeds of Roots, Shoots and Fruits,” based on Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23. This sermon will be about the necessity of cultivating a life that avoids the thorns and cares of the world so that the Word can be deeply rooted and bear much fruit in one’s life.
Hymns and organ voluntaries for this coming Sunday were chosen for their reference to God's grace and to our need for total commitment to God. Music for responses and anthems will be furnished in both services by a men's quartet, part of the rather unusual and highly varied musical offerings of the summer season, consisting of Mitch Camp, Larry Cooper, David Grove, and Frank Kincaid. They will sing arrangements of African-American spirituals, familiar hymns, and the Irish Blessing.