“Help Beyond the Hills and High Places”
The Reverend Gregory E. Bryant was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After a conversion experience during his teens, he understood and received a call to the preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a graduate of Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science in History. He is also a Master of Divinity graduate of Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Reverend Bryant has done additional graduate work in the field of Education at Oakland City University in Oakland City Indiana; and doctoral work at Christian Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is currently a member of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit. Reverend Bryant is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.
Rev. Bryant has served as the Senior Minister of several congregations in Indianapolis and has just completed an eight-year tenure as Senior Minister at United Christian Church of Detroit (Disciples of Christ). He is currently a high school history and social studies teacher at American International Academy located in Inkster, Michigan. Rev. Bryant is the author of two books – The American Church in Black and White: Navigating Minefields to Become God’s Intercultural Community; and Like Roses Rising from Concrete: 52 Reflections on Christ, the Black Church, and Urban Culture, both are published by Authorhouse Books. He is a member of the National Urban League of Detroit and has been involved in various community and ecclesial organizations in Texas, Indianapolis and Detroit. Rev. Bryant enjoys reading, sports, art, and jazz. He is married to Crystal Alecia Bryant, a reading specialist and elementary school teacher with the Detroit Public Schools; they are the blessed parents of two sons, Gregory and Isaiah; one daughter, Christiana; and a grandson, Khristian.
“Joy Is Not A New Year’s Resolution, It’s A Habit”
“May the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace as I trust in him,
so that I may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“Don’t Let a Little Uncertainty Talk You Out of Dreaming”
Joel 2:28 “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophecy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”
“Jesus Loves You into Being…JOY-FILLED”
Philemon 1:7 N.T. pg 216
“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brothers and sisters, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”
Video before sermon: https://youtu.be/lA7n7TwPDmw
"It's A Wonderful Life! – Broken Banisters Redeemed"
Isaiah 43:2 New International Version (NIV)
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you."
Video before the sermon:
"It's A Wonderful Life! – Broken Banisters and All!"
2 Corinthians 4:7-12 New International Version (NIV)
Video before the sermon (start watching at 3:10):
“It’s a Wonderful Life! – God Intervenes When We Pray”
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Video Clip before the sermon:
"It's A Wonderful Life! – Valuing Others Involves Sacrifice"
“And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
Video Clip in sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4ne13Zft9Q
"Cold Leftovers & Warm Thanks"
2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every way."
"Thank You God ..."
1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks in all circumstance; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you ...”
Video shown before the sermon: https://www.dropbox.com/s/00j8e0yam9hne62/Letters-of-Thanks_Skit-Guys-HD.mp4?dl=0
“Called to Confront the Staus Quo!”
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY Acts 17:6
“. . . they began dragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, ‘These men who have upset the world have come here also.’”
"Scatter Seeds of Joy: Plant!"
Luke 19:5-6 "When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay in your house today.' So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him."
SERMON IN STORY "Could I Have Said No? Voice of Mother Mary"
Written by Bill Dunphy, in his book, Voices From the Word read by Pastor Kellie Whitlock
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY – Luke 1:38
Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord.”
"Lost But Found"
Luke 15: 6-7
Jesus said, “…Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner
who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons
who need no repentance.”
VBS 2019 Meditation
Day One: Psalm 18:1
“I love you, Lord; you are my strength.”
Day Two: 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“So encourage each other and build each other up.”
Day Three: Philippians 4:6
“Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything!”
Day Four: Psalm 119:105
“Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
Participant Reflections - Braden Fitch, Evelyn Sowerby, Maggie Benton, and Amanda Gerger
Senior Reflection - Grace Futrell
Meditation - Pastor Kate Mackie
1 Samuel 25:6
“Thus you shall salute him, ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.’”