August 27, 2023: Conformed or Transformed?

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Scripture: Romans 12:1-8; Psalm 124; Matthew 16:13-20

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Prelude: “Jesu, meine Freude,” music by Johann Gottfried Walther (1684–1748); Pauline Olsen, organ
  • Introit – Hymn 3185: “Send Us your Spirit,” music and words by Dan Schutte; Trinity Singers
    © 1985 Daniel L. Schutte and New Dawn Music
    ONE LICENSE #A-741127
  • Hymn 71: “Glory Be to the Father”, music by Henry W. Greatorex, 1851
  • Hymn 546: “The Church’s One Foundation,” music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1864), words by Samuel J. Stone (1866), adapt. by Laurence Hull Stookey (1983)
    © 1983, United Methodist Publishing House/Abingdon Press
    ONE LICENSE #A-741127
  • Hymn 399: “Take My Life, and Let It Be,” music by Louis J. F. Hérold (1839), arr. by George Kingsley (1839), words by Frances R. Havergal (1873)
  • Offertory: “This Day of Prayer,” music by James Southbridge; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 2007 Lorenz Publishing Company
    ONE LICENSE #A-741127
  • Hymn 95: “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” words by Thomas Ken, 1674, music attr. to Louis Bourgeois, 1551
  • Special Music: “With a Voice of Singing,” music and words by Kenneth Jennings; Trinity Singers Sextet
    © 1964 Augsburg Publishing House
    ONE LICENSE #A-741127
  • Readings from Scripture: Romans 12:1-8; Psalm 124; Matthew 16:13-20; Andy Pitts
  • Sermon: “Conformed or Transformed?” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 127: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,” music by John Hughes (1907), text by William Williams (1745), trans. by Peter Williams (1771)
  • Benediction Response: “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” music and words by Peter Lutkin
  • Postlude: “Peace in God’s Good Time,” music by Peter Burkhardt; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 2001 Lorenz Publishing Company
    ONE LICENSE #A-741127

Notes about this Morning’s Special Music

“With A Voice of Singing” is a joyous outpouring of praise to God, in the A B A form. The first section has joyful statements of redemption followed by Hallelujahs. The middle section of the piece features the Gloria Patri – Glory be to the Father, etc. – calmly chanted by the men in a style similar to Gregorian. The finale is an exuberant return to the theme of the first section with its message of redemption, plus a call to make our praise of God glorious. Composer Kenneth Jennings (1925 – 2015) was educated at St. Olaf College and the Oberlin College Conservatory. He spent 20 years as director of the famed St. Olaf Choir, and is widely respected by choral directors and singers alike. Upon retirement Jennings became the Tosdal Professor of Music Emeritus and Director Emeritus of the St. Olaf Choir.