August 6, 2023: God’s Economy

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost


Scripture: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Matthew 14:13-21

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

Pre-Service music: “Christ is Mine Forevermore,” music and words by Jonny Robinson and Rich Thompson; The Montgomery Family Singers
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  • Prelude: “Only Trust Him,” music by John H. Stockton (1875), arr. by Edward Broughton; Pauline Olsen, organ
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  • Introit: “Sent Us your Spirit,” music and words by Dan Schutte; Trinity Singers
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  • Hymn 71: “Glory Be to the Father (Gloria Patri),” music by Henry W. Greatorex, 1851
  • Hymn 617: “I Come With Joy,” trad. tune, harm. By Charles H. Webb (1987), words by Brian Wren (1968)
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  • Hymn 623: Here, O My Lord, I See Thee,” music by Edward Dearle (1874), words by Horatius Bonar (1857)
  • Offertory: “Heaven’s Bread”, music by Susanna Keeney; Pauline Olsen, organ
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  • Hymn 95: “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow”, words by Thomas Ken, 1674, music attr. to Louis Bourgeois, 1551
  • Special Music: “Jesus Strong and Kind,” by Colin Buchanan, Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson; The Montgomery Family Singers
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  • Scripture Reading: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Matthew 14:13-21; Barb Parse
  • Sermon: “God’s Economy,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • “Communion,“ music by Alexandre Guilmant, arr. by Lani Smith; Pauline Olsen, organ
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    “I Surrender All”
    music by Winfield Weeden, arr. by Victor Labenske
    © 2003 Alfred Music Publish Company
  • Hymn 2196: “We Walk by Faith”, music by Hugh Wilson (attr.), words by Henry Alford (alt.)
  • Benediction Hymn 2175: “Together We Serve,” music and words by Daniel Charles Damon
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  • Postlude: “Give Praise to God,” music by George Frideric Handel (1708), arr. by Robert J Powell; Pauline Olsen, organ
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Montgomery Family Singers: Hannah, Eliana, Claire, Noelle, and Audrey Montgomery

Sermon Outline: God’s Economy

Key Scriptures

So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:27-28)

And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 14:20-21).

I. Unreasonable Love

II. Unreasonable Hospitality

a. Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (Isaiah 55:1)
b. Babette’s Feast, Isak Dinesen
c. Unreasonable Hospitality, Will Guidara

Babette's Feast
Babette’s Feast
Unreasonable Hospitality
Unreasonable Hospitality

III. Unreasonable Economy

a. The Economy of God, M. Douglas Meeks
b. So what? Now what?

God the Economist
God the Economist

Benediction – A Non-Traditional Blessing

Right Side: May God bless you with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,
so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

Left Side: May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression,
and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for
justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

Right Side: May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer
from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

Left Side: May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that
you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able,
with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

ALL: And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator,
Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour,
and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with you
and remain with you, this day and forevermore.

Sister Ruth Marlene Fox, b1936

Matthew 14 v 13 to 21
Matthew 14 v 13 to 21 https:/