February 26, 2023: The Devil Made Me Do It

First Sunday in Lent

Scripture: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19

Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

    • Prelude: “In Quietness and Confidence,” by J. S. Bach, arr. by Van Denman Thompson: Pauline Olsen, organ
      © 1965 by Lorenz Publishing Co.
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    • Lenten Reading: Jackie Middaugh, Jim Stoffer
    • Hymn 3080: “Lord, Is It I,” music by Hans L. Hassler, harm. by J. S. Bach, words by Dean McIntyre; Trinity Singers
      © 1999 Dean McIntyre, Used by permission
    • Hymn 71: “Glory Be to the Father (Gloria Patri),” by Henry W. Greatorex
    • Hymn 269: “Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days,” American folk hymn, arr. by Annabel Morris Buchanan, words by Claudia F. Hernaman, harm. by Charles H. Webb (1988)
      Harm. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House
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    • Hymn 301: “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross,” music by William H. Doane, words by Fanny J. Crosby
    • Offertory: “Kyrie Eleison (Lord Have Mercy),” by J.S. Bach, arr. by Rob Roy Perry
      Arr. © 1966 by Lorenz Publishing Co.
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    • Hymn 95: “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” words by Thomas Ken, music attr. to Louis Bourgeois
    • Special Music: “The Power of the Cross,” by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty
      © 2002 Thankyou Music
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    • Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Andy Pitts
    • Reading from the Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11
    • Sermon: “The Devil Made Me Do It,” Pastor Desi Larson
    • Hymn 2112: “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” American Folk Hymn
    • Benediction Song 3105: “In Christ Alone,” by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, arr. by Mary McDonald
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    • Postlude: Reprise of “In Christ Alone,” by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, arr. by Mary McDonald
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Sermon Outline: The Devil Made Me Do It

Key Scriptures: And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. (Romans 5: 16) Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him. (Matthew 4:10-11)

I. The Devil Made Do It

  • Paradise Lost: Eve, Adam and the Serpent
    • Snakes, serpents, dragons, and devils
    • Satan
    • Sin
  • Jesus and the Devil

II. Tested and Tempted

  • Adam and Eve’s sin
  • Jesus resists sin and power

III. To Sin or Not to Sin?

  • Jesus’ choice/ Our choice
  • Consequences of Sin

IV. Free Gift of Grace

  • For God so loved the world
  • Sin and Justification

Lord’s Prayer: Father, Mother

(inspired by Matthew 6: 9-13, Luke 11: 2-4)

Heavenly Father, heavenly Mother,
Holy and blessed is your true name.
We pray for your reign of peace to come,
We pray that your good will be done,
Let heaven and earth become one.
Give us this day the bread we need,
Give it to those who have none.
Let forgiveness flow like a river between us,
From each one to each one.
Lead us to holy innocence
Beyond the evil of our days —
Come swiftly Mother, Father, come.
For yours is the power and the glory and the mercy:
Forever your name is All in One.

Parker Palmer