July 2, 2023: The Lord Will Provide

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost


Note: the first 12 minutes of the service had no sound, and were not included in the recording. Our apologies.

Scripture: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Prelude: “Here I Am, Lord,” by Daniel L. Schutte, setting by Douglas E. Wagner; Pauline Olsen, organ
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  • Introit: “Here I Am, Lord,” music and words by Dan Schutte, adapt. by Carlton R. Young; Trinity Singers
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  • Hymn 116: “The God of Abraham Praise,” Hebrew melody (1780), words para. by Thomas Olivers (1760)
  • Hymn 356: “When We are Living,” trad. Spanish melody, words by anon. and Roberto Escamilla, trans. by Elise S. Eslinger and George Lockwood
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  • Offertory: “The Harbor Bell,” music by Stewart Landon, based on song by Ira D. Sankey; Pauline Olsen, organ
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  • Hymn 95: “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” words by Thomas Ken, 1674, music attributed to Louis Bourgeois, 1551
  • Special Music: “Down to the River to Pray,” traditional tune arr. by Sheldon Curry; Beth Balance, Randy Grubbs, Betsy Noland, Greg Scherer, Patty Shoop, Cynthia Zenner, vocals
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  • Readings from Scripture: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Tom Tift
  • Sermon: “The Lord Will Provide,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Communion: “Be Thou My Vision,” traditional Irish melody, arr. by Heather Sorenson; Pauline Olsen, organ
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  • Meditation from “Thais”, by Jules Massenet, arr. by Robert W. Thygerson; Donna Grubbs, piano
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  • Hymn 696: “America, the Beautiful,” music by Samuel A. Ward (1888), words by Katharine Lee Bates (1904)
  • Benediction Hymn 338: “Where He Leads Me,” music by John S. Norris, words by E. W. Blandy, 1890; Trinity Singers
  • Postlude: “The Church’s One Foundation,” music by Robert J. Hughes, based on “Aurelia,” by Samuel S. Wesley; Pauline Olsen, organ
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God Will Provide: Costly Discipleship Part 2

Sermon Outline, July 2, 2023

Key Scriptures

God said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” … So Abraham called that place “The LORD shall provide” as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” Genesis 22:2; 14)

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? . . . But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:1, 5-6)

I. Tough and Terrifying Scripture Lessons

  • Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ (The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer)
  • What is this tale saying to us about God. and about our own self?

II. Testing

  • • Hearing God’s call
  • הִנֵנִי Hinene! “I am fully present and at your disposal to do whatever you tell me”
  • Offering all to God, because all we have is a gift from God
  • Covenants: Abraham’s son and God’s son

III. Provision

  • Cheap v. costly provision יְהוָה יִרְאֶה (Yahovah-yireh, G-d will see to it)
  • Faith and promises
  • Hairs on your head and sparrow

IV. Costly discipleship

  • What are we learning about God and about our own selves?
  • What are the “Isaacs” we cling to?
  • Deep relationships and trust
  • Not my will, but yours, be done!

Prayer for 4th of July

Almighty God, you rule all the peoples of the earth. Inspire the minds of all women and men to whom you have committed the responsibility of government and leadership in the nations of the world. Give to them the vision of truth and justice, that by their counsel all nations and peoples may work together.

Give to the people of our country zeal for justice and strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will.

Forgive our shortcomings as a nation; purify our hearts to see and love the truth. We pray all these things through Jesus Christ. Amen.

United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries, Andy Langford, U.S. A., 20th Cent.

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