June 18, 2023: Proclaim the Good News

Third Sunday after Pentecost


Scripture: Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5-8

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Prelude: “Love is the Only Power,” by Lani Smith; Pauline Olsen, organ
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  • Introit: Hymn 3156: “One is the Body,” by John Bell; Trinity Singers
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  • Hymn 71: “Glory Be to the Father (Gloria Patri),” by Henry W. Greatorex, 1851
  • Hymn 57: “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” music by Carl G. Gläser, arr. by Lowell Mason (1839), words by Charles Wesley (1739)
  • Hymn 369: “Blessed Assurance”, music by Phoebe P. Knapp (1873), words by Fanny J. Crosby (1873)
  • Offertory: “The Angelus,” by Gordon A. Young; 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: “Gospel Medley”, arr. By Brant Adams; Carlos Xavier, flute; Donna Grubbs, piano
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  • Reading from Scripture: Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5-8; Andy Pitts
  • Sermon: “”Proclaim the Good News,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 2130: “The Summons,” by John Bell
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  • Benediction Hymn 431: “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” music and words by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, harm. by Charles H. Webb
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  • “The Faithful Heart Rejoices,” music by Gerald Peterson; Pauline Olsen, organ
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Sermon Outline

Proclaim the Good News!

June 18, 2023

Key Scripture

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:36-38

I. Grounding: Bishop’s Message at Annual Conference

  1. Luke 10:30-37 “Go and Do Likewise”
  2.  Paradigm: Mirror view or window view?
  3. M.I.L.E

M Ministry that m ________________
* H_________________
* H—————————
I Itineracy and location
L Lay Ministry: Retooling laity for innovative ministry
E Eliminate r________________

II. Last Week: Here I am, send me!

  1. Abraham and Sarah leave their homes and head to the promised land
  2. Rev. Margie McNeir in Amarillo comes out of retirement at age 82 to plant a United Methodist Church in Amarillo TX

III. This Week: Call and action!

  1. a. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few
  2. The twelve
  3. Authority to heal
  4. Sheep among wolves: be wise as serpents and innocent as doves
  5. What’s so good about the Good News?


“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.” Meister Eckhart

“Talk unbelief, and you will have unbelief; but talk faith, and you will have faith. According to the seed sown will be the harvest.” Ellen G. White

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