October 2, 2022: Mustard Seed Faith

Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost


Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Psalm 137:1-4

  • “Peace Like a River,” by Buryl Red, arr. by Garrett Parker; Pauline Olsen, piano
  • “Breath of God, Breath of Peace,” by Adam M.L. Tice, Sally Ann Morris; Trinity Singers
  • Hymn 374: “Standing on the Promises,” by R. Kelso Carter
  • Hymn 620: “One Bread, One Body,” by John B. Foley
  • “Christ, We Adore and Worship Thee,” arr. by Roger C. Wilson from Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • Special Music: “Come to the Table,” by Allen Pote; Trinity Singers
  • Readings from Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Psalm 137:1-4; Nancy Baer
  • Reading from the Gospel: Luke 17:5-10
  • Sermon: “Mustard Seed Faith,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 2214: “Lead Me, Guide Me,” by Doris Akers
  • Benediction Song 431: “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
  • “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” arr. By Benton Price; Pauline Olsen, organ

Mustard Seed Faith: Sermon notes and reflections

By Faith

Faith of Biblical figures

Faith of people I know

What sabotages faith? Fret/fear

The Power of Faith

Examples: Paul and Silas


God, I do not ask for great faith

Give me the smallest faith.

Give me a mustard seed of trust.

Let creep into my heart the tiniest ant of compassion.

May microbes of gratitude do their work in me.

Let the smallest atom of your joy run through me.

Murmur only your briefest syllable to me.

Let me be the faintest star in your beautiful night,

a single note in your earthly chorus.

Just a hint of you is all I need

for merely a cell of you is all I am.

By your infinite grace that is enough

Steve Garnass-Holmes, 2022

Scripture Focus

But the Master said, “You don’t need more faith. There is no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it would do it.” (Luke 17:6, MSG)

Defining Faith

Hebrew word for faith emunah means: _________________________________________

Faith defined by the Dictionary of Bible Themes: _________________________________

“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” And “Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists, and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:1, 6)

The Bible says faith… ________________________________________________________