September 10, 2023: Put on the Armor of Light

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Prelude: “In Thee do I Trust,” music by Susanna Keeney; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 1997 Lorenz Publishing Company
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  • Hymn 3145: “Breath of God, Breath of Peace,” music by Sally Ann Morris, words by Adam Tice; Trinity Choir
    © 2009 by GIA Publications, Inc. Text: © 2009 by GIA Publications, Inc.
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  • Hymn 71: “Glory Be to the Father”, music by Henry W. Greatorex, 1851
  • Hymn 114: “Many Gifts, One Spirit,” music and words by Al Carmines
    © 1974 Al Carmines
  • Hymn 408: “The Gift of Love,” music and words by Hal Hopson
    © 1972 Hope Publishing Company
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  • Offertory: “Dedication,” music by Richard Alan Martens; 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: “Go Down Moses,” African-American spiritual arr. by Rebecca Bonam
    © 2008 Lorenz Corporation; Carlos Xavier, flute; Donna Grubbs, piano
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  • Readings from Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14; Neil Parse
  • Sermon: “Put on the Armor of Light,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 2196: “We Walk by Faith,” music by Hugh Wilson (attr.), words by Henry Alford (alt.)
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  • Benediction Hymn: “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” music and words by Peter Lutkin
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  • Postlude: “Unity and Brotherhood,” music by Thomas Chesterton; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 1985 Lorenz Publishing Company
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A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11

O God, our hope and refuge,
in our distress we come quickly to you…

We come remembering those who lost their lives in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania…

We come remembering
and we come in hope,
not in ourselves, but in you…

In commemorating this tragedy,
we give you thanks for your presence
in our time of need and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,
our guide and our guardian. Amen.

Excerpt of prayer by the Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon, First United Methodist Church, Panama City, Florida, via Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church.

Sermon Outline

Put on the Armor of Light, “Called” Sermon Series, Part 2


Exodus 12:1-14 The first Passover
Psalm 149 Praise the Lord!
Romans 13:8-14 Put on the armor
of light, put on Christ

I. Called to do what?

a. Captivity to freedom
b. Division to unity

II. Moses: from the burning bush to the first Passover

a. Divine language, reading Scripture
b. Egypt – Mitzraim – (Hebrew: מִצְרַיִם) = constricted, bound, in trouble

III. The Gods Must Be Crazy

a. Cooperation to competition: community destroyed
b. God’s will and beloved community
c. Tikkun Olam (Hebrew: תיקון עולם‎) = Repair the world

IV. Put on the Armor of Light

a. What are our “bottle” issues?
b. Called to transformation
c. Called to beloved community
d. Called to put on Christ

“Too many believers and nonbelievers alike now read these sacred texts in a doggedly literal manner that is quite different from the more inventive and mystical approach of premodern spirituality . . . Because its creation myths do not concur with recent scientific discoveries, militant atheists have condemned the Bible as a pack of lies, while Christian fundamentalists have developed a ‘Creation science’ claiming that the Book of Genesis is scientifically sound . . . Not surprisingly, all this has given Scripture a bad name.”

Karen Armstrong, 2019, The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts

Romans 13:8-14

Romans 13:8-14

Exodus 24:12-18
Exodus 24:12-18