September 17, 2023: Living Extraordinary Lives

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Scripture: Exodus 14:19-31, Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Prelude: “Beautiful Savior,” music by Paul Davis; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 1999 Lorenz Publishing Company
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  • Introit: 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 133: “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” music by Anthony J. Showalter (1887), words by Elisha A. Hoffman (1887)
  • Hymn 3140: “Give Me Jesus,” African American Spiritual, arr. by Mark Hayes
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  • Offertory: “All Glory Be to God on High,” music by Johann Gottfried Walther (1684 – 1748); Pauline Olsen, organ
  • Hymn 95: “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” words by Thomas Ken, 1674, music attr. to Louis Bourgeois, 1551
  • Special Music: “Know My Heart,” music and words by Benjamin Harlan; Trinity Choir
    © 1993 by GlorySound, a div. of Shawnee Press
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  • Readings from Scripture: Exodus 14:19-31, Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; Joan Reeve Owens
  • Sermon: “Living Extraordinary Lives,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 2162: “Grace Alone”, music and words by Scott Wesley Brown and Jeff Nelson
    © 1998 Maranatha! Music
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  • Benediction Hymn: “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” music and words by Peter Lutkin; Trinity Choir
  • Postlude: “Lead On, O King Eternal”, music arr. by Robert W. Thygerson; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 2006 Lorenz Publishing Company
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Sermon Outline

Living Extraordinary Lives, “Called” Sermon Series, Part 3

Scripture Lessons: Exodus 14:19-31 Moses parts of the sea; Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21, Canticle of Moses and Miriam

I. Called

a. Hearing God
b. Building Beloved Community
c. Living Extraordinary Lives

II. Consequences

a. Egypt and death
b. Israel and rebirth

III. Ordinary v Extraordinary

a. Call stories
b. Discerning God’s voice

IV. Making a Way

a. God’s love letters on “way-making”
b. Jesus’ extraordinary love
c. God doesn’t act alone – Ordinary people/extraordinary purpose

“All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose he has given them.”
– Oswald Chambers

The Wesleyan Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

“On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return.”

― Annie Dillard

“When we put our faith and trust in God, we’ve done the one thing that a human can do to accomplish superhuman things. We have reached past human strength and knowledge. We’ve touched infinite strength and infinite knowledge.”

– Henry Cloud and John Townsend, God Will Make a Way