September 3, 2023: Hearing God

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-25, 45c; Romans 12:9-12

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Prelude: “Variations on EL Shaddai,” music and words by Michael Card and John Thompson; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 1981 Whole Armor Publishing Co.
    CCLI # 2564464
  • 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 617: “I Come with Joy,” trad. tune, harm. by Charles H. Webb (1987), words by Brian Wren (1968)
    Harm. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House
    Words © 1971 Hope Publishing Co.
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  • Hymn 453: “More Love to Thee, O Christ,” music by William H. Doane (1870), words by Elizabeth P. Prentiss (1870)
  • Offertory: “Green Pastures,” music by Gerald Peterson; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 2005 Lorenz Publishing Company
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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: “In This Very Room,” words and music by Ron and Carol Harris, vocal arr. by Bryce Inman; Trinity Choir
    © 1979 Ron Harris Music
    CCLI # 2564464
  • Readings from Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-25, 45c; Romans 12:9-12; Kathleen McGlynn
  • Sermon: “Hearing God,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Communion: Hymn 2257, “Communion Setting,” music by Mark A. Miller, words trad. Euchurist
    Music © 2000 Abingdon Press
    Words © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing Co.
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  • Hymn 2130: “The Summons,” music and words by John Bell
    © 1987, WGRG c/o Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc.
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  • Benediction Hymn: ““The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” music and words by Peter Lutkin
  • Postlude: “If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee,” Choral and Variation by George Bohm; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 2005 Lorenz Publishing Company
    ONE LICENSE #A-741127

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.

Back to School Blessing
Back to School Blessing

Learning is a gift from God. As we begin this new school year, we give thanks that God has given us the ability to learn many things in many ways.

Loving God, sometimes a new school year seems exciting or scary or both.
Help us remember to show our thanks for your gifts of learning by doing our best every day.
We ask that you bless our schools, teachers, classmates and friends.
We ask that you bless those who prepare our lunches,
those who drive us to school, and those who keep our schools clean and safe.
We ask God’s blessing on this new school year,
that it may be a time when we appreciate and fully use God’s gift of learning. Amen.

— United Methodist Church Discipleship Resources

Sermon Outline

Hearing God, “Called” Sermon Series, Part 1

Scripture Lessons

Exodus 3:1-15 Moses called to bring God’s people out of Egypt
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c Praise God for God’s mighty acts
Romans 12:9-21 Being people of God

I. Grounding: Old Moses and New Moses

a. Moses in Midian
b. Jesus in the wilderness

II. Holy-grounding

a. Theophany
b. Fire

III. Called and Heard

a. Call stories
b. Discerning God’s voice

IV. Surrendered and Sent

a. Thy will be done
b. “I will be with you”
c. Theopolitics – God’s divine conspiracy

“It is laid upon the stammering to bring the voice of heaven to Earth.” – Martin Buber Moses: The Revelation and the Covenant (1958).