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The Messiness of Faith 09-20-2020

“The Messiness of Faith,” the 9/20/2020 sermon by Pastor Matt Sturtevant, which is based on the week’s Narrative Lectionary topic, “God’s Promise in Abraham.” Scripture reference: Genesis 15:1–6. This is part of the “A Narrative Journey” series that will follow the Narrative Lectionary from September 13 through the end of May 2021. Podcast includes entire worship service.

Music licensing: The following music is used by permission under CCLI streaming license 20126570:

“To God Be the Glory”
William H. Doane/Donald Hustad
©2000, Hope Publishing Co.

“Word of God, Across the Ages”
TUNE: AUSTRIAN HYMN
Words: Ferdinand Q. Blanchard, 1953, alt.
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn, 1797
Words: ©1953, Ren. 1981 The Hymn Society (Admin. by Hope Publishing Co.)

“We Praise Thee, O God”
TUNE: REVIVE US AGAIN
Words: William P. Mackay, 1863.
Music: John J. Husband, 1815.
Public domain.“The Swan”
Arr. E. M. Pearson.
©1941, Carl Fisher, Inc.

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
TUNE: PRECIOUS LORD
Words: Thomas A. Dorsey, 1932
Music: Folk melody; adapt. Thomas A. Dorsey, 1932
©1938 by Unichappell Music, Inc. / Arr. by Unichappell Music, Inc.

“We’re Marching to Zion”
by Robert Lowry / Arr. Anna Laura Page
©2008, Birnhamwood Publications.

“Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow” (Doxology)
Tune: OLD 100th
Tune & text by Thomas Ken (1674)
Public domain.

“My Faith Looks Up to Thee”
Arr. Stan Pethel
©1996, Hal Leonard Corp.

“I Will Be Your God”
TUNE: LLANFYLLIN
Words: Judith A. Fetter, 1984 (Gen. 12.1-3)
Music: Trad. Welsh melody
Words: (also known as To Abraham and Sarah) ©1984 Judith A. Fetter

“Fugue in C Major” (Fanfare Fugue)
Johann Sebastian Bach/Arr. E. Power Biggs
©1971, H.W. Gray Publications (arrangement).

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The Messiness of Faith

Genesis 15 Ruthie knew it was coming. In fact, she didn’t really want to come to the Bible study that night, because she knew exactly where the conversation was going to end. She had felt it building for weeks. It was a new Bible study group, and the women were still feeling each other out. […]

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