Est. 1908 AD
the Historic Houston Heights in Houston, Texas

Sunday, September 13 2020
The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Thank you for joining us for this special hour.

The Order of Worship is below.

We hope you will participate in this service by reading the scriptures,
praying sincerely, singing along with the hymns,
and listening for God's word to you today.

Click below for the video:
[ You may also watch this service on Facebook. ]
The Order of Worship

Gathering for Worship

Welcome to Worship
Rev. Kelly K. Burkhart, Senior Pastor

Chiming of the Hour

Ms. Eileen S. Crowell, Pianist

My Jesus, I Love Thee
Tune GORDON by Adoniram Judson Gordon (1836-1895)
Arranged by Michael Cox (b. 1948)

The widow Costard's cow and goods, distrained for taxes,
are redeemed by the generosity of Johnny Pearmain

Edward Penny (1714-1791), Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

The Call to Worship

Reading of the Old Testament
Psalm 103:1-5 (NRSV)
Mr. Edward Crowell, Director of Music

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all His benefits--
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

This is the Word of the Lord.
"Thanks be to God!"

Opening Hymn of Praise
with Miss Krista Renée Pape, Soprano

Reflection and Prayer

“Carrying a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” 

Frederick Buechner (b. 1926)

Sermon, Part I
Burying the Hatchet

Reading of the Gospel
Matthew 18:21-22 (NRSV)

Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?"

Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times."

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

Prayer Response

Reflection and Stewardship

“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”

from The Cost of Discipleship
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

Sermon, Part II
The Huge Debt, the Small Debt,
and the Final Judgement

Reading of the New Testament
Matthew 18:23-35 (NRSV)

"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.

When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made.

So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.'

And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt.

But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, 'Pay what you owe.'

Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.'

But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt.

When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.

Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?'

And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt.

So My heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart."

This is the Word of the Lord.
"Thanks be to God!"

Offertory Hymn
Offertory Prayer

Lord God, friend of those in need,
through Your Son Jesus You have untied our burdens
and healed our spirits.
We lift up the prayers of our hearts for those still burdened,
those seeking healing,
and those in need within the church and the world.

In this moment of silence, we make our requests known to You.

Hear our prayers, O Lord,
that we may love You with our whole being
and willingly forgive our neighbors,
through the love of Jesus Christ our Lord,
the One whom we praise and adore,
and in whose precious and most holy name we pray,

Offertory Statement

We remember that all we have is God's.

It is as an act of worship, with joyful hearts, and out of an abundance of riches
that we return to God a portion of that with which He has blessed us.

We know that these worship services are ministering to you
and keeping you connected to God and to each other.

We need your support.

Please give all you can give so that this work may continue,
and so that many people may hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

During the Offertory, devote yourselves to God in heart, and in mind, and in spirit.

Three Ways to Give:
text: BAPTISTTEMPLETX to 77977
mail: 230 W. 20th St., Houston, TX 77008

Offertory Duet
Ms. Crowell & Mr. Walter LaForge, Organist

Panis Angelicus
(Bread of Angels)
César Franck (1822-1890)
Arranged by Tedd Smith (b. 1927) & Don Hustad (1918-2013)


Reflection and Commitment

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

Sermon, Part III
Discovering Forgiveness

Hymn of Commitment

Dismissed to Take Up Your Cross and Follow Christ


Now may the Lord bless you and keep you
and make His face to shine upon you,
and grant you peace.

May the Lord give you the grace to never sell yourself short.
May the Lord give you the grace to risk something big for something good.
May the Lord give you the grace to remember
that this world is now dangerous for anything but truth,
and too small for anything but love.

Now may He take your minds and think through them,
may He take your lips and speak through them,
and may He take your hearts and set them on fire,
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Mr. LaForge

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Tune EIN FESTE BURG by Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Arranged by Albert Travis (b. 1940)

Important Reminders:

  • We will continue offering worship services for the foreseeable future and we will send a Worship Guide by email each Saturday evening. The videos will be available no later than 7:00 p.m. Saturday, and will remain available indefinitely on our website and on Facebook.

  • We invite you to join us online for a video of each service by visiting our website: Click "Video Services" and select the video of the service. You may also watch on this email through our YouTube channel (link at the top), or on our Facebook page (

  • All activities in our building are cancelled until further notice.

  • We will continue to update you via email, the church's Facebook page, and the church's website on our plans forward.

  • Please remember to give your tithes and offerings. If you are able to do so, please give above and beyond your regular tithe, in order that we may be better prepared to meet the challenges ahead. Give online at, or mail a check to 230 West 20th Street, Houston, Texas 77008.If you do not regularly attend Baptist Temple, but would like to contribute to our church's missions and ministries, we sincerely welcome your gift.

  • Stay safe, stay healthy, stay connected, and pray for each other.
Est. 1908 AD
230 West 20th Street, Houston, TX 77008 | 713.862.6655
Worship Leadership
Rev. Kelly K. Burkhart, Senior Pastor | Mr. Edward Crowell, Director of Music
Mr. Walter LaForge, Church Organist | Ms. Eileen S. Crowell, Guest Pianist
Miss Krista Renée Pape, Soprano
Artwork used by special permission from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library
Other images are Public Domain or by special permission or property of Baptist Temple
Some prayers by permission of Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, Augsburg Fortress
Hymn scores from Celebrating Grace Hymnal, Macon, Georgia, 2010 (our adopted hymnal)
Music by permission of CCLI License 3199510 and Streaming License 20754935
Hymn Orchestrations by permission of Celebrating Grace, Inc.
For the Video
Audio, Video, and Lighting by Lerner Productions, Houston
Today's Technical Director is Andy Helms