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

Sunday, October 4, 2020
The Eighteenth 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.

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The Order of Worship

Gathering for Worship

Meditate on the image below as you prepare for worship.

Morning on the Seine
Claude Monet (1840-1926), Giverny, France

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

Chiming of the Hour

Mr. Walter LaForge, Organist

Come, Jesus, Holy Son of God
from Judas Maccabaeus (HWV 63)
George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)

Reading of the Old Testament
Psalm 19:1-4a (NRSV)
Mr. Edward Crowell, Director of Music

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. 

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

Opening Hymn of Praise
with Miss Shannon O'Hara, Mezzo-Soprano and Miss Krista Renée Pape, Soprano

Reflection and Prayer

“The whole message of the Christian scripture is based in the idea of metanoia, the change of heart that happens when we meet God face-to-face. Even a cursory knowledge of history reveals that Christianity is a religion about change. The Christian faith always changes – even when some of its adherents claim that it does not.”

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (b. 1959)

Sermon, Part I
Seeing Our True Reflection
Rev. Kelly K. Burkhart, Senior Pastor

Reading of the New Testament
Philippians 3:7-9 (NRSV)

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.

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

“He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the lakeside… He speaks to us the same word, ‘Follow thou me!’ and sets us to the tasks, which he has to fulfill for our time. He commands. And to those who obey him, whether they be wise or simple, he will reveal himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they shall pass through in his fellowship, and as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience who he is.”

from The Quest for the Historical Jesus, c. 1906
by Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Sermon, Part II
Knowing God vs. Knowing About God

Reading of the New Testament
Philippians 3:10-12 (NRSV)

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the sharing of His sufferings by becoming like Him in His death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.

Offertory Hymn
Offertory Prayer

Our Heavenly Father,
You set before us the goal of new life in Christ.
May we live in the power of His resurrection
and bring forth the fruit of Your gentle and loving rule
Accept now our humble gifts,
forgive us when we fail You,
and lead us to repentance
and the acceptance of Your grace,
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.

As you devote yourself to God, give now as God leads you.

How to Give:
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Ms. Eileen S. Crowell, Pianist

Search Me, O God
Tune ELLERS by Dr. Edward J. Hopkins (1818-1901)
This arrangement by Michael Cox (b. 1948)


Reflection and Commitment

“There is nothing in history so unanswerably demonstrable as the transforming power of Christianity and of Christ on the individual life of society.”

Rev. William Barclay (1907-1978)

Sermon, Part III
Moving Past Regret

Reading of the New Testament
Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV)

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

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

Hymn of Commitment

Dismissed to Lives of Grace


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 & Ms. Crowell

When In Our Music God Is Glorified
Tune ENGELBERG by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

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 | Miss Shannon O'Hara, Mezzo-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