Sanctuary Rose Window

A Service of Word & Table


Sunday, August 15, 2021
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Sanctuary | 14:30

Edenton Street United Methodist Church
228 W Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

esumc.org


Liturgy Guide

Bold text: Spoken by congregation
Black text: Spoken by leader
+ cross indicates when to stand, if able
UMH # indicates page numbers in the United Methodist Hymnal

Voluntary

Méditation | Vierne

Words of Welcome

+ Processional Hymn

I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath | UMH 60

1 I'll praise my Maker while I've breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.

2 Happy are they whose hopes rely
on Israel's God, who made the sky
and earth and seas, with all their train;
whose truth for ever stands secure,
who saves th'oppressed and feeds the poor,
for none shall find God's promise vain.

3 The Lord pours eyesight on the blind;
the Lord supports the fainting mind
and sends the laboring conscience peace.
God helps the stranger in distress,
the widow and the fatherless,
and grants the prisoner sweet release.

4 I'll praise my God who lends me breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.

+ Collect

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray:

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

— from the Book of Common Prayer

Prayer with Children

Prayer for Illumination

UMH 6

Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

Old Testament Lesson

1 Kings 2:10–12, 3:3–14 | CEB

Then David lay down with his ancestors and was buried in David’s City. He ruled over Israel forty years—seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his royal power was well established.

Now Solomon loved the Lord by walking in the laws of his father David, with the exception that he also sacrificed and burned incense at the shrines. The king went to the great shrine at Gibeon in order to sacrifice there. He used to offer a thousand entirely burned offerings on that altar. The Lord appeared to Solomon at Gibeon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask whatever you wish, and I’ll give it to you.”

Solomon responded, “You showed so much kindness to your servant my father David when he walked before you in truth, righteousness, and with a heart true to you. You’ve kept this great loyalty and kindness for him and have now given him a son to sit on his throne. And now, Lord my God, you have made me, your servant, king in my father David’s place. But I’m young and inexperienced. I know next to nothing. But I’m here, your servant, in the middle of the people you have chosen, a large population that can’t be numbered or counted due to its vast size. Please give your servant a discerning mind in order to govern your people and to distinguish good from evil, because no one is able to govern this important people of yours without your help.”

It pleased the Lord that Solomon had made this request. God said to him, “Because you have asked for this instead of requesting long life, wealth, or victory over your enemies—asking for discernment so as to acquire good judgment— I will now do just what you said. Look, I hereby give you a wise and understanding mind. There has been no one like you before now, nor will there be anyone like you afterward. I now also give you what you didn’t ask for: wealth and fame. There won’t be a king like you as long as you live. And if you walk in my ways and obey my laws and commands, just as your father David did, then I will give you a very long life.”

Psalm

Psalm 111 | UMH 832 | Response 2

Refrain: organ
Refrain: choir
Refrain: all

Praise the Lord.

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
In the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the works of the Lord,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.

Full of honor and majesty are the works of the Lord
Whose righteousness endures for ever.

Who has caused his wonderful works to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and merciful.

The Lord provides food for the faithful
And is ever mindful of his covenant.

Refrain: all

The Lord has shown his people the power of his works
by giving them the heritage of the nations.

The works of the Lord’s hands are faithful and just;
The precepts of the Lord are trustworthy;
They are established for ever and ever,
To be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

The Lord send redemption to his people
And has commanded his covenant for ever.
Holy and wondrous is God’s name!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
All those who practice it have a good understanding.
The praise of the Lord endures for ever.

Refrain: all

New Testament Lesson

Ephesians 5:15–20 | CEB

So be careful to live your life wisely, not foolishly. Take advantage of every opportunity because these are evil times. Because of this, don’t be ignorant, but understand the Lord’s will. Don’t get drunk on wine, which produces depravity. Instead, be filled with the Spirit in the following ways: speak to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts; always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

+ Gradual Hymn

Bread of the World | UMH 624

Sing stanza one before the reading of the Gospel.
Sing stanza two after the reading of the Gospel.

1 Bread of the world in mercy broken,
wine of the soul in mercy shed,
by whom the words of life were spoken,
and in whose death our sins are dead:

2 Look on the heart by sorrow broken,
look on the tears by sinners shed;
and be thy feast to us the token
that by thy grace our souls are fed.

+ Gospel Lesson

John 6:51–58 | CEB

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Then the Jews debated among themselves, asking, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Jesus said to them, “I assure you, unless you eat the flesh of the Human One and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in them. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me lives because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. It isn’t like the bread your ancestors ate, and then they died. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Sermon

+ Affirmation of Faith

Apostles' Creed | UMH 7

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

+ Invitation, Confession & Peace

UMH 7

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,
who earnestly repent of their sin
and seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

Merciful God,
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All pray in silence

Hear the good news:
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that proves God's love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

Glory to God. Amen.

Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.

All, including the pastor, exchange signs and words of God's peace.

Offering

As forgiven and reconciled people,
Let us offer ourselves and our gifts to God.

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Offertory Anthem

Come, Down, O Love Divine | arr. P. R. Dietterich

Come down, O Love divine! Seek out this soul of mine and visit it with thine own ardor glowing; O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear, and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing. O let it freely burn till earthly passions turn to dust and ashes in its heat consuming; and let thy glorious light shine ever on my sight, and clothe me round, the while my path illuming. And so the yearning strong with which the soul will long shall far surpass the power of human telling; for none can guess its grace till it become the place in which the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.

— Bianco da Siena, trans. R. F. Littledale

+ Doxology

UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

Meditation on the Lord's Table

During this season of refraining from our normal communion practices, we are still seeking to be a people who are centered on The Lord’s Table and who are having a desire for communion stirred up within us. Please join us in a guided meditation on the gifts of The Table, and use the elements as visual icons to guide your prayer as we practice being a people who give thanks, “always and everywhere.”

Words Of Invitation

+ Closing Hymn

Great is Thy Faithfulness | UMH 140

1 Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2 Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Refrain

3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Refrain

+ Dismissal With Blessing

Postlude

Finale from Sonata I | Guilmant


Serving in Worship

  • Rev. Ashley Griffith
    Pastor for Community Life
  • Pam Russell
    Director of Parents and Children's Ministries
  • Dr. Filippa Duke
    Director of Music & Worship Arts
  • Bradley Burgess
    Associate Director of Music & Worship Arts
  • Ann Daniel
    Lector
  • Chancel Choir
  • Pearce Burlington
    Soprano Soloist

Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God by the Holoman children; in memory of the Herring sisters, Kaye & Kern Holoman, and Louise & Louis Wilkerson.