Sanctuary Rose Window

A Service of Word & Table

Sunday, September 19, 2021
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sanctuary | 14:30

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

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


Allegretto, from Sonata IV | Mendelssohn

Words of Welcome

+ Opening Hymn

Make Me a Captive, Lord | UMH 421

1 Make me a captive, Lord,
and then I shall be free.
Force me to render up my sword,
and I shall conqueror be.
I sink in life's alarms
when by myself I stand;
imprison me within thine arms,
and strong shall be my hand.

2 My heart is weak and poor
until it master find;
it has no spring of action sure,
it varies with the wind.
It cannot freely move
till thou hast wrought its chain;
enslave it with thy matchless love,
and deathless it shall reign.

3 My power is faint and low
till I have learned to serve;
it lacks the needed fire to glow,
it lacks the breeze to nerve.
It cannot drive the world
until itself be driven;
its flag can only be unfurled
when thou shalt breathe from heaven.

4 My will is not my own
till thou hast made it thine;
if it would reach a monarch's throne,
it must its crown resign.
It only stands unbent
amid the clashing strife,
when on thy bosom it has leant,
and found in thee its life.

+ Collect

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

Gentle Jesus, you call us to live in your name with honor and respect, fully known to you and precious in your sight. Draw us near to you each day as you teach us how to feed on your gifts, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

— from Feasting on the Word

Prayer with Children

Prayer for Illumination


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

PROVERBS 31:10–31 | CEB

A competent wife, how does one find her? Her value is far above pearls. Her husband entrusts his heart to her, and with her he will have all he needs. She brings him good and not trouble all the days of her life. She seeks out wool and flax; she works joyfully with her hands. She is like a fleet of merchant ships, bringing food from a distance. She gets up while it is still night, providing food for her household, even some for her female servants. She surveys a field and acquires it; from her own resources, she plants a vineyard. She works energetically; her arms are powerful. She realizes that her trading is successful; she doesn’t put out her lamp at night. She puts her hands to the spindle; her palms grasp the whorl. She reaches out to the needy; she stretches out her hands to the poor. She doesn’t fear for her household when it snows, because they are all dressed in warm clothes. She makes bedspreads for herself; fine linen and purple are her clothing. Her husband is known in the city gates when he sits with the elders of the land. She makes garments and sells them; she supplies sashes to traders. Strength and honor are her clothing; she is confident about the future. Her mouth is full of wisdom; kindly teaching is on her tongue. She is vigilant over the activities of her household; she doesn’t eat the food of laziness. Her children bless her; her husband praises her: “Many women act competently, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Let her share in the results of her work; let her deeds praise her in the city gates.


Psalm 19 | Response 1 | UMH 750


Blessed are those
Who do not walk in the counsel of the wicked;
Or stand in the way of sinners;
Or sit in the seat of scoffers;

But their delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on God’s law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water
That yield their fruit in season,
And their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.


The wicked are not so,
But are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment;
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.


New Testament Lesson

James 3:1–12 | CEB

Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom. However, if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, then stop bragging and living in ways that deny the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above. Instead, it is from the earth, natural and demonic. Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and everything that is evil. What of the wisdom from above? First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine. Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts.

What is the source of conflict among you? What is the source of your disputes? Don’t they come from your cravings that are at war in your own lives? You long for something you don’t have, so you commit murder. You are jealous for something you can’t get, so you struggle and fight. You don’t have because you don’t ask. You ask and don’t have because you ask with evil intentions, to waste it on your own cravings... Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you.

+ Gradual Hymn

Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service | UMH 581

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

1 Lord, whose love through humble service
bore the weight of human need,
who upon the cross, forsaken,
offered mercy's perfect deed:
we, your servant, bring the worship
not of voice alone, but heart,
consecrating to your purpose
every gift that you impart.

2 Still your children wander homeless;
still the hungry cry for bread;
still the captives long for freedom;
still in grief we mourn our dead.
As, O Lord, your deep compassion
healed the sick and freed the soul,
use the love your Spirit kindles
still to save and make us whole.

+ Gospel Lesson

Mark 9:30–37 | CEB

From there Jesus and his followers went through Galilee, but he didn’t want anyone to know it. This was because he was teaching his disciples, “The Human One will be delivered into human hands. They will kill him. Three days after he is killed he will rise up.” But they didn’t understand this kind of talk, and they were afraid to ask him.

They entered Capernaum. When they had come into a house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about during the journey?” They didn’t respond, since on the way they had been debating with each other about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be least of all and the servant of all.” Jesus reached for a little child, placed him among the Twelve, and embraced him. Then he said, “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me isn’t actually welcoming me but rather the one who sent me.”


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.

+ Invitation, Confession & Peace



Pastor stands behind the Lord’s table.

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.


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

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Offertory Anthem

Behold, how good | Michael J. Trotta

Behold, how good, behold, how wonderful, behold how pleasant for all of us to dwell in harmony, together as one. From one he made all nations to live on all the earth. In one we move and have our being, our life, our strength.


+ 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.

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.”

Invitation to Christian Discipleship

An update from one of our community partners, Rev. Royce Hathcock, Executive Director of Neighbor to Neighbor.

+ Closing Hymn

Praise the Source of Faith and Learning | TWFS 2004

1 Praise the source of faith and learning
that has sparked and stoked the mind
with a passion for discerning
how the world has been designed.
Let the sense of wonder flowing
from the wonders we survey
keep our faith forever growing
and renew our need to pray:

2 God of wisdom, we acknowledge
that our science and our art
and the breadth of human knowledge
only partial truth impart.
Far beyond our calculation
lies a depth we cannot sound
where your purpose for creation
and the pulse of life are found.

3 May our faith redeem the blunder
of believing that our thought
has displaced the grounds for wonder
which the ancient prophets taught.
May our learning curb the error
which unthinking faith can breed
lest we justify some terror
with an antiquated creed.

4 As two currents in a river
fight each other's undertow
till converging they deliver
one coherent steady flow,
blend, O God, our faith and learning
till they carve a single course,
till they join as one, returning
praise and thanks to you, their source.

+ Dismissal With Blessing


Trumpet Tune | Andrew Carter

Serving in Worship

  • Rev. Greg Moore
    Senior Pastor
  • Patrick Longest
  • Rev. Royce Hathcock
    Executive Director, Neighbor to Neighbor
  • 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
  • Caitlin Powell
  • Chancel Choir
  • Christina Starks
  • Margaret Robertson & Claire Powell
  • Carter Phillips

Tithes & Offerings

Thank you for your ongoing gifts


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Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God; and in loving memory of David Bevacqua, who so faithfully served our church before his sudden death in 1999; and in appreciation of David’s brother, Tim Bevacqua, who has volunteered his time and talent to annually refurbish the courtyard cross, lampposts and benches as a loving tribute to his brother’s memory.