Sanctuary Rose Window

A Service of Word & Table

Sunday, October 17, 2021
Twenty-first 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


Aria (Improvisation)

Words of Welcome

+ Opening Hymn

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty | UMH 139

1 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him,
for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near;
join me in glad adoration!

2 Praise to the Lord,
who o'er all things so wondrously reigning
bears thee on eagle's wings,
e'er in his keeping maintaining.
God's care enfolds all, who true good he upholds.
Hast thou not known his sustaining?

3 Praise to the Lord,
who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
surely his goodness and mercy
here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
who with his love doth befriend thee.

4 Praise to the Lord,
who doth nourish thy life and restore thee,
fitting thee well for the tasks
that are ever before thee.
Then to thy need God as a mother doth speed,
spreading the wings of grace o'er thee.

5 Praise to the Lord!
O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath,
come now with praises before him!
Let the amen sound from his people again;
gladly forever adore him.

+ Collect

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

We give you thanks and praise, O God, that you have called us to this place to hear the promise of your holy word, to be immersed in the font of your grace, and to drink the cup of your blessing. Draw us deeper into your presence and send us out to love and serve; for the sake of Jesus Christ our 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

Genesis 1:1–5 | CEB

When God began to create the heavens and the earth— the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters— God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night.

There was evening and there was morning: the first day.


Psalm 104:1–9 | UMH 826


Bless the Lord, O my Soul!
O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
And cover yourself with light as with a garment;
You have stretched out the heavens like a tent,
And have laid the beams of your chambers on the waters;
You make the clouds your chariot,
And ride on the wings of the wind;
You make the winds your messengers,
Fire and flame your ministers.
You set the earth on its foundations,
So that it should never be shaken.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
At the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys,
To the place which you appointed for them.
You set a bound which they should not pass,
So that they might not again cover the earth.


New Testament Lesson

Acts 2:42–47 | CEB

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

+ Gradual Hymn

Take My Life | UMH 399

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

1 Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee.

3 Take my will, and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.

+ Gospel Lesson

Matthew 28:16-20 | CEB

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”


Reception of New Members

UMH 33


Let us join together in professing the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

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

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
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.]

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?
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.]


We give thanks for all the God has already given you and we welcome you in Christian love. As members together with you in th ebody of Christ and in this congregation of The United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service, that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.

+ 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

My Hope Is Built | Arr. Tom Trenney

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand. When darkness seems to hide his face, I rest on his unchanging grace; In ev’ry high and stormy gael, my anchor holds within the veil. When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found, Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.

— Edward Mote

+ 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.

+ The Great Thanksgiving

Musical Setting D | UMH 23

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.


Communion Music

Come As You Are
Beautiful Things

Prayer After Communion

UMH 11

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery
in which you have given yourself to us.
Grant that we may go into the world
in the strength of your Spirit,
to give ourselves for others,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invitation to Christian Discipleship

+ Closing Hymn

Sent Forth by God’s Blessing | UMH 664

1 Sent forth by God's blessing,
our true faith confessing,
the people of God
from this dwelling take leave.
The service is ended,
O now be extended
the fruits of our worship
in all who believe.
The seed of the teaching,
recetive souls reaching,
shall blossom in action
for God and for all.
God's grace did invite us,
and love shall unite us
to work for God's kingdom
and answer the call.

2 With praise and thanksgiving
to God ever living,
the tasks of our every day
life we will face.
Our faith ever sharing,
in love ever caring,
embraceing God's children
of each tribe and race.
With your grace you feed us,
with your light now lead us;
unite us as one
in this life that we share.
Then may all the living
with praise and thanksgiving
give honor to Christ
and that name which we bear.

+ Dismissal With Blessing


Toccata on ‘How Firm a Foundation’ | Craig Phillips

Serving in Worship

  • Rev. Ashley Griffith
    Pastor for Community Life
  • Pam Russell
    Director of Parent and Children's Ministries
  • Rush Beam
    Director of Youth Ministries
  • Krysha Jamie
    Director of Care and Senior Adult Ministries
  • Dr. Filippa Duke
    Director of Music & Worship Arts
  • Bradley Burgess
    Associate Director of Music & Worship Arts
  • Colleen Lee
  • Chancel Choir
  • The Gathering Band
    Nathan Head, Blair Linthicum, Syneca Foster, Sheldon Pugh

Tithes & Offerings

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Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God; and in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde H. McDowell by their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.