Sanctuary Rose Window

A Service of Word & Table


Sunday, September 5, 2021
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sanctuary | 14:30

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

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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

Pavane, from Rhythmic Suite | Robert Elmore

Words of Welcome

+ Opening Hymn

All Things Bright and Beautiful | UMH 147

All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful:
the Lord God made them all.

1. Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
God made their glowing colors,
and made their tiny wings.

2. The purple-headed mountains,
the river running by,
the sunset and the morning
that brightens up the sky.

3. The cold wind in the winter,
the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden:
God made them every one.

4. God gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty,
who has made all things well.

+ Collect

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

God of love, you show your people how to be truly rich in faith, through the gifts you give when least hoped for or expected. Come to your people today with words of both judgment and mercy, that we may be fed from the bread of life. We pray this in your holy triune name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, Mother of us all. Amen.

— from Feasting on the Word

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

Proverbs 22:1–2, 8–9, 22–23 | CEB

A good reputation is better than much wealth; high esteem is better than silver and gold. The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord made them both. Those who sow injustice will harvest evil; the rod of their fury will come to an end. Happy are generous people, because they give some of their food to the poor. Don’t steal from the poor, because they are poor. Don’t oppress the needy in the gate. The Lord will take up their case and press the life out of those who oppress them.

Psalm

Psalm 125 | Based on ‘Adoro Devote’

Refrain: Show your goodness, O Lord, to the true of heart

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
The hills stand about Jerusalem;
So does the Lord stand round about his people,
From this time forth for evermore.

Refrain

The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway
over the land allotted to the just,
So that the just shall not put their hands to evil.
Show your goodness, O Lord, to those who are good
And those who are true of heart.

As for those who turn aside to crooked ways,
The Lord will lead them away with the evildoers;
But peace be upon Israel.

Refrain

New Testament Lesson

James 2:1–17 | CEB

My brothers and sisters, when you show favoritism you deny the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has been resurrected in glory. Imagine two people coming into your meeting. One has a gold ring and fine clothes, while the other is poor, dressed in filthy rags. Then suppose that you were to take special notice of the one wearing fine clothes, saying, “Here’s an excellent place. Sit here.” But to the poor person you say, “Stand over there”; or, “Here, sit at my feet.” Wouldn’t you have shown favoritism among yourselves and become evil-minded judges?

My dear brothers and sisters, listen! Hasn’t God chosen those who are poor by worldly standards to be rich in terms of faith? Hasn’t God chosen the poor as heirs of the kingdom he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Don’t the wealthy make life difficult for you? Aren’t they the ones who drag you into court? Aren’t they the ones who insult the good name spoken over you at your baptism? You do well when you really fulfill the royal law found in scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself. But when you show favoritism, you are committing a sin, and by that same law you are exposed as a lawbreaker. Anyone who tries to keep all of the Law but fails at one point is guilty of failing to keep all of it. The one who said, Don’t commit adultery, also said, Don’t commit murder. So if you don’t commit adultery but do commit murder, you are a lawbreaker. In every way, then, speak and act as people who will be judged by the law of freedom. There will be no mercy in judgment for anyone who hasn’t shown mercy. Mercy overrules judgment.

My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a nice meal!”? What good is it if you don’t actually give them what their body needs? In the same way, faith is dead when it doesn’t result in faithful activity.

+ Gradual Hymn

Jesus' Hands Were Kind Hands | UMH 273

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

1. Jesus' hands were kind hands, doing good to all,
healing pain and sickness, blessing children small,
washing tired feet, and saving those who fall;
Jesus' hands were kind hands, doing good to all.

2. Take my hands, Lord Jesus, let them work for you;
make them strong and gentle, kind in all I do.
Let me watch you, Jesus, till I'm gentle too,
till my hands are kind hands, quick to work for you.

+ Gospel Lesson

Mark 7:24–37 | CEB

Jesus left that place and went into the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know that he had entered a house, but he couldn’t hide. In fact, a woman whose young daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit heard about him right away. She came and fell at his feet. The woman was Greek, Syrophoenician by birth. She begged Jesus to throw the demon out of her daughter. He responded, “The children have to be fed first. It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

But she answered, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

“Good answer!” he said. “Go on home. The demon has already left your daughter.” When she returned to her house, she found the child lying on the bed and the demon gone.

After leaving the region of Tyre, Jesus went through Sidon toward the Galilee Sea through the region of the Ten Cities. Some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly speak, and they begged him to place his hand on the man for healing. Jesus took him away from the crowd by himself and put his fingers in the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. Looking into heaven, Jesus sighed deeply and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Open up.” At once, his ears opened, his twisted tongue was released, and he began to speak clearly.

Jesus gave the people strict orders not to tell anyone. But the more he tried to silence them, the more eagerly they shared the news. People were overcome with wonder, saying, “He does everything well! He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who can’t speak.”

Simon Peter answered, “Lord, where would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are God’s holy one.”

Sermon

Sacrament of Holy Baptism

UMH 33

Margaret Ann Humphries, child of Will & Leslie Humphries

+ Invitation, Confession & Peace

UMH 7

Offering

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

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Offertory Anthem

This is the day | attr. Mozart

This is the day the Lord has made; He calls the hours his own; Let Heav’n rejoice, let earth be glad, and praise surround the throne. Hosanna in the highest strains, The Church on earth can raise; The highest heav’ns, in which He reigns, Shall give Him nobler praise. The God of our Salvation, Give thanks to God for he is good. Alleluia!

— Psalm 118

+ 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.”

Invitation to Christian Discipleship

+ Closing Hymn

Forth In Thy Name, O Lord | UMH 438

1. Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labor to pursue;
thee, only thee, resolved to know
in all I think or speak or do.

2. The task thy wisdom hath assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
in all my works thy presence find,
and prove thy good and perfect will.

3. Thee may I set at my right hand,
whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
and labor on at thy command,
and offer all my works to thee.

4. For thee delightfully employ
what e'er thy bounteous grace hath given;
and run my course with even joy,
and closely walk with thee to heaven.

+ Dismissal With Blessing

Postlude

Paean | Craig Phillips


Serving in Worship

  • Rev. Greg Moore
    Senior Pastor
  • Krysha Jamis
    Director of Care & Senior Adult Ministries
  • 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
  • Kathryn Sobel
    Lector
  • Chancel Choir

Tithes & Offerings

Thank you for your ongoing gifts

Actual

Week of August 22

$47,499.75

Year to date total

$1,762,004.35

Goal

2022 Total Goal

$3,200,000.00

YTD % of 2022 goal

55.06%

Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God; and by John & Ginny Jordan in honor of their families.