A Service of Word & Table
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sanctuary | 14:30
Edenton Street United Methodist Church
228 W Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
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
Folk Tune | Percy Whitlock
Words of Welcome
+ Opening Hymn
The God of Abraham Praise | UMH 116
1 The God of Abraham praise,
who reigns enthroned above;
Ancient of Everlasting Days,
and God of love;
Jehovah, great I AM!
by earth and heaven confessed;
I bow and bless the sacred name
2 The great I AM has sworn;
I on this oath depend.
I shall, on eagle wings upborne,
to heaven ascend.
I shall behold God's face;
I shall God's power adore,
and sing the wonders of God's grace
3 The heavenly land I see,
with peace and plenty blest;
a land of sacred liberty,
and endless rest.
There milk and honey flow,
and oil and wine abound,
and trees of life forever grow
with mercy crowned.
4 The God who reigns on high
the great archangels sing,
and "Holy, holy, holy!" cry,
Who was, and is, the same,
and evermore shall be:
Jehovah, Lord, the great I AM,
we worship thee!"
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray:
God of love, you teach us a life journey that calls us to deny what is unhealthy and unloving. Lead us in that pathway. Awaken us to the ever-new abundance that is ours through your Word, in the name of the one who died and rose, Christ Jesus, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
— from Feasting on the Word
Prayer with Children
Today we present our 2nd-graders with bibles as they continue to grow in their discipleship. If you have a child who needs a bible, please contact Pam Russell at email@example.com.
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 1:20–33 | CEB
Wisdom shouts in the street; in the public square she raises her voice. Above the noisy crowd, she calls out. At the entrances of the city gates, she has her say: “How long will you clueless people love your naïveté, mockers hold their mocking dear, and fools hate knowledge? You should respond when I correct you. Look, I’ll pour out my spirit on you. I’ll reveal my words to you. I invited you, but you rejected me; I stretched out my hand to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored all my advice, and you didn’t want me to correct you. So I’ll laugh at your disaster; I’ll make fun of you when dread comes over you, when terror hits you like a hurricane, and your disaster comes in like a tornado, when distress and oppression overcome you. Then they will call me, but I won’t answer; they will seek me, but won’t find me because they hated knowledge and didn’t choose the fear of the Lord. They didn’t want my advice; they rejected all my corrections. They will eat from the fruit of their way, and they’ll be full of their own schemes. The immature will die because they turn away; smugness will destroy fools. Those who obey me will dwell securely, untroubled by the dread of harm.”
Psalm 19 | Response 1 | UMH 750
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
And the firmament proclaims God’s 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.
In them God has set a tent for the sun,
Which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
And runs its course with joy like a strong man.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the end of them;
And there is nothing hid from its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
Reviving the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure,
Making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
Rejoicing in the heart;
The commandant of the Lord is pure,
Enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean,
Enduring for ever;
The ordinances of the Lord are true,
And righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Even much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey
And drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
But who can understand one’s own errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
Also keep your servant from the insolent;
Let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
And innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart
Be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
New Testament Lesson
James 3:1–12 | CEB
My brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers, because we know that we teachers will be judged more strictly. We all make mistakes often, but those who don’t make mistakes with their words have reached full maturity. Like a bridled horse, they can control themselves entirely. When we bridle horses and put bits in their mouths to lead them wherever we want, we can control their whole bodies. Consider ships: They are so large that strong winds are needed to drive them. But pilots direct their ships wherever they want with a little rudder. In the same way, even though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts wildly.
Think about this: A small flame can set a whole forest on fire. The tongue is a small flame of fire, a world of evil at work in us. It contaminates our entire lives. Because of it, the circle of life is set on fire. The tongue itself is set on fire by the flames of hell. People can tame and already have tamed every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and fish. No one can tame the tongue, though. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we both bless the Lord and Father and curse human beings made in God’s likeness. Blessing and cursing come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, it just shouldn’t be this way!
Both fresh water and salt water don’t come from the same spring, do they? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree produce olives? Can a grapevine produce figs? Of course not, and fresh water doesn’t flow from a saltwater spring either.
+ Gradual Hymn
Take Up Thy Cross | UMH 415
Sing stanza one before the reading of the Gospel.
Sing stanza four after the reading of the Gospel.
1 "Take up thy cross," the Savior said,
"if thou wouldst my disciple be;
deny thyself, the world forsake,
and humbly follow after me."
4 Take up thy cross and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down;
for only those who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.
+ Gospel Lesson
Mark 8:27–38 | CEB
Jesus and his disciples went into the villages near Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”
They told him, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others one of the prophets.”
He asked them, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Then Jesus began to teach his disciples: “The Human One must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and the legal experts, and be killed, and then, after three days, rise from the dead.” He said this plainly. But Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him. Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, then sternly corrected Peter: “Get behind me, Satan. You are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”
After calling the crowd together with his disciples, Jesus said to them, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me and because of the good news will save them. Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this unfaithful and sinful generation, the Human One will be ashamed of that person when he comes in the Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
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.
CONFESSION AND PARDON
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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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
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
Students and teachers are invited to place their backpacks or work bags around the Lord’s Table as they enter the sanctuary today. During the Meditation on the Lord’s Table, students, teachers, parents and school staff will be prayed over and blessed for the new school year. There are backpack tags for students in the narthex and outside Kerr Hall; please pick one up as you leave worship today. We pray that the school year is filled with learning, good health, and joy for all.
Invitation to Christian Discipleship
+ Closing Hymn
Lift High the Cross | UMH 159
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his sacred name.
1 Come, Christians, follow this triumphant sign.
The hosts of God in unity combine. [Refrain]
2 Each newborn servant of the Crucified
bears on the brow the seal of him who died. [Refrain]
3 O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee. [Refrain]
4 So shall our song of triumph ever be:
Praise to the Crucified for victory! [Refrain]
+ Dismissal With Blessing
Festival Toccata | Percy Fletcher
Serving in Worship
- Rev. Greg Moore
- Rev. Ashley Griffith
Pastor for Community Life
- Savannah Glover
- 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
- Sally Burlington
- Chancel Choir
- Bailes & Maggie Morisey
- Carter Phillips
Tithes & Offerings
Thank you for your ongoing gifts
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The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God; and in loving memory of John & Evelyn Koonce by their family.