A Service of Word & Table
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Thirteenth 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
The Celestial Banquet | Messiaen
“He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in Him.” — St. John 6:56
Words of Welcome
+ Processional Hymn
Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation | UMH 559
1 Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone;
chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the church in one;
holy Zion's help forever,
and her confidence alone.
2 To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, today!
With thy faithful loving-kindness
hear thy people as they pray,
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.
3 Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
what they ask of thee to gain;
what they gain from thee forever
with the blessed to retain,
and hereafter in thy glory
evermore with thee to reign.
4 Laud and honor to the Father,
laud and honor to the Son,
laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever three and ever one;
one in might and one in glory,
while unending ages run.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray:
Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— from the Book of Common Prayer
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
1 Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43 | CEB
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven. He said, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart, the covenant that you kept for your servant my father David as you declared to him; you promised with your mouth and have this day fulfilled with your hand. Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant my father David that which you promised him, saying, ‘There shall never fail you a successor before me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children look to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.’ Therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you promised to your servant my father David.
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built! Regard your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today; that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays toward this place. Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling place; heed and forgive.
“Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a distant land because of your name —for they shall hear of your great name, your mighty hand, and your outstretched arm—when a foreigner comes and prays toward this house, then hear in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and so that they may know that your name has been invoked on this house that I have built.
Psalm 84 | UMH 804
How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of Hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and flesh sing for joy
To the living God.
O Lord of hosts, my Ruler and my God,
At your altars even the sparrow finds a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself.
Where she may lay her young.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
Ever singing your praise!
Blessed are those who strength is in you,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the valley of tears,
They make it a place of springs;
The early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
The God of gods will be seen in Zion.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God;
Look upon the face of your anointed!
For a day in your courts is better
Than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield,
And bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
Blessed are those who trust in you!
New Testament Lesson
Ephesians 6:10–20 | CEB
Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and his powerful strength. Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil. We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens. Therefore, pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand. So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace. Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.
Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time. Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers. As for me, pray that when I open my mouth, I’ll get a message that confidently makes this secret plan of the gospel known. I’m an ambassador in chains for the sake of the gospel. Pray so that the Lord will give me the confidence to say what I have to say.
+ Gradual Hymn
Standing on the Promises | UMH 374
Sing stanza one before the reading of the Gospel.
Sing stanza two after the reading of the Gospel.
1 Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
through eternal ages let his praises ring;
glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
standing on the promises of God.
standing on the promises of God my Savior;
I'm standing on the promises of God.
2 Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
by the living Word of God I shall prevail,
standing on the promises of God.
+ Gospel Lesson
John 6:56–69 | CEB
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.” Jesus said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
Many of his disciples who heard this said, “This message is harsh. Who can hear it?”
Jesus knew that the disciples were grumbling about this and he said to them, “Does this offend you? What if you were to see the Human One going up where he was before? The Spirit is the one who gives life and the flesh doesn’t help at all. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. Yet some of you don’t believe.”Jesus knew from the beginning who wouldn’t believe and the one who would betray him. He said, “For this reason I said to you that none can come to me unless the Father enables them to do so.” At this, many of his disciples turned away and no longer accompanied him.
Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
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.”
+ Invitation, Confession & Peace
As forgiven and reconciled people,
Let us offer ourselves and our gifts to God.
How To Give
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I am the bread of life | Arr. Richard Proulx
I am the bread of life. You who come to me shall not hunger; and who believe in me shall not thirst. No one can come to me unless the Father beckons. And I will raise you up on the last day. The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world, and if you eat of this bread, you shall live forever, you shall live forever. Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of his blood, you shall not have life within you, you shall not have life within you. I am the Resurrection, I am the life. If you believe in me, even though you die, you shall live forever.
— based on John 6
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.”
Words Of Invitation
+ Closing Hymn
How Lovely, Lord, How Lovely | TFWS 2042
1 How lovely, Lord, how lovely
is your abiding place;
my soul is longing, fainting,
to feast upon your grace.
The sparrow finds a shelter,
a place to build her nest;
and so your temple calls us
with in its walls to rest.
2 In your blest courts to worship,
O God, a single day
is better than a thousand
if I from you should stray.
I’d rather keep the entrance
and claim you as my Lord
than revel in the riches
the ways of sin afford.
3 A sun and shield forever
are you, O God most high;
you shower us with blessings
no good will you deny.
The saints, your grace receiving,
from strength to strength shall go,
and from their life shall rivers
of blessings overflow.
+ Dismissal With Blessing
Allegro, from Concerto in A minor | Vivaldi, arr. Js. Bach
Serving in Worship
- Rev. Ashley Griffith
Pastor for Community Life
- Rev. Greg Moore
- 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
- Claire Powell
- Chancel Choir
- Grace Sugg
- Kevin Powell
- Taiki Azuma
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 honor of Edith Toussaint by her church friends and family. We rejoice and give thanks for Edith as she celebrates her 100th birthday on August 27.
We mourn the loss of ESUMC member, Al Benson, who passed away on August 7, and extend sympathy to his family.