A Service of Word & Table
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Twenty-fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Sanctuary | 15:30
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
Celebration | Jason W. Krug
Words of Welcome
+ Opening Hymn
O Worship the King | UMH 73
1 O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing God's power and God's love;
our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
2 O tell of God's might, O sing of God's grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
whose chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is God's path on the wings of the storm.
3 The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy power hath founded of old;
hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.
4 Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
5 Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray:
Holy God, creator of all that is and is to come, you made the world and called it good. We thank you and praise you, for we have wreaked havoc on your good creation, yet you promise to make all things whole and live among us in joy and peace. Keep us watchful for Christ’s coming, enliven our hope, and support us through the birth pangs of your new creation, that we may welcome you with songs of praise. 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
1 Samuel 1:4–20 | CEB
Whenever he sacrificed, Elkanah would give parts of the sacrifice to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But he would give only one part of it to Hannah, though he loved her, because the Lord had kept her from conceiving. And because the Lord had kept Hannah from conceiving, her rival would make fun of her mercilessly, just to bother her. So that is what took place year after year. Whenever Hannah went to the Lord’s house, Peninnah would make fun of her. Then she would cry and wouldn’t eat anything.
“Hannah, why are you crying?” her husband Elkanah would say to her. “Why won’t you eat? Why are you so sad? Aren’t I worth more to you than ten sons?”
One time, after eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah got up and presented herself before the Lord. (Now Eli the priest was sitting in the chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s temple.) Hannah was very upset and couldn’t stop crying as she prayed to the Lord. Then she made this promise: “Lord of heavenly forces, just look at your servant’s pain and remember me! Don’t forget your servant! Give her a boy! Then I’ll give him to the Lord for his entire life. No razor will ever touch his head.”
As she kept praying before the Lord, Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah was praying in her heart; her lips were moving, but her voice was silent, so Eli thought she was drunk.
“How long will you act like a drunk? Sober up!” Eli told her.
“No sir!” Hannah replied. “I’m just a very sad woman. I haven’t had any wine or beer but have been pouring out my heart to the Lord. Don’t think your servant is some good-for-nothing woman. This whole time I’ve been praying out of my great worry and trouble!”
Eli responded, “Then go in peace. And may the God of Israel give you what you’ve asked from him.” “Please think well of me, your servant,” Hannah said. Then the woman went on her way, ate some food, and wasn’t sad any longer.
They got up early the next morning and worshipped the Lord. Then they went back home to Ramah. Elkanah had sex with his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. So in the course of time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, which means “I asked the Lord for him.”
Song of Hannah, 1 Samuel 2:1–10 | refrain based on LYONS
Then Hannah prayed:
My heart rejoices in the Lord.
My strength rises up in the Lord!
My mouth mocks my enemies
because I rejoice in your deliverance.
No one is holy like the Lord—
no, no one except you!
There is no rock like our God!
Don’t go on and on, talking so proudly,
spouting arrogance from your mouth,
because the Lord is the God who knows,
and he weighs every act.
The bows of mighty warriors are shattered,
but those who were stumbling now dress themselves in power!
Those who were filled full now sell themselves for bread,
but the ones who were starving are now fat from food!
The woman who was barren has birthed seven children,
but the mother with many sons has lost them all!
He brings death, gives life,
takes down to the grave, and raises up!
The Lord! He makes poor, gives wealth,
** brings low, but also lifts up high!**
God raises the poor from the dust,
lifts up the needy from the garbage pile.
God sits them with officials,
gives them the seat of honor!
The pillars of the earth belong to the Lord;
he set the world on top of them!
God guards the feet of his faithful ones,
but the wicked die in darkness
because no one succeeds by strength alone.
The Lord! His enemies are terrified!
God thunders against them from heaven!
He judges the far corners of the earth!
May God give strength to his king
and raise high the strength of his anointed one.
New Testament Lesson
Hebrews 10:11–14, 19–25 | CEB
Every priest stands every day serving and offering the same sacrifices over and over, sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when this priest offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, he sat down at the right side of God. Since then, he’s waiting until his enemies are made into a footstool for his feet, because he perfected the people who are being made holy with one offering for all time.
Brothers and sisters, we have confidence that we can enter the holy of holies by means of Jesus’ blood, through a new and living way that he opened up for us through the curtain, which is his body, and we have a great high priest over God’s house.
Therefore, let’s draw near with a genuine heart with the certainty that our faith gives us, since our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies are washed with pure water.
Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable.
And let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.
+ Gradual Hymn
My Soul Gives Glory to My God | UMH 198
Sing stanza one before the reading of the Gospel.
Sing stanza two after the reading of the Gospel.
1 My soul gives glory to my God.
My heart pours out its praise.
God lifted up my lowliness
in many marvelous ways.
2 My God has done great things for me;
yes, holy is this name.
All people will declare me blessed,
and blessings they shall claim.
+ Gospel Lesson
Mark 12:28–34 | CEB
One of the legal experts heard their dispute and saw how well Jesus answered them. He came over and asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”
The legal expert said to him, “Well said, Teacher. You have truthfully said that God is one and there is no other besides him. And to love God with all of the heart, a full understanding, and all of one’s strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself is much more important than all kinds of entirely burned offerings and sacrifices.”
When Jesus saw that he had answered with wisdom, he said to him, “You aren’t far from God’s kingdom.” After that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Madeline Grace Ward, child of Michael & Danielle Ward
The pastor addresses the congregation, and the congregation responds:
Do you, as Christ's body, the Church,
reaffirm both your rejection of sin
and your commitment to Christ?
Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include these persons now before you in your care?
With God's help we will proclaim the good news
and live according to the example of Christ.
We will surround these persons
with a community of love and forgiveness,
that they may grow in their service to others.
We will pray for them,
that they may be true disciples
who walk in the way that leads to life.
The pastor addresses all:
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.]
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
When nothing existed but chaos,
you swept across the dark waters
and brought forth light.
In the days of Noah
you saved those on the ark through water.
After the flood you set in the clouds a rainbow.
When you saw your people as slaves in Egypt,
you led them to freedom through the sea.
Their children you brought through the Jordan
to the land which you promised.
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Tell of God's mercy each day.
In the fullness of time you sent Jesus,
nurtured in the water of a womb.
He was baptized by John and anointed by your Spirit.
He called his disciples
to share in the baptism of his death and resurrection
and to make disciples of all nations.
Declare Christ’s works to the nations,
his glory among all the people.
Pour out your Holy Spirit,
to bless this gift of water and those who receive it,
to wash away their sin
and clothe them in righteousness
throughout their lives,
that, dying and being raised with Christ,
they may share in his final victory.
All praise to you, Eternal Father,
through your Son Jesus Christ,
who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns for ever.
Now it is our joy to welcome
our new sisters and brothers in Christ.
you are incorporated by the Holy Spirit
into God's new creation
and made to share in Christ's royal priesthood.
We are all one in Christ Jesus.
With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you
as members of the family of Christ.
The pastor addresses the congregation:
Members of the household of God,
I commend these persons to your love and care.
Do all in your power to increase their faith,
confirm their hope, and perfect them in love.
We give thanks for all that God has already given you
and we welcome you in Christian love.
As members together with you
in the body 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, our service and our witness,
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.
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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Be Thou My Vision | Arr. James Biery
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art; Thou my best thought, both by day and by night, waking and sleeping, thy presence my light. Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true Word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord; thou my soul's shelter, and thou my high tower; raise thou me heavenward, o Power of my power. Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise; thou mine inheritance now and always; thou and thou only, the first in my heart, high King of heaven, my treasure thou art. High King of heaven, my victory won, may I reach heaven’s joys, O heaven’s bright Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
— 8th-century Irish Hymn, trans. Mary E. Byrne, adapt. Eleanor H. Hull
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 A | UMH 17
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.
We invite you to keep your mask on, take the elements from the communion server, and receive them either in front of the chancel rail or back in your seat.
Even Here | Mark Miller
At the land’s dark roots, in the farthest deep, where the daylight dims, where no one can reach, can the hand of God, can the voice of love find me even here? I have turned away, I have set my fate, I have run too far, I repent too late, can the hand of God, can the voice of love find me even here? O, to climb again where the eagle flies, where its nest is set in the sunlit skies! Can the hand of God, can the voice of love find me even here? Will the hand of God, will the voice of love find me even here? O forgive me, Lord, may I see your face, may I die in peace with a song of praise, may the hand of God, may the voice of love find me even here.
— Laurie Zelman
Prayer After Communion
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
O Day of God, Draw Nigh | UMH 730
1 O day of God, draw nigh
in beauty and in power;
come with thy timeless judgment now
to match our present hour.
2 Bring to our troubled minds,
uncertain and afraid,
the quiet of a steadfast faith,
calm of a call obeyed.
3 Bring justice to our land,
that all may dwell secure,
and finely build for days to come
foundations that endure.
4 Bring to our world of strife
thy sovereign word of peace,
that war may haunt the earth no more,
and desolation cease.
5 O day of God, draw nigh
as at creation's birth,
let there be light again, and set
thy judgments on the earth.
+ Dismissal With Blessing
Bell Fanfare | David Burton Brown
Serving in Worship
- Rev. Greg Moore
- Rev. Ashley Griffith
Pastor for Community Life
- Krysha Jamis
Director of Care & Senior Adult Ministries
- Pam Russell
Director of Parent and Children's Ministries
- Dr. Filippa Duke
Director of Music & Worship Arts
- Bradley Burgess
Associate Director of Music & Worship Arts
- Kathryn Sobel
- Chancel Choir
- Youth Choir
- Youth Handbells
- Ariana Dewar
- Jonathan Sobel
- Michael Clinkscales
Tithes & Offerings
Thank you for your ongoing gifts
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The altar flowers are given to the glory of God; and in honor of Madeline Grace Ward’s baptism by her parents, W. Michael Ward and Danielle Ward.