Sanctuary Rose Window

A Service of Word & Table

Sunday, October 10, 2021
Twentieth 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


Gabriel’s Oboe | Ennio Morricone

Words of Welcome

+ Opening Hymn

O God, Our Help In Ages Past | UMH 117

1 O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home!

2 Under the shadow of thy throne,
still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting, thou art God,
to endless years the same.

4 A thousand ages, in thy sight,
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night,
before the rising sun.

5 Time, like an ever rolling stream,
bears all who breathe away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

6 O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come;
be thou our guide while life shall last,
and our eternal home.

+ Collect

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

You alone are holy, O God; you alone are good. Help us to let go of worldly goods and leave lesser things behind so that we may be ready to enter your holy realm on that day when the first are last and the last are first; through Jesus Christ we pray. 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

Job 23:1–9, 16–17 | CEB

Job answered: Today my complaint is again bitter; my strength is weighed down because of my groaning. Oh, that I could know how to find him—come to his dwelling place; I would lay out my case before him, fill my mouth with arguments, know the words with which he would answer, understand what he would say to me. Would he contend with me through brute force? No, he would surely listen to me. There those who do the right thing can argue with him; I could escape from my judge forever. Look, I go east; he’s not there, west, and don’t discover him; north in his activity, and I don’t grasp him; he turns south, and I don’t see. ... God has weakened my mind; the Almighty has frightened me. Still I’m not annihilated by darkness; he has hidden deep darkness from me.


Psalm 22:1–15 | UMH 752 | Response 2


My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me,
from the words of my groaning?

O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
And by night, but find no rest.
Yet you, the praise of Israel,
Are enthroned in holiness.
In you our forebears trusted; They trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried, and were saved;
In you they trusted, and were not disappointed.


But I am a worm, and not human;
Scorned by others, and despised by the people.
All who see me mock at me,
They make mouths at me, they wag their heads;
“He committed his cause to the Lord;
Let the Lord deliver him.
Let the Lord rescue him,
For the Lord delights in him!”
Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
You kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.

Upon you I was cast from birth,
And since my mother bore me, you have been my God.
Do not be far from me,
For trouble is near and there is none to help.


Many bulls encompass me,
Strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
They open wide their mouths at me,
Like a ravening and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water
And all my bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax,
It is melted within my breast;
My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
You lay me in the dust of death.


New Testament Lesson

Hebrews 4:12-16 | CEB

God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions. No creature is hidden from it, but rather everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we have to give an answer.

Also, let’s hold on to the confession since we have a great high priest who passed through the heavens, who is Jesus, God’s Son; because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin.

Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favor with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help.

+ Gradual Hymn

Jesu, Jesu | UMH 432

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

Jesu, Jesu,
fill us with your love, show us how to serve
the neighbors we have from you.

1 Kneels at the feet of his friends,
silently washes their feet,
Master who acts as a slave to them.

2 Neighbors are rich and poor,
neighbors are black and white,
neighbors are near and far away.

+ Gospel Lesson

Mark 10:17–31 | CEB

As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?”

Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God. You know the commandments: Don’t commit murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t give false testimony. Don’t cheat. Honor your father and mother.”

“Teacher,” he responded, “I’ve kept all of these things since I was a boy.”

Jesus looked at him carefully and loved him. He said, “You are lacking one thing. Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.” But the man was dismayed at this statement and went away saddened, because he had many possessions.

Looking around, Jesus said to his disciples, “It will be very hard for the wealthy to enter God’s kingdom!” His words startled the disciples, so Jesus told them again, “Children, it’s difficult to enter God’s kingdom! It’s easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.”

They were shocked even more and said to each other, “Then who can be saved?”

Jesus looked at them carefully and said, “It’s impossible with human beings, but not with God. All things are possible for God.”

Peter said to him, “Look, we’ve left everything and followed you.”

Jesus said, “I assure you that anyone who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or farms because of me and because of the good news will receive one hundred times as much now in this life—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and farms (with harassment)—and in the coming age, eternal life. But many who are first will be last. And many who are last will be first.”


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.


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

The Servant Song | David Schowoebel

If anyone would be first, they shall be the last of all, be the servant of all. We are travelers on a journey, fellow pilgrims on the road; we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load. I will hold the Christlight for you in the nighttime of your fear; I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear. Sister, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you; pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant, too. Brother, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you; pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant, too. I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you; I will share your joy and sorrow, til we’ve seen this journey through. When we sing to God in heaven, we shall find such harmony, born of all we’ve known together of Christ’s love and agony.

— Mark 9:35; Richard Gillard

+ 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 Anthem

Ubi Caritas | Ola Gjeilo

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor. Exsultemus et in ipso jucundemur. Timeamus et amemus Deum vivum. Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero. Amen.

Where charity and love are, God is there. The love of Christ has gathered us together. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Let us revere and love the living God. And from a sincere heart let us love one another. Amen.

— Paulinus of Aquileia, 796.

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

Be Thou My Vision | UMH 451

1 Be thou my vision,
O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me,
save that thou art.
Thou my best thought,
by day or by night,
waking or sleeping,
thy presence my light.

2 Be thou my wisdom,
and thou my true word;
I ever with thee
and thou with me, Lord;
thou and thou only,
first in my heart,
great God of heaven,
mu treasure thou art.

3 Great God of heaven,
my victory won,
may I reach heaven's joys,
O bright heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart,
whatever befall,
still be my vision,
O Ruler of all.

+ Dismissal With Blessing


Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667 | J. S. Bach

(‘Come, God, the Creator, Holy Ghost’)

Serving in Worship

  • Jonathan Sobel
    Guest Preacher
  • Rev. Ned Hill
  • 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
  • Laura Brewer
  • Chancel Choir
  • Youth Choir
  • Taiki Azuma

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Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God; and by Gary and Gretchen Hull in memory of their parents.