Sanctuary Rose Window

A Service of Word & Table

Sunday, August 29, 2021
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost | Confirmation Sunday
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


Amazing Grace | arr. Jay Althouse

Words of Welcome

+ Opening Hymn

Come, Thou Fount

1 Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

2 Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I'm come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

How Your kindness yet pursues me,
how Your mercy never fails me
Till the day that death shall lose me,
I will sing, oh, I will sing!

3 O to grace how great a debtor
daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here's my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

+ Collect

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

Grant, Almighty God, that we, who have been redeemed from the old life of sin by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, may be renewed in your Holy Spirit, and live in righteousness and true holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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

Song of Solomon 2:8–13 | CEB

Listen! It’s my lover: here he comes now, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Here he stands now, outside our wall, peering through the windows, peeking through the lattices.

My lover spoke and said to me, “Rise up, my dearest, my fairest, and go. Here, the winter is past; the rains have come and gone. Blossoms have appeared in the land; the season of singing has arrived, and the sound of the turtledove is heard in our land. The green fruit is on the fig tree, and the grapevines in bloom are fragrant. Rise up, my dearest, my fairest, and go.


Psalm 45:1–2, 6–9 | NRSV

My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. You are the most handsome of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity; you love righteousness and hate wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad; daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

New Testament Lesson

James 1:17–27 | CEB

Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all. He chose to give us birth by his true word, and here is the result: we are like the first crop from the harvest of everything he created. Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry. This is because an angry person doesn’t produce God’s righteousness. Therefore, with humility, set aside all moral filth and the growth of wickedness, and welcome the word planted deep inside you—the very word that is able to save you.

You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves. Those who hear but don’t do the word are like those who look at their faces in a mirror. They look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like. But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don’t listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in whatever they do.

If those who claim devotion to God don’t control what they say, they mislead themselves. Their devotion is worthless. True devotion, the kind that is pure and faultless before God the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their difficulties and to keep the world from contaminating us.

+ Gospel Lesson

Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23 | CEB

The Pharisees and some legal experts from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus. They saw some of his disciples eating food with unclean hands. (They were eating without first ritually purifying their hands through washing. The Pharisees and all the Jews don’t eat without first washing their hands carefully. This is a way of observing the rules handed down by the elders. Upon returning from the marketplace, they don’t eat without first immersing themselves. They observe many other rules that have been handed down, such as the washing of cups, jugs, pans, and sleeping mats.) So the Pharisees and legal experts asked Jesus, “Why are your disciples not living according to the rules handed down by the elders but instead eat food with ritually unclean hands?”

He replied, “Isaiah really knew what he was talking about when he prophesied about you hypocrites. He wrote,

This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. Their worship of me is empty since they teach instructions that are human words.

You ignore God’s commandment while holding on to rules created by humans and handed down to you.” Then Jesus called the crowd again and said, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand. Nothing outside of a person can enter and contaminate a person in God’s sight; rather, the things that come out of a person contaminate the person.”

“It’s from the inside, from the human heart, that evil thoughts come: sexual sins, thefts, murders, adultery, greed, evil actions, deceit, unrestrained immorality, envy, insults, arrogance, and foolishness. All these evil things come from the inside and contaminate a person in God’s sight.”


+ Sacrament of Holy Baptism

UMH 33

Lillie Louise Brickell
John Kenan Gracely
Camille Jane Gracely
Emma Gale Newman


UMH 37


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

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Offertory Anthem

So Will I (100 Billion X) | Houston, Hastings, Fatkin

+ 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.

Invitation to Christian Discipleship

+ Closing Hymn

The Summons | TFWS 2130

1 Will you come and follow me
if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown
in you and you in me?

2 Will you leave yourself behind
if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare
should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer
in you and you in me?

5 Lord, your summons echoes true
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
and never be the same.
In your company I'll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow
in you and you in me.

+ Dismissal With Blessing


Festive Trumpet Tune | David German

Serving in Worship

  • Rev. Greg Moore
    Senior Pastor
  • Rev. Ashley Griffith
    Pastor for Community Life
  • Rev. Will McLeane
    Pastor, The Gathering
  • Rush Beam
    Director of Youth Ministries
  • Pam Russell
    Director of Parents and Children's Ministries
  • Bradley Burgess
    Associate Director of Music & Worship Arts
  • Owen Griffith
    Lector, Collect
  • Haliey Foscue
    Lector, Prayer for Illumination
  • Amala Ahmad
    Lector, Old Testament
  • Preston Cheek
  • Ann Frances Lakins
    Lector, New Testament
  • Ben Cashwell
    Lector, Dismissal with Blessing
  • Chancel Choir
  • Gathering Band
    Nathan Head, Blair Linthicum, Syneca Foster, Sheldon Pugh
  • Bryce Clinkscales
  • Michael Clinkscales
  • Claire & Caitlin Powell
  • Isaac Moore

Tithes & Offerings

Thank you for your ongoing gifts


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Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God by Joyce Fitzpatrick and Jay Stewart; in memory of James Nelson & Betty Jo Fitzpatrick, and in honor of Jim and Norma Stewart.

Confirmation Class of 2020

Manuel Inocencio Azcona
Christopher Hayden Baggett
Morgan Grace Bentley
Henry Spain Blondeau
Laine Aldrich Burlington
Kelley Rose Calvillo
Lola Elizabeth Cannon
Benjamin Lawrence Cashwell
Sofia Kellyn Cornetto
Emily Ann Porter Deihl
Genie Hobby Dickens
Henry Addison Edwards
Virginia Parker Etheridge
Chance Braylon Gladden
Christopher Loyd Graves
Fuller Adams Houk
Olivia Rea Hunt
Ethan Logger Johnson
Larry LaMarr Lakins III
Jack Hartman Lindley
Samuel Milton Malone
Sadler Elizabeth Marshall
Anna Katherine McConnell
Helen Elizabeth McConnell
Collier West Merriman
Rowen Tate McKenzie Milliken
Michael Paul Montgomery
Emma Gale Newman
Anna Hargett Pollock
Annie Johnston Powell
Halley Grace Powell
Jack Caulder Ratcliffe
Caroline Frances Ratcliffe
Elizabeth Alia Wooten Sobel
Reid Anderson Swindell
Sarah Frances Tanner
CarlyAnn Raegan Underwood
Addison Rayne Walker
Jackson Finn Wallingford
Mackenzie Land Warren
Elizabeth Harper Watkins
Mitchell Works Webb
Samuel Thomas Will
Braxton Miles Young

Confirmation Class of 2021

William Franklin Acree
Mairym Alondra Azcona
Gordie Lang Balas
George Mills Bason
Lillie Louise Brickell
Malone Tillman Bridgers
Bryce John Clinkscales
Jack Reeves Covington
Robert Jacobsen Croom
Morgan Ashley Haynes Crump
Jake William Day
Griffin Marie Day
John Kenan Gracely
Camille Jane Gracely
Owen Thomas Griffith
Mary Louise Hall
Margaret Preston Boyer Hensley
Richard Mason Hinkle
Benjamin Bradshaw Horton
Caroline Chandler Horton
Jackson Duncan Horton
Keener Cameron Linder
Esmeralda Eva Medina Romero
Sarah Bennett Nelson
Carter Ted Phillips
Katherine Jacquelyn Powell
Charles Burton Price
Hampton Parker Rivers
William Davis Sink
Avery Barrett Swayne
Chandler Dayvault Swayne
Henry Michael Turlington
Thomas Graves Vinson
Goodwin Case Wheeler
Caroline Pate Williams
Emma Wells Worley

We would like to give a hearty thank you to the confirmation mentors who walked through the confirmation process with these students:

Sarah Brooks, David Cashwell, Brad Davis, Aleana Jones, Kelly Kelly, Joyce Ledbetter, Patrick Longest, Ansis Perez-Lajara, Paige Peterson, Laura Russell, Blaine Thomas and Kirsten Wheeler.