Service of Worship

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Pentecost Sunday

Senior Sunday


Edenton Street
United Methodist Church
228 W Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603



Choral Variations on ‘Veni Creator’, Op. 4: I & IV

Maurice Duruflé

Call to Worship

Leader: Rushing Wind of the Spirit, breathe new life into us!
People: Blazing Flame of the Spirit, burn away our fears!
Leader: Comforting Presence of the Spirit, heal our wounds
People: Let us be prepared to worship and praise you, O Holy Spirit.
Leader: Spirit of God, come upon us this day and fill us with your love.
People: Make us people who will proclaim God’s good news in all that we do. Amen.


O Spirit of the Living God


UMH 539

Hymn #539

1. O Spirit of the living God,
thou light and fire divine,
descend upon thy church once more,
and make it truly thine.
Fill it with love and joy and power,
with righteousness and peace;
till Christ shall dwell in human hearts,
and sin and sorrow cease.

4. So shall we know the power of Christ
who came this world to save;
so shall we rise with him to life
which soars beyond the grave;
and earth shall win true holiness,
which makes thy children whole;
till, perfected by thee, we reach
creation's glorious goal!

Affirmation of Faith

Apostles' Creed

UMH 881

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And 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, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick 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. Amen.

Gloria Patri


UMH 71

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

Celebration of Our Life Together

Offering Our Gifts to God

Offertory Music

Every Time I Feel the Spirit

Spiritual, arr. Hall Johnson

Ev'ry time I feel the spirit moving in my heart, I will pray. On the mountain, my Lord spoke, out of His mouth came fire and smoke. In the valley, on my knees, I ask my Lord have mercy, please. Jordan river chilly and cold, chills the body but not the soul. All around me, look so shine, I ask my Lord if all was mine. Ain't but one train on this track, Runs to Heaven and runs right back. Saint Peter waiting at the gate says "Come on, sinner, don't be late". Yes, ev'ry time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.



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.

Children's Lesson

Mrs. Pam Russell

Scripture Lesson

Acts 2:1–21


When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’


Clothed With Power From On High

Rev. Ashley Griffith

Mimi Watts & Savannah Gunter

Pastoral Prayer

Lord's Prayer

Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Spirit of the Living God


UMH 393

Hymn #393

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.


Chiming of the Trinity

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit


Choral Variations on ‘Veni Creator’, Op. 4: V

Maurice Duruflé

Serving In Worship Today

In Memoriam

We mourn the loss of ESUMC member George Dickerson Dyer, Sr., who passed away on May 19.

We also extend sympathy to Sandra Beasley Atkins, whose mother, Minerva Beasley, passed away on May 2.

Marriage Announcement

We are delighted to announce the marriage of David Siffer & Caroline Mitchell on May 23. David is the son of church members Al & Lara Stiffer, and grandson of Lewanna Stout.

Church-sponsored meals

If you or a loved one is in need of church-sponsored meals during this time of social distancing, please contact Diane Amidon at or (984) 200-2644.

Help our neighbors in need

As fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we anticipate that many of our neighbors who are paid hourly or live paycheck to paycheck will be more likely to lose income they count on to pay their bills. Our Doorstep Ministry is one of the few places people can turn to for financial assistance with rent and utilities, and at this time we plan to continue to provide this needed assistance. We are taking COVID-19 very seriously, and we will continue to monitor and make adjustments as necessary. Our Doorstep Ministry is funded solely by donations. If you would like to help us be a beacon of light in this dark time, please give at or by clicking here, and selecting Doorstep Ministry from the dropdown list.

Bulla Foundation Student Loans

The A.C. and Lillian D. Bulla Memorial Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation administered through ESUMC, provides low-interest student loans for deserving full-time students. Qualified students may borrow up to $7,000 per school year (maximum $28,000). Contact Lisa Pace at for an application. The deadline for the Fall semester is June 15.