Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, August 16, 2015

10:00 a.m. 

12th Sunday after Pentecost


Thought Before Worship

"I am telling you the truth. I saw it happen with my own eyes." We all like to hear stories from those who experience an event firsthand. In fact, in our court system, hearsay evidence is often inadmissible because it is considered to be less reliable testimony. In our exploration of Hebrews, the author attempts to encourage those to whom he is writing, those whose faith may be in need of a boost. He doesn't attempt to inspire them by reciting creeds and concepts, but instead he speaks of witnesses, those who came before and who lived the faith, even in hard circumstances. He speaks of those with whom God abided and saw through to the end. But what makes for a good witness? What can we learn from the author of Hebrews about how to be a witness to the love and faithfulness of God in our own daily living?

 Welcome & Announcements

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude “Great Is the Lord” Hymn #614 

*Call to Worship

The world says be afraid, stay in the safe places.

Christ calls us to be daring and faithful.

The world says there is not enough, hold on to what you have.

Christ calls us to be courageous and generous.

The world says the problems are too big, there is too much to be done.

Christ calls us to be people of hope and imagination.

The world needs the good news.

Christ calls us to be a witness and be changed for the better.  

*Opening Prayer 

*Hymn #1 “Holy, Holy, Holy” 

Call to Confession 

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,

We are constantly making choices:

about our words,

our actions,

our resources,

our neighbors.

Sometimes we choose poorly.  

We choose caution over boldness.

We choose gossip over silence.

We choose silence over truth.  

We forget that “no” can be a holy word,

and that “yes” can help raise the dead.  

Remind us, O God, how even our smallest choices

can make big differences.

Direct our hearts, that our lives might reflect yours.  

Time for Silent Reflection 

Response Hymn #520

Taste and see, taste and see

the goodness of the Lord.

O taste and see, taste and see

the goodness of the Lord, of the Lord. 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. 

*Passing of the Peace

As God through Jesus has recognized and forgiven each of us, let us now ourselves recognize and forgive each other by sharing God’s peace with one another. The Peace of Christ is with you!

And also with you. 

*Gloria Patri #581

Time with the Children 

Special Music Tomlin, Newton, Giglio

“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Prayer for Illumination  

The Psalter Psalm 34:15-22 OT page 508 

New Testament Hebrews 11:1-3, 29-12:2 NT page 226

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon “Can I Get a Witness?” Rev. Stacy Rector 

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn #358 “Steal Away”  

Prayers of the People—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 sins, as we forgive those who sin against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen. 


Offertory “10,000 Reasons ” Myrin, Redman 

*Doxology #606  

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

*Hymn #384 “Soon and Very Soon” 

*Parting Words 


Postlude “Everlasting God” Brown, Riley 

*Please stand if you are able. 

About Today’s Service 

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: Stacy Rector; Liturgist: Lavona Russell; Musicians: Nate Strasser and Summer Praise Band. 

Guest Preacher Stacy Rector: is a native of Dyersburg, Tennessee, a graduate of Rhodes College and Columbia Theological Seminary, and an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She served as Associate Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville for nine years. In 2006, Stacy became Executive Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP), a statewide organization whose mission is to honor life by abolishing the death penalty. She recently served on the national board of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and currently serves on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee.  

John Hilley is away this Sunday and next, but will return on August 30th. Tom Tyndall will be our guest pastor next Sunday. Tom has been an ordained PCUSA pastor for 45 years, served in churches from 7 (yes, seven) members to over 7,500 and has been "honorably retired" for 3 years. Tom is an ardent Gator fan (and U.F. graduate) with an M.Div. from Columbia Seminary and a D.Min. from Fuller Seminary. He and Betty, who is a licensed marriage and family therapist, have three grown daughters and six grandchildren. When Tom is not transporting any of four grandsons to school, he and Betty love to travel and play with grandchildren. Tom's other congregation is about 30 men in a local active model railroading group at a large train layout. 

To Our Members and Guests: Please sign our friendship pad. 

Children’s Worship: Children’s worship helps children ages 3 through 2nd grade explore Bible units through hands on, age appropriate, experiential activities that are designed to engage them while also instilling faith formation. We meet upstairs every Sunday following the Time with Children. If this is your child’s first visit, please let us know if there are any food allergies as a snack is served. This Week the children learn about Jesus and his calling of the first Disciples  Here are some additional resources to use as a family. Next Week the children will learn about how Jesus walked on water. 

Upwards is an learning experience for 3rd through 5th graders that alternates weekly between meeting as a group and a clipboard activity. Growing in Grace and Gratitude is this year’s theme. This week the group will be meeting upstairs and discussing, “God Saw How Good It Was.” 

Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. New sign-up sheets are in the narthex. If you have any questions please contact Regina Montgomery at regina.montgomery@vanderbilt.edu.

Welcome to East Brentwood  

To Our Members: East Brentwood gladly welcomes first-time and returning visitors. By introducing yourself and sharing a warm greeting, you express the hospitality of our congregation. Please share a smile and welcoming word to those around you. 

To Our Guests: We offer education and fellowship opportunities in the mornings and evenings for children, youth and adults. Please see the Calendar of Events for dates and times. Interested in joining East Brentwood? Speak to John Hilley or Ashley Purcell. 

Evolving from a rich musical history, EBPC strives for diversity of music in worship. On any given Sunday, worshippers may experience our choir sharing traditional or new hymns, handbells ringing, our praise band ensemble performing contemporary Christian songs, or guest vocalists or musicians sharing southern spirituals, Celtic, bluegrass, classical, shape note, jazz, Americana, soul, or other musical genres. 

Our Mission

East Brentwood Presbyterian Church is a community church made up of a loving, welcoming family of believers in honest conversation with God. We seek to emulate the ministry of Jesus through compassionate service, with stimulating and relevant exploration of God’s Word, and by sharing that Word and God’s many blessings with our neighbors in Middle Tennessee and around the world.  


August is College Grove Food Closet Collection Month: Again in August, we have the opportunity to share our bounty with the folks who need assistance from the College Grove Food Closet in the southeastern corner of Williamson County. All food items are appreciated, but they could especially use: canned chicken and other meats, canned vegetables and fruits, cereals, and household cleaning products. Bins will be in the Gathering Place beginning Sunday, July 26 and the last day for contributing for this collection will be August 26. A representative of the Food Closet will be with us for our church’s Mission Fair on Sept. 13th and they will share information about the services they offer and additional ways in which members of our congregation can get involved. 

Youth Group Activities: PYG (Senior High Youth) begins this evening at 6:00 pm. They will be studying, “Ten Tough Things”, where they will be engaging in lessons and discussions that will earn them great respect from many people. We invite youth to step up to the challenge to trust God, dream big and do great things. 608 (Middle School Youth) begins this Wednesday, August 19th at 6:08 pm. They will be “Tackling Tough Questions about God, Others and Me” for the Fall semester where they will grapple with tough topics in meaningful ways, engage in activities to help them explore who they are and have grapple chats to tie it all together. This semester in 608 they will Reshape, Remember and Reinvent who they are. It will be a great semester of fun and learning. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at ebpcyouth@comcast.net. 

Presbyterian Women: will resume meeting monthly on September 11th at 9:30 at the church. 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, August 16

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

5:00 pm Youth Planning Council

6:00 pm PYG (Senior High Youth)

Tuesday, August 18

11:00 am Luke 14:12 

Wednesday, August 19

6:08 pm 608 (Middle School Youth)

7:00 pm Choir

Thursday, August 20

6:30 pm Praise Team Rehearsal

Sunday, August 16

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

11:15 am Mission & Service Committee

6:00 pm PYG (Senior High Youth) 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Will Thomas who is still in the hospital because of complications from gall bladder surgery.

Praise for Mary Ellen's daughter, Bridget, who has moved into her new home after a long wait but before the arrival of a new baby to the family.

Prayers for Carol Dison (Liz Beatty's cousin) and her 2-year old granddaughter, Avery. Avery has been hospitalized the past few weeks and is awaiting an appendectomy when her infection subsides. Carol was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the same time and needs prayers for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Prayers for Richard Thomas (friend of Ralph Comer) who was hospitalized for complications following prostate cancer surgery.

Prayers for kids going back to school.

Prayers for Jackson Enfinger as he has continued health struggles.

Prayers for all whose road to recovery seems long.

Prayers for the Nominating Committee as they search for nominees for the 2018 class of Elders.

Praise for the continued improvement of Lily Paris and the hint of normalcy in her life.

Prayers for Sam, Susan, and Annie Paris as they walk with Lily through this journey.

Prayers of thanksgiving for the life of Rob Moser’s father who recently passed away.

Prayers for healing and comfort requested by Leanna Pound (EBPC Nursery) on behalf of Talan Williams, an 8-year-old, who has bone cancer and is undergoing treatment.

Prayers for caregivers of family members and for the unspoken burdens and worries loved ones are facing.

† Prayers for those affected by the violence in our world. 

If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Ralph Comer, Congregational Care moderator

by email: recomer49@aol.com or phone: 615.545.5938. 

Lectionary Readings for August 23rd

1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43; Ps. 84

Eph. 6:10-20; John 6:56-69