Welcome To Worship
Sunday, August 2, 2015
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Welcome & Announcements
We Gather to Worship God
Prelude “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” Hymn #834
*A Call to Worship
We do not live by bread alone,
but by the Word who became flesh
and dwells among us.
Christ is the true bread of heaven,
the manna of freedom.
Come, let us worship and give thanks.
Let us worship God together!
*Hymn #664 “Morning Has Broken”
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
Compassionate One: it is not easy for us to confront those deeds which do not please you.
We are so busy looking for the miracles we desire, we cannot see the gift of your presence in others.
We are so intent on indulging our appetites and slaking our thirsts, we cannot taste that Bread which gives life.
We spend so much of our lives bemoaning the acts of others, we have no time to look in the mirror and see our secret faces.
Forgive us, Steadfast Love.
Grace us with your mercy, so we might be made whole.
Touch our inner being and heal us, so we might know joy and gladness.
Create new hearts within us, so they might beat as one with each other, and with your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Response “Change My Heart, O God” (Hymn #695)
Change my heart, O God; make it ever true.
Change my heart, O God; may I be like you.
You are the Potter; I am the clay.
Mold me and make me; this is what I pray.
Assurance of Forgiveness
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 RSV)
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 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” Hymn #465
We Listen for the Word of God
Prayer for Illumination
New Testament John 6:24-35 NT page 98
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
New Testament John 13:31-35 NT page 108
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Meditation “Love One Another—A Pastoral Directive” John R. Hilley
Time of Reflection
We Respond to God’s Love
*Hymn #525 “Let Us Break Bread Together”
Offertory “Jesus Loves Me” Strasser
Invitation to the Lord’s Table
Prayer of Great Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Our greatest joy is to offer you our thanks and praise,
Creator, Grace-giver, Healer of our brokenness….
Yet you refuse to let go of us,
sending your only Son, Jesus,
to call us to life in you.
…We have fallen,
and you lift us up;
we have forsaken you,
and you redeem us;
we are broken,
and you make us whole. We sing:
By this promise that You love us,
By Your gift of peace restored,
By Your call to heaven above us,
Hallow all our lives, O Lord.
...Recalling your steadfast love in Christ,
and knowing we cannot understand your grace
until that eternal day
when we can know your heart,
we take this bread and this cup,
praising and blessing you
for these gifts of hope and joy.
Great is the mystery of faith.
With the saints who now adore
You Seated at the heavenly board,
May the church still waiting for You
Keep Love’s tie unbroken, Lord.
Through Christ who saved us,
all glory and honor are yours,
God, who created us in your own image,
through the Holy Spirit, in our midst making us your people,
now and forever.
In Your service, Lord, defend us;
In our hearts keep watch and ward;
In the world to which You send us
Let Your kingdom come, O Lord.
Sharing of the Bread and Cup
Prayer After Communion (concluding with the 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.
We Go from Here to Serve
*Hymn #847 “Our Hope, Our Life”
Postlude “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” Hymn #465
*Please stand if you are able.
About Today’s Service
Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: John Philbrick; Musicians: Nate Strasser, Joe Schneider, Rachael Santos, and Joe Ennis.
This morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all persons of faith present, remembering that being invited to the Table is not extended to us because of merit, but a grace extended to all. There may be those in attendance today who have not been baptized, but who feel moved to receive the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are inseparable. If you feel called by the Holy Spirit to meet Christ in Communion, we believe that you are also being called to Baptism. We will not turn anyone away from the Lord’s Table, but we do invite you to speak to the pastor or a member of the session about Baptism as soon as possible.
Today’s Communion is served by intinction. The congregation will come forward to receive the bread, which they will then dip into the chalice of grape juice. Worshipers will return to their pews by the side aisles.
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. Today's story is about the parable of "The Prodigal Son." Next Week the children will explore the parable of "Jonah and the Big Fish."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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? Please speak to John Hilley after the service.
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.
EBPC Young Families: Join us for our monthly Wednesday night gathering! Dinner will be provided, and I will present a short lesson titled "Back to School." Please RSVP by Monday using the link on the calendar on the church’s website. Hope you can make it! (A small donation is requested to offset the cost of the meal.) DATE: 8/5/2015 (Wed 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)
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 and 608 will start meeting weekly during the week of August 16th. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at email@example.com.
Calling all Children and Youth to the Blessing of the Backpacks: Bring your backpack to church on Sunday, August 9th. As we look toward another school year, we want to send you off with a blessing, so you know the congregation and our Lord "have your back" along with your backpack. We will also recognize those individuals in our congregation who currently support you and others as teachers or support individuals in our schools.
Presbyterian Women: will resume meeting monthly on September 11th at 9:30 at the church.
Praise and Prayers
† Prayers for Will Thomas who was readmitted to Walter Reed Medical Center this time for a blood clot in his lung.
† 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.
† Prayers for safety for everyone traveling.
† Prayers for Joanna Roberts as she is healing from a recent shoulder injury. She is currently recovering in Bloomington, IN.
† 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 for Rob Moser’s father who is battling cancer.
† 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.
If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Ralph Comer, Congregational Care moderator
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 615.545.5938.
Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance
Sunday, August 2
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship (Communion)
Monday, August 3
11:00 am Staff Meeting
Wednesday, August 5
1:00 pm Worship Committee
5:30 pm Young Families Gathering
Thursday, August 6
6:00 pm Summer Praise Band Practice
Sunday, August 9
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship