Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, August 23, 2015

10:00 am

 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 23, 2015

   Welcome & Announcements 

We Gather to Worship God 

   Prelude           “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”   Arr. Waldrop 

*Call to Worship

In the presence and promise of God,

tears are turned into dancing, darkness is turned into light,

and hope carries us on wings like eagles.

 So come into this time of worship.

This is where burdened souls find a cup of cool water and tired hearts are lifted high.  

God is always doing a new thing, in the world and in each of us.

God is full of miracles and surprises. Let us rejoice and be glad!  

*Opening Prayer 

*Hymn #610 “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” 

Call to Confession 

Prayer of Confession

Holy God,

we come to you again

with confessions so familiar

that you may grow weary with our words.

We have failed again…

not always in big ways,

and not always in a fashion unexpected.

The truth is, we have done the best we know how to do.

But still you dream that the day would come when the hungry are filled with good things,

and the poor are raised up,

and our children grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed.

Until that day comes, forgive us.

Forgive us and renew us in your dreams  

Time for Silent Reflection 

Response “Thy Word Is a Lamp unto My Feet” Hymn #458

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. 

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 “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” Strasser 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Prayer for Illumination  

New Testament Matthew 5:1-12 NT page 4 

Old Testament Psalm 1 OT page 489

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon The Rev. Dr. Tom Tyndall

“Postures for the Journey” 

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn #172 “Blest Are They”  

Affirmation of Faith—Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.

He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He 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.  Amen.  

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 “A Simple Song” Bernstein 

*Doxology #606  

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

*Hymn #822 “When We Are Living” 

*Parting Words 


Postlude “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” Hymn # 66


*Please stand if you are able. 

About Today’s Service 

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: The Rev. Dr. Tom Tyndall; Liturgist: Clyde Russell; Musicians: Nate Strasser. 

Guest Preacher Tom Tyndall: 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. 

John Hilley is away this Sunday, but will return on August 30th. 

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 will learn about how Jesus walked on water.  Next Week's topic is "The Lord is My Shepherd."

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 will be a clipboard activity. 

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) is this evening at 6:00 pm and the theme is “Get Off the Sidelines”. This fall, 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 23

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

11:15 am Young Families Lunch & Service Project

11:15 am 11:15 Mission & Service Committee

6:00 pm PYG (Senior High Youth)

Monday, August 24

9:00 am Preschool Starts

Wednesday, August 26

6:08 pm 608 (Middle School Youth)

7:00 pm Choir

Thursday, August 27

6:30 pm Praise Team Rehearsal

Sunday, August 30

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship 

Praise and Prayers 

Prayers for David Herbertson, cousin of Regina Montgomery, for healing following a heart attach and is in an ICU.

Prayers for college-bound students and their parents, especially freshman who are starting a new chapter of their life.

Prayers for the Preschool as it starts this week.

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

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 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 30th 

Song of Sol. 2:8-13; Ps. 45:1-2, 6-9

James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23