Welcome To Worship
Sunday, August 30, 2015
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Thought before Worship
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you
kept shouting their bad advice — though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do.
- From Mary Oliver’s poem “The Journey” (Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Roger Housden)
Welcome & Announcements
We Gather to Worship God
A Reading “The Journey” Mary Oliver
Prelude “He Never Failed Me Yet” Robert Ray
*Call to Worship
Gracious God, forever seeking us:
Open our minds to the truth of your care.
Open our hearts to the gentle power of your love.
Open our lips to share stories of faith.
Open our lives to do justice and show kindness.
Open our mouths to sing boldly and loudly your praises.
Let us worship God!
*Hymn #667 “When Morning Gilds the Skies”
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
God of light,
We confess that we live in the shadows of hypocrisy and self- righteousness.
We honor you with our lips, but we have not served you in our hearts.
We are satisfied with human traditions and norms and avoid your liberating truth.
We have confused meekness with weakness,
holiness with social conformity,
and anger with righteousness.
Forgive us, we pray.
By the power of your word save us from the prison of our conceit so that we may serve you with sincere hearts;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Time for Silent Reflection
Response “Cares Chorus” Kelly Willard
I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens
Down at Your feet
And anytime that I don't know
What to do
I will cast all my cares upon You
CCLI Song # 25974
© 1978 Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing
(Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)
CCLI License # 2212591
Assurance of Forgiveness
Hear the good news:
Christ himself is the Word that offers eternal life to all who receive him. This proves his love for us. (John 6:68)
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
Anthem “Lay ‘Em Down” Rinehart
CCLI Song # 5539444
© 2009 NeedToBreathe Music | Walter Ego Music
CCLI License # 2212591
Time with the Children
Children: God be with you here.
Congregation: God go with you.
We Listen for the Word of God
Prayer for Illumination
New Testament James 1:17-27 NT page 229
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Sermon “Be Doers of the Word” John R. Hilley
Time of Reflection
We Respond to God’s Love
*Hymn #729 “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”
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 “How Great Thou Art” Hymn #625
*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
We Go from Here to Serve
*Hymn #432 “How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord”
Postlude “You Are Holy” Hymn #705
*Please stand if you are able.
About Today’s Service
Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Richard White; Musicians: Nate Strasser, EBPC Choir, Praise Team, Joe Ennis, Joe Schneider, and Briana Tyson.
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 “The Lord is My Shepherd” and next week will be about the Creation story.
Upwards is a 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’s lesson will be, “God Makes a Promise”.
Flowers are provided this morning by the Vasilevskis family
in honor of Grandpops Janis Vasilevskis.
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? 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.
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.
Bible Presentation to 3 year olds and 3rd graders: During our worship service on Sunday, September 20th, we will be presenting Bibles to our 3 year olds and 3rd graders. If you have a child in one of those groups, please plan to be there at that special time. If you have any questions, email Gail at email@example.com.
EBPC Young Families: September Wednesday Night Dinner:
Please join us on Wednesday, September 2nd at 5:30 pm for our monthly dinner gathering. The meal will be provided, though a small donation will be requested to offset the cost of food. I will be presenting a short lesson to the children on the "International Day of Peace," and Nate Strasser (EBPC's new music director) will be joining us as a special guest. Hope to see you there! Please RSVP by Monday, Aug 31st, through the church’s website or E-newsletter.
Fellowship Event at Arrington Vineyards: DATE: Saturday, September 12th from 5 pm-9 pm, LOCATION: Arrington Vineyards, EVENT: The First Fruit Jazz Festival. Come join us to enjoy great music in a beautiful location. Bring an appetizer to share along with a beverage or do some wine tasting and buy what you liked. Questions? Jeanie White at Jbean612@comcast.net.
Youth Group Activities: PYG (Senior High Youth) is this evening at 6:00 pm and the theme is “Deny Yourself”. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 30
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
6:00 pm PYG (Senior High Youth)
Monday, August 31
11:00 am Staff Meeting
Wednesday, September 2
5:30 pm EBPC Young Families Dinner
6:08 pm 608 (Middle School Youth)
7:00 pm Choir
Thursday, September 3
6:30 pm Praise Team Rehearsal
Sunday, September 6
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship with Communion
Praise and Prayers
† Praise for the gorgeous weather we have been enjoying.
† Prayers for Judy Joyner, a former coworker of Ralph Comer, whose husband, David, passed away last week.
† Prayers for Lily Paris, who is recovering from surgery on Tuesday.
† Prayers for Sam, Susan, and Annie Paris as they walk with Lily through this journey.
† Praise for the birth of Mary Ellen Hofstetter’s granddaughter this week. Mom, Bridget, and daughter, Chloe, are both doing well.
† Prayers for David Herbertson, cousin of Regina Montgomery, for healing following a heart attack 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 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.
† 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: email@example.com or phone: 615.545.5938.
Lectionary Readings for September 6th
Prov. 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Ps. 125
James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17; Mark 7:24-37