Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

Sunday, August 6, 2017

10:00 a.m.

18th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Sunday, August 6, 2017


The congregation is asked to use the time of the pre-service

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


We Gather to Worship God


   Welcome & Announcements


   Welcome New Members


Prelude “Jesus Loves Me / Jesus

Loves the Little Children” Medley arr. Strasser


*Call to Worship

All who hunger, gather around.

There is bread here, for empty bellies.

There is compassion here, for broken hearts.

There is grace here, for shattered lives.

There is family here, for lonely souls.

There is hope here, for all who need it.

All who hunger, gather around and lift your hearts to God.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.


*Hymn “This is the Day of New Beginnings” (see insert)


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

Forgive us, for we are slow of sight.

We see scarcity in scraps of bread and a couple of fish;

you see a feast for thousands.

We see a threat in someone who is different than we are;

you see a beloved child.

We see hopelessness in the world around us;

you see a brand new day and

another chance to do what is right.

Forgive us, for we are slow of sight,

and we so easily lose our way.


Time for silent reflection


Response “Trisagion” Ortega

Holy God. Holy and mighty.

Holy Immortal One, Have mercy, have mercy on us.


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


Anthem “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing arr. Astle

©2013 Matt Astle


Time with the Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown

Blessing of the Backpacks



Leader: O Holy God, the time is come when school begins. As these your children begin their studies, we ask a blessing on their backpacks in which they carry the books and note books, markers and pens and pencils they will use to learn. O Lord of Life and Love,

People: Hear our prayer.

Leader: Bless, O God, all who will teach our children in the coming days and weeks and months. Give them the wisdom to find inspiration for each child. Give them the energy and creativity and love that will make their work a blessing to our children. O Lord of Life and Love,

People: Hear our prayer.

Leader: Bless, O God, each one gathered here that we will seek every opportunity to grow in our knowledge and love of you – in our classes, 608, PYG all our classes for youth and students and adult learners. Grant that we may see you more clearly, love you more dearly, follow you more nearly. O Lord of Life and Love,

People: Hear our prayer.

Leader: And bless, O God, these our cherished children, those whom we have promised to love and nurture at their baptism. Keep them safe, keep them excited, keep them ever seeking to learn more and to develop their gifts. Grant that through their study, they may gain the tools to grow in love and faith and service, all their days. O Lord of Life and Love,

People: Hear our prayer. Amen.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Matthew 14:13-21 NT page 16

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon John R. Hilley


Special Music “Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)” Rice

© Copyright 2002 Clumsy Fly Music (adm. By Word Music, LLC)


Prayers of the People (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 Respond to God’s Love






*Doxology #606

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise God, all creatures here below;

praise God above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


*Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #803 “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


Everyone is invited to stay after worship for an end-of summer potluck lunch and beach party celebration.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Liturgist: Yarnell Beatty.


This week in Children’s Worship: We will stay downstairs for worship and work on a special Back-to-School Prayer wall. Stay after worship for an end-of summer potluck lunch and beach party celebration! We will have games, crafts, and a special gift for you to enjoy.

The flowers are provided by the Pennington family in memory of Brian White.


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.


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.


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.




Volunteers Needed! Each week we need several members of our EBPC family to help deliver our worship services. Your assistance is needed in the following ways: opener/closer, liturgist, nursery assistant, acolyte (2nd-5th Grade) and Worship & Hospitality Team members to greet people, distribute the bulletins, collect the offering, etc. If you are willing and able to help, please go the SignUp Genius link and select the date and role(s) for which you would like to volunteer. (We can train you for any position very easily!) If you have any questions, please contact the Worship Planning Team Moderator Liz Beatty.


Reminder: EBPC now offers two online giving options! One option gives you the ability to donate by bank draft directly from your bank (the easiest option and EBPC's preferred method) and the second option allows you to donate online through our EBPC website, through a mobile app, or even with a quick text message from your phone. To learn more about these options, go to www.eastbrentwoodpc.com/stewardship/.


Congregational Care: We want to assist with needs that may arise, either anticipated or unexpected, among the people in our church family. Examples include: assistance with transportation, home delivered meals following medical procedures, transportation to church for Sunday services, prayer requests, funeral support and in-home communion. If you have these or other needs, please feel free to contact Mary Ellen Hofstetter at (615) 812-9867, while Richard Strecker is out of town.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, August 6—Blessing of the Backpacks

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. New Members Join

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. End-of-Summer Potluck and Celebration

Monday, August 7

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

Wednesday, August 9

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, August 11

7:00 p.m. End of Summer Bash at the Morrows

Sunday, August 13—Communion

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for the families of Brian White and Rebecca Raymond following their deaths last weekend in a plane crash in California, especially for his parents, long-time church members Richard and Jeannie.

† Prayers of support and strength for Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry and her husband, Bruce, following the recent death of their son, Max.

† Prayers for our children as they prepare to return to school.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of Leo Strasser, son of Nate and Sarah Strasser.

† Prayers of gratitude for those who participated in our recent College Grove food collection.

† Prayers for the family and friends of Karen Gilfillan, who passed away recently.

† Prayers of healing and strength for Debra Swartz, sister of Mary Ellen Hofstetter, who has multiple health issues.

† Prayers for those who have lost hope.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Mary Ellen Hofstetter, while Richard Strecker is out of town. Her email is librarylady518@yahoo.com and her phone number is (615) 812-9867.