Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, August 7, 2016

10:00 a.m.


12th Sunday after



Celebration of the

Lord’s Supper

Faith & Phones: Technological Intelligence for Spiritual People

Part 1 in a 2 Part Series

Sunday, August 7, 2016


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

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Thought before Worship

The Lord bless you and keep you;

    the Lord make his face to shine upon you,

    and be gracious to you;

    the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,

and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)


We Gather to Worship God




Welcome & Announcements


*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 #26 “Earth and All Stars!”


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.


Time for Silent Reflection


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

Blessing of the Backpacks (see insert)

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Special Music “Celtic Communion” Hayes

©2008 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament John 4:5-18, 27-29 NT page 94

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Meditation “Life-giving Practices for Faith Rev. John R. Hilley

in the Age of the Smartphone”


Time of Reflection


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.


Holy Communion


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:


Verse 2 “Here O Our Lord, We See You” Hymn #517

Here would we feed upon the bread of God,

here drink with you the royal cup of heaven;

here would we lay aside each earthly load,

and taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.


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.


Verse 4 “Here, O Our Lord, We See You” Hymn #517

Too soon we rise; the symbols disappear.

The feast, though not the love, is past and gone;

the bread and wine remove, but you are here,

nearer than ever, still our shield and sun.


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. 


Sharing the Bread & Cup


Communion Music


Prayer after Communion—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


*Song “This is a Day of New Beginnings” Wren, Young

WORDS: Brian Wren, 1978; alt. 1987 (Rev. 21:5);

© 1983, 1987 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

MUSIC (BEGINNINGS 98.98): Carlton R. Young, 1984;

© 1987 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188.


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


Immediately following today’s service you are invited to gather around the piano for Reverberations - a 10 minute talk back with John and Nate about today’s service. Have a question about what Nate was doing musically or a question or input about John’s sermon? Or have something you would like to share? We’ll take 10 minutes together and be on our way.


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


For those of you with young children, please check out the shelf of children's Bibles located on the shelves in the Sanctuary. There are several different age-appropriate versions available for their use during the service. Please re-shelve them before you leave the building.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Choir; Liturgist: Jeremy McConnell.


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 Dave Ford or John Hilley.


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.



Mark your calendars for Monday, September 5, 4:00-7:00 p.m. for our annual Music In The Grove celebration! Our first event last year was a big success and we plan to grow even more this year! Make sure you circle Labor Day in red as we celebrate our fabulous EBPC community and the great music we have in Music City!


WE NEED YOUR HELP! The work of the church does not get done without many members and friends of EBPC pitching in. To help facilitate this, we have set-up a Signup Genius page that will be updated regularly. Each week it takes a team of 8-10 people to prepare and implement our worship services. We are asking everyone to review their calendars and the list of volunteer opportunities and find weeks from September 4 through December 18 where you can assist in some fashion with the worship services. Thank you in advance for all of your assistance. If you have questions, please contact the Worship Planning Team Moderator, Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net. Additionally, if you have something that you would like to add to the list of volunteer needs please let Doug in the church office know. Thank you for your help in keeping our church running smoothly!


LUKE 14:12: TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 will be the first date for our church family to serve lunch for LUKE 14:12 after our break for the summer! Please join us EVERY THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH or come the Tuesdays you are free. It is located at 705 Drexel St. at 8th in downtown Nashville. If you need a ride, we will meet at 11:00 at the church and or you can meet us at Luke 14:12 at 11:30. We are usually finished serving our guests by 12:45. Whether you have been part of this team for years or would just like to come and see what it's all about we would love for you to join us. If you were on the previous volunteer list, you will receive a reminder. If you would like to have your name added or have questions, please contact: Ann Ketch at ketchann2@gmail.com or (615)440-6124 (call or text). For more information about Luke 14:12 follow this link: http://www.luke1412.org/.



Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, July 7

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion

Wednesday, August 10

10:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

Thursday, August 11

6:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, August 14

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

Prayers for the family of Scott Marshall, a former EBPC member, who passed away on Tuesday of this past week.

Prayers for Marisa Miller and her family with the losses and health challenges they have had.

Prayers for continued healing and strength for Steve Bell (our guitarist in the praise band) as he continues recuperating after surgery.

Prayers for healing and comfort for John Philbrick's sister, Anne Isenberg of St. Augustine, Florida, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Prayers of thanksgiving for a successful surgery for David Merrell, friend of the Strecker family who is still hospitalized.

Prayers for our nation: for elected officials, civil servants, police officers, and first responders.

Prayers for those who suffer violence at the hands of others.

Prayers for Amy Philbrick, help in balancing family, career, and health with fibromyalgia.

Prayers of comfort and support for Grant and Kristin, friends of Doug Hausken, whose 16-month old son Inde died recently following a complicated heart surgery.

Prayers of encouragement and safety for Juli Liske and her son, Dylan White.

Prayers of healing and strength for Kelly McConnell’s mother and prayers of support for Kelly and her family.

Prayers of sympathy and support for Liz, Yarnell, and Matthias Beatty as they continue to grieve the death of their son and brother, Alex.

Prayers for Don Rice, friend of the Philbrick family who continues to struggle with cancer.

Prayers for Frank and Virginia Galloway (Liz Beatty's parents) who are both dealing with health concerns.

Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who are working in Lusaka.

Prayers for Kelly Rakow, a business associate of Susan Schellhardt, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Prayers for Laurie Byers’s husband, Brent, and his family as he is recovering from surgery for pancreatic cancer. Laurie is a teacher at the EBPC Preschool.


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.

Blessing of the Backpacks Litany

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, all principals, office assistants, school board members, librarians, custodians and cafeteria workers that they may be faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to their care. Make them fair and merciful, able to do their crucial work with a spirit of grace and compassion. 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.