Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, August 9, 2015

10:00 a.m.

 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 9, 2015 

   Welcome & Announcements 

We Gather to Worship God 

   Prelude          Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus       Lemmel 

*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.  

*Opening Prayer

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.

Come, O Holy Spirit, come;

Illumine me O Holy Spirit, to hear your Word that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Come, O Holy Spirit, come;

Come almighty Spirit come!  Amen. 

*Hymn #15 “All Creatures of Our God & King” 

Call to Confession 

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

we confess that we have not lived as your faithful children.

We have been angry with the world and nursed grudges against our adversaries.

We have hoarded the fruits of our labors rather than share our bounty with the needy.

We have not built up our neighbors with words of kindness but have indulged in gossip.

We have not forgiven the wrongs others have done, even though we desire your forgiveness toward us in Jesus Christ.

Heal us, O God, and give us the grace to love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.  

Time for Silent Reflection 

Response Hymn #520

Taste and see, taste and see

the goodness of the Lord.

O taste and see, taste and see

the goodness of the Lord, of the Lord. 

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” 

Special Music “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” Hymn #475 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Prayer for Illumination  

Epistle Lesson Ephesians 4:25-5:2 NT page 194

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

New Testament Lesson John 13:31-35 NT page 108

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon “Love One Another: A Prophetic Directive” John R. Hilley 

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn #693 “Though I May Speak”

 Commitment to Prayer & the Prayers of the People—Lord’s Prayer

During this prayer time, we pray for others. Specifically this morning we invite you to pray for a specific person or place. You received a piece of paper when you entered this worship space. Please write a brief prayer or draw something symbolizing the person or place. We invite you to pray for this person during this morning’s service and commit to pray for the next seven days. During the offering, you are invited to place this piece of paper in the offering plate.

 During the pastor’s prayer, there will be the opportunity to sing this refrain when you hear, “And let the people sing” 

Sing! Sing a new song! Sing of that great day when all will be one! God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love. 

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 “Nocturne in E-Flat Major” Chopin 

*Doxology #606  

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

*Hymn #450 “Be Thou My Vision”

 *Parting Words 


Postlude “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” Hymn #611

*Please stand if you are able. 

About Today’s Service

 Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Aaron Renton; Musicians: Nate Strasser. 

Next Sunday, Guest Preacher Stacy Rector: is a native of Dyersburg, Tennessee, a graduate of Rhodes College and Columbia Theological Seminary, and an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She served as Associate Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville for nine years. In 2006, Stacy became Executive Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP), a statewide organization whose mission is to honor life by abolishing the death penalty. She recently served on the national board of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and currently serves on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee.  

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 “Jonah and the Big Fish.” Next Week the children will learn about Jesus and the calling of the first Disciples.  

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 and 608 will start meeting weekly during the week of August 16th. 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 9

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

6:35 pm Sounds Game

Monday, August 10

11:00 am Staff Meeting

5:45 pm Moderators Meeting

6:30 pm Session Meeting

Tuesday, August 11

7:00 pm Preschool Parent Orientation

Wednesday, August 12

11:15 am Mission & Service Planning Meeting

Thursday, August 13

7:00 pm Praise Team Rehearsal

Sunday, August 16

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

5:00 pm Youth Planning Committee

6:00 pm PYG

 Lectionary Readings for August 16th

 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Ps. 111

Eph. 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

 Praise and Prayers

  Praise for Mary Ellen's daughter, Bridget, who has moved into her new home tomorrow after a long wait but before the arrival of a new baby to the family.

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 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 Joanna Roberts as she is healing from a recent shoulder injury.

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.