Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

Sunday, July 16, 2017

10:00 a.m.

15th Sunday In

Ordinary Time

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Gardening Tips

Sunday, July 16, 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




*Call to Worship

Come, join in worship and praise of our God!


What if we are tired and carrying heavy burdens?

Come, for God is here to offer rest and renewal.


What if we are unsure, or anxious and afraid?

Come with your belief and your unbelief; God has prepared a place for you.


What if we are hard to get along with?

Come and hear God call you beloved.


What if we are full of anger or mistakes?

Come, for God’s grace is more than enough.


What if we don’t know what to do or how to act?

Come and sing and we will make our way together.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #327 “From All That Dwell Below the Skies”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Faithful God, your word falls on

hardened ground

when our worldly anxiety and

attachment to wealth

crowd out your place in our lives.

Forgive our frail and human ways

and cultivate in us a spirit of trust and faithfulness,

for you are our hope for deliverance.


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


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Isaiah 55:10-13 OT page 686

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Parable of the Sower Based on Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23


A Conversation with a Modern Sower T.J. Williams


Special Music “My Soul is Anchored in the Lord” Traditional


Reflection “Gardening Tips” John R. Hilley

Part 1: Throwing Seeds


Time of Reflection


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 #531 “Seed, Scattered and Sown”


*Parting Words





*Please stand if you are able.


Following the service, elders will receive individuals into membership.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Guest: T.J. Williams; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Liturgist: Lavona Russell.


This week in Children’s Worship: We will hear the Parable of the Sower. We will brainstorm what it takes to make a seed grow into a strong, healthy plant, and work together to understand how that relates to the ways we can grow our faith! 


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.


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.



Here's our line-up for this year's Music in the Grove! Many of our performers have an EBPC connection so let's have a big turnout to support them!

2 p.m. The Next Door Boys: a local band of middle schoolers - several of them attended EBPC as preschoolers and are members of the church!

3 p.m. Mr. Steve, the Music Man: a perennial family favorite performer who plays at many venues around town including Live on the Green and more!

4 p.m. Nate Strasser and band: A favorite Music Director and amazing musician with his friends will have the crowd groovin all day!

5 p.m. Ben Glover: two-time Grammy award winning songwriter and producer who has penned more than 35 #1 hits in multiple genres of music and was named ASCAP’s Christian songwriter of the year in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. Glover wrote the hit country songs, "Hard to Love" by Lee Brice and "Love Don't Run" by Steve Holy along with numerous hits in Christian music including “Flawless” and “Greater” by MercyMe, “Write Your Story” by Francesca Battistelli, and Mandisa’s songs ”Stronger" and “Overcomer,” the latter of which won a Grammy award. 

Additionally, Sky Studios will be on hand for a musical petting zoo, there will be inflatables and food trucks! Ride your bikes, bring your hammocks and chairs and money for the delicious eats from our local food trucks!

Mark your calendars now for our 3rd Annual Music in the Grove concert on September 4th! 


This month we are collecting food for the College Grove Food Pantry. Please help us fill their shelves, by filling the bins out in the Gather Place. They will take most unopened donations but some suggested items are canned salmon and chicken, canned fruits, soups, cereals, cleaning products, and toilet tissue. The last day to donate is July 27th. Please contact Mary Ellen Hofstetter at librarylady518@yahoo.com of (615) 812-9867 if you have any questions.


SAVE THE DATE – August 6: Mark your Calendar for our Blessing of the Backpacks followed by an end-of-summer potluck lunch and beach party celebration immediately following worship on August 6. We will give thanks for a great summer and celebrate the exciting opportunities of a new school year! Bring a friend to join in the fun!


EBPC Kiddos in Action: As you start your annual school supply shopping spree - why not throw an extra box of crayons or pack of pencils in your cart! We will be collecting school supplies to donate to a local school in need of a little help. Stay tuned for more information.


EBPC Hosts the Quarterly Meeting of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee on July 22, 2017. We still need a few more volunteers to help with this important event in the ongoing work of our local governing body. Please select a few spots that you are able to help with. Go to our website to sign-up.


Are you looking for a convenient way to support EBPC's mission and programs? Do you want a secure and organized way to make donations to the church? Are you like most people who do not carry a checkbook around anymore? EBPC offers many choices when it comes to donations. With the advent of online giving, making donations is an easy and convenient choice. Online giving gives you the ability to donate to EBPC without writing a check or remembering to give each month. EBPC offers two online giving options. One option gives you the ability to donate by bank draft directly from your bank 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.


Congregational Care: We want to assist with needs that may arise, either anticipated or unexpected, among the people in our church family such as assistance with transportation and 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 Richard Strecker at (615) 472-1502 or streckr1@aol.com.


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 in June, 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.


Planned giving perpetuates the goodness of our individual existence once we are no longer here. Consider including East Brentwood Presbyterian Church in your estate plan and help ensure the long-term operation and mission of EBPC. Contact Brian McGuire at brian_mcguire@yahoo.com if you would like more information on making a planned gift.


LUKE 14:12 is an organization that provides meals to those who are homeless in downtown Nashville. EBPC serves lunch for Luke 14:12 on the third Tuesday of every month (this Tuesday). We leave at 11:00 a.m. from EBPC and meet at 11:30 a.m. in the dining room of the Room In The Inn campus (705 Drexel St., off 8th Ave.) and are done by 1 p.m. Transportation from the church is available. If you are interested, we would love to have you join us! For more information about participating in Luke 14:12 with EBPC or to be added to the volunteer list, contact David Shupe at (615) 218-6047. To learn more about Luke 14:12 go to: http://www.luke1412.org/.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, July 16

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Session Meeting

Tuesday, July 18

11:00 a.m. Luke 14:12

Wednesday, July 19

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Saturday, July 22

8:00 a.m. Presbytery of Middle Tennessee Meeting at EBPC

Sunday, July 23

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers of thanksgiving for EBPC member, Georgia White, who was married to Alexander Niccum on Saturday, July 15th.

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

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


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.