Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, July 17, 2016

10:00 a.m.


9th Sunday after


About Today’s Service

Today’s “fascinating people” are the biblical characters Mary and Martha. We may know of them: Martha was the “active” one; Mary was the “contemplative” one. They were sisters - Do and Be – and are instructive for our busy lives. What makes them fascinating, particularly Mary is that she teaches us about the hunger of the human spirit. Mary had the wit to pull away and to listen to Jesus and satisfy the emptiness within her. Recognizing that hunger and opening ourselves up to whatever God is going to do in our lives and in the world is to follow in Mary's footsteps and to follow Jesus' teachings.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


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 and worship! (Pause and Breathe)

Be still and aware of Jesus’ presence within and around you.   

Come and worship! (Pause and Look Around)

Be still and aware of the Spirit’s presence within and around you.  

Come and be still! (Pause and Close Your Eyes)

Be still and know the presence of the Triune God, the Father to whom we come, the Son through whom we come, the Spirit by whom we come.

Come and listen! (Pause and Breathe)

Hear God’s Word:

All: Be STILL and know that I am God.


Response “Be Still & Know That I Am God” Hymn #414

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am God.


Opening Prayer


*Hymn #410 “God Is Calling through the Whisper”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Sometimes, O God, we behave like Martha.

We get distracted in our routines,

so busy with our daily chores

that we forget to take the time

to stop and breathe,

to look up and to notice the creation you have given

and the way it speaks about your love and passion

for your people.

We do not take time to listen for your words,

while reading the Bible,

while listening to music,

while talking to friends,

and we become worried and upset about many things.


Sometimes, O God, we behave like Mary.

We devote our time to looking up,

thinking that everything we are commanded to do

is to love God, and we forget

to serve our neighbor,

and to commit our time to

the concrete work of the church,

forgetting to get our hands dirty.


God of balance, help us:

forgive us when we do not know

when to be workers

and when to be hearers.

In your mercy, heal our worries

and our judgments,

so that we can, indeed,

keep the best part.

In the name of our loving Master. Amen.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response “Spirit of the Living God” Hymn #288

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.


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

Come and listen!

Hear God’s Word:


Be STILL and know that I God.


Response “Be Still & Know That I Am God” Hymn #414

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am God.


Time for Silent Reflection


First Lesson Amos 8:1-12 OT page 856

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Second Lesson “Martha & Mary: Worshipful Work”

A Skit based on Luke 10:38-42


Sung Response “In God Alone” Hymn #814

In God alone my soul can find rest and peace,

in God my peace and joy.

Only in God my soul can find its rest,

find its rest and peace. (3X)


Responsive Reading

It is so easy for us to choose work over worship; activity over reflection; busyness over prayerfulness and action over faith.  It is so easy for us to be so heavenly-minded that we can choose to be spectators at worship; pew-sitters instead of servants; content to let others do ministry while we live by faith but rarely act on it.  Teach us the value of worshipful work.  Teach us how to make the worship we offer and the work of EBPC a sacred unity and an offering pleasing to you.  Make us one in mind, heart and spirit through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Response “Be Still & Know That I Am God” Hymn #414

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am God.


Homily “The Most Fascinating People: John R. Hilley

Mary & Martha”


Time of Reflection

We Respond to God’s Love


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.






*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 #26 “Earth & All Stars!”


*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; Liturgist: Ralph Comer.


Martha & Mary Skit: Adapted by Liz Beatty from the skit “Martha and Mary: Worshipful Work” written by Rev. Dr. A.R. Neal Mathers and presented at the 139th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Canada in 2013.


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 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!


JULY IS COLLEGE GROVE FOOD PANTRY TIME! It's summertime, and remember: hunger doesn't take a vacation. So we need your help! EBPC will be helping to stock the College Grove Food Pantry which serves the southeastern corner of Williamson county. We are hoping to supply all of the regular needed supplies, and to add an emphasis on things which would be needed for a cookout. The list of suggested contributions is available in the Narthex or in the Gathering Place. We will begin collecting immediately and look forward to seeing the bins in the Gathering Place filled to the brim by the end of our collection time, which will be July 27. If you would like to participate in the delivery of foods to College Grove and assist with the distribution on July 30, please contact Martha Wolfe at 615-373-5979 or at bmwolfe50@aol.com.


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. Please view the page and see if you can help out. 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!


Cover image is “Martha and Mary” by Hi Qu. His art is available at: http://www.heqiart.com/.




Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, July 17

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Tuesday, July 19

8:30 a.m. Office Closed—Staff Planning Retreat offsite

Wednesday, July 20

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

Thursday, July 21

6:30 p.m. Praise Team

Saturday, July 23

Presbytery Meeting

Sunday, July 10

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

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 for healing and comfort for David Merrell, friend of the Strecker family, as he faces compounded health issues.

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

Prayers for a speedy recovery for Alice Toledo following her recent 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 those who feel abandoned or rejected; give us eyes to recognize them in our midst: people living in abusive relationships; individuals and families living without legal immigration documents; refugees.

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

Prayers for Lucas, the 20-month old grandson of a friend of Regina Montgomery, who has 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.

Prayers for Karen Owens Holloway and her husband David with her cancer diagnosis.


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.