Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

Sunday, July 2, 2017

10:00 a.m.

13th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 2, 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


   Prelude          “America the Beautiful”             Traditional


*Call to Worship

Praise to the God who created the heavens and stretched out the sky,

who painted purple mountains majesty and amber waves of grain.


Praise to the God who breathed beautiful life into leftover dust,

who fashioned us with minds that think carefully and hearts that love fiercely.


Praise to the God who gives birth to our dreams and fills us with hope,

who shows us the way and helps lead us home.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn Medley #370 “This Is My Father’s World”

#337 “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,

You made us in your image,

but our lives don’t always reflect who you are. We see through the mirror so dimly.


We forget what love looks like,

and that it, like most things in life, is a two-way street.


We forget what freedom is for,

and that it always comes with great responsibility.


We forget that grace is always free,

but never cheap,

and that it expects we will bring our best selves forward.


Remind us, O God,

what it means to be your children.


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 “Sure Foundation” Hayes

© 2012 Word Music, LLC (ASCAP)


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Hymn Sing #714 “God of the Fertile Fields”

#177 “I Will Come to You”


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Scripture Isaiah 43:16-21 OT page 672

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon Charles & Melissa Johnson


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 #726 “Will You Come and Follow Me”


*Parting Words






*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Guests: Charles & Melissa Johnson, Mission Co-workers in Zambia; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir; Liturgist: Kevin McGuire.


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.



The Sounds Game Family Faith Night event planned for 6/30 has been postponed to Sunday Night 7/30. Kristine Vasilevskis is looking for a Fellowship Captain to take on securing the tickets from the Sounds office, communicating to the congregation and obtaining sign-ups from individuals and families interested in attending. Please contact her at team5v@att.net or see in her in person. Go to our website to RSVP.


EBPC Hosts the Quarterly Meeting of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee on July 22, 2017. We still need a number of 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.


Mark your calendars now for our 3rd Annual Music in the Grove concert on September 4th! We have commitments from all of our performers but stay tuned for the announcement of the final line-up! Additionally, we will have a bounce house, face painting, Sky Studios musical petting zoo, food trucks and more! Plus, we are encouraging bike riders and hammocks for this family fun event! More details to come!


Congregational Care: We want to assist with needs that may arise, either anticipated or unexpected, among the people in our church family. Examples of supports include: 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 (July 18). 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 2

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Tuesday, July 4—Independence Day

Office Closed

Wednesday, July 5

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, July 9—Communion

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker, Congregational Care moderator by e-mail: streckr1@aol.com or phone 615.472.1502.


Charles and Melissa Johnson




Mission Co-workers serving in Zambia at the invitation of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Zambia Synod.

Charles and Melissa Johnson have been invited to help the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod expand its holistic ministry of community development, food security and improved health. Charles serves as a Development Specialist, and Melissa serves as a Health Education Program Facilitator. Charles’ work is heavily focused on two distinct agricultural-related activities; the first consists of Charles’ efforts to develop an agricultural income generating activity-farming for profit. Funds generated will be used to help sustain Chasefu Theological College, the work of Chasefu Model Farm, and of course, reinvested in the AIGA farming activities. Charles’s other focus is teaching courses in sustainable agriculture at Chasefu Theological College, providing education to help the students feed their own families and also be able to provide training opportunities for these future pastors to teach others in new agricultural techniques. The intent is for pastors to be able to supplement their income through farming activities, and to help lift up their congregations and communities. In addition, Charles is working in support of the Model Farm Coordinator to develop Chasefu Model Farm, which is envisioned to be a training center for smallholder farmers, using appropriate technology, in a Zambian context. Melissa is working with the CCAP Zambia Health Department Coordinator and other church leaders, local stakeholders, including Ministry of Health (MOH), and the community, to identify important needs and gaps in general health education. Along with the health department coordinator, Melissa works to facilitate the development and implementation of health education programs that have been identified to improve maternal and child health, to address hygiene issues of girls and women, and to raise awareness about nutritional needs of children and adults.

Country context
Zambia has a population of 15 million people, which includes some 70 ethnic groups. An estimated 50 to 75 percent of the population identify themselves as Christian. Most other Zambians are either Muslim or Hindu. Presbyterianism was introduced into Zambia by Scottish missionaries in the 1860s. The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod is growing rapidly and is committed to a holistic approach to outreach. The Synod serves a population struggling with massive poverty and the rapid spread of infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDs. The UN estimates more than 1 million Zambians are living with HIV/AIDS. Zambia ranks 163rd out of 187 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index, a composite measurement of life expectancy, education, and per capita income.