Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

Sunday, July 23, 2017

10:00 a.m.

16th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 23, 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

L: We look at this world and cannot tell the difference between bad seed and God’s grace.
P: For what can we hope?

L: Almighty God, enter our lives, take root in our hearts.

P: Give us courage and strength for all the times to come.
L: Get ready, dear friends, the promises of God are true.
P: Teach us your way, Lord.  Give us undivided hearts. Bring us hope and peace.
L: Make us ready to receive your grace and power.
P: Empower us to proclaim your good news everywhere, O God, to shine like the sun.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #714 “God of the Fertile Fields”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Patient Lord, in our certitude, we lose faith in you. In our pride of what we know, we are too full for you to speak through us. We fail to see the new thing you are doing. We clamor with grandiosity while secretly feeling worthless.


Show us your way in this wilderness, renew us with your streams in this wasteland.


Heal the hopelessness we feel about ourselves, each other, and our world. Pour your Spirit out upon us, and replace our fear and judgement with visions and dreams. Take our tired, sour words and give us song. Direct our steps toward positive actions that will produce growth and peace. Forgive us: make us whole in you, O God. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.


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 Lindsey Hinds-Brown

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Psalter Psalm 139 Morgan

You, O Lord, have searched and known me,

While I rest, and when I rise;

Not a single thought I cherish

Is kept secret from Your eyes.

Ev’ry word my lips would murmur

Needs no speech to make it known;

All I do, ere it be started,

Is as done to You alone.


Whither shall I flee Your Spirit?

From Your presence, vanish where?

Heights of heaven, darkest shadows

Hide me not, for You are there.

If I take the wings of morning,

and in earth’s far corner stand;

Even there Your love will find me,

Hold me fast within Your hand.


In brilliance of Your glory,

Darkest night is bright as day;

Shadows flee the path before me,

When Your wisdom lights my way.

You who knit my parts together,

Knew my life before my birth,

Sees my faults, esteems my promise

Far beyond my feeble worth.


Lord, how precious is Your favor

Shown in such goodwill to me;

To the godless in their rancor,

Let me Your confessor be.

Search, O Lord, my heart’s ambitions,

Thoughts my mouth would dare not say;

Judge with mercy, and preserve me

In the everlasting way.


New Testament Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


A Conversation with a Gardener Ruth Pennington


Response “Morning Has Broken”

Morning has broken like the first morning;

blackbird has spoken like the first bird.

Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!

Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!


Sermon “Gardening Tips” John R. Hilley


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 #541 “God Be with You Till We Meet Again” Vs. 1, 4


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Guest Musician: Aidan Rowe; Liturgist: Lavona Russell.


This week in Children’s Worship: We will hear the Parable of the Weeds. We will take a look at lots of different plants to see why Jesus said it is difficult for us to judge the difference between good "wheat" and "weeds". Can you choose the weed among the flowers? We will help each other remember that we are all God's children and are called to love everyone!


Psalm 139 is from Psalter for Christian Worship by Michael Morgan.


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.



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!


Thank you to everyone that made yesterday’s Presbytery meeting a success! Many hands made light work!


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.


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.

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! 


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, July 23

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Wednesday, July 26

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, July 30

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

6:00 p.m. Fellowship at the Sounds Game


Praise and Prayers

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

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

† Prayers for those who have lost hope.

† Prayers of gratitude for our staff and volunteers who helped make our hosting of the Presbytery meeting yesterday a success.


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.