Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, July 24, 2016

10:00 a.m.


10th Sunday after



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About Today’s Service

Naaman was a powerful man. He was also a man burdened with leprosy. He sought out the prophet Elijah with the hope that Elijah could heal him. Elijah gives Naaman simple instructions, and the General is cleansed of his leprosy. It sounds like one of those “and they all lived happily ever after” stories. But Naaman’s story continues. His experience of grace causes him to see the rest of his life with new eyes, and he discovers how hard it is to live faithfully in a complicated world.

Sunday, July 24, 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

With the gift of a new day,

we are reminded again of the goodness of God.

So, we have come to this place in this hour,

to remind God of our gratitude and to offer our lives in faithfulness.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #306 “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

We pray for peace:

not just the absence of conflict, but shalom.

We pray for the relief that fills our souls

when we do what we are supposed to do.

We want to do what is right, and sometimes we do;

but even then our motives are seldom pure,

our efforts are flawed, and our hearts are torn between love and fear.

The struggle to be faithful is complicated;

So, we pray for peace.


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.


Anthem “I’ve Got Two Hands” Townes Van Zandt


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament II Kings 5:1-19 OT page 336

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament Galatians 6:1-10 NT page 191

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “The Most Fascinating People: John R. Hilley



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 #450 “Be Thou My Vision”


*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; Musician: Matt Combs; Liturgist: Liz Diffenbaugh.


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. Starting in September, our Worship Support Team sign-ups will be completely digital using the Signup Genius page link above. Each week it takes a team of 8-10 people to prepare and implement our worship services. In an attempt to spread the responsibilities and give those dedicated folks who have been performing his or her roles faithfully each month occasional breaks, we are asking everyone to review their calendars and the list of volunteer opportunities and find weeks from September 4 through December 18 where you can assist in some fashion with the worship services. No experience is needed; will train for all positions! If you have a favorite week each month that you would like to volunteer, please feel free to sign up for as many slots as you feel comfortable filling. Thank you in advance for all of your assistance. If you have questions, please contact the Worship Planning Team Moderator, Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net. 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!


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance


Sunday, July 24

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Mission & Service Ministry Team

Monday, July 25

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

Wednesday, July 27

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

Thursday, July 28

6:00 p.m. Music In The Grove Planning Committee

6:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, July 31

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers


Prayers for healing and comfort for John Philbrick's sister, Anne Isenberg of St. Augustine, Florida, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Prayers of thanksgiving for a successful surgery for David Merrell, friend of the Strecker family who is still hospitalized.

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 of comfort and support for Grant and Kristin, friends of Doug Hausken, whose 16-month old son Inde died recently 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.