Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, July 26, 2015

10:00 a.m.

 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 26, 2015


   Thought Before Worship

God feed you with open hands,

        protect you with mighty arms,

        heal you with gentle fingers.

The scent of bread, fish, and grace

        linger in the clothing of your heart

        and renew your faith

        when strong sea winds blow. 

Welcome & Announcements 

We Gather to Worship God 


*Call to Worship

Worship can always hold your story:

We bring our joy, our sorrow, our heartbreak, and our hope.

Worship always proclaims a new story:

God is always with us, so we are never alone.

We are called by name and claimed by love.

The hungry will be fed, the grieving will be comforted, the sick will be healed.

With trust and anticipation, with imagination and expectation,

let us worship God!  

*Opening Prayer

Generous God, you give us what we need

and satisfy our desires in due season.

Grant that our inner beings may be strengthened

through your Spirit,

and that Christ may dwell in our hearts

through faith,

that you may accomplish within us

far more than all we ask or can imagine. Amen.  

*Hymn #192 “Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining” 

Call to Confession 

Prayer of Confession

Generous God 
whose giving knows neither measure nor end, 

We confess that all too often 
we have kept our own hearts, hands and minds 
firmly closed.

Forgive us for those times 
when our own wants and wishes 
have filled the horizon to the exclusion of all else, 
and made us blind and deaf 
to the needs and concerns of others.

Forgive us for those moments 
when the fear that sharing what we have 
will lead to our own impoverishment, 
has kept us silent and still 
when those around us are in need.

Forgive us for those situations 
when seeing only a problem 
rather than daring to dream a solution, 
has left us fettered and powerless 
where we might have been building your Kingdom.

Forgive us, God.
Help us to transcend self-centeredness, greed and fear 
and to always to feel, think and act 
as those who know the hope 
that is rooted in the generous giving of God 

Time for Silent Reflection 

Response Hymn #520

Taste and see, taste and see

the goodness of the Lord.

O taste and see, taste and see

the goodness of the Lord, of the Lord. 

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  

Special Music “The Dark Night of the Soul” Bulla 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Prayer for Illumination  

Psalter Psalm 145:10-18 OT page 581 

New Testament Lesson John 6:1-21 NT page 97

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon “Enough” John R. Hilley 

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn #770 “I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table”  

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. 


Offertory “I Saw the Light” Williams 

*Doxology #606 Murray 

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication

On my own
what I have to give
doesn't amount to much
in the light of all you have given to me
and in the face of so much need.

Put together as a congregation,
what we offer you here in love
becomes more,
not simply added together,
but somehow multiplied in its usefulness.

We ask you to bless our gifts
and with the addition of your blessing,
just as it was with the loaves and fishes,
there is enough for all.


We Go from Here to Serve 

*Hymn #450 “Be Thou My Vision” 

*Parting Words 




*Please stand if you are able. 

About Today’s Service 

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Paul Rein; Musicians: Nate Strasser and Fireball Mail. 

To Our Members and Guests: Please sign our friendship pad. 

Children’s Worship: Children’s worship helps children ages 3 through 2nd grade explore Bible units through hands on, age appropriate, experiential activities that are designed to engage them while also instilling faith formation. We meet upstairs every Sunday following the Time with Children. If this is your child’s first visit, please let us know if there are any food allergies as a snack is served. Today's story is about "Jesus Feeding the 5000." Next Week the children will explore the parable of "The Prodigal Son."

Flowers are presented this morning by David Thomerson in honor of Ralph Comer’s retirement from state government.

Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. New sign-up sheets are in the narthex. If you have any questions please contact Regina Montgomery at regina.montgomery@vanderbilt.edu.

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 John Hilley or Ashley Purcell. 

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.  


Music In The Grove: Thank you to everyone that helped yesterday to make it a success! Many people contributed countless hours to pull-off an event of this magnitude. Thank you! 

EBPC Young Families: Our collection of new/gently used Children's books benefiting Book 'em continues through July 31st. The donation bin is in the narthex. Save the date for our next Monthly dinner: Wednesday, August 5th 5:30-7pm. The lesson for the kiddos will be Back to School! 

August is College Grove Food Closet Collection Month: Again in August, we have the opportunity to share our bounty with the folks who need assistance from the College Grove Food Closet in the southeastern corner of Williamson County. All food items are appreciated, but they could especially use: canned chicken and other meats, canned vegetables and fruits, cereals, and household cleaning products. Bins will be in the Gathering Place beginning Sunday, July 26 and the last day for contributing for this collection will be August 26. A representative of the Food Closet will be with us for our church’s Mission Fair on Sept. 13th and they will share information about the services they offer and additional ways in which members of our congregation can get involved. 

Youth Group Activities: 608 comes back from Montreat today. On Wednesday, they youth are going to Morning Pointe and on Friday they are canoeing the Harpeth River. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at ebpcyouth@comcast.net. 

Lectionary Readings for August 2nd

2 Sam. 11:26-12:13a; Ps. 51:1-12

Eph. 4:1-16; John 6:24-35

“Let Us Love One Another—Two Perspectives”

John Hilley, preaching


Praise and Prayers 

Prayers for Carol Huffman as she recovers from cataract surgery.

Prayers for the youth and chaperones that attended Montreat and are returning home today.

Prayers for Jackson Enfinger as he has new health struggles and undergoes testing.

Prayers for the Nominating Committee as they search for nominees for the 2018 class of Elders.

Prayers for safety for everyone traveling.

Prayers for Joanna Roberts as she is healing from a recent shoulder injury. She is currently recovering in Bloomington, IN.

Praise for a successful surgery for a malignant brain tumor for Betty Garrique, cousin of Bill Wolfe, and prayers for her as she is beginning chemotherapy treatments.

Prayers for comfort and support for the lives that have been touched by the shooting of five people in Chattanooga on July 16th.

Prayers for Lily Paris as she continues her treatment for cancer, fighting infection, and a successful surgery last week.

Prayers for Sam, Susan, and Annie Paris as they walk with Lily through this journey.

Prayers for Rob Moser’s father who is battling cancer.

Prayers for healing and comfort requested by Leanna Pound (EBPC Nursery) on behalf of Talan Williams, an 8-year-old, who has bone cancer and is undergoing treatment.

Prayers for caregivers of family members and for the unspoken burdens and worries loved ones are facing. 

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. 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance 

Sunday, July 26

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

Wednesday, July 29

10:00 am Youth visit Morning Pointe

7:00 pm Handbell Practice

Friday, July 31

10:00 am Youth at the Harpeth River

Sunday, August 2

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship (Communion)