East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church


Sunday, July 3, 2016



7th Sunday

After Pentecost

Sunday, July 3, 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


   Pre-Service Music      


   Welcome & Announcements


Prelude God Bless America Berlin


*Call to Worship

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in this holy space; praise God throughout the earth.

Praise God for offering grace and mercy;

praise God for being steadfast and strong.

Praise God with song and cymbal;

praise God with silent prayer.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!


*Hymn Medley

“O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” (#338) Vs. 1, 3

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,

for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!

America! America! God shed his grace on thee,

and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!


O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears!

America! America! May God thy gold refine

till all success be nobleness and every gain divine!


“Lift Every Voice & Sing” (#339) Vs. 1, 3

Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring,

ring with the harmonies of liberty.

Let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies;

let it resound loud as the rolling sea.


God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,

thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;

thou who hast by thy might led us into the light,

keep us forever in the path, we pray.


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, Your faithfulness startles us.

We complain, wander, and stumble;

you love us.

We are tired, fickle, and afraid;

you love us.

We are full of questions, doubt, and distrust;

you love us.

We wonder how this could be possible, and through it all:

you love us.

Help us become as loyal to you

as you are to us.

Time for Silent Reflection


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.


Special Music “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” Smith


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Scripture Judges 4 & 5 (selected verses) OT page 220

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Meditation “The Most Fascinating People: Deborah” John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love




Offertory “A Simple Song” Bernstein

Copyright © 1971 by Amberson Holdings LLC


*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.


Holy Communion


Invitation to the Lord’s Table


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

The Lord is with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


Almighty God, on this weekend when we celebrate our nation’s heritage it is fitting that we give you thanks and praise….

Hasten the day when the prophets’ dream shall come to pass, when justice shall roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream, when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.


This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. By him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. Amen.


Sharing of the Bread & Cup


Communion Music


Prayer After Communion—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 Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #765 “May the God of Hope Go with Us”

May the God of hope go with us every day,

filling all our lives with love and joy and peace.

May the God of justice speed us on our way,

bringing light and hope to every land and race.

Praying, let us work for peace;

singing, share our joy with all;

working for a world that’s new,

faithful when we hear Christ’s call.


*Parting Words




Postlude “Stars and Stripes Forever” Sousa



*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.

Flowers are provided by

Lee & Karen Haberer.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director & Accompanist: Nate Strasser; Guest Soloist: Sharon Edwards; Liturgist: Lavona Russell.


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.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, July 3—Communion

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Monday, July 4—Independence Day

Office Closed

Tuesday, July 5

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, July 6

1:00 p.m. Worship Committee

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

Thursday, July 7

6:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, July 10

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

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 LaNardo Beverly and his family as they continue to grieve the death of his father Charles L. Beverly.

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 our neighbors in Middle TN who are struggling with addiction and for support for their families as they try to support their loved one face the illness.

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 undergoing chemo 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.