Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, July 30, 2017

10:00 a.m.


17th Sunday In Ordinary Time


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Sunday, July 30, 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

Blessed be God whose word gives hope and shapes our dreams,

whose love has conquered death.

Blessed be God who orders our way and guides our steps,

who leads us into life.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #450 “Be Thou My Vision”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we have lost our way.

You teach us to love extravagantly and forgive graciously,

but we add up rights and wrongs.


You teach us to share what we have and play well with others,

but we clench our fists and keep to ourselves.


You teach us to walk out into the light and leave the empty tomb,

but we find it easier to stay in the darkness.


We did not set out to live like this, but here we are,

made up of good intentions, wounded hearts, and misguided ambitions.


But you, O God,

are made up of holy wisdom, second chances, and boundless imagination.

Make us better than we have proven ourselves to be.

Breathe life into us once again.


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 92:1-4, 12-15 OT page 548


New Testament Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 NT page 14

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


A Conversation with a Gardener Sheri Vosel


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

“The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground…like mustard seed…the smallest of all the seeds.”


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 #250 “Hymn of Promise”


*Parting Words






*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Liturgist: Mary Ellen Hofstetter.


This week in Children’s Worship: We will hear the Parable of the Mustard Seed. We will take turns telling the story of how even though we are small, we can help grow God's kingdom and spread His love to everyone around us! We will also talk about our new partnership with Glenview Elementary school and think of ways that even though we are children we can make a BIG difference in the lives of others!


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.


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.


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.



EBPC Kids on a Mission: As you start your annual school supply shopping spree - please remember our new school partner, Glenview Elementary School in Nashville. They are in particular need of:

· Kleenex, Clorox Wipes, Ziploc bags (sandwich or gallon sizes)

· New or gently used Pants/Shorts/Skirts in khaki, navy, or black. (No denim.) Sizes 5-14 

· New or gently used Collared Shirts, long or short sleeve, in any solid color. Sizes 5-14

· New underwear, sizes 4-8

We will be collecting supplies in worship on August 6, but supplies can be turned in during Children's Worship through the month of September!


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!


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.


The Session will be meeting with new members of the congregation this Sunday, August 6th at 9:30 a.m. before worship. If you want to become a member please join us at that time to meet the members of the Session. If you need more information as you consider joining, Pastor John welcomes the opportunity to meet with you at your home or his office. You are also invited come to one of our inquirer classes to learn what it means to be a church member. Our next one is Sunday, September 10th at 9:00 a.m.  Whether meeting individually or as a group, you’ll hear about ways that can make a lasting impact and match who you are and where you are in your spiritual journey.





Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, July 30

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

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

Wednesday, August 2

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

7:00 p.m. Administration & Finance/Nominating Committee

Sunday, August 6—Blessing of the Backpacks

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. New Members Join

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. End-of-Summer Potluck and Celebration


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of Leo Strasser, son of Nate and Sarah Strasser.

† Prayers of gratitude for those who participated in our recent College Grove food collection.

† 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.


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.