Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, June 12, 2016

10:00 a.m.


4th Sunday after


Sunday, June 12, 2016


The congregation is asked to use the time of the pre-service

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Thought before Worship

"We are intimately related. May we never even pretend that we are not.” - Fred Rogers


We Gather to Worship God


Welcome & Announcements


Prelude 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) Myrin & Redman

© 2011 Atlas Mountain Songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)


*A Call to Worship

“Where two or three are gathered,” Jesus said, “I am there.”

We come together to worship God, and we come together because we need each other.

“Love one another as I have loved you,” Jesus said.

Friendship is a gift given to us by God, and it compels us to reach out with care.

From now on, the Apostle Paul said, we regard no one from a human point of view…”

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 


*Hymn #361 “O Christ, the Great Foundation”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, forgive us, for too often we step into your role. We are quick to judge those around us. When someone wrongs us, our reaction is strong. When someone wounds us, our memory is long. Too often, we mistake revenge for justice. It is not our place, but it has become our practice — to add up accomplishments and subtract shortcomings, to determine who is good and who is bad. Be better to us, O God, than we have been to one another, and may your grace inspire us to change our ways.  


Time for Silent Reflection


Response Hymn #392, “Jesus, We Are Here”

Jesus, we are here; Jesus, we are here;

Jesus, we are here; we are here for you.


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


Special Music “Soon & Very Soon” Crouch

© 1971 Bud John Songs, Inc. (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Crouch Music Corp. (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Psalm 32 OT page 506

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 NT page 181

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon David Dark

“Life’s Too Short To Pretend You’re Not Religious”


Time of Reflection


Holy Communion





At the conclusion of the offertory,

participants leaving today for our mission trip are invited

to come forward for a commissioning prayer.


*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.


Commissioning Prayer for Mission Trip


Invitation to the Lord’s Table


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Sharing of the Bread & Cup


Communion Music


Prayer following 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 #366 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” Vs. 1, 4




Postlude “Running” Crocker & Ligertwood

© 2011 Hillsong Music Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)



*Please stand if you are able.


In celebration of Larry and Gay Wilson’s 50th wedding anniversary, please join them for cake and punch immediately following the service.


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: Guest Speaker: David Dark; Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director & Accompanist: Nate Strasser; Liturgist: Liz Beatty.


David Dark is the author of The Sacredness of Questioning Everything; Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture Icons; and The Gospel According To America: A Meditation on a God-blessed, Christ-haunted Idea. His latest book, Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious was recently released by InterVarsity Press. Following years of teaching high school English, he received his doctorate in 2011 and now teaches at the Tennessee Prison for Women, the Turney Center Industrial Complex, and Belmont University where he is assistant professor of Religion and the Arts in the College of Theology.


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.



The Worship Team has "Summer Travel Worship Bags" available for each family to take home. As you vacation across the country, the world or right here in your own backyard, you can still keep faith formation going throughout the months to come. One of the items included in the bag is "Flat Jesus." He is meant to be decorated and then to accompany you wherever you and your family go. Take pictures, write a blog, etc. of how you are bringing Jesus to the communities outside the walls of EBPC. Then send them to Doug (ebpcoffice@comcast.net) to be included in our weekly e-blast or the EBPC Facebook page with a short description so that we can all have a glimpse of the adventures of your own "Flat Jesus."


EBPC is partnering with First Presbyterian Church of Franklin for Vacation Bible School this summer. It will run Monday, June 20th until Thursday, June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee per child. It is for children ages 4 (by 8/15/2016) to 6th grade. For more information, view a flyer for the event by clicking here (or visiting our website www.eastbrentwoodpc.com/) or visit their website at http://www.fpcfranklin.org/#/children-youth/vacation-bible-school.


Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. Please sign up from our website or E-newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact Doug in the church office at ebpcoffice@comcast.net.


We are continuing to expand our Worship Teams to cover summer vacations and participants rotating off teams. If you would like to train to be an opener, closer, greeter/usher, Communion Server, acolyte or liturgist or you would like to help in a supporting role with the Sanctuary Guild and Worship Planning Team, please contact the Worship Planning Team Moderator Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net. Thank you to each person who has stepped up already to help!


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, June 12

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

3:00 p.m. Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ & Summer Social, benefiting the Martha O’Bryan Center, at First Presbyterian Church on Franklin Road ($10 for adults; $8 for children)

Monday, June 13

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, June 15

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

7:00 p.m. Choir

Thursday, June 16

6:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, June 19

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Don Rice, friend of the Philbrick family who continues to struggle with cancer.

Prayers of thanksgiving for Larry and Gay Wilson as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Prayers of thanksgiving for Mary Ellen Hofstetter who has returned home following a successful surgery.

Prayers of thanksgiving for our preschool – for its teachers and students who have concluded their year.

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 of thanksgiving for our Presbyterian Church’s “Living Waters for the World” program which provides clean water in the underdeveloped part of the globe.

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.