Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, June 14, 2015

10:00 a.m.

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, June 14, 2015 

   Thought Before Worship

If we want to speak of heavenly things, we may begin by speaking about earthly things, and if we want to describe that which is beyond all words, we may begin with words we know such as: man, woman, field, seed, bird, air, bread, sea, fish, joy. . . . The kingdom is like these things; the kingdom is found in these things. . . . If we cannot find the kingdom here we will never find it anywhere, for earth is where the seeds of heaven are sown.—Barbara Brown Taylor, The Seeds of Heaven 

We Gather to Worship God 

Pre-service Music  

Welcome & Announcements 

Prelude "This Is My Father's World" arr. David Maddux 

*Call to Worship

It is good to give thanks to you, O Lord.

We declare your steadfast love in the morning.

It is good to sing praises to your name.

We proclaim your faithfulness by night.

For you, O Lord, you have made us glad by your work;

at the work of your hands we sing for joy!  

*Opening Prayer

Mighty God,

to you belong the mysteries of the universe.

You transform shepherds into kings,

the smallest seeds into magnificent trees,

and hardened hearts into loving ones.

Bless us with your life-giving Spirit,

re-create us in your image,

and shape us to your purposes,

through Jesus Christ. Amen. 

*Hymn #15

“All Creatures of Our God and King” (verses 1-4) 

Call to Confession 

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.  

Time for Silent Reflection 

Hymn #695 “Change My Heart, O God”

Change my heart, O God; make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God; may I be like you.

You are the Potter; I am the clay.

Mold me and make me; this is what I pray. 

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  

We Listen for the Word of God 

Time with the Children  

Special Music  

Prayer for Illumination  

Old Testament Lesson Isaiah 43:16-21 OT page 472

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

New Testament Lesson Mark 4:26-34 NT page 38

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Our Response “God of the Fertile Fields” Hymn #714

As grows the hidden seed to fruit that serves our need,

so your reign grows.

Let all our toil be used, no gift of yours abused,

no humble task refused your love bestows. 

Sermon “Kingdom Seeds” John R. Hilley 

Special Music Carlos Enrique 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn #630 “Fairest Lord Jesus”  

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 J. S. Bach

Prelude IX in E Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 


*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

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

*Parting Words 




*Please stand if you are able. 

About Today’s Service

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Rob Montgomery; Musicians: Laura Rosser Kreiselmaier, Carlos Enrique. 

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 the Egyptian Plagues.  Next Week the story picks up with one of the most memorable scenes in the Bible,  "The Parting of the Red Sea."

 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. 

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.  


PYG (high school youth) and 608 (middle school youth) are going to Beech Bend Park on Wednesday, June 17th. They will meet at the church at 8:30 am. And they are going on their mission trip to Charleston, SC from Sunday, June 21st to Saturday, June 27th. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at ebpcyouth@comcast.net. 

EBPC Young Families Group—Lunch and Serve Project: Bring a brown-bag lunch from home and join us after Worship Service today for our June service project! We will review summer safety tips and also collect items for the Mercy Clinic, a Christian-based healthcare provider in Franklin, TN that serves everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  

Music Strategy Team Update: After Nate Strasser ’s wonderful music leadership in last Sunday’s worship service, the Session extended an offer to Nate to be our new Director of Music. Last Sunday, he was introduced to you as a candidate for the “Interim Director” but after the Music Strategy Team spent the weekend with him, they recommended he be hired as the permanent Director. He and his wife Sarah and son Simon will be joining us in early July when they return to Middle Tennessee following living in Los Angeles. Upon receiving news of the offer, Nate underscored how excited he was to be returning to Tennessee with its music scene, rolling green hills, and shorter commutes.  He also looks forward to helping us make a joyful noise to God as he works with children and adults in making music in a myriad of ways. 

Music in the Grove: What do lawns and Bluegrass, shade and Soul, playground and Gospel, picnics and pianos all have in common? They are all part of a FREE CONCERT event called Music in the Grove hosted right here at EBPC. All church members, preschool families and Brentwood neighbors and friends are invited to bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic and enjoy this fabulous concert event from 3 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, July 25. The concert lineup includes soul/gospel artist Jason Eskridge, bluegrass band Fireball Mail with our very own, newly appointed music director and piano virtuoso Nate Strasser. Picnic baskets are encouraged, and we'll also have Blue Coast Burrito on hand. This promises to be a fantastic event, and we hope all our church and preschool families will come out to support these amazing musicians and our church. We want to showcase our beautiful grounds and our wonderful church family so please let all of your friends and family know about this great event and bring them out for a great afternoon of music, fun and food! We are looking for volunteers to help with this event. Please contact the church office if you are available and interested. For more information about the event and our great musicians, see our website. 

Nominate a Hymn for EBPC "Hymn Sing Sunday": Sunday, July 5th will be the annual Hymn Sing Sunday at EBPC. It is a special service largely filled with our voices raised in worship through the hymns of our faith. Please contact Doug at ebpcoffice@comcast.net or Lavona at Lavona.Russell@gmail.com with the name of a hymn you would like to include and whether you would like to share a special memory about the hymn from the pulpit or in the bulletin. Thanks so much for making this a special day for EBPC.

EBPC's Bible Study on the Move: Grab your walking shoes and join us at 7:15 am on Tuesday mornings at River Park for a morning gathering to increase your understanding of the life of Jesus and increase your heart rate at the same time. An EBPC group will meet during the months of June and July to explore the Gospel of Mark while getting to know each other better and get fit at the same time! Meeting place: River Park, the Picnic Pavilion next to the playground and across from the Brentwood Public Library. Meeting time: 7:15 am on June 16th and 23rd. Meeting format: Starting at 7:15 am we will gather for 10 minutes and share in a brief opening prayer and read the selected scripture from Mark. John will provide a brief overview of the Scripture passage for the day and people will share insights. Then armed with a discussion question, we will break up into smaller groups (based on one’s energy level) to walk or run for 30 minutes on the greenway.

30th Annual Purity Miss Martha's Ice Cream Crankin' and Summer Social: Sample all the homemade ice cream you can eat! Proceeds benefit Martha O'Bryan Center. First Presbyterian Church, Nashville. 3-5 pm Sunday, June 14th.

The Session has called a brief Congregational Meeting following the 10:00 am worship service on June 14th for the purpose of electing a Nominating Committee for the purpose of nominating a slate of elders for next year’s Session.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance 

Sunday, June 14

              9:00    am        Adult Education

           10:00    am        Worship

           11:00    am        Congregational Meeting

           11:15    am EBPC Young Families Lunch & Service Project

              3:00    pm        Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’

Monday, June 15

11:00 am Staff Meeting

Tuesday, June 16

7:15 am Bible Study on the Move

Wednesday, June 17

8:30 am Youth Beech Bend Park Outing

7:00 pm Worship Liturgist Training

Thursday, June 18

6:00 pm Worship Ensemble

Saturday, June 20

9:00 am Men’s Golf Outing

Sunday, June 21

6:00 am Youth Depart for Mission Trip in Charleston, SC

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship 

Praise and Prayers 

Prayers for Gail Brewer, who is suffering from pneumonia.

Praise for the safe return of Doug Pennington.

Prayers for Lily Paris as she continues her treatment for cancer.

Praise for the hiring of Nate Strasser as our new Music Director.

Prayers for Megan Johnson, sister-in-law of Elizabeth and Dave Johnson.

Prayers for the Phibrick family, including Amy, who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and Whitney with chronic back and knee pain while simultaneously caring for three active children.

Prayers for Betty Garrique, cousin of Bill Wolfe, who is having surgery for a malignant brain tumor.

Prayers for strength and healing for Morene Roadman in her continued fight against cancer, mother of Stephen and mother-in-law of Amy Roadman.

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.

Prayers for the 2015 graduates. 

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.