Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, June 26, 2016

10:00 a.m.


6th Sunday after


About Today’s Service

Today we begin a new series, “The Most Fascinating People.” Some of these people you know, but many will be new to many of us. Experience teaches us that God often comes to us through other people. So this summer, as we consider these people, be prepared for glimpses of God among us.

Sunday, June 26, 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


   Welcome & Announcements


   Prelude          Shadrack MacGimsey


*Call to Worship

In every season,

in every circumstance,

worship is what we do:

when we are filled with joy when we are anxious about the future when we need a friend when we are full of good news when we need to hear good news.

We were made to worship God,

and God will always find us here.


*Hymn #15 “All Creatures of Our God & King” Vs. 1, 3, 4


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

Some burdens are too heavy to carry, and some stories are too painful to speak. In those moments, it is easy for us to believe the lies:

that we are alone that there is no hope that darkness will win.

When we are at a loss, fill us with your love. Whisper resurrection into the cracks of our hearts and remind us: that you are with us always that joy comes in the morning that new life is right around the corner. Tell us this story time and time again until we believe it with our every breath.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response Hymn #288, “Spirit of the Living God”

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.


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




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.


We Listen for the Word of God


Youth Reflections “Pray As You Go”

EBPC youth share their reflections on their recent mission trip to east Tennessee




The Word Performed “Nebbie’s Inferno

An EBPC Reader’s Theatre Production based on The Book of Daniel and the characters of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love




Offertory “Glorify the Lord” Curry

Copyright © 2010 by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.


*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 #693 “Though I May Speak”


*Parting Words




Postlude “Soul on Fire”

                                              Powell, Anderson, Lee, Carr, Brown, Maher

© Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Be Essential Songs (Admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC)

Datamama Music (Admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC)



*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.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director & Accompanist: Nate Strasser; Guest Musicians: Joe Ennis, Laura Mayo; Liturgist: Youth.


Today’s fascinating people are Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Many of us first learned their names when we were children. Of course those weren’t their Hebrew names, but rather the names that they had been given in Babylon. Originally, their names were Hananiah, which means “God is gracious,” Mishael, which means "Who is like God?" and Azariah, “God has helped.” Names which are a little less harsh on the ear than the Babylonian names they received and a clue as to the real and underlying point that is made in this story from the Book of Daniel. These three faithful and fascinating young men of Israel would not bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s idol. Rather than the usual sermon on a hot summer morning, we thought we would invite the EBPC Players to tell the story. Script: Liz Beatty, Nate Strasser and John Hilley.


Flowers are provided in memory of

Alex Beatty

 whose Celebration of Life service

was held here on Friday, June 26th.


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, June 26

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Monday, June 27

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

Wednesday, June 29

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

Thursday, June 30

6:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, July 3

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Mitzie Lannom, relative of Ralph Comer, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and is undergoing radiation therapy.

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 following the memorial service for his father Charles L. Beverly on Thursday.

Prayers of sympathy and support for Liz, Yarnell, and Matthias Beatty following the Celebration of Life & Witness to the Resurrection Service for their son and brother, Alex, on Friday.

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.

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando, we wonder, when will it be enough? We pray for the lives lost: brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends and for their families. We give thanks for first responders. We pray for doctors and nurses and mental health providers. We pray you will forgive our society which tolerates violence.

Prayers of thanksgiving for the biennial assembly of ruling and teaching elders of our PC(USA) denomination that just concluded in Portland, OR and for continued discernment as decisions made their get worked out throughout the year.

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

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

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.