Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 14, 2017

10:00 a.m.


5th Sunday of



An Invitation to Wonder



Sunday, May 14, 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  




   A Call to Worship

We gather to remember

that grace is real and that hope can be trusted.

Here we encounter old stories of our tradition and new stories of transformation.

We gather to remember

that healing is possible and that faith is a gift.

Here we discover a community that holds us up and a Spirit that is always at work.

We gather to remember

where we belong and who will claim us.

Here we find a font full of ordinary water and a God who offers extraordinary love.


*Hymn #643 “Now Thank We All Our God”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,

Your promises stand steady through all generations.

Encourage us when our faith falters.

It is easy for us to become overwhelmed;

our world is filled with violence,

our schedules are filled with chaos,

our hearts are filled with hurt.

Too often, we allow those stories to define our days. Too often, we think we have to make our own way in this world.

Remind us that strength comes to us in community,

that you are found in the people around us.

Remind us how much we are loved.


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

Glory be to the Father

And to the Son and the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be

World without end, amen

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be

World without end amen.

Amen, amen

Amen, amen

Amen, amen


Time with the Children


Special Music “I Won’t Give Up on You” Britton Cameron


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Proverbs 8:22-31 OT page 591


New Testament John 7:37-39 NT page 100


Meditation “An Invitation to Wonder: Wisdom’s Wonder” John Hilley

“How Does Life Live?”


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


*A Litany for Mother’s Day

Like a mother hen brooding over her young, like a mama bear protecting her cubs, or an eagle stirring up the nest to teach the young to fly, God is mother of us all and gives us earthly mothers to bear, nurture, teach, and protect.

So to all who are mothers in flesh and spirit,

we honor you.

With those who answer countless questions of “Why Mommy?” about the human body, butterflies, friends, mean people,

we thank you for your wisdom.

With those who are pregnant, however anticipated, expected, or surprising,

we support the flourishing of new life.

With those who gave birth this year,

we celebrate with you.

With those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains and spit up,

we appreciate you.

With those who lost a child this year,

we mourn with you.

With those who experienced loss this year

through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or children leaving home,

we ache with you.

With those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, disappointment and tears,

we walk with you.

With those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms,

we thank you.

With those who have warm and close relationships with your children,

we rejoice with you.

With those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children,

we sit with you.

With those who lost their mothers this year,

we grieve with you.

With those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother,

we minister to your pain.

With those who miss your mothers,

we sympathize with you.

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood,

we are better for having you in our midst.

This Mother’s Day,

we salute you.

Forgive us when we fail to support you or say foolish things. We don’t mean to make your job harder than it is. Mothering is not for the faint of heart, and your love has revealed God’s love for us in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. For this we are grateful.

Thanks be to God!






*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

God be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to God.

Let us give thanks to God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Response “You Are My Strength When I Am Weak”

You are my strength when I am weak;

You are the treasure that I seek;

you are my all in all.


When I fall down, you pick me up;

when I am dry, you fill my cup;

you are my all in all.


Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name!

Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name!


Sharing of the Bread & Cup


Communion Music


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 Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #488 “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


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.


This morning, Communion is served by intinction. The congregation will come forward to receive the bread, which they will then dip into the chalice of grape juice. Worshippers will return to their pews by the side aisles. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is not just for Presbyterians or “members of the church.” All who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are invited to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may receive the bread and grape juice (in place of wine) in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ.


A Litany for Mother’s Day was adapted from Teresa Lockhart Stricklen’s blog post, “An Open Letter to Pastors: A Non-Mom Speaks Out about Mothers Day”.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Britton Cameron; Liturgist: Clyde Russell; Acolyte: Reid Johnson.


This week we continue the series “An Invitation to Wonder”. This series explores wonder, awe, and the spectacle of creation as a core feature of Christian faith and practice. If there is one central testimony about God throughout the Bible, it is this: God is encountered in wonder. “Who is like you among the gods, O Lord? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, praise-worthily awesome, working wonder?" (Exodus 15:11). Today and in the coming weeks we will have opportunity to experience and reflect on the many aspects of wonder in relation to theology, science, music, poetry, biblical study, art, and contemplating God's creation, with the end goal of discovering ways to cultivate a sense of wonder of God's Word and World in the context of our lives and in the world around us. Why our interest in this theme of “wonder”? We are experiencing a cultural moment when we are discovering the failure of arguments. We are living in a divisive time where people are talking past each other. This series just might help us deepen our sense of connection to self, neighbor, community, and creation. I hope you will come marveling with us!


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.


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.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, May 14—Communion

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards

4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth

Tuesday, May 16

11:00 a.m. Room In The Inn

Wednesday, May 17

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:08 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, May 21

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting

4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for Marcie and Bob Gilchrist who are mourning the loss of Marcie’s mom, Mary Weisz.

† Prayers of sympathy for Yarnell Beatty whose aunt Annette Neel passed away this week after a long life well-lived.

† Prayers of healing and strength for Debra Swartz, sister of Mary Ellen Hofstetter, who has multiple health issues.

† Prayers of healing and strength for Ron Rein.

† Prayers for Bill and Ruth Miller who are temporarily in Louisville, Kentucky and would be happy to receive mail at Presbyterian Homes of Kentucky, 2116 Buechel Bank Road, #102, Louisville, KY 40218.

† Prayers for the health of the churches in the Peten Provence of Guatemala who our mission team met on their recent trip.

† Prayers for Brent Byers and his family.

† Prayers for our nation and its leaders.

† Prayers of healing for Carrie Jane Hopkins.

† Prayers for those facing addictions, either their own or those of family members and loved ones.

† Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who are working in Lusaka.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker, Congregational Care moderator by e-mail: streckr1@aol.com or phone 615.472.1502.