Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 21, 2017

10:00 a.m.


6th Sunday of



An Invitation

to Wonder



Sunday, May 21, 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  


   Prelude   “Indescribable”

CCLI Song # 4403076

Jesse Reeves | Laura Story

© 2004 Laura Stories (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591


A Call to Worship

Beneath the mists of time,
before the world began,
beyond our understanding:
in the beginning… God.

How majestic is your name in all the earth.

Fathering history,

mothering creation,

parenting earth’s people
from the beginning… God.

How majestic is your name in all the earth.

Furthering curiosity,

breathing hope along the way,
imparting patience and courage
for each new beginning… God.

How majestic is your name in all the earth.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #26 “Earth and All Stars!”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we do not fully understand you.

We don’t understand how you do what you do.

We strive to know everything about you,

but often do not realize you are the light to our path.

When we don’t see your light we become selfish in our ways and lose focus on what matters most to you.

We don’t love our neighbors as ourselves. We forget that you are still writing your love into this world and often fail to point others to your story of grace and mercy.

Forgive us, God. Guide us as we journey through the next chapters of our lives.

Help us to see your will,

that we may be a light in the darkness.


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

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

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Anthem “Bless the Lord, My Soul” arr. Hopson

© 1998 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Scripture—A Responsive Reading Genesis 1:1-28a

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,

the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, Let there be light.

It was so. And God saw that the light was good.

Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters,

and let it separate the waters from the waters.

It was so. And God saw that it was good.

Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place,

and let the dry land appear.

It was so. And God saw that it was good.

Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed,

and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.

It was so. And God saw that it was good.

Let there be lights in the sky to separate the day from the night;

and let them be for signs and seasons, for days and years,

and to give light upon the earth.

It was so. And God saw that it was good.

Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures,

and let birds fly above the earth.

Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind:

cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.

It was so. And God saw that it was good.

Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;

and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and all the wild animals and creeping things upon the earth

So God created humankind in God’s image, in the image of God,

God created them; male and female.

And God blessed them….


New Testament Colossians 1:15-20 NT page 200

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “An Invitation to Wonder: John Hilley

The Wonder of Nature”


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


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.


Minute for Mission




Offertory “God of Wonders”

CCLI Song # 3118757

Marc Byrd | Steve Hindalong

© 2000 Never Say Never Songs (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.), New Spring (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.), Meaux Mercy (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Storm Boy Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591


*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 and Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #22 “God of the Sparrow”


*Parting Words

Bless to us, O God,

The moon that is above us,

The earth that is beneath us,

The friends who are around us,

Your image deep within us,

The night which is before us.








*Please stand if you are able.

Please join us immediately following worship for a brief congregational meeting to elect individuals to serve on the nominating committee.

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: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the praise band, choir, Joe Ennis, Briana Tyson; Liturgist: Yarnell Beatty.


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.


Are you looking for a convenient way to support EBPC's mission and programs? Do you want a secure and organized way to make donations to the church? Are you like most people who do not carry a checkbook around anymore? EBPC offers many choices when it comes to donations. With the advent of online giving, making donations is an easy and convenient choice. Keep reading below for more information on our many online giving options and how they work. Online giving gives you the ability to donate to EBPC without writing a check or remembering to give each month. EBPC offers two online giving options. One options gives you the ability to donate by bank draft directly from your bank and the second option allows you to to donate online through our EBPC website, through a mobile app, or even with a quick text message from your phone.


Mark your calendar for our church-wide Ice Cream Social on Sunday, May 28. We will celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer with sweet treats! And we will have information about the Martha O’Bryan Center’s Ice Cream Crankin’ on June 11th.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, May 21

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards

11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting

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

Monday, May 22

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

Wednesday, May 24

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, May 28

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Ice Cream Social


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers of healing for Elizabeth Johnson following surgery.

† Prayers for Marcie and Bob Gilchrist who are mourning the loss of Marcie’s mom, Mary Weisz. If you would like to send a note to them, their address is: 512 Becky Ln, Spring Hill TN 37174-7564.

† 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.