Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 28, 2017

10:00 a.m.

7th Sunday of EASTER


Sunday, May 28, 2017


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

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Thought before Worship

      "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be         frightened and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with        you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9


We Gather to Worship God

Preservice Music


Welcome & Announcements


Prelude “Suite Antique”

© Oxford University Press 1981

Oxford University Press, Music Department, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP


*A Call to Worship

Our soul waits for the LORD;

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance.

From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind;
From his dwelling place he watches
    all who live on earth—

He who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.

He is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in Him,

because we trust in His holy name.

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,

Even as we hope in You.



*Hymn #664 “Morning Has Broken”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

God of glory: we are so busy watching the skies for signs of your presence that we forget to look around to see those we can serve in your name. 


We are so convinced we can figure out your schedule that we forget to open ourselves to the presence of your Spirit within us.

Mighty source of our lives, forgive us for all that we have done to others.  Fill us with the wisdom to resist temptations in our lives and strengthen us in that faith which is given to us through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.


Time for silent reflection


Response “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


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Special Music “Hope for America” Strasser


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Isaiah 66:10-13 OT page 697

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament John 15:9-17 NT page 109

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Reflection “A Wonderful Wondering Life” Liz Beatty

Accompanied by “Ashokan Farewell” Ungar


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


*Hymn #375 “Shall We Gather at the River”


Prayers of the People

Gracious, Sovereign God, Lord of all nations,

On this Memorial Day, we pause to reflect upon our blessings as a nation and the high cost of those blessings for many.

For opportunities to flourish and for the security of our land.

We thank you Lord.

For the freedom we enjoy in this country and for those who have risked their lives in the name of freedom.

We thank you Lord.

For the families and friends of those who have given their lives in service to our nation.

Please comfort them Lord.

For the ambassadors and representatives who negotiate for peace.

Please fill their minds and hearts and voices with passionate and effective words.

For the leaders who must deploy troops in times of crisis.

Please give them wisdom Lord.

For those whose lives are at risk on the front lines in areas of conflict.

Please keep them safe Lord.

And for all of the other concerns on our hearts, we lift them up to you in a moment of silent reflection.


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 “Simple Gifts” Traditional


*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 #450 “Be Thou My Vision”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


Please join us immediately following the service for an ice cream social.


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: Worship Leader: Liz Beatty; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Guest Musicians: Matt Combs, Joe Getsi.


"Hope for America" is a piece that Nate wrote back in November of 2016. It is a musical prayer for our country that we may find hope, unity, and peace. "After the disaster in Manchester this week, I see this musical prayer today as more of a prayer for our world and for humankind. I consider this my ministry since music is my gift given from God. I hope that you find inspiration through the music I've written."


Rev. John Hilley is away this Sunday to relax and plan for the next few months. He will return next Sunday.


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 the Martha O’Bryan Center’s Ice Cream Crankin’ on June 11th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. There will be more information about it at the ice cream social after church.


Plans are shaping up for our 3rd Annual Music in the Grove concert on September 4th! We have three bands booked so far: Next Door Boys - which includes two alums from our very own preschool - and Mr. Steve, the Music Man and our very own Nate Strasser & Friends band. We are still confirming our headliner for the concert so stay tuned for an upcoming announcement. In addition to our musical offerings, we will have a bounce house, face painting, Skye Studios musical petting zoo, food trucks and more! Plus, we are encouraging bike riders and hammocks for this family fun event! More details to come!


Reminder: As an attempt to offset some of the costs for this concert, we are still trying to develop a group of financial sponsors for the event. In exchange for a monetary contribution, the company would be able to display their logo on marketing and communication pieces in the media and on signs, t-shirts, fliers, etc. If you have a company that would like to participate or if you would like to work with Liz Beatty's team to court sponsorship from businesses in our community, please contact Liz at aybeatty@comcast.net. We are on the home stretch and will begin our publicity in earnest soon so if you know of a potential sponsor, please let Liz know!


Planned giving perpetuates the goodness of our individual existence once we are no longer here. Consider including East Brentwood Presbyterian Church in your estate plan and help ensure the long-term operation and mission of EBPC. Contact Brian McGuire at brian_mcguire@yahoo.com if you would like more information on making a planned gift.


Congregational Care: We want to assist with needs that may arise, either anticipated or unexpected, among the people in our church family. Examples of supports include: assistance with transportation and home delivered meals following medical procedures, transportation to church for Sunday services, prayer requests, funeral support and in-home communion. If you have these or other needs, please feel free to contact Richard Strecker at (615) 472-1502 or streckr1@aol.com.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, May 28

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Ice Cream Social;

Monday, May 29—Memorial Day

Office Closed

Wednesday, May 31

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, June 4—Pentecost & Communion Sunday

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers of healing and strength for Lindsey Hinds-Brown as she prepares for surgery this coming week.

† Prayers of healing and strength for Joanna Roberts as she prepares for surgery this coming week.

† Prayers of healing and strength 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.