Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, October 1, 2017

10:00 a.m.


26th Sunday In Ordinary Time


World Communion Sunday


Sunday, October 1, 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

Almighty God, even as the drums of warfare beat on through the night around the world, even as the cries of injustice linger in the morning, even as the hustle of busyness rumbles through the day, quiet our hearts. Still our thoughts. Join us in our worship. Remember us in your mercy as we try to remember you, through the proclamation of your good news, in story and in song, and through the hospitality of your gracious table. Welcome us again, one Lord, Creator, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.


We Gather to Worship God


Welcome & Announcements


Prelude “For the Beauty of the Earth”


*Hymn #853 “We Are Marching in the Light of God”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Almighty God, mother of mercy, father of grace:

You have called us to one table, but we have pursued our own course.

You have promised us the abundance of all creation, but in our greed, and in our envy, the world goes without.

You have promised us the bread of life itself, but in our pride, and in our arrogance, the world goes hungry.

You have promised us the waters of peace and justice, but in our violence, and in our discord, the world goes thirsty.

And now we are famished, too, Lord. Have mercy on us.

Forgive us, again. Transform us, at this table, and for this table, and send us from this table as servants of your righteousness, by the power of your Son, our Lord. Amen.


Time for silent reflection


Response “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

The peace of Christ is with you!

And also with you.


*Gloria Patri #581



Time with the Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Special Music


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Matthew 21:23-32 NT page 23

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Meditation “The Connected Table” John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


*Affirmation of Faith (adapted from the Belhar Confession)

We believe in one holy, universal Christian church,

the unity of the communion of saints of the entire human family.

And we believe that that this unity of the people of God must be manifest and active,

in that we love one another;

that we give ourselves willingly and joyfully to one another, that we are share one baptism together,

that we eat of one bread and drink of one cup together, that we confess one name, one Lord, for one cause, with one hope,

which is the height and the breadth and the depth

and the love of Christ, forever and ever.




Offertory “Gabriel’s Oboe” Morricone


*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

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


*Sung Response “Come Over Here”

Come over here, the table is spread

The feast of the Lord is going on

Drink from the fountain that never runs dry

We’re gonna sing hallelujah, Amen


Sharing of the Bread and Cup


Communion Music “Come Over Here”


Prayers After Communion (with the 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 and Serve


*Hymn #798 “All with Joyful Exultation”


*Charge & Benediction





*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Sam Levine, Chris Karabelas.


This week in Children's Worship: This week we will hear about the importance of listening to God's call. We will think about different ways we can follow in Jesus' path.


This week in Upwards: We will begin working on a skit for Reformation Sunday. Come hear about how we are going to bring Martin Luther to EBPC!


Today’s 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. The ushers will direct the congregation through the two Communion lines. Gluten-free wafers are available. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all persons of faith present, remembering that being invited to the Table is not extended to us because of merit, but a grace extended to all. There may be those in attendance today who have not been baptized, but who feel moved to receive the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are inseparable. If you feel called by the Holy Spirit to meet Christ in Communion, we believe that you are also being called to Baptism. We will not turn anyone away from the Lord’s Table, but we do invite you to speak to the pastor or a member of the session about Baptism as soon as possible.

The flowers are given in memory ofVirginia K. Galloway by her family.


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. Be sure to complete a yellow contact card if you wish to receive future communications from EBPC.


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.


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.



Below are two opportunities for you to engage with the Glenview Elementary community. Glenview is EBPC's partner School. You will fall in LOVE with these kiddos and their families!

1. Fall Fest on Thursday, Oct 5th- we're in need of volunteers to help run the games. We are also in need of baked good donations for the cakewalk as well as candy to be used as game prizes- Elizabeth Johnson will transport these to Glenview. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/2cZGKS

2. We are helping provide books for Glenview's student Literary Club. This quarter they will be reading Wonder by RJ Palacio, and they are in need of 50 copies. Book copies can be hardback or soft copy, new or used. Please consider donating a copy, which can be given to Elizabeth Johnson, Lindsey Hinds-Brown, or Doug in the church office. (FYI the book is available on Amazon Prime). Also, members of the community who love books are invited to attend the first meeting on Tuesday, October 24 from 10:20-11:10 am in the Glenview library. If you plan to attend, please email the Glenview Librarian, Jacqueline Gregory, at jacqueline.gregory2@mnps.org.

Please consider joining with us in support of the Glenview community! If you have questions contact Elizabeth Johnson at eh_johnson22@hotmail.com. Thank you! 


John will be away this Tuesday so the 9:30 Bible Study on the Book of Acts will continue the following week on October 10th.


With the natural disasters that have been happening in the United States, Mexico, and around the globe, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has been very busy with on-the-ground help and they have some great ideas about what you can do to help. Visit their website at http://pda.pcusa.org/ and learn more about their ideas to GIVE, ACT, & PRAY. PDA’s emergency response and specialization in long-term recovery is fueled by your generous gifts. You can also give with a credit card by visiting presbyterianmission.org/GIVE-Irma or by calling 800-872-3283. Thank you to those of you who have already directed gifts to (DR000169-Harvey, DR000194-Irma, the Mexico City earthquake use DR000014, and DR000194-Maria).


Our October Worship Series: Roman Catholic, Protestant, and ecumenical groups around the world are using the year 2017 to think through the gifts and sorrows of what became known as the Protestant Reformation.  We will use the month of October at EBPC to explore through sermon, rich music, and liturgy the impact upon the world when Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church on October 31, 1517. It became a great disrupter in the marketplace and we look at what its impacts then could mean for us today as we move into the future. Be on the lookout this week for details on the month!


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, October 1

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

4:00 p.m. Sunday Funday for PYG & 608

Monday, October 2

6:30 p.m. Preschool Open House

Tuesday, October 3

9:30 a.m. No Bible Study on the Book of Acts This Week

6:30 p.m. Preschool Open House

Wednesday, October 4

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

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

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, October 6

9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women

Sunday, October 8

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

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


Praise and Prayers

† We pray for the victims of the natural disasters all over the globe including the hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, earthquake in Mexico City earthquake, and flooding in India.

† Prayers for the families of Brian White and Rebecca Raymond following their deaths recently in a plane crash in California, especially for his parents, long-time church members, Richard and Jeanie White.

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

† Prayers for those who have lost hope.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker at streckr1@aol.com or (615) 720-6262.