Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, October 15, 2017

10:00 a.m.


28th Sunday In Ordinary Time

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Sunday, October 15, 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


   Minute for Mission   Stewardship 2018:  

Connecting the Blocks: Focus on Our Facilities


Prelude “Oh Children Come”

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*Call to Worship


*Hymn #275 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Loving God,

You created us in your image and called us to be one. But we mistake being one for being the same.

We see difference not as a blessing but as a curse.

We choose to spend time with those who see the world like us, think like us,

look like us, and even worship like us.

We deny your bold imagination and the diversity of your handiwork.

Forgive us, O God, for our narrow world view.

Forgive us for choosing comfort over creativity and mistaking uniformity for unity.


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

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.


Anthem “Psalm 139” Pote

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We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination



Psalter Psalm 23 Tune: Forest Green

As faithful shepherds tend their flocks,

So God will care for me;

And from God’s store of grace my needs

Are met abundantly.

In pastures green, by waters still,

My soul new life does take;

And in the paths of righteousness

I follow, for God’s sake.


When death surrounds I will not fear,

God’s strength dispels my dread;

I hold God’s blessing in my heart

And face my fear instead.

For as a lamb, my comfort rests

Upon the Shepherd’s rod,

To bring me home, where're I stray

Into the fold of God.


A bounteous feast for me is placed

In presence of my foes;

My head with oil the Lord anoints,

My cup with grace o’erflows.

The loving-kindness of the Lord

Is mine for all my days;

And in God’s house for evermore

I’ll join the songs of praise.


New Testament Matthew 28:11-20 NT page 34


Our Response “Santo, santo, santo”

Holy, holy, holy. My heart, my heart adores you!

My heart know how to say to you: you are holy, Lord!


Santo, santo, santo. ¡Mi corazón te adora!

Mi corazón te sabe decir: ¡Santo eres, Señor!


Sermon Rev. Philip Beisswenger

“Reformation 500: Connecting with Our Past,

Building Bridges to Our Future”

“The Great Commission for Disciples that Really Aren’t So Great”


Time of 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.


We Respond to God’s Love




Offertory “I’m Getting Ready” Kiwanuka


*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 and Serve


*Hymn #745 “Now Go in Joy”


*Parting Words


Postlude “I Will Go”

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*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Guest Pastor: Philip Beisswenger; Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Choir, Praise Band, Briana Tyson, Joe Ennis.


This week in Children's Worship: As we gear-up for Stewardship season, we will start talking upstairs about different ways we can give of our time, talents, and resources. We will make plans for ways we can give of ourselves to others both as individuals and as a EBPC Children's Worship family! We will also practice the song we will sing in worship for Children's Sabbath on October 22!


This week in Upwards: We will also talk about ways we can give of our time, talent, and resources to help others. We will also continue rehearsing our Reformation Sunday skit called Martin Luther Comes to EBPC!


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.



Are you interested in joining the church? If so, please join Pastor John for a brief meeting at 9 am on Sunday, October 22nd in his office.


We hope you and your families plan to join us on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. for our annual Fall Fest! This is a perennial favorite for church and preschool families alike! Our trunks are growing every year, and we always have lots of creative ones. We hope you will consider decorating a trunk as well. We'll have prizes for spookiest, most creative, most thought-provoking and Reformation Sunday. Get ready for a spooktacular time!


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).


Many thanks to all who volunteered at Glenview Elementary's Fall Fest on Oct. 5! What a blessing it was to be a small part in making a fun night for so many Glenview students and families and got us thinking about our own Fall Fest at the end of this month! 

Our October Worship Series: Reformation 500: Connecting with Our Past, Building Bridges to our Future

The theologian and monk Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church on October 31, 1517. It led to what became known as the Protestant Reformation and is purported to be one of the most seismic changes in human history. He made a big statement to bring attention to real problems he saw within his church that had lost contact with making faith accessible to the common people.


Churches and denominations are holding events to commemorate the 500th anniversary and we will be doing the same each week during the month of October here at EBPC. Each Sunday will incorporate a little bit of history from this period and feature a focus on a Psalm (which Luther loved and studied). Our music will incorporate some of the great hymns he penned. On Reformation Sunday, October 29th our church will present a play featuring children and adults of our congregation and Martin Luther himself.


Sixteenth-century Christians confronted issues that still face us today. Just as in the days of Martin Luther, we are living in a world undergoing enormous changes in the social, political, economic, religious, cultural and technological arenas. As in the times of the monk from Wittenberg, these changes also challenge and force the Church to rethink and transform itself.  These questions include what it means to follow Christ, how to hold to the truth and yet still co-exist with neighbors who hold different views, and, in many cases, how to live as a religious minority. Examining previous generations’ approaches can offer today’s Christians a richer and deeper understanding of possible ways forward.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, October 15

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-age Youth

Tuesday, October 17

9:30 a.m. Bible Study on the Book of Acts

11:00 a.m. Luke 14:12

Wednesday, October 18

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

Thursday, October 19

9:00 a.m. Presbytery Meeting at NaCoMe

Sunday, October 22

9:00 a.m. Inquirer’s Meeting (Pastor’s Office)

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Youth Band

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

5:00 p.m. Informational Meeting for Presbytery’s 2018 Partnership Trip to Guatemala


Praise and Prayers

† We pray for Las Vegas: O God, draw near to those for whom the tragedy in Las Vegas marked the end of life as they once knew it. Support the injured and the grieving, surround them with people who will walk with them in the many difficult days ahead. Grant strength to the first responders who entered into the carnage and pain to bring relief. Make all of us tireless advocates for systems that help prevent tragedies, care for the vulnerable and uphold the weak.

† We pray for Ruth Miller.

† We pray for the victims of the natural disasters.

† 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.