Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church


Sunday, October 2, 2016

10:00 am


World Communion Sunday

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Sunday, October 2, 2016


   Pre-service Music    


   Welcome & Announcements


We Gather to Worship God


(Today our children gather in the church’s entryway

to process during the opening hymn.)




*A Call to Worship

God prepares a banqueting table for us and calls us to feast together.

We have come from east and west, from north and south, to sit at Christ’s table.

Compassion, love, and grace are poured out like fine wine.

We have come to taste and see that the Lord is good!

Let us worship God!


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


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

God of mercy,

we confess that too often we have failed to speak and act with kindness;

to care for others as we have been cared for,

to welcome others as we have been welcomed,

and to live as forgiven and beloved people.

We remember the good not done, words not spoken,

and grace not given or received.

Hear us now as we make our silent confession to you.


Time of Reflection


Response “Jesus, We Are Here” Hymn #392

Jesus, we are here; Jesus, we are here;

Jesus, we are here; we are here for you.


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


We Listen for the Word of God


Special Music “O Sifuni Mungu” Maddux, McCall, Mulongoy, Mukalay

Copyright © 1987 Meadowgreen Music Company (ASCAP) and Word Music

(a division of WORD Inc.) (ASCAP)

This arrangement Copyright © 1994 Meadowgreen Music Company (ASCAP) and

Word Music (a division of WORD Inc.) (ASCAP)

All Rights Reserved Used By Permission


Presentation of the Bible to 3rd Graders


Time with the Children

Children: God be with you here.

Congregation: God go with you.


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Luke 17:5-10 NT page 80

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Video Stories

College Grove Food Ministry

PC(USA) Mission Workers—Charles & Melissa Johnson, Zambia


Meditation “If I Only Had More Faith, I Could...” John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


*Hymn 798 “All with Joyful Exultation”




Offertory “Czardas”


*Doxology Murray


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.

It is right, our calling and greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O Lord, our God, creator and sustainer of heaven and earth…


… Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with those from every time and place, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full, are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who

comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


Sharing of the Bread and Cup

Christ has died;

Christ is risen;

Christ will come again.


Communion Music


Prayer After Communion—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 #742 “We Will Walk with God” (2X)


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Liz Beatty; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Joe Ennis, Joe Getsi.

Charles and Melissa Johnson have been invited to help the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod expand its ministry of community development and food security. Charles will serve as a development specialist, and Melissa will support him in this role. They will focus heavily on developing the Chasefu Model Farm, an agricultural project of Chasefu Theological College. The farm feeds the students and also provides opportunities for future pastors to learn agricultural techniques. The intent is for pastors to be able to supplement their income through farming and share their agricultural knowledge with the communities they serve. Chasefu Farm also provides local farmers opportunities to learn innovative approaches to agriculture. In addition to agriculture, the Johnsons will work with the CCAP on projects related to clean water, micro-credit, health, and education.


This morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion. 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.


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. Worshipers will return to their pews by the side aisles. If you need a gluten free wafer, please tell the server.


To Our Members and Guests: please sign our friendship pad.


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. Interested in joining East Brentwood? Please speak to John Hilley or Dave Ford after the service.

Our Mission

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.



Presbyterian Women will be meeting on Friday, October 7th at 9:30 a.m. They will be studying lesson 2 in the book, “Who is Jesus”. If you need a book, please contact Cathy Gilbert at (615) 974-5829.


EBPC Name tags! In order to make room for the new hospitality/welcome station, we have relocated the name tag shelves to the Gathering Place. Please be sure to stop by before the service and pick yours up.


Volunteer your talents with our EBPC Worship Team! We are slowly filling our openings for our Sunday Worship Support Teams. At present we have the following needs:

· Acolyte (2nd-5th Grade): 10/9, 10/30, 12/4

· Communion Servers (all EBPC members, including confirmed youth, are eligible): 11/6 (2), 12/4 (1)

· Nursery Assistant (Support Leanna Pound): 10/16, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/18

· Worship/Hospitality (Bulletins, Greeters, Offering): Most every Sunday has at least one opening

Please go to our sign-up Genius link to select your role and date(s) that you are willing and able to serve. Please contact Worship Planning Team Moderator Liz Beatty  if you have any questions. Thank you for your ongoing support of our EBPC community!


All are invited to join for a blessing of the animals TODAY at 5:00 p.m.! The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, or near that date. This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. St. Francis (1182-1226) was a monk who founded the contemporary order of Franciscans. He was known for his vow of poverty and his special connection to animals, among many other things. A Blessing of Animals witnesses to God’s and the Church’s love, care, and concern for creation. As we recognize our mutual interdependence with God’s creatures, the Church’s witness of stewardship of creation is strengthened. It is also a service with special appeal to children. The EBPC Blessing of the Animals service will be held in the Grove beginning at 5:00 p.m. We will process into the Grove. Fellowship and refreshments for all guests will follow. All who attend are encouraged to bring a donation of a dog or cat food item, which will be contributed to the Humane Society of Williamson County.   


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, October 2

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 p.m. Mission & Service Committee

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

5:00 p.m. Blessing of the Animals service

Monday, October 3

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

6:00 p.m. Boy Scouts, Troop 86

6:30 p.m. Preschool Open House

Tuesday, October 4

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

6:30 p.m. Preschool Open House

Wednesday, October 5

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kid’s Music & Drama Club

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Band practice

Friday, October 7

9:00 a.m. Fall Break for Preschool

9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Sunday, October 9

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

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


Praise and Prayers

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that the barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease, and that, with our divisions healed, we might live in justice and peace; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers for the communities in and around Baton Rouge who were severely affected by the historic flooding and for the households and businesses that sustained damage.

Prayers for Marisa Miller and her family with the losses and health challenges they have had.

Prayers for continued healing and strength for Steve Bell (our guitarist in the praise band) as he continues recuperating after surgery.

Prayers for healing and comfort for John Philbrick's sister, Anne Isenberg of St. Augustine, Florida, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Prayers for Amy Philbrick, help in balancing family, career, and health with fibromyalgia.

Prayers of healing and strength for Kelly McConnell’s mother and prayers of support for Kelly and her family.

Prayers for Don Rice, friend of the Philbrick family who continues to struggle with cancer.

Prayers for Frank and Virginia Galloway (Liz Beatty's parents) who are both dealing with health concerns.

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

Prayers for Brent Byers.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Ralph Comer, Congregational Care moderator by email: recomer49@aol.com or phone: 615.545.5938.