Welcome To Worship

At

East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

10:00 a.m.

 

29th Sunday In Ordinary Time

 

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Sunday, October 22, 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

O God, help us to recover our hope for our children’s sake.

Help us to recover our courage for our children’s sake.

Help us to recover our discipline for our children’s sake.

Help us to recover our ability to work together for our children’s sake.

Help us to recover our values for our children’s sake.

Help us to recover a spirit of sacrifice for our children’s sake.

Help us to recover our faith in You for our children’s sake.

- Marian Wright Edelman, Guide My Feet

 

We Gather to Worship God

 

Welcome & Announcements

 

Stewardship 2018 “Connecting the Blocks”

Story 1: Intergenerational Faith Formation

 

Prelude “Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven”

Pepper Choplin

© 1996 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

*Call to Worship

We gather with love, in the name of God who loves each and every child.

We gather with hope, as the body of Christ who is the hope of the world.

We gather with justice, called by the Spirit whom Jesus called the Advocate.

Let us join in worship!

 

*Hymn #188 “Jesus Loves Me!”

 

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession

Living God,

We cannot make it through this life alone.

And yet we so often turn away from one another:

we bristle at critique,

grow weary of requests and expectations,

defend ourselves against questions,

lose sight of the big picture,

and lack the humility to see the needs and full humanity of our neighbors.

We have made an idol of independence, O God.

This has given us tunnel vision,

and hindered our understanding of you and your work in this world.

Have mercy on us,

and turn us toward your ever-expanding light.

 

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

Blessed to Bless Others

 

Presentation of Bibles (see insert)

Pastor:

Receive the Word of God.
Learn its stories and study its words.
Its stories belong to us all,
   and these words speak to us all.
They tell us who we are.
They tell us that we belong to one another,
   for we are the people of God.

Children respond: (Lindsey will lead…echo style)

We receive these Bibles with our hands, our hearts, and our minds.
Thank you.
We will read and study the Bible together.

*Congregation Charge to Children:

We rejoice in this step in your journey with God.
We pray God will guide you, your family, and us
   as you use this Holy Bible in your home,
   in your church school classes, and in our worship.
We will learn together and grow in our love for God's Word.

ALL respond:

The Word of God is a lamp to our feet,
   and a light to our path.
Thanks be to God.

 

Recognition of Children’s Ministry Volunteers

Litany of Recognition (see insert)

 

Recognition of Children’s Ministry Volunteers

Leader (L): When there was a need, you came forward.

Congregation (C): And so we thank you.

L: In the nighttime or daytime and especially on weekends you helped.

C: And so we thank you.

L: Chosen, appointed, or quietly, anonymously and unbidden, you did what needed doing.

C: And so we thank you.

L: Sometimes with the help of many hands, other times alone, you worked.

C: And so we thank you.

L: You gave your time, talent and even your treasure for our children and the children of others.

C: And so we thank you.

L: You cheerfully taught us about God’s world and helped us experience and discover the wonder of God’s creation.

C: And so we thank you.

L: For all things great and small you have given our children, our congregation, and our community, we take time today to recognize,

ALL: To thank you and to honor you.

 

Special Music “Jesus Love the Little Children”

“My God is So Big”

 

We Listen for the Word of God

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

Psalter Psalm 96 Tune: Ellacombe

O sing new songs unto the Lord,

With shouts God’s name adore;

Proclaim salvation day by day,

God’s glory evermore!

Our God to whom all voices rise

Is worthy of our praise;

Who formed the earth beneath our feet,

The sun to light our days.

 

All lesser idols fade away,

As wisdom intercedes;

The greatest feats our minds conceive

Are pale beside God’s deeds.

O heav’ns, be glad; O earth, rejoice!

Your deeds and praise accord

To God, and with creation sing

The glories of the Lord.

 

New Testament Luke 9:44-48 NT page 70

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon John R. Hilley

“Reformation 500: Connecting with Our Past,

Building Bridges to Our Future”

“A Sermon on Martin Luther, Wiggly Children,

Anxious Youth, and the Lap of God”

 

Time of Reflection

 

Litany for Children’s Sabbath

Lord, today we thank you for children, all the children of the world, the big ones, the little ones, the friendly ones, and the surly ones.

Lord, we will gather the children and love them.

Lord, we pray especially for children who are hungry, thirsty, unwanted, unloved, abused, or abandoned. We praise you for foster and adoptive families, for grandparents and cousins and uncles and aunts and churches that open their hearts and doors. We pray for children who have no one to take care of them and for the ones outside our sanctuary doors who are riding their bikes or playing on Sunday mornings because we have never invited them in. Lord, forgive us and prick our consciousness so we see and hear them more clearly.

Lord, we will gather the children and love them.

Lord, we pray for peace, and we ask that you give us the will to study war no more. We pray that every child will be anxiously anticipated and warmly welcomed as you intended. When we hear the laughter of happy children, we know you are pleased.

Lord, we will gather the children and love them.

ALL: We praise you for __________ (name aloud any child that you know, including those of your own generation). Today we will all be great through serving the children.

 

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

 

Offering

 

Offertory

 

*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 #765 “May the God of Hope Go with Us”

 

*Parting Words

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude

 

 

*Please stand if you are able.

 

About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Children’s Choir, Choir; Liturgist: Yarnell Beatty.

 

Those Receiving Bibles Today

 

3 year olds:

 

Lincoln Bateman

Annabella Cuevas

Connor Hinds-Brown

Grant Randall

Alice Randall

Lillian Edwards

Paige Randall

Bryn Zadell

Alina Zadell

 

 

 

3rd graders:

 

Harrison Bateman

Vienne Bateman

Aidan Hinds-Brown

Will Hunter

Reid Johnson

Jane Philbrick

Vivian Shafer

Evelyn Zadell

 

This week in Children's Worship and Upwards: Join us this week in the sanctuary as we celebrate the Children’s Sabbath.

 

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.

 

Announcements

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!

 

The Edward’s Family was recently blessed by the birth of their third daughter and the congregational care committee is organizing as many dinners as possible for them. If you would like to help out, go to https://mealtrain.com/989o66.

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. 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.

 

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.

· October 22nd—Children’s Sabbath: Today we join with thousands of places of worship all across the nation as together people of faith affirm their determination to move forward with hope to assure the well-being of our children.

· October 29th—Reformation Sunday: We will present a play featuring children and adults of our congregation and Martin Luther himself.

 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, October 22

9:00 a.m. “Coffee & Christ” with John for those considering joining (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

Wednesday, October 25

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

Sunday, October 29

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Open House for the Pastoral Center for Healing

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

 

Praise and Prayers

† We praise God for the blessing of a new child for the Edward’s Family! May Ellery Frances stay healthy and may the whole family get the rest they need.

† 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.

 

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, November 5th—All Saints Day Worship & EBPC Anniversary

Saturday, November 11th—Open House at the Hilley’s from 4-8 pm