Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, October 23, 2016

10:00 a.m.


23rd Sunday after



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Sunday, October 23, 2016


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




*Call to Worship        

In the east and the west, the north and the south,

we need to see Jesus.

In crowded cities and in unmapped villages,

we need to see Jesus.

The young and the old and all ages in between,

we need to see Jesus.

The oppressed and the oppressors, the troublemakers and the peacemakers,

we need to see Jesus.

Those who need change and those who resist change,

we need to see Jesus.

Every day and especially this day,

we need to see Jesus.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #317 “In Christ There Is No East or West”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you. We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy. We have not loved you with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God. Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness. In your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Do not cast us from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response “Spirit of the Living God” Hymn #288

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

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.

In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.


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.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Deuteronomy 6:4-9 OT page 163

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament Hebrews 12:1-2 NT page 226

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “Planting Oak Trees” The Rev. Mark DeVries


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


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.


Hymn #450 “Be Thou My Vision”






*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

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to God.

Let us give thanks to God.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Blessed are you strong and faithful God.

You caused light to shine in the darkness,

Creating the universe and calling it good.

You gave us breath of life, and freedom to choose your way

Through long generations

You have been faithful and kind to all your children.

Holy God how wonderful are your works!

As humankind came of age,

And sin began to corrupt and oppress,

You acted to redeem your beloved creation.

You called for justice in the cry of prophets;

And in the fullness of time

You sent Jesus, your Beloved, Anointed One,

To embody your own grace and truth.

He healed the sick, though he would himself suffer

He offered forgiveness to sinners,

Though he would be unjustly condemned.

On the cruel cross he gave up his life

That the lives of others might be saved

And with a love stronger than death,

You raised him to live forever in your holy presence.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #177 “I Will Come to You” Vs. 1, 2, 3


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


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: Pastor: The Rev. John Hilley; Guest Accompanist: Kamber Kigin; Liturgist: Kevin McGuire; Guest: The Rev. Mark DeVries; Interim Children’s Director: Regina Girten.


Our current teaching series: “Empire Recovery: What Do You Need to Recover From?” During the month of October and early November, we are focusing upon pretty challenging conversations about various bad habits that we need to change or, worse, addictions that have a grip on us or on loved ones: anything from substance abuse from alcohol to drugs, to work addictions, or to how we use and misuse food.


Mark DeVries has served as a youth pastor for 36-years, 28 of those at First Presbyterian Church Nashville, where he has recently stepped into a volunteer role as Associate Pastor for New Projects. Mark has been the founder or co-founder of a number of ministry enterprises: Ministry Architects, the Center for Youth Ministry Training, Justice Industries, and Ministry Incubators.  The focus of his work in this season of ministry is helping people launch their “hair-brained ideas” into sustainable ministry. Mark is the author of a 10 books, including Sustainable Youth Ministry, Family-Based Youth Ministry, and a book on the first year of marriage, co-authored with his wife, Susan, and their marriage mentors.  Mark’s card is on the table in the narthex and you are welcome to contact him. Mark and Susan live in Nashville and have three grown children and three grandchildren. 

The flowers are provided by the Beatty’s

in memory of Alex Beatty who would have turned 25 today.

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? Speak to Dave Ford or John Hilley.


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.

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.



Ready to connect more deeply? On Sunday, November 13th at 9:45 a.m., the Session will be receiving individuals into membership. On Sunday, November 6th from 9-9:45 a.m. in the pastor’s study there will be an optional gathering for individuals to ask questions and join a discussion about our church and the larger Presbyterian church.


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): 10/30, 12/4

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

· Nursery Assistant (Support Leanna Pound): 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!


Please plan to join us for FALL FEST on Saturday, October 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the grove. We will have trunk-or-treat, a bounce house, carnival-style games, spooky barn tour, face painting, and food.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, October 23

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 Youth

Monday, October 24

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

Tuesday, October 25

7:00 p.m. CeCe Ralston, RIP presentation

Wednesday, October 26

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kid’s Music & Drama Club

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

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Band practice

Friday, October 28

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Saturday, October 29

3:00 p.m. Fall Fest

Sunday, October 30

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd – 5th grade

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


Praise and Prayers

Prayers for healing for Lori Cove, friend of Ralph Comer following a severe bicycle injury from a hit-and-run motorist on Monday in North Carolina.

Prayers of healing for Harvey Renken who is suffering from cardiac issues. (He is the newborn son of Brad and Catherine Cavazos Renken, former EBPC Associate Pastor.)

Praise God for the opportunity of five representatives from EBPC to attend the PC(USA)’s thought-proving conference on racism at Montreat this past week.

Prayers for Joanna Roberts who is in Morningside’s Assisted Living as she recovers from surgery this week.

Prayers for residents of Haiti and for those along U.S.’s East Coast affected by Hurricane Matthew. Pray that through the response of the faith community, survivors and those offering assistance will be reminded of the hope that is found in Christ.

Prayers for those facing addictions, either their own or those of family members and loved ones.

We join in prayer with the Presbytery of Charlotte:

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

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

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.