Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, October 29, 2017

10:00 a.m.


Reformation Sunday

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Sunday, October 29, 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

"Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music." - Martin Luther


We Gather to Worship God


Welcome & Announcements


Stewardship 2018 “Connecting the Blocks” The Telfords

Children’s Faith Formation


Prelude “Live It Well” Switchfoot


*Call to Worship & Opening Prayer


*Hymn #456 “Listen, God Is Calling”


Listen, listen, God is calling, through the Word inviting,

offering forgiveness, comfort, and joy.


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

O God of mercy,

we lament that even good actions of reform and renewal

had often unintended negative consequences.


Kyrie Eleison Traditional


Lord have mercy upon us.

Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord have mercy upon us.


We bring before you

the burdens of the guilt of the past

when our forbears did not follow your will

that all be one in the truth of the Gospel.


Kyrie Eleison


We confess our own ways of thinking and acting

that perpetuate the divisions of the past.

As communities and as individuals,

we build many walls around us:

mental, spiritual, physical, political walls

that result in discrimination and violence.

Forgive us, Lord.


Kyrie Eleison


Psalm 130 A Pilgrim Song


Christ is the way, the truth and the life.

He is our peace,

who breaks down the walls that divide,

who gives us, through the Holy Spirit,

ever-new beginnings.

In Christ, we receive forgiveness and reconciliation

and we are strengthened

for a faithful and common witness in our time. 

Kyrie Eleison


Time for silent reflection


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


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Matthew 22:34-46 NT page 25

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Message “Martin Luther Comes to EBPC”

(An Interactive, Intergenerational Presentation)


We Respond to God’s Love


*Affirmation of Faith—Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.

He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.


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.






*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 #263 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!” Verse 4

*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


The Open House at the manse to see the Pastoral Center for Healing and the Christian Legacy Foundation and meet their staff will be rescheduled for another time.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Brian Telford, Joe Ennis, Youth Band, Praise Band; Liturgist: Liz Beatty.


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


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.



Individuals wishing to join will meet with the Session at 9:30 am on Sunday, November 5th.


A big thank you to everyone that helped make Fall Fest such a big success!!!!


To commemorate our 28th anniversary and to connect our past, present and future church, we are inviting each household to take part in a "Take Stock; Re-Stock" exercise. Please take time to reflect on where our church is now and your hopes for EBPC going forward with our future mission in the community and world. Next, please select a 3x5 or 4x6 photo and/or a small item that represents what our church stands for in 2017 and include a note about your hopeful vision for God's work through EBPC in the future. Please bring them to church on November 5th (All Saints Sunday) or put them in a basket in the gathering place if you will not be here on that day and want to participate. We will be re-filling the box and placing its contents back into the cornerstone as part of a church-wide celebration that Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net.


Congratulations to the Edwards Family on the arrival of Baby Girl #3!!!! April, Jamie and big sisters, Lillian and Amelia, will be busy snuggling the precious bundle so let's make sure they don't waste a moment in the kitchen! https://mealtrain.com/989o66.


Study on the Book of Acts: “Living Faithfully in a Time of Fear”; October 31: The Learning Group Meets from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This week we shift gears from 1st century Palestine and our study of Acts to a visit by Linda Philbrick who will introduce us to Katharina Luther (born Katharina Von Bora) who became the wife of Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestant Reformation. About this study, Linda writes: "Beyond what is found in the writings of Luther and those that chronicled his life, little is known about her. Despite this, Katharina is often considered one of the most important participants of the Reformation because of her role in helping to define Protestant family life and setting the tone for clergy marriages." October 31st is known as Reformation Day so the study is very appropriate and I hope you will join us. Looking ahead in our study on Acts, this is the remaining schedule which I hope you will put in your calendar.

November 7th - Acts 20 - "A Lesson from Eutychus"

November 14th - Acts 26 (12-18) - "Have I Told You This Story Before?"

November 21st - No meeting (Thanksgiving)

November 28th - Acts 28 (23-30) - "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!"  (Study concludes on this day)

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 29th—Reformation Sunday: Today we present a play featuring children and adults of our congregation and Martin Luther himself.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, October 29—Reformation Sunday

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

Tuesday, October 31

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

Wednesday, November 1

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, November 5—All Saints Day & EBPC Anniversary

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

9:30 a.m. People wishing to join the church meet with the Session

10:00 a.m. Worship

4:00 p.m. PYG & 608


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 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.


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

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