Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, October 30, 2016

10:00 a.m.


24th Sunday after



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Sunday, October 30, 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


   Thought before Worship

“O thou who are the God no less of those who know thee not than of those who love thee well, be present with us at the times of choosing when time stands still and all that lies behind and all that lies ahead are caught up in the mystery of a moment. Be present especially with the young who must choose between many voices. Help them to know how much an old world needs their youth and gladness. Help them to know that there are words of truth and healing that will never be spoken unless they speak them, and deeds of compassion and courage that will never be done unless they do them. Help them never to mistake success for victory or failure for defeat.” - Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark


Minute for Mission “Shining God’s Light” Liz Beatty


Welcome & Announcements


Prelude “In Christ Alone”

CCLI Song # 3350395

Keith Getty | Stuart Townend

© 2001 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591


*Call to Worship

God consistently offers us signs of grace:

stars in the night sky, a burning bush, and manna from heaven;

a covenant rainbow, a still, small voice, and two stone tablets.

The Word of the Lord always rings true:

“I am the Lord, your God.”

“I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

“I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

In every moment, in every circumstance, God is with us, leading us toward life.


*Opening Prayer


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


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, sometimes you are are too unpredictable for us. You are a raging flood, a burning bush, and a good shepherd. You are a manger birth, an abandoned grave, and an open-ended promise. While we know that this is good, good news, we admit that sometimes a simple, reliable equation would be easier for us to bear. So we add up accomplishments, subtract shortcomings, and divide ourselves, forgetting that you are in the business of multiplying grace. Remind us, O God, of your love, which defies all reason, disregards all the rules, and destroys even death.


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

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.


Anthem “Live a Life of Praise” Choplin

Copyright ©1997, GlorySound

A Division of Shawnee Press, Inc.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Psalm 139:1-12 OT page 577

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament Luke 19:1-10 NT page 82

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “Empire Recovery: John R. Hilley

What do you need to recover from?”

“Recovering the Ability to Receive Grace”


Time of Reflection


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.


Offering Invitation




Prayers of the People & Prayers of Thanksgiving


*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.

We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #796 “We Come to You for Healing, Lord”


*Parting Words




Postlude “Mighty to Save”

CCLI Song # 4591782

Ben Fielding | Reuben Morgan

© 2006 Hillsong Music Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591



*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: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Praise Band, Choir; Liturgist: Rob Montgomery; 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.


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.




HELP EBPC HELP OTHERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! As October beings to wind down, it is time to start thinking holidays! Therefore, collections begin this week for the Thanksgiving Dinners AND regular contributions to the College Grove Food Pantry. Collection bins will be in the Gathering Place for these items. We have a short collection time, as all offerings must be in the church by November 17 with all items delivered to College Grove on Nov. 18 and distributed on Nov. 19. Mary Ellen Hofstetter has lists for items needed for the 50 Thanksgiving Dinners as well as for regular contributions. A sign-up sheet for those who wish to contribute turkeys is also in the Gathering Place. Please help us make this a very special season for at least 50 families. If you wish to be part of the group that distributes the food on Nov. 19, please contact Martha Wolfe at 615-373-5979.


Presbyterian Women will meet on Friday, November 4th, at 9:30 a.m. We will do lesson 3 of the study, "Who is Jesus". Around 11:15, we will have a potluck luncheon. Please join us for both or just come for lunch.


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:

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

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

· Worship/Hospitality (Bulletins, Greeters, Offering): 11/27, 12/4

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!


November 6: Children's Ministry Family Service Day: We will gather following the 10 a.m. service until 1 p.m. to pack sack lunches for the Nashville Rescue Mission. There will be a sign-up available to donate items for our time together at the church information table. No matter how young or how small...we can serve God's Kingdom now! Come as we seek to show the love of Jesus to our community in need.




Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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

Monday, October 31

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

Wednesday, November 2

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, November 4

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Sunday, November 6—Communion

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 Lori Cove and her family. Lori, a friend of Ralph Comer, is on life support following a severe bicycle injury from a hit-and-run motorist on Monday in North Carolina.

Prayers of thanksgiving for Harvey Renken, newborn son of Brad and Catherine Cavazos Renken, who is now home from the hospital following medical issues shortly after his birth.

Praise God for the opportunity of five representatives from EBPC to attend the PC(USA)’s thought-provoking 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.

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.