Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

Sunday, October 8, 2017

10:00 a.m.

27th Sunday In Ordinary Time

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Sunday, October 8, 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

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. - Martin Luther


We Gather to Worship God


Welcome & Announcements


Minute for Mission Mission: Room In The Inn Ann Ketch

“Stewardship: Connecting the Blocks”


Prelude “Appalachia Waltz” Mark O’Connor


*Call to Worship

We are here because we long for guidance and peace.

We are drawn in by the beauty of God’s presence. Darkness may surround us, but light flickers through our brokenness.

We are here because we often stumble and fall.

On the journey we scraped our knees and bruised our egos, but on the path grace offers new life.

We are here because there are seasons of comfort and challenge.

There is a pattern to things. A time for keeping and for losing, for pulling down and for building up, things to lay down and things to take up.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #664 “Morning Has Broken”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

We confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you

with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been,

help us amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be,

so that we may delight in your will

and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name.


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

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


A Reading from the Psalms Psalm 46 OT page 517


Scripture Exodus 20:1-20 OT page 66

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “Reformation 500: Tracing Our Roots” John R. Hilley

Week 1: “Martin Luther’s Famous Words ‘Here I Stand’”


Time of Reflection


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




Offertory “Wayfaring Stranger” Traditional


*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 #450 “Be Thou My Vision”


*We Go Out to Serve

“The Reading of Psalm 46—Our Testimony of Confidence”


God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolation he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Postlude “Three Forks of Sandy” Traditional



*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musician: Matt Combs; Liturgist: Kira Hilley.


This week in Children's Worship: We will hear the Parable of the Vineyards and look for ways we can be good to others this week. Then we will think of ways we can say thank you to those who help us learn and grow here at church!


This week in Upwards: We will listen to God's word and hear that God ALWAYS comes back for us, even when we make bad choices. We will also work on our skit for Reformation Sunday. Come hear about how we are going to bring Martin Luther to EBPC!


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.



Are you interested in joining the church? If so, please join Pastor John for a brief meeting at 9 am on Sunday, October 22nd in his office.


Join us on Saturday, October 28th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for Fall Fest. We will have lots of fun, games, and candy! Consider decorating your car and passing out candy.


The Session, in their meeting of September 17, voted to call a Congregational Meeting for Sunday, October 15, for two purposes:

a) To vote on a slate of candidates for elder presented by the nominating committee, and

b) Contingent upon request and approval by the Committee on Ministry, to vote on the call to the Rev. John R Hilley to serve as Designated Pastor and to approve the contract defining the terms of the call.


Glenview Elementary is EBPC's partner School. We are helping provide books for Glenview's student Literary Club. This quarter they will be reading Wonder by RJ Palacio, and they are in need of 50 copies. Book copies can be hardback or soft copy, new or used. Please consider donating a copy, which can be given to Elizabeth Johnson, Lindsey Hinds-Brown, or Doug in the church office. (FYI the book is available on Amazon Prime). Also, members of the community who love books are invited to attend the first meeting on Tuesday, October 24 from 10:20-11:10 am in the Glenview library. If you plan to attend, please email the Glenview Librarian, Jacqueline Gregory, at jacqueline.gregory2@mnps.org.


With the natural disasters that have been happening in the United States, Mexico, and around the globe, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has been very busy with on-the-ground help and they have some great ideas about what you can do to help. Visit their website at http://pda.pcusa.org/ and learn more about their ideas to GIVE, ACT, & PRAY. PDA’s emergency response and specialization in long-term recovery is fueled by your generous gifts. You can also give with a credit card by visiting presbyterianmission.org/GIVE-Irma or by calling 800-872-3283. Thank you to those of you who have already directed gifts to (DR000169-Harvey, DR000194-Irma, the Mexico City earthquake use DR000014, and DR000194-Maria).

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. He made a big statement to bring attention to real problems he saw within his church that had lost contact with making faith accessible to the common people.


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. On Reformation Sunday, October 29th our church will present a play featuring children and adults of our congregation and Martin Luther himself.


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.


Next week, the Rev. Philip Beisswenger, a Presbyterian Mission Worker in Guatemala, will be our guest preacher.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, October 8

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 10

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

Wednesday, October 11

9:15 a.m. No Preschool Fall Break

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

Thursday, October 12

9:15 a.m. No Preschool Fall Break

Friday, October 13

9:15 a.m. No Preschool Fall Break

Sunday, October 15

9:00 a.m. Inquirer’s Class

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting

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


Praise and Prayers

† Prayer 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 the family of Bill Miller, a founding member of EBPC who died this past Wednesday. We pray that God may be unmistakably present in Ruth’s life as she faces life in Louisville without her husband.

† We pray for the victims of the natural disasters all over the globe including the hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, earthquake in Mexico City earthquake, and flooding in India.

† Prayers for the families of Brian White and Rebecca Raymond following their deaths recently in a plane crash in California, especially for his parents, long-time church members, Richard and Jeanie White.

† 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.