Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, October 9, 2016

10:00 a.m.


21st Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday, October 9, 2016


The congregation is asked to use the time of the pre-service

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Thought before Worship

Ground of all being, Mother of life, Father of the universe, Your name  is sacred, beyond speaking.

May we know your presence, may your longings be our longings in heart and in action.

May there be food for the human family today and for the whole earth community.

Forgive us the falseness of what we have done as we forgive those who are untrue to us.

Do not forsake us in our time of conflict but lead us into new beginnings.

For the light of life, the vitality of life, and the glory of life are yours now and for ever. Amen.

-J Philip Newell (based on the Lord’s Prayer)


We Gather to Worship God


Welcome & Announcements


Prelude “Redeemed” Cowart & Weaver

CCLI Song # 6219086

Benji Cowart | Michael Weaver

© 2011 Word Music, LLC (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.)

Weave Country (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.)

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

CCLI License # 2212591


*Call to Worship

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad!


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #327 “From All That Dwell Below the Skies”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, resurrect us, for our spirits are weak.

When the way is unclear and our hearts are uncertain, we forget what we have learned and fall back into old habits.

When the way is difficult and our hearts are timid, we search for excuses and second-guess you.

Secretly, God, underneath all of this, we are almost always afraid:

that we are not good enough

or faithful enough

or clever enough.

God we recognize that through our actions and reactions we can cause pain in others.

When we stare in disdain at someone and judge them based on superficial impressions, we create barriers between us and them.

When we participate in body shaming, online or in person, either through our hurtful comments or by failing to speak up against it, we perpetuate prejudices in our respective communities.

Please grant us thy grace and forgiveness, and open our eyes to appreciating the natural beauty in each one of your children.


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


Anthem “River in Judea”

Marcus, Feldman, Leavitt

Copyright © 1989, Jack Feldman, Linda Marcus



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 Psalm 31:1-14 OT page 505


New Testament Luke 8:26-39 NT page 68

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “Empire Recovery: The Rev. John R. Hilley

What Do You Need to Recover From?”


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


Prayers of the People—Lord’s Prayer (the prayer will conclude with the 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.




Offertory “Grace Wins” West

CCLI Song # 7041509

Matthew West

© 2015 Atlas Holdings (Admin. by Atlas Music Publishing)

Highly Combustible Music (Admin. by Atlas Music Publishing)

House of Story Music Publishing (Admin. by Atlas Music Publishing)

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

CCLI License # 2212591


*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 to Serve


*Hymn #214 “You Are My Refuge, Faithful God”


*Parting Words


*Benediction “Your Grace is Enough” Maher

CCLI Song # 4477026

Matt Maher

© 2003 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





*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 R. Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Briana Tyson, Joe Ennis, the praise band; Liturgist: Ralph Comer.


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.



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): 10/16, 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’ll have trunk-or-treat, a bounce house, carnival-style games, spooky barn tour, face painting, and food.


Called Congregational Meeting

October 16th

The Session has called what will be a brief Congregational Meeting for Sunday, October 16th immediately following the worship service to address these two items of business:

1. The Elder Nominating Committee, which is charged with recommending active members to take on the role of Elder, will require a replacement for former member, Jeanie White, who has relocated out of state.

2. A recommendation from the Session to change the length of terms of elder service from three (3) years to two (2) years and to change the number of active elders in service.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, October 9

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Monday, October 10

10:00 a.m. Master Plan Focus Group

1:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship Event

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

Wednesday, October 12

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 14

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Sunday, October 16

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

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

11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting

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


Praise and Prayers

Prayers for the five representatives attending the PC(USA)’s conference on racism at Montreat from 10/10-10/13.

Prayers for Joanna Adams 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 for healing and comfort for John Philbrick's sister, Anne Isenberg of St. Augustine, Florida, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Prayers for Amy Philbrick, help in balancing family, career, and health with fibromyalgia.

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

Prayers for Don Rice, friend of the Philbrick family who continues to struggle with cancer.

Prayers for Frank and Virginia Galloway (Liz Beatty's parents) who are both dealing with health concerns.

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.