Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

Sunday, September 10, 2017

10:00 a.m.

23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time


Sunday, September 10, 2017


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


*A Call to Worship

We come into God’s presence with singing,

because some news is so good, it simply must be sung.

We come into God’s presence with scripture,

because that Word is what helps hold us up.

We come into God’s presence with sacrament,

because it reminds us who we are and where we belong.

We come into God’s presence with one another,

because it is impossible to be Christian by ourselves.

We come into God’s presence with love,

because it is love that first brought us into being.


*Hymn #285 “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

We come into your presence with honesty:

Too often, we forget how much we need each other.

Our imagination is not big enough.

We simply cannot envision a world with enough for everyone.

Enough space.

Enough money.

Enough respect.

Enough love.

And so we fall into patterns of competition and critique,

believing the lie that life is for surviving, rather than thriving.

Remind us, O God,

that when you dreamt up the world,

you imagined us living together,

united and interdependent,

and therefore strong.


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


Special Music “Bless Us with Your Love” Mozart

© 1984 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.

Time with the Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


The Epistle Lesson I Corinthians 3:1-9 NT page 167


New Testament Matthew 5:21-25a NT page 4


Sermon How to be a Bad Christian... John R. Hilley

When It Comes to Reconciliation


Reconciliation: The Impossible Possibility


Time of Reflection


*Affirmation of Faith: from the Confession of 1967

The life, death, resurrection, and promised coming of Jesus Christ

has set the pattern for the church’s mission.


His human life involves the church in the common life of all people.

His service to men and women commits the church

to work for every form of human well-being.


His suffering makes the church sensitive to all human suffering

so that it sees the face of Christ in the faces of persons

in every kind of need.


His crucifixion discloses to the church

God’s judgment on the inhumanity that marks human relations,

and the awful consequences of the

church’s own complicity in injustice.


In the power of the risen Christ and the hope of his coming,

the church sees the promise of God’s renewal of human life in society and of God’s victory over all wrong.


We Respond to God’s Love






*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.


Holy Communion


Invitation to the Lord’s Table


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Sharing of the Bread & Cup


Communion Music


Prayer After Communion (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.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #530 “One Bread, One Body”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Choir; Liturgist: Mary Ellen Hofstetter; Acolyte and Water Bearer: Aidan and Lucy Hinds-Brown.


The music during Communion is “Mannenberg” by Dollar Brand.


Today’s Communion is served by intinction. The congregation will come forward to receive the bread, which they will then dip into the chalice of grape juice. The ushers will direct the congregation through the two Communion lines. Gluten-free wafers are available. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all persons of faith present, remembering that being invited to the Table is not extended to us because of merit, but a grace extended to all. There may be those in attendance today who have not been baptized, but who feel moved to receive the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are inseparable. If you feel called by the Holy Spirit to meet Christ in Communion, we believe that you are also being called to Baptism. We will not turn anyone away from the Lord’s Table, but we do invite you to speak to the pastor or a member of the session about Baptism as soon as possible.


This week in Children's Worship: This week we will all be upstairs exploring ways we can "Love Thy Neighbor". We will play a game to help us see that God's love is EVERYWHERE and join together in an art project that helps us see all the ways we can show God's love to others. This week in Upwards: Join us upstairs this week to see how God's commandment to "Love Thy Neighbor" is yet another example of how much God loves us. We will work with our friends to see how "our stories" fit into God's BIG story of love, hope, and peace.

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.



Thank you to EVERYONE that chipped-in and made Music In The Grove a big success! It was so much fun! Special thanks to Erin & Louis Morrow, Dave Shupe, Larry Wilson, and Bob Gilchrist.


Jeanie, Rachel, and Richard White have set up the Brian Robert White Endowment Scholarship at MTSU. Each year, two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two deserving students in MTSU’s Aerospace program. If anyone is so inclined, donations in Brian’s name can be sent to: MTSU Foundation, Box 109, Murfreesboro, TN37132; Acct: 94987/93987; Attention: Rhonda Stansberry (Coordinator -Gift Processing).


September winds blow in another month when we make the much-needed trip to the College Grove Food Pantry, and we need your help! Basic items needed are: canned tuna, chicken, other meat products, canned soups, vegetables, fruits, peanut butter, jellies packaged dessert mixes, paper products such as toilet tissue, paper towels, facial tissues, bath soap, and household cleaning products. Other items you wish to donate are always acceptable and appreciated, including pet food. The collection bins will be in the gathering place beginning this Sunday until September 27 so you can give all month! We will be delivering all of our church’s donated items on Sat, Sept. 30. If you are interested in being a part of the group which goes to College Grove to deliver our contributions and participate in the distribution of the food baskets on that day, please let Martha Wolfe or Mary Ellen Hofstetter know.


Volunteers Needed! Each week we need several members of our EBPC family to help deliver our worship services. Your assistance is needed in the following ways: opener/closer, liturgist, nursery assistant, acolyte (2nd-5th Grade) and Worship & Hospitality Team members to greet people, distribute the bulletins, collect the offering, etc. If you are willing and able to help, please go the SignUp Genius link on the home page of our website and select the date and role(s) for which you would like to volunteer. (We can train you for any position very easily!) If you have any questions, please contact the Worship Planning Team Moderator Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net or (615) 943-7455.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, September 10

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-aged Youth

Tuesday, September 12

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

Wednesday, September 13

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, September 17

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-aged Youth


Praise and Prayers

† This morning, we continue our prayers for those facing the long term recovery after Hurricane Harvey and those who are currently being affected by Hurricane Irma. We join in this prayer: “God our Shelter, be a strong presence in the lives of neighbors who, having survived the winds and rains of Harvey and Irma, now face grief, uncertainty and weary days. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and bring comfort and strength to those who suffer. Amen”

† We pray for Virginia Galloway (mother of Liz Beatty) who is entering hospice service while in her residence at McKendree Manor.

† Prayers of healing for Mary Ann Schellhardt who is recovering from a fall last weekend.

† 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.