Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, September 11, 2016

10:00 a.m.


17th Sunday after


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Sunday, September 11, 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


   Welcome & Announcements


   Prelude          “Eye of the Storm”            

CCLI Song # 7051410

Bryan Fowler | Ryan Dale Stevenson

© Songs Of Emack (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing

(Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

Capitol CMG Genesis (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

TrueMuse (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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

CCLI License # 2212591


*A Call to Worship

God is the author of creation and God’s love for creation never wavers.

It is God who creates us, and God who cares deeply for each of our stories.

It is in response to God’s creation and God’s care that we strive to be doers of the Word, and not merely hearers.

God calls us to care for those who cannot care for themselves. God calls us to give mercy and grace as freely as we are given it.

Each of us is the recipient of such a great love.

And each of us is capable of demonstrating that love to this world.

Let us worship the God who creates, the God who forgives, and the God who shows us what it is to love!


*Hymn #65 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Faithful God, you forever seek us no matter what happens in our lives; we should be amazed at your grace. Yet our desire to be faithful to you is tangled with our desire to be faithful only to ourselves. We focus on keeping life in control. We get angry at interruptions and problems that ruin our plans. We get so bent on our own desires that we squeeze you out. Forgive us. Forgive us for caring more about our story than the story you have for us. Help us open our hearts so that we would not just hear your Word, but that we would respond. It is our desire to honor you in all we say and all we do.


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 “All Things Work Together for Good” Carter

CCLI Song # 654541

John Carter

© 1990, 2004 Hope Publishing Company

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We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Joshua 2:1-14 OT page 194

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament James 2:14-26 NT page 230

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon The Rev. Warner Durnell

“Phony Faith & Presbyterians”


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


Hymn #761 “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service” Vs. 1, 4


Affirmation of Faith—Brief Affirmation of Faith

All: The same Spirit
who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, 
engages us through the Word proclaimed, 
claims us in the waters of baptism, 
feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, 
and calls women and men to all ministries of the church. 
In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing, 
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, 
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, 
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, 
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.


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.




Offertory “Beautiful Things”

CCLI Song # 5665521

Lisa Gungor | Michael Gungor

© 2009 worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG 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

Receive our thanks, O God,

for your gifts of life, means, and time.

We treasure your offerings and, small as our return giving may be,

welcome it for the sake of those in need

and for the furtherance of your witness in this world.

Make us daily more grateful for all we have been given,

in Jesus’ name. Amen.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #23 “God, You Spin the Whirling Planets”


*Parting Words







*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: Guest Pastor: The Rev. Warner Durnell; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir, praise band; Liturgist: Jeremy McConnell.


John Hilley is away on vacation today and September 18. On the 25th, he will conclude his series on “Faith at Work” on the issue of ethics. 


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.


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.



As a part of our partnership with Ministry Architects, Regina Girten will be serving as our Interim Children’s Director beginning September 5th. She currently works at Brentwood United Methodist Church assisting their Connect and Caring Ministry and is completing her Masters in Religion. She will join us on Sunday mornings.


Chris Lee, who went to school at Belmont, was recently named a lead in the Chicago-based production of Hamilton. He will be teaming up with our very own Nate to perform a variety of musical selections as well as compositions and improvisations by Nate. The concert will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. We recommend that you get tickets if you plan to go to this event because of ticket sales and interest. You can get tickets by going to the church’s website (eastbrentwoodpc.com) or call or email Doug in the church office. Childcare will be available!


We need your help! Please remember that we are going totally automated starting this month. Even if you have previously committed to a certain week each month and want to continue in that capacity, you must go on-line to the Sign-Up Genius and select the dates you are willing and available to serve for each position (including 9/4) and hit "submit" at the bottom of the page. We still have quite a few spots to fulfill September through December. Even if you have never volunteered to help in worship, you are encouraged to find some way to participate on those Sundays you are all ready here. (We will train!) Thank you to everyone who has already stepped up to help!


A huge thank you to all of our wonderful musicians and performers, many, many volunteers, church members, preschool families, and new and old friends who joined us for a fantastic day of music and fun at Music in the Grove. Stay tuned for more pictures and videos from this fabulous day! If you took any pictures or videos from the day, we would love to see them. Please send to ebpcoffice@comcast.net. Thank you!


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. If you need a replacement, please contact Doug in the church office or fill out the clip board on the shelves.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, September 11

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Room In The Inn Information Session

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

Wednesday, September 14

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

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, September 18

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

4:30 p.m. PYG for High School Youth

6:30 p.m. A Night on Broadway with Lee & Strasser


Praise and Prayers

Praise for the birth of Lylian Grace Enfinger, daughter of Stephen and Emily.

Prayers for those struggling with the aftermath of the earthquake in Italy.

Prayers for the communities in and around Baton Rouge who were severely affected by the historic flooding and for the households and businesses that sustained damage.

Prayers of sympathy and support for Rick and Jeannie Lausten and Katie Lessard as they grieve the death of their son and brother, Andy.

Prayers for Marisa Miller and her family with the losses and health challenges they have had.

Prayers for continued healing and strength for Steve Bell (our guitarist in the praise band) as he continues recuperating after surgery.

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 encouragement and safety for Juli Liske and her son, Dylan White.

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

Prayers of sympathy and support for Liz, Yarnell, and Matthias Beatty as they continue to grieve the death of their son and brother, Alex.

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 Laurie Byers’s husband, Brent, and his family as he is recovering from surgery for pancreatic cancer. Laurie is a teacher at the EBPC Preschool.


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.