Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

Sunday, September 17, 2017

10:00 a.m.

24th Sunday In Ordinary Time

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Sunday, September 17, 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

Forgiveness is a hard thing. When has someone forgiven you? Is there someone you need to forgive or ask forgiveness?


We Gather to Worship God


Welcome & Announcements




*A Call to Worship Psalm 103:1

Bless the LORD, O my soul!

All that is within me,

bless God’s holy name! 


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #754 “Help Us Accept Each Other”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious and loving God,

you lived for us- we have not lived for you.

You have forgiven us - we have not forgiven others. You have loved us - we have not loved ourselves nor have we loved one another.

Take pity on us and forgive us, God.

Help us to forgive.

Help us to live for you.

Help us to love through Christ Our Lord.


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 John Hilley

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Anthem “Christ Came to Live Here Among Us” Hopson

© 1998 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.

We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


The Epistle Lesson Romans 14:1-12 NT page 163

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament Matthew 18:21-35 NT page 20

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


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

When It Comes to Forgiveness


Music Seventy Time Seven Strasser


Time of Reflection


Prayers of the People (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 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.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #753 “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”


*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; Liturgist: John Philbrick.


This week in Children's Worship: This week we will hear the story of Joseph and his family. We will think about all the ways we can show God's love within our families and make a special gift for our parents.

This week in Upwards: Join us upstairs as we continue to discover how WE fit into God's big story of love, peace, and hope. This week we will explore families including our own, our church family, and God's BIG family. We will finish by making a gift for our families.


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.



FAITH IN ACTION! Join us Saturday, Sept. 23rd. We invite you to choose one of the following and make it a family gathering or a couple outing or a bonding moment between youth and parent…

· Head to Morning Pointe Nursing Home on Wilson Pike with Nate to have a sing along with the residents. 12:45-2pm - meet Nate there.

· Go to Second Harvest Food Bank with Kelly to organize canned goods. Wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Meet at church 12-3:30pm.

· Head to Glenview Elementary with Lindsey for trash clean up, pulling weeds, creating Fall décor. Meet at church at 8:30am to carpool. Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/a6LsY9.

· Volunteer at the church from 1-3pm to help Larry & Dave install a prayer garden sign and make wooden benches for the garden too.

Please sign up with Kelly for any of the above events by emailing her at ebpcyouth@comcast.net. What a great time to love our neighbors!


Join us Tuesday morning at 9:30 for a Bible Study! You are invited to study how the early followers of Jesus lived in a way that showed their belief in Jesus as Lord. This series is called "Living Unafraid in a Frightening World." Pastor John will lead a group of EBPC church members, friends and preschool parents each Tuesday morning for an hour to study the Book of Acts. The group will examine the messages of the life of the early Church and how it relates to the issues people face today. This week the focus is upon the story of Stephen (chapters 6-8) and how he responds to crisis.


The Bible Study will run every Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. through November 28. We hope you will join us for this fascinating look at the Book of Acts. Acts proclaims Jesus is alive now, so we can live our best lives unafraid of what's next, even in a frightening world.


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. Designate gifts to: Atlantic Regional Hurricanes DR000194. You can also give with a credit card by visiting presbyterianmission.org/GIVE-Irma or by calling 800-872-3283. PDA is still in need of support for mucking out and rebuilding efforts in the Gulf region after Harvey. Thank you to those of you who have already directed gifts to (DR000169-Harvey).


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.


LUKE 14:12 is an organization that provides meals to those who are homeless in downtown Nashville. EBPC serves lunch for Luke 14:12 on the third Tuesday of every month (THIS TUESDAY). We leave at 11:00 a.m from EBPC and meet at 11:30 a.m. in the dining room of the Room In The Inn campus (705 Drexel St., off 8th Ave.) and are done by 1 p.m. Transportation from the church is available. If you are interested, we would love to have you join us! For more information about participating in Luke 14:12 with EBPC or to be added to the volunteer list, contact David Shupe at (615) 218-6047. To learn more about Luke 14:12 go to: http://www.luke1412.org/.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

Tuesday, September 19

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

11:00 a.m. Luke 14:12

Wednesday, September 20

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

Saturday, September 23

9:00 a.m. Faith in Action Day

Sunday, September 24

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

† We pray for the Beatty family following the death of Virginia Galloway (mother of Liz Beatty) last week.

† 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”

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

† 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.