Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, September 18, 2016

10:00 a.m.


18th Sunday after



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

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Thought before Worship

“What is the true measure of the wealth of a people? The creation and preservation of beauty? A strong and healthy citizenry? An educated and compassionate leadership, ensuring justice for all? A palpable sense of civic joy? A collective sense that serving our neighbor is our highest civic good? …During Sabbath, things that grow in time are honored at least as much as those things we would buy and sell. At rest, we can take deeper measure of our true wealth.” - Wayne Muller, from Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives


We Gather to Worship God


Welcome & Announcements




*A Call to Worship

We come with hearts and minds restless from the week behind us and anxious for the week to come.

Help us to be still, and listen.

We seek a place to lay down our burdens.

Meet us in this place, just as we are.

Help us to love You and love one as you have loved us.

Come, let us worship God!


*Opening Prayer

Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Give us the strength to know and do your will, so that we might life abundant and perfect freedom in your presence. Amen.


*Hymn #307 “God of Grace and God of Glory”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Almighty God,

you love us, but we have not loved you.

You call, but we have not listened.

We walk away from neighbors in need,

wrapped in our own concerns.

We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed.


God of grace, help us to admit our sin,

so that as you come to us in mercy,

we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness;

through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

(from the Book of Common Worship)


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 Regina Girten

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Anthem “A Gaelic Blessing” Rutter

Copyright © 1978 by the Royal School of Church Music

All rights reserved.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Matthew 5:13-16 NT page 4

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Old Testament Isaiah 58:9b-14 OT page 688

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon The Rev. Katherine Smith

“Why Time is Not Money”


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


Hymn #351 “All Who Love and Serve Your City” Vs. 1, 4


Affirmation of Faith—Brief Affirmation of Faith

In life and in death we belong to God.

Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit,

We trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,

whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.

Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:

preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives,

teaching by word and deed and blessing the children,

healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted,

eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners,

and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

(from A Brief Statement of Faith)


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.






*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

Eternal God, creator of the world and giver of all good,

We thank you for the earth, our home, and for the gift of life.

Teach us to be good stewards of the time you have given us.

Help us to love you,

And to be thankful for all your gifts by serving you

and delighting to do your will,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #767 “Together We Serve”


*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. Katherine Smith; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir; Liturgist: Yarnell Beatty; Interim Children’s Director: Regina Girten.


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

Katherine Smith currently serves as Assistant Dean for Admissions, Vocation, and Stewardship at Vanderbilt Divinity School. A native of Nashville who grew up attending Westminster Presbyterian Church, Katherine graduated with an A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Katherine is happily living out her call to do vocational discernment with those exploring theological education and Christian ministry. She is married to Bart Smith, Director of Development for Vanderbilt Athletics. They have two children, Eleanor (5) and Evelyn (3).


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.



The church is presenting Bibles to 3 year olds and 3rd graders during worship, Sunday, September 25th. If your child is one of these ages please let Doug in the church office know by Monday, September 19th.


EBPC will serve the guests of LUKE 14: 12 ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20. We have 12 volunteers so far but need 15 total. If you are able to lend a hand please follow this Signup Genius link or contact Ann Ketch (615) 440-6124. Luke 14:12 is held in the dining of Room In the Inn, at 705 Drexel St., in Nashville. We meet there at 11:30 and are usually done by 1:00. If you would like to join us but need a ride downtown, transportation is provided from the church at 11:00 and we return by 1:30.


Chris Lee, who went to 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 TONIGHT Sunday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare will be available!


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.


Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help support our worship teams each week. We still have holes to fill and could use your support, even if it is just for a single Sunday where you already plan to be at EBPC. Please sign up on our SignUp Genius page for a support role when you are available. Thank you!


Help celebrate Nuevá Vida’s third Anniversary and new playground opening! What is Nuevá Vida? Nuevá Vida is a Hispanic ministry sponsored by the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee. The congregation meets at Glencliff Presbyterian Church. Today, Sunday, Sept. 18, they are celebrating their third anniversary and will also be celebrating the “grand opening” and dedication of a new playground. Pastor Teddy Chuquimia has invited our congregation to join them in the celebration. Their Sunday worship service starts at 12:30 p.m. with the picnic/cookout in the church parking lot immediately following the service. Come for the church service and/or the picnic! The church is located at 416 East Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37211. Let's show our support for this important ministry and join in the celebration! If you need more information, call Laura Litchfield at (615) 294-0583.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, September 18

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

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

6:30 p.m. A Night on Broadway

Tuesday, September 20

11:00 a.m. Room In The Inn

Wednesday, September 21

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

Thursday, September 22

10:00 a.m. Worship Committee

Sunday, September 25

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

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


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.