Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, September 27, 2015

10:00 am

18th Sunday after Pentecost

Thought before Worship

God made us torches. We’ve fallen to matchsticks.

God made us geysers. We’ve fallen to leaks.

God made us His. We’ve fallen to ours.

God made us humans. We’ve fallen to humbugs.

-Joe M. Turner

   Pre-Service Music 

   Welcome & Announcements 

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude “Amazing Grace” Hymn #649 

*Call to Worship

Thinking we know all the answers,

yet wondering if we have missed something,

we enter into this sanctuary of truth.  

In the company of sinners,

in cahoots with saints,

we gather as God’s people.

Standing by folks of deep, abiding faith,

seated with those who stumble through the Kingdom,

we lift our praise to God.  

*Opening Prayer 

*Hymn #36 “For the Fruit of All Creation” 

Call to Confession

Our sins are not to be hidden from God. 

Rather, we bring them into the Light and lay them on the Table,

trusting in the One who shaped us for goodness

and will transform our brokenness into wholeness. 

Please join me as we pray, saying, 

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,

Could the Gospel really be true?

Do you love us that much?  

We want to believe it.

But we know the truth of ourselves, and you do, too.

You know that we can be fragile,

but that we can also stomp all over others.

We read and study your Word,

but we so often say the wrong things.

We are so afraid of making mistakes,

we sometimes play it too safe. 

Forgive us for all of our contradictions and complexities.

Speak to us your words of grace until they settle in our soul. 

Time for Silent Reflection 

Response “Trisagion” Traditional

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

Children: God be with you here.

Congregation: God go with you. 

Anthem “In Christ Alone” Getty & Townend 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Prayer for Illumination  

Old Testament Psalm 19:7-14 OT page 499 

New Testament Philemon NT page 215

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon Back to School John R. Hilley

“Line Leaders and Cabooses”

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn 543 “God, Be the Love to Search & Keep Me” 

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 “Though You Slay Me” Barnard, Woods, Moore, Chandler, Barnard

© 2013 River Oaks Music Company (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Waiting Room Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Fair Trade Global Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

joshmooreownsthismusic (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

More Songs From Wellhouse (Admin. by Wellhouse Entertainment LLC)

Songs From Wellhouse (Admin. by Wellhouse Entertainment LLC) 

*Doxology #606  

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

*Hymn #700 “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” 

*Parting Words 


The Session has called a congregational meeting immediately following church today to hear a report from the Nominating Class concerning the nomination of Elders. 

*Please stand if you are able.

About Today’s Service 

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Rob Montgomery; Musician: Nate Strasser, the choir, and Daniel Bertilson.

To Our Members and Guests: Please sign our friendship pad. 

Children’s Worship: Children’s worship helps children ages 3 through 2nd grade explore Bible units through hands on, age appropriate, experiential activities that are designed to engage them while also instilling faith formation. We meet upstairs every Sunday following the Time with Children. If this is your child’s first visit, please let us know if there are any food allergies as a snack is served. Today’s story is God blesses Ishmael and Isaac - Genesis 16; 21:1-7, 9-13. (Help children celebrate grace by being kind to people who are outcasts.) Next eek it is about the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah - Genesis 24. (Help children trust that God's graced is passed from generation to generation.) 

Upwards is a learning experience for 3rd through 5th graders that alternates weekly between meeting as a group and a clipboard activity. Growing in Grace and Gratitude is this year’s theme. This week’s lesson will be upstairs and they will be discussing, “God Blesses Ishmael and Isaac.” 

Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. New sign-up sheets are in the narthex. If you have any questions please contact Regina Montgomery at regina.montgomery@vanderbilt.edu.  

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 John Hilley or Ashley Purcell. 

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.  


Giving to the church through your will or trust is the most common way to continue your support beyond your lifetime. When your estate is prepared, consider a gift to the church. For more information contact Amy Gallager at amygeoff@gmail.com or (615) 496-4962. 

Kids' Music and Drama Club is off and running with about 20 kids atpractice. It is for children 3 years thru 5th grade and occurs on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7 pm. EBPC Music Director Nate Strasser teaches children about music in a fun and engaging way and is preparing them for the church Christmas pageant! Contact: Nate Strasser, Music Director at EBPC: ebpcmusic@comcast.net.  

Take part in a personal and group study of Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road By Walking. You have two opportunities to join us: Wednesday evening at 6:30-7 pm or Sunday morning at 9-9:45 am. To learn more, see our weekly enewsletter or website. 

EBPC Young Families: Today 11:15 am - 12:30 pm brown bag lunch and Sept service project; Wednesday, Oct 7th 5:30-6:30 pm Monthly dinner and lesson led by Elizabeth Johnson, 6:30-7:00 pm Kids' Music and Drama Club led by Nate Strasser. 

Youth Group Activities: PYG (Senior High Youth) is this evening at 6:00 pm. This fall, they will be studying, “Ten Tough Things”, where they will be engaging in lessons and discussions that will earn them great respect from many people. We invite youth to step up to the challenge to trust God, dream big and do great things. 608 (Middle School Youth) is this Wednesday at 6:08 pm. They will be “Tackling Tough Questions about God, Others and Me”. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at ebpcyouth@comcast.net. 

Join us for an Adult Mission (18+) trip to Mountain Top on the Cumberland Plateau from Thursday, October 8th to Sunday, October 11th. We will leave the church on Thursday afternoon around 4 and return prior to noon on Sunday. Mountain Top is located 90 minutes from Brentwood in Grundy County and the cost is $50.00 per person. No experience is required. There are many projects to work on that use a variety of skills and talents. Work clothes, work gloves, toiletries, and a sleeping bag are all that’s needed. Be part of a weekend adventure and service with members of EBPC and church members from Florida to Mississippi and Virginia to Ohio. Sign up online at www.mountain-top.org for the Adult Mission Trip on October 8th. If you have any questions, contact Dave Ford at 615-661-9537. Hope you can join us. 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance 

Sunday, September 27

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

11:00 am Congregational meeting

11:15 am Young Families Lunch & Service Project

6:00 pm PYG (Senior High Youth)

Monday, September 28

11:00 am Staff Meeting

6:30 pm Session Meeting

Wednesday, September 30

6:08 pm 608 (Middle School Youth)

6:30 pm Kids’ Music & Drama Club

7:00 pm Choir

Thursday, October 1

6:30 pm Praise Team

Friday, October 2

9:30 am Presbyterian Women

Sunday, October 4

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

6:00 pm PYG (Senior High Youth)

Praise and Prayers

Prayers of healing for David Thomerson hospitalized at Williamson Medical Center where he is being treated for an infection.  

Prayers for Joanna Roberts as she makes the transition to Steeplechase.

Prayers of thanksgiving for our preschool teachers and staff and for the children who attend.

Prayers for the safety of those whose job it is to protect us (police).

Prayers for the safety of those fighting the fires out west and the families affected by those fires.

Prayers for all who struggle with life's challenges.

Prayers for Marilyn Johnson, who is at Sommerfield.

Continued prayers for recovery and healing for Lily Paris.

Prayers for Sam, Susan, and Annie Paris as they walk with Lily through this journey.

Prayers for David Herbertson, cousin of Regina Montgomery, for healing following a heart attack.

Prayers for Carol Dison (Liz Beatty's cousin) and her two-year old granddaughter, Avery. Carol was diagnosed with cervical cancer and needs prayers for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Prayers for Jackson Enfinger as he has continued health struggles.

Prayers for all whose road to recovery seems long.

Prayers for refugees in Europe.

Prayers for healing and comfort requested by Leanna Pound (EBPC Nursery) on behalf of Talan Williams, an 8-year-old, who has bone cancer and is undergoing treatment.

Prayers for caregivers of family members and for the unspoken burdens and worries loved ones are facing.

† Prayers for those affected by the violence in our world. 

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. 

Lectionary Readings for October 4th

Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Ps. 26; Heb. 1:1-4; 2:5-12

Mark 10:2-16

Back to School Sermon Series

October 4: Me and My World (World Communion Sunday)

October 11: What’s in Your Lunch Box? (Generosity and Sharing) 

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