Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

Sunday, September 3, 2017

10:00 a.m.

22nd Sunday In Ordinary Time


Sunday, September 3, 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


Prelude “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”


*Call to Worship

Lord, we come to you from the busyness of the world with every intention of spending the next hour focused on you. 

However, you know that we are human and that our minds are so often fractured by our concerns for others and ourselves

That our fears, anxieties and worries over what has happened and what is yet to come,

Our to do lists, our goals and ambitions,

Our dreams and our plans

Take priority over you.

For the next 60 minutes, Lord, please help us to shut these distractions away so that only your clear plan dramatically emerges...

Like an incredible burning bush in our path lighting the way.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #406 “We Are Standing on Holy Ground” 2x


Call to Confession “The Sabbath Box”


Prayer of Confession

God of the burning bush, we confess our failures to you.

You appear to us in remarkable signs

and in our neighbor's needs, and we turn away.

You call us to be your people

and, like Moses, we make excuses.

You offer us the chance of a new beginning

and we fall into old habits.

Holy One, give us wisdom to discern what is right,

courage to deny ourselves,

and strength to turn to you for all things.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.


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


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Scripture Exodus 3: 1-12 OT page 50

“Godly Play”


Exploring the Message “Signs of the Holy”


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


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.


Offering “Pass It On”

It only takes a spark

To get a fire going

And soon all those around

Can warm up in its glowing

That's how it is with God's love

Once you've experienced it

You spread His love to ev'ryone

You want to pass it on

CCLI Song # 14284

Kurt Kaiser

© 1969 Bud John Songs, Inc. (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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

CCLI License # 2212591


Offertory “Up to the Mountain” Patty Griffin


*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 and Dedication

Living God, you miraculously used the burning bush to attract the attention of Moses. Just as the bush was on fire but not destroyed, so you sustain those you call to fulfill your purposes. Thank you for responding to the needs of your people and nurturing new leaders. Let us all be bold witnesses of your amazing power and love. We return these gifts to you and pray that they may be used in your service as we seek to shine your light to the world. Amen.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #69 “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”


*Parting Words






*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Worship Leaders: Lindsey Hinds-Brown, Liz Beatty, Kelly McConnell; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Joe Ennis, Briana Tyson, and Stuart Caron.


The children will stay in worship again this week for another exciting Intergenerational Worship Service. This week's message will be delivered "CW - style" as the entire congregation will hear the story of Moses and the Burning Bush as told through Godly Play. Children will be invited to dress up in Biblical costumes once they arrive to get into character. They will then join Ms. Lindsey in front of the burning bush to hear the story and guide the congregation through our "Wonder" questions. Children will help collect the offering and pass our Sabbath Box to help the adults and children alike to put away distractions for our time of worship. 


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.


The Rev. John Hilley and his wife, Kira, are away on vacation.


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.


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Tomorrow is the day!!!


Here's our line-up for this year's Music in the Grove! Many of our performers have an EBPC connection so let's have a big turnout to support them!

2 p.m. The Next Door Boys: a local band of middle schoolers - several of them attended EBPC as preschoolers and are members of the church!

3 p.m. Mr. Steve, the Music Man: a perennial family favorite performer who plays at many venues around town including Live on the Green and more!

4 p.m. Nate Strasser and band: Our favorite Music Director and amazing musician with Joe Ennis, Briana Tyson, and Stuart Caronwill have the crowd groovin’ all day!

5 p.m. Ben Glover: two-time Grammy award winning songwriter and producer who has penned more than 35 #1 hits in multiple genres of music and was named ASCAP’s Christian songwriter of the year in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. Glover wrote the hit country songs, "Hard to Love" by Lee Brice and "Love Don't Run" by Steve Holy along with numerous hits in Christian music including “Flawless” and “Greater” by MercyMe, “Write Your Story” by Francesca Battistelli, and Mandisa’s songs ”Stronger" and “Overcomer,” the latter of which won a Grammy award. 

Additionally, Sky Studios will be on hand for a musical petting zoo, there will be inflatables and food trucks! Ride your bikes, bring your hammocks and chairs and money for the delicious eats from our local food trucks!


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 3

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Monday, September 4—Labor Day

Office Closed

2:00 p.m. Music In The Grove

Wednesday, September 6

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:08 p.m. 608 for Middle School-aged Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, September 8

9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women

Sunday, September 10

9:00 a.m. Inquirer’s Class

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

† 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.