Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, September 20, 2015

10:00 am

 17th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 20, 2015 

   Thought before Worship

Fall schedule has returned, which means, children, youth and adults are back in school, filling classrooms. For the next four weeks we will learn from those days in school.” These life lessons are often spiritual lessons that help us live a more grounded life as maturity comes. The series theme is “Back to School.” Today we remember our influential teachers. Next week we go to the principal’s office.  

Pre-Service Music 

Welcome & Announcements 

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude “Down to the River to Pray” Traditional 

*Call to Worship

God does not need our praises. There are others with better words,

more beautiful songs,

and stronger faith.

God does not need our praises, but we need to praise God.

So we come ready to worship,

not expecting that this hour will change the world, but daring to hope that this hour will change us.

Be with us now, O God.

Reach into our hearts, and love us into life.  

*Opening Prayer 

*Hymn #475 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” 

Call to Confession  

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we have lost our way.

You teach us to love extravagantly and forgive graciously,

but we add up rights and wrongs.

You teach us to share what we have and play well with others,

but we clench our fists and keep to ourselves.

You teach us to walk out into the light and leave the empty tomb, but we find it easier to stay in the darkness.

We did not set out to live like this, but here we are,

made up of good intentions, wounded hearts, and misguided ambitions.

But you, O God,

are made up of holy wisdom, second chances, and boundless imagination.

Make us better than we have proven ourselves to be.

Breathe life into us once again.

It is our desire to honor you in all we say and all we do.  

Time for Silent Reflection 

Response “We Will Walk with God” Hymn #742

We will walk with God, my brothers; we will walk with God.

We will walk with God, my sisters; we will walk with God.

We will go rejoicing till the kingdom has come.

We will go rejoicing till the kingdom has come. 

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 

Anthem “Give Me Jesus” Arr. Schram 

Time with the Children

Children: God be with you here.

Congregation: God go with you. 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Prayer for Illumination  

Old Testament Deuteronomy 6:20-25 OT page 164 

New Testament Mark 8:27-33 NT page 43

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon Back to School John R. Hilley

“The Learning Circle”

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn 726 “Will You Come and Follow 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 “Who Am I” Hall

CCLI Song #4196651

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

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*Doxology #606  

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

*Hymn #741 “Guide My Feet” 

*Parting Words 


Postlude “Hallelujah”

CCLI Song #3091812

©2000 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire)

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

CCLI License #2212591 

*Please stand if you are able.

About Today’s Service 

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgists: Jeremy McConnell; Musician: Nate Strasser. 

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 about Sarah, “Sarah Laughs.” (Genesis 18:1-15) And next weeks lesson will be about Ishmael and Isaac, “God Blesses Ishmael and Isaac.” (Genesis 16; 21:1-7, 9-13) 

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 a clipboard activity in the sanctuary during worship.

Flowers are provided this morning by

Rolland and Cathy Gilbert

in honor of their 48th wedding anniversary.

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. 

The Session has called a congregational meeting on September 27th immediately following church to hear a report from the Nominating Class concerning the nomination of Elders. 

Kids' Music and Drama Club is off and running with 20 kids at their first practice. 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: Sunday, Sept 27th 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. 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance 

Sunday, September 20

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

11:15 am Mission & Service Committee

6:00 pm PYG (Senior High Youth)

Monday, September 21

11:00 am Staff Meeting

Wednesday, September 23

6:08 pm 608 (Middle School Youth)

6:30 pm Kids’ Music & Drama Club

7:00 pm Choir

Thursday, September 24

6:30 pm Praise Team

Sunday, September 27

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

11:15 am Young Families Lunch & Service Project

6:00 pm PYG (Senior High Youth)  

Praise and Prayers

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

Prayers of thanksgiving for the teachers in our lives.

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.

Prayers for Lily Paris as she continues her battle with cancer.

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 Sept. 27th

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Ps. 124

James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 

Back to School Sermon Series

September 20: The Learning Circle (The Importance of Having Teachers in Our Lives)

September 27: Line Leaders and Cabooses (Leadership)

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

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

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