Welcome To Worship

 

at

 

East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, July 10, 2016

10:00 a.m.

 

8th Sunday after

Pentecost

Sunday, July 10, 2016

 

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

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.

 

   Thought before Worship

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice,

but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.—Elie Wiesel

 

We Gather to Worship God

 

Welcome & Announcements

 

Prelude God Bless America Berlin

 

*Call to Worship

This is what we know:

the world is a hard place,

and no one is exempt from pain.

This is what we trust:

this is a safe place to rest,

and God is here with us.

This is what we hope:

the day is surely coming,

when all will be made right.

 

*Hymn #63 “The Lord is God”

 

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession

God of mercy and love, make us new.

We come before you with prayers too shallow to express our grief,

with hearts too prideful to admit our guilt, and with eyes too dim to see your work of redemption.

Make us new, we pray.

Redeem us, that we may pray truthfully,

love faithfully,

and see clearly your purpose in our world. God of mercy and love, make us new.

 

Time for Silent Reflection

 

Response “Love the Lord Your God” Hymn #62

Love the Lord your God with all your heart.

Love the Lord your God with all your soul.

Love the Lord your God with all your mind.

Love the Lord your God with all that you are.

 

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

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.

 

We Listen for the Word of God

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

Old Testament Amos 5:21-24; 8:1-12 OT page 854

 

Response “What Does the Lord Require of You?” Hymn #70

What does the Lord require of you?

What does the Lord require of you?

To seek justice and love kindness

and walk humbly with your God.

 

New Testament Luke 10:25-37 NT page 71

 

Response

 

Sermon “The Most Fascinating People: Amos” John R. Hilley

 

Time of Reflection

 

Affirmation of Faith—Confession of Belhar

We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. This, God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end.

We believe

· that God has revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people;

· that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged;

· that God calls the church to follow him in this, for God brings justice to the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry;

· that God frees the prisoner and restores sight to the blind;

· that God supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps orphans and widows and blocks the path of the ungodly;

· that for God pure and undefiled religion is to visit the orphans and the widows in their suffering;

· that God wishes to teach the church to do what is good and to seek the right;

· that the church must therefore stand by people in any form of suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the church must witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream;

· that the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged; that in following Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others.

 

Hymn #749 “Come! Live in the Light!”

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.

 

We Respond to God’s Love

 

Offering

 

Offertory

 

*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

 

We Go from Here to Serve

 

*Hymn #757 “Today We Are Called to Be Disciples”

 

*Parting Words

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude

 

 

*Please stand if you are able.

 

Immediately following today’s service you are invited to gather around the piano for Reverberations - a 10 minute talk back with John and Laura about today’s service. Have a question about what Nate was doing musically or a question or input about John’s sermon? Or have something you would like to share? We’ll take 10 minutes together and be on our way.

 

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: Pastor: John Hilley; Guest Accompanist: Laura Kreiselmaier; Liturgist: Kira Hilley.

 

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 or John Hilley.

 

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.

 

Announcements

Mark your calendars for Monday, September 5 for our annual Music In The Grove celebration! Our first event last year was a big success and we plan to grow even more this year! Make sure you circle Labor Day in red as we celebrate our fabulous EBPC community and the great music we have in Music City!

 

JULY IS COLLEGE GROVE FOOD PANTRY TIME! It's summertime, and remember: hunger doesn't take a vacation. So we need your help! EBPC will be helping to stock the College Grove Food Pantry which serves the southeastern corner of Williamson county. We are hoping to supply all of the regular needed supplies, and to add an emphasis on things which would be needed for a cookout. The list of suggested contributions is available in the Narthex or in the Gathering Place. We will begin collecting immediately and look forward to seeing the bins in the Gathering Place filled to the brim by the end of our collection time, which will be July 27. If you would like to participate in the delivery of foods to College Grove and assist with the distribution on July 30, please contact Martha Wolfe at 615-373-5979 or at bmwolfe50@aol.com.

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP! The work of the church does not get done without many members and friends of EBPC pitching in. To help facilitate this, we have set-up a Signup Genius page that will be updated regularly. Please view the page and see if you can help out. Additionally, If you have something that you would like to add to the list of volunteer needs please let Doug in the church office know. Thank you for your help in keeping our church running smoothly!

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, July 10

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:00 a.m. Youth leave for Montreat

10:00 a.m. Worship

Monday, July 11

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, July 13

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

Saturday, July 16th

Youth return from Montreat

Sunday, July 10

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers for healing and comfort for David Merrell, friend of the Strecker family, as he faces compounded health issues.

Prayers for our senior high youth attending the Montreat Youth Conference this week.

Prayers of comfort and support for Grant and Kristin, friends of Doug Hausken, whose 16-month old son Inde died this week following a complicated heart surgery.

Prayers for a speedy recovery for Alice Toledo following her recent surgery.

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 LaNardo Beverly and his family as they continue to grieve the death of his father Charles L. Beverly.

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 those who feel abandoned or rejected; give us eyes to recognize them in our midst: people living in abusive relationships; individuals and families living without legal immigration documents; refugees.

Prayers for Don Rice, friend of the Philbrick family who continues to struggle with cancer.

Prayers for Lucas, the 20-month old grandson of a friend of Regina Montgomery, who has 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 Kelly Rakow, a business associate of Susan Schellhardt, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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.

Prayers for Karen Owens Holloway and her husband David with her cancer diagnosis.

 

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.