Sunday, June 5, 2015

   Welcome & Announcements 

We Gather to Worship God

    Prelude           “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”  

 

*A Call to Worship

Sing to the Lord a new song.

       Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord; praise God’s name.

Proclaim God’s salvation day after day.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before God with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is God who made us and we are God’s people.

The Lord is good and God’s love endures forever.

Let us lift our hearts to God in joyful praise.  

*Hymn Medley

“O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” (Hymn #338)

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,

for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!

America! America! God shed his grace on thee,

and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea! 

O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,

who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!

America! America! God mend thine every flaw;

confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law! 

“This Is My Father’s World” (Hymn #370)

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears all

nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world; I rest me in the thought of

rocks and trees, of skies and seas, his hand the wonders wrought. 

“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (Hymn #337)

My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of

liberty, of thee I sing: land where my

fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride,

from every mountainside let freedom ring. 

My native country, thee, land of the

noble free, thy name I love; I love thy

rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills;

my heart with rapture thrills like that above. 

Call to Confession 

Prayer of Confession

God of all nations:

you led men and women to this land,

and out of your conflicts you have created in us a love for peace and liberty.

When we neglect rights and restrict freedoms, we fail you.

When we turn away neighbors in need and refuse to extend the opportunities of this land to all, we offend your justice and your love.

Forgive us.

Forgive pride that will not acknowledge national wrong and that justifies injustice.

Forgive our divisions of race and class.

Make us compassionate, fair, and helpful to each other and to all people.

Raise up in us a right patriotism that seeks our nation’s good and the world’s peace and hope.

Through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.  

Response “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” (Hymn #8)

Eternal Father, strong to save,

whose arm has bound the restless wave,

who bade the mighty ocean deep its own appointed limits keep:

O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea. 

Assurance of Forgiveness

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 RSV)

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. 

Hymn Medley

“Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” (Hymn #649)

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,

that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found,

was blind, but now I see. 

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

and grace my fears relieved.

How precious did that grace appear

the hour I first believed! 

“Simple Gifts”

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right, 
  'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
 

When true simplicity is gain'd, 
  To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight, 
  Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.
 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Time with the Children 

Prayer for Illumination 

New Testament Mark 6:1-13 NT page 40

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Meditation John R. Hilley 

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn “The Old Rugged Cross”

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suff'ring and shame
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain
 

Chorus:

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown
 

O the old rugged cross so despised by the world
Has a wondrous attraction for me
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary
 

In the old rugged cross stained with blood so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me
 

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true
It's shame and reproach gladly bear
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away
Where His glory forever I'll share
 

Offering 

Offertory “Done Nobis”  

*Doxology #606  

Holy Communion 

Invitation to the Lord’s Table 

Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.  

...Hasten the day when the prophets’ dream shall come to pass, when justice shall roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream, when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  

This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. By him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. Amen.  

Sharing of the Bread and Cup 

Communion Music

    Prayer After Communion (concluding 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. 

We Go from Here to Serve 

*Hymn #269 “Lead On, O King Eternal!”  

*Parting Words 

*Benediction “God Be with You Till We Meet Again” Hymn #541

God be with you till we meet again;

loving counsels guide uphold you,

with a shepherd’s care enfold you:

God be with you till we meet again. 

God be with you till we meet again;

unseen wings protecting hide you,

daily manna still provide you:

God be with you till we meet again. 

God be with you till we meet again;

when life’s perils thick confound you,

put unfailing arms around you:

God be with you till we meet again. 

God be with you till we meet again;

keep love’s banner floating o’er you;

smite death’s threatening wave before you:

God be with you till we meet again. 

Postlude  

 

*Please stand if you are able. 

About Today’s Service 

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Yarnell Beatty; Musicians: Laura Kreiselmaier, Choir, Nate Strasser. 

This morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all persons of faith present, remembering that being invited to the Table is not extended to us because of merit, but a grace extended to all. There may be those in attendance today who have not been baptized, but who feel moved to receive the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are inseparable. If you feel called by the Holy Spirit to meet Christ in Communion, we believe that you are also being called to Baptism. We will not turn anyone away from the Lord’s Table, but we do invite you to speak to the pastor or a member of the session about Baptism as soon as possible.  

Today’s Communion is served by intinction. The congregation will come forward to receive the bread, which they will then dip into the chalice of grape juice. Worshipers will return to their pews by the side aisles. 

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. This week we continue exploring the life of Moses with Part 2 of “Wandering in the Wilderness” where our children are introduced to the 10 Commandments.

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? Please speak to John Hilley after the service.  

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 

PYG and 608 will continue with opportunities for service and fellowship throughout the summer. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at ebpcyouth@comcast.net. 

MUSIC IN THE GROVE is a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful grounds and our wonderful church family so please let all of your friends and family know about this great event and bring them out for a great afternoon of music and fun! All church members, preschool families and Brentwood neighbors and friends are invited to bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic and enjoy this fabulous concert event from 3 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, July 25th. The concert lineup includes soul/gospel artist Jason Eskridge, bluegrass band Fireball Mail with our very own, newly appointed music director and piano virtuoso Nate Strasser. This promises to be a fantastic event, and we hope all our church and preschool families will come out to support these amazing musicians and our church. We are looking for volunteers to help with this event. Please sign up in the narthex or contact the church office if you are available and interested. For more information about the event and our great musicians, go to www.musicinthegrove.com.  

The College Grove Community Food Pantry is having a pancake breakfast at their site on Saturday, July 11, from 7 am—9 am. The breakfast is complimentary if you choose to sponsor one of the boxes of food which are distributed each week to those who come to the pantry for food. Sponsorship of a box is a $10 contribution. Martha Wolfe has the Sponsorship cards and you may contact her to make your contribution—615-373-5979, bmwolfe50@aol.com or see her at church this Sunday. The church which houses the Pantry is the College Grove United Methodist Church, located at 8568 Horton Hwy. in College Grove—a lovely drive, 30 minutes away from Brentwood. 

EBPC Young Families: this month, we will not meet a second time for a service project, but will instead have an ongoing new/gently used book drive benefiting Book 'Em, an organization that distributes children's books to underprivileged Nashville children. There is a donation box in the Narthex that will be there through July 31st. 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance 

Sunday, July 5

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship (Communion)

Wednesday, July 8

9:00 am Staff Retreat Offsite (Office Closed)

Sunday, July 12

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship 

Praise and Prayers 

Praise for the safe return of our senior high youth from their mission trip to Charleston, SC.

Praise for a successful surgery for a malignant brain tumor for Betty Garrique, cousin of Bill Wolfe, and prayers for her as she is beginning chemotherapy treatments.

Prayers for comfort and support for the lives that have been touched by the shooting of nine people at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17th.

Prayers for the church members of Mt. Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, SC that lost its building due to arson and the other churches that were lost under similar circumstances.

Praise for the safe return of Doug Pennington.

Prayers for Lily Paris as she continues her treatment for cancer, fighting infection, and a successful surgery this week.

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

Prayers for Joanna Roberts as she is healing from a recent shoulder injury. She is currently recovering in Bloomington, IN.

Prayers for Rob Moser’s father who is battling cancer.

Praise for the hiring of Nate Strasser as our new Music Director and Laura Kreiselmaier’s tenure with us providing music in the interim.

Prayers for the planning and execution of Music In The Grove and that it would be successful.

Prayers for safety for all of those traveling this holiday weekend.

Prayers for Megan Johnson, sister-in-law of Elizabeth and Dave Johnson.

Prayers for strength and healing for Morene Roadman in her continued fight against cancer, mother of Stephen and mother-in-law of Amy Roadman.

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 the 2015 graduates. 

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. 

 

Dear God, we are grateful for a long holiday weekend, and for time to breathe deeply and see the beauty of your world. We are grateful for what the celebration remembers, for the gift of our freedom, for the right to practice our faith, and for all those who committed their fortunes, honor and their lives to its preservation. Remind us, O God, that you are the author of liberty; that in Christ you have set us free to live whole and joyful lives. In Christ's name, Amen.