Welcome To Worship
Sunday, September 13, 2015
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Thought before Worship
“Two things are absolutely essential to the church: Jesus Christ and human need. In that place where the church dwells are the rich and the poor, the haves and the have nots, the powerful and the powerless. There are those who are educated and those who are ignorant. There are those who believe and those who don’t believe. There are the high and the mighty and the lowly who nobody knows. In between is the Church of Jesus Christ. The church is called to help both the haves and the have nots, the powerful and the powerless. The church is to be the gospel for all these people. As long as you have Christ and as long as you have needs, you have the church.” – Fred Craddock from his Cherry Log Sermons
Welcome & Announcements
We Gather to Worship God
*Call to Worship
God is the author of creation and God’s love for creation never wavers.
It is God who creates us, and God who cares deeply for each of our stories.
It is in response to God’s creation and God’s care that we strive to be doers of the Word, and not merely hearers.
God calls us to care for those who cannot care for themselves. God calls us to give mercy and grace as freely as we are given it.
Each of us is the recipient of such a great love.
And each of us is capable of demonstrating that love to this world.
Let us worship the God who creates, the God who forgives, and the God who shows us what it is to love!
*Hymn #35 “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
Faithful God, you forever seek us no matter what happens in our lives; we should be amazed at your grace.
Yet our desire to be faithful to you is tangled with our desire to be faithful only to ourselves.
We focus on keeping life in control.
We get angry at interruptions and problems that ruin our plans.
We get so bent on our own desires that we squeeze you out.
Forgive us for caring more about our story than the story you have for us.
Help us open our hearts so that we would not just hear your Word, but that we would respond.
It is our desire to honor you in all we say and all we do.
Time for Silent Reflection
Response “Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door” Hymn #728
Somebody’s knocking at your door;
somebody’s knocking at your door;
O sinner, why don’t you answer?
Somebody’s knocking at your door.
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 “River in Judea”
© 1989, Jack Feldman, Linda Marcus
Shawnee Press, Inc., Nashville, TN 37212
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
New Testament Matthew 5:21-26 NT page 4
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Sermon “Building Bridges”
The Rev. Teddy Chuquimia
Time of Reflection
We Respond to God’s Love
*Affirmation of Faith—A Brief Statement of Faith
The same Spirit
who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,
engages us through the Word proclaimed,
claims us in the waters of baptism,
feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.
In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
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.
*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
We Go from Here to Serve
*Hymn #69 “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”
*Please stand if you are able.
About Today’s Service
Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgists: Amy Dodson-Watts (Luke 14:12), Chris Keller (Safe Haven Family Shelter), Jennifer Jackson (Martha O’bryan), Kirby Reed (College Grove Food Pantry), Mary Wilder (Room In The Inn), The Rev. Teddy Chuquimia (Nueva Vida); Musicians: Nate Strasser, Avery Bright, and Matt Combs.
You are invited and encouraged to stay for our Mission Fair immediately following today’s service. Representatives from the organizations we support will be on hand so that you can learn more about the wonderful work they do. A light lunch of appetizers will be served.
We welcome The Rev. Teddy Chuquimia as our guest preacher. He is the organizing pastor of The Nueva Vida Hispanic Presbyterian Church, a new church development in Nashville which began its ministry in January 2013. Rev. Teddy, a native of Bolivia, has served a number of churches before coming to Nashville, including a new church development in Pueblo, Colorado. Gathering for worship at the Glencliff Presbyterian Church, Nueva Vida meets three simple but crucial needs of the Latino community—language training, child care, and fellowship. Teddy writes about the church: “We affirm ourselves by singing a Hispanic song that says, “La iglesia sigue caminando, solo se detiene para predicar” (The church keeps moving, only stopping to preach).
Flowers are provided this morning by the McConnell family
in honor of their 24th wedding anniversary.
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 Abraham, “God Makes a Promise.” (Genesis 12:1-9; 15:2-6). And next week the children will learn about Sarah, “Sarah Laughs.” (Genesis 18:1-15)
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 about, “Sarah Laughs”.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Bible Presentation to 3 year olds and 3rd graders: During our worship service on Sunday, September 20th, we will be presenting Bibles to our 3 year olds and 3rd graders. If you have a child in one of those groups, please plan to be there at that special time. If you have any questions, email Gail at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance
Sunday, September 13
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Mission Fair
4:30 pm Youth Planning Meeting
6:00 pm PYG (Senior High Youth)
Monday, September 14
11:00 am Staff Meeting
Tuesday, September 15
11:00 am Luke 14:12
Wednesday, September 16
6:08 pm 608 (Middle School Youth)
6:30 pm Kids’ Music & Drama Club
7:00 pm Choir
Thursday, September 17
6:30 pm Praise Team
Saturday, September 19
9:30 am Youth Group Activity at GraceWorks
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)
Praise and Prayers
† Prayers for Marilyn Johnson, who is at Sommerfield.
† Prayers for Lily Paris, who is recovering from a successful surgery.
† Prayers for Sam, Susan, and Annie Paris as they walk with Lily through this journey.
† Praise for the birth of Mary Ellen Hofstetter’s granddaughter.
† 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: email@example.com or phone: 615.545.5938.