Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, April 15, 2018

10:00 a.m.


3rd Sunday of Easter



Sunday, April 15, 2018


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




   Prelude          “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord”

CCLI Song # 2298355

Paul Baloche

© 1997 Integrity's Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music [DC Cook]))

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

CCLI License # 2212591


*Call to Worship

All who hunger, gather around.
There is bread here, for empty bellies.

There is compassion here, for broken hearts.

There is grace here, for shattered lives.

There is family here, for lonely souls.

There is hope here, for all who need it.

All who hunger, gather around and lift your hearts to God.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.


*Hymn #248 “Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna!”


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

This past week has been like so many before it: we thought we would be better than we were.

We wanted to pray more, study more, trust more. We meant to be gentle, with each other and with the world.

We intended to let grace have the last word.

We have disappointed ourselves again, O God, and we are afraid we have disappointed you, too.

There is such distance between who we are and who we want to be.

Help us.

Receive us as we are, but do not leave us this way.


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

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.

Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Special Music “Go Ye Into All the World” Wetzler

Copyright © 1962 Augsburg Publishing House


We Listen for God’s Word


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Luke 24:36-49 NT page 91

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Meditation At the Table with Jesus Series John R. Hilley

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”


Time of Reflection


We Respond to the Word








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.


Sharing of the Bread & Cup


Communion Music


Prayer After Communion

...We thank you for your love and care in assuring us of your gift of eternal life and uniting us with the blessed company of all faithful people.

Therefore, ever living God

keep us steadfast in your holy fellowship.

And now we offer ourselves, all that we have and are,

to serve you faithfully in the world, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be all honor and glory now and forever. Amen.


We Go from Here & Serve


*Hymn #295 “Go to the World!”








*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Choir, Praise Band; Elder of the Day & Liturgist: Erin Morrow.


This morning, 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.  Worshippers will return to their pews by the side aisles. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is not just for Presbyterians or “members of the church.” All who seek to follow Jesus are invited to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may receive the bread and grape juice (in place of wine) in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ.


This Week in Children's Worship: This third Sunday of Easter we will hear the story of Doubting Thomas and learn that Jesus wants us to believe in Him!


This Week in UPWARDS: UPWARDS Canvas Painting! This Sunday, April 15, all Upwards kiddos will be painting canvases that incorporate one of their favorite Christian symbols. One of our goals this year is for our upper elementary kids to start telling their own faith story as they grow into creative thinkers and doers of Christ! Upwards will start at 10am this week so that we all have time to finish our paintings! Please make plans to join us for this special Upwards tradition. Parents are invited to view our gallery of artwork upstairs at the end of worship.


The benediction was based on http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/table-benediction.

Sanctuary flowers are given in memory of Brian White & Rebecca Raymond by Ralph Comer & David Thomerson

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.




Mark your calendars for our Annual Springapalooza Festival on May 6! We'll have worship at 10 am and the festival will follow at 11am. There will be a bounce house, water slide, field games, kiddie pools, music, and BBQ. We hope you’ll bring the sides!


SAVE THE DATE: EBPC goes to the Well on Saturday, April 28th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The Well is a coffee house on Old Hickory Boulevard, east of Target. Everyone is welcome! Nate will be performing with some guest musicians.


Men! We heard you! Mark your calendars for a chance to get together. It won’t be over some tired dinner and a speaker but kicking around a bonfire on Friday, April 20th at Larry Wilson's place at 2195 N. Berry’s Chapel Rd. Franklin, TN 37069. The fire will be roaring by 6:30 and good conversation around the fire will follow. Bring your own camp chair and refreshments to add to what we will have on hand. Contact Brian Telford for more information at telford451@gmail.com.


EBPC Preschool Begins Strategic Planning Process: During 2018, a group of EBPC church members and Preschool staff will be engaged in Strategic Planning for the EBPC Preschool. After 19 great years of serving children and families in our community, it is a good time to envision our future and build on our strengths. This process will take several months and includes visioning for 2023, Input Sessions with staff, members, and other friends of the Preschool, and the creation of initiatives to maintain an already well-respected program in our community. Please feel free to reach out to any member of our working group—Sheri Vosel (svosel@ebpctn.org), Rev. John Hilley (jhilley@ebpctn.org); Elizabeth Johnson (ebpc.preschool.chapel@gmail.com); and Lavona Russell (lavona.russell@gmail.com)—with your questions or input to this process.


Helped Needed at our Partner School! Glenview Elementary seeks proctors for the upcoming state assessments on the mornings of April 17-19 and 24-26. You will be an extra set of eyes in the classroom and will get to chat with students during breaks! If you are available one (or more!) morning to help, please email Katherine Booker at katherine.booker@mnps.org. Thank you!


As part of our year of "Getting Connected; Staying Connected" theme, periodically we will hold "Coffee and Chat" gatherings on Sunday mornings before worship. If you have been visiting with the church and would like the opportunity to learn more about EBPC, Pastor John and Liz Beatty would love for you to join them for conversation and refreshments on Sunday, April 15th from 9:00-9:45 a.m. If you would like to formally join EBPC, members of our Session will be available to receive your request and act upon your desire to publicly profess your commitment to becoming a church member. If you have any questions or would like to join the church but are unable to attend this event, please contact John (jhilley@ebpctn.org) or Liz (aybeatty@comcast.net). 


NaCoMe Christian Camp | Family Camp: is perfect for first-time campers or for families looking to grow closer. It is for families with pre-K to 5th graders and is from June 29th-July 1st. Want to come just as parent and child? Great! Grandparent and grandchild? Join us! Family of 6? We’d love to have you! Any size or combination of family is welcome to this intergenerational camp. Most activities are designed for the youth and adult campers to enjoy together, although there are times where adults will participate in separate Bible study and activity times. Family Camp encourages independence and allows campers to engage in a positive environment while gaining the experience and familiarity to come back to camp on their own, all while deepening your family’s faith as a unit. For more information go to www.nacome.org.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, April 15

9:00 a.m. Coffee & Chat

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

3:00 p.m. Yoga

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous

Tuesday, April 17

11:00 a.m. Luke 14:12

Wednesday, April 18

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

5:30 p.m. Administration & Personnel Committee

6:00 p.m. Handbell

6:45 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, April 22

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Young Families Activity

3:00 p.m. Yoga

4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous


Praise & Prayer Requests

† Prayers for Carol Huffman.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for Richard & Jeanie White, who are visiting from California.

† Prayers for John Jeter, father of Pam Hunter, who has intestinal cancer.

† Prayers for Judy Moser as she continues to recover in Virginia from a recent illness.

† Prayers for our partner churches in the Petén, Guatemala and for the work of The Rev. Philip Beisswenger, our Presbyterian Mission Worker.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Kristine Vasilevskis

at team5v@att.net or (615) 403-5713.