Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 10, 2016

10:00 a.m.


3rd Sunday of EASTER

This Little Light of Mine

About Today’s Service:

Over the next several Sundays we will reflect on how the power of God’s light is reflected in our lives through our lives! Our series theme “This Little Light of Mine” is appropriate, especially since our church community’s rallying cry for 2016 is Shining God’s Light. Also, we will be focusing on and thanking our volunteers during the month of April who shine their light around our church and out in the community. You may feel like your light is pretty small, especially in a world that can seem dark and polarized. But this little light can be enough. And how it is needed within our EBPC community and in our world! Your task - and our joy - is to let it shine!

Sunday, April 10, 2016


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


   Welcome & Announcements




*A Call to Worship    

The words of the Gospel have called us here:






The words of the Gospel will send us out from here:






The words of the Gospel can change us.

May God open our ears and awaken our hearts.


*Opening Prayer

Holiness, Word, Power,

you reveal yourself

as one God in three persons,

a mighty, creative, life-generating dancer

who invites your creation to join you.

Catch us up in your light and yourlove

and lead us into your world

to call others to follow you

with singing and rejoicing. Amen.


*Hymn #240 “Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,

With Easter, you have given us new life, but we so quickly fall back into old patterns.

We want to offer words of blessing and celebration,

but our tongues are much more familiar with complaint and critique.

We want to promote justice and peace,

but our imaginations cannot stretch far enough to see the possibilities.

We want to trust and love our neighbors as ourselves,

but our hearts are bruised and suspicious.

Easter us once again, O God,

so that we might reflect your Gospel truth.


Time for silent reflection


Response “Be Not Afraid” Hymn #243, twice

Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!

Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!


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


Anthem “Come Away” Medema

Copyright © 1991, GlorySound, A Division of Shawnee Press, Inc.


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

Sing into our ears, O Spirit, the holy word of life.

Tell us who we are and to whom we belong

so that we may live with gratitude for all that

you have done. Amen.


The Psalter Psalm 30 OT p. 505


New Testament Matthew 28:11-20 NT p. 34

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “This Little Light of Mine—Go!” John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


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.


*Hymn #250 “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”


Shining God’s Light at EBPC

“Volunteers Lighting the Way”




*Doxology #606


*Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


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


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


Please stay in the sanctuary following worship to hear from the Nominating Committee concerning the placing of two names before the congregation to serve as elders for unfilled positions.

About Today’s Service & Activities


Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director/Pianist: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir, Matt Combs; Liturgist: Rob Montgomery.


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.


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. Today’s story is “Thanks to the Grace of God” -Ephesians 2:1-10 (Help children celebrate God's saving love as a gift of grace.) Next week’s story is “Build Up the Church in Love” - Ephesians 4:1-7,11-16 (Help children practice loving ways to buildup the church.)


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 Dave Ford.


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.




We are collecting donations for the College Grove Food Closet. Please help us fill the boxes in the Gathering Place for delivery on April 30. We could also use volunteers to help us deliver the goods on Saturday, April 30th. Contact Martha Wolfe (bmwolfe50@aol.com) if you can help or with questions. Items needed are: canned meats and fish, Vienna sausage, peanut butter, Velveeta Cheese, canned vegetables, canned fruit and juices including individual packs, cold and hot cereals, pastas, rice, and grain mixes. Paper products and cleaning products are always needed as well. Thanks to everyone for the specialty contributions during the month of March.




It’s almost Spring exam time for our EBPC college kids. We’ll be collecting items to fill their Exam Cram College Boxes in the next month. Please donate it if you can to the box in Gathering Space. Favorite items are individual packs of Oreos, Cheezits, fruit snacks, candy, gum, instant teas/coffees. Email Ashley Purcell with any questions (awpurcell@yahoo.com).


Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. Please sign up from our website or E-newsletter. If you have any questions please contact Regina Montgomery at regina.montgomery@vanderbilt.edu.


Blood Drive: Save Sunday, May 1st, as an opportunity to serve others by donating needed and life-saving blood to the Red Cross. The drive will be at EBPC from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Online registration details will follow shortly, but for now, just save the date. If you were planning or scheduled to give blood between now and 5/1, please hold off and wait until the 1st. For more information, contact Richard White at 615-513-4063 or rwhite@fulham.com.


Volunteers Needed for Worship Support Teams: The Worship Planning Team is in need of members to help in the following capacity. (If you can’t commit to every Sunday you’re slated during the year, you have the option of switching with others.) Please contact Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net if you are willing to help in any of these ways or would like additional information.

· 2nd Sunday of the Month: Open the Church - It’s about a 30 minute time commitment (1)

· 2nd Sunday of the Month (April, July-December): Greeters to help welcome guests before the service (2)

· 4th Sunday of the Month: Ushers to help pass out bulletins, collect & count the offering (2-3)

· 4th Sunday of the Month: Greeters to help welcome guests before the service (2)

· 5th Sunday of the Month: Usher to help pass out bulletins, collect offering (1)

· Substitute List: Be available to greet, usher, open or close the church if the regular person(s) is unavailable. (Multiple)


Thanks to everyone who came out for the work day yesterday!


The cover image: http://digital-photography-school.com/long-exposure-photography/


Join Us at the W.E.L.L.

(Wednesdays: Eating, Learning, Loving)

for dinner, kids’ activities, and spiritual nourishment. Church members, preschool families, and guests are welcome! Meals are $5 per person, with a $15 max per family. Please sign-up by going to the church’s website or the e-newsletter so we will know how much food to prepare. However, do not let it keep you from joining us! There will be enough for all!


Wednesday night programming Schedule:

(Stay after dinner and join us!)

5:30 Dinner

6:08 Middle School Gathering (608)

6:30 Kids' Music & Drama Club

6:30 Adult Learning Circle

7:00 Adult Choir


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance


Sunday, April 10

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting

Tuesday, April 12

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, April 13

5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Dinner (W.E.L.L.)

6:08 p.m. 608 (Middle School Youth)

6:30 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

7:00 p.m. Choir

Thursday, April 14

6:30 p.m. Worship Praise Team

Sunday, April 17

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

4:00 p.m. Youth Planning Council


Praise and Prayers


Prayers for Don Rice, a friend of the Philbricks, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Prayers for Briana Tyson, a guest vocalist that sometimes joins us for worship, who was in a car accident last week. She suffered a broken collarbone but it could have been much worse.

Prayers for comfort and healing for Rebecca Horton of North Carolina, a friend of Ralph Comer who is undergoing cancer radiation therapy.

Prayers for Bill Wolfe's cousin, Betty Garrique, whose brain cancer has returned after a year-long remission.

Praise that Lily Paris’s leg healed sufficiently so she doesn’t have to have surgery! Please continue to pray for her.

Prayers of thanksgiving for our Presbyterian Church’s “Living Waters for the World” program which provides clean water in the underdeveloped part of the globe.

Prayers for Amy Philbrick, help in balancing family, career, and health with fibromyalgia.

Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who arrived this week to begin work 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, Will,  and his family as he is undergoing chemo for pancreatic cancer. Laurie is a teacher at the EBPC Preschool.

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

Prayers for Marilyn Johnson, who is at Southerland.


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.