Welcome To Worship
Sunday, April 17, 2016
4th Sunday of EASTER
This Little Light of Mine
About Today’s Service:
Over the next several Sundays we are focusing on how the power of God’s light is reflected 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 are focusing on and thanking our volunteers 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!
East Brentwood Presbyterian Church
9000 Concord Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
Sunday, April 17, 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
“I'm still discovering, right up to this moment, that it is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. I mean living unreservedly in life's duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities. In so doing, we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God.”―Dietrich Bonhoeffer
We Gather to Worship God
Welcome & Announcements
Prelude “I Will Rise” Tomlin, Reeves, Giglio,
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Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Vamos Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
*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.
*Hymn #246 “Christ Is Alive!”
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
Gracious Eternal God,
who breathes life from death,
who gives strength to the weary,
and casts out fear;
We are too casual about your love for us and for all.
We are skeptical that your love knows our name.
Forgive our eternal second guessing of ourselves,
that we might trust both your grace and your calling in our lives.
Time for silent reflection
Response “Light Dawns on a Weary World” Hymn #79
Light dawns on a weary world
when eyes begin to see all people’s dignity.
Light dawns on a weary world:
the promised day of justice comes.
The trees shall clap their hands;
the dry lands, gush with springs;
the hills and mountains shall break forth the singing!
We shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace,
as all the world in wonder echoes shalom.
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 “Climbin’ Up the Mountain” Spevacek
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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
Come, O God, as light in the darkness,
to illumine and inspire and warm our hearts.
Come as salt to give flavor to our lives.
Come as love to bless us with grace
and to call us to be your people in the world you love so dearly: in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Old Testament Psalm 27 OT p. 503
New Testament Matthew 5:13-20 NT p. 4
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Sermon Shining God’s Light: This Little Light of Mine
“Shine” John R. Hilley
“You are the salt of the earth. . . . You are the light of the world.”
Matthew 5:13–14 (NRSV)
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 #458 “Thy Word Is a Lamp unto My Feet”
Shining God’s Light at EBPC
“Volunteers Lighting the Way”
Offertory “Go Light Your World” Rice
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(Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)
*Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication
We Go from Here to Serve
*Hymn #192 “Shine, Jesus, Shine”
Postlude “We Are” Butler, Cash, McBride, Tealy
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Centricity Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Wondrously Made Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Hillary McBride Designee (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.)
*Please stand if you are able.
About Today’s Service & Activities
Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director/Pianist: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir, praise band, Joe Schneider, Joe Ennis; Liturgist: Richard White.
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 “Build Up the Church in Love” - Ephesians 4:1-7,11-16 (Help children practice loving ways to buildup the church.) Next week’s story is “I Remember You Constantly” - 2 Timothy 1:1-14 (Help children give thanks for adult Christians in their lives.)
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.
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.
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!)
6:08 Middle School Gathering (608)
6:30 Kids' Music & Drama Club
6:30 Adult Learning Circle
7:00 Adult Choir
Presbyterian Women will meet for their last study before summer break on Friday, May 6th. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a potluck luncheon following. Feel free to just come for lunch around 11:15.
EBPC is partnering with First Presbyterian Church of Franklin for Vacation Bible School this summer. It will run Monday, June 20th until Thursday, June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee per child. It is for children ages 4 (by 8/15/2016) to 6th grade. For more information, view a flyer for the event by clicking here or visit their website at http://www.fpcfranklin.org/#/children-youth/vacation-bible-school.
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 (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance
Sunday, April 17
9:00 a.m. Adult Education
10:00 a.m. Worship
4:00 p.m. Youth Planning Council
Tuesday, April 19
9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting
11:00 a.m. Luke 14:12
Wednesday, April 20
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 21
6:30 p.m. Worship Praise Team
Sunday, April 24
9:00 a.m. Adult Education
10:00 a.m. Worship
Praise and Prayers
† Prayers for Don Rice, a friend of the Philbricks, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
† Prayers for Susan Andrews.
† Prayers for continued healing for Aaron Hilley following his accident and prayers of thanksgiving to the EBPC community for their support.
† 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.
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.