Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 2, 2017

10:00 a.m.

5th Sunday in Lent



Sunday, April 2, 2017


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


   Pre-Service Music


   Welcome & Announcements 


   Welcome New Members


Passing of the Peace

The Peace of Christ is with you!

And also with you.


Prelude “Beautiful Things”

CCLI Song # 5665521

Lisa Gungor | Michael Gungor

© 2009 worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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

CCLI License # 2212591


Lenten Reflection

Lord, we know that we are never truly dead to you even when we feel afraid and alone.

You see life where the world sees brokenness and despair.

You see hope when the world wants to give up and give in to the anguish.

You see a better future when the world cannot see beyond today.

Lord, we know that you sent your Son to show us a new way to live.

We will recognize new life when the world sees the empty tomb.


“Will You Come and Follow Me” Hymn #726, Vs. 5

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call your name.

Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.

In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.

Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.


*Hymn #796 “We Come to You for Healing, Lord” Vs. 1, 3, 5


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

We believe that you are just and merciful, O God.

So in your presence and before one another, we confess our failure to be what you created us to be.


We confess that while you created us good and beautiful and faithful, we all too easily stray from your ways.


We neglect to hear and act upon your call to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you. We are too quick to set limits on your love. We are too quick to turn to fear instead of hope, and despair instead of joy.


We confess that we rely more on ourselves than upon your Holy Spirit. We confess that we too easily participate in systems and structures of sin and injustice.


Forgive us, O God, and send us children and women and men to show us how to live more faithfully into your calling even as we pause to silently confess our own sins to you.


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.



Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Anthem “Wondrous Love” Arr. Parker, Shaw

© MCMLX by the Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, Inc.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament John 11 (selected verses) NT page 104

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


A Monologue “I Sang for Him”

Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus




Meditation Lenten Re-Visions Series: John R. Hilley



Time of Reflection


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.


We Respond to God’s Love




Offertory “Amazing Grace”


*Doxology #606

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise God, all creatures here below;

praise God above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #800 “Sometimes a Light Surprises”


*Parting Words




Postlude “This Is Amazing Grace”

CCLI Song # 6333821

Jeremy Riddle | Josh Farro | Phil Wickham

© 2012 Phil Wickham Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.), Seems Like Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.), Sing My Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.), WB Music Corp. (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.), Bethel Music Publishing

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

CCLI License # 2212591



*Please stand if you are able.


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.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the praise band, choir, Joe Ennis; Liturgist: Ralph Comer; Lenten Reflection Readers: the Frank family.


Mary’s Monologue is found in Present on Earth: Worship Resources on the life of Jesus from the Iona Community and The Wild Goose Worship Group (Chicago, GIA Publications, 2002.)


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.


Ready to connect more deeply? On Sunday, April 23rd at 9:40 a.m., the Session will be receiving individuals into membership. If you have any questions about it contact Aaron Renton at 810-599-1416 or John Hilley at 615-370-4227.


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.



On Saturday, April 8th there will be a cleanup day at the church to get it ready for Holy Week which starts with Palm Sunday on April 9th and culminates on Easter Sunday. We will be gathering at 8:30 a.m. at the church for a light breakfast and working until noon. Please join us! If you have any questions, email Ashley at awpurcell@yahoo.com.


Presbyterian Women will be meeting Friday, April 7th at 9:30 am at the church. All are welcome. They will be studying lesson 8.


We are collecting food again for the College Grove Food Pantry! Our bins are in the Gathering Place until April 26th. We will deliver the food and help with distribution on Saturday, April 29. Anyone wishing to take part in that day, please contact Martha Wolfe at (615) 373-5979 or Mary Ellen Hofstetter at (615) 812-9867. It is a morning of great fun and rich rewards. We hope you will join us! Some specific needs are canned chicken, meats, and fish, soups, cereals, staple items such as flour, sugar, meal; canned fruits and vegetables, packaged dessert mixes, cleaning supplies and paper goods.


Calling all EBPC ladies! Please join us for an EBPC Women's Fellowship Meet up next week. All church members, preschool moms and their guests are welcome! 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at the Cheesecake Factory (Cool Springs Galleria Mall) At 7 p.m., we will gather to enjoy dinner and/or cheesecake. Whatever your heart desires!  We hope to see many of you there to enjoy some good food and even better conversation. Questions? Contact Kristine Vasilevskis at (615) 403-5713.


Mark your calendars for our next adult fellowship and fun evening at the Morrows on April 22 from 6:30-9 p.m. Erin and Louis will be hosting a grilling potluck and will furnish the meat and beverages (inc. wine & beer.) We ask that everyone bring a side dish to share. The Morrows live at 9444 Norwood Dr. in Brentwood. We hope you will join us for this fun evening!


We are experimenting with a new orientation of the sanctuary so that we can begin making decisions about more permanent changes. This is the second of two layouts that we are trying out. We will leave it this way for the next few weeks. Your feedback about your impressions of each arrangement is appreciated, both the things you like about each configuration and what you would change. You may either fill out a form that is located in the sanctuary and return it to the wooden box, email your thoughts to Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net or let her know in person. Thank you for your assistance!


Mark your calendar for our next "Nate & Friends" concert at EBPC on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. This time, Nate will be joined by Grammy-nominated fiddler Matt Combs, who is a former member of the Grand Ole Opry, to perform a concert of songs, film scores, fiddle tunes, Bach, and a 'sneak peek' of "Appalachian Rhapsody," a new composition for fiddle, piano and full orchestra written in collaboration between Matt and Nate.


Congregational Care: We want to assist with needs that may arise, either anticipated or unexpected, among the people in our church family. Examples of supports include: assistance with transportation and home delivered meals following medical procedures, transportation to church for Sunday services, prayer requests, funeral support and in-home communion. If you have these or other needs, please feel free to contact me at: streckr1@aol.com or 615 472-1502.


Music in the Grove Sponsorship? As an attempt to offset some of the costs for our upcoming September 4th Music in the Grove Concert, we are trying to develop a group of financial sponsors for the event. In exchange for a monetary contribution, the company would be able to display their logo on marketing and communication pieces in the media and on signs, t-shirts, flyers, etc. If you have a company that would like to participate or if you would like to work with Liz Beatty's team to court sponsorship from businesses in our community, please contact her at aybeatty@comcast.net.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, April 2

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards

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

5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class

Tuesday, April 4

7:00 p.m. Women's Evening Fellowship

Wednesday, April 5

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:08 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, April 7

9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women

Saturday, April 8

8:30 a.m. Property Cleanup

Sunday, April 9—PALM SUNDAY

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards

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

5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for healing and strength for Ron Rein in light of a recent cancer diagnosis.

† Prayers for Bill and Ruth Miller who are temporarily in Louisville, Kentucky and would be happy to receive mail at Presbyterian Homes of Kentucky, 2116 Buechel Bank Road, #102, Louisville, KY 40218.

† Prayers for the family and friends of Cindy Blanton as they grieve her passing.

† Prayers for the health of the churches in the Peten Provence of Guatemala who our mission team met on their recent trip.

† Prayers of healing for Ric Brown (friend of the Beattys) as he recovers from an illness and car accident.

† Prayers for Brent Byers and his family.

† Prayers for our nation and its leaders.

† Prayers of healing for Carrie Jane Hopkins.

† Prayers for those facing addictions, either their own or those of family members and loved ones.

† Prayers for Marisa Miller and her family with the losses and health challenges they have had.

† Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who are working in Lusaka.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker, Congregational Care moderator by e-mail: streckr1@aol.com or phone 615.472.1502.