Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, April 22, 2018

10:00 a.m.


4th Sunday of Easter



Sunday, April 22, 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          “Come to the Water”

John Foley, S.J.

Copyright © 1978 Hope Publishing


*Call to Worship based on Psalm 23

In the darkest valley,
at the banquet table;
in the hard work of life,
at the moments of ease;
in our day-to-day reality,
at times set aside–
like this time, now–
for worship, for listening, for paying attention;
with every step we take:
goodness and mercy follow us;
our cups overflow.

Let us worship God!


*Hymn #475 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”


Prayer of Confession

Risen Christ,

You came to us so that God would be with us and live

among us.

You came to show us the way and to suffer and die and then be raised from the dead.

You came that we might have life.

Yet we confess to you that we live as if you never walked

among us.

We live afraid of the stranger and doubtful of the kindness of others.

Forgive us for trusting only in that which we can see.

We believe, O God. Help our unbelief!


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 “How Far I’ll Go” Auli'i Cravalho

(C) 2016 Walt Disney Records


The Sacrament of Baptism


Thanksgiving over the Water

Welcome “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise” #486


Child of blessing, child of promise,

baptized with the Spirit’s sign,

with this water God has sealed you

unto love and grace divine.

Child of love, our love’s expression,

love’s creation, loved indeed!

Fresh from God, refresh our spirits;

into joy and laughter lead.


We Listen for God’s Word


Prayer for Illumination


First Lesson Matthew 14:22-33 NT page 16

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Second Lesson Acts 10:34-43 NT page 129

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Meditation “The Water that Calls Us: John R. Hilley

Baptism, Identity and Moana”


Time of Reflection


We Respond to the Word


Hymn #184 “Calm to the Waves” 3x


Calm to the waves. Calm to the wind.

Jesus whispers, “Peace, be still.”

Balm to our hearts. Fears at an end.

In stillness, hear his voice.


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 & Dedication


We Go from Here & Serve


*Hymn #482 “Baptized in Water”


*Parting Words









*Please stand if you are able.


CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM TODAY – Please welcome these newest members into our faith community as we celebrate the baptisms of Lillian Rosaline Edwards (1/2/2013), Amelia Mauvaine Edwards (12/24/2014), and Ellery Frances Edwards (10/10/2017). They are the children of Jamie and April Stanley Edwards.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Choir, Lexie McEntire; Liturgist: Lindsey Hinds-Brown, Director of Children’s Ministry; Elder of the Day: David Shupe.


This Week in Children's Worship: This fourth Sunday of Easter we will hear the story of the Good Shepherd. Jesus loves us so much that He laid down His life for us, just as a shepherd protects his sheep! Come explore with us as we think of ways we can be like Jesus and care for others.


This Week in UPWARDS: This week we will finish painting our canvases that incorporate one of their favorite Christian symbols as we tell our own faith story and become creative thinkers and doers of Christ! Parents are invited to view our gallery of artwork upstairs at the end of worship. Those who finished their paintings last week will have a fun activity learning about the story of the Good Shepherd!


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!


Join us next Saturday as EBPC goes to the Well on 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.


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. This process will take several months and includes visioning for 2023. 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 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!


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.


Questions + Courage = Faith: In the lead up to Pastor John’s next sermon series, we invite you to send us their questions they have (it could be anything from “is it okay to doubt?” to “divorce” to “what is predestination?” (you get the picture) and then use a Sunday morning series to explore the subject. We could create an online platform to help with interactions around the themes or a learning conversation for individuals interested in the subject. Please email John at jhilley@ebpctn.org.



Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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 Feast Group at Kings Bowl

3:00 p.m. Yoga

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

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous

Monday, April 23

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

Wednesday, April 25

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Handbell

6:45 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Saturday, April 28

6:30 p.m. Nate & Friends at the Well

Sunday, April 29

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

3:00 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

3:00 p.m. Yoga

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

6:00 p.m. Feast Group Meet at Home of Brian & Molly McGuire

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous


Praise & Prayers

† Prayers of thanksgiving for the baptism of Lillian, Amelia, and Ellery.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for Richard & Jeanie White, who visited last weekend from California.

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

† Prayers for our mission workers, Charles & Melissa Johnson, working on food security concerns in Lundazi, Zambia.

† 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.


Cover image by fumio fujita and found at http://www.pictame.com/media/1541345896929918667_3226286792.