Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, April 29, 2018

10:00 a.m.


5th Sunday of Easter


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Sunday, April 29, 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           “Still”

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Justin Ebach | Molly Reed

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*Call to Worship

We worship the God who inhabits our world

and indwells our lives.

We need not look up to find God,

we need only to look around:

  within ourselves,

  beyond ourselves,

  into the eyes of another.

We need not listen for a distant thunder to find God,

we need only listen to the music of life,

  the words of children,

  the questions of the curious,

  the rhythm of a heartbeat.

We worship the God who inhabits our world

and who indwells our lives.

  Let us worship God!


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #596 “You Are Holy”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

God of grace and glory,

When we have assumed our good is greater than it is,

forgive us.

When we have assumed our sin is something we can handle on our own,

forgive us.

When we have heard your Gospel promise and reduced it to

trivialities and slogans,

to self-help froth and minutiae,

forgive us.

Remind us again that resurrection is global good news,

and renew in us your boldest dreams.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response “Holy, Holy, Holy” Hymn # 595

Holy, holy, holy. My heart, my heart adores you!

My heart knows how to say to you: you are holy, Lord!


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.


Anthem “Fill-a Me Up” Choplin

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We Listen for God’s Word


Prayer for Illumination


First Lesson Acts 8:26-40 NT page 127

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Reflection #1 Stephen Cottingham


New Testament John 15:1-8 NT page 109

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Reflection #2 Barb Hall


Hymn #285 “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song”


Reflection #3 John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


We Respond to the Word


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.




Offertory “Blessings”

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Laura Story

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*Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication



We Go from Here & Serve


*Hymn #518 “Your Only Son”


*Parting Words






Postlude “Cry in My Heart”

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Laura Story

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*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; Liturgist: Barb Hall, Stephen Cottingham; Elder of the Day: Brian McGuire.


About Today’s Service: The backdrop for today’s service is the recent Mission Trip to the Peten Province in Guatemala. The Presbytery of Middle Tennessee has a covenant relationship with the Presbytery of Peten in the northernmost part of Guatemala. The highlight of the partnership is the annual mission trip and our recent trip in March marked 17 years of continuous trips. To date, 25 churches and over 100 individuals have participated in this life-enriching experience. EBPC has been an active participant over the years and this year Barb Hall, Lavona Russell, and John Hilley from our church attended. Joining them was The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cottingham and The Rev. Jim Denning, board members of The Christian Legacy Foundation (they office on our campus at The Pastoral Center for Healing). During the service John, Barb and Steve will share some of their recent experiences in Guatemala. The focus of our yearly trip is relationship driven and grounded in our covenant. We would love to have you join us!


Highlights of the Guatemalan Partnership:

Supporting Education: Our Presbiterio Q’eqchi Peten (PQP) partners have told us that education is free at the grade school level, but at middle school and high school levels, fees for books, uniforms, and transportation begin to become prohibitive, causing children to drop out and join their parents in working the fields. The average education level among the adults in the PQP is 3rd grade. Of course our partners are like parents here at home – they want better for their children. Sponsorship of a Guatemalan student costs $400 per year, and the commitment is for 3 years. This is an opportunity for Sunday School classes or Feast Groups to jointly sponsor a child.

Theological Training for Pastors and Lay Leaders: The pastors and elders of the PQP are receiving theological education in structured, one-week sessions in cooperation with the IENPG (Guatemalan Presbyterian National Church) seminaries. Our PQP partners have expressed the amazing difference that this education has made to them and to their churches. 

Women’s Empowerment Project: Women from individual churches are raising pigs, chickens, and other farm animals and using the profits to fund a Presbiterial (Presbyterian Women) group. They have recently elected officers and opened a bank account.

Supporting Our Presbyterian Mission Worker: The Rev. Philip Beisswenger is “the glue” that makes everything happen, providing the critical theological education and organizational support.


This Week in Children's Worship and UPWARDS: This week we will celebrate the freedom from rain with an outdoor lesson! We will gather after Time with Children for a lesson in the grove and fellowship on the playground!


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.


Ladies' Night at the Cheesecake Factory on Tuesday, May 15th from 6:30 pm to 8:30. We know this is a busy time but we would love to get together with our friends before school is out and summer begins. Feel free to drop-in when you can or leave early if needed. Please let Kristine Vasilevskis know if you will be able to make it. We'd love to save you a seat and toast to a great year and a safe summer! If you have any questions, contact Kristine Vasilevskis at (615)403-5713 or team5v@att.net.


Please join us on Sunday, May 20 for a brief congregational meeting to elect a Nominating Committee to recommend a slate of elders for election to serve on the Session in 2019.


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Join us NEXT Sunday, May 6 for our annual Springapalooza community festival! We will start with a worship service at 10 a.m. focusing on gratitude and then we will have another wet and wild Springapalooza festival featuring lots of food and fun! We'll have a bounce house, kiddie pools, backyard games, and there might even be a water slide! We'll also have free BBQ chicken and pork for all to enjoy. We hope all church members, preschool families and other EBPC community members will join us for this annual event! We ask that you bring a side dish to share (remember no peanuts or tree nuts!) along with a camp chair or blanket. We'll see you on May 6!


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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. 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

Wednesday, May 2

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Handbell

6:45 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Saturday, May 3

Presbytery Meeting in Tullahoma

Sunday, May 6—Springapaloosa

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Springapaloosa

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

3:00 p.m. Yoga

4:00 p.m. Sunday Funday for PYG & 608

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous


Praise & Prayers

† Prayers of thanksgiving and blessing for Alissa Vasilevskis, Susan Rohleder, Josh, Allison, Abigail, and Jacob Hockman, and Lilian, Amelia, and Ellery Edwards who were received into church membership.

† 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.


Questions + Courage = Faith

An Upcoming Series

Pastor John wants your input!   -


Questions and Answers are part of life. We face them every day. We ask; an answer is given. We are asked, and we reply. So, too, in Christian faith. A classic definition of theology is that theology is “faith seeking understanding.”  This is the nature of our faith; we are never content simply to say “I believe,” and close our minds. A stagnant faith becomes no faith. At the same time, where is the room for doubt? Many of our experiences in church have taught us there is no room for doubt. We have heard the message that doubt means we aren’t trusting God enough, believing God enough, following God enough leaving some to say, “something must be wrong with my faith” or worst still, “something must be wrong with me.” Frederick Buechner has written:  “Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.”


Over the summer, Pastor John will be leading the series “Questions + Courage = Faith” where we ask some of those sticky wicket questions that arise out of our faith wanting to know more, even our doubts. Coupled with the Sunday morning questions, we are considering pop up discussion groups and the creation of an online community platform members can access, especially while away on vacation. We can’t promise answers to everything but we are hopeful that this enterprise will lead to greater understanding of faith. 


Here’s what I am asking of you this morning. Take a look at some of the questions and rank the top 7 questions, you want to hear (turn the page over). Also, add to the list a question you have. Who knows; it might just make it on John’s final list.

Please mark your top seven choices.


Is doubt ok?


What does it even mean to have faith?


Why? (As in: “Why does God allow cancer, poverty, hunger, war, natural disaster, or any of the other evils we experience?” “Does God will evil and suffering in the world and in our lives?”)


What does it mean to be “spiritual”?


How do I understand the authority of the Bible and its teaching (Is it the end of all understanding?)


Is there a “devil?” (“If Jesus forgives our sins and heaven awaits us, why is there a devil?”)


Who gets saved?


Is there life after death?  (Or as a kid has asked: “Is there counting in heaven?”


Does God answer prayers? If so, how?


How do I forgive?


How do I talk to my child about the bible stories and about faith? (“Is it okay to tell my child that some stories in the Bible may not be true?” “How do I help nurture my child’s faith and allow them to ask questions?” “Is it okay to not have answers to their questions?”)


How do we bridge the gap between the generations concerning religion?


Why does modern society politicize religion?


Why do we have to “hide” our Christianity today?


Why should I go to Church each week? I can “church” anywhere.

Here’s a question I would like to ask:

____ I would be interested in participating in a pop up discussion group related to one or more of these questions. (Meets 1x per topic)

___ I would take advantage of an online educational resource (e.g. online discussion, for further reading, streaming of sermon) if it was created.

___ I would be interested in serving as a resource to John related to one or more of the topics (e.g. attend the discussion group, help John with research, disseminate information).  If so, which question:


Name: ________________________ (if you put a check next to an “I would” statement)