Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 3, 2016

10:00 a.m.



2nd Sunday of EASTER

Sunday, April 3, 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


   Prelude          “Come As You Are”           Glover, Crowder, Maher

© 2014 9t One Songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Ariose Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Inot Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Valley Of Songs Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)


Welcome & Announcements


A Call to Worship Lizzie Diffenbaugh

It is a good day to be here.

We seek God’s story now.

It is a good day to tell stories.

We want to hear God’s voice.

It is a good day to give thanks.

We like what God has to say.

It is a good day to ask for help.

We seek God always.

It is a good day to be in community.

Together we can grow and learn.

It is a good day to follow Jesus.

It is a good day to worship God!


*Opening Prayer Sofia Cuevas


*Hymn 246 “Christ Is Alive!”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession Connor Watts

Merciful God, we have not been faithful planters of your love. We have been distracted by social media and electronics. We have not learned from our mistakes. We have spoken unkind words to our neighbors and to one another. We have not loved them as ourselves. We have not acknowledged the misfortunes of others. Help us to not repeat our mistakes, but rather to live in your ways of goodness. Help us to plant your word, your ways and your love. Amen.


Response “In My Life” Hymn #468, Vs. 1

In my life, Lord, be glorified; be glorified.

In my life, Lord, be glorified today.


Assurance of Forgiveness Tyler Bell

You have a friend in Jesus. Friends, believe he loves you and forgives you.

In him we are always forgiven.


Passing of the Peace Jeremy McConnell

We need Jesus. He is all we need more than social media, more than retweets, more than likes. He is the peace we need.

The peace of Christ is with you!

And also with you!

Please share the peace with your neighbors.


*Gloria Patri #581


Special Music “Ancient of Days” Sadler & Harvill

© 1992 Integrity's Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (IMI))


Time with the Children Jasper Vasilevskis & Katherine McGuire


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “What Would Jesus Tweet?” Lizzie Diffenbaugh & Youth Skit


Time of Reflection


Prayers of the People Jonah Williams


Volunteer Spotlight Kelly McConnell


We Respond to God’s Love


*Hymn #452 “Open the Eyes of My Heart”


Offering Tyler Bell


*Doxology #606


Holy Communion


Invitation to the Lord’s Table John Hilley

Assisting: Will Purcell, Kevin McGuire, Jeremy McConnell


Sanctus “You Are My All in All” Hymn #519


Sharing of the Bread and Cup


Music During Communion


Prayer After Communion (concluding with the 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 Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #726 “Will You Come & Follow Me” Vs. 1, 5


*Parting Words Connor Watts




Postlude “I Will Worship” Arr. Strasser



*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: Praise Band, Joe Schneider.


To Our Members and Guests: please sign our friendship pad.


This morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all persons of faith present, remembering that being invited to the Table is not extended to us because of merit, but a grace extended to all. There may be those in attendance today who have not been baptized, but who feel moved to receive the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are inseparable. If you feel called by the Holy Spirit to meet Christ in Communion, we believe that you are also being called to Baptism. We will not turn anyone away from the Lord’s Table, but we do invite you to speak to the pastor or a member of the session about Baptism as soon as possible.


Today’s Communion is served by intinction. The congregation will come forward to receive the bread, which they will then dip into the chalice of grape juice. The ushers will direct the congregation through the two Communion lines. Gluten-free wafers are available.


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 “Our Eyes Were Opened” (Luke 24:13-25) (Help children recognize the gracious presence of Jesus.) And next week’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.)


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.




On April 10th, there will be a very brief Congregational Meeting immediately following worship to hear from the Nominating Committee concerning the placing of two names before the congregation to serve as elders for unfilled positions. Please plan to attend.

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


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)


Work Day: A workday will be held at the church to work on some things inside the building and on the grounds. It will be on April 9th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please plan to join us for some spring cleaning!


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance


Sunday, April 3

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Monday, April 4

6:30 p.m. Administration & Personnel Committee

Tuesday, April 5

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, April 6

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 7

6:30 p.m. Worship Praise Team

Sunday, April 10

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers


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.