Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 9, 2017

10:00 a.m.

Palm Sunday


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Sunday, April 9, 2017


We begin our service outside the narthex & process in.


Thought Before Worship

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. - Psalm 118:1,5


We Gather to Worship God




Call to Worship

Leader : Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee has just arrived. Now wave your palms, shout with the stones and join us in the celebration!

Women: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Men: Hosanna in the highest heaven!

Children: Hosanna!

Women: Hosanna!

Men: Hosanna!

All: Hosanna!


Processional Hymn “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”

Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;

through pillared court and temple the joyful anthem rang.

To Jesus, who had blessed them, close folded to his breast,

the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.


From Olivet they followed ‘mid an exultant crowd,

the victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud;

the Lord of earth and heaven rode on in lowly state,

nor scorned that little children should on his bidding wait.


“Hosanna in the highest!” That ancient song we sing,

for Christ is our Redeemer; the Lord of heaven, our King.

O may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice,

and in his blissful presence eternally rejoice.


Lenten Reflection

O Jesus as you enter this Holy Week, humble and obedient to God’s plan

May we rejoice and shout “Hosanna to the Son of David”

O Jesus as you enter this Holy Week, determined and resolved to bear Calvary’s cross.

May we rejoice and shout “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

O Jesus as you enter this Holy Week, with a parade fit for a new king!

May we rejoice and shout “Hosanna in the Highest!”


A Cheering, Chanting Crowd Vs. 1, 2

A cheering, chanting, dizzy crowd had stripped the green trees bare,

and hailing Christ as king aloud, waved branches in the air.


They laid their garments in the road and spread his path with palms

and vows of lasting love bestowed with royal hymns and psalms.


Time with the Children


Anthem “Hosanna! Christ Is King!”

© 1991 Peterson Press, a division of The Designer Music Group (admin. By Brentwood-Benson)





We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Psalter Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

Give thanks unto our gracious God,

Whose love endures forever;

The Lord, our strength and song shall be,

From whom no fault can sever.

Sing might songs of victory,

Both now and for eternity,

For God will leave us never.


I shall not die, but I shall live,

And sing God’s grace with elation;

Though I deserve no more than death,

God blesses me with salvation.

The gate that should unyielding be

Is open wide to welcome me,

Give thanks and adoration!


Upon the stones the builders judged

Imperfect, weak and tender,

Now rest the corners of God’s house,

Still unsurpassed in splendor.

This is the day the Lord has made;

God is my sun, and God my shade;

Rejoice, and praise gladly render!


Gospel Reading Matthew 21:1-11 NT page 23


Meditation John R. Hilley


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 #196 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”


Minute for Mission






*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

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ into Jerusalem with a triumphal procession, but he was soon left alone in humiliation. The cries of “Hosanna” soon turned to cries of “Crucify him!”


As we enter into this Holy Week, we thank you for the abundant mercy you show, as you invite us again to follow Jesus on the road to the cross. Accept these our gifts as our protest against the ways we have not followed Christ in the past and as our expression of hope that we may renew our walk of faith in the days to come. This we ask through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #215 “What Wondrous Love Is This”







*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 choir; Liturgists: Reid Johnson, Will Coulam, David Ketch, Sam Frank, Jane Philbrick, Delaney Wepking, Sofia Cuevas; Lenten Reflection Readers: the Hunter family.


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 9:00 a.m., meet with Pastor Hilley in his office to discuss becoming a member. On the following Sunday, April 30th, the Session will be receiving individuals into membership at 9:40 in the Pastor’s office. If you have any questions, 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.


Please join us! On Thursday evening, we are having a light supper and special, contemplative service for Maundy Thursday. Please RSVP by going to the calendar on our website or e-newsletter. On Good Friday, we will be having a brown bag lunch and interactive devotional at the church.


Volunteers Needed! We are in need of leaders and helpers for our children's ministry for April through the summer/fall. If you are interested in leading or walking alongside our children as they learn the stories of scripture during one of these months or on an ongoing basis, please contact Regina Girten or Elizabeth Johnson for more information.


Our senior EBPC church members are meeting at the Loveless Cafe on Wednesday, April 26th at 11 am for a lunch of the famous Loveless biscuits and good home cookin' with lots of good conversation. All are invited! Please meet at the church at 11 a.m., then we will head to Loveless together. Questions? Contact Karen Haberer at (615) 9290. Come join the fun!


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.


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!


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.


EBPC will be hosting an important community-wide forum sponsored by the Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services this May about how faith-based organizations can support their members who are struggling with addiction and recovery. If you want to learn more about addiction and resources available in the area, please come to this event on May 2nd from 6-8 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, go to our website or click here.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, April 9

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

Wednesday, April 12

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

Thursday, April 13—MAUNDY THURSDAY

6:00 p.m. Light Supper

7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Contemplative Service

Friday, April 14—GOOD FRIDAY

No Preschool

11:00 a.m. Brown Bag Lunch & Interactive Devotional Time

Sunday, April 16—EASTER

9:00 a.m. Egg Hunt

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for Mary Weisz who is hospitalized at Williamson Medical Center.

† 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.