Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Thursday, December 24, 2015

5:00 pm

 Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015


   Prelude   “Improvisation on Greensleeves”           arr. Strasser

   Greeting & Call to Worship

                (Luke 2:11; Rom. 8:38-39; Phil. 4:4) 

Do not be afraid.

I bring you good news of great joy, for all people.

To you is born this day, in the city of David,

a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.


There is nothing in death or life,

in things present, or things to come,

nothing in all creation,

that can separate us from the love of God,

in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Rejoice in the Lord always,

and again I say, Rejoice!

Thanks be to God! Amen!




Special Music “Oh Holy Night” arr. Strasser


The Unveiling of Our Art Project


Sung Response “Greensleeves” Traditional

What child is this who, laid to rest

on Mary’s lap is sleeping,

whom angels greet with anthems sweet,

while shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

haste, haste, to sing his praise,

the babe, the son of Mary.


Children’s Special Music Cymbala

“Happy Birthday, Jesus”

© 1992 Word Music, LLC/Carol Joy Music (admin. By ICG) (ASCAP)


Lighting of the Advent Candles

Living Christ, give us faith to trust you, hope to follow you, love to live for you, wisdom to know you, and joy to adore you.

We trust you, we love you, we praise you. Amen.


Special Music “Candlelight Carol”

Copyright © 1985 by Oxford University Press


First Reading Isaiah 9:2-7 OT p. 638


Special Music “Rejoice Greatly” Handel


The Telling of the Christmas Story Luke 2:1-20


Response “Greensleeves” Hymn #145, v. 2

Why lies he in such low estate

where ox and ass are feeding?

Good Christians, fear: For sinners here

the silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear shall pierce him through,

the cross be borne for me, for you.

Hail, hail the Word made flesh,

the babe, the son of Mary.


*Music “O Come, All Ye Faithful” Hymn #133

O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!

Come, and behold Him, Born the King of angels!

O come let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!


Yea, Lord we greet Thee, born this happy morning,

Jesus to Thee be all glory given;

Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing!

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!


Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation!

Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God, all Glory in the highest!

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!


Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;

Jesus, to thee be all glory given;

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!


A Christmas Prayer John Hilley


Spreading the Light

Candle lighting procedures: when passing the flame, always keep your lit candle upright while the next person tilts his or her unlit candle to yours. Candles can be extinguished following the Parting Words and returned to the narthex.


Music “Greensleeves” Hymn #145, v. 3

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,

come poor and rich to own him.

The end of kings salvation brings,

let loving hearts enthrone him.

Raise, raise a song on high,

Then hush to sing his lullaby.

Joy, joy for Christ is born,

the babe, the son of Mary.


Music “Silent Night, Holy Night” Hymn #122

Silent night, holy night!

All is calm, all is bright,

‘round yon virgin mother and child!

Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace,

sleep in heavenly peace.


Silent night, holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight,

glories stream from heaven afar,

heavenly hosts sing: “Alleluia;

Christ the Savior is born,

Christ the Savior is born.”


Music “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” Hymn #119

Hark! The herald angels sing,

“Glory to the newborn king.

Peace on earth and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled!”

Joyful, all ye nations rise;

join the triumph of the skies;

with the angelic host proclaim,

“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”


*Music “Joy to the World” Hymn #134

Joy to the world! the Lord is come:

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare him room,

and heaven and nature sing,

And heaven and nature sing,

and heaven and nature sing.

And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.


Joy to the world! the Savior reigns;

Let us our songs employ;

While fields and floods,

rocks, hills, and plains,

Repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.


*Parting Words


*Music “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” Hymn #136

Go, tell it on the mountain,

over the hills and everywhere;

go, tell it on the mountain

that Jesus Christ is born!

While shepherds kept their watching

o’er silent flocks by night,

behold, throughout the heavens

there shone a holy light.


Go, tell it on the mountain,

over the hills and everywhere;

go, tell it on the mountain

that Jesus Christ is born!

The shepherds feared and trembled

when lo! Above the earth

rang out the angel chorus

that hailed our Savior’s birth.


Go, tell it on the mountain,

over the hills and everywhere;

go, tell it on the mountain

that Jesus Christ is born!

Down in a lowly manger

the humble Christ was born,

and God sent us salvation

that blessed Christmas morn.


Postlude “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”

arr. McChesney

Copyright © 1999 Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc.



*Please stand if you are able.


About Tonight Service


Participants In Tonight’s Service: pastor: John Hilley; music director: Nate Strasser; liturgist: Ralph Comer; musicians: Claire Bowling, the choir and bell choir; advent wreath lighting: the Glover Family; biblical storytellers: Kira Hilley, Jeremy McConnell, and Larry Wilson; acolytes: Lauren Ketch and Emmit Vasilevskis.


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


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 on our website at www.eastbrentwoodpc.com. 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.


We meet every Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Please join us!


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.





In memory of Carl & Freda Martin

In memory of Gill & Gwen Martin


The Glover Family

In honor of Nancy Schowalter



Rob & Regina Montgomery

In honor of our two children:

Amelia Rose Montgomery and Robert L. Montgomery III


Lavona & Clyde Russell

To the glory of God


Joanna Roberts

My grandchildren: Sam, Sarah, Jack,

Frances, Hannah, Lily, and Rebecca


Bud & Sue Kleinsmith


Molly & Brian McGuire

In memory of Sara Hancock, Lynn Nystrom, Charles Cornelison


Peggy Stout

In memory of her parents Bob & Carolyn Rosenkrans


The Johnson Family

In honor of Barbara Kellogg and Nancy & Tom Haman


Lee & Karen Haberer

In memory of their nephew Philip Meeker


Rollie & Cathy Gilbert

In honor of their grandchildren: Jeffery Hurt,

Lily Kate Wooley, and Sofia Cuevas


Jeff & Kelly Waldman

In memory of Jim Waldman

In memory of Guy Brewer

In memory of Norma Brewer


Ruth & Bill Miller

In honor of Anne & John Hoglund

In honor of Mary Beth & Jim Gulick


John & Kira Hilley

In celebration of the children who come through these doors


Poinsettias may be taken home after the service