Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, December 10, 2017

10:00 a.m.


2nd Sunday of Advent


The Places Hope Takes You.jpg

Sunday, December 3, 2017


The congregation is asked to use the time of the pre-service

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Thought before Worship

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” - St. Augustine


Welcome & Announcements


Prelude “Mary’s Boy Child” Hairston


A Call to Worship

The psalmist declares,

I was glad when they said to me,

‘Let us go up to the house of the Lord!’

There is a story to tell in this place.

It is a story of hope and wonder

and light.

It is a story of God’s love, for us and for this world.

We gather to tell this holy story in this holy place,

lifting our voices to the rafters

and rejoicing in praise.


Lighting of the Advent Candle The Morrow Family

The steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting for those who fear him,

And his righteousness to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.
I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.


Hymn #110 “Love Has Come” Vs. 1

Love has come: a light in the darkness!

Love shines forth in the Bethlehem skies.

See, all heaven has come to proclaim it;

hear how their song of joy arises:

Love! Love! Born unto you, a Savior!

Love! Love! Glory to God on high.


Time with Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Passing of the Peace

The peace of Christ is with you!

And also with you.


*Gloria Patri #581


Anthem “Go Tell It on the Mountain”


Prayer for Illumination




New Testament Luke 3:1-6 NT page 60

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Reflection “The Places Hope Takes You” John R. Hilley


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.


Cantata “Oh Children Come”

CCLI Song # 7036340

Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty

© 2014 Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591


“Do You Hear What I Hear” Regney & Shayne

Copyright © 1962 (Renewed) by Regent Music Corporation

This arrangement Copyright © 1993 by Regent Music Corporation

All Rights Reserved


“Christmas Glory Hallelujah” Fettke & Grassi

Copyright © 2011 by Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc.

All Rights Reserved.


Song #114 “Away in a Manger” Vs. 1


Mini-drama “Hope for the Ages” Liz Beatty

Finishes with congregation joining in with: Brad Brown

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.




Offertory “Light Of The Stable”

CCLI Song # 1914616

Elizabeth Rhymer | Steve Rhymer

© 1975. Renewed 2003 Tessa Publishing Company (Admin. by Travellers Hollow Music, LLC)

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591


*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


Ordination and Installation of Elders

Constitutional Questions

Questions to Congregation

Prayer and Laying on of Hands


*Hymn #93 “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” Vs. 1

*Parting Words







*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, Youth Band; Liturgist: Lavona Russell.


This Week in Children's Worship and Upwards: Come celebrate the second Sunday in Advent with us as we light the candle of Love  in our Advent Wreath. During Time with Children, we will rehearse upstairs for Jingle Bell Beach! Don't forget our performance in Sunday, Dec. 17 during worship. 


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.



Can You Help? We are in need of help in hosting our guests for Room in the Inn next Tuesday, December 12th. We could use: a Driver and two Innkeepers. This is a wonderful way to brighten the holidays for our neighbors in need and your family.  Thank you so much for your support of RITI and EBPC!


Glenview Gift Bags due Dec 12—A big shout out to our EBPC family for committing to make 52 holiday gift bags for Glenview Elementary Teachers! Gift bags should be placed under the Christmas tree in the sanctuary by 10AM on Tuesday, Dec 12. Thank you!


January-March 2018 FEAST Group Sign-Ups (Friends Eating and Sharing Together) We are going to start assembling small groups of people (6-10 per group) who would like to meet for a meal and conversation during the first quarter of the New Year. Each group would decide when and how often they would like to get together as well as the meal format (pot-luck or restaurant, lunch after church or dinner, entire familes or adult-only, etc.). Please fill out your name and contact info on the Connection Corner Sign-up sheet or email Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net. You will receive more information in late December about who is in your group. Bon Appetit!!!!


We have compiled an EBPC directory with photos and contact information so that we can better connect as a congregation. Here's what you need to know:

· It is available via our website at: http://www.eastbrentwoodpc.com/member-directory/

· The password is ebpc9000

· Please review the info and let Doug Hausken in the church office (ebpcoffice@comcast.net) know if there is inaccurate information and update him should the information change in the future. 

· Also, if you would like a different photo, please send him a digital photo (in jpeg or jpg form) to use instead. 

· For clarification, the contact information in the directory should not be shared outside the EBPC family nor should it be used for commercial purposes.


Connection Corner and Collection Center: As you might have noticed, the Sanctuary, Narthex, Office Hallway and Gathering Place are undergoing a transformation. Each time you are in the building, please be sure to check out the Connection Corner board and Mission and Service Collection Center in the Gathering Place for opportunities to volunteer, get involved and give back. You can also use the Sign-Up Genius associated with the various events and projects such as the Hospitality and Worship Support Openings: https://goo.gl/1PzcaY.


Time and Talent Sheets: As important as financially pledging to the church is, committing to helping implement the ministry projects is equally a vital way to be an involved EBPC family member. Not only will you being sharing the workload, you will also be finding worthwhile ways to connect with other individuals at EBPC. Please return your household’s Time and Talent Sheet to the wooden box in the Narthex during the next few weeks as we prepare for 2018. If you have questions about individual ministry areas, please contact Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net.


Name Tags: We have been blessed to see so many new faces around church this fall. So that we might better connect, please be sure to wear your name tag (located in name tag cabinet adjacent to the Gathering Place). If you don’t have one and need a replacement, please contact Doug Hausken at ebpcoffice@comcast.net.


Advent Devotionals: One way to stay centered during these hectic holiday times is to commit to reading a daily devotional and engaging in quiet prayer and reflection time. Be sure to pick up a free devotional located in the Narthex so that you are ready to begin your reading on Dec. 3.


English tutor needed for Glenview Elementary Parents! Two parents at Glenview (our partner school) are eager to learn English. They have lived in America for 6 months and need our help. Glenview’s English teacher from TFLI (TN Foreign Language Institute) has agreed to train a tutor, and we can set up a time to meet weekly at Glenview. Please call or email Elizabeth Johnson if interested. Thank you! 919-724-0976 or EBPC.preschool.chapel@gmail.com.


Two yoga classes recently started in the EBPC sanctuary on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm. There is a $50 monthly fee. If you are interested, let John know at ebpcpastor@comcast.net.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, December 10—Ordination & Installation of Elders

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 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

Tuesday, December 12

6:00 p.m. Room In The Inn

Wednesday, December 13

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

5:00 p.m. Youth Service Project at Graceworks

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Saturday, December 16

3:00 p.m. Yoga

Sunday, December 17

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

4:00 p.m. The Gift of Music Concert Featuring Nate Strasser & Friends


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for the first responders and California residents who are facing aggressive and devastating fires.

† Prayers for Kira Hilley and her family following the death of her niece in Arizona.

† Prayers for Deb Krueger, a one-time employee of EBPC and director of camp NaCoMe, who lost her home in a fire Wednesday. To learn more and provide help, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/63a7u- house-fire-recovery-fund.

† Prayers for Barbara Cochran, sister of Clyde Russell, as she faces treatment for a serious health issue.

† We pray for Ruth Miller. She has moved to The Altenheim, 936 Barrett Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204.

† We pray for the victims of abuse.

† Prayers of healing and strength for Debra Swartz, sister of Mary Ellen Hofstetter, who has multiple health issues.

† Prayers for those who have lost hope.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker at streckr1@aol.com or (615) 720-6262.