Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 13, 2015

10:00 am

 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The congregation is asked to use the time of the Pre-Service

Music as a period of silent prayer and preparation. 

   Thought before Worship

...We cannot wait till the world is sane

to raise our songs with joyful voice,

for to share our grief, to touch our pain,

He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

(from First Coming by Madeleine L’Engle, Stanza 5)  

We Gather to Worship God 

Welcome & Announcements 

Prelude “Mary’s Boy Child” Green

© 2008 Van Ness Press, Inc. (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) 

Call to Worship

Give thanks to the One Who Lives...

Shout aloud and sing for joy,

For great in our midst is the Holy One of Israel. 

On the cross Christ disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them.

Sing praises to the Living God, for God has triumphed. Let this be known in all the world. 

With joy draw water from the wells of deliverance and say on this day:

God is our deliverer.

We will be confident and unafraid.  

*Hymn #113 “Angels We Have Heard on High”  

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Living Christ, give us faith to trust you, joy in our following of you, and love to live for you. 

Risen Christ, Light of the world,

shine in our lives

and shine among us now. 

Response Verse 3 only

 Call to Confession  

Prayer of Confession


Christ our Savior,

Save us from today’s captivities:


From the need to have more;

and from having our identity and self-worth

defined by what we possess –

Savior Christ, set us free.


From the need to be satisfied without waiting;

and from anxiety when material longings are deferred –

Savior Christ, set us free.


From paralysis and confusion,

in the face of so many needs, so much information –

Savior Christ, set us free.


From hyperactivism that denies our limitations,

and from apathy that denies our God-given powers –

Savior Christ, set us free.


From trying to replace you as Savior,

By taking the world on our shoulders –

Savior Christ, set us free.


From embarrassment in speaking about your joy;

From not knowing what to say;

and from the shame of being misunderstood, scorned, or ignored-

Savior Christ, set us free.


From captivity to anger, bitterness, and disappointment;

and from captivities we cannot speak about, or name –

Savior Christ, set us free. Amen.


Time of Silent Reflection


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 

Anthem “A Christmas Alleluia” Barrett 

Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.

Children through 5th grade are invited upstairs. 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Prayer for Illumination  

Epistle Lesson Philippians 4:4-7 198 

Gospel Lesson Luke 3:7-18 NT page 60 

Sermon “God With Us: Joy in a Time of Fear” John R. Hilley 

Time of Reflection

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 #82 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” 

Ordination and Installation of Elders

Constitutional Questions

Questions to Congregation

Prayer and Laying on of Hands 


Offertory “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” arr. Strasser 


*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

*Hymn #611 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” 

*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; Liturgist: Yarnell Beatty; Musicians: Joe Ennis, Joe Schneider, Katie Bays, the choir and praise band; Advent Wreath Lighting: the Gilbert Family. 

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

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 Say "Yes" to God - Luke 1:26-56 (Help children name ways they can say "yes" to God.) Next week’s story is Thank You, God - Luke 2 :1-7 (Help children celebrate Jesus' birth by saying "thank-you".)  

Upwards is a learning experience for 3rd through 5th graders that alternates weekly between meeting as a group and a clipboard activity. Growing in Grace and Gratitude is this year’s theme. This week will be a group activity upstairs. If you have any questions, ask Kelly McConnell at ebpcyouth@comcast.net.  

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 Ashley Purcell. 

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.  


Red Cross Blood Drive: The blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, December 20th, at the church from 8:30 – 12:30. Our goal is to have 30 donors. So far, we have eight. As the holiday season approaches, there will, unfortunately, be an increase in the need for blood. Please consider giving. Appointment sheets will be in the narthex every Sunday starting November 1st. More details to follow. Contact: Richard White. 

Be Still and Look… for Hope… for Love… for Joy and… for Peace
During the four Sundays of Advent, under the artistic leadership of Aaron Hilley, a local contemporary artist with wonderful experience in collage art, the congregation will create a piece of art that helps us understand God’s presence in our lives. Here’s how you can participate:

· Bring in print material (pictures/phrases/words from magazines, newspapers, the internet-Google or Pinterest, etc.) that speak to you of the themes: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.

· Place these in containers in the Narthex starting on 11/22 or bring them in each Sunday.  

· Come before the service, as early as 9:30, or stay after the service in the classroom across from the office and add something to the collage. Do this every Sunday you can in Advent. We will focus on Hope on 11/29, Love on 12/6, Joy on 12/13 and Peace on 12/20 but feel free to bring material about any of these words throughout the season.

Just as God revealed his love for us on Christmas Eve with the birth of his Son, we will see the results of our joint focus and creation as Aaron shares with us the final piece of art on Christmas Eve. Be a part of this meaningful and fun Advent devotional!!! 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, December 13

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

6:30 pm Youth & Kids’ Music & Drama Club Christmas Pageant

Monday, December 14

11:00 am Staff Meeting

6:30 pm Session Meeting

Tuesday, December 15

11:00 am Luke 14:12

Wednesday, December 16

5:30 pm Wednesday Night Dinner

6:08 pm 608 (Middle School Youth)

6:30 pm Adult Learning Circle

6:30 pm Choir

Thursday, December 17

6:30 pm Praise Team

7:30 pm Bell Choir

Sunday, December 20

8:30 am Red Cross Blood Drive

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

5:00 pm PYG (High School Youth) 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Karen Owens Holloway and her husband David with her cancer diagnosis.

Prayers for Darin and Philip Lashinsky for the sudden loss of wife and mother Darcy Miller Lashinsky.

Prayers for those affected by the violence in our world.

We celebrate the life of Mary Ann Olsen, sister of Ruth Miller, who passed away recently in Duluth, MN.

Prayers of thanksgiving for our preschool teachers and staff and for the children who attend.

Prayers for Marilyn Johnson, who is at Southerland.

Continued prayers for recovery and healing for Lily Paris and praise for the progress she has made recently.

Prayers for Sam, Susan, and Annie Paris as they walk with Lily through this journey.

Prayers for Carol Dison (Liz Beatty's cousin) and her two-year old granddaughter, Avery. Carol was diagnosed with cervical cancer and needs prayers for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Prayers for all whose road to recovery seems long.

Prayers for refugees in Europe.

Prayers for caregivers of family members and for the unspoken burdens and worries loved ones are facing. 

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.