Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 18, 2016

10:00 a.m.


4th Sunday of Advent


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Sunday, December 18, 2016


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

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Welcome & Announcements  


   Passing of the Peace  

The Peace of Christ be with you!

    And also with you.


Prelude “Joy to the World” Hymn #134


Call to Worship

We did not come to this place following a star;

not yet.

We have come because we are desperate

for light.

We did not come because shepherds overheard glad tidings;

not yet.

We have come because we are longing to hear good news.

We did not come because a baby is asleep in a manger;

not yet.

We have come because we need hope to be born in us.

Here it is easier to remember the promises of God.

And when the time is right, Christmas will come to us.


Lighting of the Advent Candles

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, 

Let me sow love.
Where there is injury… pardon.

Where there is discord… union.

Where there is doubt… faith.
Where there is despair… hope.
Where there is darkness… light.

Where there is sadness… joy.


Musical Response: Hymn #85

Light four candles to watch for Messiah:

Let the light banish darkness.

He is coming; tell the glad tidings.

Let your lights be shining.


Christmas Program

“An Unplugged Christmas”

©MMXIV Brentwood-Benson Music Publications,

101 Winner Circle, Brentwood TN 37027. All Right Reserved.


Time with the Children


Hymn #121 “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”


Gospel Reading Matthew 1:18-25 NT page 1

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Reflection John R. Hilley


Advent Prayer—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.






*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


*Hymn #123 “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” Vs. 1,5


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


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


NO CHILDREN'S WORSHIP due to the Christmas Program—we will have optional for children on the table in the back of the Sanctuary following the Children's Program.


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; Liturgist: Mary Ellen Hofstetter; Advent Readers: Susan Schellhardt, Kevin McGuire; Children’s Program: Ava Verma, Ela Verma, Sergio Rosas, Daniela Rosas, Emmitt Vasilevskis, Liam Stribling, Charlotte Stribling, Valentina Garcia, Delaney Wepking, Adam Johnson, Reid Johnson, Haruka Pham, Eduard Vasilevskis; Lillian Edwards.


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


About the Christmas Program, “An Unplugged Christmas”: Lyndsey and her friends are excited because the local TV station is having a contest for the biggest, brightest Christmas show ever! They have planned a great show to impress the secret judge with lots of lights and a rockin' carol medley. All goes well, until - BAM! - the lights go out and the quiet of one small shining star reminds them that Jesus is the true light of Christmas.


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 Dave Ford or John Hilley.


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.



Christmas morning we are having a simple potluck Christmas brunch. Everyone is asked to bring an item. In order to estimate the number attending for planning purposes, please complete sign-up sheet in the narthex this Sunday to indicate what you will be bringing or you can email it to Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net. Looking forward to blowing out the candles on Jesus' birthday cake and sharing in the celebration with the EBPC church family.


Looking for ways to get involved at EBPC? Please follow the link to the online sign-ups for a variety of openings. You will receive a reminder before your date of service. Click HERE.


Presbyterian Women will meet on Friday, January 6th at the church for lesson 5 of “Who is Jesus.” If you have any questions, call Cathy Gilbert at 615-790-6811.


Legacy Christmas Celtic Music CDs, first produced in 2014, are again available for purchase each Sunday morning in the Narthex. The sale of these two CDS support the Living Waters for the World mission effort of our Synod of Living Waters. If you missed getting them when they were first out, take advantage of getting them now. They make great gifts at $12.00 each. They will be available Sundays until Christmas or until supply runs out. Checks should be made payable to EBPC for Christmas CDs.


Please be sure to pick up one of the Advent Flyers which lists all of the activities and events over the next month. You are encouraged to distribute them to friends or neighbors in search of a faith community. Also, we have daily Advent devotionals in the narthex which are available on a first come basis.


Biographies for Elder Nominees

Elizabeth Johnson is originally from metro Atlanta. Elizabeth married her high school sweetheart, Dave, and moved to North Carolina where they lived for eight years. They welcomed their son, Reid, in 2009, moved to Brentwood in June 2012, and welcomed their second son, Adam, two months later. Elizabeth is a former high school teacher and librarian, but currently works at EBPC Preschool as the chapel teacher. Both of her boys have attended the preschool. She enjoys walking and biking on the Brentwood trails and looks forward to serving as an Elder.


Brian McGuire has been a member of East Brentwood Presbyterian Church for just over two years. He served as elder in his previous church in Radford, VA. Brian currently volunteers with Luke 14:12 and Room in the Inn. He recently accepted a new position as Director of Major Gifts with the Nashville Rescue Mission. Brian enjoys spending time with family, camping and hiking on the Appalachian Trail and watching his favorite sports teams on television. His children are active in the youth group and youth band. Brian and his wife Molly came here from Radford, VA, where they lived for 19 years. Molly is a school counselor at Clovercroft Elementary. They have three children. Katharine is a junior at Brentwood High School and is active in the school's debate team. Kevin is a freshman at Brentwood High School and plays trumpet in the marching band. John attends Lipscomb Elementary and enjoys basketball, baseball and hockey.


Erin Morrow and her family have been members of EBPC for the past seven years after moving to the area from Ft. Lauderdale.  She has served in many different ways, including volunteering at Luke 14:12 and Room in the Inn, and has also been a member of the Service and Outreach Committee. Erin’s middle son Will is active in 608 Youth Group, and he and her youngest son Miles are both in the Youth band.  She has also worked at EBPC Preschool for the past five years in various roles.


Ruth Pennington has been a long time member of the church but this is her first time on the Session. She is active in Presbyterian Women and the choir. She has two adult children.


David Shupe has been attending the Presbyterian Church for as long as he can remember; from New Florence, PA to Johnstown, PA to Nashville, TN beginning in 1960. He attended Eastminster Presbyterian Church through high school and was confirmed there. He and his wife, Jean, were married there. They have been members of East Brentwood since 1992 and David is active in the choir and he sometimes plays guitar during worship.


Richard Strecker and his wife, Margaret, are currently enjoying retirement. His working years were devoted to the support of people who experienced psychiatric disorders and intellectual and other developmental disabilities. He was raised in the Episcopal church and joined the Presbyterian church 29 years ago. He looks forward to this opportunity to work with others who are called to serve in our congregation.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, December 18

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club Production, “Christmas Unplugged”

11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting

11:30 a.m. Fellowship Committee

Monday, December 19

6:00 p.m. Boy Scouts, Troop 86

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

Tuesday, December 20

11:00 a.m. Luke 14:12

Wednesday, December 21

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

Thursday, December 22

10:00 a.m. Preschool is closed for winter break

Friday, December 23

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Saturday, December 24

5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

Sunday, December 25

10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Worship

Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Nashville, following the fire that destroyed their facilities.

Prayers of healing for Carrie Jane Hopkins from ongoing health issues. Carrie is the granddaughter of Judy Chambers, a founding member of the congregation.

† Prayers for Maria Wolfe, daughter of Bill and Martha, recovering from major back surgery.

Prayers for Ruth Pennington and Doug Pennington as they mourn the death of Mario Barone III, son-in-law to Ruth and brother-in-law to Doug. Mario, age 49, died suddenly of a heart attack.

Prayers for the family of Ben Hunter as they celebrate the life & grieve the death of Ben’s father, Lee.

Prayers of healing for Lily Paris following surgery.

Prayers for those who lost loved ones, homes, and businesses in the recent fires in the Gatlinburg area. Prayers of thanks for the first responders.

† In this season of hope and peace, we pray for individuals who await the results of medical tests.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for those within our church community who have agreed to serve as Elder.

Prayers of healing for Darlene Hagg (former EBPC member) who is undergoing surgery and treatment for cancer.

Prayers for our friends, Ryan and Erika Taylor and almost 7 month old Finley.

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 of healing and strength for Kelly McConnell’s mother and prayers of support for Kelly and her family.

Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who are working in Lusaka.

Prayers for Brent Byers.


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.