Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 20, 2015

10:00 am

4th Sunday of Advent



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

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation. 

We Gather to Worship God 

   Pre-Service Music    “The First Nowell”   Hymn #147 

   Welcome & Announcements 

   Prelude          “I Wonder as I Wander” arr. Howard 

Call to Worship

Welcome. Worship God.

Speak of the promise that calls us. 

From a village called Bethlehem

comes a leader, God-beloved,

to govern God’s people -

to lead us a shepherd that guides the flock

to water and good pasture. 

With origins deep in the past,

comes a child about to be born,

the source of true security -

whose greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth,

bringing peace. 

*Hymn #121 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” 

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

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

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

Response Verse 4 only

Passing of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you!

And also with you.

Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here. 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Prayer for Illumination  

New Testament Luke 1:26-38 NT p. 56 

Song “To a Maid Whose Name Was Mary” Hymn #98, v. 1 

Meditation God With Us: Peace John R. Hilley


Song “To a Maid Whose Name Was Mary” Hymn #98, v. 6 

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 “Welcome To Our World” Rice

© 1995 Clumsy Fly Music (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.) 

“Mary, Did You Know” Lowry & Greene

© 1991, 1993 Word Music, LLC (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.)

Rufus Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) 

“In Silence He Came” Martin

© 2006 Malcolm Music

(a division of Shawnee Press, Inc., Nashville, TN) 

“A Christmas Alleluia” Barrett

Copyright © 1997, Malcolm Music

A Division of Shawnee Press, Inc.

International Copyright Secured   All Rights Reserved 

Time of Reflection

We Respond to God’s Love 


Offertory “Lullaby for the Savior” arr. Strasser 


*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

*Hymn #105 “People, Look East” 

*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: Paul Rein; Musicians: Joe Ennis, Joe Schneider, Sharon Edwards, the choir, bell choir, and praise band; Advent Wreath Lighting: the Hunter 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 almost every Sunday following the Time with Children. Today there will not be a Children’s Worship. Next week’s story is Rejoice and Ponder - Luke 2:8-20 (Help children explore different ways to celebrate grace, which is a love bigger than we can imagine.)  

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 TODAY at the church until 12:30. During the holiday season, there is, unfortunately, an increased need for blood. Please consider giving this morning by going down the hall of the preschool wing to the first classroom on your left. 

Be Still and Look… for Hope… for Love… for Joy and… for Peace
This is the last week for our Advent-based community art project! Our final theme is PEACE. We hope everyone will come on this final Sunday. Here’s how you can participate:

· 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.

· You can use the materials we already have on hand or feel free to bring in print material of your own (pictures/phrases/words from magazines, newspapers, Google, Pinterest, etc.) that speak to our themes: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. This week is PEACE.

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 when the final piece is revealed on Christmas Eve. 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, December 20

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

Monday, December 21

9:00 am Preschool Closed for Christmas Break

11:00 am NO Staff Meeting

Wednesday, December 23

NO WELL this week, will return January 13th

Thursday, December 24

5:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Friday, December 25

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 27

10:00 am Worship 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Kelly Rakow, a business associate of Susan Schellhardt, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Prayers for Laurie Byers’s husband and his family as he has started chemo for pancreatic cancer. Laurie is a teacher at the EBPC Preschool.

Prayers for those to whom this time of year is very difficult.

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.

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.

Please join us for Christmas Eve!

We will be having a candlelight service at 5 pm. Please come early because there is only one service this year. This is a great way as a family to focus upon the gifts of God for us and the importance of Christmas. 

The EBPC kids will be signing a song they learned in preschool called "Happy Birthday, Jesus" during the Christmas Eve worship service at 5 p.m. We invite all church members and preschool families to attend this service and take part in this special event!

Please join us in thanking the following members for sharing their gifts and making our Worship service more meaningful! 


Gail Brewer

Marcie Gilchrist

Bob Gilchrist

Kira Hilley

Larry Wilson

David Shupe

Ruth Pennington

Peggy Stout

Carol Huffman

Barbara Davis


Praise Band

Liz Beatty

Kristene Vasilevskis

Jeanie White

Richard White

Peggy Rein

David Shupe

Joe Schneider

Joe Ennis

Steve Bell


Bell Choir

Elizabeth Johnson

Marcie Gilchrist

Bob Gilchrist

Jeremy McConnell

Owen Collum

Laura Collum

Rob Montgomery