Welcome To Worship

At

East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

10:00 a.m.

 

4th Sunday of Advent

Christmas Eve

 

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

 

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

 

   Welcome & Announcements

 

   Prelude          “What A Glorious Night”

CCLI Song # 7002651

Ben McDonald | Casey Brown | David Frey | Jonathan Smith

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*A Call to Worship

 

Hymn #119 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” Vs. 1

 

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!”

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle

We remember that in Christ, the God of peace became our prince of peace.

We remember that as we press forward in our world of chaos and conflict, we can do so with confidence knowing that he is the source of ultimate and everlasting peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Gracious God, we ask you to bring your peace into our hearts, our lives, our families, our communities, and our world, heal the division around us, and use us to bring your peace to your broken world. And at all times, may we remember that you alone are the giver of lasting peace, both now, and forever.

 

*Hymn #123 “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” Vs. 1, 2, 5

 

It came upon the midnight clear,

that glorious song of old,

from angels bending near the earth,

to touch their harps of gold:

“Peace on the earth, good will to all,

from heaven’s all gracious King”:

the world in solemn stillness lay,

to hear the angels sing.

 

Still through the cloven skies they come,

with peaceful wings unfurled,

and still their heavenly music floats

o’er all the weary world:

above its sad and lowly plains

they bend on hovering wing,

and ever o’er its Babel sounds

the blessed angels sing.

 

 

For lo, the days are hastening on,

by prophets seen of old,

when with the ever-circling years

shall come the time foretold,

when peace shall over all the earth

its ancient splendors fling,

and the whole world give back the song

which now the angels sing.

 

Time with the Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown

 

*Greeting One Another

 

*Hymn #121 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Vs. 1

 

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!

Above they deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth everlasting light;

the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

 

Anthem “Joseph’s Lullaby”

CCLI Song # 4630337

Bart Millard | Brown Bannister

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We Listen for the Word of God

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

Old Testament Isaiah 9:2-7 OT page 638

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Special Music “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” Hymn #129

 

The Christmas Story

“The Savior’s Birth” - A Pop-Up Nativity

The Story of his Birth and the Arrival of the Wise Men

 

Litany of the Coming of the Christ Child

Response (R): The Child of God comes for them.

 

Precious in God's eyes are  the shepherds on the hillside, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are the refugees in the shelter, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are the animals in the stable, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are  those who bring good things to birth, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are those

who steadfastly follow God's star, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are the outcast and poor, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are those

who have no place to lay their  heads tonight, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are those

who take courage to do the right, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are those who are displaced by wars, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are those in hospitals and hospices, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are those

who long to meet the Christ Child, (R)

Precious in God's eyes are those who bring God's light to birth,

 

Final Response: The Child of God comes for us.

 

Christmas Prayer

 

 

We Respond to God’s Love

 

Offering

 

Offertory

 

Spreading the Light

 

Hymn #133 “O Come, All Ye Faithful” Vs. 1

 

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!

 

Hymn #122 “Silent Night, Holy Night” Vs. 1, 4

 

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!

Wondrous star, lend thy light;

with the angels let us sing

Alleluia to our King:

Christ the Savior is born;

Christ the Savior is born.

 

Hymn #134 “Joy to the World” Vs. 1, 4

 

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.

 

He rules the world with truth and grace,

and makes the nations prove

the glories of his righteousness

and wonders of his love, (and heaven and nature sing,)

and wonders of his love,

and wonders, wonders of his love.

 

We Go from Here to Serve

 

*Parting Words

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude “Joy to the World”

CCLI Song # 5607039

Chris Tomlin | Ed Cash | George Frideric Handel | Isaac Watts | Matt Gilder

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*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 Praise Band.

 

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.

 

Announcements

January-March 2018 FEAST Group Sign-Ups (Friends Eating and Sharing Together) We are 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 families 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!!!!

 

Presbyterian Women are meeting on Friday, January 5th at 9:30 am at the church. Everyone is welcome!

 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, December 24—Christmas Eve

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Christmas Eve Service

5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Monday, December 25—Christmas

Office closed in celebration of Christmas

Tuesday, December 26

Office closed in celebration of Christmas

Sunday, December 31—New Year’s Eve

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

 

Praise and Prayers

† Chloe Glover who is home recovering from an infection.

† 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.