Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 24, 2017

5:00 pm

Christmas Eve


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Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017


   Pre-service Music  


   Greeting & Call to Worship


   Opening Music

              “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”


Lighting the Christ Candle

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

Let the land give praise, and everything in it.

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy for the Lord is coming!

The Christ candle shines, giving us hope, peace, joy, and love to carry into the world.

Christ comes to make all things new!

We prepare him room, and we are opening to Christ, the light of the world.

Let us believe the good news, that the Angels proclaimed

and the Shepherds shared

on the night Jesus was born!


*Carol “Angels We Have Heard on High”


Angels we have heard on high,

sweetly singing o’er the plains,

and the mountains in reply

echoing their joyous strains.


Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!


Shepherds, why this jubilee?

why your joyous strains prolong?

what the gladsome tidings be

which inspire your heavenly song?


Come to Bethlehem and see

him whose birth the angels sing;

come, adore on bended knee

Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.


First Reading Isaiah 9:2-7


Special Music

“In the Bleak Midwinter”


The Gospel Lesson Luke 2:1-20

Meditation “The Place Hope Takes God”
The Rev. John Hilley


Special Music “Still, Still, Still” Luoff

© Copyright 1958-1960 WALTON MUSIC CORPORATION


A Christmas Prayer


Offertory “O Holy Night” arr. Strasser

CCLI Song # 4348605

Adolphe Charles Adam | Bart Millard | John Sullivan Dwight | Pete Kipley | Placide Cappeau

© Words: Public Domain

Music: 2004 Wordspring Music, LLC (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.)

Simpleville Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

Songs From The Indigo Room (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.)

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

CCLI License # 2212591


Spreading the Light

Candle lighting procedures: when passing the flame, always keep your lit candle upright while the next person tilts his or her unlit candle to yours. Candles can be extinguished following the Benediction and returned to the narthex.


Music “Silent Night, Holy Night!”


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!

Shepherds quake at the sight,

glories stream from heaven afar,

heavenly hosts sing: “Alleluia;

Christ the Savior is born,

Christ the Savior is born.”


Silent night, holy night!

Son of God, love’s pure light

radiant beams from thy holy face,

with the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,

Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.


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.

*Music “O Come, All Ye Faithful”


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!




*Music “Joy to the World” Hymn #134


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.


Joy to the world! the Savior reigns;

let us our songs employ;

while fields and floods,

rocks, hills, and plains,

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat, repeat the sounding joy.





*Please stand if you are able.


About Tonight’s Service

Participants in tonight’s service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Claire Boling, the Choir, Brian Telford; Advent Readers: Philbrick Family; Liturgists: Erin Morrow, Jasper Vasilevskis, Yarnell & Liz Beatty.


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 on our website at www.eastbrentwoodpc.com. Interested in joining East Brentwood? Speak to 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.


We meet Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. Please join us!


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.



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!


Other announcements concerning our mission activities and connectional ministries can be found on our website at www.ebpctn.org.


Poinsettia Dedications


Carol Huffman

In memory of Carl & Freda Martin

In memory of William & Given Martin


Lavona & Clyde Russell

In honor of Barbara Cochran


Peggy Stout

In memory of her parents Bob & Carolyn Rosenkrans


Elizabeth & David Johnson

In honor of Barbara Duncan Kellogg


Lee & Karen Haberer

In memory of Bill Miller

In honor of Ruth Miller


Rollie & Cathy Gilbert

To the glory of God


John & Kira Hilley

In memory of Ralph Strouf

In memory of David Hilley

In honor of Constance Stephan

In honor of Gladys Hilley


The Roadman Family

In honor of Nancy Schowalter


Bob & Marcie Gilchrist

In memory of Robert & Mary Weisz

In memory of Clarence & Louise Gilchrist


Liz, Yarnell, and Matthias Beatty

In memory of Alex Beatty

In memory of Patsy & Guy Beatty

In memory of Virginia Galloway

In memory of Stephanie Galloway


Robin & Steve Bell

In memory of our grandparents


The Ketch Family

In memory of John & Virginia Halliburton

In memory of Charles & Ann Malone

In memory of Bernard & Irene Armistead


Ed and Emilia Green

In memory of Joan Wentzel

To the glory of God


Nancy & Andy Diffenbaugh

In memory of Rev. & Mrs. Anthony Diffenbaugh

In memory of William V. Pleasants

In honor of Ann N. Pleasants


Barb Hall

In honor of Philip & Bacilia Beisswenger


Kelly, Mark, Matt, and Jeremy McConnell

In memory of Doris Ryan


Bill & Martha Wolfe

To the glory of God



Poinsettias may be taken home following the service.