Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 27, 2015

10:00 am


1st Sunday after Christmas day

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Sunday, December 27, 2015


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




*Call to Worship   based on Psalm 148 and Isaiah 63:7-9

Liturgist: Praise the living God!

Praise God from the heavens:

sun and moon, and shining stars,

praise the living God!


All: Praise the Holy Name,

whose word speaks all things into being,

who created the forces of the universe

and the laughter of the children.

Praise the Holy Name!


Females: Praise the Living God from the earth:

clouds and storms and ocean currents,

fish in the sea and creatures of the deep,

animals and cattle, insects and birds,

praise the living God!


All: People and rulers,

powerless and power brokers,

young women, young men,

children and elders together,

praise the Holy Name!


Males: Praise the living God,

whose Name alone is exalted,

our Rescuer and Deliverer

in all our distress.

Praise the living God!


All: Praise the Holy Name

who did not rely only on angels and messengers

But came among us in person,

Whose living presence saves us!


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #133 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Almighty God,

we confess that our hearts have not been open

to all that you have revealed to us in the Nativity of your Son.

You sent Christ to be born as a helpless Child,

and yet we have not attended to suffering of children.

You chose humble Mary to be mother of our Lord Jesus,

and yet we have not attended to the struggles of women.

The holy family could find no room in Bethlehem but a stable,

and yet we have not attended to the cry of the homeless.

You announced your birth to lowly shepherds,

yet we ignore those who tend our farms and fields.

Forgive our lack of attention,

and free us for joyful compassion,

that we may know Christ in serving others.

Though Jesus Christ we pray. 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 the Lord be with you!

And also with you.


*Gloria Patri #581


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


Gospel Lesson Matthew 2:1-12 NT p. 2


Hymn #158 “Born in the Night, Mary’s Child”


Gospel Lesson Luke 2:25-32 NT p. 59


Reflection “Sharing Gifts” John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


*Carol “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” Hymn #136




By God’s generous love in Jesus Christ,

we have been adopted as God’s children,

members together of the household of God.


Whatever we do or say,

whatever others do or say,

we are God’s beloved children:

We are your daughters.

We are your sons.


In want or wealth,

in sickness and health,

we are God’s beloved children:

We are your daughters.

We are your sons.


Through failure, success, fulfillment, and loss,

we are God’s beloved children:

We are your daughters.

We are your sons.


In the heights of joy and the depths of shame,

we are God’s beloved children:

We are your daughters.

We are your sons.


Through all our life

and beyond our death,

we are God’s beloved children:

We are your daughters.

We are your sons.


Thanks be to God!



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.








*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


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


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities


Participants In Today’s Service: pastor: John Hilley; musician: Aidan Rowe; liturgist: Lavona Russell.


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’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.) Next week’s is Bring Him Gifts - Matthew 2:1-12 (Help children learn and practice ways of sharing the grace of God in the world.)


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. 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 Dave Ford.


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: Thanks to all who participated in our EBPC Blood drive last Sunday. It was a great success, and we provided much needed blood during this time of need. Thanks to Richard White for coordinating this outreach!


The turkey and cranberries are all eaten and the shelves are almost empty in the College Grove Food Pantry. January is again our month to contribute to the Food Pantry. There is a special need for canned chicken and other meats, canned fruits, household cleaning products, and as always, cereals, canned vegetables, dessert mixes, and spices/seasonings, paper goods, such as bathroom tissue, paper towels, and facial tissue are good items also. Bins will be in the gathering place the first Sunday in January. If you are interested in helping to take our offerings to College Grove and distributing them on January 30, please contact Martha Wolfe at 615-373-5979 or at bmwolfe50@aol.com.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, December 27

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

Monday, December 28

9:00 am Preschool Closed for Winter Break

11:00 am NO Staff Meeting

Wednesday, December 30

NO WELL this week

Thursday, December 31

Office Closed

Friday, January 1

Happy New Year! Office Closed

Sunday, January 3

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship with Communion 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Isaac Rizzo, an EBPC church member and student at Belmont, who is recovering from surgery.

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 Yarnell Beatty's mom Patsy who suffers with Alzheimer's and is recovering from a recent fall and Liz's mom Virginia Galloway who is at Sommerfield recovering from a recent illness.

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.