Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, December 3, 2017

10:00 a.m.


1st Sunday of Advent


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Sunday, December 3, 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



Presentation of 2017 Christmas Tree Ornaments

Film Screening



*A Call to Worship

The angels say it all the time:

“Do not be afraid.”

We say it every week:

“The Word of our God shall stand forever.”

The promise of God is sturdy and strong. It holds us together when the world is falling apart.

It is our help in ages past.

It is our hope for years to come.

Therefore, with trust and confidence, with patience and courage,

we are waiting for the Lord.


*Lighting of the Advent Candle

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

Those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.

We join with sisters and brothers around the world, lighting candles to mark our steps in this Advent journey.

Today, we light the candle of Hope.

Even though the world seems dark and cold, we know that the light of Christ is coming.  The face of our Lord will shine, and we shall be saved!

Testifying against all suffering and darkness, we kindle this light.  Together, we proclaim to the world that, in Christ, we have hope.


*Hymn #82 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

Forgive us for the times we are too afraid to hope,

too tired to dream,

too angry to listen,

too wounded to trust,

too certain to be surprised.

Kindle in us a renewed sense of faith.

Lift our faces to look for your light.


Time for silent reflection


Response “Born in the Night, Mary’s Child”

Born in the night, Mary’s Child, a long way from your home;

coming in need, Mary’s Child, born in a borrowed room.


Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.



Passing of the Peace

The peace of Christ is with you!

And also with you.


*Gloria Patri #581


Time with Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Anthem “Baby, What You Goin’ To Be” Sleeth

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We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Mark 13:24-37 NT page 50

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Meditation “The Places Hope Takes You” John R. Hilley

“How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives.”

- Annie Dillard


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love






*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.


Holy Communion


Invitation to the Lord’s Table


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

May the Advent God give you hope.
May God grant you peace.
You are invited to the family table.

We come to the table hosted by Lord Jesus the Christ.


Sharing of the Bread and Cup


Communion Music


Prayers After Communion—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.


We Go from Here and Serve


*Hymn #88 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” Vs. 1, 4


*Parting Words






*Please stand if you are able.


Stay after worship today for an Advent Workshop for Young Families: From 11-12 pm, join us for a time of fun, fellowship, and joyous celebration of Advent. Since this is the first Sunday of Advent, we will work together to create a family Advent calendar that helps us eagerly await the birth of Jesus! Families will also work through stations to create at-home family devotional/art kits for each of the remaining weeks of Advents. Pizza and drinks will be served.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Choir; Liturgist: Brad Brown.


This Week in Children's Worship: Come celebrate the first Sunday in Advent with us as we light the candle of Hope in our Advent Wreath. During Time with Children, help Ms. Lindsey place the animals in the nativity scene as we eagerly await the birth of Jesus. Upstairs we will hear a story of hope from the Gospel of Mark and be reminded that God is always with us - His love lasts forever and ever! 


This Week in Upwards: Join us as we continue our quest to understand how WE fit into God's BIG story of love. This week we will talk about hope and the ways we can focus on our faith in God when times get tough. Don't miss the chance to exercise your artistic talents as we create magnets that remind us to always be ready and steady in our faith.


This morning, communion is served by intinction. The congregation will come forward to receive the bread, which they will then dip into the chalice of grape juice.  Worshippers will return to their pews by the side aisles. If you need a gluten free wafer, please tell the server. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is not just for Presbyterians or “members of the church.” All who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are invited to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may receive the bread and grape juice (in place of wine) in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ.


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.




Help brighten a Glenview Elementary Teacher's holiday! Our EBPC family is making holiday gift bags for teachers at our partner school, Glenview Elementary. Visit the narthex to grab an empty gift bag to stuff with goodies. Directions for filling your bag will be attached to the gift bag. We need 52 bags by December 12! Let's do this!


January-March 2018 FEAST Group Sign-Ups (Friends Eating and Sharing Together) We are going to start 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 familes 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!!!!


We have compiled an EBPC directory with photos and contact information so that we can better connect as a congregation. Here's what you need to know:

· It is available via our website at: http://www.eastbrentwoodpc.com/member-directory/

· The password is ebpc9000

· Please review the info and let Doug Hausken in the church office (ebpcoffice@comcast.net) know if there is inaccurate information and update him should the information change in the future. 

· Also, if you would like a different photo, please send him a digital photo (in jpeg or jpg form) to use instead. 

· For clarification, the contact information in the directory should not be shared outside the EBPC family nor should it be used for commercial purposes.


Connection Corner and Collection Center: As you might have noticed, the Sanctuary, Narthex, Office Hallway and Gathering Place are undergoing a transformation. Each time you are in the building, please be sure to check out the Connection Corner board and Mission and Service Collection Center in the Gathering Place for opportunities to volunteer, get involved and give back. You can also use the Sign-Up Genius associated with the various events and projects such as the Hospitality and Worship Support Openings: https://goo.gl/1PzcaY.


Time and Talent Sheets: As important as financially pledging to the church is, committing to helping implement the ministry projects is equally a vital way to be an involved EBPC family member. Not only will you being sharing the workload, you will also be finding worthwhile ways to connect with other individuals at EBPC. Please return your household’s Time and Talent Sheet to the wooden box in the Narthex during the next few weeks as we prepare for 2018. If you have questions about individual ministry areas, please contact Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net.


Name Tags: We have been blessed to see so many new faces around church this fall. So that we might better connect, please be sure to wear your name tag (located in name tag cabinet adjacent to the Gathering Place). If you don’t have one and need a replacement, please contact Doug Hausken at ebpcoffice@comcast.net.


Advent Devotionals: One way to stay centered during these hectic holiday times is to commit to reading a daily devotional and engaging in quiet prayer and reflection time. Be sure to pick up a free devotional located in the Narthex so that you are ready to begin your reading on Dec. 3.


English tutor needed for Glenview Elementary Parents! Two parents at Glenview (our partner school) are eager to learn English. They have lived in America for 6 months and need our help. Glenview’s English teacher from TFLI (TN Foreign Language Institute) has agreed to train a tutor, and we can set up a time to meet weekly at Glenview. Please call or email Elizabeth Johnson if interested. Thank you! 919-724-0976 or EBPC.preschool.chapel@gmail.com.


Two yoga classes recently started in the EBPC sanctuary on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm. There is a $50 monthly fee. If you are interested, let John know at ebpcpastor@comcast.net.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, December 3—Communion

9:00 a.m. Coffee in John’s Study

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Advent Workshop

3:00 p.m. Yoga

4:00 p.m. PYG & 608

Monday, December 4

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

Wednesday, December 6

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, December 10—Ordination & Installation of Elders

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Advent Workshop

3:00 p.m. Yoga

4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth


Praise and Prayers

† 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.

† 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.