Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, December 31, 2017

10:00 a.m.


1st Sunday After Christmas Day

Word cloud New Year.png

Word Cloud Based

on Ecclesiastes 3


A Service of Reflection & Resolutions

New Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 31, 2017


The congregation is asked to use the time of the pre-service music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


All children will remain downstairs as they explore special activity bags designed to help them reflect on all the gifts of the previous year and God's promise of hope for the year to come!


Liturgy on the Cusp of a New Year


Welcome & Announcements




A Call to Worship


Opening Prayer


*Hymn #143 “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”


Angels, from the realms of glory,

wing your flight o’er all the earth;

you, who sang creation’s story,

now proclaim Messiah’s birth:

come and worship, come and worship,

worship Christ, the newborn king!


Shepherds, in the fields abiding,

Watching o’er your flocks by night,

God with us is now residing;

yonder shines the infant light:

come and worship, come and worship,

worship Christ, the newborn king!


Sages, leave your contemplations;

brighter visions beam afar;

seek the great desire of nations;

you have seen his natal star:

come and worship, come and worship,

worship Christ, the newborn king!


All creation, join in praising

God the Father, Spirit, Son,

Evermore your voices raising

to the eternal Three in One:

come and worship, come and worship,

worship Christ, the newborn king!


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

O God, you are slow to anger and swift to have mercy;
Forgive us when we treat time as a commodity or an enemy,
when we abuse your gift of time.

In our fastness and our slowness,
help us to keep pace with you.
Free us to live in your time, a new time,
in which there is a time for everything under heaven,
and slow is not too slow, and fast is not too fast.

Transform us into people who see time as a gift and a friend,
who live as if we have time,
because we know that your time will never cease.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response “In the Bleak Midwinter” Vs. 1


In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan;

earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;

snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,

in the bleak midwinter, long ago.


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


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.


Time with the Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown


Liturgy for a New Year


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 OT page 616

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Reflection on Resolutions


There is a time for every matter under heaven… What time is it for you?

Hold the resolution card you have chosen. Reflect on these questions:

· What changes do you need to make?

· What new things need to be embraced?

· Of what do you need to be let go?”


Helper in our Past and Hope for our Future:

hold our good intentions,

free us from that which keeps us from the good,

and enable us to move into the coming year

with your love behind, beside, and before us. Amen. 




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


New Testament Ephesians 1:1-14 NT page 191

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Reflection “Between the Ideal and the Actual” John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


*Hymn #146 “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”


Gentle Mary laid her child lowly in a manger;

there he lay, the undefiled, to the world a stranger.

Such a babe in such a place, can he be the Savior?

Ask the saved of all the race who have found his favor.


Angels sang about his birth; wise men sought and found him;

heaven’s star shone brightly forth, glory all around him.

Shepherds saw the wondrous sight, heard the angels singing;

all the plains were lit that night; all the hills were ringing.


Gentle Mary laid her child lowly in a manger;

he is still the undefiled, but no more a stranger.

Son of God, of humble birth, beautiful the story;

praise his name in all the earth; hail the King of glory!


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.






*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.


*Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #145 “What Child Is This”


What child is this, who, laid to rest,

on Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet

while shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing;

haste, haste to bring him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary!


Why lies he in such mean estate

where ox and ass are feeding?

Good Christian, fear; for sinner here

the silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear, shall pierce him through;

the cross be borne for me, for you.

Hail, hail, the Word made flesh,

the babe, the son of Mary!


So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh;

come, one and all, to own him.

The King of kings salvation brings;

let loving hearts enthrone him.

Raise, raise the song on high.

The virgin sings her lullaby.

Joy, joy, for Christ is born,

the babe, the son of Mary!


*Parting Words






*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Guest Musician: Aidan Rowe; Liturgist: Yarnell 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. 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.



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 31—New Year’s Eve

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Monday, January 1—New Year’s Day

Office closed in celebration of New Year’s

Tuesday, January 2

Office closed in celebration of New Year’s

Friday, January 5

9:15 a.m. Preschool resumes

Sunday, January 7—Communion

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

† Chloe Glover who is recovering from an infection.

† 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.

† 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.