Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 4, 2016

10:00 a.m.




2nd Sunday of Advent


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Sunday, December 4, 2016


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  




   A Call to Worship    

We gather in the presence of a God who has made promises:

that the broken can be mended, 

and the grieving can be comforted,

and the hopeless will find hope.

Together, we lean into these promises,

sometimes with strong faith, 

sometimes with big questions, 

but always with hope.

For a light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.


Lighting of the Advent Candles

God make us calm peacemakers.

When we are anxious, still our fears.

God make us active peacemakers.

Where there is conflict, let us be the first to back down.

God make us content peacemakers.

Let us refrain from demanding that we have the final word.

God make us your peacemakers.

May we sow seeds of peace in our own lives and in those around us.


Musical Response:

Light two candles to watch for Messiah:

Let the light banish darkness.

He shall feed the flock like a shepherd,

Gently lead them homeward.


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


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,

your promises stand steady through all generations.

Renew us in hope,

that we might stand tall in faith.

It is easy for us to become overwhelmed:

our world is filled with too much violence,

our schedules are filled with too much chaos, 

our hearts are filled with too much hurt.

Too often, we allow those stories to define our days.

So come to us, O God, and tell us your story once again,

as we seek to set fear aside and walk in your light.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response “Trisagion” Ortega

Holy God. Holy and mighty.

Holy Immortal One, Have mercy, have mercy on us.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.


Passing of the Peace

As God through Jesus has recognized and forgiven each of us, let us now ourselves recognize and forgive each other by sharing God’s peace with one another. The Peace of Christ is with you!

And also with you.


*Gloria Patri #581


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Special Music “Still, Still, Still” Arr. Luboff

© Copyright 1958-1960 WALTON MUSIC CORPORATION


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Isaiah 11:1-10 OT page 640

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament Matthew 1:1-17 NT page 1

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “We Are God’s Family… John R. Hilley

and the Story Goes On”


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.

Therefore, standing in the ancestral line of our family,

we stand in awe before you to join our chorus of praise:


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!


Sharing of the Bread & 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 to Serve


*Hymn #87 “Comfort, Comfort Now My People”







*Please stand if you are able.


To Our Members and Guests: please sign our friendship pad.


For those of you with young children, please check out the shelf of children's Bibles located on the shelves in the Sanctuary. There are several different age-appropriate versions available for their use during the service. Please re-shelve them before you leave the building.


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. 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.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir, Bob Gilchrist, Ed Vasilevskis; Liturgist: Lavona Russell; Advent Readers: Keith Davis, Delaney Wepking.


To Our Members and Guests: please sign our friendship pad.


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 Dave Ford or 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.

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.



Legacy Christmas Celtic Music CDs, first produced in 2014, are again available for purchase each Sunday morning in the Narthex. The sale of these two CDS support the Living Waters for the World mission effort of our Synod of Living Waters. If you missed getting them when they were first out, take advantage of getting them now. They make great gifts at $12.00 each. They will be available Sundays until Christmas, or until supply runs out. Checks should be made payable to EBPC--For: Christmas CDs.


Please be sure to pick up one of the Advent Flyers which lists all of the activities and events over the next month including the Dec. 10th "Gift of Music" concert. You are encouraged to distribute them to friends or neighbors in search of a faith community.  Also, we have daily Advent devotionals in the narthex which are available on a first come basis.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR: December 11th, following the service, Join us for a children’s advent workshop, “Upside Down and Inside Out, What's this Advent All About?” children’s ministry workshop. We invite families with children ages 3-5th grade to engage in interactive stations learning about the season of Advent. The world around us screams for us to desire more "stuff" but the story of Scripture tells us to celebrate love, simplicity and the gift of presence. Explore Advent and turn Christmas upside down! If you are interested in helping with this event please contact Regina Girten at reginagirten@gmail.com or 504-930-699! 


“Shining God’s Light”

Stewardship 2017

An Update and a Word of Thanks to Everyone Who Has Responded:

Total Pledges received to date


New Pledges


Increased pledges


Total pledged


Total increased



We are still receiving pledges.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, December 4

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd – 5th grade

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

Monday, December 5

6:00 p.m. Boy Scouts, Troop 86

Wednesday, December 7

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kid’s Music & Drama Club

6:08 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Band practice

Thursday, December 8

5:00 p.m. Graceworks The Manger for Youth

Friday, December 9

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Saturday, December 10

6:00 p.m. The Gift of Music Christmas concert—Nate Strasser & Friends

Sunday, December 11

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Children’s Advent Workshop

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


Praise and Prayers

Prayers for those who lost loved ones, homes, and businesses in the recent fires in the Gatlinburg area. Prayers for strength and healing for Branson, Wesley, and Jared Summers who are being treated for burns and who deal with the death of their parents from the fire. Prayers of thanks for the first responders.

† Prayers for healing for Ruth Pennington’s son-in-law, Mario Barone, III, following his recent surgery.

† In this season of hope and peace, we pray for individuals who await the results of medical tests.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for those within our church community who have agreed to serve as Elder.

Prayers of healing for Darlene Hagg (former EBPC member) who is undergoing surgery and treatment for cancer.

Prayers for our friends, Ryan and Erika Taylor and almost 7 month old Finley.

Prayers for unity and peace for all in our nation following the election.

Prayers for those facing addictions, either their own or those of family members and loved ones.

Prayers for Marisa Miller and her family with the losses and health challenges they have had.

Prayers of healing and strength for Kelly McConnell’s mother and prayers of support for Kelly and her family.

Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who are working in Lusaka.

Prayers for Brent Byers.


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.



Order Form


Order a Poinsettia to help decorate the sanctuary during the Christmas Season!

 Please place your order by December 16.



Message for bulletin insert (mark & complete appropriate line.):



____ In Memory of




____ In Honor of




____ To the Glory of God



Donated by:



Phone #:



Total # of Poinsettia Plants                    x$10 each=   $ __________



Please make checks payable to EBPC and write "Poinsettias" on the memo line. 

Place form in the offering plate along with your check for $10 per plant,

or return your order and check to the church office by December 16


Proceeds from the Poinsettias benefit

Presbyterian Women missions locally and worldwide. 



Poinsettias may be taken home

after the Christmas Eve Worship service.