Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 6, 2015

10:00 am

2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The congregation is asked to use the time of the Pre-Service

Music as a period of silent prayer and preparation. 

   Thought before Worship

Be present at our table, Lord;

Be here and everywhere adored;

Thy creatures bless, and that we

May feast in paradise with Thee. - John Cenick   

Pre-Service Music “The Huron Carol” Edwards

© 2005 Broadman Press (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) 

We Gather to Worship God 

Welcome & Announcements 

Prelude “‘Largo’ from Xerxes” Handel arr. by Cable

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Opening Sentences

Sing to the Lord a new song, for God has done marvelous things.

We will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and tell of God’s deeds in songs of joy.

Awake, awake, you people of God, put on your festive garments.

For God has already clothed us with the garments of salvation and has covered us with the robe of righteousness.

The Holy One has delivered us and has become our salvation.  

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

Lighting of the Advent Candle

What are these candles for? 

This is an Advent candle ring. It shows the circle of God’s unbroken love. 

There are five candles.

We shall light a new candle each Sunday from now until Christmas. 

What is the point of doing this? 

Because the old proverb is true:

“What I hear, I forget.

What I see, I remember.

What I do, I understand.” 

As we light our Advent candles,

may they bring us together

in the warm light of God’s love. 

In Isaiah 35:5-6, the prophet declares that when God comes among us, the deaf shall hear, the blind shall see, and the tongue of the speechless shall sing for joy. We light this candle as a sign of our hope that God’s love in Christ brings healing to us and to the world. 

As we witness to the power of healing love, in ourselves and in others -

Risen Christ, Light of the world, shine in our lives and shine among us now.  

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

2. Clear shining light, Mary’s Child,

Your face lights up our way;

Light of the world, Mary’s Child,

Dawn on our darkened day. 

Call to Confession  

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, this Advent season stirs a longing to have Christ come alive within us, yet we allow ourselves to become enslaved to cynicism, selfishness, and obligation.  We rush from task to task, scarcely opening our eyes to the peace and beauty around us. We sing of One who was laid in a borrowed manger, but we ignore the poor and homeless among us. We decry the violence of wicked terrorists, yet we are too often silent in the face of abuse and injustice around us. For these and all our sins, forgive us, we pray, gracious God.  

Time of Silent Reflection 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.  

Ritual of Greeting

Christ has reconciled us to God in one body by the cross.

We meet in his name and share his peace.

In love and forgiveness, greet your neighbors, grasp their hands, and speak the words, “The peace of the Lord be with you” and receive the words in turn, “And also with you.”  

*Gloria Patri #581 

Special Music “God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen” Henderson

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Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.

Children through 5th grade are invited upstairs. 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Prayer for Illumination  

Scripture Philippians 1:3-11 NT page 196 

Scripture Matthew 22:34-40 NT page 25 

Personal Witness to the Scriptures 

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

Collection of the Offering

“Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” Henderson 




Invitation to the Lord’s Table 

Moravian Grace

Be present at our table, Lord;

Be here and everywhere adored;

From Thine all-bounteous hand our food

May we receive with gratitude.  

Great Thanksgiving

May the God of comfort be with you.
And may God comfort you.
Bring your hearts to the One who comes.
We would open them to God, who brings healing and hope.
Give thanks to the Living God, all you people.
We praise the One who offers peace to us. 

…As we come to this Table,
we remember the mystery of the One
who died that we might live forever:

Christ died, the flower of hope fading;
Christ was raised, so death and sin would be made low;
Christ will come, crying: "Here is your God!"  

Communion of the People

“Andante (Concerto in E Flat) Haydn

Copyright © 1988 Canadian Brass Publications, Inc., Toronto

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“Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater)” Mouret

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Prayer After Communion (including the 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. 

Lighting of the Candles

Living Christ, light of the world,

give us the warmth of your love.  

“Morning Star, O Cheering Sight” Burkhardt

© 2005 Birnamwood Publications (Admin. by MorningStar Music Publishers) 

We Go from Here to Serve 

*Hymn #110 “Love Has Come” 

*Parting Words 

Postlude “The Sussex Carol”

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*Please stand if you are able. 

About Today’s Service & Activities 

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Liturgist: Liz Beatty; Musicians: David Shupe, Mike Casteel (trumpet), Tyler Mire (trumpet), Beth Beeson (French horn), Chris McDonald (trombone), Joe Murphy (tuba); Advent Wreath Lighting: the Philbrick Family. 

Today’s worship service is inspired by the Love Feast, practiced by the Moravian Church. The Love Feast is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community) enjoyed by the family of Christ. In addition to the focus upon the sharing of food together, the Feast’s focus upon music, testimonies and praise and prayer are the focal point. Testimonies may include personal witness to God’s grace or accounts of what God has been doing in the lives of others. In lieu of a sermon today, there will be an opportunity for people to spontaneously share their reflections on the Scripture passages. The communion portion of today’s worship service incorporates the sweetened rolls of the Love Feast. 

The origins of the Moravian Church in America (or Unitas Fratrum) can be traced back more than five centuries to the Bohemian Brethren, followers to the Bohemian Brethren, followers of the Czech martyr, Jan Hus. The Moravian Church placed strong emphasis on music, both congregational and concerted. The Moravians who colonized Pennsylvania and North Carolina brought this strong musical tradition with them.  

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 every Sunday following the Time with Children. Today’s story is Surprised By Grace - Luke 1:5-25, 57-66(Help children name ways they can be a source of grace in other people's lives.) And next week’s story is Say "Yes" to God - Luke 1:26-56 (Help children name ways they can say "yes" to God.)  

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. This week will be a group activity upstairs. 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 Ashley Purcell. 

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.  

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, December 6

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

4:00 pm Youth Planning Council

5:00 pm PYG

Monday, December 7

11:00 am Staff Meeting

Wednesday, December 9

5:30 pm Wednesday Night Dinner

6:00 pm Music & Drama Club for Middle & High School

6:08 pm 608 (Middle School Youth)

6:30 pm Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:30 pm Adult Learning Circle

7:00 pm Choir

Thursday, December 10

10:30 am Geneva Group

6:30 pm Praise Team

Friday, December 11

4:30 pm Youth Lock-in

Sunday, December 13

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

5:00 pm PYG (High School Youth)

6:30 pm Youth & Kids Music & Drama Club Christmas Concert 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers for those affected by the violence in our world.

We celebrate the life of Mary Ann Olsen, sister of Ruth Miller, who passed away recently in Duluth, MN.

Prayers for healing and strength for Joy Russell, friend of Ralph Comer.

Prayers for the family of Sara Willioughby Darden following her death this week at the age of 93. Granddaughter, Dawn Darden, was a former co-worker of Ralph Comer.

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 Carol Dison (Liz Beatty's cousin) and her two-year old granddaughter, Avery. Carol was diagnosed with cervical cancer and needs prayers for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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.

Poinsettia Order Form

Join Us at the W.E.L.L.

(Wednesdays: Eating, Learning, Loving)

for dinner, kids’ activities, and spiritual nourishment. Church members, preschool families, and guests are welcome! Meals are $5 per person, with a $15 max per family. Please RSVP by Monday by going to the church’s website or the e-newsletter so we will know how much food to prepare.  

Wednesday night programming Schedule:

(Stay after dinner and join us!)

5:30 Dinner

6:00 Music & Drama Club for Middle & High School

6:08 Middle School Gathering (608)

6:30 Kids' Music & Drama Club

6:30 Adult Learning Circle

7:00 Adult Choir 

*At 6:15, Elizabeth does a short lesson the first Wednesday of each month on various topics such as Earth Day, being a kind friend at school, International Peace Day, summer safety tips, etc. 

Giving to the church through your will or trust is the most common way to continue your support beyond your lifetime. When your estate is prepared, consider a gift to the church. For more information contact Amy Gallager at amygeoff@gmail.com or (615) 496-4962. 

Kids' Music and Drama Club is off and running with about 20 kids atpractice. It is for children 3 years thru 5th grade and occurs on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7 pm. A new session for middle & high schoolers was added from 6:00-6:30. EBPC Music Director Nate Strasser teaches children about music in a fun and engaging way and is preparing them for the church Christmas pageant! Contact: Nate Strasser, Music Director at EBPC: ebpcmusic@comcast.net.  

Red Cross Blood Drive: The blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, December 20th, at the church from 8:30 – 12:30. Our goal is to have 30 donors. So far, we have eight. As the holiday season approaches, there will, unfortunately, be an increase in the need for blood. Please consider giving. Appointment sheets will be in the narthex every Sunday starting November 1st. More details to follow. Contact: Richard White. 

Be Still and Look… for Hope… for Love… for Joy and… for Peace
During the four Sundays of Advent, under the artistic leadership of Aaron Hilley, a local contemporary artist with wonderful experience in collage art, the congregation will create a piece of art that helps us understand God’s presence in our lives. Here’s how you can participate:

· Bring in print material (pictures/phrases/words from magazines, newspapers, the internet-Google or Pinterest, etc.) that speak to you of the themes: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.

· Place these in containers in the Narthex starting on 11/22 or bring them in each Sunday.  

· Come before the service, as early as 9:30, or stay after the service in the classroom across from the office and add something to the collage. Do this every Sunday you can in Advent. We will focus on Hope on 11/29, Love on 12/6, Joy on 12/13 and Peace on 12/20 but feel free to bring material about any of these words throughout the season.

Just as God revealed his love for us on Christmas Eve with the birth of his Son, we will see the results of our joint focus and creation as Aaron shares with us the final piece of art on Christmas Eve. Be a part of this meaningful and fun Advent devotional!!!