Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, February 11, 2018

10:00 a.m.


Transfiguration of the Lord


Mardi Gras Celebration

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Sunday, February 11, 2018


   Pre-Service Music   “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”   Zawinul


   Welcome & Announcements


*Passing of the Peace

The Peace of Christ is with you!

      And also with you.


We Gather to Worship God


*A Call to Worship


Prelude “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” Willis


*Hymn #611 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” Vs. 1, 3


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Almighty and Loving God,

we confess that we need Your strength to face up to ourselves.

We find it much easier to wear a mask, keep busy, and vent our feelings to others.

That’s more attractive than dealing with our own stuff, our selfishness, our disappointments. 

We waste a lot of energy wearing masks -- masks of self- deception and false masks, trying to be someone we are not.

But, Lord, we are tired of pretending.

Help us to be honest with You, with ourselves, and with others. We offer our lives to You, O Lord, asking You to create in us the desire to be more like Jesus.

Help us to be the eager, curious, and loving followers You intended us to be.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”


Lord, listen to your children praying.

Lord, send your Spirit in this place.

Lord, listen to your children praying.

Send us love; send us power; send us grace.


Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.



*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


Scout Sunday Troup 86 Leader, James Singhel

Special Music “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho” Traditional


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Mark 9:2-10 NT page 171 (Blue)

The Word of the Lord. NT page 41 (Red)

Thanks be to God.


Meditation Rev. John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


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.


We Respond to God’s Love




Offertory “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” Traditional


*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 and Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


*Parting Words




*Recession “When the Saints Go Marching In” Traditional



*Please stand if you are able.


The congregation is asked to join the band in a Mardi Gras-styled procession out the doors and return for the pancake brunch.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Liturgist: Erin Morrow; Musicians: Laura Mayo, Chris Karabelas, Brian Telford, Louis Morrow; Elder of the Day: Erin Morrow; Acolytes: Paige Randall.


This Week for Children's Worship and UPWARDS: This week all children will remain in worship to enjoy and participate in our Mardi Gras Jazz Service. During worship, kids will enjoy the music, explore their worship bags (with NEW Mardi Gras-themed activities!), or decorate our Alleluia banner.


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.


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.



Ash and Dash this Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:15 am. Dash through our driveway on your way to work, the school drop offline or just out the door for our annual Ash and Dash. Additionally, Pastor John and Nate will provide an Ash Wednesday podcast that will be available on our website that morning.


February 18, 2018 Stay for our Annual Meeting immediately following our worship service. The purpose of this meeting is to recap the highlights of 2017 year together as we briefly share stories and numbers and as we look forward in 2018 and communicate the financial results and plans approved by the Session. There will also be a time to receive your input. For this short meeting we will be using the format of storytelling, video, and visual storyboard to bear witness to how our cultivated ministry is bearing fruit here on the corner of Wilson Pike and Concord Road.


Music Director Nate is looking to restart the Bell Choir beginning February 28th! His hope is that they would be ready to play in church by Easter Sunday. The rehearsals will be on Wednesdays from 6:00-6:45! Let him know if you’re interested by emailing him at nstrasser@ebpctn.org. All ages are welcome! The more the merrier! 


SnapFaith – A New Sunday morning Learning Circle: Beginning February 18, John Hilley and others will lead a Sunday morning series from 9-9:45 am. Intended for people who are new to EBPC or have a long-time association, SnapFaith will move purposively incorporating visual images, Scripture, and key theological concepts from our tradition. Here’s the format: 9-9:15 gathering time for people to visit and connect. At 9:15 am the “snap” word is introduced and a visual image(s) is shown to get us started. John will lead us through four prompts: 1. How do you connect to this word in your life/journey? 2. How does God's Word of Scripture connect to this word? 3. How do we view this word through a theological lens? 4. How does this word connect to our life here at EBPC and the larger world? We will close at 9:45 am just in time to collect our children from Kids Music and Drama and to allow enough time to visit with friends and get into the service in time to hear the opening music of the worship service.


Mark Your Calendars! February 25th from 3-5 pm, youth, parents, teachers, doctors, and anyone who works with youth, mark your calendars now for an important session called: Breaking the Silence - Addressing Youth Substance Abuse. East Brentwood Presbyterian Church and Holy Family Catholic Church have partnered with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to bring together professionals and individuals impacted by teen substance abuse to start a dialogue with teens, parents and practitioners about what are the underlying issues leading to substance abuse in teens and young adults. There will be a series of presentations and small group sessions to inform the audience about this growing epidemic as well as give those attending the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas, opinions and information with the group. To learn more, go to https://goo.gl/UT25fe.


Hemorrhage Control / Tourniquet class this February at EBPC Please join us Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. for a hemorrhage/tourniquet class taught by Vanderbilt Hospital staff members at EBPC. This is part of a nationwide, physician lead movement to try to reduce fatalities that occur at mass casualty events or natural disasters. These are useful skills for everyone to know so they are prepared for any situation that might arise. We hope you will join us. Please go to https://goo.gl/fxQvaj to sign up.


Preschool Registration Now Open! If you know of any neighbors, friends or family that are looking for an excellent preschool program (rated three stars by the State of Tennessee) with loving teachers and top-notch curriculum, we are now accepting registration forms. Contact Sheri Vosel for more information or visit the preschool Facebook page here.


Our next opportunity to host Room In The Inn will be Tuesday, February 13th.  We hope you will join us in welcoming our guests with love and hospitality by providing food, shelter, and a safe night of rest. Find the sign up in the gathering place to learn about how you can pitch in or contact Ann Ketch at ketchann2@gmail.com. *A big thank you to Kelly and the wonderful youth and parents who worked so hard to host our January guests!


LUKE 14:12 is an organization that provides meals to those who are homeless in downtown Nashville. EBPC serves lunch for Luke 14:12 on the third Tuesday of every month (February 20). We leave at 11:00 a.m. from EBPC and meet at 11:30 a.m. in the dining room of the Room In The Inn campus (705 Drexel St., off 8th Ave.) and are done by 1 p.m. Transportation from the church is available. We are in need of a few new friends to add to our volunteer list. If you are interested, we would love to have you join us! For more information about participating in Luke 14:12 with EBPC or to be added to the volunteer list, contact David Shupe at (615) 218-6047. To learn more about Luke 14:12 go to: http://www.luke1412.org/.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, February 11—Mardi Gras

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music and Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Mardi Gras Pancake Breakfast

3:00 p.m. Yoga

4:00 p.m. Sunday Fun Day for Youth

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous

Monday, February 12

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

Tuesday, February 13

7:00 p.m. Room In The Inn

Wednesday, February 14—Ash Wednesday

7:30 a.m. Ash & Dash

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, February 18

9:00 a.m. Adult Education; SnapFaith

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music and Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Annual Meeting

3:00 p.m. Yoga

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

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for the family and friends of The Rev. Dr. Michael Warren, who passed away recently. His obituary can be found here:

https://goo.gl/qCc1Yi .

† Chloe Glover who recently had surgery, please support her by going to www.caringbridge.org/visit/chloeglover.

† 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.

† Prayers for those who have been victims of sexual assault.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Kristine Vasilevskis at team5v@att.net or (615) 403-5713.