Welcome To Worship
Sunday, February 14, 2016
1st Sunday in Lent
Sunday, February 14, 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
Thought before Worship
What keeps us alive, what allows us to endure? I think it is the hope of loving, Or being loved. - Meister Eckhart, Love Poems from God
Welcome & Announcements
Introduction to Lent
Prelude Clair De Lune Debussy
*Call to Worship Luke 4:1; Rom. 10:8b
The season of Lent sets us on a journey.
The journey begins in the wilderness.
We follow the way of Jesus,
who faced trials, trouble, temptation, and testing.
Like Jesus, we are not alone.
The Holy Spirit is with us. God’s Word is on our lips.
Our call is to trust in God alone,
to do God’s will in all things.
For God leads us not only into the wilderness,
but also through the wilderness.
*Hymn #802 “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way. We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Time of Silent Reflection
Response “I Love You, Lord” Hymn #627
I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you; O my soul, rejoice. Take joy, my King, in what you hear; may it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Friends, believe the good news.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Passing of the Peace
The peace of Christ be with you!
And also with you.
*Gloria Patri #581
Lenten Reflection Keith & Barb Davis
“What does the Bible teach us about love?”
May our sincere expressions of love pour forth from our mouths often and in abundance like crocuses in the desert wilderness.
“What Wondrous Love Is This” Hymn #215
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, what wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!
Time with the Children
“Burying the Alleluia Banners”
Congregation: God go with you.
Children: God be with you here.
Welcome Boy Scout Troop 86’s Scout Sunday
Anthem “Ride the Chariot”
arr. by William Henry Smith
© 1939. Renewed Neil A. Kjos Music Company
We Listen for the Word of God
Prayer for Illumination
Old Testament Song of Songs 2:8-13 OT p. 623
New Testament John 12, 13, 14 (selected verses) NT p. 106
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Sermon Cultivating a Life Well-Lived: John R. Hilley
On Saying “I Love You”
Time of Reflection
We Respond to God’s Love
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.
Offertory “Love Medley” arr. Strasser
*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
We Go from Here to Serve
*Hymn #693 “Though I May Speak”
*Please stand if you are able.
About Today’s Service & Activities
Participants In Today’s Service: pastor: John Hilley; musician: Nate Strasser, the choir; liturgist: Kira Hilley.
To Our Members and Guests: please sign our friendship pad.
The season of Lent invites us to embrace our faith journey by reflecting upon and deepening our relationship with God. As Lent occurs on the cusp of springtime, our Lenten theme draws upon the springtime gardening activities of preparing, planting, pruning, and cultivating – words that also speak to important activities in our relationship with God and with others. We encourage you to make this season of Lent a time when you intentionally plant the seeds for a more fulfilling life with God and others through the simple expressions of love, gratitude and forgiveness.
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.
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 almost every Sunday following the Time with Children. Today’s story is “A Woman Worships” - Luke 7:36-50 (Help children learn how to express gratitude to God by serving Jesus and others.) Next week’s story is “Who Is My Neighbor?” - Luke 10:25-34 (Help children plan ways they can serve others as a way of honoring 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 they will be doing a clipboard activity in the sanctuary. If you have any questions, ask Kelly McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Dave Ford.
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.
Ready to connect more deeply? Next Sunday, February 7th at 9:45 am and again Monday evening, February 22nd the Session will be receiving individuals into membership. Next Sunday from 9:00 - 9:45 am in the pastor’s study there will be an optional gathering for individuals to ask questions and join a discussion about our church and the larger Presbyterian church.
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.
The Worship Planning Team is looking for a few good men and women (adult or youth) who might be willing to serve in one or more of the following capacities:
· Open up the church once a month at 8:30 a.m. using an easy check-list. (It generally takes less than 30 minutes to complete the tasks.)
· Serve on an Ushering Team to collect the offering and/or be on a substitute list if a regularly scheduled usher is unable to serve.
· Serve on the Worship Planning Team to help continue to develop and provide vibrant, meaningful worship services at EBPC.
If you are interested in participating or want more information, please contact the WPT moderator, Liz Beatty at email@example.com.
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 sign-up by going to the church’s website or the e-newsletter so we will know how much food to prepare. However, do not let it keep you from joining us! There will be enough for all!
Wednesday night programming Schedule:
(Stay after dinner and join us!)
6:08 Middle School Gathering (608)
6:30 Kids' Music & Drama Club
6:30 Adult Learning Circle
7:00 Adult Choir
Join Women Build 2016: This spring the women of EBPC are invited to participate in the Habitat for Humanity (Williamson and Maury County) organization’s seventh annual Women’s Build. Liz Beatty (firstname.lastname@example.org) is organizing EBPC’s efforts and would like for you to join her for the kick-off informational event on Saturday, March 5th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (See details below) You will need to register utilizing the online event planner. After the kick-off event, the group will select the build date from Saturdays in April or you may choose to join the building on one of the other available Saturdays in April or May.
· Kick-Off Event: Saturday, March 5 (3:00-5:00 p.m.)
· Drury Plaza Inn (Ballroom) 1874 West McEwen Drive, Franklin
· Appetizers from Granite City will be served. Drinks, including wine and beer, can be purchased.
· At 3:45, they will have a short presentation about the Women Build and tips on fundraising for the event. They will also have veteran Women Build participants there to answer any questions you may have.
· Check out their website for more information: http://www.hfhwm.org/our-builds/women-build/
· Register: the event is free, but please make sure to RSVP as soon as possible on their Eventbrite page. Space is limited.
Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. New sign-up sheets are in the narthex. If you have any questions please contact Regina Montgomery at email@example.com.
Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance
Sunday, February 14
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
11:30 am Lunch And Learn
Monday, February 15
Preschool Closed for Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 16
9:15 am Staff Meeting
11:00 am Luke 14:12
Wednesday, February 17
5:30 pm Wednesday Night Dinner
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, February 18
6:30 pm Praise Band
Sunday, February 21
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
Praise and Prayers
† Prayers of praise and celebration for the recent scan showing Carol Dison (Liz Beatty's cousin) to be cancer free after 6 months of treatment.
† Prayers of thanksgiving for our Presbyterian Church’s “Living Waters for the World” program which provides clean water in the underdeveloped part of the globe.
† Prayers for the families and residents of Flint, MI who have tainted, lead-laden water.
† Prayers for Richard and Margaret Strecker following the death of Richard’s father.
† Prayers for Amy Philbrick, help in balancing family, career, and health with fibromyalgia.
† Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson.
† Prayers for Kelly Rakow, a business associate of Susan Schellhardt, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.
† Prayers for Laurie Byers’s husband, Will, and his family as he is undergoing chemo for pancreatic cancer. Laurie is a teacher at the EBPC Preschool.
† Prayers for Karen Owens Holloway and her husband David with her cancer diagnosis.
† Prayers for those affected by the violence in our world.
† 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. She will be having surgery on her leg on February 17th.
† Prayers for Sam, Susan, and Annie Paris as they walk with Lily through this journey.
† Prayers for Yarnell Beatty's mom, Patsy, who is in hospice care and is nearing the end of this life.
† 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 615.545.5938.