Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, February 18, 2018

10:00 a.m.


1st Sunday in Lent


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Sunday, February 18, 2018


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


   Story #1                      Louis Morrow


Prelude “40 Days”

CCLI Song # 4509358

Matt Maher

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*A Call to Worship


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #215 “What Wondrous Love Is This”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

They can be such giants in our lives, God of Grace.

Each day, our fears, our doubts, our worries wash over us, until we come to believe that you do not care for us.

There seems to be so much wrong in the world, we are convinced that there is nothing good we can do.

The storms of sin and temptation batter at us, and we cower, unable to find the faith to withstand them. 
Forgive us, God of Hope.

Remind us that if we but open our hearts, you will heal us.

If we but listen to your words, we will hear peace and joy.

If we but open our lives to you, we can go forth to serve our sisters and brothers, even as we have been served by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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

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.


Story #2 John Philbrick


Time with the Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Anthem “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” Burroughs

Arrangement © 2013 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Mark 1:9-15 NT page 34 (Blue)

The Word of the Lord. NT page 33 (Red)

Thanks be to God.


Story #3 Paul Rein


Meditation “Lenten Theme: The Wilderness” Rev. John R. Hilley



“The words ‘You shall love the Lord your God’ become in the end less a command than a promise. And the promise is that, yes, on the weary feet of faith and the fragile wings of hope, we will come to love him as last as from the first (Jesus) he has loved us—even in the wilderness, especially in the wilderness, because he has been in the wilderness with us. He has been in the wilderness for us…And rise we shall, out of the wilderness, every last one of us, even as out of the wilderness Christ rose before us.” - Frederick Buechner, Listening to Your Life


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 “We Fall Down”

CCLI Song # 2437367

Chris Tomlin

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*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


*Song “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness” Vs. 1

Annual Meeting



*Please stand if you are able.


Our service of worship transitions into a brief Annual Meeting. Everyone is encouraged to stay but if one must leave, please leave during the final song. Our nursery will remain open during the annual meeting and our children will be in an extended educational session.


Please join us next Sunday for Rev. John Hilley’s Installation Service as the Designated Pastor of East Brentwood Presbyterian Church. It will be a special service celebrating the ongoing relationship between Pastor John and this congregation.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Liturgist: Paul Rein; Musicians: the Praise Band and Choir; Elder of the Day: Nancy Diffenbaugh; Acolyte: Landon Roadman; Water bearer: Paige Randall.


This Week in Children's Worship: This week we will hear the familiar story of Noah's Ark. Come listen and learn with us about God's promise, and how we can help take care of God's creation.


This Week in UPWARDS: This month we are focusing on ways we can love others as God loves us. How often do we fall short of this calling and need a "do-over"? We will hear the story of Noah's Ark through the lens of "do-overs" and rejoice in God's promise that He forgives us and allows us to try again when we fall short.  


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.



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.


Adult Learning Circle—Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. Join with other adults for an hour to take a look at Parables from the Backside, based on the books by J. Ellsworth Kalas. We will examine six parables over six weeks approaching them from the point of view of a minor character or a creative retelling. Each hour is a stand-alone topic. The group will be facilitated by Mary Ellen Hofstetter beginning February 22, 2018.


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. 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.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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

Monday, February 19

9:15 a.m. Preschool cancelled as schools plan and test emergency procedures for school shootings

Tuesday, February 20

11:00 a.m. Luke 14:12 Mission Opportunity

Wednesday, February 21

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Thursday, February 22

9:30 a.m. Parables from the Backside Bible Study

Sunday, February 25

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. 608 for Middle School Youth

3:00 p.m. Breaking the Silence—Addressing Youth Substance Abuse (Holy Family Catholic Church)

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 Rollie Gilbert who was admitted to Vanderbilt Hospital for surgery on Friday.

† Prayers for the families of the victims of Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, FL. (Since January 2014, about 5 school shootings have occurred every month.)

† We pray for our Nation and for courage to address the cycle of violence and the all-too familiar tragedy of school shootings.

† Chloe Glover who continues the recovery process. Visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/chloeglover for updates.

† Prayers for Barbara Cochran, sister of Clyde Russell, as she faces treatment for a serious health issue.

† 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.