Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, February 25, 2018

10:00 a.m.


2nd Sunday in Lent


Service of Installation



Sunday, February 25, 2018


The congregation is asked to use the time of the pre-service music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Pre-Service Music   “Hymn of Promise”


We Gather to Worship God


   Welcome                     The Rev. Warner Durnell


Prelude “You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)”

CCLI Song # 2332149

Marc Imboden | Tammi Rhoton

© 1994 Imboden Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

Martha Jo Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

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“Jesus is the Rock and he Rolls My Blues Away”

CCLI Song # 214455

Tony Congi

© 1974 Tony Congi Music

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591


*A Call to Worship

Here in this place,

light streams in and music rings out.

Here in this place,

friends are greeted and strangers are welcomed.

Here among these people,

hands are held and concerns are shared.

Here among these people,

truth is spoken and promises are remembered.

Here in this moment,

grace is offered and hope is real.

Here in this moment, God is among us and we are at home.


*Hymn #853 “We Are Marching in the Light of God”


We are marching in the light of God;

we are marching in the light of God.

We are marching in the light of God;

we are marching in the light of, the light of God.

We are marching, marching, we are marching, marching,

we are marching in the light of, the light of God.

We are marching, marching, we are marching, marching,

we are marching in the light of God.


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Patient Lord, forgive our lack of faith in your loving power.

We look around us and all that we see is what we don’t have.

We fail to notice the daily blessings you lavish upon us.

Clear our blindness to the needs of others.

Strengthen us and move us from lame excuses for not serving you.

Help us to truly listen to one another,

not with our pat answers ready, but with loving and generous hearts.

Heal us and make us ready to truly be your disciples.

In Jesus’ Name, we pray.


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.


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Anthem “For the Beauty of the Earth” Rutter

Copyright ©  1980 by Oxford University Press


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Isaiah 35:1-10 OT page 663 (Blue)

The Word of the Lord. OT page 623 (Red)

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “Shuffling Together Down This Holy Road”

The Rev. Dr. Hattie Wagner


Special Music “Simple Song”

Copyright 1971, Amberson Holdings LLC and Stephen Schwartz

Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC

Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Agent for Print and Rental


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


Installation The Rev. Warner Durnell

Installation Statement on the Ministry of the Church

Statement on the Ministry of the Church

Constitutional Questions


Questions of the Congregation John Philbrick, Ph.D.


Prayer of Installation The Rev. Dr. Annette Rogers Vaughn

...Gracious God, we praise you that you have chosen servants in every age to speak your Word and lead your loyal people. We give you thanks for your servant John and for the ministry to which you have called him.  Give John a full measure of the gifts of your Holy Spirit both in the walk of faith and for the work of ministry. Anoint John with power to proclaim the gospel in Word and Sacrament, in witness and in service, in truth and in love, for the building up of the people of God and for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Declaration of Installation The Rev. Warner Durnell


Charge to the Pastor The Rev. Dr. Chris Adams


Charge to the Congregation Dr. James Dickson




Offertory “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”

CCLI Song # 1558110

Stuart Townend

© 1995 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591


*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


*Hymn #302

“When Hands Reach Out and Fingers Trace”









*Please stand if you are able.


Please join us for a time of fellowship following the service.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Guest Musician: Lexie McEntire; Liturgist: John Philbrick; Elder of the Day: David Shupe; Acolyte & Water Bearer: Reid and Adam Johnson. Membership of Commission:

The Rev. Chris Adams, Member-at-large, Presbytery of Middle TN; Dr. James Dickson, Ruling Elder, Downtown Presbyterian Church; The Rev. Warner Durnell, Executive Presbyter of Presbytery of Middle TN; John Philbrick, Ph.D. Ruling Elder, East Brentwood Presbyterian Church; The Rev. Dr. Annette Rogers Vaughn, Pastoral Center for Healing; The Rev. Dr. Hattie Wagner, CEO Presbyterian Homes of Kentucky.


This Week in Children's Worship: This week we will hear the story of Abraham and Sarah and their unexpected promise from God! Come create puppets with us and share the ways God's promises can bring joy to our lives! 


This Week in UPWARDS: This month we are focusing on ways we can love others as God loves us. We will hear the story of Abraham and Sarah and learn how we can follow their example of serving others and trusting in God at all times! Come brainstorm with us as we plan our upcoming project to serve the homeless through Room in the Inn.


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.



In March, we will have our first collection of the year for the College Grove Food Pantry. We are focusing on collecting mayonnaise, mustard, canola oil or vegetable oil, black pepper, spices (all types), and dried fruit. Of course anything else that you feel moved to donate will be appreciated. All donations must be at the church by March 21st.


The last opportunity to take part in hosting Room In the Inn for the winter season will be on Sunday, March 11th!  Our Young Families group is kindly working to provide food, setup, and hospitality for our guests that night.  However, we are still in need of some help with innkeepers, driver, cleanup and laundry.  To pitch in, sign up in The Gathering Place or contact Ann Ketch at ketchann2@gmail.com.  Thank you to everyone who has lent a hand in welcoming our guests this season already! Your kindness has touched many people.


Come spend the afternoon at Belmont University for the theatrical play: On the Town. A comedy of three wartime soldiers living it up on the town in 1944 New York City. Our own Nate Strasser will be the pianist for this production. Kelly will be arranging tickets and transportation for all that are interested. It is on Sunday, March 18th at 2 pm and the cost is $10 for over 65 and $15 for all others. Calling all Young and Young at Heart; come join Kelly for this entertaining afternoon. RSVP no later than March 9th by emailing her at kmcconnell@ebpctn.org.




Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous

Tuesday, February 27

7:00 p.m. Hemorrhage Control / Tourniquet Traning

Wednesday, February 28

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Thursday, March 1

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

6:30 p.m. YAYAHs attend Broken & Beautiful

Friday, March 2

Mission Trip to Guatemala

9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women

Sunday, March 4

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. Lenten Workshop

3:00 p.m. Yoga

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for Rollie Gilbert who is recovering from surgery.

† 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.


SnapFaith – A New Sunday morning Learning Circle, John Hilley and others will lead a Sunday morning series from 9-9:45 am. 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.


JOIN US THIS AFTERNOON! Today 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.


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! 

A Note from John on Today’s Service of Installation

In October 2013 I began serving as an Interim Pastor at East Brentwood Presbyterian Church. It was to be for one year. The intent was to provide some stability after EBPC experienced a sudden pastoral departure and a revolving door of pastoral leadership. I had been encouraged to look at serving as the interim pastor here because of my work as a consultant with nonprofits in turnaround settings and because I was feeling the tug to return to the church as a pastor after being out of the church for a while.  You all put out the proverbial saucer of milk out and patted my head and one year turned into another. And then another.  With Presbytery’s concurrence I walked through a different door of how to explain the relationship between me and EBPC, using a different title: Stated Supply. Another term, but the role was still the same: to serve as the pastor of EBPC, albeit in a temporary status that would be renewed yearly. This past year the Session, the Presbytery of Middle TN (which oversees the pastoral relationships between ministers and congregations) and I concurrently sought something more permanent and also continue providing stability for us all. In October 2017, we took action for me to become Designated Pastor.  The Session and the congregation, the presbytery and I agreed to a four year run (this would lead to a 8 year run since I began in 2013).  A lot can happen in four years: high school graduates can complete a college degree, an individual can serve a term as President of the United States, the Olympics happen and children develop their language skills. That is to say, with this length of time we are very hopeful about the growth before us and this status signals to all our focus upon this opportunity for growth.


With becoming your designated pastor it involves conducting what is called A Service of Installation. An installation (and ordination) of a Teaching Elder is different than the typical worship service. In such a service, we evidence one of the hallmarks of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that we are a connectional church and as such, ordination and installation of a Teaching Elder is an act of the whole church and is a service of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee as a whole body. So I am pleased to have other members of the presbytery joining us today to be witnesses to the celebration of a Call of a colleague in ministry. Also, joining me as part of the installation commission will be my sister Hattie Wagner who will be the preacher. Her influence in my life is one of the main reasons I considered ministry and attended seminary.


I have been reticent to make a big deal about the installation service. Maybe because I have been here four years already and such a service seems confusing and you are asking why now? Maybe it is because at this point in my life, I am not really wed to the “decency and order” of such services and I am more reluctant to tuck myself up into tradition. I do know, however, the importance of commitment and this service is a public witness of commitment. And I do know community and love when I meet it and see it as I have felt it and seen it here. And I have experienced the joy of being part of the fellowship creating reality of Jesus Christ and the privilege of sharing that. Hopefully, you have seen it here as well and that is why you are here.


I appreciate the members of the installation commission who are joining us today and I appreciate you.