Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, February 28, 2016

10:00 am


3rd Sunday in Lent

Sunday, February 28, 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


   Welcome & Announcements


   Opening Skit              “A Slave to Sin”    


*Call to Worship         Luke 4:1; Rom. 10:8b

We are here because God is good.

God called life into being, and created us out of the dust.

We are here because life is hard.

We are no strangers to heartbreak, and we seek peace in the midst of chaos.

We are here because God is generous.

We have been given companions on the journey, and love that never leaves us.

We are here because there is work to do.

Embracing both our faith and our fragility, God has a purpose and a plan for us all.


*Hymn #441 “Hear the Good News of Salvation”


Lenten Reading & Prayer of Confession Vasilevskis Family

…My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God; you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.

Our action of asking for forgiveness requires humility and courage.  Each of us fails at times in the eyes of God.  However, we are not to turn away from our Lord when we fall short of God’s expectation for our behavior. 

On bended knee and with an open heart we confess our shortcomings and we are freed from our guilty consciences. 

We likewise must recognize how we have hurt others and not allow conceit and shame to prevent us from an honest plea for forgiveness.  

Like a great tiller in the springtime field, we must dig deep and turn over the soil to allow air and moisture to filter through the hardened surface before we plant the first seed.

Lord, sprinkle your mercy and grace on us and penetrate our hardened souls with forgiveness


“What Wondrous Love Is This” Hymn #215, vs. 3

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing,

 to God and to the Lamb, I will sing;

 to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,

 while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;

 while millions join the theme, I will sing!


Time of Silent Reflection


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


Anthem “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”

Newton, Tomlin, & Giglio

© 2006 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Vamos Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Time with the Children Bless the Hunger Jar

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Psalm 51:1-10 OT p. 520


Special Music “Mighty to Save” Morgan & Fielding

© 2006 Hillsong Music Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)


New Testament Matthew 27:3-7 NT p. 31

Luke 22:54-62 NT p. 87

Matthew 16:18-19 NT p. 18

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon Cultivating a Life Well-Lived John R. Hilley

“On Saying: ‘Please Forgive Me’”


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.


*Hymn #442 “Just as I Am, without One Plea” Vs. 1,4








*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #547 “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”


*Parting Words




Postlude “Forgiveness” West

© 2012 External Combustion Music (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.)

Songs for Delaney (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.)

Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.)



*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Liturgist: John Philbrick; Lenten Readers: the Vasilevskis Family; Dramatists: Liz Diffenbaugh, Yarnell Beatty, Liz Beatty.


“A Slave to Sin” skit was adapted from a skit by Tanis Harms, "Slavery to Sin" (www.church-skits.com).


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 every Sunday following the Time with Children. Today’s story is “Welcome Home” - Luke 15:1-32 (Help children express the kind of welcome God offers to all people.) Next week’s story is “Return with Thanks“- Luke 17:11-19 (Help children express gratitude by praising and thanking God.)


Upwards is a learning experience for 3rd through 5th graders that meets weekly as a group upstairs. Growing in Grace and Gratitude is this year’s theme. 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 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.


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.




The 2016 Annual Meeting of the church will be held on Sunday, March 6th immediately following worship. Please join us as we report on our finances and unveil our core priorities for 2016.

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 (aybeatty@comcast.net) 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. 


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!)

5:30 Dinner

6:08 Middle School Gathering (608)

6:30 Kids' Music & Drama Club

6:30 Adult Learning Circle

7:00 Adult Choir


Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. Please sign up from our website or E-newsletter. If you have any questions please contact Regina Montgomery at regina.montgomery@vanderbilt.edu.


Lectionary Readings for March 6th

Josh. 5:9-12; Ps. 32; 2 Cor. 5:16-21

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, February 28

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Tuesday, March 1

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, March 2

5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Dinner

6:08 p.m. 608 (Middle School Youth)

6:30 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

7:00 p.m. Choir

Thursday, March 3

6:30 pm Praise Band

Sunday, March 6

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Ralph Comer’s mother, Mary Ann, who is battling bronchitis and heart issues. She turned 86 on February 25th.

Praise for the life of Dr. George Stevens, surgeon in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and husband of Mary Stevens, Martha Wolfe’s sister, who died last week.

Prayers for Kelly McConnell and her high school friends as they celebrate the life of Lisa Page Smario, who passed away earlier this week.

Prayers of thanksgiving for Joy Centers, who is doing well following surgery.

Praise that Lily Paris’s leg healed sufficiently so she doesn’t have to have surgery! Please continue to pray for her.

We celebrate the life and witness of Patricia Beatty (Yarnell Beatty’s mother) who passed away on February 15th. We extend our prayers of support for the Beatty family.

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 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 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 of thanksgiving for our preschool teachers and staff and for the children who attend.

Prayers for Marilyn Johnson, who is at Southerland.

Prayers for all whose road to recovery seems long.

Prayers for refugees in Europe.


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.