Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, February 5, 2017

10:00 a.m.



5th Sunday

In Ordinary Time


God’s House & Our Home



Sunday, February 5, 2017


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  




*Call to Worship

God came to Moses in a burning bush, and led the Israelites through the wilderness.

God sat with Sarah in her grief, and found Jonah in the belly of a whale.

Jesus came to us as a baby in a manger, and broke the power of death on a cross.

Jesus called to his disciples at the Sea of Galilee, and fed thousands gathered on a hillside.

God meets us where we are.

Surely God will meet us here!


*Hymn #463 “How Firm a Foundation” Vs. 1, 2, 3


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

Our brokenness so often gets the best of us.

You ask for our best, and we offer whatever energy and imagination is left at the end of the day.

You offer us grace, and we assume it is for people more deserving than we are.

You welcome us into your love, and we resist making room for others.

Forgive us.

Make use of what faith we have, and teach us to trust you.


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


Anthem “Come to the Water” Foley

© 1978 and this Arr. © 2000 John B. Foley, S.J. and New Dawn Music,

5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


The Sacrament of Baptism

The Baptism of Reid David Johnson &

Adam Thomas Johnson,

sons of David & Elizabeth Johnson


Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture Reid and Adam by word and deed, with love and prayer?

We do.


Thanksgiving over the Water


Welcome “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise” Hymn #486

Child of blessing, child of promise,

baptized with the Spirit’s sign,

with this water God has sealed you

unto love and grace divine.


We Listen for the Word of God


Today we conclude our series “God’s House and Our Home.” God can be found anywhere. The fingerprints of God are evident in creation. The Spirit of God is sensed in other people. But there is something about us that benefits from having a particular place…a place set aside for the purpose of being with God. We call those places sanctuaries. In our “sanctuary” there is a communion table, pulpit, cross and baptismal font -- each of these have received our attention. Today we bring two final reflections. Nate will focus on the power of music to create space for the Holy. And John will wrap up the theme, as he reflects on the word “sanctuary.” True sanctuary does not separate us from discovering God elsewhere, but rather trains our eyes to notice the presence of God anywhere.


Prayer for Illumination


First Reading Ephesians 5:19-20 NT page 195


Reflection “The Power of Music to Strasser

Create Space for the Holy”


Musical Response “Holy, Holy, Holy” Hymn #595

Holy, holy, holy. My heart, my heart adores you!

My heart knows how to say to you: you are holy, Lord!


Second Reading Exodus 40:1-34 OT page 87


Reflection “Sanctuary” John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


Prayers of the People—The 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.






*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.

*Song of Dedication & Stewardship Hymn #701

“Lord, Prepare Me (Sanctuary)”

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,

pure and holy, tried and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living

sanctuary for you.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #250 “Hymn of Promise”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


You are invited to remain for a time of fellowship and cake in celebration of the baptism of Reid and Adam Johnson.


To Our Members and Guests: please sign our friendship pad.


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.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir; Liturgist: Lavona Russell.


Please sign our friendship pad.


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 Aaron Renton or John Hilley.


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.






AN INVITATION TO SING! There is no better time than January to begin something new, challenging (in a good way), connecting (to other people, and to God), and life-giving – and nothing accomplishes this better than singing, especially in your church choir! Please join us Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for Choir practice. We meet here at the church. Everyone is welcome!


Ready to connect more deeply? Next Sunday, February 12th, from 9:00 - 9:45 am in the pastor’s study there will be an optional gathering about becoming a member of the church, where individuals can ask questions and join a discussion about our church and the larger Presbyterian church.


Volunteers Needed! Each week we need several members of our EBPC family to help deliver our worship services. Your assistance is needed in the following ways: opener/closer, liturgist, nursery assistant, acolyte (2nd-5th Grade) and Worship & Hospitality Team members to greet people, distribute the bulletins, collect the offering, etc. If you are willing and able to help during January, February and/or March, please go the Sign-up Genius link here and select the date and role(s) for which you would like to volunteer. (We can train you for any position very easily!) If you have any questions, please contact the Worship Planning Team Moderator Liz Beatty.


Calling All Crafty People! If you love to create beautiful crafts or pieces of needlework, the Worship Team could use your help! At 2017 Christmas this year, we would love to hang specially made ornaments representing the highlights of 2017 on our sanctuary tree. If you are interested in helping, please contact Liz Beatty.

To help our EBPC community know their neighbors better, Liz and Yarnell Beatty are hosting an evening of fun and fellowship at their house. Please join us on Saturday, February 11 from 6:30-9 p.m. for this fun event. All adults in the EBPC community are invited and asked to bring an appetizer and beverage to share for this casual get-together. Please let Liz know by emailing her at aybeatty@comcast.net.


Our preschool is hosting an Art Night and Fundraiser on Feb. 10th at 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. We hope you will join us for this fun and festive event to see new and old preschool friends!


Save the date: Sunday, February 19th for the

Annual Meeting immediately following worship


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, February 5

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:00 a.m. New Member Discussion

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd-5th grade

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

Monday, February 6

6:00 p.m. Boy Scouts, Troop 86

Wednesday, February 8

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:08 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, February 10

5:30 p.m. Preschool Art Walk

Sunday, February 12

9:00 a.m. New Member Discussion

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd-5th grade

11:00 a.m. Family Bowling

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


Praise and Prayers

Prayers of support and peace for Kelly McConnell and her family as they grieve her mother’s passing.

Prayers for Mary Ellen Hoffstetter as she recovers from surgery.

Prayers for Brent Byers and his family.

Prayers of thanksgiving for a successful surgery for Rick Lausten.

Prayers of healing for Lincoln, a preschooler who had major surgery and is recovering.

Prayers for our nation and its leaders.

Prayers of discernment and strength for Lindsey Hinds-Brown.

Prayers for the Russell Family of Paris, TN, friends of Ralph Comer.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for those within our church community who have agreed to serve as Elder.

Prayers for Susan Reiersen’s brother, Joe Golden, who has moved to Nashville for rehab following a recent a stroke.

Prayers of healing for Carrie Jane Hopkins.

Prayers of healing for Darlene Hagg (former EBPC member) who is undergoing treatment for cancer.

Prayers for our friends, Ryan and Erika Taylor and almost 7 month old Finley.

Prayers for those facing addictions, either their own or those of family members and loved ones.

Prayers for Marisa Miller and her family with the losses and health challenges they have had.

Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who are working in Lusaka.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker, Congregational Care moderator by e-mail: streckr1@aol.com or phone 615.472.1502.