Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, February 7, 2016

10:00 am


Mardi Gras Jazz

Communion Service

Sunday, February 7, 2016


We Gather to Worship God


   Pre-Service Music    “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”   Hymn #835


   Welcome & Announcements


   Prelude          “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”             Hymn #825


*A Call to Worship    

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness.

Come into God’s presence with singing! Let us worship God.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #623 “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Almighty and Loving God, we confess that we need Your strength to face up to ourselves. We find it much easier to wear a mask, keep busy, and vent our feelings to others. That’s more attractive than dealing with our own stuff, our selfishness, our despair. We waste a lot of energy wearing masks to deceive others and ourselves, trying to be someone we are not.


But, Lord, we are tired of pretending. Help us to be honest with You, ourselves, and others. We offer our lives to You, O Lord, asking You to create in us the desire to be more like Jesus. Help us to be the eager, curious, and loving followers You intended us to be. We ask all this in the precious Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.


*Passing of the Peace

The peace of the Lord is with you!

And also with you.


*Gloria Patri #581


Special Music “This Little Light of Mine” Traditional


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Psalter Psalm 150 arr. by McGeachy

Verse 1 (Sung to the tune of “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain”)

Praise the Lord in the sanctuary, Allelu!

Praise the Lord in the sanctuary, Allelu!

Praise the Lord in the sanctuary,

Praise the Lord in the sanctuary,

Praise the Lord in the sanctuary, Allelu!


Verse 2 (Sung to the tune of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”)

Praise God with the sound of trumpets!

Praise with the pipe and strings!

Praise God with the clanging cymbal!

Praise as you dance and sing!


Verse 3 (Sung to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In”)

Let everything that has a breath

Sing “Alleluia,” to our God!

Let every voice in all creation

Praise the everlasting Word!


Verse 4 (Sung to the tune of “Good Night Ladies”)

Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia! Amen! Amen! Amen!


Time with Children “Alleluia Banners”

Children are dismissed to 1st floor classroom to make Alleluia banners and will return to worship for communion.


Scripture Proverbs 17:22 OT p. 600


Meditation “Collective Joy” John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love




Offertory “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” Hymn #465




Holy Communion


Invitation to the Lord’s Table


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Sharing of the Bread and Cup


Music During Communion

Precious Lord, Take My Hand” Hymn #834


Prayer After Communion (concluding with 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.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #770 “I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table”




Postlude & Procession

“When The Saints Go Marching In” Traditional

Please join us immediately following the service in a Mardi Gras procession and pancake brunch!



*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities


Participants In Today’s Service: pastor: John Hilley; music director: Nate Strasser; liturgist: Jeremy McConnell; and musicians: Joe Getsi, Laura Mayo, Joe Schneider, and Joe Ennis.


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


This morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all persons of faith present, remembering that being invited to the Table is not extended to us because of merit, but a grace extended to all. There may be those in attendance today who have not been baptized, but who feel moved to receive the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are inseparable. If you feel called by the Holy Spirit to meet Christ in Communion, we believe that you are also being called to Baptism. We will not turn anyone away from the Lord’s Table, but we do invite you to speak to the pastor or a member of the session about Baptism as soon as possible.


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? Monday evening, February 22nd the Session will be receiving individuals into membership. If interested, speak to John Hilley, Dave Ford, or email ebpcoffice@comcast.net.


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.



Cultivating a Life Well-Lived:

The Lenten Season and Easter at EBPC


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.


Wednesday, Feb. 10, “Drive-Thru Ashes”, 7- 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, Dinner @ 5:30 p.m.; Ash Wednesday

Service @ 6 p.m.

Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m. throughout the season

March 20: Palm Sunday Worship

March 24, Maundy Thursday, Dinner @ 6 p.m., Worship @ 7 p.m.

March 27, Easter Sunday Worship @ 9 and 11 a.m.

Ongoing – Join us at the W.E.L.L. (Wednesdays – Eating, Learning, Loving), 5:30 p.m.



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 aybeatty@comcast.net.


Presbyterian Women will be meeting on Friday, February 12th at 9:30 am. This is a change from most months when they meet on the first Friday.


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 5th (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 regina.montgomery@vanderbilt.edu.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, February 7

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Mardi Gras Celebration & Pancake Brunch

5:00 pm PYG (High School Youth)

Tuesday, February 9

9:15 am Staff Meeting

6:00 pm Room In The Inn

Wednesday, February 10—Ash Wednesday—Lent Begins

7:00 am Drive-Thru Ashes

5:30 pm Ash Wednesday Dinner

6:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service

7:00 pm Choir

Thursday, February 11

6:30 pm Praise Band

Friday, February 12

9:30 am Presbyterian Women

Sunday, February 14

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

5:00 pm PYG (High School Youth)


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: recomer49@aol.com or phone: 615.545.5938.