Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

Sunday, January 10, 2016

10:00 am

 Baptism of the Lord

Baptism is the act of the whole church which speaks before the world that God’s love claims us by name. Baptism proclaims our truest identity. Baptism also declares our essential vocation. Today we will reaffirm the promise of our baptism, remembering who we are and who we are to be.

Sunday, January 10, 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


   Prelude          “Down to the River to Pray”   Traditional


*Call to Worship        

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God;

The holy habitation of the Most High.

The Lord pours forth rivers from bare mountains, and fountains in valleys’ depths.

God opens rocks, and water gushes out.

On dry thirsty land God springs forth streams in the desert.


*Hymn #475 “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

We are precious in your sight,

yet we often forget that we are your beloved.

We confess that our love is fickle and inconsistent.

We follow selfish goals

and deny that our way of life harms others and

hurts your world.

We are sorry and we want to change.

Create in us a clean heart,

strengthen our resolve,

reconcile us one to another,

and bless us with your peace.



As I went down in the river to pray,

Studyin' about that good 'ol way,

(and who shall wear) The starry crown,

good Lord, show me the way.


Oh sinners let's go down, let's go down, come on down.

Oh sinners let's go down, down in the river to pray.


As I went down in the river to pray,

Studyin' about that good 'ol way,

(and who shall wear) The robe and crown,

good Lord, show me the way.


Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.


Passing of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you!

And also with you.


*Gloria Patri #581


Anthem “Shall We Gather at the River” Traditional


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination

Epistle Lesson II Corinthians 5:16-21 NT p. 181

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel Lesson Luke 3:15-22 NT p. 60


Sermon John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


Song “Into the Jordan” Music by The Brillance

Words by Kelly Ann Hall

Adapted by Strasser


We Respond to God’s Love


*Renewal of Baptism

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Lord and life-giving Spirit, who charged the waters with life when first the world began:

Make us dead to sin, but alive to you.

Giver of freedom, who led your people out of slavery through the waters that did not overwhelm:

Drown our sin and raise us to new life.

O God, our provider, who gives thirsty people water from a rock:

Make us dead to sin, but alive to you.

Brooding Spirit, who anointed Jesus with your power of life no death could conquer:

Make us dead to sin, but alive to you.

Spirit of the Living God, who charges the waters of baptism with resurrection power so we might live as part of God’s New Creation:

Drown our sin and raise us to new life.

Through our baptism into Christ, we were redeemed from our slavery to the powers of sin and made citizens of God’s Commonwealth. Let us remember what God has done and is doing by renewing our baptismal vows, renouncing sin and professing faith in Christ Jesus.

Do you renounce the ways of sin that separate you from the love of God?

Accepting the Father’s love, I renounce all that makes me less than a child of God.

Do you renounce all powers in the world that defy God’s Way of Life for all?

In the name of Christ Jesus, I renounce them.

Will you resist the forces of sin that hold the world in captivity?

With the power of the Holy Spirit, I will resist them.

Trusting the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from evil to seek good?

By the grace of God, I do.

Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world?

I believe Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.

Will you follow the Spirit of the living Lord and live in accord with God’s Way?

By God’s grace, I will walk in the Spirit Way.


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.




Offertory “Wade in the Water” Traditional




*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #490 “Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: pastor: John Hilley; musician: Nate Strasser, the choir, Briana Tyson; liturgist: Mary Ellen Hofstetter.


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


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 almost every Sunday following the Time with Children. Today’s story My Father's House - Luke 2:41-52 (Help children recognize and celebrate the ways in which they are growing in the grace and knowledge of God.) Next week’s is You are my Beloved - Luke 3:21-22( Help children explore baptism as a beginning of their lives of faith.)


Upwards is a learning experience for 3rd through 5th graders that alternates weekly between meeting as a group and a clipboard activity. Growing in Grace and Gratitude is this year’s theme. This week they will be meeting upstairs as a group. 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.



Let's Connect! In order for members and guests to get to know each other better, we encourage you to wear your name tag whenever you are at church. If you don't have one, please notify the church office or sign the sheet in the narthex, and one will be prepared for you. We will also be ordering some lanyards which you will be able to clip your name tag to, should you prefer using the lanyard instead.


The turkey and cranberries are all eaten and the shelves are almost empty in the College Grove Food Pantry. January is again our month to contribute to the Food Pantry. There is a special need for canned chicken and other meats, canned fruits, household cleaning products, and as always, cereals, canned vegetables, dessert mixes, and spices/seasonings, paper goods, such as bathroom tissue, paper towels, and facial tissue are good items also. Bins will be in the gathering place the first Sunday in January. If you are interested in helping to take our offerings to College Grove and distributing them on January 30, please contact Martha Wolfe at 615-373-5979 or at bmwolfe50@aol.com.


The Mission and Service Committee is meeting next Sunday, January 17th, immediately following the 10:00 am service. They would like to have some new members on the committee. If interested, please contact Richard White at rwhite@fulham.com.


From time to time, medical emergencies arise during worship and other gatherings at EBPC. We are trying to identify individuals within the congregation that fit one of the following criteria and are willing to be called upon should the need present itself:

· Have professional medical training (ex: doctors, nurses, EMT’s, military medics);

· Have been certified in CPR, First Aid Training, and/or the Use of a Defibrillator; OR

· Are willing to complete a short CPR/First Aid class (at his/her expense) organized by EBPC and taught by the American Red Cross at a time and date TBD.

If so please complete the bulletin insert and return it to the church office by January 31st or email Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, January 10

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

4:30 pm Youth Planning Council

5:00 pm PYG (High School Youth)

Monday, January 11

9:00 am Preschool PTO Meeting

11:00 am Staff Meeting

Tuesday, January 12

5:00 pm Room In The Inn

Wednesday, January 13

5:30 pm Wednesday Night Dinner

6:00 pm Music & Drama Club for Middle & High School

6:08 pm 608 (Middle School Youth)

6:30 pm Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:30 pm Adult Learning Circle

7:00 pm Choir

Thursday, January 14

6:30 pm Praise Band

Sunday, January 17

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

11:15 am Mission & Service Committee

5:00 pm PYG (High School Youth)


Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Amy Philbrick, help in balancing family, career, and health with fibromyalgia.

Prayers for the family of Braden Lee who died on Christmas Eve following a valiant struggle with cancer.

Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson.

Prayers for our session and its elders for their servant leadership in 2016.

Prayers for our college youth as they return to school.

Prayers for Kelly Rakow, a business associate of Susan Schellhardt, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Prayers for Laurie Byers’s husband and his family as he has started 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 and praise for the progress she has made recently.

Prayers for Sam, Susan, and Annie Paris as they walk with Lily through this journey.

Prayers for Yarnell Beatty's mom Patsy who suffers with Alzheimer's.

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.