Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, January 15, 2017

10:00 a.m.



2nd Sunday

after Epiphany


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Sunday, January 15, 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


   Pre-service Music


   Welcome & Announcements  


A Reading Martin Luther King, Jr.

Excerpt from “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”


Prelude “Up to the Mountain” Patty Griffin


*Call to Worship

All who hunger, gather around.

There is bread here, for empty bellies.

There is compassion here, for broken hearts.

There is grace here, for shattered lives.

There is family here, for lonely souls.

There is hope here, for all who need it.

All who hunger, gather around and lift your hearts to God.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.


*Hymn #516 “For the Bread Which You Have Broken” Vs. 1,4


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

This past week has been like so many before it:

we thought we would be better than we were.

We wanted to pray more, study more, trust more.

We meant to be gentle, with each other and with the world.

We intended to let grace have the last word.

We have disappointed ourselves again, O God,

and we are afraid we have disappointed you, too.

There is such distance between who we are

and who we want to be.

Help us.

Receive us as we are, but do not leave us this way.


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 be with you!

And also with you.


*Gloria Patri #581


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination

New Testament Acts 2:43-47 NT page 120

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “The House of God & Our Home Series” John R. Hilley

“Open Table: A Reservation at the Table”


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


Hymn #770 “I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table” Vs. 1,4,5


Invitation to the Lord’s Table

You are invited to joyfully come to the table, the welcome table.

All are invited and welcomed.

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.


Response “Come Over Here” Traditional

Come over here, the table is spread

The feast of the Lord is going on

Drink from the fountain that never runs dry

We're gonna sing hallelujah, Amen


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving


Sharing of the Bread and Cup


Prayer After Communion—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 #530 “One Bread, One Body”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


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: Laura Mayo, Joe Ennis; Liturgist: Yarnell Beatty.


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


Worship Theme: "The House of God and Our Home": God is not tied to any particular place. It is true that God can be worshipped anywhere. But we have learned that it is important to have a place, a holy place where we worship. We, at EBPC, have a room that on one hand is like any room; and on another hand is like no other room. Join us in January as we consider what makes this space a place for community, even a holy space. With our focus upon the importance of our community life together and with our engagement of Street Dixon Rick Architects to help us consider a master plan for our church and grounds, this is a timely series.


January 8th: “Holy Furniture: The Font”

January 15th: "Open Table: A Reservation at the Table"

January 22nd: “Beneath the Cross”

January 29th: “Holy Furniture: The Pulpit”


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 Dave Ford 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.



On Saturday, January 14th, the youth boys will be heading to the McConnell cabin in Altamont for fellowship and fun in the mountains. They are going fishing, playing board games, and sitting by the fire. It will be a time to bond and find some God moments in the natural beauty of the woods. They will return on Sunday.


There will be no PYG on Sunday evening because Kelly is out of town.


We have plenty of ways for you to volunteer at EBPC in the New Year. Please go to our website or Enewsletter and follow the link to sign up for many different openings including Worship and Hospitality. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net.




Chilly outside? Come have chili with us inside!

Start mixing your spices now and join us on January 22nd immediately after the worship service for our EBPC Chili Cook-Off! We will taste and judge all entries and then crown the winner of our Chili Cook-Off. Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious chili lunch. Can't beat that in the middle of winter! Please let us know if you will participate in the cook-off by filling out the Signup Genius link. We hope you will join us (either as a cook or a taster) for this fun fellowship event. We look forward to tasting all the delicious entries!


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, January 15

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

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

Monday, January 16—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Preschool & Office Closed

Tuesday, January 17

11:00 a.m. Luke 14:12

Wednesday, January 18

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

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

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, January 20

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Saturday, January 21

9:00 a.m. Session Retreat

Sunday, January 22

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship—Ordination & Installation of Elders

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

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


Children’s Worship

Last Week in Children's Worship: We talked about John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River. Have you been considering baptism or considering baptism for your child? Pastor John is excited to talk with you more!! We made crafts of doves using our palm prints AND maxed out the seats in our Children's Worship Arts and Crafts Room.  We look forward to adding more tables and chairs for our growing ministry!


This Week in Children’s Worship: Theme: Wedding at Cana--We celebrate Jesus' Miracles! Read Ahead: John 2:1-11. Led By: Regina and Beth, Cathy and Sophia.


This Week in Upwards: Theme: Advent Story; Reading: The beginning of each gospel.


Our Third-Fifth Graders will reach each gospel story and discuss the birth of Jesus and the coming of the wise men.


COMING UP: Family Service Day: Lunch will be provided. January 29 following worship! Join us as we serve the unhoused community! More information coming soon! Mark your calendars to join us! 



Praise and Prayers

Prayers for our nation with the transition of presidential powers taking place this week.

Prayers of healing 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 and for their upcoming retreat.

Prayers for Joe and Marrah Ennis who experienced a devastating house fire on Christmas Day.

Prayers for Susan Reiersen’s brother, Joe Golden, who had a stroke recently.

Prayers for Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Nashville, following the fire that destroyed their facilities.

Prayers of healing for Carrie Jane Hopkins from ongoing health issues. Carrie is the granddaughter of Judy Chambers, a founding member of the congregation.

Prayers of healing for Lily Paris following surgery.

Prayers for those who lost loved ones, homes, and businesses in the fires in the Gatlinburg area. Prayers of thanks for the first responders.

† In this season of hope and peace, we pray for individuals who await the results of medical tests.

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 of healing and strength for Kelly McConnell’s mother and prayers of support for Kelly and her family.

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

Prayers for Brent Byers.


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.


John Hilley will be away from the office this Monday through Wednesday for personal study at Columbia Seminary in Atlanta. In case of emergency, call the church office.