Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, January 17, 2016

10:00 am


2nd Sunday After Epiphany







Creation Stories

Sunday, January 17, 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


   Thought before Worship

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” - Genesis 1:26


Welcome & Announcements


Prelude “God Bless the Child”

Holiday and Herzog, Jr.


*Call to Worship

God of the prophets, call to us today
Call us into Your ways of love, justice and righteousness.

God of the poets, remind us again how much You love us
Sing to us Your ways of love, justice and righteousness.

God of the disciples, teach us how to follow You
Teach us Your ways of love, justice and righteousness.

God of all creation, help us to know Your ways
All:       We gather to hear Your call,

            to sing Your praise,

            to teach each other,

            to pray and worship as the Body of Christ.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #352 “My Lord! What a Morning”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, in your gracious presence

we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace,

we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world.

The profit and pleasures we pursue lay waste the land and pollute the seas. The fears and jealousies that we harbor

set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation.

We abuse your good gifts of imagination and freedom,

of intellect and reason, and have turned them into bonds of oppression.

Lord, have mercy upon us; heal and forgive us. Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. Amen.


Response “What Does the Lord Require of You?” Hymn #70

Vs. 1 (2x’s)

Vs. 3 (2x’s)


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


Anthem “Seek Ye First” Lafferty

© 1972 CCCM Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing

(Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

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


Old Testament Isaiah 45:1-7 OT p. 674

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament I Corinthians 12:1-11 NT p. 174

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon MeWe Creation Stories John R. Hilley

Part 1: Relationships are Not Black or White


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.




Offertory “Up to the Mountain” Griffin

(A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.)




*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #741 “Guide My Feet”


*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, Laura Mayo; liturgist: Rob Montgomery.


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 is You are my Beloved - Luke 3:21-22( Help children explore baptism as a beginning of their lives of faith.) Next week’s story is It's Tempting! - Luke 4:1-13   (Help children learn that we can put our trust in God even when we are tested.)


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 doing a clipboard activity. 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.



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.


Calling All Musicians! Do you play the guitar, violin, or another musical instrument? If so, we are looking for you. We would love to incorporate more of our church members and guests into our worship music. If you play a instrument and are willing to share your talents with our congregation, please email our Music Director, Nate (ebpcmusic@comcast.net) so he can add you to our list.


New EBPC opportunity for middle and high school youth! EBPC, under the direction of our very talented music director, Nate, is putting together youth praise band and we need talent! If you are interested in joining this new group, please contact Nate (ebpcmusic@comcast.net) and let him what instrument you play and your availability for practice and Sunday mornings.


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 bmwolfe50@aol.com.


The Mission and Service Committee is meeting today after worship. They would like to have some new members on the committee. If interested, please come to today’s meeting or 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.

Starting with this week we begin a 3 part sermon series called MeWe Creation Stories. It is inspired by Leonard Sweet’s book Me and We: God’s New Social Gospel. He begins his book: “for humans to be human, the chief developmental task of life is to find an identity. Fundamentally, that means a coming to terms with two simple words: Me and We. But simple isn’t so simple.” We live in a disconnected world of me versus we. It has been said that the first three principles of hell are: 1. “You are your own.” 2. “You are what you own.” 3. “You’re on your own.”


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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)

Monday, January 18

Preschool Closed for Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 19

11:00 am Luke 14:12

9:00 am Staff Meeting

Wednesday, January 20

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 21

6:30 pm Praise Band

Sunday, January 17

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

5:00 pm PYG (High School Youth)

6:30 pm Session


Praise and Prayers

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 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.