VIRTUAL WORSHIP, JANUARY 20, 2019

East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

*Call to Worship

            We gather to worship God,

                        Who creates us and loves us;

            Who gifts us with diversity and makes us for community;

                        Who gives Jesus Christ to show us how to live;

            Who inspires children, youth, young adults, and people of all ages,

                        To seek justice, share power,

                        and live together in love and equality;

            Who invites us to join the struggle for wholeness and wellbeing for all,

                        and whose presence, grace, and love

                        sustain us in our living.

            We gather to worship God.

                        To God be all glory, honor, and praise!

 Prayer of Confession

            Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved  you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we      are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

            (Silent prayer)

 Response                                 Trasagion

 

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.

 We Listen for the Word of God

       

Old Testament                     Isaiah 55:1-13                                     

 Ho, everyone who thirsts,

come to the waters;

and you that have no money,

come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without price.

2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,

and delight yourselves in rich food.

3 Incline your ear, and come to me;

listen, so that you may live.

I will make with you an everlasting covenant,

my steadfast, sure love for David.

4 See, I made him a witness to the peoples,

a leader and commander for the peoples.

5 See, you shall call nations that you do not know,

and nations that do not know you shall run to you,

because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,

for he has glorified you.

6 Seek the Lord while he may be found,

call upon him while he is near;

7 let the wicked forsake their way,

and the unrighteous their thoughts;

let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,

and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,

and do not return there until they have watered the earth,

making it bring forth and sprout,

giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

12 For you shall go out in joy,

and be led back in peace;

the mountains and the hills before you

shall burst into song,

and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;

instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;

and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial,

for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

 

New Testament                       John 2:1-11                                     

2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

Meditation                                 “Enough”                                                     Rev. John R. Hilley

    

Prayers / Lord’s Prayer

Holy God, may we hear your voice
In the stillness of night, in clatter of day
You call us, and we respond, 
Here I am!
May we follow you and 
May we love as you love.

Holy One, through trials and turbulence 
Make us steady, your hands
Holding strong the fragile and weak
May we love as you love.

Gracious God, may the fruits of our lives
be food for the hungry, bread
clothing, shelter, fire, water, Word
May we love as you love.

God of justice, remove the barriers
Of our lives that keep us from
One another, barriers we construct
Based on skin color, religion, or gender
May we hear, and follow, graciously.
May we love as you love.

Loving God, take this day our fears our
Worries, distractions, and all
Turn them into grace and mercy,
And, following the example of Martin Luther King, Jr.
and all your Saints,
May we love as you love.

Amen.

 

— written by Terri, and posted on the RevGalBlogPals blog. 

 

 

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.

 

 

Announcements

 

Registration is now open for the 2019 - 2020 year and parents interested in EBCA Preschool can schedule a tour by phone: 615-370-4296 or by email: info@ebchildrensacademy.orgFor more information about EBCA and to view our new website, please click here.  Please help us spread the word about registration through your personal and professional contacts and to new residents in your neighborhoods and companies.

We look forward to what lies ahead, and continuing to evolve our programs while maintaining our excellent early childhood education. Here's to the next 20 years and beyond!

 

"Welcome to Luke’s House” begins January 27.  Join us for a Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke led by Mike Magee and Pastor John.  The lectionary covers the Gospel of Luke and introduces us to some of the characters hanging out at Luke’s house.  Mike, a retired doctor, will provide interesting insights on the gospel writer Luke who was a physician. John and Mike are team teaching this class which is being offered on Sunday mornings at 9am.  Come and join us and deepen your  understanding of this important Gospel  which will be our focus during many of the church worship services.  We will be meeting  Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.  Hope to see you there!

 

The Congregational Care committee would like to provide a ride for seniors for various reasons like doctor’s appointments, fellowship events, etc. If interested, please let Kelly McConnell (615) 504-8634 or Kristine Vasilevskis (615) 403-5713 know a week in advance if possible.

 

Generous—Living a Life Worth Giving:  Have you made your 2019 financial pledge yet?  If not, pick up a pledge card in the Welcome Center and place it in the offering plate or leave it in the front office. 

 

The 2019 schedule for Sunday morning worship assistants is out. To sign up as a liturgist, Communion server, acolyte or hospitality please see our mission and service page at ebpctn.org

 

Volunteer as a Worship assistants?  These are blessed opportunities to serve God by helping his people to worship.  “For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many”.  Liturgists, Hospitality, Communion Servers needed to serve once per month. Contact:  Brian Telford or Deborah Robitaille.

 

Job Opening:  Sheri Vosel, long time Director for the EBPC Preschool will be leaving us the end of May and the process of finding someone to continue providing caring and creative leadership to this program has begun. Resumes may be mailed to EBPC, Attn. Deborah Robitaille. You may also contact John Hilley (615) 370-4227 or Lavona Russell (615) 476-7840. A full job description is on our website on the staff page.

 

Save the Dates! 

Sunday, Feb 3: SOUPer Bowl of Caring. Start perfecting your best soup recipe for a throw down competition! Bring canned soup, chicken or chicken broth to donate to College Grove!

Friday, March 8: Parents' Night Out! Let the youth group take care of the kiddos and enjoy a night on the town!

 

EBPC Children’s Newsletter: Are you receiving our new EBPC Children's Ministry Connection E-Newsletter?  Contact Lindsey Hinds-Brown @ lhindsbrown@ebpctn.org if you want to be added to the email!

 

Acolytes Needed:  Is your child interested in being an Acolyte or Water Bearer in worship? Please use this link to let us know which weeks they will participate!  https://goo.gl/M8gQUH

 

Want to learn more about EBPC's children's ministry? Please contact Lindsey Hinds-Brown, Children's Ministry Director, at lhindsbrown@ebpctn.org.

CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK

Sunday, January 20

9:00        a.m.       Sunday School

9:30        am.        Kids Music and Drama

10:00     a.m.       Worship Service

11:00     a.m.       Youth Band

11:30     a.m.       Liturgist Training

3:30        p.m.       Yoga Class

4:00        p.m.       608 Youth

5:00        p.m.       PYG Youth

Monday, January 21

6:00        p.m.       Boy Scouts

Tuesday, January 22

  10:00   a.m.   Group Chapel

Wednesday, January 23

10:00     a.m.       Group Chapel

7:00        p.m.       Choir Practice

7:45        p.m.       Praise Band

Thursday, January 24

  4:00    p.m.     Indian Dance Classes

  4:00    p.m.     Andy Dunn

Saturday, January 26

  3:30    p.m.     Gurukul Hindi Language Classes

Sunday, January 27

  9:00    a.m.    Sunday School

  9:00    a.m.    Welcome to Luke’s House Bible Study

9:30        a.m.       Kids Music and Drama

10:00     a.m.       Worship Service

11:00     a.m.       Youth Band

3:30        p.m.       Yoga Class

4:00        p.m.       608 Youth

5:00        p.m.       PYG Youth

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