Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, January 22, 2017

10:00 a.m.



3rd Sunday

after Epiphany


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Sunday, January 22, 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


   Welcome & Announcements  




*Call to Worship

When we stand at the edge of fear and worry,

God gathers us beneath the cross.

When we forget who we are or wonder if we are loved,

Christ invites us to splash in the waters of baptism and sit down at the table of grace.

When we are in need of comfort and when we need to be challenged,

the Spirit reveals the Word of God to us, offering direction and wisdom.

In every season of life, in every circumstance of the world,

this place is our home, and God always meets us here.


*Hymn #673 “Jesus, Light of Joy”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, You bless us richly; forgive our reluctance to share. You hold us close to your heart; forgive us for keeping others at arm’s length. You lift us from where we have fallen; forgive us for not offering a helping hand. You grace us with joy, forgive us for living in fear. You whisper truth and shout resurrection; forgive us for staying silent when your Word needs our voice. Have mercy on us, O God, and give us the gift of another day, and another chance.


Time for Silent Reflection




Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.


Passing of the Peace

The Peace of Christ is with you!

And also with you.


*Gloria Patri #581


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Anthem “Who at My Door is Standing?” arr. Scott

Copyright © 1985 by Hinshaw Music, Inc.,

P.O. Box 470, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514

International Copyright Secured. All rights reserved.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Nehemiah 8:1-10 OT page 436

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

New Testament John 1:1-14 NT page 91

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


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

“Use Your Words”


Time of Reflection


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.


We Respond to God’s Love






*Doxology #606

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise God, all creatures here below;

praise God above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


*Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


Ordination and Installation of Elders

Constitutional Questions

Questions to Congregation

Prayer and Laying on of Hands


*Hymn #69 “I, the Lord of the Sea and Sky”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


Please join us immediately following the service for our chili cook-off!


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: the Choir; Liturgist: Liz 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: “Use Your Words”

January 29th: “Beneath the Cross”


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 Aaron Renton 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.



Ready to connect more deeply? Sunday, February 5th, from 9:00 - 9:45 am in the pastor’s study there will be an optional gathering about becoming a member of the church, where individuals can ask questions and join a discussion about our church and the larger Presbyterian church.


Volunteers Needed! Each week we need several members of our EBPC family to help deliver our worship services. Your assistance is needed in the following ways: opener/closer, liturgist, nursery assistant, acolyte (2nd-5th Grade) and Worship & Hospitality Team members to greet people, distribute the bulletins, collect the offering, etc. If you are willing and able to help during January, February and/or March, please go the Sign-up Genius link here and select the date and role(s) for which you would like to volunteer. (We can train you for any position very easily!) If you have any questions, please contact the Worship Planning Team Moderator Liz Beatty.


Calling All Crafty People! If you love to create beautiful crafts or pieces of needlework, the Worship Team could use your help! At 2017 Christmas this year, we would love to hang specially made ornaments representing the highlights of 2017 on our sanctuary tree. We could use one or more crafty people to design or select a design and either paint or sew a different ornament marking each person baptized, confirmed or who joins EBPC this year. They can hang their personalized keepsake on the tree during the annual "Hanging of the Greens." The ornaments would be created throughout the year and completed by Nov. 19th. They would be available for the people to take home after Christmas to adorn their own trees in years to come and remind them of their special connection to the EBPC faith community. If you are interested in helping, please contact Liz Beatty.


Meet Our New Elders

Elizabeth Johnson is originally from metro Atlanta. Elizabeth married her high school sweetheart, Dave, and moved to North Carolina where they lived for eight years. They welcomed their son, Reid, in 2009, moved to Brentwood in June 2012, and welcomed their second son, Adam, two months later. Elizabeth is a former high school teacher and librarian, but currently works at EBPC Preschool as the chapel teacher. Both of her boys have attended the preschool. She enjoys walking and biking on the Brentwood trails and looks forward to serving as an Elder.


Brian McGuire has been a member of East Brentwood Presbyterian Church for just over two years. He served as elder in his previous church in Radford, VA. Brian currently volunteers with Luke 14:12 and Room in the Inn. He recently accepted a new position as Director of Major Gifts with the Nashville Rescue Mission. Brian enjoys spending time with family, camping and hiking on the Appalachian Trail and watching his favorite sports teams on television. His children are active in the youth group and youth band. Brian and his wife Molly came here from Radford, VA, where they lived for 19 years. Molly is a school counselor at Clovercroft Elementary. They have three children. Katharine is a junior at Brentwood High School and is active in the school's debate team. Kevin is a freshman at Brentwood High School and plays trumpet in the marching band. John attends Lipscomb Elementary and enjoys basketball, baseball and hockey.


Erin Morrow and her family have been members of EBPC for the past seven years after moving to the area from Ft. Lauderdale.  She has served in many different ways, including volunteering at Luke 14:12 and Room in the Inn, and has also been a member of the Service and Outreach Committee. Erin’s middle son Will is active in 608 Youth Group, and he and her youngest son Miles are both in the Youth band.  She has also worked at EBPC Preschool for the past five years in various roles.


Ruth Pennington has been a long time member of the church but this is her first time on the Session. She is active in Presbyterian Women and the choir. She has two adult children.


David Shupe has been attending the Presbyterian Church for as long as he can remember; from New Florence, PA to Johnstown, PA to Nashville, TN beginning in 1960. He attended Eastminster Presbyterian Church through high school and was confirmed there. He and his wife, Jean, were married there. They have been members of East Brentwood since 1992 and David is active in the choir and he sometimes plays guitar during worship.


Richard Strecker and his wife, Margaret, are currently enjoying retirement. His working years were devoted to the support of people who experienced psychiatric disorders and intellectual and other developmental disabilities. He was raised in the Episcopal church and joined the Presbyterian church 29 years ago. He looks forward to this opportunity to work with others who are called to serve in our congregation.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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

Monday, January 23

6:00 p.m. Boy Scouts, Troop 86

Wednesday, January 25

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 27

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Sunday, January 29

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Family Service Day

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


Praise and Prayers

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

Prayers of discernment 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.

Prayers for Susan Reiersen’s brother, Joe Golden, who has moved to Nashville for rehab following a recent a stroke.

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.

† Prayers 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.