Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, January 31, 2016

10:00 am


4th Sunday After Epiphany







Creation Stories

Sunday, January 31, 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           “The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing”     Hymn #505


*Call to Worship

God built the heavens, the earth, and everything in them.

God calls us to be builders as well.

God calls us to build our lives:

to restore broken places and continue to grow.

God calls us to build our faith:

to study the Word and ponder its interpretation.

God calls us to build our community:

to build bridges of understanding and systems of justice.

God calls us to build history by fulfilling the promises of Scripture:

to preach the good news of God’s love and liberation for all people.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #724 “O Jesus, I Have Promised”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Before God, with the people of God, we confess to our brokenness,

to the ways we wound our lives, the lives of others, and the life of the world:

We have ignored love.

We have neglected our home.

We have forgotten joy.

We have resisted grace.

God forgives you. God loves you, and will never give up on you.

God is making space, even now,

for you to live in faith, abound in hope, and grow in love.

Thanks be to God. Amen.


Time of Silent Reflection


Response “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart” Hymn #523

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat;

come give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.


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


Time with the Children Bless the Hunger Jar

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.

Children through 5th grade are invited upstairs.



Anthem “You Do All Things Well”

Tomlin, Clement, and Reeves

© 2004 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Remaining portion is unaffiliated


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


The Psalter Psalm 19 OT p. 498


New Testament John 2:1-11 NT p. 93

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon Me/We Creation Stories John R. Hilley

“Conceiving a Christ Economy”


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.


*Hymn 505 “The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing”








*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #770 “I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table”


*Parting Words


*Benediction “God of Wonders” Byrd and Hindalong

© 2000 Never Say Never Songs (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

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

Meaux Mercy (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Storm Boy Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)





*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: pastor: John Hilley; musician: Nate Strasser, the choir, praise band, Joe Ennis, Joe Schneider ; liturgist: Ralph Comer.


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


We are in the final week of the sermon series called Me/We 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.”


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 “Good News!” - Luke 4:16-30 (Help children claim God's call to participate in Jesus' ministry.) Next Week’s topic is “Follow Me” - Luke 5:1-11, 27-28; 8:1-3 (Help children identify ways God has called them to serve.)


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 group activity upstairs. 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.


Ready to connect more deeply? Next Sunday, February 7th at 9:45 am and again Monday evening, February 22nd the Session will be receiving individuals into membership. Next Sunday from 9:00 - 9:45 am in the pastor’s study there will be an optional gathering for individuals to ask questions and join a discussion about our church and the larger Presbyterian church. 


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.



Join Us at the W.E.L.L.

(Wednesdays: Eating, Learning, Loving)

for dinner, kids’ activities, and spiritual nourishment. Church members, preschool families, and guests are welcome! Meals are $5 per person, with a $15 max per family. Please sign-up by going to the church’s website or the e-newsletter so we will know how much food to prepare. However, do not let it keep you from joining us! There will be enough for all!


Wednesday night programming Schedule:

(Stay after dinner and join us!)

5:30 Dinner

6:08 Middle School Gathering (608)

6:30 Kids' Music & Drama Club

6:30 Adult Learning Circle

7:00 Adult Choir

Let the Good Times Roll!

Join us for a Mardi Gras Celebration & Pancake Brunch

Sunday, February 7th @ 10 a.m. 


Jazz communion worship service open to all

Pancake Brunch with special toppings

Mardi Gras-themed activities for the kids 

Reservations encouraged as seating is limited to 175,

email ebpcoffice@comcast.net to reserve your spot.


The Worship Planning Team is looking for a few good men and women (adult or youth) who might be willing to serve in one or more of the following capacities:

· Open up the church once a month at 8:30 a.m. using an easy check-list. (It generally takes less than 30 minutes to complete the tasks.)

· Serve on an Ushering Team to collect the offering and/or be on a substitute list if a regularly scheduled usher is unable to serve.

· Serve on the Worship Planning Team to help continue to develop and provide vibrant, meaningful worship services at EBPC.

If you are interested in participating or want more information, please contact the WPT moderator, Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net.


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.


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 31

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

5:00 pm PYG (High School Youth)

Tuesday, February 2

9:15 am Staff Meeting

Wednesday, February 3

5:30 pm Wednesday Night Dinner

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, February 4

6:30 pm Praise Band

Saturday, February 8

Presbytery Meeting

Sunday, February 7

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

5:00 pm PYG (High School Youth)


Praise and Prayers

Prayers of praise and celebration for the recent scan showing Carol Dison (Liz Beatty's cousin) to be cancer free after 6 months of treatment.

Prayers of thanksgiving for our Presbyterian Church’s “Living Waters for the World” program which provides clean water in the underdeveloped part of the globe.

Prayers for the families and residents of Flint, MI who have tainted, lead-laden water.

Prayers for Henry Strecker.

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

Prayers for Laurie Byers’s husband, Will,  and his family as he is undergoing 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.