Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, January 7, 2018

10:00 a.m.


Epiphany of the Lord



Sunday, January 7, 2018


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




*A Call to Worship

In the beginning, when it was very dark, God said,

“Let there be light.”

In the beginning, when it was very quiet, the Word was with God.

“And what God was, the Word was.”

In the midst of New Year’s resolutions, it is good to remember how God nudges us toward scripture and says,

“Blessed are the ones who keep the words of this book.”

In the end, when God’s promises have been fulfilled, all of creation will know:

“These words are trustworthy and true.”


Opening Prayer


*Hymn #151 “We Three Kings of Orient Are”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, forgive us.

Scripture is one of your gifts to us,

but like old, forgotten presents

sitting on the shelf collecting dust,

we fail to make use of it.

Sometimes it is too confusing for us to understand,

and we give up.

Other times your words are clear,

and our hearts are too afraid or too stubborn

to follow instructions.

Do not give up on us, God.

Keep speaking to us, even when we do not listen. Be a lamp for our feet, and a light on our path.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response “Thy Word Is a Lamp unto My Feet”


Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.


When I feel afraid, and I think I’ve lost my way,

still you’re there right beside me.

Nothing will I fear as long as you are near.

Please be near me to the end.


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


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.


Time with the Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Matthew 2:1-12 NT page 2

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “What is the Gospel?” John R. Hilley


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.


Hymn #152 “What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright” Vs. 1


What star is this, with beams so bright,

more lovely than the noonday light?

‘Tis sent to announce a newborn king,

glad tidings of our God to bring.






*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


*Hymn #145 “What Child Is This”


What child is this, who, laid to rest,

on Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet

while shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing;

haste, haste to bring him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary!


Why lies he in such mean estate

where ox and ass are feeding?

Good Christian, fear; for sinner here

the silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear, shall pierce him through;

the cross be borne for me, for you.

Hail, hail, the Word made flesh,

the babe, the son of Mary!


So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh;

come, one and all, to own him.

The King of kings salvation brings;

let loving hearts enthrone him.

Raise, raise the song on high.

The virgin sings her lullaby.

Joy, joy, for Christ is born,

the babe, the son of Mary!


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Liturgist: Erin Morrow.


This Week in Children's Worship: This week Ms. Jen and Ms. Lindsey will lead us in learning about Epiphany and the three wise men. We will learn how to stay alert for signs of God at work in the world (like a star in the sky or an invitation) and to be ready to drop everything to respond.


This Week in UPWARDS: This week we begin our study of the sacrament, symbols, liturgy, and music of worship. We will look for symbols in the story of the three wise men and then work together to identify all kinds of symbols we see in the sanctuary and throughout the church! Come learn the meaning behind Christian symbols and let us know which is your favorite!


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. Be sure to complete a yellow contact card if you wish to receive future communications from EBPC.


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.


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.



January-March 2018 FEAST Group Sign-Ups (Friends Eating and Sharing Together) We are assembling small groups of people (6-10 per group) who would like to meet for a meal and conversation during the first quarter of the New Year. Each group would decide when and how often they would like to get together as well as the meal format (pot-luck or restaurant, lunch after church or dinner, entire families or adult-only, etc.). Please fill out your name and contact info on the Connection Corner Sign-up sheet or email Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net. You will receive more information in late December about who is in your group. Bon Appetit!!!!


The Glover family have a daughter Chloe (confirmed church member) who has spent the holidays in the hospital for an infection in her heart. She is resting at home now aiming to get her energy back.  It will still be a couple of weeks before things get “normal” at their house. The family could use our help by offering a meal for them in the coming weeks. To sign up please go to: https://mealtrain.com/yl9zvl.


Many people make worship on Sunday’s possible. To help by volunteering, please sign up at https://goo.gl/1PzcaY. If you have any questions about a particular task, email or call Doug in the church office at dhausken@ebpctn.org or 615-370-4227.


Join us Jan. 21 for EBPC 411: Baptism, Communion, and Children: Baptism and Communion are the two sacraments in the Presbyterian Church, but for both longtime Presbyterians and those from other Faith traditions, navigating the whens. whys, and hows of the sacraments can be perplexing!  Join us after worship on Sunday, January 21 for a light luncheon and rich discussion of the sacraments from a Presbyterian perspective. Please let us know if your family will attend by going to this link: https://goo.gl/YNm4wP. Please note the number of family members attending so we can have enough food for all!


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, January 7—Epiphany of the Lord

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music and Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

3:00 p.m. Yoga

4:30 p.m. PYG for High School Students

Wednesday, January 10

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, January 14—Communion

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music and Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

3:00 p.m. Yoga

4:30 p.m. PYG for High School Students

6:00 p.m. Room In The Inn


Praise and Prayers

† Chloe Glover who is home recovering from an infection.

† Prayers for homeless individuals and families facing severe weather.

† Prayers for Deb Krueger, a one-time employee of EBPC and director of camp NaCoMe, who lost her home in a fire Wednesday. To learn more and provide help, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/63a7u- house-fire-recovery-fund.

† Prayers for Barbara Cochran, sister of Clyde Russell, as she faces treatment for a serious health issue.

† We pray for Ruth Miller. She has moved to The Altenheim, 936 Barrett Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204.

† Prayers of healing and strength for Debra Swartz, sister of Mary Ellen Hofstetter, who has multiple health issues.

† Prayers for those who have lost hope.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker at streckr1@aol.com or (615) 720-6262.


Cover Image: Scary, Scary Night, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54127 [retrieved January 4, 2018]. Original source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8545333@N07/2564825110/.