Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, January 8, 2017

10:00 a.m.



Epiphany of the Lord

Baptism of the Lord


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Every sanctuary has a baptismal font.

There is no magic in baptism, but there is great meaning. The water isn’t holy but the moment of baptism is. Baptism doesn’t change us but rather names us; and it may be a new enough name that we are actually changed. Most of all, baptism is about belonging. It celebrates what is always and already true: we belong to God.

Sunday, January 8, 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  


   Prelude           “Down in the River to Pray”      Traditional


*Call to Worship

We gather wondering

if grace is real and if hope can be trusted.

Here we encounter old stories of our tradition and new stories of transformation.

We gather asking

if healing is possible or if faith is in vain.

Here we discover a community that holds us up

and a Spirit that is always at work.

We gather wanting to know

where we belong and who will claim us.

Here we find a font full of ordinary water

and a God who speaks an extraordinary word:

“You are my beloved. With you, I am well pleased.”


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn 475 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,

Forgive our bleak imagination

and our dreams that refuse inspiration.

We imagine that things are as they must be, so we dream of little more than refining what is.

Forgive our poor memory

and our fragile trust.

We remember no help in ages past,

so we summon no hope for years to come. Forgive our cynical hearts and our tired fear.

We have grown accustomed to the brokenness around us,

so we are suspicious of joy when it appears.

Come to us, O God, and revive our spirit with your Good News.


Time for Silent Reflection



As I went down in the river to pray,

Studyin' about that good 'ol way, (and who shall wear)

The starry crown, good Lord, show me the way

Oh sinners let's go down, let's go down, come on down.

Oh sinners let's go down, down in the river to pray.

As I went down in the river to pray,

Studyin' about that good 'ol way, (and who shall wear)

The robe and crown, good Lord, show me the way.


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

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


First Lesson Acts 8:26-40 NT page

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament Matthew 3:13-17 NT page 3

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


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

“Holy Furniture: The Baptismal Font”


Time of Reflection


*Sung Response “Into the Jordan” Music by The Brillance

Words by Kelly Ann Hall

Adapted by Nate Strasser


We Respond to God’s Love


Renewal of Our Baptism

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts

We lift them to the Lord.

Lord and life-giving Spirit, who charged the waters with life when first the world began:

Make us dead to sin, but alive to you.

Giver of freedom, who led your people out of slavery through the waters that did not overwhelm:

Drown our sin and raise us to new life.

O God, our provider, who gives thirsty people water from a rock:

Make us dead to sin, but alive to you.

Brooding Spirit, who anointed Jesus with your power of life no death could conquer:

Make us dead to sin, but alive to you.

Spirit of the Living God, who charges the waters of baptism with resurrection power so we might live as part of God’s New Creation:

Drown our sin and raise us to new life.

Through our baptism into Christ, we were redeemed from our slavery to the powers of sin and made citizens of God’s Commonwealth. Let us remember what God has done and is doing by renewing our baptismal vows, renouncing sin and professing faith in Christ Jesus.

Do you renounce the ways of sin that separate us from the love of God?

I renounce them.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior?

I do.

O Lord, uphold us by your Holy Spirit.

Daily increase in us your gifts of grace:

the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of counsel and might,

the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord,

the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever.


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.





*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 #375 “Shall We Gather at the River”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


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; Musician: Briana Tyson; Liturgist: John Philbrick.


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


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 Dave Ford 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.



We have plenty of ways for you to volunteer at EBPC in the New Year. Please go to our website or Enewsletter and follow the link to sign up for many different openings including Worship and Hospitality. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net.


Please consider helping with Room In The Inn on Tuesday, January 17th. We still need an innkeeper and clean-up person. See the sign-up sheet in the hallway and if you have any questions please contact Ann Ketch at ketchann2@gmail.com.


Chilly outside? Come have chili with us inside! Start mixing your spices now and join us on January 22nd immediately after the worship service for our EBPC Chili Cook-Off! We will taste and judge all entries and then crown the winner of our Chili Cook-Off. Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious chili lunch. Can't beat that in the middle of winter! Please let us know if you will participate in the cook-off by filling out the Signup Genius link. We need at least eight entries, but the more the better. We hope you will join us (either as a cook or a taster) for this fun fellowship event. We look forward to tasting all the delicious entries!


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, January 8

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd – 5th grade

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

Monday, January 9

9:00 a.m. Preschool Resumes

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

Wednesday, January 11

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kid’s Music & Drama Club

6:08 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, January 13

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Sunday, January 15

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd – 5th grade

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


Praise and Prayers

Prayers for the Russell Family of Paris, TN, friends of Ralph Comer. Husband/Father, Kenneth died on Thanksgiving Day from complications of Parkinson's, and son, Bryan is in critical condition at Vanderbilt Hospital following a major stroke two weeks ago.

Prayers for Joe and Marrah Ennis who experienced a devastating house fire on Christmas Day.

Prayers for Susan Reiersen’s brother, Joe Golden, who had a stroke recently.

Prayers for Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Nashville, following the fire that destroyed their facilities.

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 for Maria Wolfe, daughter of Bill and Martha, recovering from major back surgery.

Prayers for Ruth Pennington and Doug Pennington as they mourn the death of Mario Barone III, son-in-law to Ruth and brother-in-law to Doug. Mario, age 49, died suddenly of a heart attack.

Prayers for the family of Ben Hunter as they celebrate the life & grieve the death of Ben’s father, Lee.

Prayers of healing for Lily Paris following surgery.

Prayers for those who lost loved ones, homes, and businesses in the fires in the Gatlinburg area. Prayers of thanks for the first responders.

† In this season of hope and peace, we pray for individuals who await the results of medical tests.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for those within our church community who have agreed to serve as Elder.

Prayers of healing for Darlene Hagg (former EBPC member) who is undergoing surgery and 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.