Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, March 11, 2018

10:00 a.m.


4th Sunday in Lent


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Sunday, March 11, 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






*A Call to Worship

All who hunger, gather around.

There is bread here, for empty bellies.

There is compassion here, for broken hearts. There is grace here, for shattered lives.

There is family here, for lonely souls.

There is hope here, for all who need it.

All who hunger, gather around and lift your hearts to God.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.


*Opening Prayer


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


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Redeeming God,

Following Jesus is a struggle, for his way leads to the cross.

When we have been faithful, strengthen us.

When we have disappointed you, forgive us.

When we have failed to know the difference, teach us.

It is our desire to follow in the ways of Christ.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response “Trisagion” Ortega

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.


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


Special Music Strasser

A musical composition on the story of Levi


New Testament Luke 5:27-39 NT page 124 (Blue)

The Word of the Lord. NT page 63 (Red)

Thanks be to God.


Reflection “At the Table with Jesus:”

“Party with Levi”


Time of Reflection


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.


Communion—with the 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 Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #498 “Loaves Were Broken, Words Were Spoken”


*Parting Words









*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgists: Lindsey Hinds-Brown, Shafer Family, Telford Family, Brad Brown; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Elder of the Day: Brian Telford; Acolyte and Water Bearer: Hinds-Brown Children.


This Week in Children's Worship & UPWARDS: All children and youth will stay in today’s service as we do an activity all ages will enjoy.

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.



College Grove Food Pantry Fundraiser—The College Grove Food pantry has scheduled it’s annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraising Event for Saturday, March 17 at the College Grove United Methodist Church from 7:00-9:00 am. The $10 per person ticket actually sponsors a box of food for the pantry. Tickets are available at our church either from Martha Wolfe or Mary Ellen Hofstetter.


Graceworks is sponsoring a Mobile Food Pantry in College Grove in cooperation with the College Grove Food Pantry on March 24.  The giveaway will take place in the parking lot of the College Grove Elementary School. Recipients from a 3-4  county radius will be coming to pick up the food boxes which have been prepared by Graceworks volunteers.  Many volunteers are needed to assist at this handout.  If you are interested in assisting, go  to the Graceworks website to sign up to be a volunteer.


Until March 18th, we will be collecting gently used or new children’s shoes in sizes little kid 11 through kid 6. Cleats, sneakers, dress shoes, flip-flops, sandals, boots and water shoes are all accepted. The shoes will be donated to Glenview Elementary, our partner school, for their Spring Clothing Distribution Day which is sponsored by Kenrose Elementary  and Sunset Elementary. The majority of Glenview students are in need of shoes because they are too small or worn through.


NaCoMe Christian Camp | Family Camp: Formerly known as You & Me Camp, Family Camp is perfect for first-time campers or for families looking to grow closer. It is for families with pre-K to 5th graders. It is from June 29th-July 1st. Want to come just as parent and child? Great! Grandparent and grandchild? Join us! Family of 6? We’d love to have you! Any size or combination of family is welcome to this intergenerational camp. Most activities are designed for the youth and adult campers to enjoy together, although there are times where adults will participate in separate Bible study and activity times. Family Camp encourages independence and allows campers to engage in a positive environment while gaining the experience and familiarity to come back to camp on their own, all while deepening your family’s faith as a unit. For more information go to www.nacome.org.


College Grove Food Collection: For this month's College Grove Food Pantry, we are focusing on collecting mayonnaise, mustard, canola oil or vegetable oil, black pepper, spices (all types), and dried fruit. Of course anything else that you feel moved to donate will be appreciated. All donations must be at the church by March 21st.


Music Director Nate is looking to restart the Bell Choir beginning February 28th! His hope is that they would be ready to play in church by Easter Sunday. The rehearsals will be on Wednesdays from 6:00-6:45! Let him know if you’re interested by emailing him at nstrasser@ebpctn.org. All ages are welcome! The more the merrier! 


SnapFaith – A New Sunday morning Learning Circle: John Hilley and Liz Beatty will lead a Sunday morning series from 9-9:45 am. Intended for people who are new to EBPC or have a long-time association, SnapFaith will move purposively incorporating visual images, Scripture, and key theological concepts from our tradition. Here’s the format: 9-9:15 gathering time for people to visit and connect. At 9:15 am the “snap” word is introduced and a visual image(s) is shown to get us started. Facilitators lead us through four prompts: 1. How do you connect to this word in your life/journey? 2. How does God's Word of Scripture connect to this word? 3. How do we view this word through a theological lens? 4. How does this word connect to our life here at EBPC and the larger world? We will close at 9:45 am just in time to collect our children from Kids Music and Drama and to allow enough time to visit with friends and get into the service in time to hear the opening music of the worship service.


Adult Learning Circle—Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. Join with other adults for an hour to take a look at Parables from the Backside, based on the books by J. Ellsworth Kalas. We will examine six parables over six weeks approaching them from the point of view of a minor character or a creative retelling. Each hour is a stand-alone topic. The group will be facilitated by Mary Ellen Hofstetter. It has started but please join us.


Preschool Registration Now Open: If you know of any neighbors, friends or family that are looking for an excellent preschool program (rated three stars by the State of Tennessee, the highest rating) with loving teachers and a top-notch curriculum, we are now accepting registration cards. Contact Sheri Vosel for more information or visit the preschool tab on our EBPC website here.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, March 11

9:00 a.m. Adult Education; SnapFaith

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music and Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

3:00 p.m. Yoga

4:00 p.m. Sunday Funday Jump Zone for Youth

6:00  p.m. Hosting Room in the Inn Homeless Guests

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous

Wednesday, March 14

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Handbell

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Thursday, March 15

9:30 a.m. Parables from the Backside Bible Study

Sunday, March 18

9:00 a.m. Adult Education; SnapFaith

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music and Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:30 a.m. Session Meeting

3:00 p.m. Yoga

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous


Lenten Photo-a-day Challenge Words for the Week

· Sunday, March 11: Periphery

· Monday, March 12: Worship

· Tuesday, March 13: See

· Wednesday, March 14: Suffer

· Thursday, March 15: Troubled

· Friday, March 16: Walk

· Saturday, March 17: Darkness

· Sunday, March 18: Rebuild

Here’s how it works: reflect on the word of the day. Then take a picture of what you see in your world that reflects this picture and share it with our EBPC community. To share your photos, share them on your Facebook page and tag us #EastBrentwoodPresbyterianChurch or #EBPC40daysofphotos.


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for Sharon Hausken, the mother of Doug Hausken, our Office Manager, who’s husband recently passed away.

† Praise God for the safe return of Barb Hall, Lavona Russell, John Hilley from their trip to Peten, Guatemala, on behalf of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee.

† Prayers for our EBPC families navigating sickness in this flu season.

† We pray for our Nation and for courage to address the cycle of violence and the all-too familiar tragedy of school shootings.

† Chloe Glover who continues the recovery process. Visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/chloeglover for updates.

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

† 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.

† Prayers for those who have been victims of sexual assault.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Kristine Vasilevskis at team5v@att.net or (615) 403-5713.