Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, March 12, 2017

10:00 a.m.

2nd Sunday in Lent


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Sunday, March 12, 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 


  Passing of the Peace 

The Peace of Christ is with you!

And also with you.


Prelude “Testify” Needtobreathe


Lenten Reflection

Lord, like Nicodemus, we often are afraid to reveal our uncertainty or disbelief.

We often pretend to have all of the answers even though we are trembling inside with trepidation.

May we come to you as imperfect selves, ready to feel the Spirit once again in our lives.

May we continue to ask questions and seek answers from you Lord.

May we be prepared to respond with new conviction and in new ways that we never could have imagined.


“Will You Come and Follow Me” Hymn #726, Vs. 2

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #634 “To God Be the Glory”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, we come before you

In need of forgiveness and grace.

You call us to trust in you completely,

but we do not.

We are timid and fearful as we follow your lead.

We justify our actions and words,

though we know they are not what you require.

We struggle to understand the new life Christ offers,

Preferring old habits to risky change.

Forgive us, we pray.

Help us to be born again into the life of Christ,

trusting that you have included us by your grace

in the family of faith.

In Christ’s name we pray.


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.


Special Music “Behold the Lamb”

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Time with the Children

Children: God be with you here.

Congregation: God go with you.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament John 3:1-17 NT page 93

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Meditation Re-visions Series: “Reborn” John R. Hilley


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.


Holy Communion


Invitation to the Lord’s Table


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

Leader: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them up to the Lord

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.




Memorial Acclamation


Great Amen


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.


Sharing of the Bread & Cup


Communion Music


Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication

All: Creating, reconciling, and inspiring God of all peoples and all times, we give you thanks for this holy mystery, in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may now go into the world inspired with the strength of your Spirit, to empty ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #765 “May the God of Hope Go with Us”


*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; Musicians: the youth band, the choir; Liturgist: Liz Beatty; Lenten Reflection Readers: Mary Ann and Susan Schellhardt; Celebrant: Mike Magee.


This morning, communion is served by intinction. The congregation will come forward to receive the bread, which they will then dip into the chalice of grape juice. Worshippers will return to their pews by the side aisles. If you need a gluten free wafer, please tell the server. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is not just for Presbyterians or “members of the church.” All who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are invited to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may receive the bread and grape juice (in place of wine) in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ.


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 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.



As you know, from November through March, when the weather is a special issue for homeless people in our area, we host eight men in our building one night a month through our Mission and Service outreach for Room In The Inn. We serve them supper and breakfast, provide them a warm place to stay, and minister to other needs. This month EBPC will host Room in the Inn this Tuesday evening, March 14th, and we are in need of some volunteers! We currently need two innkeepers and extra help with clean-up. And of course, we always welcome other volunteers who would like to help serve meals, stay the night, be a friend. Please let Ann Ketch know if you can help at ketchann2@gmail.com or (615) 440-6124.


On Sunday, February 26th, we experimented with a new orientation of the sanctuary so that we can begin making decisions about more permanent changes. We will leave it this way for the next few weeks and then switch it to an orientation towards the garden window for a few weeks. Your feedback about your impressions of each arrangement is appreciated, both the things you like about each configuration and what you would change. You may either fill out a form that is located in the sanctuary and return it to the wooden box, email your thoughts to Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net or let her know in person. Thank you for your assistance!


Music in the Grove Sponsorship? As an attempt to offset some of the costs for our upcoming September 4th Music in the Grove Concert, we are trying to develop a group of financial sponsors for the event. In exchange for a monetary contribution, the company would be able to display their logo on marketing and communication pieces in the media and on signs, t-shirts, flyers, etc. If you have a company that would like to participate or if you would like to work with Liz Beatty's team to court sponsorship from businesses in our community, please contact her at aybeatty@comcast.net.


LUKE 14:12 is an organization that provides meals to those who are homeless in downtown Nashville. EBPC serves lunch for Luke 14:12 on the third Tuesday of every month. We meet at 11:30 in the dining room of the Room In The Inn campus (705 Drexel St., off 8th Ave.) and are finished up by 1:00. Transportation from the church is available. We leave at 11:00 a.m. We are in need of a few new friends to add to our volunteer list. If you are interested, we would love to have you join us! Our next opportunity to serve is Tuesday, March 21st. For more information about participating in Luke 14:12 with EBPC or to be added to the volunteer list, contact Ann Ketch at ketchann2@gmail.com or (615) 440-6124. To learn more about Luke 14:12 go to: http://www.luke1412.org/.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, March 12

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion

10:00 a.m. Upwards

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

5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class

Tuesday, March 14

6:00 p.m. Room In The Inn

Wednesday, March 15

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

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

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Saturday, March 18

12:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship

Sunday, March 19

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards

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

5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for Andy Diffenbaugh who is recovering from recent hip replacement surgery.

† Prayers of healing for Ric Brown (friend of the Beattys) as he recovers from an illness and car accident.

† Prayers for Molly McGuire and her family as they grieve the passing of her father.

† Prayers for Ruth Miller who is recovering from surgery.

† Prayers for Aaron Renton, Paul and Jeffrey Rein, and John & Kira Hilley as they are in Guatemala this week.

† Prayers of peace and healing for the family and friends of Caitlin’s parents as they mourn her loss.

† Prayers for David Thomerson, who is recovering from surgery.

† Prayers for recovery of Cindy Blanton, friend of Amy Philbrick.

† Prayers of support and peace for Kelly McConnell and her family as they grieve her mother’s passing.

† Prayers for Mary Ellen Hoffstetter as she recovers from surgery.

† Prayers for Brent Byers and his family.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for a successful surgery for Rick Lausten.

† Prayers of healing for Lincoln, a preschooler who had major surgery and is recovering.

† Prayers for our nation and its leaders.

† 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.

† 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 for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who are working in Lusaka.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker, Congregational Care moderator by e-mail: streckr1@aol.com or phone 615.472.1502.