Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, March 13, 2016

10:00 a.m.


5th Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 13, 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


   Thought before Worship

We know about the powers of death,
       powers that persist . . . that drive us from you,
and from our neighbor, and from our best selves.
We know about the powers of fear and greed and anxiety,
and brutality and certitude.
And then you . . . you at dawn,
you in the darkness,
you who breaks the world to joy.
Yours is the kingdom—not the kingdom of death
Yours is the power—not the power of death
Yours is the glory—not the glory of death
Yours . . . You . . . and we give thanks
For the newness beyond our achieving.

Walter Brueggemann, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth


Welcome & Announcements


Prelude “Turn, Turn, Turn” Seeger


Lenten Reflection

The reader will invite you to join in the following response:

God help us know when to sow and when to harvest, when to plant and when to prune, when to glean and when to turn over the dirt for the next season.


Hymn #250 “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession




 Time of Silent Reflection


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


Anthem “A Time for All Things” Wagner

©MCMLXXXII The Sacred Music Press

Arrangement © MCMLXXXVI The Sacred Music Press


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


Old Testament Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 OT p. 616


New Testament John 14:15-31 NT p. 109

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon Cultivating a Life Well-Lived: Khette Cox



Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


*Hymn #488 “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”


*Affirmation of Faith—Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.

He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.


Prayer 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


*Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication

We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #20 “All Things Bright & Beautiful” Vs. 1, 4


*Parting Words




Postlude “Grace Like Rain”

Agnew, Collins, Excell, & Newton



*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities


Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: Khette Cox; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: praise band, the choir; Liturgist: Liz Beatty; Lenten Readers: the Bell family.


Our guest pastor today is Khette Cox. She is originally from Knoxville, where she attended the Webb School. Her undergraduate degree in Business Management is from Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia, a Methodist affiliated school. She holds a MA in History from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. As a chaplain she has worked at hospitals, like Vanderbilt Children's and St. Thomas, and has worked for Alive Hospice for 6 years. 


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


The season of Lent invites us to embrace our faith journey by reflecting upon and deepening our relationship with God. As Lent occurs on the cusp of springtime, our Lenten theme draws upon the springtime gardening activities of preparing, planting, pruning, and cultivating – words that also speak to important activities in our relationship with God and with others. We encourage you to make this season of Lent a time when you intentionally plant the seeds for a more fulfilling life with God and others through the simple expressions of love, gratitude and forgiveness.


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.


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 every Sunday following the Time with Children. Today’s story is “Welcoming Zacchaeus” - Luke 19:1-10 (Help children practice hospitality as an expression of giving and receiving God's grace.) Next week’s story is “The King of Glory Comes” - Luke 19:28-40; 23:32-47(Help children discover God's grace in Jesus' sacrifice.)


Upwards is a learning experience for 3rd through 5th graders that meets weekly as a group upstairs. Growing in Grace and Gratitude is this year’s theme. 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.


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.




Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. Please sign up from our website or E-newsletter. If you have any questions please contact Regina Montgomery at regina.montgomery@vanderbilt.edu.


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


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance


Sunday, March 13

2:00 a.m. Daylight Savings Time Begins

9:00 a.m. Adult Education including Rev. Khette Cox of Alive Hospice

10:00 a.m. Worship with Rev. Khette Cox

Tuesday, March 15

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

11:00 a.m. Luke 14:12

Wednesday, March 16

5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Dinner

6:08 p.m. 608 (Middle School Youth)

6:30 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

7:00 p.m. Choir

Thursday, March 17

6:30 pm Praise Band

Sunday, March 20—Palm Sunday

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers


Prayers for Geoff and Amy Gallagher's granddaughter, Rose, who was recently diagnosed with diabetes.

Prayers for Don and Dora Downing as Don was hospitalized last week at Williamson Regional for health concerns.

Praise for the life of Dr. George Stevens, surgeon in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and husband of Mary Stevens, Martha Wolfe’s sister, who died recently.

Prayers for Kelly McConnell and her high school friends as they celebrate the life of Lisa Page Smario, who passed away last week.

Prayers of thanksgiving for Joy Centers, who is doing well following surgery.

Praise that Lily Paris’s leg healed sufficiently so she doesn’t have to have surgery! Please continue to pray for her.

We celebrate the life and witness of Patricia Beatty (Yarnell Beatty’s mother) who passed away on February 15th. We extend our prayers of support for the Beatty family.

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 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 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 Marilyn Johnson, who is at Southerland.


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.