Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, March 18, 2018

10:00 a.m.


5th Sunday in Lent

Lent at EBPC.jpg

Sunday, March 18, 2018


The congregation is asked to use the time of the pre-service music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Thought before Worship

“You are only free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.”

- Maya Angelou


We Gather to Worship God


Prelude “The Wonderful Cross”

CCLI Song # 3148435

Chris Tomlin | Isaac Watts | J. D. Walt | Jesse Reeves | Lowell Mason

© 2000 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591




*A Call to Worship

We want to be here,

because the world is alive with your praise, O God.

We need to be here,

because the world is burdened with heartbreak.

We choose to be here,

because the world's blessing and burden is also in us.

We are called to be here,

because no matter the circumstance, we are your children.

You are our God, and we will sing your praise.


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #298 “Lord, You Give the Great Commission” Vs. 1, 5


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 “Jesus, We Are Here”

Jesus, we are here; Jesus, we are here;

Jesus, we are here; we are here for you.


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.


Minute for Mission Camp NaCoMe Logan Teichmann


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


Special Music “How Great the Love of Jesus” Schram

Copyright © 1991 Peterson Press


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Jeremiah 31:31-34 OT page 735 (Blue)

The Word of the Lord. OT page 691 (Red)

Thanks be to God.


New Testament John 12:20-36 NT page 106 (Blue)

The Word of the Lord. NT page 100 (Red)

Thanks be to God.


Reflection The Wilderness Series: John R. Hilley



Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


Prayers of the People

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.




Offertory “This is Amazing Grace”

CCLI Song # 6333821

Jeremy Riddle | Josh Farro | Phil Wickham

© 2012 Phil Wickham Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

Seems Like Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

Sing My Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

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Bethel Music Publishing

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*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 #767 “Together We Serve”









*Please stand if you are able.



About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgists: Kelly McConnell, Logan Teichmann; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Choir, Praise Band; Elder of the Day: John Philbrick.


This Week in Children's Worship: This fifth Sunday in Lent, we are focusing on ways to serve and follow Jesus! Come make a footprint mosaic with us to help you remember to follow in Jesus' footsteps!


This Week in UPWARDS: This month we are in the season of Lent and will focus on God's Grace. This Sunday we explore different ways to serve and follow Jesus. We will reflect on this Lenten season and talk about what Lent means to our own stories. We will make a heart mosaic to help us remember that love grows (and shows) from the inside out!



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.




Please join us!


Wednesday, 7 pm, A Community Talk: Jaco Hamman, “Faith & Phones” - Dr. Hamman is an associate professor of religion, psychology, and culture at Vanderbilt. He will discuss our relationship and addiction with technology. More importantly, he offers ways that assure personal flourishing and spiritual vitality in the face of this relationship.




Holy Week is just around the corner. Please see our listing of Holy Week activities below. We hope you will join us for all of these services and events.

March 25 - Palm Sunday
10 a.m. Our children and youth bold lead us into Holy Week as the pageantry begins.

March 29 - Maundy Thursday
6 p.m. Light Supper
7 p.m. Contemplative service to remember Jesus' final hours.

April 1 - Easter
9-9:45 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt and other children's activities, along with refreshments and family photos with the flowering cross.
10 a.m. A musically-rich worship and celebration of the Resurrection.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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

Tuesday, March 20

11:00 a.m. Luke 14:12

Wednesday, March 21

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Handbell

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:00 p.m. Community Talk: Jaco Hamman, “Faith and Phones”

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Thursday, March 22

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

Sunday, March 25—Palm Sunday

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 18: Rebuild

· Monday, March 19: Costly

· Tuesday, March 20: Anointed

· Wednesday, March 21: Prepare

· Thursday, March 22: Distressed

· Friday, March 23: Deny

· Saturday, March 24: Pray

· Sunday, March 25: Celebration

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

† 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.


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.


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.


SnapFaith – A Sunday morning Learning Circle: John Hilley leads a Sunday morning series from 9-9:45 am. Intended for people who are new to EBPC or have a long-time association, SnapFaith moves 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 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. The word for 3/25 is “Pray”.


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 are examining 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 is facilitated by Mary Ellen Hofstetter.


Easter Lily Order Form


Order a lily to help decorate the sanctuary on Easter Sunday!

Please place your order on or before Palm Sunday on March 25th.


Message for bulletin insert. Mark & complete appropriate line(s):



____ In Memory of




____ In Honor of




____ To the Glory of God


Donated by:  


Phone #:


Total # of Lily Plants                     x  $10 each  =  $


Please make checks payable to EBPC and write "Easter lily" on the memo line. Place form in the offering plate along with your check for $10 per plant or return your order and check to the church office on or before Palm Sunday on March 25th.


Proceeds from the lilies benefit Presbyterian Women missions locally and worldwide. 


Easter lilies may be taken home after the worship service on Easter.