Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, March 25, 2018

10:00 a.m.


Palm Sunday



Sunday, March 25, 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


Liturgy of the Palms


   Welcome & Announcements




Proclamation of the Entrance Into Jerusalem


A Call to Worship

Jesus is coming!

Shout Hosanna!

He’s riding on a donkey!

Shout Hosanna!

Open the gates!

Shout Hosanna!

Don’t be afraid!

Shout Hosanna!

Wave the branches!

Shout Hosanna!

Spread out your coats!

Shout Hosanna!

The king is coming to us!

Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest heaven!


Palm Sunday Skit


*Hymn #196 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


*Hymn #197 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Jesus, our Lord, we shout hosannas to praise you. With eager hands, we place our cloaks and palms on the path before you. Yet, Lord, we confess that the mouths that seek to praise you often deny or defy you. And we confess that the hands that seek to serve you often become fists. Lord, hear us as we confess our wrongs.


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.


Anthem “Ain’t No Rock Gonna’ Shout for Me” Larson

Copyright © 2003 Lorenz Publishing Company


Liturgy of the Passion


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Philippians 2:5-11 NT page 197 (Blue)

NT page 186 (Red)


New Testament Mark 14:17-31 NT page 51 (Blue)

The Word of the Lord. NT page 48 (Red)

Thanks be to God.


Sermon The Wilderness Series: John R. Hilley

“A Palm Sunday Sermon on

Noisy Celebrations & Quiet Reflections”


Time of Reflection


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.




*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

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ into Jerusalem with a triumphal procession, but he was soon left alone in humiliation. The cries of “Hosanna” soon turned to cries of “Crucify him!”


As we enter into this Holy Week, we thank you for the abundant mercy you show, as you invite us again to follow Jesus on the road to the cross. Accept these our gifts as our protest against the ways we have not followed Christ in the past and as our expression of hope that we may renew our walk of faith in the days to come. This we ask through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

*Hymn #215 “What Wondrous Love Is This”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgists: Liz Beatty; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Choir; Elder of the Day: Brian McGuire.


This Week in Children's Worship: This sixth Sunday in Lent, we are celebrating Palm Sunday and giving thanks for all the blessings Jesus brings to our lives! Hosanna!


This Week in UPWARDS: This month we are in the season of Lent and are focusing on God's Grace. This Sunday, we celebrate Palm Sunday and look forward to Holy Week. Join us as we make a Holy week calendar and explore the events leading up to Easter!


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.



Friday, April 6th: Presbyterian Women will meet at the church at 9:30 am.

Join us for Holy Week!


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


To help you plan your Easter festivities, here is our schedule of events at EBPC. We invite you to join us for this joyous celebration!


9-9:20 am: Easter Story Time: Children birth-2nd grade are invited to story time to here the story of the Three Trees

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt: Children in 3rd-5th grade will join their parents in a photo scavenger hunt throughout the church. Snap a selfie with family and friends when you find each item on the list!


9:20-9:35 am: East Egg Hunt: Come hunt for Easter treats. Locations for different age groups will be announced by our youth group!


9:35-10:00 am: Park your Easter Basket in the Carrot patch and pick up an Easter Activity Bag for worship. Enjoy refreshments and have your family photo taken with the flowering cross.


10:00 am: Easter Worship Service: Special programming for preschool-5th grade immediately following Time with Children! Children of all ages will enjoy hearing the Easter story read aloud, participating in a Resurrection Egg Scavenger Hunt, and playing a variety of Easter-themed games


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.


As part of our year of "Getting Connected; Staying Connected" theme, periodically we will hold "Coffee and Chat" gatherings on Sunday mornings before worship. If you have been visiting with the church and would like the opportunity to learn more about EBPC, Pastor John and Liz Beatty would love for you to join them for conversation and refreshments on Sunday, April 15th from 9:00-9:45 a.m. If you would like to formally join EBPC at that time, members of our Session will be available to receive your request and act upon your desire to publicly profess your commitment to becoming a church member. If you have any questions or would like to join the church but are unable to attend this event, please contact John (jhilley@ebpctn.org) or Liz (aybeatty@comcast.net). 


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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

3:00 p.m. Yoga

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous

Wednesday, March 28

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Handbell

6:45 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Thursday, March 29

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

7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday

Sunday, April 1—Easter

9:00 a.m. Children’s Activities and Flowering Cross

9:20 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt

10:00 a.m. Worship

3:00 p.m. Yoga

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous


Praise and Prayers


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.


Lenten Photo-a-day Challenge Words for the Week

· Sunday, March 25: Celebration

· Monday, March 26: Amazement

· Tuesday, March 27: Refuge

· Wednesday, March 28: Unknown

· Thursday, March 29: Understand

· Friday, March 30: Doubt

· Saturday, March 31: Wait

· Sunday, April 1: Alive

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.