Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, March 5, 2017

10:00 a.m.


1st Sunday in Lent

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Sunday, March 5, 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 “In Christ Alone”

CCLI Song # 3350395

Keith Getty | Stuart Townend

© 2001 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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

CCLI License # 2212591


Lenten Reflection

Lord, may we help bring the Kingdom of God in our time.

May we comfort those who mourn.

May we place pride aside and embrace our meekness.

May we feed the hungry and show mercy to others.

May we be the peacemakers in our communities even if we might be scorned for our gestures of generosity.


“Will You Come and Follow Me” Hymn #726, Vs. 1

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown; will you let my name be known;

will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?


*Hymn #172 “Blest Are They” Vs. 1, 3, 4


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Faithful God, we confess that we have not always been faithful to you.

You require us to do justice, yet we conform

to the standards of our world and do not work for change.

You ask us to love kindness, but we fail to be caring friends and neglect those who are different from us.

You ask us to walk humbly with you,

yet we often take you for granted and seek our own way.

O God, remind us again of your steadfast love and your call upon our lives.

Give us strength to do what you desire. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.


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.


*Gloria Patri #581


Time with the Children

Children: God be with you here.

Congregation: God go with you.


Anthem “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”

CCLI Song # 1558110

© 1995 Thankyou Music

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

CCLI License # 2930701


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Micah 6:1-8 OT page 866

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament Matthew 5:1-12 NT page 4

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “Receiving Mercy” Tara Lentz


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


*Affirmation of Faith—Brief Statement of Faith

We trust in God the Holy Spirit,

everywhere the giver and renewer of life.

The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,

sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the church.

The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through scripture;

engages us through the Word proclaimed;

claims us in the waters of baptism;

feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation;

and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.

In a broken and fearful world

the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing;

to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior;

to unmask idolatries in church and culture;

to hear the voices of peoples long silenced;

and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,

we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”


Prayers 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

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 #177 “I Will Come to You”


*Parting Words




Postlude “Grace Like Rain”

CCLI Song # 3689877

Chris Collins | Edwin Othello Excell | John Newton | Todd Agnew | William W. Walker

© 2003 Ardent/Koala Music (Admin. by Ardent Music LLC)

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

CCLI License # 2212591



*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: Guest Pastor: Tara Lentz; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir, praise band; Liturgist: Kevin McGuire; Lenten Reflection Readers: the McGuire family.


Pastor John is away this Sunday on a trip to Guatemala with his wife, Kira, Paul and Jeffrey Rein, and Aaron Renton. They are there as a part of the ongoing partnership between the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee and the Presbytery of the Q’quechi Peten (Guatemala). The team will be bringing supplies, teaching, and learning about the Presbyterian church there. They will return on Saturday, March 11.


We welcome as our guest speaker, Tara Lentz. Tara is the Senior Director of Programs at Conexion Americas, where she's worked since serving as a Young Adult Volunteer in 2006. She grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and attended college at Wake Forest University. Tara graduated with an Master’s of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2011 and is a candidate for ordination in the PC(USA). She is a member of Second Presbyterian and is currently serving on the Session. Tara loves speaking Spanish, hiking, and playing with her miniature dachshund, Maggie.


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.



Mary Ellen Hoffstetter was recently released from the hospital and she could use some help until she gets back on her feet. Please help by taking her a meal over the next couple of weeks. To sign-up, go to: https://goo.gl/BU7hYE.


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/.


AN INVITATION TO SING! There is no better time to begin something new, challenging (in a good way), connecting (to other people, and to God), and life-giving – and nothing accomplishes this better than singing, especially in your church choir! Please join us Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for Choir practice. We meet here at the church. Everyone is welcome!


Volunteers Needed! Each week we need several members of our EBPC family to help deliver our worship services. Your assistance is needed in the following ways: opener/closer, liturgist, nursery assistant, acolyte (2nd-5th Grade) and Worship & Hospitality Team members to greet people, distribute the bulletins, collect the offering, etc. If you are willing and able to help during March, please go the Sign-up Genius link here and select the date and role(s) for which you would like to volunteer. (We can train you for any position very easily!) If you have any questions, please contact the Worship Planning Team Moderator Liz Beatty.


Planned giving perpetuates the goodness of our individual existence once we are no longer here. Consider including East Brentwood Presbyterian Church in your estate plan and help ensure the long-term operation and mission of EBPC. Contact Brian McGuire if you would like more information on making a planned gift.



Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, March 5

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards

11:00 a.m. Family Lenten Event

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

5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class

Monday, March 6

6:00 p.m. Boy Scouts, Troop 86

Wednesday, March 8

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

Sunday, March 12

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 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 Parent 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 of thanksgiving for those within our church community who have agreed to serve as Elder.

† 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.