Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, March 6, 2016

10:00 a.m.


4th Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 6, 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


   Welcome & Announcements


   Prelude          “How Great His Love”          Schram

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Lenten Reflection

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

...In this season of Lent, Lord pour out strength and courage so that we can purge our gardens. May we be able to grant precious forgiveness to others for whom we have harbored many seasons of ill-will.


“What Wondrous Love Is This” Hymn #215, vs. 4

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;

and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;

and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,

and through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;

and through eternity I’ll sing on.


*Hymn #298 “Lord, You Give the Great Commission” Vs. 1,4


Prayer of Confession

Loving God,

Some days there is enough weariness in us to swamp our hopefulness.

There is enough apathy within us to smother our compassion.

Yet, thankfully there is also enough hunger in us to keep us unhappy.

And enough discontent in us to make us return home to your love

God of our Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner.

Amen. Have mercy on me a sinner.

God of monumental patience and of prodigal mercy,

forgive your people their numerous sins,

have pity on our pride and folly,

lead us to the fountain of your grace,

and wash us thoroughly from all that defaces us

Through Christ Jesus our Redeemer.



“We Are Forgiven” Hymn #447

We are forgiven. We are forgiven.

Thanks be to God. Thanks be to God.

We are forgiven. We are forgiven.

Thanks be to God. Thanks be to God.


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


Special Music “Home” Phillips, Pearson, Holden


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


Scripture Reading 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 NT p. 181


New Testament Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 NT p. 78

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Meditation Cultivating a Life Well-Lived: John R. Hilley

“I Forgive You”


We Respond to God’s Love


*Our Response of Prayer & Song

“Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” Hymn #418

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and me.

See, on the portals he’s waiting and watching,

watching for you and for me.


Offering “I Won’t Give Up On You” Cameron




*Doxology #606


Holy Communion


Invitation to the Lord’s Table


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

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.


Sharing of the Bread and Cup


Communion Music


Prayer After Communion (concluding with the 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.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #741 “Guide My Feet”


*Parting Words




Postlude “Home” Phillips, Pearson, Holden



*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Britton Cameron, the choir; Liturgist: Liz Diffenbaugh; Lenten Readers: the Coulam family; Communion Servers: Brian McGuire, Martha Wolfe, Margaret Strecker. 

Please join us immediately following the service for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the church. We will report on our finances and unveil our core priorities for 2016. The meeting is scheduled to last for 15 minutes.

This morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all persons of faith present, remembering that being invited to the Table is not extended to us because of merit, but a grace extended to all. There may be those in attendance today who have not been baptized, but who feel moved to receive the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are inseparable. If you feel called by the Holy Spirit to meet Christ in Communion, we believe that you are also being called to Baptism. We will not turn anyone away from the Lord’s Table, but we do invite you to speak to the pastor or a member of the session about Baptism as soon as possible.


Today’s 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. The ushers will direct the congregation through the two Communion lines. If you need a gluten free wafer, please tell the server.


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 “Return with Thanks“- Luke 17:11-19 (Help children express gratitude by praising and thanking God.) Next week’s story is “Welcoming Zacchaeus” - Luke 19:1-10 (Help children practice hospitality as an expression of giving and receiving God's grace.)


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.



Please come join us at 9:00 a.m. on March 13th to hear a presentation from our guest pastor for the morning, Rev. Khette Cox. She is a non-residential hospice chaplain with Alive Hospice and will be educating interested adults on the topic of end-of-life care as well as answering questions about hospice/palliative care. She will also be leading the 10:00 worship service as we explore the final topic of "Good-bye" in our 5-part series "Cultivating a Life Well-Lived." 


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.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, March 6

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Annual Meeting

Tuesday, March 8

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Room In The Inn

Wednesday, March 9

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 10

6:30 pm Praise Band

Sunday, March 13

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

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

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


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 this week at Williamson Regional for health concerns.

Prayers of thanksgiving for Ralph Comer's mother, Mary Ann Comer, who was discharged from the hospital on Monday and is recuperating at home.

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.

Easter Lily Order Form


Order a lily to help decorate the

sanctuary during the Easter season!

Please place your order on or before March 20th.


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 March 20th.


Proceeds from the lilies benefit

Presbyterian Women missions locally and worldwide. 


Easter lilies may be taken home after

the worship service on Easter.