Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, May 13, 2018

10:00 a.m.


7th Sunday of Easter

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Sunday, May 13, 2018


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




   Prelude          “My Mother’s Love”       Shelton

Copyright © 2013 by Hinshaw Music Inc.

P.O. Box 470, Chapel Hill, NC 27514


*Call to Worship

We gather to remember

that grace is real and that hope can be trusted.

Here we encounter old stories of our tradition and new stories of transformation.

We gather to remember

that healing is possible and that faith is a gift.

Here we discover a community that holds us up and a Spirit that is always at work.

We gather to remember

where we belong and who will claim us.

Here we find a font full of ordinary water and a God who offers extraordinary love.


*Hymn #475 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,

Your promises stand steady through all generations.

Encourage us when our faith falters.

It is easy for us to become overwhelmed;

our world is filled with violence,

our schedules are filled with chaos,

our hearts are filled with hurt.

Too often, we allow those stories to define our days.

Too often, we think we have to make our own way in this world.

Remind us that strength comes to us in community, that you are found in the people around us.

Remind us how much we are loved.


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.



*Response “Halle, Halle, Halle” 3x

Hal-le, hal-le, hal-le-lu-jah!

Hal-le, hal-le, hal-le-lu-jah!

Hal-le, hal-le, hal-le-lu-jah!

Hal-le-lu-jah!Hal-le-lu, hal-le-lu-jah!

Melody Caribbean traditional; arrangement by John L. Bell © 1990 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G5I 3UU, Scotland

GIA Publications, Inc. Exclusive North American agent.


Special Music “Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth”

Janzen and Jennings

Copyright © 1995 Augsburg Fortress


The Sacrament of Baptism Jacob Lee Hockman

Parents: Joshua & Allison Hockman



Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture Jacob by word and deed, with love and prayer?

We do.


Thanksgiving Over Water


Welcome “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise”


Child of blessing, child of promise,

baptized with the Spirit’s sign,

with this water God has sealed you

unto love and grace divine.

Child of love, our love’s expression,

love’s creation, loved indeed!

Fresh from God, refresh our spirits;

into joy and laughter lead.


We Listen for God’s Word


Prayer for Illumination


Epistle Lesson Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 NT page 118


New Testament John 17:6-19 NT page 111

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


We Respond to the Word


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.








We Go from Here & Serve


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






Postlude “He Reigns”

CCLI Song # 4026635

Peter Furler | Steve Taylor

© 2003 Soylent Tunes (Admin. by BMG Chrysalis US)

Ariose Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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

CCLI License # 2212591



*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities


Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Kids’ Music & Drama Club, the Women of the Choir, the Praise Band; Liturgist and Elder of the Day: Paul Rein.

This Week in Children's Worship: This seventh Sunday of Easter, we will hear the story of Matthias the Apostle, who was chosen to spread Jesus' message of love! Since it is also Mother's Day, we will also celebrate all the many ways our mothers spread Jesus' message of love to us! During CW, we will make a special gift for our mothers to show them how much we appreciate all the ways they model God's love to us each and every day!


This Week in UPWARDS: This seventh Sunday of Easter, we will hear the story of Matthias the Apostle who was chosen to spread Jesus' message of love! We will work together to articulate all the ways God calls us to be a witness to His amazing love. Since it is also Mother's Day, we will also celebrate all the many ways our mothers spread Jesus' message of love to us! UPWARDS kiddos will make a special gift for our mothers to show them how much we appreciate all the ways they model God's love to us each and every day!


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.



Presbyterian Women will meet for the last time this spring on Friday, May 18th at 9:30 am. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck afterwards.

All the homemade ice cream you can eat for just one price!

It takes a lot of “crankers” to make all the homemade ice cream offered at the Purity Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’.  Thousands attend this annual fundraiser for Martha O’Bryan Center and enjoy all you can eat ice cream for just one price! Save the date June 3 on your calendar NOW and meet us at First Presbyterian Church. You can help! Sign up today to make a gallon or two of the 600 needed.  Visit www.marthaobryan.org/crankin to download recipe forms, order containers & labels, tickets, t-shirts, and more information. You can also email Burkley Allen at burkley.allen@gmail.com. All proceeds benefit Martha O'Bryan Center, a covenant mission of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee. On a foundation of Christian faith, the Martha O’Bryan Center empowers children, you, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship. For more information, visit www.marthaobryan.org/crankin.


Ladies' Night at the Cheesecake Factory on Tuesday, May 15th from 6:30 pm to 8:30. We know this is a busy time but we would love to get together with our friends before school is out and summer begins. Feel free to drop-in when you can or leave early if needed. Please let Kristine Vasilevskis know if you will be able to make it. We'd love to save you a seat and toast to a great year and a safe summer! If you have any questions, contact Kristine Vasilevskis at (615)403-5713 or team5v@att.net.


We have a new EBPC Preschool Flier and video! In addition to our new preschool video that we debuted last week, we also have a new preschool flier promoting our wonderful program. Please take a look at this wonderful flier, and share it with any friends or family you know who might be looking for a preschool program. With our new video and flier, we are ready to share all the wonderful news about our preschool! Look for links to both in the eblast sent out on Friday.


“If I Was an EBPC Guest...”: As we are practicing good hospitality skills, sometimes it is a good idea to imagine what it is like to visit EBPC for the first time. The Hospitality and Membership Engagement Team would like for you to take the opportunity the next time you are at EBPC to see our building, our hospitality system and worship service through new eyes. Please download this survey, note your observations from the point of view of a visitor and return your form to Liz Beatty or drop it off in the church office. Thank you for your feedback.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance


Sunday, May 13—Mother’s Day

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

3:00 p.m. Yoga

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous

Monday, May 14

6:00 p.m. Session Meeting

Tuesday, May 15

6:30 p.m. Ladies Night at the Cheesecake Factory

Wednesday, May 16

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Handbell

6:45 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, May 18

9:30 p.m. Presbyterian Women with Potluck

Sunday, May 20

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting

3:00 p.m. Yoga

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous


Praise & Prayers


† Prayers of thanksgiving for all our “graduates” of the preschool who were recognized Friday night.

† Prayers for the friends of Susan Schellhardt who are going through difficulties—Kelly & Michelle Rakow, Delinda & Danny Kelly, and Elba & Hose Garcia.

† Prayers of thanksgiving and blessing for the baptism of Jacob Lee Hockman.

† Prayers for Carol Huffman.

† Prayers for the quick recovery of Marcie Gilchrist who had hip replacement surgery recently.

† Prayers for John Jeter, father of Pam Hunter, who has intestinal cancer.

† Prayers for our mission workers, Charles & Melissa Johnson, working on food security concerns in Lundazi, Zambia.

† Prayers for our partner churches in the Petén, Guatemala and for the work of The Rev. Philip Beisswenger, our Presbyterian Mission Worker.


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.