Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church


Sunday, May 20, 2018

10:00 a.m.


Day of Pentecost



Sunday, May 20, 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


   Welcome & Announcements




*Call to Worship

On this Pentecost day, may grace blow through and shatter the shutters of our hearts.

May we step out of our fears and away from our doubts to notice the new life swirling all around.

As members of God’s beloved community, may our arms open wide in welcome and may our dreams be enflamed by the spirit of justice.

Open our eyes to see the visions of those around us. Open our ears to the voices of those long silenced. On this day and every day, may we show God’s love and speak God’s peace.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Come, Holy Spirit, come!


*Hymn #279 “Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

God of all time and endless grace,

we have come to gather at your table.

Forgive us when our hunger gets the best of us. When we take so much that others are left wanting,

have mercy on us.

When we sit by our friends and ignore the lonely, have mercy on us.

When we speak only our own language and

expect everyone else to understand or adapt, have mercy on us.

When we forget that it is your table and that we are your guests,

have mercy on us.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response “Spirit of the Living God”

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.


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 “Come Holy Spirit” Strasser


Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.


We Listen for God’s Word


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Acts 2:1-13 NT page 119

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon “On Being Interrupted” John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


We Respond to the Word


*Affirmation 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!”

- From “A Brief Statement of Faith” of the PC(U.S.A.)




Song of Thanksgiving

“Every Time I Feel the Spirit”


Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray.

Yes, every time I feel the Spirit Moving in my heart I will pray.




The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper


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—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 #291 “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


Please join us immediately after worship for a brief congregational meeting to elect a Nominating Committee to recommend a slate of elders for election to serve on the Session in 2019.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Choir; Liturgist: Mary Ellen Hofstetter; Elder of the Day: Richard Strecker; Acolytes: Philbrick children.


This Week in Children's Worship and UPWARDS: Happy Birthday to the church!!!! That's right! Today is Pentecost and we will be celebrating the church's birthday in a BIG way!!! Cue the cake....cue the singing...cue the PAINT THROWING???? That's right! I hope you have worn something you can get messy in. What's a birthday without a little excitement?!?!


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.



Ice Cream Crankin’ is cool treat for tasters! Purity Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ is a cool way to spend Sunday afternoon, June 3, on the shady lawn of First Presbyterian Church. From 3-5 p.m. you can sample dozens of flavors of homemade ice cream made and served by volunteers.  In addition, there will be music and children’s activities and more at the old fashioned summer social. It’s not too late to sign up to make ice cream!  You could be the “Best of Show” winner, which means your recipe could be one of Purity’s new flavors next summer. 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. Children under 2 are FREE, ages 3 – 12 are $8 each, and adult tickets are $10 per person for all the ice cream you can eat!  These prices are pre-event prices. At the door, prices are: ages 3 – 12 $10 each, adult tickets are $13 each. All proceeds benefit Martha O'Bryan Center, a covenant mission of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee. On a foundation of Christan faith, the Martha O’Bryan Center empowers children, you, and adults in poverty to transofrm their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship.


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.

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Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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

Wednesday, May 23

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Handbell

6:45 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, May 27

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

3:00 p.m. Yoga

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous


Praise & Prayers

† Prayers for sanity and peace among Jews and Palestinians.

† Prayers for Connie and Bruce Hockaday of Cary, North Carolina, sister and brother-in-law of David Thomerson, as they face the uncertainty of separate cancer diagnoses.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for all our “graduates”.

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

† 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.