Welcome To Worship
Sunday, May 22, 2016
About Today’s Service
One of the songs we sing today begins: “I’m going to eat at the welcome table, Alleluia.” And it continues with: “Here all the world will find a welcome, Alleluia.” Our service and community festival and picnic embodies these words as today’s service includes contributions from those who use our facility and enrich our community: our preschoolers and youth band will sing and play; the Tennessee Tamil Academy will offer a reading; a teacher of Bharatatanatyam, the beautiful and intricate classical dance form of India will perform a dance from "Karuna Shakti: The Power of Compassion." The lanterns in our sanctuary window celebrate the many groups and families that gather here as collectively we are Shining God’s Light.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
There will be no Children's Worship today.
Please feel free to take very young children to the nursery but know that we appreciate worshippers of all ages in our service.
We Gather to Worship God
Welcome & Announcements
Prelude “This is Amazing Grace”
Wickman, Farro, Widdle
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Call to Worship
*Hymn #767 “Together We Serve”
Special Music “One Love, One Heart” Marley
Prayer for Illumination
A Reading from the Thirukkural
Presented by the Tennessee Tamil Academy
Dance “Vaishnava Janato” Monica Cooley
(Indian Classical Dance) Performer/Teacher
Reading Psalm 8 OT p. 492
Remarks John R. Hilley
We Respond to God’s Love
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.
Offertory “Holy Spirit” Beatty
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 #770 “I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table”
Passing of the Peace
Let us share the peace and welcome with one another. The peace of God be with you!
And also with you.
*Please stand if you are able.
Please join us immediately after the service for the picnic and activities.
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: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director/Pianist: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Praise Band, Youth Band, Preschool Children, Kid’s Music & Drama Club; Guests: Monica Cooley, Tennessee Tamil Academy; Liturgist: John Philbrick.
Monica Cooley is a well-known performer, teacher and choreographer of Bharatanatyam, the classical dance of southern India. An American born in Singapore and raised in Indonesia, with an academic background in South Asian Studies and over 35 years of training, performing and teaching experience in Bharatanatyam, Monica is uniquely suited as an interpreter of Indian culture for Western audiences. She has performed extensively in the United States and India and is known for presenting original choreographies on universal themes. Monica is a skilled and highly respected teacher of Bharatanatyam who has trained hundreds of students at her institution, Kala Nivedanam, in Nashville, TN.
She will be performing "Vaishnava Janato", which is one of India’s most beloved spiritual songs. Written in the 15th century in the Gujarati language by the poet-saint, Narsinh Mehta, this song paints the portrait of an enlightened person filled with compassion and humility. The lyrics say, “One who is a devotee of the Lord knows the pain of others and comes to their aid without letting pride enter his heart. He accepts and praises the entire world, never speaking ill of others. Blessed is the mother of such a person who remains always pure in speech, action and thought. He respects other women as if they were his own mother and his hand never touches the wealth of others. Though desire and illusion surround him, he does not succumb for his mind is deeply rooted in renunciation. He tastes the nectar of Lord Rama’s name with divine pleasure and all places of pilgrimage reside in his own body. One who is devoid of greed, lust and anger… such a person the poet Narsaiyya would like to see.”
The Tennessee Tamil Academy (TTA) is registered Non-Profit Organization that was founded in 2012 and is run by volunteers to teach Tamil in Middle Tennessee.
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.
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.
The Worship Team will have "Summer Travel Worship Bags" available starting this Sunday for each family to take home with them. As you vacation across the country, the world or right here in your own backyard, you can still keep faith formation going throughout the months to come. One of the items included in the bag is "Flat Jesus." He is meant to be decorated and then to accompany you wherever you and your family go. Take pictures, write a blog, etc. of how you are bringing Jesus to the communities outside the walls of EBPC. Then upload them to Doug in the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be included in our weekly e-blast or the EBPC Facebook page with a short description so that we can all have a glimpse of the adventures of your own "Flat Jesus."
EBPC is partnering with First Presbyterian Church of Franklin for Vacation Bible School this summer. It will run Monday, June 20th until Thursday, June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee per child. It is for children ages 4 (by 8/15/2016) to 6th grade. For more information, view a flyer for the event by clicking here (or visiting our website www.eastbrentwoodpc.com/) or visit their website at http://www.fpcfranklin.org/#/children-youth/vacation-bible-school.
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 Doug in the church office at email@example.com.
We are continuing to expand our Worship Teams to cover summer vacations and participants rotating off teams. If you would like to train to be an opener, closer, greeter/usher, Communion Server, acolyte or liturgist or you would like to help in a supporting role with the Sanctuary Guild and Worship Planning Team, please contact the Worship Planning Team Moderator Liz Beatty at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to each person who has stepped up already to help!
Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance
Sunday, May 22
9:00 a.m. Adult Education
10:00 a.m. Worship
10:45 a.m. Picnic & Festival
Monday, May 23
6:00 p.m. Session Meeting
Tuesday, May 24
9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting
Wednesday, May 25
6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle
Thursday, May 26
6:30 p.m. Praise Team
Sunday, May 29
9:00 a.m. Adult Education
10:00 a.m. Worship
Praise and Prayers
† Prayers for comfort and a speedy recovery for Mary Ellen Hofstetter, who will undergo knee replacement surgery on Monday.
† Prayers of thanksgiving for our preschool – for its teachers and students who have concluded their year.
† Prayers for the family of 3 year old Houston Cole who lost his life in a tragic accident recently.
† Prayers for Lucas, the 20-month old grandson of a friend of Regina Montgomery, who has cancer.
† Prayers for Brenda Lutz and her family because her father, Audley White, recently passed away.
† Prayers for Frank and Virginia Galloway (Liz Beatty's parents) who are both dealing with health concerns.
† Praise that Lily Paris’s leg healed sufficiently so she doesn’t have to have surgery! Please continue to pray for her.
† 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 Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who are working in Lusaka.
† 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.
If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Ralph Comer, Congregational Care moderator by email: email@example.com or phone: 615.545.5938.