Welcome To Worship
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Thought Before Worship
“Because the Christian God is not a lonely God, but rather a communion of three persons, faith leads human beings into the divine communion. One cannot, however, have a self-enclosed communion with the Triune God- a "foursome," as it were-- for the Christian God is not a private deity. Communion with this God is at once also communion with those others who have entrusted themselves in faith to the same God. Hence one and the same act of faith places a person into a new relationship both with God and with all others who stand in communion with God.”―Miroslav Volf, After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity
We Gather to Worship God
Welcome & Announcements
Recognition of New Members
Prelude “Ancient of Days” Sadler & Harville
*Call to Worship
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
And also with you.
*Hymn #35 “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
within your own life there is mutuality, equality,
and unity in diversity.
Though we are made in your image,
we confess that we distort the triune life.
Instead of seeking mutual welfare and the common good,
we seek our own gain.
Instead of living in equality, justice, and respect,
we construct systems that are unjust.
We devise ways to elevate ourselves over others,
and disrespectful thoughts, words, and actions
still surface in us.
We allow differences to divide us and lead to brokenness.
Holy God, forgive us.
Restore in us, and in our life together,
the divine image you intend.
Make us tender in mutuality.
Make us generous in equality.
Make us grateful in diversity.
We pray to be one with you and one another,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Time for Silent Reflection
Response “Trisagion” Ortega
Holy and mighty.
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy, have mercy on us.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Leader: Friends, believe the good news.
All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
*Passing of the Peace
As God through Jesus has recognized and forgiven each of us, let us now ourselves recognize and forgive each other by sharing God’s peace with one another. The Peace of Christ is with you!
And also with you.
*Gloria Patri #581
We Listen for the Word of God
Time with the Children
Anthem “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” Phillips, Craig, & Dean
Prayer for Illumination
Old Testament Psalm 29 OT page 504
New Testament John 3:1-17 NT page 93
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Sermon “Paying Attention to the Spirit of God” John R. Hilley
“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.” -John 3:8
Time of Reflection
We Respond to God’s Love
*Music Selection “Amazing Grace” arr. Strasser
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 “Be Unto Your Name” DeShazo & Sadler
*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
We Go from Here to Serve
Hymn #2 “Come, Thou Almighty King”
*Please stand if you are able.
About Today’s Service
Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: John Philbrick; Acolyte: Grady Vasileveskis; Musicians: Nate Strasser, Summer Praise Band, Choir.
Today we welcome to our worship service Nate Strasser. Nate discovered his passion for music at the age of 4 when he began to study piano. At 8 years of age Nate was selected to perform at the International Music Workshop in Scotland and again in Austria at the age of 10. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from West Virginia University. Nate has worked extensively with bell choirs, children’s choirs, adult choirs, and praise bands along with an array of musicians in Nashville when he and his wife lived in Middle Tennessee. He has also composed a number of sacred works. In 2013, Nate was one of twenty candidates worldwide accepted into the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Graduate Television Program at the University of Southern California. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, Sarah and his son, Simon.
To Our Members and Guests: Please sign our friendship pad.
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. If this is your child’s first visit, please let us know if there are any food allergies as a snack is served. Theme for the Day: Next week: For the next eight weeks, the children will be exploring the life of Moses. From the tiny baby in a basket in the middle of the Nile River until the Israelites are safely delivered to the Promised Land, the life of Moses is chocked-full of exciting adventures and many of the most memorable stories of the Old Testament. Next Week: The story continues with the infamous “Burning Bush.”
Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. New sign-up sheets are in the narthex. If you have any questions please contact Regina Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Ashley Purcell.
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.
Middle School Youth: Jeffrey Rein’s Lake House Overnight on Friday-Saturday, June 5th and 6th. PYG and 608 will continue with service projects and fellowship throughout the summer. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at email@example.com.
Young Families June Dinner Gathering: Please join us for our monthly Wednesday night gathering on June 3rd, 5:30-7:00 pm at the church. Dinner will be served, though a small donation is requested to offset the cost of food. I will present a short lesson to the kiddos about summer safety, and we will also do a teacher appreciation craft that will be presented to Children's Worship teachers later this month. Hope you can make it! Please RSVP by Monday, June 1, by clicking HERE. (Our service project for this month will be June 14th, so save the date).
Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School: Grab a pair of sandals, your bathrobe, your sense of adventure, and get ready to escape with the Israelites! At Wilderness Escape, we’ll meet Moses, hang out with the Israelites, and join the amazing adventure of trusting God in the wilderness! July 8-10 9:00 am to noon. There will also be a program on July 12 during worship service. Registration forms are available in the narthex and on the church’s website. For more info, contact Gail Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Strategy Team Update: At its April meeting, the Session approved a joint recommendation from the Worship and Personnel Committees that a Special Committee be selected by and accountable to the Session with the following deliverables:
· Outline a music strategy for EBPC that will engage the entire congregation in many aspects of the church, attracting families and individuals of all ages.
· Create a staffing strategy with associated job descriptions to achieve the strategy.
· Recruit and hire the approved staff.
Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance
Sunday, May 31
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Music Strategy Team
Monday, June 1
11:00 am Staff Meeting
5:45 pm Ministry Team Moderators
6:30 pm Session Meeting
Wednesday, June 3
5:30 pm Young Families Gathering
Thursday, June 4
4:30 pm Music Strategy Team
Sunday, June 7
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
Praise and Prayers
† Prayers for Megan Johnson, sister-in-law of Elizabeth and Dave Johnson.
† Prayers for the son of preschool teacher, Jen Uptain, who was hospitalized with a rare eye infection as he faces surgery.
† Praise for the 60th wedding anniversary of Don and Dora Downing on May 29th.
† Praise for the baptism of Jackson Enfinger.
† Prayers for the Phibrick family, including Amy, who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and Whitney with chronic back and knee pain while simultaneously caring for three active children.
† Prayers for Betty Garrique, cousin of Bill Wolfe, who is having surgery for a malignant brain tumor.
† Prayers for strength and healing for Morene Roadman in her continued fight against cancer, mother of Stephen and mother-in-law of Amy Roadman.
† Prayers for healing and comfort requested by Leanna Pound (EBPC Nursery) on behalf of Talan Williams, an 8-year-old, who has bone cancer and is undergoing treatment.
† Prayers for Lily Paris as she is undergoing an additional surgery due to an infection in her leg.
† Prayers for Doug Pennington while stationed in Afghanistan.
† Prayers for caregivers of family members and for the unspoken burdens and worries loved ones are facing.
† Prayers for the Music Ministry team as they search for a new Music Director.
† Prayers for the 2015 graduates.
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.