Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, May 6, 2018

10:00 a.m.


6th Sunday of Easter

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Sunday, May 6, 2018


The congregation is asked to use the time of the pre-service music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Thought before Worship

Today, I make my Sacrament of Thanksgiving.
I begin with the simple things of my days:
Fresh air to breathe,
Cool water to drink,
The taste of food,
The protection of houses and clothes,
The comforts of home.
For all these I make an act of Thanksgiving this day!

--Excerpt from Howard Thurman’s “The Prayer of Thanksgiving”


We Gather to Worship God




Call to Worship Based on Psalm 98

Come, sing a new song to God!
Remember all the times full of wonder
God has already saved us!

Test out the saxophones; tune up those guitars;

try out the drums!
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth!
Spread the table!

Open the windows!

Listen to the choirs outdoors,
feathered and furred!
Let the hills sing together for joy!
For God is not done doing wonders!
God is coming to set everything right.
Sing a new song to God!


Prelude “This is Me” Pasek and Paul

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Opening Prayer


*Hymn #301 “All Are Welcome” Vs. 1, 5


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

God of grace,

We gather as a people so grateful for your every blessing and your streams of mercy never ceasing, yet we readily acknowledge that we are prone to wander from you.

We are prone to seek our own way and to rely on ourselves more than upon you. When invited to your kingdom table, we are prone to believe we earned our place with our goodness and our faithfulness.

When we gather at your table, we believe in our heart of hearts that we deserve a place of honor closest to you.

Forgive us, O God. Forgive our arrogance. Forgive our false humility. Forgive us for believing even for one moment that we deserve any of your blessings and mercy.

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!

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Time with the Children


Recognition of Our High School Graduates


We Listen for God’s Word


Prayer for Illumination


Psalm 98 (Tune: Beach Spring)

Sing new songs to God Almighty,

Marvel at God’s majesty!

In the face of foes around us

God has brought us victory!

Nations all shall see God’s promise;

Love endure and faith prevail;

Evermore will God be gracious

To the house of Israel.


Joyful songs of praise and honor

Earth shall sing with one accord;

Horn and trumpet raise a mighty

Shout of tribute to our Lord!

Seas and floods rejoice with gladness;

All the earth God’s gifts profess:

Endless grace conceived in mercy,

Justice born in righteousness.


New Testament I Thessalonians 5:16-22 NT page 205

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Meditation “In Need of a Gratitude Intervention” John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


Gratitude Moment “An Expression of Thanks”


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 Respond to the Word








*Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication


We Go from Here & Serve


*Closing Song “Halle, Halle, Halle”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


You are invited to stay for lunch and activities as we celebrate our community!


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Youth Band; Liturgist: Liz Beatty; Elder of the Day: Brian Telford.


This Week in Children's Worship and UPWARDS: This sixth Sunday in Easter, children will remain downstairs. They will complete a gratitude project at their seats during the later half of the service. Older children will have the opportunity to write thank you notes to church staff and volunteers while younger children can draw a picture to present as a thank you for all the amazing youth and adults who are helping us grow into creative thinkers and doers of Christ!


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.


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.

Many thanks to all who participated and helped with Room in the Inn this past winter. We appreciate your time, resources and support of this worthy cause. Room in the Inn sent us a nice thank you letter and poster (see image below), and we wanted to share it with you. Room in The Inn reports that this winter EBPC members and congregation:

· Provided 40 shelter beds

· Served 80 meals

· Gave 326.4 volunteer hours

Independent Sector values volunteer time at for the state of TN was $21.98 in 2017. At that rate we donated the equivalent of $7,165.48 in in-kind contribution (labor)! We also wanted to give a huge shout to Ann Ketch for all of her work coordinating our EBPC efforts in this wonderful community outreach program. Thank you!


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.


Thanks for everyone that joined us at the Well this last Saturday! It was a really fun way to spend some time together and listen to great music.


“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 6—Springapaloosa

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:15 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Springapaloosa

3:00 p.m. Yoga

6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous

Wednesday, May 9

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Handbell

6:45 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, May 11

Last Day of Preschool

6:00 p.m. Preschool Graduation

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


Praise & Prayers

† Prayers of thanksgiving and blessing for Alissa Vasilevskis, Susan Rohleder, Josh, Allison, Abigail, and Jacob Hockman, and Lilian, Amelia, and Ellery Edwards who were received into church membership.

† 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.