Welcome To Worship




East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 8, 2016

10:00 a.m.


7th Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 8, 2016


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


   Prelude          “Victory Chant”  McClurkin

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


*A Call to Worship    

Leader: Here in this place,

light streams in and music rings out.

People: Here in this place, friends are greeted and strangers are welcomed.

L: Here among these people, hands are held and concerns are shared.

P: Here among these people, water is poured and promises are made.

L: Here in this moment, grace is offered and hope is real.

P: Here in this moment, God is among us and we are at peace.


*Hymn #260 “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, the times you have welcomed us in grace

number more than the stars of heaven.

We wish to offer you lives that are holy, righteous and pure;

but once again we must confess:

While we have loved much, we have also given into fear.

While we have offered much, we have also given into greed.

While we have served, we have also been self serving.

While we have lifted up, we have also oppressed.

For everything in us that glorifies you, we give you thanks. For all in us that offends you, we repent.

We pray once again for your gracious forgiveness, and we trust that our desire to please you does, indeed, please you.


Time for silent reflection


Response “Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth” Hymn #7

Mothering God, you gave me birth

in the bright morning of this world.

Creator, source of every breath,

you are my rain, my wind, my sun.


Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

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


Time with the Children


Special Music “My Mother’s Love” Shelton

Copyright ©2013 by Hinshaw Music Inc.

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





We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


First Lesson Acts 1:1-11 NT p. 118

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel Lesson Luke 24:44-53 NT p. 91

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon Shining God’s Light:

Heaven Comes to Us John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


Prayers of the People


*Hymn “In the Lord I’ll be Ever Thankful” #645

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful; in the Lord I will rejoice!

Look to God; do not be afraid.

Lift up your voices; the Lord is near.

Lift up your voices; the Lord is near.


We Respond to God’s Love


*Affirmation of Faith—Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.

He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.


Minute for Mission HFH Women Build 2016 Elizabeth Johnson

“Mothers Helping Mothers”






*Doxology #606


*Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication

Minister: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Minister: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

All: O God, you have so greatly loved us, long sought us, and mercifully redeemed us.  Give us grace that in everything we may yield ourselves, our wills, and our works, a continual thank-offering to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #488 “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities


Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director/Pianist: Nate Strasser; Musicians: Kid’s Music & Drama Club: Charlotte Stribling, Liam Stribling, Adam Johnson, Reid Johnson, Ela Verma, Ava Verma, Haruka Pham, Emmit Vasilevskis; Moms: Jennifer Stribling, Elizabeth Johnson, Sarah Rowe, Michiyo Pham, Kristine Vasilevskis; Liturgist: Clyde Russell.


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.


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. Today’s story is “Wait For It!” - Acts 1:6-14 (Help children hear Jesus' last words to the disciples and plan ways they can carry the good news of God's love to the ends of the earth.) Next week’s story is The Spirit Unleashed - Acts 2:1-13 (Help children explore and celebrate the life-giving movement of the Holy Spirit in the world.)


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.


Our Mission


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.




We hope you will join us on May 22 for our Springa-palooza festival! Worship will begin at 10 a.m. and the picnic and festival will follow at 11 a.m. We will have a bounce house, water slide, field games, kiddie pools and fabulous music by EBPC preschoolers, EBPC Youth Band and our awesome EBPC music team. EBPC will provide hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs. We are asking all church members and preschool families to bring their favorite side dish, a picnic blanket or lawn chair and your appetite for fun! There is a sign up sheet in the Gathering Place - please sign up for a dish. This event is hosted by all the groups that use our EBPC space as one community including: EBPC Church and Preschool, Tamil Language Group, ECO: English Conversation Group, and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 86.


This Sunday each household can pick-up a kit to decorate a paper lantern that will be hung in the sanctuary window display for our Springa-Palooza. The completed project will represent our "Shining God's Light" rallying cry for 2016 and our collective efforts to reflect Jesus' light in the world. Please try to return the completed lanterns by May 15th if possible so that they can be hung prior to May 22nd. For information and directions go to our website.


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 ebpcoffice@comcast.net.


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Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance


Sunday, May 8

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Tuesday, May 10

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, May 11

6:08 p.m. 608 (Middle School Youth)

6:30 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

7:00 p.m. Choir

Thursday, May 12

6:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, May 13

9:00 a.m. Last Day of Preschool

6:30 p.m. Preschool Graduation

Sunday, May 15—Pentecost

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship


Praise and Prayers


Prayers for the family of 3 year old Hoston Cole who lost his life in a tragic accident last week.

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.

Prayers for Don Rice, a friend of the Philbricks, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Prayers for the family of Susan Andrews who passed away.

Prayers for continued healing for Aaron Hilley following his accident and prayers of thanksgiving to the EBPC community for their support.

Prayers for Bill Wolfe's cousin, Betty Garrique, whose brain cancer has returned after a year-long remission.

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 Amy Philbrick, help in balancing family, career, and health with fibromyalgia.

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: recomer49@aol.com or phone: 615.545.5938.