Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, November 20, 2016

10:00 a.m.


Christ the King Sunday


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Caregiver Sunday

Sunday, November 20, 2016


The congregation is asked to use the time of the pre-service

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Thought before Worship

The God who offers care to others—through Jesus Christ, through the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and through loving men, women, and children—hears the prayers of others in need. Our Lord Jesus Christ, like a Good Shepherd, also offers unconditional love for those who care “for the least of these, our brothers and sisters.” Let us give thanks for those who care for, love, and support others in their lives.


We Gather to Worship God


Welcome & Announcements




*Call to Worship


*Hymn #802 “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

O Comforting God,

you are with us as we dance and as we lament:

where would we be without your steadfast love?

We offer you first the adoration of our hearts for past promises you have unceasingly kept.


We acknowledge also the things we have done:

with a word or an action,

at times we have broken hearts or bones;

we have broken spirits and commandments.

Sometimes things happen that are just accidents;

but sometimes we do things, through exasperation,

anger, or exhaustion, that hurt you and others.


We confess our sins, are sorry for them, and repent of them.

Take us once again, in our brokenness,

and let us know how beautiful our brokenness is to you.

In the name of Jesus we pray.


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

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


Anthem “All Good Gifts” Butler

Copyright ©MCMXCIII by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament The Book of Job (selected verses) OT page 453

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament Colossians 1:11-20 NT page 200

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon Peter Rosenberger


Time of Reflection


Hymn #177 “I Will Come to You”


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.






*Doxology #606

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


Hanging of the Greens


Prayer for the Hanging of the Greens:

Dear Lord, we are here in this house of worship to celebrate the advent of your son, our Lord.  This is a joyous occasion, O God, because our lives have been enlightened by the coming of Jesus.  And so, with the lighting of candles and the singing of carols we praise You, O Lord.  With the placing of wreaths, the decorating of trees and the ringing of bells, we honor your unspeakable love for us. 


Open our hearts that we may joyfully welcome Your Son; open our eyes that we may see the beauty of His coming; open our ears that we may hear anew the angel’s song; and open our lips that we may tell others of His glory and His peace. Amen


The Meaning of Advent

As we begin the Christian Year, we also celebrate the Holy Season known as Advent which means “Coming.” Through the centuries, Christians have observed a time of waiting and expectation before celebrating the birth of the Savior at Christmas. The Advent season is a time for reflection and preparation, but its mood is joyful.  Advent has been enriched by Christian tradition to reflect its distinctive Christian meaning. It proclaims the revelation of God’s love as expressed in Christ’s birth in a humble stable, His sacrificial death on the cross and His victorious resurrection!  It points to the hope of Christ’s coming again as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Advent makes innkeepers out of all of us, asking each of us to make room for the arrival of Christ the King.  Let us today, prepare Him room in our hearts, our lives and our homes! 


Hymn “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” Hymn #82

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;

dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.


A star in the sky, carols in the evening air, a candle in the window, a wreath on the door, poinsettias aflame with brilliant color, a tree decorated in the corner, the familiar figures of the nativity scene on the living room table, friends gathered around the holiday table and families reunited in love... This is Christmas in the United States.  Like Christmas in many other lands, ours is rich with treasures of custom and tradition, woven into a pattern with our own country’s threads giving to us the colorful pageantry of our unique Christmas celebration. This is a time for much joy as we welcome in the season and adorn our church with the reminders that we are once again beckoned back to the manger and all of its simple splendor!  Let us now usher in Advent at East Brentwood Presbyterian Church!


Love that rules the universe

Lived and suffered, died for us:

Life abundant, touched and seen,

Ever-living, ever-green.


While it is easy to get caught up in the sights and sounds of the season, let us never forget that Christmas begins with Christ. We are all connected as a Christian family through His birth and resurrection. Over the next four Sundays we will celebrate together as we seek hope, make peace, foster love and celebrate with joy. But first we need to complete the preparations. Everyone is invited to remain for refreshments and help decorate the sanctuary and surrounding spaces for Advent as we dust off our favorite Christmas carols. 




Postlude “Joy to the World” Hymn #134



*Please stand if you are able.


Please join us after the service to decorate the church and enjoy some refreshments and fellowship.


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; Guest Speaker & Musician: Peter Rosenberger; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir; Liturgist: Lavona Russell; Interim Children’s Director: Regina Girten.


To Our Members and Guests: please sign our friendship pad.

Peter Rosenberger is the founder of Caregivers With Hope. For the past 30 years, radio host, author, speaker, accomplished pianist, and black-belt in Hapkido, Peter has personally traveled the path of the family caregiver. In the process, he has learned that a caregiver cannot only survive, but thrive in the midst of oftentimes grim circumstances. In an unparalleled journey with his wife Gracie, he has navigated a medical nightmare that has mushroomed to 78 operations, the amputation of both of Gracie’s legs, treatment by more than 75 doctors in 12 hospitals, 7 medical insurance companies, and $10 million in medical bills.


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 Dave Ford or John Hilley.


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.


Thank you to the 14 individuals and families that increased their giving for the coming year! If you haven’t returned your pledge card yet, please do so today!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: December 11th, following the service, Join us for a children’s advent workshop, “Upside Down and Inside Out, What's this Advent All About?” children’s ministry workshop. We invite families with children ages 3-5th grade to engage in interactive stations learning about the Season of Advent. The world around us screams for us to desire more "stuff" but the story of Scripture tells us to celebrate love, simplicity and the gift of presence. Explore Advent and turn Christmas upside down! If you are interested in helping with this event please contact Regina Girten at reginagirten@gmail.com or 504-930-699! 


Presbyterian Women will meet on December 2 at Marilyn Johnson’s at Steplechase, Room 223, 314 Cool Springs Blvd. We will have lunch there so please call her by Monday, November 28 to confirm. She can be reached at (615)483-4554 or mapj27@gmail.com. We will study Lesson 4, "Who is Jesus". We will start around 10:00 a.m.



Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, November 20

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd – 5th grade

11:00 a.m. Hanging of the Greens

4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth

Monday, November 21

Preschool Closed for Thanksgiving Break All Week

6:00 p.m. Boy Scouts, Troop 86

Tuesday, November 22

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kid’s Music & Drama Club

6:08 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Band practice

Wednesday, November 23

No Staff Meeting

Thursday, November 24—Thanksgiving

Office Closed—Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 25

Office Closed

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Sunday, November 27

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd – 5th grade

4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth


Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Jean Shupe as she is recovering from surgery.

Prayers for our friends, Ryan and Erika Taylor and almost 7 month old Finley. Finley started having seizures (60 per day) and was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. She then suffered a stroke. They transported them to Atlanta-Scottish Rites early Wednesday a.m.
Prayers for unity and peace for all in our nation following last week’s election.

Prayers of thanksgiving for Harvey Renken, newborn son of Brad and Catherine Cavazos Renken, who is now home from the hospital following medical issues shortly after his birth.

Prayers for those facing addictions, either their own or those of family members and loved ones.

Prayers for Marisa Miller and her family with the losses and health challenges they have had.

Prayers of healing and strength for Kelly McConnell’s mother and prayers of support for Kelly and her family.

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 Brent Byers.


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.

The Elements of Advent

The Sanctuary Evergreens

The most striking and the most universal feature of Christmas is the use of evergreens in churches and homes. The early Christians placed them in their windows to indicate that Christ had entered the home. Holly and ivy, along with pine and fir are ever - green, ever - alive, even in the midst of winter. They symbolize the unchanging nature of our God, and they remind us of the everlasting life that is ours through Christ Jesus. In Isaiah 60:13 we find these words: "The Glory of Lebanon shall come unto you, the fir tree, the pine tree and the box together, to beautify the place of your sanctuary."

The Christmas Poinsettia

Most Christmas greenery reflects European traditions. But one colorful plant, which looks like a flaming star, the poinsettia, is a native to the American continent. It was named after Dr. Joel Robert Poinset, an ambassador to Mexico who first introduced it to the United States in 1828. The people of Mexico and Central America call the brilliant tropical plant the "Flower of the Holy Night." The Poinsettia is a many-pointed star that has become a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem.

The Paraments and Advent Colors

Both visual and performing arts have always been important ways to communicate the Christian faith. Colors in altar paraments or coverings and in banners or decorations are some of the most important visual ways Christians have expressed their faith in worship. Both Advent and Lent are times of waiting with anticipation--Lent being a more somber waiting and preparation for Easter, but Advent an anticipation of celebration and joyful celebration for our coming Christ… so our hearts sing out, "O Come Emmanuel!"

The Advent Wreath

Advent is a time of expectation, symbolized by the lighting of an Advent Candle in an Advent Wreath on each Sunday of the season. The flame of each new candle reminds us, the worshipers, that something is happening, and something more is still to come.

The candles are arranged in a circle to remind us of the continuous power of God, which knows neither beginning nor ending. The three purple candles symbolize the coming of Christ from the royal line of David as the King of Kings as well as the Prince of Peace. The pink candle is to be lighted on the third Sunday of the Advent season. This candle represents joy. The large white candle in the center is known as the Christ candle, and points to Jesus as the Christ, the Light of the world--the promise of long ago, fulfilled.

The Nativity

One of the most heart-warming expressions of Christmas is the Nativity, which speaks of the mystery of God's wisdom. Why God chose to send his son into our world as a baby of humble birth, born in common surroundings, we do not know. What we do know is that God reached out to all people including the poor and wealthy, the simple and the wise, the powerless and the powerful. All who found him knelt in humility before him. Knowing God is possible because he came to us, at our level. Whenever we see a Nativity we find ourselves with Mary and Joseph; with the Shepherds, and with the Wise Men; bowing before the manger, overwhelmed by God's expression of love in coming to us. 

The Christmas Tree

Today, the Christmas tree is the center of our festivities. Glittering with lights and ornaments, it is a part of the beauty and meaning of Christmas. There are several legends and stories about the Christmas tree. The first use of the Christmas tree was in the medieval German Paradise Plays, portraying the creation of humankind. The Tree of Life was a fir tree decorated with apples, and other ornaments such as paper flowers and gilded nuts. In England branches or whole trees were forced into bloom indoors for Christmas. From these beginnings the use of a tree at Christmas was established.

Martin Luther was perhaps the first to use a lighted tree.  The story is told that on one Christmas Eve Martin Luther wandered outdoors and became enraptured with the beauty of the starry sky. Its brilliance and loveliness led him to reflect on the glory of the first Christmas Eve as seen in Bethlehem's radiant skies. Wishing to share with his wife and children the enchantment he had felt, he cut from the forest an evergreen, glistening with snow, and took it home. He placed upon it candles to represent the glorious heavens he had seen. The use of a candle-lighted tree spread to all Europe, then America came to regard it as a central ornament of Christmas.