Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sunday, November 26, 2017

10:00 a.m.


Christ the King Sunday


(Stained glass window at the Melkite Catholic Annunciation Cathedral in Roslindale, MA depicting Christ the King with the regalia of a Byzantine emperor. January 2009 photo by John Stephen Dwyer.)

Sunday, November 26, 2017


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          “You Are My King (Amazing Love)”

CCLI Song # 2456623

Billy J. Foote

© 1996 worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591


*A Call to Worship

Grace to you and peace from the one who is

and who was

and who is to come,

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness,

The firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the

Kings of the earth.

the whole earth is full of God’s glory.

Let us worship God!


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn #367 “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

God of all life, we are so often afraid that there will not be enough:

not enough time,

not enough money,

not enough joy.

And we are so often convinced that we will never be enough:

not good enough,

not faithful enough,

not courageous enough.

Shout down those lies, O God,

and remind us of your abundant grace. Reconstruct our hearts so that we might live in your light,

trust in your promise,

and believe in your love.


Time for silent reflection


Response “Give Thanks”

Give thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One;

give thanks because we’re given Jesus Christ, the Son.

And now let the weak say, “We are strong”;

let the poor say, “We are rich

because of what the Lord has done for 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.


*Gloria Patri #581


Time with Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.



We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


First Lesson Revelation 1:4-8 NT page 245

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament Matthew 25:31-46 NT page 29


Sermon John R. Hilley


Time of Reflection


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 God’s Love




Offertory “Wonderful Merciful Savior”

CCLI Song # 106879

Dawn Rodgers | Eric Wyse

© 1989 Dayspring Music, LLC (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.)

Word Music, LLC (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.)

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591


*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


We Go from Here and Serve


*Hymn #658 “God Is So Good”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants in Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the Praise Band; Liturgist: Paul Rein.


This Week in Children's Worship and Upwards: While our tummies may still be full of turkey and pumpkin pie, there are many in our world and even in our community who are hungry.  This Sunday we will learn that God loves all people.  We will ask God to help us not to be afraid of people who seem different from us. We will talk about ways to see Jesus’ face in the faces of people who need smiles and helping hands.  Come learn with us ways to give help and ask for help when we need it!


Hanging of the Greens: After the TODAY’S Service, we need all hands-on-deck as we deck the halls for Advent at EBPC. Light refreshments will be provided as we ring in the holidays!


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.



Presbyterian Women will be meeting on December 1st at 9:30 am. Linda Philbrick will introduce them to Katharina Luther (born Katharina Von Bora) who became the wife of Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestant Reformation. About this study, Linda writes: "Beyond what is found in the writings of Luther and those that chronicled his life, little is known about her. Despite this, Katharina is often considered one of the most important participants of the Reformation because of her role in helping to define Protestant family life and setting the tone for clergy marriages." There will also be a potluck that day.


Study on the Book of Acts: “Living Faithfully in a Time of Fear”

November 28th - Acts 28 (23-30) - "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!"  (Study concludes on this day)


January-March 2018 FEAST Group Sign-Ups (Friends Eating and Sharing Together) We are going to start assembling small groups of people (6-10 per group) who would like to meet for a meal and conversation during the first quarter of the New Year. Each group would decide when and how often they would like to get together as well as the meal format (pot-luck or restaurant, lunch after church or dinner, entire familes or adult-only, etc.). Please fill out your name and contact info on the Connection Corner Sign-up sheet or email Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net. You will receive more information in late December about who is in your group. Bon Appetit!!!!


We have compiled an EBPC directory with photos and contact information so that we can better connect as a congregation. Here's what you need to know:

· It is available via our website at: http://www.eastbrentwoodpc.com/member-directory/

· The password is ebpc9000

· Please review the info and let Doug Hausken in the church office (ebpcoffice@comcast.net) know if there is inaccurate information and update him should the information change in the future. 

· Also, if you would like a different photo, please send him a digital photo (in jpeg or jpg form) to use instead. 

· For clarification, the contact information in the directory should not be shared outside the EBPC family nor should it be used for commercial purposes.


Connection Corner and Collection Center: As you might have noticed, the Sanctuary, Narthex, Office Hallway and Gathering Place are undergoing a transformation. The purpose is not just to make our church home more attractive, but to also streamline information, sign-ups and mission and service collections throughout the building as well as convey who EBPC is and what we stand for as a faith community. Each time you are in the building, please be sure to check out the Connection Corner board and Mission and Service Collection Center in the Gathering Place for opportunities to volunteer, get involved and give back. You can also use the Sign-Up Genius associated with the various events and projects such as the Hospitality and Worship Support Openings: https://goo.gl/1PzcaY.


Time and Talent Sheets: As important as financially pledging to the church is, committing to helping implement the ministry projects is equally a vital way to be an involved EBPC family member. Not only will you being sharing the workload, you will also be finding worthwhile ways to connect with other individuals at EBPC. Please return your household’s Time and Talent Sheet to the wooden box in the Narthex during the next few weeks as we prepare for 2018. If you have questions about individual ministry areas, please contact Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net.


Name Tags: We have been blessed to see so many new faces around church this fall. So that we might better connect, please be sure to wear your name tag (located in name tag cabinet adjacent to the Gathering Place). If you don’t have one and need a replacement, please contact Doug Hausken at ebpcoffice@comcast.net.


Advent Devotionals: One way to stay centered during these hectic holiday times is to commit to reading a daily devotional and engaging in quiet prayer and reflection time. Be sure to pick up a free devotional located in the Narthex so that you are ready to begin your reading on Dec. 3. Quantities are limited. However, if we run out and there is a sufficient interest, we can quickly place a reorder.


Coffee and Chat: If you are interested in learning more about EBPC, we will gather for a casual conversation on Dec. 3rd at 9:00 am. in Pastor John’s study to share information on the church and answer questions. Childcare will be available in the nursery prior to the Kids' Music and Drama Club gathering at 9:30 am.


English tutor needed for Glenview Elementary Parents! Two parents at Glenview (our partner school) are eager to learn English. They have lived in America for 6 months and need our help. Glenview’s English teacher from TFLI (TN Foreign Language Institute) has agreed to train a tutor, and we can set up a time to meet weekly at Glenview. Please call or email Elizabeth Johnson if interested. Thank you! 919-724-0976 or EBPC.preschool.chapel@gmail.com.


Sunday, Dec 3: Advent Workshop for Young Families: From 11-12 pm, join us after worship for a time of fun, fellowship, and joyous celebration of Advent. Since this is the first Sunday of Advent, we will work together to create a family Advent calendar that helps us eagerly await the birth of Jesus! Families will also work through stations to create at-home family devotional/art kits for each of the remaining weeks of Advents. You don't want to miss this special family event! Pizza and drinks will be served. Please email or text Lindsey (931-273-3069) to let her know your family will attend so that we can have enough food and supplies for all!


Two yoga classes recently started in the EBPC sanctuary on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm. There is a $50 monthly fee. If you are interested, let John know at ebpcpastor@comcast.net.


Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, November 26

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Hanging of the Greens

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

Tuesday, November 28

9:30 a.m. Acts Bible Study

Wednesday, November 29

9:45 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, December 1

9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women

Sunday, December 3—Communion

9:00 a.m. Coffee in John’s Study

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:30 a.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

10:00 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Advent Workshop

3:00 p.m. Yoga

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


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for Doug Hausken’s father as he recovers from a heart attack and pneumonia.

† Prayers for the Lindsey Hinds-Brown and her family as she is recovering from surgery.

† Prayers for Barbara Cochran, sister of Clyde Russell, as she faces treatment for a serious health issue.

† We pray for Ruth Miller.

† We pray for the victims of abuse.

† Prayers of healing and strength for Debra Swartz, sister of Mary Ellen Hofstetter, who has multiple health issues.

† Prayers for those who have lost hope.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker at streckr1@aol.com or (615) 720-6262.