Welcome To Worship
Sunday, November 29, 2015
1st Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 29, 2015
We Gather to Worship God
The congregation is asked to use the time of the Pre-Service
Music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.
Thought before Worship
We wait together for the coming of a Savior. We wait as men and women have waited down through the centuries for a word of comfort and hope. With music and words from the past, we wait for Jesus to be born among us. So speak the word you have for us this morning. Come into our lives again, with love and challenge and kindness and hope. In Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Welcome & Announcements
*Call to Worship
Prepare to meet your God!
Christ is coming
Open the door.
Sweep the path.
Prepare the way!
Christ came at Christmas
to live as one of us.
Christ comes today
to love us and to lead us.
Christ will come tomorrow,
wherever we may be.
Christ will come when time and space are ended, and everything returns to God.
Even so, come Lord Jesus! Amen.
*Hymn #93 “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”
Lighting of the Advent Candle
What are these candles for?
This is an Advent candle ring. It shows the circle of God’s unbroken love.
There are five candles.
We shall light a new candle each Sunday from now until Christmas.
What is the point of doing this?
Because the old proverb is true:
“What I hear, I forget.
What I see, I remember.
What I do, I understand.”
As we light our Advent candles,
may they bring us together
in the warm light of God’s love.
The Gospel of Luke speaks about the future:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
And on the earth, distress among nations.
People will faint from fear and foreboding.” (Luke 21:25-36)
Because our world is full of fear and distress,
we light our first candle,
the candle of Hope,
trusting that Christ is alive on earth
and that the Spirit of Christ lives among us.
Living Christ, give us faith to trust you.
We trust you, we love you, we praise you. Amen.
Response “Born in the Night, Mary’s Child”
1. Hope of the world Mary’s child,
you’re coming soon to reign
King of the Earth Mary’s child,
walk in our streets again
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession Ps. 25:4–6
Lord, have mercy on us.
We are not ready for your coming.
We live in sin,
as though there were no justice.
We live in fear,
as though there were no grace.
Forgive us, Lord.
Show us your mercy and steadfast love.
Lead us in your truth, and teach us your paths,
for you are the God of our salvation. Amen.
Time of Silent Reflection
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
Anthem “Still, Still, Still” Luboff
© Copyright 1958-1960 WALTON MUSIC CORPORATION
Introduction of Our Advent Art Project
Time with the Children
Congregation: God go with you.
Children: God be with you here.
Children through 5th grade are invited upstairs.
We Listen for the Word of God
Prayer for Illumination
Old Testament Jeremiah 33:14-16 OT page 738
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
New Testament Luke 21:25-36 NT page 85
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Sermon “God With Us—Hope” John R. Hilley
Time of Reflection
We Respond to God’s Love
Sung Response to the Scriptures
#159 “O Sing a Song of Bethlehem”
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.
*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
*Hymn #36 “For the Fruit of All Creation”
We Go from Here to Serve
*Hymn #353 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”
*Please stand if you are able.
About Today’s Service & Activities
Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: John Pilbrick; Musicians: Laura Kreiselmaier.
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. Today’s story is God Makes All Things New - Genesis 42:1-45:28(Help children celebrate God's grace that makes all things new.) And next week’s story is Surprised By Grace - Luke 1:5-25, 57-66(Help children name ways they can be a source of grace in other people's lives.)
Upwards is a learning experience for 3rd through 5th graders that alternates weekly between meeting as a group and a clipboard activity. Growing in Grace and Gratitude is this year’s theme. This week will be a group activity upstairs. If you have any questions, ask Kelly McConnell at email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
Join Us at the W.E.L.L.
(Wednesdays: Eating, Learning, Loving)
for dinner, kids’ activities, and spiritual nourishment. Church members, preschool families, and guests are welcome! Meals are $5 per person, with a $15 max per family. Please RSVP by Monday by going to the church’s website or the e-newsletter so we will know how much food to prepare.
Wednesday night programming Schedule:
(Stay after dinner and join us!)
6:00 Music & Drama Club for Middle & High School
6:08 Middle School Gathering (608)
6:30 Kids' Music & Drama Club
6:30 Adult Learning Circle
7:00 Adult Choir
*At 6:15, Elizabeth does a short lesson the first Wednesday of each month on various topics such as Earth Day, being a kind friend at school, International Peace Day, summer safety tips, etc.
Giving to the church through your will or trust is the most common way to continue your support beyond your lifetime. When your estate is prepared, consider a gift to the church. For more information contact Amy Gallager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 496-4962.
Kids' Music and Drama Club is off and running with about 20 kids atpractice. It is for children 3 years thru 5th grade and occurs on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7 pm. A new session for middle & high schoolers was added from 6:00-6:30. EBPC Music Director Nate Strasser teaches children about music in a fun and engaging way and is preparing them for the church Christmas pageant! Contact: Nate Strasser, Music Director at EBPC: email@example.com.
Red Cross Blood Drive: The blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, December 20th, at the church from 8:30 – 12:30. Our goal is to have 30 donors. So far, we have eight. As the holiday season approaches, there will, unfortunately, be an increase in the need for blood. Please consider giving. Appointment sheets will be in the narthex every Sunday starting November 1st. More details to follow. Contact: Richard White.
Be Still and Look… for Hope… for Love… for Joy and… for Peace
During the four Sundays of Advent, under the artistic leadership of Aaron Hilley, a local contemporary artist with wonderful experience in collage art, the congregation will create a piece of art that helps us understand God’s presence in our lives. Here’s how you can participate:
· Bring in print material (pictures/phrases/words from magazines, newspapers, the internet-Google or Pinterest, etc.) that speak to you of the themes: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.
· Place these in containers in the Narthex starting on 11/22 or bring them in each Sunday.
· Come before the service, as early as 9:30, or stay after the service in the classroom across from the office and add something to the collage. Do this every Sunday you can in Advent. We will focus on Hope on 11/29, Love on 12/6, Joy on 12/13 and Peace on 12/20 but feel free to bring material about any of these words throughout the season.
Just as God revealed his love for us on Christmas Eve with the birth of his Son, we will see the results of our joint focus and creation as Aaron shares with us the final piece of art on Christmas Eve. Be a part of this meaningful and fun Advent devotional!!!
Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance
Sunday, November 29
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
5:00 pm PYG
Monday, November 30
11:00 am Staff Meeting
Wednesday, December 2
5:30 pm Wednesday Night Dinner
6:00 pm Music & Drama Club for Middle & High School
6:08 pm 608 (Middle School Youth)
6:30 pm Kids’ Music & Drama Club
6:30 pm Adult Learning Circle
7:00 pm Choir
Thursday, December 3
6:30 pm Praise Team
Sunday, December 6
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
4:00 pm Youth Planning Council
5:00 pm PYG (High School Youth)
Praise and Prayers
† Prayers of gratitude for Veterans.
† Prayers for the family of Carolyn O’Neal as they celebrate her life.
† Prayers for Christina Cross as she moves to Atlanta to be closer to her family.
† Prayers for Kelly’s friend Lisa with cancer, who is in the hospital.
† Prayers of thanksgiving for our preschool teachers and staff and for the children who attend.
† Prayers for Marilyn Johnson, who is at Southerland.
† Continued prayers for recovery and healing for Lily Paris and praise for the progress she has made recently.
† Prayers for Sam, Susan, and Annie Paris as they walk with Lily through this journey.
† Prayers for Carol Dison (Liz Beatty's cousin) and her two-year old granddaughter, Avery. Carol was diagnosed with cervical cancer and needs prayers for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
† Prayers for Jackson Enfinger as he has continued health struggles.
† Prayers for all whose road to recovery seems long.
† Prayers for refugees in Europe.
† Prayers for caregivers of family members and for the unspoken burdens and worries loved ones are facing.
† Prayers for those affected by the violence in our world.
If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Ralph Comer, Congregational Care moderator
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 615.545.5938.