East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

January 24, 2016

A Virtual Service

Music                                      "It Is Well With My Soul"     arr. Nate Strasser, Organ/Piano - Nate Strasser, Cheryl Slay Carr - vocalist (Click on the words "It Is Well With My Soul" to download and play the song)

Opening Prayer

Holy God, through signs of grace you reveal your glory to all the world. Open our eyes to the hidden and surprising wonders you perform, that we may believe with our minds and trust in our hearts that you alone are Lord of all creation. Through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray, Amen.

A Poetry Reading                  First Snow   by Mary Oliver, American Primitive (Click on the words "First Snow" to go to the webpage with the poem on it)

A Scripture Reading              John 2:1-11 (Click on John 2:1-11 to view the passage)

John’s Reflections                  (Click on "John's Reflections" to go to the Pastors Blog and read John's message)

Music                                      Be Thou My Vision - Nate Strasser (Click on "Be Thou My Vision" to download and hear the music)

Prayer  (inspired by John 2: 1-11)

Long-awaited Jesus,

bring us rest for our weary hearts,

bring us peace for our troubled minds,

and bring us joy at seeing your face.


We anticipate the wedding feast,

the celebration of your presence

and our connection forever with you.


When our lives run dry,

we rest in the hope that you will replenish us.

We await the hour when you come and reinvent the world.


With patience at times and sometimes without it,

we plead with you to transform our lives

and provide what we can never provide for ourselves.


We trust you to take the emptiness of religion

and fill us with the richness of new creation in you.

We submit ourselves to your transforming power

and your wisdom to make us into our true selves,

the people you made us to be.


With joy, we praise you for your wonderful power and grace,

coming once to give us what we needed

and coming again to make all things complete.


We place our trust in you.

Help us also to believe in the glory you have revealed

as we look expectantly toward the fullness of the future you bring.

Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

 ~ posted on An Old Song with a New Dance - http://oldsongnewdance.wordpress.com/


Children's/Family Devotional Activity                       

Salt of the Earth

On this Snow Day from Church, please take this opportunity to explore the world of salt with your children and learn what Jesus had to say about salt.

1.  Watch the Video “Salt and Light” (3:51)


2.  Read Matthew 5:13-16 and Discuss What It Says:  What are some ways salt is used? Salt makes food tastier, plus it also serves as a preservative. Salt lowers the freezing temperature, making it more difficult for something to freeze. Because of this, salt is often used when it is really slippery outside – it makes the roads not quite as slippery. As you can see, salt is very helpful. Knowing all that, what do you think the Bible means when it says, “You are the salt of the earth?”

3.  Perform an experiment: Fill up two separate paper cups with water. In one cup, pour a bunch of salt as well. Then place both cups outside in the cold. Keep checking on them throughout the day to see how long they take to freeze. Which cup of water froze first – the one with the salt or the one without?  Application: The salt made the water take longer to freeze. If we are the salt of the earth, we can also have an impact on the world around us. We can help our friends learn about Jesus – so that their hearts do not freeze over! Are you being good salt today?

4.  Make a Craft: 


3 cups flour

1/3 cup salt

2 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup water

7 drops food coloring


Mix dry ingredients with oil. Add food coloring to water and mix together. Add water to flour/salt/oil mixture slowly (about 1/4 cup at a time). Mix together with a spoon. Once you’ve added all the water, knead the dough with your hands and you are ready to mold.  (Suggestion:  Make characters and/or scenes from the Bible.)