Welcome To Worship

 

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East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 19, 2015

10:00 a.m.

 

3rd Sunday of Easter

East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

9000 Concord Road

Brentwood, TN 37027

(615) 370-4227

www.eastbrentwoodpc.com

Sunday, April 19, 2015 

We Gather to Worship God 

   Thought before Worship - "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" 

   Welcome & Announcements 

   Prelude           “This is My Father’s World”   DuPuy 

   *Call to Worship          

Leader: Come, let us dwell in God’s shelter. Let us dwell in God’s work of art. Come, because the Earth is the Lord’s, And God’s Earth is our home.  

Congregation: We live in God’s World; we are not alone.

We share this life with the heavens and the earth,

with the waters and the land, with trees and grasses,

with fish, birds, and animals,

with minerals and creatures of every form,

and with all our brothers and sisters.  

L: God is good and everything God makes is good. God is love and everything God makes is love’s fruit. 

All: Let us worship God!  

*Opening Prayer 

*Hymn #14 “For the Beauty of the Earth” 

Call to Confession 

Prayer of Confession

For the beauty of the earth – that we have not noticed,
For the beauty of the earth – that we have not allowed
        to inspire us, renew us and bring us closer to you,
For the beauty of the earth – that we have not preserved,
For the beauty of the earth – that we have damaged
        or been silent at its destruction,
Forgive us.
And forgive us, O God that we do not recognize that human love
        and care for the church are rooted first in our connection
        to all of your creation. Amen.
(Maren Tirabassi)  

Assurance of Forgiveness

Leader: What we have hoped for is true. What we cannot see has been known. Gods forgiveness is certain and sure. In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven.

All: Thanks be to God! 

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 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Special Music Campfire Songs Medley Melissa DuPuy & Joe Ennis 

Time with the Children  

Prayer for Illumination  

Old Testament Psalm 104:24-35 OT page 555 

New Testament Romans 8:18-27 NT page 158

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon John R. Hilley

How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number-living things both large and small. (Psalm 104:24-25)

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn #15 “All Creatures of Our God & King” 

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. 

Offering 

Offertory “Shape Note Medley” DuPuy & Ennis 

*Doxology #606  

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

Hymn #20 “All Things Bright & Beautiful”  

*Parting Words 

*Benediction  

Postlude 

*Please stand if you are able. 

About Today’s Service

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Mary Ellen Hofstetter; Musicians: Melissa DuPuy and Joe Ennis. 

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

About Today’s Service: Today and next Sunday we focus upon God’s creation. Some members at EBPC have powerful experiences of God in nature (seeing the spread of stars, spending time in the mountains or the ocean, tending a garden, or paddling the Caney Fork). They take delight in the wonders of creation, and are humbled by the scale and power of the universe. However, in today's urban and technological world, many others have never had such experiences. They think of nature as frightening or foreign or removed from their daily experience. The worship theme today affirms creation as beautiful, a source of awe, and a life-giving necessity. But it has limits, just as we do. 

Children’s Worship: The focus of today’s worship circle during Children’s Worship is Mary and Martha. Children’s Worship, an optional worship experience for children from three years old through 2nd grade, is held during worship service each Sunday morning. Children who wish to participate will be escorted to our children’s worship area upstairs following the Time with Children. Because we do serve a snack, if you are a first time visitor and your child(ren) has allergies, please escort your child upstairs. You may pick up your children upstairs after the service or visit us any time. 

Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. New sign-up sheets are in the narthex. If you have any questions please contact Regina Montgomery at regina.montgomery@vanderbilt.edu.  

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? Please speak to John Hilley after the service.  

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.  

Announcements

High School Youth: Sunday, April 19—Boomerang Bible from 5:00-6:00 pm; PYG from 6:00-7:00 pm, “Loving Yourself”. Middle School Youth: Wednesday, April 22: Boomerang Bible from 5:30-6:07 pm, “Faith in Action”; 608 from 6:08-7:08 pm, “Decisions 9”. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at ebpcyouth@comcast.net. 

EBPC Young Families: April Service Project. Please join us after church TODAY for a picnic lunch and Earth Day related projects around the church property. We will be doing tasks such as stick and litter pick up and planting the remaining Easter lilies. Items to bring: a bagged lunch for your family, work or gardening gloves (I suggest thin, washable winter gloves for children), and yard work clothing.  

Women’s Movie Night: We will be seeing "Woman In Gold" starring Helen Mirren at the Thoroughbred 20 Theater on Tuesday, April 21st.  We will meet in the lobby at 7:00 and attend the 7:15 showing.  Please contact Jeanie White (615-260-7896) or jbean612@comcast.net if you need a ride. 

Men’s Night Out: Friday, April 24th at 6:00 pm: With the weather getting nicer, sitting around a fellowship fire is a great way to have a good time and meet other guys of the church for good conversation. If you plan to be there, let the Richard White know (rwhite@fulham.com) on or before Monday, April 20th, so we can plan to provide some food or snacks. Bring your own liquid refreshments, if desired; he will bring bottled water for everyone.  

Annual Yard Sale: Saturday, April 25th from 8:00 am—noon. Please start thinking about donating items from your attic, garage, closets, etc. Large items are especially wanted, but we will take anything including clothing, sports equipment, etc. We can pick up items anytime if you want them out of the way. Help support the youth mission trip to Charleston, SC.  

Annual Spring Picnic: EBPC invites all church members, its pre-school family, and community neighbors! Come to worship and then stay and enjoy barbeque provided by the church. Feel free to come dressed in casual clothes. There will be games and other fun activities for all ages. Church members are asked to bring the following according to last name: A-J: Salads/Fruits; K-Q: Side dishes (baked beans, cole slaw, green salad, corn, etc); R-Z: Desserts. Please RSVP using the link on the church calendar on our website or E-Newsletter and indicate what you will be bringing. We look forward to seeing you all there! 

Want to keep up with EBPC people and events? Go to https://www.facebook.com/EastBrentwoodPC and like our page or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EBPCtn. 

A weekly prayer group meets at 9:00 am on Wednesday mornings in an upstairs classroom at the church. All are welcome to join us.  

SAVE THE DATE: Vacation Bible School will be on Wednesday - Friday, July 8-10 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm with a program during worship on Sunday, July 12. 

New Structure for Children's Faith Formation Time on Sunday Mornings: The Christian Faith Formation Ministry Team has been working hard to re-evaluate our children's programming and make appropriate changes to our Sunday morning routine. 

· Beginning Sunday, April 19th when the children ages 3 to 2nd grade are dismissed after the Children's Time for their Children's Worship Experience upstairs, they will notice some differences. This new program will represent components from both the traditional children's worship and the Spark's Sunday School curriculum. Adult volunteers will lead the Children as they explore the Bible units through hands-on, age-appropriate, experiential activities that are designed to engage them while also instilling Biblical education.

· Kelly McConnell is developing an exciting program for our 3rd-5th graders that will alternate between in- and out-of-worship programming that will both continue to help them integrate into worship while also providing them with an age-appropriate Christian Education.

· There will be self-directed activities available for children who accompany their parents to Adult LEARN Time.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, April 19

              9:00    am       Adult Education

            10:00    am       Worship

              5:00    pm       PYG Boomerang Bible (high school youth)

              6:00    pm       PYG

Monday, April 20

            11:00    am       Staff Meeting

Tuesday, April 21

            11:00    am       Luke 14:12

7:00 pm Women’s Movie Night

Wednesday, April 22

5:30 pm Middle School Youth Boomerang Bible

6:08 pm 608 for Middle School Youth

7:00 pm Adult Choir

Thursday, April 23

6:00 pm Worship Ensemble

Friday, April 24

6:00 pm Men’s Night Out

Saturday, April 25

8:00 am Annual Yard Sale

Sunday, April 26

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

5:00 pm PYG Boomerang Bible (high school youth)

6:00 pm PYG

6:30 pm Session 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers for strength and healing for Morene Roadman in her continued fight against cancer, mother of Stephen and mother-in-law of Amy Roadman.

Rev. David Cameron, pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, who will have surgery on 4/21.

The family of Frank Feels, friend of Stephanie and Edwin Linzie, who passed away on Friday, April 3rd.

Prayers for healing and comfort requested by Leanna Pound (EBPC Nursery) on behalf of Talan Williams, an 8-year-old, who was recently diagnosed with bone cancer.

Erin Morrow’s parents who are recovering at Somerfield following their recent car accident.

Lily Paris

Linda Lytle, a friend of the Watts Family, diagnosed with breast cancer.

Doug Pennington while stationed in Afghanistan.

† Jane Smith, friend of Beth Watts, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, that she will find strength and hope.

† Karen Draper Clark who is battling cancer.

† That peace may be realized between Iran, the EU, and the US as they reach an agreement on nuclear arms.

Margaret Bell and The Rev. John Bell, and for Wiltshire Presbyterian Church in Denver as she undergoes cancer treatment  

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.