Welcome To Worship

at

East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 23, 2017

10:00 a.m.

2nd Sunday of

EASTER

Sunday, April 23, 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         

 

*Call to Worship

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The Lord is our strength and our might, he has become our salvation.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The tomb is still empty, for Christ is alive and with us always.

 

*Opening Prayer

 

*Hymn #246 “Christ Is Alive!”

 

Prayer of Confession

 

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

 

Time with the Children Lindsey Hinds-Brown

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.

 

Anthem “Morning Has Broken”

 

We Listen for the Word of God

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

 

New Testament John 20:19-31 NT page 115

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon John R. Hilley

 

Time of Reflection

 

Response—A Prayer attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

 

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.

 

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

 

Offering

 

Offertory

 

*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 to Serve

 

*Hymn #251 “Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia”

 

*Parting Words

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude

 

*Please stand if you are able.

 

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; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir; Liturgist: Lavona Russell.

 

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.

 

Ready to connect more deeply? On Sunday, April 23rd at 9:00 a.m., meet with Pastor Hilley in his office to discuss becoming a member. On the following Sunday, April 30th, the Session will be receiving individuals into membership at 9:40 in the Pastor’s office. If you have any questions, contact Aaron Renton at 810-599-1416 or John Hilley at 615-370-4227.

 

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.

 

Announcements

EBPC Youth will be provide a beautiful church service on Sunday, April 30th, highlighting the theme: “The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things”. We hope everyone will join us as we explore what that means and how to embrace new hope and enthusiasm for our lives. In addition to the youth leading the service, we will confirm eleven youth during this service. They have spent six weeks learning more about what it means to be a Christian and profess their faith to the church communithy. What a great day for them to highlight their knowledge during this thought provoking church service.

 

Volunteers Needed! We are in need of leaders and helpers for our children's ministry for April through the summer/fall. If you are interested in leading or walking alongside our children as they learn the stories of scripture during one of these months or on an ongoing basis, please contact Regina Girten or Elizabeth Johnson for more information.

 

 

Our senior EBPC church members are meeting at the Loveless Cafe on Wednesday, April 26th at 11 am for a lunch of the famous Loveless biscuits and good home cookin' with lots of good conversation. All are invited! Please meet at the church at 11 a.m., then we will head to Loveless together. Questions? Contact Karen Haberer at (615) 790-9290. Please RSVP by Monday morning. We need a couple more people to keep our reservation. Come join the fun!

 

We are collecting food again for the College Grove Food Pantry! Our bins are in the Gathering Place until April 26th. We will deliver the food and help with distribution on Saturday, April 29. Anyone wishing to take part in that day, please contact Martha Wolfe at (615) 373-5979 or Mary Ellen Hofstetter at (615) 812-9867. It is a morning of great fun and rich rewards. We hope you will join us! Some specific needs are canned chicken, meats, and fish, soups, cereals, staple items such as flour, sugar, meal; canned fruits and vegetables, packaged dessert mixes, cleaning supplies and paper goods.

 

Mark your calendar for our next "Nate & Friends" concert at EBPC on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. This time, Nate will be joined by Grammy-nominated fiddler Matt Combs, who is a former member of the Grand Ole Opry, to perform a concert of songs, film scores, fiddle tunes, Bach, and a 'sneak peek' of "Appalachian Rhapsody," a new composition for fiddle, piano and full orchestra written in collaboration between Matt and Nate.

 

Congregational Care: We want to assist with needs that may arise, either anticipated or unexpected, among the people in our church family. Examples of supports include: assistance with transportation and home delivered meals following medical procedures, transportation to church for Sunday services, prayer requests, funeral support and in-home communion. If you have these or other needs, please feel free to contact me at: streckr1@aol.com or 615 472-1502.

 

EBPC will be hosting an important community-wide forum sponsored by the Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services this May about how faith-based organizations can support their members who are struggling with addiction and recovery. If you want to learn more about addiction and resources available in the area, please come to this event on May 2nd from 6-8 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, go to our website or click here.

 

Recently, Joanna Roberts, a long-time member of the church, moved away. If you would like to keep in touch with her, her new address is 1504 Renaissance Dr., Conyers, GA 30012. And her email address is gwjrob@aol.com.

 

Congregational Care: We want to assist with needs that may arise, either anticipated or unexpected, among the people in our church family. Examples of supports include: assistance with transportation and home delivered meals following medical procedures, transportation to church for Sunday services, prayer requests, funeral support and in-home communion. If you have these or other needs, please feel free to contact me at: streckr1@aol.com or 615 472-1502.

 

 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, April 23

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards

11:00 p.m. Confirmation Class meets with the Session

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

5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class

Wednesday, April 26

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

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

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, April 30

9:00 a.m. Confirmation Sunday with Breakfast with Mentors

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards

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

 

Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for Mary Weisz who is in hospice care and for Marcie and Bob Gilchrist.

† Prayers for healing and strength for Ron Rein in light of a recent cancer diagnosis.

† Prayers for Bill and Ruth Miller who are temporarily in Louisville, Kentucky and would be happy to receive mail at Presbyterian Homes of Kentucky, 2116 Buechel Bank Road, #102, Louisville, KY 40218.

† Prayers for the health of the churches in the Peten Provence of Guatemala who our mission team met on their recent trip.

† Prayers of healing for Ric Brown (friend of the Beattys) as he recovers from an illness and car accident.

† Prayers for Brent Byers and his family.

† Prayers for our nation and its leaders.

† Prayers of healing for Carrie Jane Hopkins.

† 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 for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who are working in Lusaka.

 

If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker, Congregational Care moderator by e-mail: streckr1@aol.com or phone 615.472.1502.