Welcome To Worship

 

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East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 24, 2016

10:00 a.m.

 

5th Sunday of EASTER

This Little Light of Mine

About Today’s Service:

Over the next several Sundays we are focusing on how the power of God’s light is reflected through our lives! Our series theme “This Little Light of Mine” is appropriate, especially since our church community’s rallying cry for 2016 is Shining God’s Light. Also, we are focusing on and thanking our volunteers who shine their light around our church and out in the community. You may feel like your light is pretty small, especially in a world that can seem dark and polarized. But this little light can be enough. And how it is needed within our EBPC community and in our world! Your task - and our joy - is to let it shine!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

 

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         

 

*A Call to Worship    

 

*Opening Prayer

Surprising God, in the resurrection of Jesus Christ you make all things new.

Long ago you called your church

to a love beyond all social and cultural differences

and gave them the gift of your Holy Spirit

to open their hearts to enact such love.

Give us that same spirit of openness,

that we too might discern new directions in our day

for your dream to reconcile and heal all creation.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

*Hymn #610 “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

 

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession

God of mercy,

your command to love one another
across all differences

opens us to new horizons,

yet we often respond with fear and judgment

that hinders your goal for humanity.

Forgive our sins, we pray,

and give us a true repentance

that leads to life for all creation.

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Time for silent reflection

 

Response “Spirit of Living God” Hymn #288

Spirit of the living God, fall a fresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall a fresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall a fresh on me.

 

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

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.

 

Anthem “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” Arr. Lojeski

© Copyright 1975 by HAL LEONARD PUBLISHING CORPORATION, Winona, Minnesota 55987

 

We Listen for the Word of God

 

Prayer for Illumination

O God of promise,

your word made flesh in Jesus Christ

is trustworthy and true.

By the power of your Holy Spirit,

may it rise up in us this day like a gift

from the spring of the water of life

to refresh our thirsty souls. Amen.

 

New Testament Acts 11:1-18 NT p. 130

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon This Little Light of Mine: “Our Life Together”

John R. Hilley

 

Time of Reflection

 

We Respond to God’s Love

 

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.

 

Shining God’s Light at EBPC Kelly McConnell

“Volunteers Lighting the Way”

 

Offering

 

Offertory

 

*Doxology #606

 

*Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication

 

We Go from Here to Serve

 

*Hymn #300 “We Are One in the Spirit”

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude “This Little Light of Mine Reprise” Arr. Strasser

 

 

*Please stand if you are able.

 

About Today’s Service & Activities

 

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director/Pianist: Nate Strasser; Musicians: the choir; Liturgist: Ralph Comer.

 

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.

 

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 “I Remember You Constantly” - 2 Timothy 1:1-14 (Help children give thanks for adult Christians in their lives.) Next week’s story is “Trust God” - Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 (Help children trust that faith in God's grace manifests itself in the decisions and actions of their lives.)

 

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 Dave Ford.

 

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

 

SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendars for our Springa-palooza festival on Sunday, May 22. We'll have worship at 10 a.m. and the picnic and festival at 11 a.m. There will be yummy food and lots of fun and games for the young and young at heart. Stay tuned for more details to come!

 

Presbyterian Women will meet for their last study before summer break on Friday, May 6th. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a potluck luncheon following. Feel free to just come for lunch around 11:15.

 

EBPC is partnering with First Presbyterian Church of Franklin for Vacation Bible School this summer. It will run Monday, June 20th until Thursday, June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee per child. It is for children ages 4 (by 8/15/2016) to 6th grade. For more information, view a flyer for the event by clicking here (or visiting our website www.eastbrentwoodpc.com/) or visit their website at http://www.fpcfranklin.org/#/children-youth/vacation-bible-school.

 

We are collecting donations for the College Grove Food Closet. Please help us fill the boxes in the Gathering Place for delivery on April 30. We could also use volunteers to help us deliver the goods on Saturday, April 30th. Contact Martha Wolfe (bmwolfe50@aol.com) if you can help or with questions. Items needed are: canned meats and fish, Vienna sausage, peanut butter, Velveeta Cheese, canned vegetables, canned fruit and juices including individual packs, cold and hot cereals, pastas, rice, and grain mixes. Paper products and cleaning products are always needed as well. Thanks to everyone for the specialty contributions during the month of March.

 

Flowers & Fellowship Food Sign-up: Please consider signing up for flowers, fellowship food, or both in the coming months. Please sign up from our website or E-newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact Doug in the church office at ebpcoffice@comcast.net.

 

Blood Drive: Save Sunday, May 1st, as an opportunity to serve others by donating needed and life-saving blood to the Red Cross. The drive will be at EBPC from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Online registration details will follow shortly, but for now, just save the date. If you were planning or scheduled to give blood between now and 5/1, please hold off and wait until the 1st. For more information, contact Richard White at 615-513-4063 or rwhite@fulham.com.

 

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.

 

Wednesday night programming Schedule:

(Stay after dinner and join us!)

5:30      Dinner

6:08      Middle School Gathering (608)

6:30 Kids' Music & Drama Club

6:30 Adult Learning Circle

7:00 Adult Choir

 

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Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, April 24

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Monday, April 25

6:00 p.m. Session

Tuesday, April 26

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, April 27

5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Dinner (W.E.L.L.)

6:08 p.m. 608 (Middle School Youth)

6:30 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:30 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

7:00 p.m. Choir

Sunday, May 1

8:30 a.m. Blood Drive

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers of healing for Ed Evins who was seriously injured in an automobile crash Saturday evening.  He is being treated at Vanderbilt Trauma Unit.

Prayers for Don Rice, a friend of the Philbricks, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Prayers for Susan Andrews.

Prayers for continued healing for Aaron Hilley following his accident and prayers of thanksgiving to the EBPC community for their support.

Prayers for Bill Wolfe's cousin, Betty Garrique, whose brain cancer has returned after a year-long remission.

Praise that Lily Paris’s leg healed sufficiently so she doesn’t have to have surgery! Please continue to pray for her.

Prayers of thanksgiving for our Presbyterian Church’s “Living Waters for the World” program which provides clean water in the underdeveloped part of the globe.

Prayers for Amy Philbrick, help in balancing family, career, and health with fibromyalgia.

Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who arrived this week to begin work in Lusaka.

Prayers for Kelly Rakow, a business associate of Susan Schellhardt, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Prayers for Laurie Byers’s husband, Will, and his family as he is undergoing chemo for pancreatic cancer. Laurie is a teacher at the EBPC Preschool.

Prayers for Karen Owens Holloway and her husband David with her cancer diagnosis.

 

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.