Welcome To Worship 

at 

East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 26, 2015

10:00 a.m. 

4th Sunday of Easter

Sunday, April 26, 2015 

We Gather to Worship God 

   Welcome & Announcements 

   Prelude          “Rustington”  

 *Call to Worship           

We gather to worship God, the Lord and Giver of Life

God, give us the waters of new life.

In the deserts of our lives, in the wilderness within,

God, give us the waters of new life.

To give us hope when our lives run dry, to give us strength when our world seems barren

God, gives us the waters of new life.

To let peace flow like a river and love spring forth like a fountain,

God, give us the waters of new life.

To make justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a living stream,

God, give us the waters of new life.

To give us- and our world- a second chance and a new beginning, God, give us the waters of new life.

Come, people of God, open your lives to receive God’s new life. Open your hearts to sing God’s praise.

*Opening Prayer 

*Hymn #23 “God, You Spin the Whirling Planets” 

Call to Confession 

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,

Forgive our neglect of what you have entrusted to us as stewards. We confess that we take your gift of water for granted and acknowledge the need for repentance and action. We are reminded of your power and love with every nourishing drink and cleansing bath. Empower us to speak for those without, and work to ensure justice and peace for all. Amen 

(time of silent reflection followed by the 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 [water]; 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. 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Leader: Friends, believe the good news.

All: 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 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Anthem “Rain Down” arr. Carter 

Time with the Children (We collect the Hunger Offering)

Prayer for Illumination  

Old Testament Ezekiel 34:17-24 OT page 803

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

New Testament John 10:11-18 NT page 103

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon “Water, Holy Water” John R. Hilley

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn #484 “Out of Deep, Unordered Water” 

*Affirmation—from the Declaration of Faith of the Presbyterian Church, USA

God made us to care for other created things. God made human beings along with all the other creatures and charged them to care for the earth and all that lives on it. We acknowledge we share in the interdependence that binds together all God’s creation. Yet God gives us power to rule and tame, to order and reshape the world. We hold the earth in trust for future generations of living things. The Lord forbids us to plunder, foul, and destroy the earth. The Lord expects us to produce, to consume, to reproduce in ways that make earth’s goodness available to all people and reflect God’s love for all creatures. The Lord bids us use our technical skills for beauty, order, health, and peace.

Prayers of the People 

Offering 

Offertory “Simple Gifts” arr. Berry 

*Doxology #606  

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

Hymn #22 “God of the Sparrow”  

*Parting Words 

*Benediction  

Postlude 

 

*Please stand if you are able. 

About Today’s Service

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Yarnell Beatty; Musicians: Biff and Mary Fink. 

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

About Today’s Service: Today, in recognition of Earth Day we continue our two part series on “Creation Matters.” Water is the cradle of life, an expression of God’s grace. “Just as water is the essence of all life, water is also the primary element in the life of a Christian, where the sacrament of Baptism marks the sacred source of the spiritual life” noted the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Archbishop of Constantinople – New Rome and regarded as the spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians. 

From bathtubs to rivers, drinking glasses to waterfalls, and baptismal fonts to expansive seas, water is a gift from God. Unfortunately, our water resources are being depleted and degraded as a consequence of our actions. And while the challenges are great, the opportunities to conserve and preserve this precious gift of water are even greater. In today’s service we explore water’s spiritual and practical importance and what we can do in our daily living to conserve this precious resource. 

Children’s Worship: Our focus for the four week series is Women in the Bible. This week is a continuation of Mary and Martha. Luke 10:38-42 helps us understand that it is important to making Jesus and His word our first priority. Jesus admonishes Martha for being “worried and afraid” not for serving others. Children’s Worship helps children age 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. If this is your child’s/children’s first visit, please let us know if he/she has any food allergies as a snack is served. 

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? Tonight at 5:30 pm, we are holding an orientation session for those who are considering membership. Those wishing to join will be received into membership tonight at our Session meeting. For more information, speak to John Hilley or Ashley Purcell. 

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 26—Boomerang Bible from 5:00-6:00 pm; PYG from 6:00-7:00 pm, “Loving Your Enemies”. Middle School Youth: Wednesday, April 29: Boomerang Bible from 5:30-6:07 pm, “Eternity with God”; 608 from 6:08-7:08 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at ebpcyouth@comcast.net. 

EBPC Young Families: Save the Date for the next EBPC Young Families gathering on Wednesday, May 6th 5:30-7pm. Dinner provided! Invitation and more details to follow.  

Annual Spring Picnic, May 17th: 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! 

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.  

The month of May is again our month to supply food for the College Grove Food Pantry, which serves the southeast Corner of Williamson County and one city in nearby northern Marshall County. We will have the food bins lining the wall out in the Gathering Place beginning this coming Sunday, April 26 and will collect through Wednesday, May 27. All staple foods are appreciated and special requests are always made for canned meat products, canned fruits, soups, cereals and household cleaning agents. Our youth have agreed to be responsible for the distribution of these on May 30.   

Vacation Bible School: July 8-10 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm with a program during worship on Sunday, July 12. The theme this year is Moses. Come join the fun to learn about a man of faith and humility who spoke to and obeyed God through the burning bush and parting of the Red Sea! Music, arts and crafts, stories, and games will be lots of fun and a great experience! 

New Structure for Children's Faith Formation Time on Sunday Mornings:

  • 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 26

              9:00    am        Adult Education

           10:00    am        Worship

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

              5:30    pm        Orientation for Individuals Wishing to Join the Church

              6:00    pm        Session Meeting

6:00 pm PYG

Monday, April 27

11:00 am Staff Meeting

Wednesday, April 29

5:30 pm Middle School Youth Boomerang Bible

6:08 pm 608 for Middle School Youth

7:00 pm Adult Choir

Thursday, April 30

4:30 pm Caris Memorial Service

6:00 pm Worship Ensemble Practice

Sunday, May 3

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

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

6:00 pm PYG 

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, recovering from recent surgery.

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 at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation.

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.