Welcome To Worship

 

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East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, February 21, 2016

10:00 am

 

2nd Sunday in Lent

Sunday, February 21, 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

 

   Thought before Worship

“If the only prayer you say in your whole life is ‘thank you’, that would suffice.” - Meister Eckhardt, a 14th century Christian theologian and mystic

 

Welcome & Announcements

 

Prelude “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” Townsend

© 1995 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

 

*Call to Worship Luke 4:1; Rom. 10:8b

Before Jesus would break bread,

He gave thanks.

And the Apostle Paul would write to the church,

“I thank God every time I remember you.”

So, we have received their example:

Let us give thanks

in song,

in prayer,

and in deed.

 

*Hymn #367 “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”

 

Lenten Reading

Our hearts are flooded with gratitude God. May our words of appreciation flow from our lips to the ears of those who have given so much to us including you Lord.

 

“What Wondrous Love Is This” Hymn #215, vs. 2

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, when I was sinking down, sinking down, when I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul!

 

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

It is easy enough for us to presume

that you know we are grateful.

It is equally easy for us to presume

that the blessings we receive we actually deserve.

But neither is the whole truth.

We fail to recognize the extent of your generosity. You grant us life and a reason to live.

You are the giver of salvation,

the source of love,

and the one who works resurrection.

We express gratitude because we should.

We express gratitude because we need to give thanks.

We express gratitude because it gives us joy to do so.

Hear us now as we offer our thanks.

 

Time of Silent Reflection

 

Response #658 “God Is So Good” vs. 1 twice

God is so good; God is so good;

God is so good; God’s so good to me.

 

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

 

Passing of the Peace

The peace of Christ be with you!

And also with you.

 

*Gloria Patri #581

 

Anthem “Lonesome Valley” Martin

Copyright © 1981 by Hinshaw Music, Inc.

P.O. Box 470, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514

 

Time with the Children

Congregation: God go with you.

Children: God be with you here.

 

We Listen for the Word of God

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

New Testament Luke 17:11-19 NT p. 80

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “Cultivating a Life Well-Lived: John R. Hilley

Thank You!”

 

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.

 

*Hymn #647 “Give Thanks”

 

Minute for Mission Becket Moore

Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity—Williamson-Maury

 

Offering

 

Offertory

 

*Doxology

 

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication

 

We Go from Here to Serve

 

*Hymn #14 “For the Beauty of the Earth” Vs. 1, 4

 

*Parting Words

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude “Forever” Tomlin

© 2001 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

 

 

*Please stand if you are able.

 

About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: pastor: John Hilley; musician: Nate Strasser, the choir; liturgist: Aaron Renton; readers: Stephen & Emily Enfinger.

 

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

 

The season of Lent invites us to embrace our faith journey by reflecting upon and deepening our relationship with God. As Lent occurs on the cusp of springtime, our Lenten theme draws upon the springtime gardening activities of preparing, planting, pruning, and cultivating – words that also speak to important activities in our relationship with God and with others. We encourage you to make this season of Lent a time when you intentionally plant the seeds for a more fulfilling life with God and others through the simple expressions of love, gratitude and forgiveness.

 

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 “Who Is My Neighbor?” - Luke 10:25-34 (Help children plan ways they can serve others as a way of honoring God.) Next week’s story is “Welcome Home” Luke 15:1-32 (Help children express the kind of welcome God offers to all people.)

 

Upwards is a learning experience for 3rd through 5th graders that meets weekly as a group upstairs. Growing in Grace and Gratitude is this year’s theme. If you have any questions, ask Kelly McConnell at ebpcyouth@comcast.net.

 

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

The Young Families Service Project for this month is to participate in the Tennessee Environmental Council's 50K Tree Day! We will be planting five trees on the church property on Saturday, February 27th at 10 a.m. Please bring shovels, gloves, and work clothes. Please RSVP by emailing Elizabeth Johnson at eh_johnson22@hotmail.com.

 

The Worship Planning Team is looking for a few good men and women (adult or youth) who might be willing to serve in one or more of the following capacities:

· Open up the church once a month at 8:30 a.m. using an easy check-list. (It generally takes less than 30 minutes to complete the tasks.)

· Serve on an Ushering Team to collect the offering and/or be on a substitute list if a regularly scheduled usher is unable to serve.

· Serve on the Worship Planning Team to help continue to develop and provide vibrant, meaningful worship services at EBPC.

If you are interested in participating or want more information, please contact the WPT moderator, Liz Beatty at aybeatty@comcast.net.

 

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. Please sign-up by going to the church’s website or the e-newsletter so we will know how much food to prepare. However, do not let it keep you from joining us! There will be enough for all!

 

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

 

Join Women Build 2016: This spring the women of EBPC are invited to participate in the Habitat for Humanity (Williamson and Maury County) organization’s seventh annual Women’s Build. Liz Beatty (aybeatty@comcast.net) is organizing EBPC’s efforts and would like for you to join her for the kick-off informational event on Saturday, March 5th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (See details below) You will need to register utilizing the online event planner. After the kick-off event, the group will select the build date from Saturdays in April or you may choose to join the building on one of the other available Saturdays in April or May.

· Kick-Off Event: Saturday, March 5 (3:00-5:00 p.m.)

· Drury Plaza Inn (Ballroom) 1874 West McEwen Drive, Franklin

· Appetizers from Granite City will be served. Drinks, including wine and beer, can be purchased.

· At 3:45, they will have a short presentation about the Women Build and tips on fundraising for the event. They will also have veteran Women Build participants there to answer any questions you may have.

· Check out their website for more information: http://www.hfhwm.org/our-builds/women-build/

· Register: the event is free, but please make sure to RSVP as soon as possible on their Eventbrite page. Space is limited. 

 

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 Regina Montgomery at regina.montgomery@vanderbilt.edu.

 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, February 21

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Monday, February 22

6:00 p.m. Session

Tuesday, February 23

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, February 24

5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Dinner

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

Thursday, February 25

6:30 pm Praise Band

Sunday, February 28

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Joy Centers, who had surgery this week.

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

We celebrate the life and witness of Patricia Beatty (Yarnell Beatty’s mother) who passed away on February 15th. We extend our prayers of support for the Beatty family.

Prayers of praise and celebration for the recent scan showing Carol Dison (Liz Beatty's cousin) to be cancer free after 6 months of treatment.

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 the families and residents of Flint, MI who have tainted, lead-laden water.

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.

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.

Prayers for those affected by the violence in our world.

Prayers of thanksgiving for our preschool teachers and staff and for the children who attend.

Prayers for Marilyn Johnson, who is at Southerland.

Prayers for all whose road to recovery seems long.

Prayers for refugees in Europe.

Prayers for caregivers of family members and for the unspoken burdens and worries loved ones are facing.

 

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.