Welcome To Worship
Sunday, January 3, 2016
2nd Sunday after Christmas day
Sunday, January 3, 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
*Call to Worship
Before we speak, God is here,
within us and among us, knocking at our door.
Living God, open what is closed
that the Spirit may come in.
Open our hands, to give, and to greet.
Open our minds
to new truth and old wisdom.
Open our hearts to new hope and old assurance.
Open what is closed
that the Spirit may come in.
*Hymn #151 “We Three Kings of Orient Are”
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
God of mercy, we confess that too often we have failed to speak and act with kindness; to care for others as we have been cared for, to welcome others as we have been welcomed, and to live as forgiven and beloved people. We remember the good not done, words not spoken, and grace not given or received. Hear us now as we make our silent confession to you.
Time of Silent Reflection
Response #392 “Jesus, We Are Here”
Assurance of Forgiveness
Friends, believe the good news.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Passing of the Peace
The peace of the Lord be with you!
And also with you.
*Gloria Patri #581
We Listen for the Word of God
Time with the Children
Congregation: God go with you.
Children: God be with you here.
Special Music “We Are Marching in the Light of God” arr. Strasser
Prayer for Illumination
Old Testament Isaiah 60:1-6 OT p. 690
New Testament John 1:1-18 NT p. 91
Guest Speakers Charles & Melissa Johnson,
PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers in Zambia
We Respond to God’s Love
*Hymn “This Is a Day of New Beginnings”
This is a day of new beginnings,
time to remember, and move on,
time to believe what love is bringing,
laying to rest that pain that’s gone.
For by the life and death of Jesus,
love’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of difference
as faith and hope are born again.
Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring,
step from the past, and leave behind
our disappointment, guilt and grieving,
seeking new paths, and sure to find.
In faith, we’ll gather around the table
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new.
Words of Welcome at the Lord’s Table
Prayer of Great Thanksgiving
Sharing of the Bread and Cup
Holy is your son Jesus. Walking this earth, feeding the hungry, calling the lost, seeing the forgotten, touching those in need of healing, teaching those who sought out wisdom, and loving all, he showed your kingdom in your world and we who are many are made one in him. In breaking bread and sharing wine with your people here and in all places we recall the mystery of our faith:
Christ has died;
Christ is risen;
Christ will come again.
Prayer After Communion (concluding with 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 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 Go from Here to Serve
*Hymn #192 “Shine, Jesus, Shine”
*Please stand if you are able.
About Today’s Service & Activities
Participants In Today’s Service: pastor: John Hilley; music director: Nate Strasser; liturgist: Clyde Russell.
To Our Members and Guests: Please sign our friendship pad.
Today we welcome Charles and Melissa Johnson. They have been invited to help the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod expand its ministry of community development and food security. Charles serves as a development specialist and Melissa supports him in this role. They focus heavily on developing the Chasefu Model Farm, an agricultural project of Chasefu Theological College. The farm feeds the students and also provides opportunities for future pastors to learn agricultural techniques. The intent is for pastors to be able to supplement their income through farming and share their agricultural knowledge with the communities they serve. Chasefu Farm also provides local farmers opportunities to learn innovative approaches to agriculture. In addition to agriculture, the Johnsons work with the CCAP on projects related to clean water, micro-credit, health, and education.
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 almost every Sunday following the Time with Children. Today’s story is Bring Him Gifts - Matthew 2:1-12 (Help children learn and practice ways of sharing the grace of God in the world.) And next week’s is My Father's House - Luke 2:41-52 (Help children recognize and celebrate the ways in which they are growing in the grace and knowledge of God.)
Upwards is a learning experience for 3rd through 5th graders that alternates weekly between meeting as a group and a clipboard activity. This week will be a clipboard activity in the sanctuary. Growing in Grace and Gratitude is this year’s theme. If you have any questions, ask Kelly McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
The turkey and cranberries are all eaten and the shelves are almost empty in the College Grove Food Pantry. January is again our month to contribute to the Food Pantry. There is a special need for canned chicken and other meats, canned fruits, household cleaning products, and as always, cereals, canned vegetables, dessert mixes, and spices/seasonings, paper goods, such as bathroom tissue, paper towels, and facial tissue are good items also. Bins will be in the gathering place the first Sunday in January. If you are interested in helping to take our offerings to College Grove and distributing them on January 30, please contact Martha Wolfe at 615-373-5979 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's Connect! In order for members and guests to get to know each other better, we encourage you to wear your name tag whenever you are at church. If you don't have one, please notify the church office or sign the sheet in the narthex, and one will be prepared for you. We will also be ordering some lanyards which you will be able to clip your name tag to, should you prefer using the lanyard instead.
Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance
Sunday, January 3
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
Monday, January 4
9:00 am Preschool Closed for Winter Break
11:00 am Staff Meeting
Wednesday, January 6
1:00 pm Worship Committee Meeting
NO WELL this week
Thursday, January 7
9:00 am Preschool Reopens
6:30 pm Praise Band
Saturday January 9
Session Retreat (9 am—2 pm)
Sunday, January 10
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
Praise and Prayers
† Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod.
† Prayers for our session and its elders as they prepare for the upcoming planning retreat and the year.
† Prayers for Isaac Rizzo, an EBPC church member and student at Belmont, who is recovering from surgery.
† Prayers for Kelly Rakow, a business associate of Susan Schellhardt, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.
† Prayers for Laurie Byers’s husband and his family as he has started chemo for pancreatic cancer. Laurie is a teacher at the EBPC Preschool.
† Prayers for those to whom this time of year is very difficult.
† 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.
† Continued prayers for recovery and healing for Lily Paris and praise for the progress she has made recently.
† Prayers for Sam, Susan, and Annie Paris as they walk with Lily through this journey.
† Prayers for Yarnell Beatty's mom Patsy who suffers with Alzheimer's.
† 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: email@example.com or phone: 615.545.5938.
Lectionary Readings for January 10th:
Isa. 43:1-7; Ps. 29; Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22