Welcome To Worship
Sunday, March 26, 2017
4th Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 26, 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
Passing of the Peace
The Peace of Christ is with you!
And also with you.
Opening Music “Be Thou My Vision”
Lord, we recognize that we selectively close our eyes or look away from the world that you see.
Lord, open our eyes to the opportunities we have for service and turn our faces towards those in need.
Lord, give us the faith to move in directions where your light is not currently shining even if we are afraid of the darkness.
Lord, let our open eyes reflect the love of Jesus to a people longing to feel your comfort and support.
“Will You Come and Follow Me” Hymn #726, Vs. 3
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
*Hymn #490 “Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters”
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
Gracious God, forgive us
when we know not what we are doing:
when we are too distracted to notice someone in need,
when we repeat generalizations
that have been passed down to us,
when we deny that prejudice and privilege are real.
Merciful God, forgive us
when we know exactly what we are doing:
when we judge our neighbor rather than love them,
when we exclude someone because they are not like us,
when we are too tired for the hard work of choosing love.
Loving God, forgive us and make us better than we have proven ourselves to be.
Time for Silent Reflection
Response “Trisagion” Ortega
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.
Time with the Children
Special Music “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”
CCLI Song # 1558110
© 1995 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
CCLI License # 2212591
We Listen for the Word of God
Prayer for Illumination
New Testament John 9:1-41 NT page 102
Response “A Man Who Could Not See”
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Sermon Lenten Re-Visions Series: John R. Hilley
We Respond to God’s Love
Special Music “I Saw the Light” Hank Williams, Sr.
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.
Offertory “Amazing Grace”
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 #847 “Our Hope, Our Life”
*Please stand if you are able.
There is no Children's Worship today. Young children and their parent(s) are invited to sit at the back table in the "Children's Corner" to enjoy activities as they listen to today's worship service!
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: Matt Combs, Briana Tyson; Liturgist: Yarnell Beatty; Lenten Reflection Readers: the Hinds-Brown family.
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 2nd at 9:40 a.m., the Session will be receiving individuals into membership. If you have any questions about it 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.
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.
Today, we are experimenting with a new orientation of the sanctuary so that we can begin making decisions about more permanent changes. This is the second of two layouts that we are trying out. We will leave it this way for the next few weeks. Your feedback about your impressions of each arrangement is appreciated, both the things you like about each configuration and what you would change. You may either fill out a form that is located in the sanctuary and return it to the wooden box, email your thoughts to Liz Beatty at firstname.lastname@example.org or let her know in person. Thank you for your assistance!
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: email@example.com or 615 472-1502.
Music in the Grove Sponsorship? As an attempt to offset some of the costs for our upcoming September 4th Music in the Grove Concert, we are trying to develop a group of financial sponsors for the event. In exchange for a monetary contribution, the company would be able to display their logo on marketing and communication pieces in the media and on signs, t-shirts, flyers, etc. If you have a company that would like to participate or if you would like to work with Liz Beatty's team to court sponsorship from businesses in our community, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planned giving perpetuates the goodness of our individual existence once we are no longer here. Consider including East Brentwood Presbyterian Church in your estate plan and help ensure the long-term operation and mission of EBPC. Contact Brian McGuire if you would like more information on making a planned gift.
Substance Abuse: 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.
Volunteers Needed! Each week we need several members of our EBPC family to help deliver our worship services. If you are willing and able to help, please go the Sign-up Genius link here or on our website and select the date and role(s) for which you would like to volunteer.
Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance
Sunday, March 26
9:00 a.m. Adult Education
10:00 a.m. Worship
4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth
Monday, March 27
Preschool on Spring Break
6:00 p.m. Session Meeting
Tuesday, March 28
9:00 a.m. Preschool Resumes
Wednesday, March 29
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 2
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
5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class
Praise and Prayers
† 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 family and friends of Cindy Blanton as they grieve her passing.
† 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 Molly McGuire and her family as they grieve the passing of her father.
† Prayers for Brent Byers and his family.
† Prayers for our nation and its leaders as they debate the future of healthcare.
† 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: email@example.com or phone 615.472.1502.