Welcome To Worship

 

at

 

East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 1, 2016

10:00 a.m.

 

Jazz and Jesus:

A Jazz

Communion Service

Sunday, May 1, 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

 

   Pre-Service Music   

                “What A Friend We Have in Jesus”             Hymn #465

 

   Welcome & Announcements

 

   Introit

 

Prelude Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Zawinul

Copyright © 1971 by Zawinul Music

(a division of Gopam Enterprises, Inc.), New York, N.Y.

 

*A Call to Worship

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.    

Worship the Lord with gladness! Come into God’s presence with singing. 

For the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever.   

God’s faithfulness continues through all generations.

 

*Hymn #649 “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”

 

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession

Leader:  Let us confess our sins together.

People:  We confess the hostility that turns nation against nation and neighbor against neighbor.

Leader:  Almighty God, forgive us; Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us.

People:  We confess our hunger for things that do not belong to us.

Leader:  Holy Spirit, forgive us;

People:  We confess the greed that exploits human labor and plunders the earth.

Leader:  Forgive your flock this day; and help us walk your Way; and make us righteous; this, O God we pray.

People:  We confess our slavery to habits and compulsions that degrade the image of God within us.

Leader:  Almighty God, forgive us; Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us.

People:  We confess our indifference to all who have no place to call home. 

Leader:  Holy Spirit, forgive us.

People:  We confess the arrogance of presuming we are always right, and our tendency to trust ourselves rather than God. 

Leader:  Forgive your flock this day; and help us walk your Way; and make us righteous; this, O God we pray.

 

Time for silent reflection

 

Response “Change My Heart, O God” Hymn #695

Change my heart, O God; make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God; may I be like you.

You are the Potter; I am the clay.

Mold me and make me; this is what I pray.

 

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.

 

Special Music “How Great Thou Art” Hymn #625

 

We Listen for the Word of God

 

Presentation of the Bible to Senior Lizzie Diffenbaugh

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

 

First Lesson Psalm 67 OT p. 529

 

Second Lesson I Corinthians 14:26

“When you come together, each one has a song, has a

lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an

interpretation. Let all these things be done for

the strengthening of the church. – I Corinthians 14:26 (NET)

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon This Little Light of Mine: “Giving Blood”

John R. Hilley

 

Time of Reflection

 

We Respond to God’s Love

 

Prayers of the People –Lord’s Prayer

 

Offering

 

Offertory “Simple Gifts”

 

*Doxology #606

 

Holy Communion

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

 

Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

Sanctus

 

Sharing of the Bread and Cup

 

Music During Communion

“Power in the Blood” Jones

 

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 #623 “I’ve Got Peace like a River”

 

*Parting Words

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude “I’ve Got Peace like a River 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: Jack Jezzro, Joe Getsi, Michael Toman; Liturgist: Lavona Russell.

 

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

 

About Today’s Service: Jazz and Jesus: A Jazz Communion Service. Jazz is a musical tradition with strong roots in the church. Sometimes Presbyterians - “the frozen chosen” as we can be called - can get a little nervous about a little too much creative energy and improvisation, but who doesn’t like music that moves us! Today we have assembled a jazz quartet in one of its classical forms of a saxophone, piano, bass, and drums. As you enjoy the music, think about how the jazz quartet holds great promise as a constructive model for community. The Apostle Paul referred to the church as a body with each part having a role (I Corinthians 12). Notice as our musicians play, each gifted musician has a role. The bass player provides a swinging foundation, stating the harmony and establishing the pulse. The drummer keeps the fire stoked, reinforcing the rhythm and provoking the others to a continuing dialogue. A piano player can play the melody, as others can; but in a quartet like this, the pianist enriches the harmony with well-punctuated chords. The saxophonist states the melody, before members of the whole group begin to spin creative variations on the tune. We hope that each of you not only enjoy today’s service, but feel a greater connection to community and to God. Some of the liturgy in our worship service is taken from Jazz Belongs in Church, a Study Guide that features the work of The Rev. Bill Carter, a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and jazz pianist in Clarks Summit, PA.

 

This morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all persons of faith present, remembering that being invited to the Table is not extended to us because of merit, but a grace extended to all. There may be those in attendance today who have not been baptized, but who feel moved to receive the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are inseparable. If you feel called by the Holy Spirit to meet Christ in Communion, we believe that you are also being called to Baptism. We will not turn anyone away from the Lord’s Table, but we do invite you to speak to the pastor or a member of the session about Baptism as soon as possible.

 

Today’s Communion is served by intinction. The congregation will come forward to receive the bread, which they will then dip into the chalice of grape juice. The ushers will direct the congregation through the two Communion lines. Gluten-free wafers are available.

 

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 “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.) Next week’s story is “Wait For It!” - Acts 1:6-14 (Help children hear Jesus' last words to the disciples and plan ways they can carry the good news of God's love to the ends of the earth.)

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, May 1

8:30 a.m. Red Cross Blood Drive

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

Tuesday, May 3

9:15 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, May 4

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, May 5

6:30 p.m. Praise Team

Friday, May 6

9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women

Sunday, May 8

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers for Brenda Lutz and her family because her father, Audley White, recently passed away.

Prayers for Frank and Virginia Galloway (Liz Beatty's parents) who are both dealing with health concerns.

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 are working 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.