Welcome To Worship 

at 

East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 10, 2015

10:00 a.m. 

6th Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 10, 2015 

We Gather to Worship God 

   Welcome & Announcements 

   Prelude                          

*Call to Worship           

To Abram and Sarah, God said:

I will be your God, and you will be my people.

By the Sea of Galilee, Jesus said:

Come and follow me, and you will be my disciples.

To the people who followed, Jesus said:

The world will know you belong to me by your love for one another.

From the beginning the love of God claims us: we belong. We are loved. We are family.

Let us praise the God who comes to us in grace, and claims us as God’s children.  

*Opening Prayer

Holy and mysterious Lover of the world,

let this day be a worthy celebration of our Lord’s resurrection love.

By the Easter good news,

encourage us to put away our worries, and to discard our fears as we gather to worship,

that with minds open to your Spirit

we may better love you and more adequately worship your holy name.

Through Christ Jesus, our living brother and Lord. Amen

 

*Hymn #65 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” 

Call to Confession 

Prayer of Confession

Loving and merciful One,

we thank you for the community in which you have placed us,

for the brothers and sisters with whom we walk this pilgrim journey.

Yet, we confess that we fail to love as you love.

We push aside those whom we believe are the least in your Kingdom.

We fail to see your Kingdom in parables

because we fail to see your Kingdom in each other.

Form in us a new vision of community

in which there is neither East nor West, neither South nor North.

We pray for the sake of your Kingdom

that both is and is not yet.  

Response #288

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. 

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.  

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 “Come Home” Page and Shaffeman 

Time with the Children

Prayer for Illumination  

Epistle 2 Timothy 1:1-7 NT page 211

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

New Testament John 15:9-17 NT page 109

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon “Letting Love John R. Hilley

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn #647 “Give Thanks” 

*Affirmation of Faith—Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.

He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.  

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. 

Offering 

Offertory  

*Doxology #606  

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

Hymn #761 “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”  

*Parting Words 

*Benediction  

Postlude  

 

*Please stand if you are able. 

About Today’s Service

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Ralph Comer; Musician: Laura Rosser Kreiselmaier. 

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

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. If this is your child’s first visit, please let us know if there are any food allergies as a snack is served. This week we are continuing the theme of “Women in the Bible.” The story for the morning is “The Widow’s Offering,” which comes from Mark 12:38-44. Jesus teaches us that the humblest gift to God is treasured by Him if it is given from the heart. Next Week the children will learn about Lydia and Baptism. 

Music at EBPC: Evolving from a rich musical history, EBPC features a variety of styles. On any given Sunday, you may experience our choir sharing traditional or new hymns, handbells ringing, our worship ensemble performing contemporary popular songs, or guest vocalists or musicians sharing Southern spirituals, Celtic, bluegrass, classical, shape note, jazz, Americana, soul, or other musical genres. 

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, May 10—Boomerang Bible from 5:00-6:00 pm, PYG from 6:00-7:00 pm. Middle School Youth: Wednesday, April 29: Boomerang Bible from 5:30-6:07 pm, 608 from 6:08-7:08 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at ebpcyouth@comcast.net. 

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.   

Young Families Save the Date: Please mark your calendars for June 3rd from 5:30 – 7:00 pm for our monthly dinner and get-together. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Johnson at eh_johnson22@hotmail.com.  

Make a Pentecost Dove: Pentecost is a special day celebrating God's gift of the Holy Spirit. The Dove symbolizes the gentle Savior bringing peace to mankind through his sacrifice. Pick-up a dove-making kit from the narthex--including a simple template and supplies--and return your doves to the basket in the narthex. You may add a hope for peace in your life or the world by noting it on the dove. Watch our Easter cross transform over the next few weeks as your doves are added. Join us at Worship on 5/24 for our Pentecost celebration. 

Cover image: “White lilac and beetle 1” by Michelle on Flickr. 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, May 10

              9:00    am       Adult Education

            10:00    am       Worship

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

              6:00    pm       PYG

Monday, May 11

            11:00    am       Staff Meeting

Tuesday, May 12

              2:00    pm       End of Year Preschool Party

Wednesday, May 13

5:30 pm Middle School Youth Boomerang Bible

6:00 pm Membership Committee

6:08 pm 608 for Middle School Youth

Thursday, May 14

6:00 pm Worship Ensemble Practice

Friday, May 15

6:30 pm Preschool Graduation

Sunday, May 17

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 of support to Ed Vasilevskis & of thanksgiving for the life of Ed’s father who died this week in Reno, NV.

Prayers for strength and healing for Morene Roadman in her continued fight against cancer, mother of Stephen and mother-in-law of Amy Roadman.

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.

Lily Paris

Doug Pennington while stationed in Afghanistan.

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

Prayers for Nepal:  for those morning the loss of loved ones; for those who are in distress awaiting news of loved ones; for those who are injured; for the humanitarian organizations bringing relief.

Prayers for Baltimore: pray for the peace of Christ to touch every heart… pray for justice, pray for transparency, pray for the Gray family, pray for all people who have been profiled/victimized/killed, pray for people who chose violence (citizens and police), and pray that the power and presence of God shall reside upon all. 

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.