Welcome To Worship

 at

 East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 17, 2015

10:00 a.m.

 7th Sunday of Easter

 Sunday, May 17, 2015

 We Gather to Worship God

    Welcome & Announcements

    Prelude          “Sanctuary”   Scruggs/Thompson

 *Call to Worship            (Based on Psalm 1)

Happy are those who follow the ways of the Lord.
God’s ways are just and merciful.
Those who follow God’s ways are continually nourished in faith.
In all that they do, they prosper.
Come, let us open our hearts to God’s compassionate love.
Let us celebrate God’s mercy and justice. AMEN.  

*Opening Prayer

 *Hymn #621 “I Will Call Upon the Lord”

 Call to Confession

 Prayer of Confession

Holy One, help us be still and know that you are God.

Too often we move at such a hectic pace

that we neglect our relationship with you.

Our lives become full of distractions

that are nothing but shifting sand.

Restore and strengthen us, O God,

to rebuild our lives on the foundation of your Word,

in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Time for Silent Reflection 

Congregational Response “Let It Be” McCartney

(Congregation is invited to join on the chorus.) 

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. 

*Response #452 “Open the Eyes of My Heart” 

We Listen for the Word of God 

Special Music “Ancient Words” DeShazo 

Time with the Children

Prayer for Illumination 

Epistle Romans 6:1-11 NT page 156

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

New Testament John 14:15-27 NT page 109

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon “Letting Be John R. Hilley

Time of Reflection 

We Respond to God’s Love 

*Hymn #300 “We Are One in the Spirit” 

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. 

Recognition of Seniors & Bible Presentation 

Offering 

Offertory  

*Response #647 “Give Thanks” 

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

We Go from Here to Serve 

Hymn #853 “We Are Marching” Verses 1 & 4 

*Parting Words 

*Benediction  

Postlude 

*Please stand if you are able. 

ANNUAL SPRING PICNIC, after worship today: EBPC invites all church members, its pre-school family, and community neighbors! There will be games and other fun activities for all ages. We look forward to seeing you all there! 

About Today’s Service

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Liturgist: Jeremy McConnell; Summer Praise Band: Liz Beatty, Steve Bell, Emily Enfinger,

Laura Rosser Kreiselmaier, Peggy Rein, Logan Ridings, Dave Shupe, Kristine Vasilevskis, Jeanie White, Richard White.

 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. Theme for the Day: This week the children begin a two-part exploration of the story of Lydia and baptism in the early days of the church as part of the “Women in the Bible” series.   

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 17—Boomerang Bible from 5:00-6:00 pm, PYG from 6:00-7:00 pm. Middle School Youth: Jeffrey Rein’s Lake House Overnight on Friday-Saturday, June 5th and 6th. PYG and 608 will continue with service projects and fellowship throughout the summer. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McConnell, Youth Director, at ebpcyouth@comcast.net. 

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. 

Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School: Grab a pair of sandals, your bathrobe, your sense of adventure, and get ready to escape with the Israelites! At Wilderness Escape, we’ll meet Moses, hang out with the Israelites, and join the amazing adventure of trusting God in the wilderness! July 8-10 9:00 am to noon. There will also be a program on July 12 during worship service. Registration forms are available in the Narthex. 

Next Steps for Music a EBPC: At its April meeting, the Session approved a joint recommendation from the Worship and Personnel Committees that a Special Committee be selected by and accountable to the Session with the following deliverables:

· Outline a music strategy for EBPC that will engage the entire congregation in many aspects of the church, attracting families and individuals of all ages.

· Create a staffing strategy with associated Job Descriptions to achieve the strategy.

· Recruit and hire the approved staff.

Marcie Gilchrist, April Shafer, Peggy Rein, Kristine Vasilevskis, Lavona Russell, and Rob Montgomery (Chair) have agreed to serve on the Committee and will begin this week working diligently to create a music strategy and an associated staffing plan that meets the needs of EBPC as we look to the future. They will provide periodic updates but please feel free to share input or ask questions of any of these individuals as their work proceeds. During the interim a small team of Carol Huffman, Liz Beatty, Lavona Russell, and John Hilley will plan our weekly music, coordinating already active groups of Choir and Worship Ensemble members, and identifying outside musicians/accompanists for support. Please support both these groups with your participation, prayers, and feedback. 

Cover image: “Stained glass Anchor” by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. on Flickr. 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

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

Monday, May 18

            11:00    am       Staff Meeting

              7:00    pm       College Age Gathering

Tuesday, May 19

11:00 pm Luke 14:12

Thursday, May 21

6:00 pm Worship Ensemble Practice

Sunday, May 24

9:00 am Adult Education

10:00 am Worship

 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.

The Music Ministry team as they search for a new Music Director.

Those affected by the train derailment in Philadelphia.

The 2015 graduates. 

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.

 The flowers this Sunday are given by Ruth Pennington.