Welcome To Worship
Sunday, May 3, 2015
5th Sunday of Easter
Sunday, May 3, 2015
We Gather to Worship God
Welcome & Announcements
*Call to Worship
Here in this place of worship,
with the congregation of the faithful,
we lay down our fears,
to boldly sing God’s praise.
Here in the vineyard of the Lord,
with our sisters and brothers in Christ,
grandparents tell stories of faith
to little ones sitting on their laps.
Here where God waits to serve us at the Table:
we shall be so filled with love
that we will run to serve others.
*Hymn #39 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
Almighty God: Look upon us as we join in worship and receive our praise. See the depth of our faith. Know how much we love you. Feel our pain over sins committed and Christian duties left undone. Please have mercy upon us in the name of Jesus. Receive our gratitude now and for all the days of our lives.
Time of Silent Reflection
Assurance of Forgiveness
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 RSV)
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 #577
We Listen for the Word of God
Anthem "O Taste and See" Wagner
Time with the Children
Prayer for Illumination
New Testament Luke 2:25-40 NT page 59
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Sermon “Letting Go Forward” John R. Hilley
Time of Reflection
We Respond to God’s Love
*Hymn #837 “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”
Offertory “Ashokan Farewell” Ungar
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.
Sharing of the Bread and Cup
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 #541 “God Be with You Till We Meet Again”
*Please stand if you are able.
About Today’s Service
Presbyterians are observing the first week of May as “Older Adults Week”. Our service this morning features well-loved hymns from an earlier time: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” and “God Be with You Till We Meet Again”. We honor our older adults by giving fresh life to these hymns in hope of stimulating memories of all those saints who have passed these songs down to us.
Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Musicians: EBPC Choir, Biff and Mary Fink, Kirsten Cassel; Liturgist: Lavona Russell.
EBPC Choir: Gail Brewer, Barbara Davis, Bob and Marcie Gilchrist, Carol Huffman, Marilyn Johnson, Rob Moser, Ruth Pennington, Joanna Roberts, David Shupe, Peggy Stout, Richard White, Larry Wilson.
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. Worshipers will return to their pews by the side aisles. Assisting with communion is our newest members, our Confirmation Class.
To Our Members and Guests: Please sign our friendship pad.
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 we are continuing the theme of “Women in the Bible.” The story for the morning is “The Woman at the Well” which comes from John 4:5-42. Jesus teaches us that He is the “living water” for everyone.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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? Please speak to John Hilley after the service.
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.
High School Youth: Sunday, May 3—Boomerang Bible from 5:00-6:00 pm; PYG from 6:00-7:00 pm, “Loving Your Neighbors”. Middle School Youth: Wednesday, May 6: 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 email@example.com.
Presbyterian Women will be meeting on May 8th at 9:30 and be studying lesson 9. This will be the last one before summer break. Potluck lunch to follow at about 11:00. Call Cathy Gilbert 615-790-6811 with any questions.
EBPC Young Families: Please join us for our monthly Wednesday night gathering! The children will enjoy a 15 minute lesson on Memorial Day. There will not be a separate Sunday afternoon service project this month. Instead, children and parents will make cards after the lesson to be sent to US military personnel- active, reserve, and veterans- to thank them for their service. Dinner will be provided! (A small donation is requested to offset the food cost). Hope you can make it! Please RSVP on the church’s website or E-Newsletter.
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.
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 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.
Vacation Bible School: July 8-10 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm with a program during worship on Sunday, July 12. Moses/our hero... Come join the fun to learn about a man of faith and humility who spoke to and obeyed God through the burning bush and parting of the Red Sea! Music, arts and crafts, stories, and games will be lots of fun and a great experience!
Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance
Sunday, May 3
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship (Communion)
5:00 pm PYG Boomerang Bible (high school youth)
6:00 pm PYG (high school youth)
Monday, May 4
11:00 am Staff Meeting
Wednesday, May 6
5:30 pm Middle School Youth Boomerang Bible
6:08 pm 608 Gathering (middle school youth)
Thursday, May 7
6:00 pm Worship Ensemble
Friday, May 8
9:30 am Presbyterian Women
Sunday, May 10 (Mother’s Day)
9:00 am Adult Education
10:00 am Worship
5:00 pm PYG LEARN Time (high school youth)
6:00 pm PYG (high school youth)
Praise and Prayers
† 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.
† Erin Morrow’s parents who are at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation.
† 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 of thanksgiving for Biff and Mary Fink's music ministry over the last two years.
† 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 615.545.5938.
Cover image: “Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge” by Kim Jenkins on Flickr.