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East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, November 27, 2016

10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

1st Sunday of Advent

 

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Sunday, November 27, 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

 

   Welcome & Announcements  

 

   Prelude          “Worthy is the Lamb”

CCLI Song # 3217555

Darlene Zschech

© 2000 Wondrous Worship (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591

 

*Call to Worship

It is because we care that we have come to this place,

and it is because you care, O God, that we are welcome in your presence.

It is because we are grateful that we lift our hymns of praise,

and it is because you are gracious that you choose to listen with joy.

It is because we are hopeful that we come with our offerings,

and it is because you are the source of all hope that these acts can become instruments of gospel work.

 

Hymn #647 “Give Thanks”

 

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, draw me close. Because you are good, I want to be good. Because you are gracious, I want to be gracious. Because you are generous, I want to be generous. I don’t always know how to do this; sometimes I know how, but lack the courage. Make me wholly yours, that I might do your holy work.

The good news of the gospel is clear: God loves you. God forgives you. God needs you.  Listen to the voices of the angels when they say, “Do not be afraid.”  These words are trustworthy and true.

Thanks be to God.

 

Merciful God, draw us close. Because you are good, we want to be good. Because you are gracious, we want to be gracious. Because you are generous, we want to be generous. We don’t always know how to do this; sometimes we know how, but lack the courage. Make us wholly yours, that we might do your holy work.

The good news of the gospel is clear:  God loves you. God forgives you. God needs you. Listen to the voices of the angels when they say, “Do not be afraid.”  These words are trustworthy and true.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

Time for Silent Reflection

 

Response Hymn #85

Light one candle to watch for Messiah:

let the light banish darkness.

He shall bring salvation to Israel,

God fulfills the promise.

 

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

 

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Leader:  God of Hope, shine your light on us.

People: And let us reflect that light on our Advent journey.

Leader: God of Hope, on our darkest days

People: Be that beacon that leads us back to the manger.

Leader:  God of Hope, on our brightest days

People: Warm our hearts and open our eyes to our fellow travelers who are yearning to feel your presence.

 

Response Hymn #85

Light one candle to watch for Messiah:

let the light banish darkness.

He shall bring salvation to Israel,

God fulfills the promise.

 

We Listen for the Word of God

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

Old Testament Isaiah 2:1-5 OT page 631

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

New Testament Matthew 24:36-44 NT page 27

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “We Are God’s Family…” John R. Hilley

(For Better or for Worse)

 

Time of Reflection

 

We Respond to God’s Love

 

Hymn #36 “For the Fruit of All Creation”

 

*Affirmation of Faith—Advent Hope

Let us affirm our hope in Christ,

who came, who comes,

and who is to come:

 

When violence reigns,

and war seems never-ending,

Christ is our hope,

born among us, crucified and risen.

 

When despair lies in wait

and life loses meaning,

Christ is our hope,

born among us,

crucified and risen.

 

When people claim to know

what God alone knows,

and say the end is near,

Christ is our hope,

born among us,

crucified and risen.

 

When life on earth is extinguished

this year, next year,

or in a hundred million years,

Christ is our hope,

born among us,

crucified and risen.

 

In sorrow and joy,

today and tomorrow,

in life and in death,

Christ is our hope,

born among us,

crucified and risen.

 

- Brian Wren; based on the readings for the First Sunday in Advent

 

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

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 #82 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

 

*Parting Words

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude “Forever”

CCLI Song # 3148428

Chris Tomlin

© 2001 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2212591

 

 

*Please stand if you are able.

 

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: the praise band; Liturgist: Amy Philbrick; Advent Wreath Leaders: Sarah Strasser, Jeremy McConnell.

 

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

 

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 Dave Ford or John Hilley.

 

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

Please be sure to pick up one of the Advent Flyers which lists all of the activities and events over the next month including the Dec. 10th "Gift of Music" concert.  You are encouraged to distribute them to friends or neighbors in search of a faith community.  Also, we have daily Advent devotionals in the narthex which are available on a first come basis.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: December 11th, following the service, Join us for a children’s advent workshop, “Upside Down and Inside Out, What's this Advent All About?” children’s ministry workshop. We invite families with children ages 3-5th grade to engage in interactive stations learning about the season of Advent. The world around us screams for us to desire more "stuff" but the story of Scripture tells us to celebrate love, simplicity and the gift of presence. Explore Advent and turn Christmas upside down! If you are interested in helping with this event please contact Regina Girten at reginagirten@gmail.com or 504-930-699! 

 

Presbyterian Women will meet on December 2 at Marilyn Johnson’s at Steplechase, Room 223, 314 Cool Springs Blvd. We will have lunch there so please call her by Monday, November 28 to confirm. She can be reached at (615)483-4554 or mapj27@gmail.com. We will study Lesson 4, "Who is Jesus". We will start around 10:00 a.m.

 

“Shining God’s Light”

Stewardship 2017

An Update and a Word of Thanks to Everyone Who Has Responded:

Total Pledges received to date     32

New Pledges     3

Increased pledges     17

Total pledged     $140,175.00

Total increased     $14,100.00

Fractional change     4.02%

Pledge count ratio     62.75%

We are still receiving pledges.

 

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, November 27

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd – 5th grade

4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth

Monday, November 28

6:00 p.m. Boy Scouts, Troop 86

Wednesday, November 30

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kid’s Music & Drama Club

6:08 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Band practice

Friday, December 2

10:00 a.m. Presbyterian Women

6:30 p.m. Tennessee Tamil Academy

Saturday, December 3

9:00 a.m. Preschool Christmas Program

Sunday, December 4—Communion

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd – 5th grade

4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth

 

Praise and Prayers

Prayers of healing for Darlene Hagg (former EBPC member) who is undergoing surgery and treatment for cancer.

Prayers for Jean Shupe as she is recovering from surgery.

Prayers for our friends, Ryan and Erika Taylor and almost 7 month old Finley. Finley started having seizures (60 per day) and was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. She then suffered a stroke. They transported them to Atlanta-Scottish Rites early Wednesday a.m.


Prayers for unity and peace for all in our nation following the election.

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 of healing and strength for Kelly McConnell’s mother and prayers of support for Kelly and her family.

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 Brent Byers.

 

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.