Eastbrook at Home – January 1, 2023

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Join us for worship with Eastbrook Church through Eastbrook at Home at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM. This weekend we conclude our preaching series entitled “Canticles of Christmas.”

Here is a prayer for this first Sunday of Christmas from The Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, kindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

If you are able to do so, let me encourage you to join us for in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus.

If you are new to Eastbrook, we want to welcome you to worship and would ask you to text EBCnew to 94000 as a first step into community here at Eastbrook.

Each Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, you can participate with our weekly worship service at home with your small group, family, or friends. This service will then be available during the week until the next Sunday’s service starts. You can also access the service directly via Vimeo, the Eastbrook app, or Facebook.

If you are not signed up for our church emailing list, please sign up here. Also, please remember that during this time financial support for the church is critical as we continue minister within our congregation and reach out to our neighborhood, city, and the world at this challenging time. Please give online or send in your tithes and offerings to support the ministry of Eastbrook Church.

Eastbrook on Christmas Day – December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas! Join us for worship with Eastbrook Church through Eastbrook at Home or for a special in-person worship service today at 10 AM on the Eastbrook campus. This weekend we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Here is a prayer for this Christmas Day from The Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

If you are new to Eastbrook, we want to welcome you to worship and would ask you to text EBCnew to 94000 as a first step into community here at Eastbrook.

Aside from today, each Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, you can participate with our weekly worship service at home with your small group, family, or friends. This service will then be available during the week until the next Sunday’s service starts. You can also access the service directly via Vimeo, the Eastbrook app, or Facebook.

If you are not signed up for our church emailing list, please sign up here. Also, please remember that during this time financial support for the church is critical as we continue minister within our congregation and reach out to our neighborhood, city, and the world at this challenging time. Please give online or send in your tithes and offerings to support the ministry of Eastbrook Church.

Eastbrook at Home – December 18, 2022

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Join us for worship with Eastbrook Church through Eastbrook at Home at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM. This weekend we continue the journey of Advent and our preaching series entitled “Canticles of Christmas.”

Here is a prayer for this fourth Sunday of Advent from The Book of Common Prayer:

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and as we are sorely hindered by our sins from running the race that is set before us, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

If you are able to do so, let me encourage you to join us for in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus.

If you are new to Eastbrook, we want to welcome you to worship and would ask you to text EBCnew to 94000 as a first step into community here at Eastbrook.

Each Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, you can participate with our weekly worship service at home with your small group, family, or friends. This service will then be available during the week until the next Sunday’s service starts. You can also access the service directly via Vimeo, the Eastbrook app, or Facebook.

If you are not signed up for our church emailing list, please sign up here. Also, please remember that during this time financial support for the church is critical as we continue minister within our congregation and reach out to our neighborhood, city, and the world at this challenging time. Please give online or send in your tithes and offerings to support the ministry of Eastbrook Church.

An Angel at the Altar: Zechariah’s Encounter with Gabriel

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William Blake, The Angel Appearing to Zacharias, pen and black ink, tempera, and glue size on canvas; 1799-1800.

an angel at the altar
heaven’s glory shatters earth’s sanctity
a voice indescribable yet understandable
a promise of hope unimaginable
confusion for old Zechariah
“our age – my wife – a baby – God – now?”
his call and God’s response
no utterance or voice now
his silence itself a testimony
that speaks of the ineffable
what has happened
what is happening
the first flutter of life within Elizabeth
gestates a voice of hope for humanity


I wrote these words after reading and reflecting on Luke 1:5-25 as part of my Advent readings and shared it in my message this past Sunday. Zechariah has always struck me as a figure we all could relate to from Scripture. He encounters an angel of the Lord in the Temple, the place of all places that it seems like such a thing should happen. Yet Zechariah is so overwhelmed and confused by the message the angel brings that he doubts it could be possible. Struck dumb until the birth of the child, his silence becomes a message, even as the baby that his wife, Elizabeth, carries in her womb will be “a voice of one crying out,” directing attention to the Messiah. There is so much in here about speaking and silence, hearing and responding, as part of God’s work in relationship to humanity.

“Praise Be to the Lord” (Benedictus)

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our journey of Advent and preaching series entitled “Canticles of Christmas” This third week of the series I preached from Luke 1:67-80 on Zechariah’s song of praise, traditionally known as the Benedictus.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.” (Luke 1:68)

The Gift of Appropriate Humbling (Luke 1:5-22)

The gift of discipline and silence

The gift of time and reflection

The gift of knowing who we are and knowing who we’re not

The Gift of God’s Redemption in the Coming Messiah (Luke 1:67-75)

The gift of redemption and salvation through David’s line

The gift of mercy and rescue

The gift of serving God without fear and with goodness

The Gift of the Miracle Child Who Prepares the Way (Luke 1:76-80)

The gift of knowing God’s ways

The gift of receiving God’s forgiveness and mercy

The gift of God’s light over death’s darkness


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize all or part of today’s text, Luke 1:67-79.
  • Continue with the devotional that accompanies Advent and this series here.
  • Draw, ink, or paint Zechariah exclaiming his message or the content of what Zechariah describes in his song in Luke 1:67-79. Take time to talk with God as you depict the scene in your own way. What is God speaking to you through this? 
  • Listen to a musical rendering of this song, such as: “Benedictus” by Ralph Vaughan Williams as performed by the Choir of St. Michael at the North Gate.