Order of Worship 10-23-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Oct. 23rd, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Julie Hebert

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit

GATHERING

PRELUDE        Fantasia and Fugue in c  J.S. Bach                        

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN [Blue #514] 

             Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ      

1 Let us talents and tongues employ,

Reaching out with a shout of joy:

Bread is broken, the wine is poured,

Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

Refrain: Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,

pass the Word around: loaves abound!

3 Jesus calls us in, sends us out

Bearing fruit in a world of doubt,

Gives us love to tell, bread to share:

God (Immanuel) everywhere! (Refrain)

WORDS OF WELCOME   

MINUTE FOR MISSION                                                                   Extra Life 

ADORATION 

CALL TO WORSHIP Joel 2:23

ONE: Be glad and rejoice in the Lord our God,

MANY: who pours down grace in abundance.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

God of perfection, you give us power and authority, but we misuse it. We are more concerned with our own comfort than your righteousness and justice. Thank you for loving us, even when we fail. Help us to listen to those who point out our flaws so that we can learn from our mistakes. Create in us a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within us. Amen.

HYMN  [music in pew]                      “Your Endless Love, Your Mighty Acts”

  1. Your endless love, your mighty acts Surpass what words can tell; 

Lord, may the joys your people know be mine to share as well 

  1. Our Rebel Forebears rarely grasped your mercy or your might; 

We need your mercy just like them: we, too, do wrong not right. ”

  1. Before a golden calf they bowed an idol in your place! 

Until, by Moses faithful prayer, you drew them back to grace. 

  1. But when they spurned the promised land, you made your anger plain: 

They wandered long on desert paths, and served the Baals again. 

  1. Yet those whom once you sold in wrath, in mercy you restored; 

May we, like them, be gathered in to thank and praise you, Lord. 

 CONFESSION 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION Psalm. 51:1-12

ONE: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;

in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

MANY:  Wash me through and through from my wickedness,

and cleanse me from my sin

ONE: For I know my offenses, and my sin is ever before me.

MANY:  Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil  in your sight; 

so you are justified when you speak and right in your judgment.

ONE: Indeed, I was born steeped in wickedness, 

a sinner from my mother’s womb.

MANY: Indeed, you delight in truth deep within me, 

and would have me know wisdom deep within. 

ONE: Remove my sins with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be purer than snow.

MANY: Let me hear  joy and gladness; 

that the body you have broken may rejoice. 

ONE: Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my wickedness.

MANY: Create in me a clean heart, O God, 

and renew a right spirit within me. 

ONE: cast me not away from your presence, 

and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 

MANY: Restore me to the joy of your salvation

and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     

*GLORIA PATRI #579 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

PROCLAMATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27; 12:1-9

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, ‘This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.’ So David sent messengers to fetch her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, ‘I am pregnant.’

When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him. When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son.

But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord, and the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, ‘There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds; but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. He brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children; it used to eat of his meager fare, and drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was loath to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb, and prepared that for the guest who had come to him.’ Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, ‘As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.’

Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON              “Dereliction of Duty”                 The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

RESPONSE     

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                   Brief Statement of Faith

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. We trust in Jesus Christ, Fully human, fully God.

Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image …, of every race and people, to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. 

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. 

With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PLEDGE CAMPAIGN                              Julie Hebert- Employer Matching, 

Linda Lowry- Time and Talents Survey

RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERING As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams by K. Lee Scott

As pants the hart for cooling streams when heated in the chase,

so longs my soul for thee O God and Thy refreshing grace.

For Thee O God the living God, my thirsty soul doth pine; 

O when shall I behold Thy face, Thou Majesty divine.

Why restless, why cast down, my soul? Trust God and He’ll employ

His aid for thee, and change these sighs to thankful hymns of joy.

Why restless, why cast down, my soul? Hope still and thou shall sing

the praise of Him who is thy God, thy health’s eternal spring.

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

*HYMN [Blue Hymnal #370]  “Just As I am Without One Plea”

1 Just as I am, without one plea But that Thy blood was shed for me,

And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

2 Just as I am, though tossed about With many a conflict, many a doubt,

Fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

3 Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

4 Just as I am, Thy love unknown Has broken every barrier down;

Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

*PARTING PRAYER    

May the strength of God pilot us. May the power of God preserve us. May the wisdom of God instruct us. May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us. May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil and the temptations of the world. May Christ be with us, Christ before us, Christ in us, Christ over us. May your salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and forevermore. Amen

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION [Music in Pew]

Our God is an awesome God who reigns from heaven above 

with wisdom, power, and love; our God is an awesome God! 

POSTLUDE   Excerpts from Sonata III         Felix Mendelssohn

The flowers in the sanctuary were given by Cheryl Emery  in loving memory of her Mother and Father, who would have celebrated their 81st anniversary this year.

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director.  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  

STAFF

Church Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504.888.1375

Playschool Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .504.888.1378

The Reverend Aaron Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Head of Staff

Louise Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christian Education Leader

Sam Garnett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Music Director

Kelly Cuppett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Music Director

Lauren Oufnac. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Playschool Director

Stephanie Galliano. . . . . Playschool Administrative Assistant

For more information, visit our website at www.JohnCalvinChurch.org

 or find us @JohnCalvinMetairie on



Announcements 10-23

Announcements:

Pledge Cards and Time and Talent Survey: It’s the time of year to reconsider the gifts we have to offer the church. Thank you for being a vital part of the John Calvin family. Know that, together, WE CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Please return your pledge cards by the end of October. 

Christmas Cantata: Our Christmas Cantata rehearsals begin November 2nd at 7pm. The cantata will be sung at a joint service with the Chinese Presbyterian Church on December 11th; anyone who wants to sing in the cantata should plan to be at the 5 Wed. rehearsals between Nov. 2 and Dec. 11 (no rehearsal the day before Thanksgiving). Let Sam and Kelly know if you’d like to participate! 

Flowers: The flowers in the sanctuary were given by Cheryl Emery  in loving memory of her Mother and Father, who would have celebrated their 81st anniversary this year.

Wrapping paper and cookies: There is still time to shop. Register at https://www.shopfund.com/ select no student code and enter the name of the school when asked, then put CHURCH for the first and last name of Student. All orders for Church members will be sent to the office for easy pick-up. Thank you for making our fundraiser a success!

Devotional Spotlight: Do you want to grow deeper in faith with a Daily Devotional but don’t know where to start? Each week we will highlight a devotional book you might like to try. This week’s devotional is: Our Daily Bread. It is a calendar-style devotional booklet published by Our Daily Bread Ministries. The booklet is one of the most widely read Christian devotionals in circulation today. Each day gives you a short bible passage to read and highlights a main verse from that passage. This is followed by thoughts on the passage. It is written by a different author each day, and also features additional Bible passages for people following Our Daily Bread’s “Bible In One Year” reading program.So if you looking to dip your toes into the devotional waters this short pocket size booklet may be for you. Bonus, it’s available right outside the church doors. 

Birthdays: Barbara McHan 10/23. Louise Fuller 10/28



Announcements from October 16th, 2022

Announcements

Pledge Cards and Time and Talent Survey: It’s the time of year to reconsider the gifts we have to offer the church. Thank you for being a vital part of the John Calvin family. Know that, together, WE CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Please return your pledge cards by the end of October.

Heritage Sunday is coming up on October 30th, bring a picture, heirloom, or other item to share from your family of origin to share with your church family.

MUSIC UP   DATE:

Choir is Back!!: You may have noticed that the choir is back! If you’re interested in adding to our small but mighty number, let us know! No previous music experience is required. All we ask is that anyone wanting to sing on Sunday attends rehearsal on the previous Wednesday.

Christmas Cantata: Our Christmas Cantata rehearsals begin November 2nd at 7pm. The cantata will be sung at a joint service with the Chinese Presbyterian Church on December 11th; anyone who wants to sing in the cantata should plan to be at the 5 Wednesday rehearsals between Nov. 2 and Dec. 11 (no rehearsal the day before Thanksgiving). Let Sam and Kelly know if you’d like to participate! 

PLAYSCHOOL UPDATE: 

Wrapping paper and cookies: This JCP Playschool fundraiser ends 10/21. Register at https://www.shopfund.com/ select no student code and enter the name of the school when asked, then put CHURCH for the first and last name of Student. Now you’re ready to shop online. All orders for Church members will be sent to the office for easy pick-up. On behalf of the staff at JCP Playschool, thank you for helping to make our fundraiser a success!

Trunk or Treat: Get your Costumes and trunks ready for Oct. 21st. Sign up to do a trunk or donate candy for this fun event. Candy can be dropped off in the narthex, at the church office, or playschool office. 

Events and Meetings this Week:

10/16 – 11:30 AM – Deacon Meeting 

10/17 – 12:15 PM – Playschool Committee meeting 

             6:30 PM – Session Meeting 

10/18 – 10:00 AM – Grace Circle 

10/19 – 6:00 PM – Worship Committee Meeting / Handbells 

            7:00 PM – Choir  

10/21 – 6:00 PM Playschool Trunk or Treat 

10/23 – 9:30 AM – Intergenerational Sunday School/Kids Sunday School  

            10:10 AM – Choir warm-up

            10:30 AM – Worship Service

            6:30 PM – Youth Group Jackbox Party Game Night
 


Order of Worship 10-16-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Oct. 16th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Mike Fortin

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit

GATHERING

PRELUDE         My Lord, What a Morning setting Raymond Haan                         

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN [Blue #434] 

             Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples     

Today we are all called to be Disciples of the Lord,

To help to set the captive free, Make plow-share out of sword,

To feed the hungry, quench their thirst, Make love and peace our fast,

To serve the poor and homeless first, Our ease and comfort last.

May we in service to our God Act out the living word,

And walk the road the saints have trod Till all have seen and heard.

As stewards of the earth may we Give thanks in one accord

To God who calls us all to be Disciples of the Lord.

WORDS OF WELCOME   

MINUTE FOR MISSION                                                                    Food Drive 

ADORATION 

CALL TO WORSHIP         Luke 18:1, 8

ONE: Pray always, and do not lose heart.

MANY: God will grant justice to the faithful.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Lord who will provide. You have given us abundantly more than we could ask or imagine. You have given us all that we have. You call us to trust that you will continue to provide for our daily needs, rather than the gods from the past and the gods around us today. Help us to have faith that you can supply our needs, according to your riches and glory. Amen.

HYMN  [music in pew]                      “Your Endless Love, Your Mighty Acts”

  1. Your endless love, your mighty acts Surpass what words can tell; 

Lord, may the joys your people know be mine to share as well 

  1. Our Rebel Forebears rarely grasped your mercy or your might; 

We need your mercy just like them: we, too, do wrong not right. ”

  1. Before a golden calf they bowed an idol in your place! 

Until, by Moses faithful prayer, you drew them back to grace. 

  1. But when they spurned the promised land, you made your anger plain: 

They wandered long on desert paths, and served the Baals again. 

  1. Yet those whom once you sold in wrath, in mercy you restored; 

May we, like them, be gathered in to thank and praise you, Lord. 

             

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

 CONFESSION 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty and merciful God, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

O Lord, have mercy upon us. Forgive those who confess their faults.

Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O merciful God, for his sake, that we may live a holy, just, and humble life to the glory of your holy name.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     

*GLORIA PATRI #579 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.

PROCLAMATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                       Joshua 24:1-15

Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac; and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in its midst; and afterwards I brought you out. When I brought your ancestors out of Egypt, you came to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued your ancestors with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. When they cried out to the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and made the sea come upon them and cover them; and your eyes saw what I did to Egypt. Afterwards you lived in the wilderness for a long time. Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan; they fought with you, and I handed them over to you, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. Then King Balak, son of Zippor of Moab, set out to fight against Israel. He sent and invited Balaam son of Beor to curse you, but I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you; so I rescued you out of his hand. When you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho, the citizens of Jericho fought against you, and also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I handed them over to you. I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove out before you the two kings of the Amorites; it was not by your sword or by your bow. I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and towns that you had not built, and you live in them; you eat the fruit of vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.

‘Now therefore revere the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. Now if you are unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.’

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                     “Serve the LORD                 The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

RESPONSE     

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH               Confession of 1967: 

God’s redeeming work in Jesus Christ embraces the whole of [hu]man’s life: social and cultural, economic and political, scientific and technological, individual and corporate. It includes [hu]man’s natural environment as exploited and despoiled by sin. It is the will of God that [God’s] purpose for human life shall be fulfilled under the rule of Christ and all evil be banished from [God’s] creation… With an urgency born of this hope, the church applies itself to present tasks and strives for a better world. It does not identify limited progress with the kingdom of God on earth, nor does it despair in the face of disappointment and defeat. In steadfast hope, the church looks beyond all partial achievement to the final triumph of God. “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” 

PLEDGE CAMPAIGN TESTIMONY         Jeremy Moore- Online Giving

RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERING It Is Well (excerpt) B. Knoedler

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way

When sorrows like sea billows roll

whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, 

it is well with my soul.

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!,

My sin, not in part but the whole is nailed to the cross,

and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord O my soul!

It is well with my soul.

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

REMEMBRANCE OF BAPTISM

ONE: The Lord be with you.

MANY: And also with you.

ONE: Lift up your hearts.

MANY: We lift them to the Lord.

ONE: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

MANY: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen

*HYMN [Blue Hymnal #260]  “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

1 A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;

Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:

For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;

His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,

On earth is not his equal.

2 Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;

Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:

Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;

Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,

And He must win the battle.

3 And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:

The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,

One little word shall fell him.

4 That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;

The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:

Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;

The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,

His kingdom is forever.

*PARTING PRAYER    

May the strength of God pilot us. May the power of God preserve us. May the wisdom of God instruct us. May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us. May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil and the temptations of the world. May Christ be with us, Christ before us, Christ in us, Christ over us. May your salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and forevermore. Amen

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION [Music in Pew]

Our God is an awesome God who reigns from heaven above 

with wisdom, power, and love; our God is an awesome God! 

POSTLUDE A Mighty Fortress Walcha

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director.  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  

STAFF

Church Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504.888.1375

Playschool Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .504.888.1378

The Reverend Aaron Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Head of Staff

Louise Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christian Education Leader

Sam Garnett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Music Director

Kelly Cuppett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Music Director

Lauren Oufnac. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Playschool Director

Stephanie Galliano. . . . . Playschool Administrative Assistant

For more information, visit our website at www.JohnCalvinChurch.org

 or find us @JohnCalvinMetairie on

Announcements

Pledge Cards and Time and Talent Survey: It’s the time of year to reconsider the gifts we have to offer the church. Thank you for being a vital part of the John Calvin family. Know that, together, WE CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Please return your pledge cards by the end of October. 

Heritage Sunday is coming up on October 30th, bring a picture, heirloom, or other item to share from your family of origin to share with your church family.
 

Devotional Spotlight: Do you want to grow deeper in faith with a Daily Devotional but don’t know where to start? Finding a good devotional can be like finding the right pair of jeans. You might have to try a few pairs before you find one that is the right fit, it might even require a little breaking in to get into the daily habit of reading and prayer. Every week we are going to highlight a specific devotional. Some will appeal to you and some won’t and that’s okay. But maybe try one you don’t think you will like. You might be surprised how being uncomfortable for a few sessions might just help you break in some new ideas that end up fitting just right. Either way we hope to help you find that book or books to help you in your daily walk with God. This week’s light is: Glimpses of Glory: Daily Reflections on the Bible by Carol M. Bechtel. This rich collection of stories provides fertile ground for anyone who wants to be on more intimate terms with the Bible. Inspiring and uplifting, these meditations are ideal for those seeking to grow in personal faith and biblical knowledge.You can purchase this book at the PCUSA store or on amazon

Choir is Back!!: You may have noticed that the choir is back! If you’re interested in adding to our small but mighty number, let us know! No previous music experience is required. All we ask is that anyone wanting to sing on Sunday attends rehearsal on the previous Wednesday.

Christmas Cantata: Our Christmas Cantata rehearsals begin November 2nd at 7pm. The cantata will be sung at a joint service with the Chinese Presbyterian Church on December 11th; anyone who wants to sing in the cantata should plan to be at the 5 Wednesday rehearsals between Nov. 2 and Dec. 11 (no rehearsal the day before Thanksgiving). Let Sam and Kelly know if you’d like to participate!  

Wrapping paper and cookies: This JCP Playschool fundraiser ends 10/21. Register at https://www.shopfund.com/ select no student code and enter the name of the school when asked, then put CHURCH for the first and last name of Student. Now you’re ready to shop online. All orders for Church members will be sent to the office for easy pick-up. On behalf of the staff at JCP Playschool, thank you for helping to make our fundraiser a success!

Trunk or Treat: Get your Costumes and trunks ready for Oct. 21st. Sign up to do a trunk or donate candy for this fun event. Candy can be dropped off in the narthex, at the church office, or playschool office.

Events and Meetings this Week:

10/16 – 11:30 AM – Deacon Meeting 

10/17 – 12:15 PM – Playschool Committee meeting 

             6:30 PM – Session Meeting 

10/18 – 10:00 AM – Grace Circle 

10/19 – 6:00 PM – Worship Committee Meeting / Handbells 

            7:00 PM – Choir  

10/21 – 6:00 PM Playschool Trunk or Treat 

10/23 – 9:30 AM – Intergenerational Sunday School/Kids Sunday School  

            10:10 AM – Choir warm-up

            10:30 AM – Worship Service

            6:30 PM – Youth Group Jackbox Party Game Night
 


Order of Worship 10-9-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Oct. 9th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Dennis McRea

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit

GATHERING

PRELUDE  I -“Poco allegretto”

           from Seven Pieces in C major and C minor – C. Franck              

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN: [Blue Hymnal 371]     

“Lift High the Cross”

Refrain: Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

Till all the world adore His sacred name.

  1. Come, Christians, follow where our Savior trod,

The Lamb victorious, Christ, the Son of God. (Refrain)

4 So shall our song of triumph ever be:

Praise to the Crucified for victory. (Refrain)

WORDS OF WELCOME   

MINUTE FOR MISSION                                                                    Playschool 

ADORATION 

CALL TO WORSHIP                 Isa. 56:1

ONE: Maintain justice, and do what is right.

MANY: God our Savior is coming soon.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

God of covenant, you have liberated us to be in relationship with you. You have told us how we can better reflect your love and grace to others, and yet we so often live for ourselves only. We are poor image bearers, and yet you continue to seek relationship with us. Help us to be a priesthood of believers, connecting humanity with your loving-kindness. Amen.

HYMN  [music in pew]                      “Your Endless Love, Your Mighty Acts”

  1. Your endless love, your mighty acts Surpass what words can tell; 

Lord, may the joys your people know be mine to share as well 

  1. Our Rebel Forebears rarely grasped your mercy or your might; 

We need your mercy just like them: we, too, do wrong not right. ”

  1. Before a golden calf they bowed an idol in your place! 

Until, by Moses faithful prayer, you drew them back to grace. 

  1. But when they spurned the promised land, you made your anger plain: 

They wandered long on desert paths, and served the Baals again. 

  1. Yet those whom once you sold in wrath, in mercy you restored; 

May we, like them, be gathered in to thank and praise you, Lord. 

             

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

 CONFESSION 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty and merciful God, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

O Lord, have mercy upon us. Forgive those who confess their faults.

Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O merciful God, for his sake, that we may live a holy, just, and humble life to the glory of your holy name.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     

*GLORIA PATRI #579 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.

PROCLAMATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                        Exodus 19:3-7, 20:1-17

Then Moses went up to God; the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my 

covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.’

So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him.

Then God spoke all these words:

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                    “A Priestly Kindom”                 The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

RESPONSE     

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH              Theological Declaration of Barmen: 

Jesus Christ, as he is attested for us in Holy Scripture, is the one Word of God which we have to hear and which we have to trust and obey in life and in death.

As Jesus Christ is God’s assurance of the forgiveness of all our sins, so in the same way and with the same seriousness is he also God’s mighty claim upon our whole life. Through him befalls us a joyful deliverance from the godless fetters of this world for a free, grateful service to his creatures.

The church’s commission, upon which its freedom is founded, consists in delivering the message of the free grace of God to all people in Christ’s stead, and therefore in the ministry of his own Word and work through sermon and Sacrament. 

PLEDGE CAMPAIGN TESTIMONIAL                                Bill Bottomley

RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERING   “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis

If ye love Me, keep My commandments 

and I will pray the Father 

and He shall give you another Comforter 

That He may abide with you forever 

e’en the Spirit of truth.

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

PRAYERS of the PEOPLE and 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen

*HYMN [Blue Hymnal #280]  “Amazing Grace”

1 Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.

2 ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed!

3 Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;

’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.

4 The Lord has promised good to me, His Word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be As long as life endures.

5 When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we’d first begun. 

*PARTING PRAYER    

May the strength of God pilot us. May the power of God preserve us. May the wisdom of God instruct us. May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us. May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil and the temptations of the world. May Christ be with us, Christ before us, Christ in us, Christ over us. May your salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and forevermore. Amen

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION [music in pew]

Our God is an awesome God who reigns from heaven above 

with wisdom, power, and love; our God is an awesome God! 

POSTLUDE Toccata in e minor – Pachelbel

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director.  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  

STAFF

Church Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504.888.1375

Playschool Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .504.888.1378

The Reverend Aaron Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Head of Staff

Louise Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christian Education Leader

Sam Garnett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Music Director

Kelly Cuppett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Music Director

Lauren Oufnac. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Playschool Director

Stephanie Galliano. . . . . Playschool Administrative Assistant

For more information, visit our website at www.JohnCalvinChurch.org

 or find us @JohnCalvinMetairie on



Worship 10-2-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

World Communion Sunday

Oct. 2nd, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Ragina Isham

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit

GATHERING

PRELUDE                                                                       

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN: [Blue Hymnal 281]     

“Guide Me, O thou Great Jehovah”

  1. Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but Thou art mighty; Hold me with Thy powerful hand;

Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,

Feed me till I want no more, Feed me till I want no more.

  1. Open now the crystal fountain, Whence the healing stream doth flow;

Let the fire and cloudy pillar Lead me all my journey through;

Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,

Be Thou still my strength and shield, Be Thou still my strength and shield.

WORDS OF WELCOME   

MINUTE FOR MISSION

ADORATION 

CALL TO WORSHIP Exod. 20:2–3

ONE: The Lord has delivered us from slavery;

MANY: there is no other god but the Lord.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

God of redemption, you call us to step out in faith and trust that you will be with us. Help us see beyond the answers that we are expecting, to the salvation that you are opening before us. Guard us from the fears and complaints that can obscure your calling. Amen.

HYMN  [music in pew]                      “Your Endless Love, Your Mighty Acts”

  1. Your endless love, your mighty acts Surpass what words can tell; 

Lord, may the joys your people know be mine to share as well 

  1. Our Rebel Forebears rarely grasped your mercy or your might; 

We need your mercy just like them: we, too, do wrong not right. ”

  1. Before a golden calf they bowed an idol in your place! 

Until, by Moses faithful prayer, you drew them back to grace. 

  1. But when they spurned the promised land, you made your anger plain: 

They wandered long on desert paths, and served the Baals again. 

  1. Yet those whom once you sold in wrath, in mercy you restored; 

May we, like them, be gathered in to thank and praise you, Lord. 

             

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

 CONFESSION 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty and merciful God, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

O Lord, have mercy upon us. Forgive those who confess their faults.

Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O merciful God, for his sake, that we may live a holy, just, and humble life to the glory of your holy name. Amen

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     

*GLORIA PATRI #579 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.

PROCLAMATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                         Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the minds of Pharaoh and his officials were changed towards the people, and they said, ‘What have we done, letting Israel leave our service?’ So he had his chariot made ready, and took his army with him; he took six hundred picked chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them.

As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, “Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians”? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’ But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.’

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                  “Through the Waters”               The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

RESPONSE     

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                    Westminster Shorter Catechism: 

ONE: What is the main purpose for humanity?

MANY: The main purpose for humanity is to glorify and enjoy God forever.

ONE: What rule has God given to tell us how we may glorify and enjoy God?

MANY: The Word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments is the only rule to tell us how we may glorify and enjoy God.

ONE: What do the Scriptures mainly teach?
MANY: The Scriptures mainly teach what we are to believe about God, and what duty God requires of us.

ONE: How many Persons are there in the Trinity?
MANY: There are three Persons in the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

ONE: What is Sin?

MANY: Sin is any lack of obedience to, or violation of, the law of God.

ONE: Who is the Redeemer of God’s elect?
MANY: The only Redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, and so was, and continues to be, God and human, in two distinct natures, and one Person forever.

ONE: How does the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
MANY:The Spirit applies to us the redemption purchased by Christ by working faith in us, and thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling.

PLEDGE DRIVE TESTIMONIAL                                                Mike Isham

RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERING       I will Arise”       arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw

I will arise and go to Jesus; he will embrace me in his arms.

In the arms of my dear Saviour, oh! there are ten thousand charms.

Teach me some melodious sonnet sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it, Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Come, thou font of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace.

Streams of mercy never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

THE GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

ONE: The Lord be with you.

MANY: And also with you.

ONE: Lift up your hearts.

MANY: We lift them to the Lord.

ONE: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

MANY: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

SUNG RESPONSE [Blue Hymnal #581]  “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord”

ONE: …Therefore with all creation we sing your praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.

ONE: … Great is the mystery of faith:

MANY: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again…

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen

ONE: … The gifts of God for the people of God.

MANY: Thanks be to God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION  

*HYMN [Purple Hymnal #80]  “You Shall Go Out With Joy”

You Shall go with joy and be led forth with peace;

the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

there’ll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the fields, 

will clap, will clap their hands

and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands;

the trees of the fields will clap their hands;

the trees of the field will clap their hands while you go out with joy. 

*PARTING PRAYER    

May the strength of God pilot us. May the power of God preserve us. May the wisdom of God instruct us. May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us. May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil and the temptations of the world. May Christ be with us, Christ before us, Christ in us, Christ over us. May your salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and forevermore. Amen

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

Our God is an awesome God who reigns from heaven above 

with wisdom, power, and love; our God is an awesome God! 

POSTLUDE

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director.  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  

STAFF

Church Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504.888.1375

Playschool Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .504.888.1378

The Reverend Aaron Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Head of Staff

Louise Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christian Education Leader

Sam Garnett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Music Director

Kelly Cuppett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Music Director

Lauren Oufnac. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Playschool Director

Stephanie Galliano. . . . . Playschool Administrative Assistant

For more information, visit our website at www.JohnCalvinChurch.org

 or find us @JohnCalvinMetairie on



order of Worship 9-25-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sep 25th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Sherly Wise

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit

GATHERING

PRELUDE                                                                    

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN: [Blue Hymnal 411]      

“Arise Your Light has Come!”

Arise, your light is come! The Spirit’s call obey;

Show forth the glory of your God, Which shines on you today.

Arise, your light is come! Fling wide the prison door;

Proclaim the captives’ liberty, Good tidings to the poor.

Arise, your light is come! All you in sorrow born,

Build up the broken-hearted ones And comfort those who mourn.

WORDS OF WELCOME   

ADORATION 

CALL TO WORSHIP Ps. 19:14

ONE: Let our words and thoughts be acceptable to God;

MANY: the Lord is our rock and our redeemer.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Author of Justice, help us to seek your justice both for ourselves and all those around us. Help us like Joseph endure hardships, and see your hand seeking good even when others seek evil. Help us to seek justice for others, so that all may live in freedom and grace. Amen.

HYMN  [music in pew]                                     “To Abraham and Sarah”

  1. To Abraham and Sarah the call of God was clear;

“Go forth and I will show you a country rich and fair.

You need not fear the journey, for I have pledged my word

that you shall be my people and I will be your God. 

  1. From Abraham and Sarah arose a pilgrim race,

dependent for their journey on God’s abundant grace;

and in their heart was written by God this saving word,

“That you shall be my people and I will be your God.”

  1. We of this generation on whom God’s hand is laid

can journey to the future secure and unafraid,

rejoicing in God’s goodness and trusting in this word,

“That you shall be my people and I will be your God.”

             

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

 CONFESSION 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. The profit and pleasures we pursue lay waste to the land and pollute the seas. The fears and jealousies that we harbor set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation. 

We abuse your good gifts of imagination and freedom, of intellect and reason, and have turned them into bonds of oppression. 

Lord, have mercy on us; heal and forgive us. Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. Amen. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     

*GLORIA PATRI #579 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.

PROCLAMATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                                                  Genesis 39:1-23

Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man; he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him; he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field. So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge; and, with him there, he had no concern for anything but the food that he ate.

Now Joseph was handsome and good-looking. And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, ‘Lie with me.’ But he refused and said to his master’s wife, ‘Look, with me here, my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my hand. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?’ And although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not consent to lie beside her or to be with her. One day, however, when he went into the house to do his work, and while no one else was in the house, she caught hold of his garment, saying, ‘Lie with me!’ But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside, she called out to the members of her household and said to them, ‘See, my husband has brought among us a Hebrew to insult us! He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice; and when he heard me raise my voice and cry out, he left his garment beside me, and fled outside.’ Then she kept his garment by her until his master came home, and she told him the same story, saying, ‘The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to insult me; but as soon as I raised my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me, and fled outside.’

When his master heard the words that his wife spoke to him, saying, ‘This is the way your servant treated me’, he became enraged. And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; he remained there in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love; he gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s care all the prisoners who were in the prison, and whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. The chief jailer paid no heed to anything that was in Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                           The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

RESPONSE     

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                  Heidelberg Catechism                            

ONE: What is your only comfort, in life and in death?

ALL: That I belong body and soul, in life and in death not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by the Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERING           Author of Justice      by Lloyd Larson

 

Author of justice on time’s endless page

your theme is justice in race, creed, and age;

justice for women, for children, for men.

Stewards of justice, we pledge our “Amen.”


Where there is someone unfairly accused,

where there is strength and its power abused,

where prejudice lives and dignity dies,

lead us to action courageous and wise.


Let it be written we sang freedom’s song,

challenging rights that are morally wrong. 

From rage and chaos to hope and control,

author of justice, heal our wounds, make us whole.


Friends of the helpless, of victims in need; 

foes of intolerance, hatred, and greed;

may we move mountains as faith lights our way.

Brighter tomorrows are born of today.


Author, your message impart 

till loving kindness redeems every heart

and earth embraces her new destiny:

justice for everyone with true equity. Amen.

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

*HYMN [Blue Hymnal #404]   “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

Precious Lord, take my hand, Lead me on, help me stand,

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;

Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light:

Take my hand, precious Lord,

Lead me home.

When my way grows drear, Precious Lord, linger near

When my life is almost gone 

Hear my cry, hear my call, Hold my hand lest I fall.

Take my hand, precious Lord,

Lead me home.

*PARTING PRAYER    

Faithful God, your promises stand unshaken through all generations. Renew us in hope, that we may be awake and alert as we watch for the glorious return of Jesus Christ, our Judge and Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE “Trumpet Tune” by Michael McCabe

Flowers were given by John and Linda Laporte in honor of their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director.  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  

STAFF

Church Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504.888.1375

Playschool Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .504.888.1378

The Reverend Aaron Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Head of Staff

Louise Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christian Education Leader

Sam Garnett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Music Director

Kelly Cuppett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Music Director

Lauren Oufnac. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Playschool Director

Stephanie Galliano. . . . . Playschool Administrative Assistant

For more information, visit our website at www.JohnCalvinChurch.org

 or find us @JohnCalvinMetairie on

JCPC Prayer Team

You may write your prayer request on one of the forms, located in the pew rack in front of you, and place it in the offering plate. You may also enter prayer requests on-line at www.johncalvinchurch.org, just click

 “Prayer Request.”



Worship 9-18-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sep 18th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: John Laporte

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit

GATHERING

PRELUDE                                            Oceans                     Hillsong United                                 

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN: [Blue Hymnal 485]      “To God be the Glory”

1 To God be the glory, great things He hath done!

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,

And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain: Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the earth hear His voice!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,

And give Him the glory: great things He hath done.

2 Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. [Refrain]

WORDS OF WELCOME   

MINUTE FOR MISSION

ADORATION 

CALL TO WORSHIP Phil. 1:27

ONE: Live in a way that is worthy of the gospel

MANY: Stand firm in the Spirit, side by side.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Almighty God, you created the heavens and the earth,

and humankind in your image. Teach us to discern your hand in all your works and to serve you with reverence and thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

HYMN  [music in pew]                                     “To Abraham and Sarah”

  1. To Abraham and Sarah the call of God was clear;

“Go forth and I will show you a country rich and fair.

You need not fear the journey, for I have pledged my word

that you shall be my people and I will be your God. 

  1. From Abraham and Sarah arose a pilgrim race,

dependent for their journey on God’s abundant grace;

and in their heart was written by God this saving word,

“That you shall be my people and I will be your God.”

  1. We of this generation on whom God’s hand is laid

can journey to the future secure and unafraid,

rejoicing in God’s goodness and trusting in this word,

“That you shall be my people and I will be your God.”

             

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

 CONFESSION 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. The profit and pleasures we pursue lay waste to the land and pollute the seas. The fears and jealousies that we harbor set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation. 

We abuse your good gifts of imagination and freedom, of intellect and reason, and have turned them into bonds of oppression. 

Lord, have mercy on us; heal and forgive us. Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. Amen. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     

*GLORIA PATRI #579 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.

PROCLAMATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                                                  Genesis 12:1-9

Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on by stages towards the Negeb.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON               “A Place I Will Show You”            The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

RESPONSE     

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                                  Scots Confession

We confess and acknowledge one God alone, to whom alone we must cleave, whom alone we must serve, whom only we must worship, and in whom alone we put our trust. Who is eternal, infinite, immeasurable, incomprehensible, omnipotent, invisible; one in substance and yet distinct in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. By whom we confess and believe all things in heaven and earth, visible and invisible, to have been created, to be retained in their being, and to be ruled and guided by [God’s] inscrutable providence for such end as [God’s] eternal wisdom, goodness, and justice have appointed, and to the manifestation of [God’s] own glory.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERING       “His Voice as the Sound”

arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw

His voice as the sound of the dulcimer sweet, 

Is heard thro’ the shadows of death

The cedars of Lebanon bow at his feet,

The air is perfum’d with his breath.

His lips as a fountain of righteousness flow 

that waters the garments of grace.

From which their salvation the Gentiles shall know, 

And bask in the smile of his face. 

Love sits in his eyelids and scatters delight 

Thro’ all the bright regions on high.

Their faces the Cherubim veil in his sight, 

And tremble with fullness of joy.

He looks, and ten thousands of angels rejoice, 

And myriads wait for his word,

He speaks, and eternity filled with his voice, 

Re-echoes the praise of her Lord

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

REMEMBRANCE OF BAPTISM

ONE: The Lord be with you.

MANY: And also with you.

ONE: Lift up your hearts.

MANY: We lift them to the Lord.

ONE: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

MANY: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen

*HYMN [Blue Hymnal #488]  “The God of Abraham Praise”

1 The God of Abraham praise, Who reigns enthroned above;

The ancient of eternal days, The God of Love!

The Lord, the great I Am, By earth and heaven confessed,

We bow before Your holy name, Forever blest.

2 Your spirit still flows free, High surging where it will;

In prophet’s word You spoke of old And You speak still.

Established is Your law, And changeless it shall stand,

Deep writ upon the human heart, On sea, or land.

3 You have eternal life Implanted in the soul;

Your love shall be our strength and stay, While ages roll.

We praise You, living God! We praise Your holy name;

The first, the last, beyond all thought, And still the same!

*PARTING PRAYER    

Faithful God, your promises stand unshaken through all generations. Renew us in hope, that we may be awake and alert as we watch for the glorious return of Jesus Christ, our Judge and Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE “Festivities” by Phil Lehenbauer

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director.  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  

STAFF

Church Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504.888.1375

Playschool Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .504.888.1378

The Reverend Aaron Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Head of Staff

Louise Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christian Education Leader

Sam Garnett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Music Director

Kelly Cuppett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Music Director

Lauren Oufnac. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Playschool Director

Stephanie Galliano. . . . . Playschool Administrative Assistant

For more information, visit our website at www.JohnCalvinChurch.org

 or find us @JohnCalvinMetairie on

JCPC Prayer Team

You may write your prayer request on one of the forms, located in the pew rack in front of you, and place it in the offering plate. You may also enter prayer requests on-line at www.johncalvinchurch.org, just click

 “Prayer Request.”



Worship 9-11-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sep 11th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Ministers: Rev. Susan Lassalle and Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit

GATHERING

PRELUDE                            Prelude in C – Pachelbel                                               

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN: Blue Hymnal #391      “Take My Life”

1 Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days; Let them flow in ceaseless praise, 

Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

3 Take my voice, and let me sing Always, only, for my King.

Take my lips, and let them be Filled with messages from Thee, 

Filled with messages from Thee.

WORDS OF WELCOME   

ADORATION 

CALL TO WORSHIP    

ONE: There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. 

ALL: There are different ways of serving, but the same God is served. 

ONE: There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to each of us for our particular service.

ALL: The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.

ONE: Christ is like a single body with many parts.

ALL Is it still one body even though it is made up of different parts. 

ONE: If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts joyfully celebrate. 

ALL: All of us are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Loving God, in whom we live and move and have our being. You breathe life and Spirit into us. You call us to learn and grow, and to teach others the lessons that we have learned. Thank you for the gift of teachers, and the many opportunities we have to learn. May we never stop learning. Amen. 

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

REMEMBRANCE of SEPTEMBER 11th

 OPENING SENTENCES                                                            Psalm 46:1-3, 7      

ONE: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 

ALL: Lord of hosts, be with us still. 

ONE: Therefore, we shall not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be hurled into the sea; though its waters rage and foam, though the mountains tremble at its tumult. 

ALL: Lord of hosts, be with us still.

ONE MINUTE of SILENCE in REMEMBRANCE of 

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

PRAYER

Strong God of love: your Son Jesus told us that in this world we will endure tribulation. If we should suffer for righteousness’ sake, save us from self-righteousness. Give us grace to pray for enemies, and to forgive them, even as you have forgiven us; through Jesus Christ, who was crucified but is risen, whom we praise forever. Amen.

PROCLAMATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON                       Psalm 1; Proverbs 1:8-9, 20-22; 3:1-18

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

CELEBRATION of EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES                           

John Calvin Presbyterian              Louise Ochart, Christian Education Leader

John Calvin Presbyterian Playschool       Lauren Oufnac, Playschool Director

Little Farms United Church of Christ                          The Rev. Susan Lassalle

Conclusion                                                                              The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

RESPONSE     

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY                        “Bound for Jubilee”

Hallelu, Hallelu, I am on my way, bound for Jubilee

Oh my brother, won’t you come with me?

Oh my sister, you must come today.

Oh my brother, won’t you come with me? 

Or the Devil might come and take you away, 

‘fore you get to Jubilee

Hallelu! Bound for Jubilee!

My Lord’s callin’, I must go with Him.

Can’t you hear Him callin’ you today?

My Lords callin’, I must go with Him, 

or the Devil might come and take me away, ‘fore I get to Jubilee

Hallelu! Bound for Jubilee!

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

COMMISSIONING of TEACHERS

Playschool Teachers to be commissioned: Lauren Oufnac Director Stephanie Galliano Adm. Asst., Michelle Henry TK Teacher, Sue McKenzie TK Teacher, Nancy James PK+ Teacher, Cherie Corcoran PK+ Teacher, Briana Pertuit PK+ Teacher, Debbie Perrie PK+ Teacher, Sherry Welch-Kinler 3’s Teacher, Virginia LaHatte 3’s Teacher, May Masri  3’s Teacher, Sharon Penny 3’s Teacher, Kim Knouse 3’s Teacher, Jamie Orlando 3’s/2’s Teacher, Brittanie Amerland 2’s Teacher, Angle’ Young 2’s Teacher, Amanda Rowell 2’s Teacher, Cherie Mosbey 2’s Teacher, Angelle Muscarello 2’s Teacher, Stacey O’Neil 2’s Teacher, Gina Nissenbaum 2’s Teacher, Yvette Burst 1’s Teacher, Brittany Louis 1’s Teacher, Virginia Borne Specialty Class Teacher/Sub, Blair Tullier Specialty Class Teacher, Kaitlin Novak Specialty Class Teacher, Lynne Sens Teacher

JCPC Sunday School Teachers and Nursery Care workers to be Commissioned: Valerie Corcoran, Julie Hebert, Linda Lowry, Louise Ochart, Rev. Aaron Ochart, Cynthia Palmisano, Karla Russo, David Russo

ONE: God calls ordinary people from ordinary places to do extraordinary work with God’s people. God called Abraham and Sarah to pack their belongings and follow God to a new land.

ALL: So they followed God. 

ONE: God called Moses to take the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt. 

ALL: So they followed God. 

ONE: God called David to be a king, even though he was a young boy and the youngest of all of Jesse’s sons.

ALL: So they followed God. 

ONE: God called Mary to have a baby and name the child “Jesus,” because he would save the people from their sins.

ALL: So they followed God.

ONE: God called Peter and James and John away from their families, their homes, and their work as fishermen.

ALL: So they followed God. 

ONE: God called Martha away from the kitchen and Lydia away from her purple cloth, and Priscilla to open her home as a new church.

ALL: So they followed God. 

LOUISE: Teachers, please stand. God has called you as educators. Being an educator requires energy, patience, commitment, hard work, and a heart for God’s work and God’s children. Do you accept this call? 

TEACHERS: I do.

LAUREN: Playschool Teachers, You have been called to serve God in this place by teaching our smallest ones. You will teach colors, letters, and numbers, as well as foundational lessons of how to be a human being.  Will you serve with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?

PLAYSCHOOL TEACHERS: We will.

AARON: Sunday School teachers and other church educators, You have been called to teach the faith to those in your congregation, from the youngest to the oldest. You are called to teach and to learn lessons from the Bible, deep spiritual truths, and to mutually call one another to deeper faith and life. Will you serve with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love? 

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS: We will.

SUSAN: Lord our God, we are like trees planted by the Living Water of your Word. May we meditate on your Word day and night. Your Spirit calls out to us in the business of our lives to learn her wisdom, to trust in the Lord with all our heart and not to rely on our own understanding. 

Bless the teachers called to these particular ministries, whether they are here in person or elsewhere. Give them your strength when they have none and your peace that passes all understanding. Help them to remember that they are called to learn as well. Bless all of their students, no matter the age, and give them a great year of learning and growth. Bless also all of the students, teachers, staff, and administration of the many schools around us. Keep them all safe and in your tender loving kindness. 

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen

*HYMN Blue Hymnal#324           “Open My Eyes That I May See”

  1. Open my eyes that I may see Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;

place in my hands the wonderful key That shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee, Ready, my God, Thy will to see;

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

  1. Open my ears, that I may hear Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;

And while the wave notes fall on my ear, Everything false will disappear.

Silently now I wait for Thee, Ready, my God, Thy will to see;

Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

  1. Open my mouth, and let me bear Gladly the warm truth everywhere;

Open my heart, and let me prepare Love with Thy children thus to share.

Silently now I wait for Thee, Ready, my God, Thy will to see;

Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION: Right and Left sides of the sanctuary (facing the pulpit)

ONE: Look around you friends, look around you. Who is the person standing next to you?

RIGHT: The person next to me is a beloved child of God, a living example of the Word-Made-Flesh of God’s continuing presence in the world, of God’s continuing “coming” into our midst.

LEFT: The person next to me is unique, a combination of needs and possibilities, smiles and frowns, laughter and tears, fears and hopes, all struggling to find expression.

ONE: Friends, look around you . . . each of you are heirs of God’s promise, God’s adopted and beloved children.

RIGHT: Go out from this place renewed by the Spirit.

LEFT: We will go where God sends us for we have been fed and equipped for service

ONE: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing you are beloved children of God, and that God has claimed you as special.

ALL: We come and we go, we live and breathe as children of God. Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Amen.

BLESSING for PICNIC

POSTLUDE   “This Little Light of Mine” Setting by John A. Behnke

Flowers were given by Jananne Lankard in honor of Teachers and in memory of George McLean by his family. 

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Susan Lassalle, pastor of Little Farms UCC; Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor of John Calvin Pres.; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Lauren Oufnac, Playschool Director; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director;  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  



Order of Worship 9-4-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sep 4th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Lorraine Hicks

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit

GATHERING

PRELUDE                                                                                   

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN:             “Here in This Place”

  1. Here in this place the new light is streaming; 

now is the darkness vanished away; 

see in this space our fears and our dreamings

brought here to you in the light of this day.

Gather us in the lost and forsaken, gather us in the blind and the lame;

call to us now, and we shall awaken; 

we shall arise at the sound of your name.

  1. Not in the dark of buildings confining, 

not in some heaven, light years away:

here in this place the new light is shining;

now is the kingdom, and now is the day.

Gather us in and hold us forever; gather us in and make us your own;

gather us in, all peoples together,

fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

WORDS OF WELCOME   

ADORATION 

CALL TO WORSHIP         Rom. 13:10      

ONE: Love does no wrong to a neighbor;

MANY: love is the fulfillment of the law. 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. You are high above us, but we build towers to our own greatness. We trust our own intellect and inspiration to save us, rather than your grace. We build houses in the sand, rather than on the rock of your Word. Help us to build eternal structures, in ourselves and in the world, and put our trust in you. Amen. 

HYMN                                       “To Abraham and Sarah”

  1. To Abraham and Sarah the call of God was clear;

“Go forth and I will show you a country rich and fair.

You need not fear the journey, for I have pledged my word

that you shall be my people and I will be your God. 

  1. From Abraham and Sarah arose a pilgrim race,

dependent for their journey on God’s abundant grace;

and in their heart was written by God this saving word,

“That you shall be my people and I will be your God.”

  1. We of this generation one whom God’s hand is laid

can journey to the future secure and unafraid,

rejoicing in God’s goodness and trusting in this word,

“That you shall be my people and I will be your God.”

             

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

 CONFESSION 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. The profit and pleasures we pursue lay waste to the land and pollute the seas. The fears and jealousies that we harbor set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation. 

We abuse your good gifts of imagination and freedom, of intellect and reason, and have turned them into bonds of oppression. 

Lord, have mercy on us; heal and forgive us. Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. Amen. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     

*GLORIA PATRI #579 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.

PROCLAMATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                                                  Genesis 11:1-9

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.’ And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the LORD said, ‘Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.’ So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                         “Building Towers”                  The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

RESPONSE     

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                                     Apostles’ Creed

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, 

And in Jesus Christ [God’s] only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY 

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY COMMUNION

THE GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

ONE: The Lord be with you.

MANY: And also with you.

ONE: Lift up your hearts.

MANY: We lift them to the Lord.

ONE: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

MANY: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

ONE: …Therefore with all creation we sing your praise:

MANY: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

ONE: … Great is the mystery of faith:

MANY: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again…

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen

ONE: … The gifts of God for the people of God.

MANY: Thanks be to God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION  

*HYMN [Blue Hymnal #379]  “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”

  1. My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand; All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand. 

  1. When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil. (refrain)

  1. His oath, His covenant, His blood Support me in the whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay. (refrain)

  1. When He shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found,

Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne, (refrain)

*PARTING PRAYER    

Faithful God, your promises stand unshaken through all generations. Renew us in hope, that we may be awake and alert as we watch for the glorious return of Jesus Christ, our Judge and Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE  

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director.  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  

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The Reverend Aaron Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Head of Staff

Louise Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christian Education Leader

Sam Garnett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Music Director

Kelly Cuppett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Music Director

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Bulletin for August 28, 2022

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Aug 28th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Ron Palmisano

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit

GATHERING

PRELUDE                                                                                   

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN: Blue #376

 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

  1. Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven to earth come down,

fix in us Thy humble dwelling, All thy faithful mercies crown!

Jesus thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art;

Visit us with Thy salvation, Enter every trembling heart.

 

  1. Breathe, O Breathe, Thy loving Spirit Into every troubled breast!

Let us all in Thee inherit, Let us find the promised rest;

Take away the love of sinning: Alpha and Omega be;

End of faith as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

WORDS OF WELCOME   

ADORATION 

CALL TO WORSHIP             Heb. 13:16       

ONE: Do good and share what you have,

MANY: for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

God of blessing. You bless us abundantly, yet we try to control your blessings. We so often hord your blessings instead of sharing them with others. We seek to control where your blessings flow, and curse those who do not fit our expectations. Help us to recognize the grace that you have given us despite our sin, and share your blessings with others. Amen.

HYMN                                                “Thy Word”

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

 

  1. When I feel afraid, and I think I’ve lost my way, 

still you’re there right beside me. 

Nothing Will I fear as long as you are near

please be near me to the end. (chorus)

             

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

 

 CONFESSION 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Eternal God, our judge and redeemer, we confess that we have tried to hide from you, for we have done wrong. We have lived for ourselves, and apart from you. We have turned from our neighbors, and refused to bear the burdens of others. We have ignored the pain of the world, and passed by the hungry, the poor, and the oppressed. 

In your great mercy forgive our sins and free us from selfishness, that we may choose your will and obey your commandments; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     

*GLORIA PATRI #579 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.

PROCLAMATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                                                  Genesis 9:16-29

The sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noah; and from these the whole earth was peopled.

 

Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard. He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and he lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backwards and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said,

‘Cursed be Canaan;

   lowest of slaves shall he be to his brothers.’

He also said,

‘Blessed by the LORD my God be Shem;

   and let Canaan be his slave.

May God make space for Japheth,

   and let him live in the tents of Shem;

   and let Canaan be his slave.’

 

After the flood Noah lived for three hundred and fifty years. All the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.

 

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

 

SERMON                           “Implicit Bias”                      The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

RESPONSE     

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                           Confession of Belhar

We believe that Christ’s work of reconciliation is made manifest in the church as the community of believers who have been reconciled with God and with one another. 

that unity is, therefore, both a gift and an obligation for the church of Jesus Christ; that through the working of God’s Spirit it is a binding force, yet simultaneously a reality which must be earnestly pursued and sought: one which the people of God must continually be built up to attain;

That this unity must become visible so that the world may believe that separation, enmity, and hatred between people and groups is sin which Christ has already conquered, and accordingly that anything which threatens this unity may have no place in the church and must be resisted;

That this unity of the people of God must be manifested and be active in a variety of ways:  in that we love one another; that we experience, practice, and pursue community with one another; that we are obligated to give ourselves willingly and joyfully to be of benefit and blessing to one another; that we share one faith, having one calling, are of one soul and one mind; have one God and Father, are filled with one Spirit, are baptized with one baptism, eat of one bread and drink of one cup, confess one name, and share one hope; together come to know the height and the  depth of the love of Christ; together are built up to the stature of Christ, to the new humanity; together know and bear one another’s burdens, thereby fulfilling the law of Christ; that we need one another and upbuild one another, admonishing and comforting one another; that we suffer with one another for the sake of righteousness; pray together, together serve God in this world; and together fight against all may threaten or hinder this unity;

that this unity can be established only in freedom and not under constraint; that the variety of spiritual gifts, opportunities, backgrounds, convictions, as well as the various languages and cultures, are by virtue of the reconciliation in Christ, opportunities for mutual service and enrichment within the one visible people of God; 

That true faith in Jesus Christ is the only condition for membership of this church;

Therefore we reject any doctrine which absolutizes either natural diversity or the sinful separation of people in such a way that this absolutization hinders or breaks the visible and active unity of the church, or even leads to the establishment of a separate church formation;

which professes that this spiritual unity is truly being maintained in the bond of peace while believers of the same confession are in effect alienated from one another for the sake of diversity and in despair of reconciliation;

which denies that a refusal earnestly to pursue this visible unity as a priceless gift is sin;

which explicitly or implicitly maintains that descent or any other human or social factor should be a consideration in determining membership of the church. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY        Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring        arr. F. Campbell-Watson Sharon Fortin and Kelly Cuppett, soloists

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

PRAYERS of the PEOPLE and 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen

*HYMN [Blue Hymnal #289]  “O God of Every Nation”

  1. O God of every nation, Of every race and land,

Redeem the whole creation With your almighty hand;

Where hate and fear divide us And bitter threats are hurled,

In love and mercy guide us And heal our strife-torn world. 

 

  1. From search for wealth and power And scorn of truth and right,

From trust in bombs that shower Destruction through the night,

From pride of race and station And blindness to Your way,

Deliver every nation, Eternal God we pray.

 

  1. Lord, strengthen those who labor That all may find release

from fear of rattling saber, From dread of war’s increase;

When hope and courage falter, Your still small voice be heard;

With faith that none can alter, Your servants undergird. 

 

  1. Keep bright in us the vision Of days when war shall cease,

When hatred and division Give way to love and peace,

Till dawns the morning glorious When peace on Earth shall reignand 

And Christ shall rule victorious O’er all the world’s domain.

 

*PARTING PRAYER    

Almighty God, by the love of Jesus Christ you draw people to faith, and welcome them into the church family. May we show your joy by embracing new siblings, who with us believe and with us will work to serve you. Keep us close together in your Spirit, breaking bread in faith and love, one with Jesus Christ our Lord and Master. Amen

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE   Fugue in C – Bach

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director; and Josh Sierra Delgado, guest musician.  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  



Order of Worship 8-21-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Aug 21st, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Bill Bottomley

Please silence all cell phones. 

Face masks are encouraged for all participants unless leading worship. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit

GATHERING

PRELUDE                                                                                   

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN [Blue Hymnal 272] God of the Sparrow

  1. God of the sparrow

God of the whale

God of the swirling stars

How does the creature say Awe

How does the creature say Praise

  1. God of the rainbow

God of the cross

God of the empty grave

How does the creature say Grace

How does the creature say Thanks

WORDS OF WELCOME   

ADORATION 

CALL TO WORSHIP Ps. 103:8          

ONE: The Lord is merciful and gracious,

MANY: slow to anger and abounding in love.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Almighty God, you have taught us that all our deeds without love are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the very bond of peace and of all goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

HYMN                                                “Thy Word”

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

 

  1. When I feel afraid, and I think I’ve lost my way, 

still you’re there right beside me. 

Nothing Will I fear as long as you are near

please be near me to the end. (chorus)

             

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

 CONFESSION 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Eternal God, our judge and redeemer, we confess that we have tried to hide from you, for we have done wrong. We have lived for ourselves, and apart from you. We have turned from our neighbors, and refused to bear the burdens of others. We have ignored the pain of the world, and passed by the hungry, the poor, and the oppressed. 

In your great mercy forgive our sins and free us from selfishness, that we may choose your will and obey your commandments; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     

*GLORIA PATRI #579 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.

PROCLAMATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                                  Genesis 6:9-24; 8:15-22

These are the descendants of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth. And God said to Noah, ‘I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth. Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above; and put the door of the ark in its side; make it with lower, second, and third decks. For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive. Also take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.’ Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him…

 Then God said to Noah, ‘Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.’ So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. And every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families.

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt-offerings on the altar. And when the Lord smelled the pleasing odor, the Lord said in his heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, for the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done.

As long as the earth endures,

   seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,

summer and winter, day and night,

   shall not cease.’

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                    “The Great Flood”                      The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

RESPONSE     

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                   Brief Statement of Faith

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. We trust in Jesus Christ, Fully human, fully God.

Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image …, of every race and people, to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. 

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. 

With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY              Listen to God Ronald Palmisano  

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

REMEMBRANCE OF BAPTISM 

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen

CLOSING PRAYER

Gracious God, by water and the Spirit you claimed us as your own, cleansing us from sin, and giving us new life. You made us members of your body, the church, calling us to be your servants in the world. Continue the good work you have begun in us. Send us forth by the power of your Spirit to love and serve you with joy, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

*HYMN [Blue Hymnal #384]  O love that Will Not Let Me Go

  1. O love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee;

I give Thee back the life I owe,

That in thine ocean depths its flow

May richer, fuller be.

  1. O light that followest all my way,

I yield my flickering torch to thee;

My heart restores its borrowed ray,

That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day

May brighter, fairer be.

  1. O joy that seekest me through pain,

I cannot close my heart to Thee;

I trace the rainbow through the rain,

And feel the promise is not vain

That morn shall tearless be.

  1. O cross that liftest up my head,

I dare not ask to fly from Thee;

I lay in dust life’s glory dead,

And from the ground there blossoms red

Life that shall endless be.

*PARTING PRAYER    

Almighty God, by the love of Jesus Christ you draw people to faith, and welcome them into the church family. May we show your joy by embracing new siblings, who with us believe and with us will work to serve you. Keep us close together in your Spirit, breaking bread in faith and love, one with Jesus Christ our Lord and Master. Amen

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE   

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director; and Josh Sierra Delgado, guest musician.  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  

STAFF

Church Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504.888.1375

Playschool Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .504.888.1378

The Reverend Aaron Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Head of Staff

Louise Ochart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christian Education Leader

Sam Garnett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Music Director

Kelly Cuppett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Music Director

Lauren Oufnac. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Playschool Director

Stephanie Galliano. . . . . Playschool Administrative Assistant

For more information, visit our website at www.JohnCalvinChurch.org

 or find us @JohnCalvinMetairie on

JCPC Prayer Team

You may write your prayer request on one of the forms, located in the pew rack in front of you, and place it in the offering plate. You may also enter prayer requests on-line at www.johncalvinchurch.org, just click

 “Prayer Request.”