Order of Worship 10_25_2020

Installation of the Rev. Aaron Ochart

Reformation Sunday

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

October 25, 2020 

   Three O’Clock in the Afternoon

Commission: The Rev. Sarah Chancellor-Watson (TE, St. Charles Presbyterian), Lorretta Crado (RE, Jefferson Presbyterian), Linda Lowry (RE, John Calvin Presbyterian), the Rev. Robert Malsbary (TE, Pastor Emeritus) Chris Roberts (RE, First Presbyterian Church), and The Rev. Ron Sutto (Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of South Louisiana); with The Rev. Don Frampton (TE, Honorably Retired).        

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GATHERING

WORDS OF WELCOME

HANDBELL PRELUDE   “Take My Life and Let It Be”    arr. Patricia Cota

OPENING SENTENCES  2 Cor. 13:13; Gal. 3:27; Eph. 4:4       

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 

And also with you.     

As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as we were called to the one hope of our calling.                                   

GATHERING PRAYER   

Almighty and eternal God, by your grace you have called us to this time and place to be your servant people as we follow our servant Lord. Make your Holy Spirit move within and among us, that together we may live a new life in the crucified and risen Christ. Bind us together in faith, so that as we receive all spiritual gifts needed to fulfill our calling, we may support one another in common ministry; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.    
 
HYMN 525 “Here I Am, Lord”
 
CALL TO CONFESSION
 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)

Merciful and loving God, you have called us to be your people and claimed us for the service of Jesus Christ. We confess that we have not lived up to our calling to proclaim the good news in word and deed. We are quick to speak when we ought to listen, and remain silent when it is time to speak. We put too much faith in our own actions and fail to trust the strength of your Spirit. 

O God, forgive our foolish ways. Strengthen us anew to follow Christ’s way in the world. By your Holy Spirit, give us the grace we need to be faithful disciples and fulfill our common calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen. 
 
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
 

GLORIA PATRI 579   

     

PROCLAMATION

FIRST LESSON           Exodus 4:1-17                                                                                                

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN   
 

ANTHEM                            “The Summons” 

   

SECOND LESSON                 Mark 1:9-11     

                

SERMON             “The Voice”                       The Rev. Don Frampton

 

 RESPONSE 

INSTALLATION 

There are varieties of gifts, but it is the same Spirit who gives them. 

There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served. 

God works through each person in a unique way, but it is God’s purpose that is accomplished. 

To each is given a gift of the Spirit to be used for the common good. 

Together we are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. 
 
STATEMENT ON ORDINATION                 

We are all called into the church of Jesus Christ by baptism, and marked as Christ’s own by the Holy Spirit. This is our common calling, to be disciples of Jesus Christ and servants of our servant Lord. 

Within the community of the church, some are called to particular service as deacons, as ruling elders, and as ministers of Word and Sacrament. 

Ordination is Christ’s gift to the church, assuring that his ministry continues among us. Through ordination, God provides for acts of care and governance of the church, and for the preaching of the word and celebration of the sacraments. 

The Presbytery of South Louisiana, by means of this commission, welcomes the Rev. Aaron Ochart as a minister of Word and Sacrament and installs him as pastor of John Calvin Presbyterian Church.  
 

PROFESSION OF FAITH

As God calls some to particular forms of ministry, God calls us all to bear gladly the yoke of Christ given in the covenant of Baptism. 

Let us, therefore, reaffirm our baptismal vows, renouncing all that opposes God and God’s rule and affirming the faith of the holy catholic church. 

Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. 

Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love? I do. 

Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will with God’s help. 
 

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom shall have no end. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son), who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. 

 

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

The Lord be with you. And also with You.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise…

Remember your baptism and be thankful. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 
 

CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS

Aaron, in Baptism, you were claimed by the love of God, clothed in the grace of Jesus Christ, and anointed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to share Christ’s mission in the world…

Do we, the members of John Calvin Presbyterian Church, accept Aaron Ochart as our pastor, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation to guide us in the way of Jesus Christ? We do. 

Do we agree to pray for him, to encourage him, to respect his decisions, and to follow as he guides us, serving Jesus Christ, who alone is Head of the Church? We do.

Do we promise to pay him fairly and provide for his welfare as he works among us; to stand by him in trouble and share his joys? We do.

Will we listen to the word he preaches, welcome his pastoral care, and honor his authority as he seeks to honor and obey Jesus Christ our Lord? We will. 
 
PRAYER OF INSTALLATION

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. 
 

DECLARATION OF INSTALLATION

Aaron, you are now a minister of Word and Sacrament, in the church of Jesus Christ, and for this congregation. 

Be faithful and true in your ministry so that your whole life will bear witness to the crucified and risen Christ. Amen. 
 
WELCOME
 
CHARGE TO THE NEWLY INSTALLED PASTOR
 
PRESENTATION OF SYMBOLS OF MINISTRY
 
CHARGE TO THE CONGREGATION
 
HYMN 434            “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”
 
BLESSING AND CHARGE 
 

POSTLUDE        

                                 



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Order of Worship 10_18_2020

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

20th Sunday of Pentecost

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

October 18, 2020 

   Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart                           

Liturgist: Tony Hill

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                                                                GATHERING
 

WORDS OF WELCOME

MINUTE FOR MISSION

STEWARDSHIP PRESENTATION: Richard Britson Outreach 

PRELUDE                     Voluntary in G – Henry Heron
 
ADORATION
 

CALL TO WORSHIP 

Give thanks to God for the faith we share;  

be steadfast in hope through Jesus Christ.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

God who answers prayer, we are blessed and humbled that you hear us when we call to you in our time of deepest longing. Receive our gratitude for your listening ear.

Amen                                       

HYMN 498          “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise”           

CALL TO CONFESSION        

SILENT CONFESSION                                                          

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

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        

PROCLAMATION

FIRST LESSON                                   Luke 1:46-55

And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
 
MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN   
 

ANTHEM                  O Clap Your Hands                    Julie Knowles

O clap your hands, O ye mighty people; sing to the Lord with a song of joy.

Clap your hands, O ye mighty people; sing to the Lord a new song!

The Lord is righteous, merciful, great is His name. 

Clap your hands, shout with joy, sing and give praise!

O clap your hands, O ye mighty people; sing your praise to the Lord on high.

Clap your hands, O ye mighty people; sing to the Lord a new song!    

  

Second Lesson                             1 Samuel 1:1-3, 9-11, 19-20; 2:1-10

   There was a certain man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham son of Elihu son of Tohu son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.Now this man used to go up year by year from his town to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord.

After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before the Lord. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly. She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.” 

They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the Lord.”         

  Hannah prayed and said,

“My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God.

My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory.

“There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth;

for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength.

Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.

The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.

The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.

The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts.

He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor.

For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world.

“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might does one prevail. The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven.

The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed.”

L: The Word of the Lord.

P: Thanks be to God.
 
SERMON               “Given to the Lord”            The Rev. Aaron Ochart
 

 RESPONSE 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH             Brief Statement of Faith   11.3

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, male and female, 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. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.
 

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 356             “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”    
 

PARTING PRAYER

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
 
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
 

POSTLUDE               Voluntary – Samuel Wesley

 



Order Of Worship 10_11_2020

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

19th Sunday of Pentecost

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

October 11, 2020 

   Ten Thirty in the morning

                            Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart                           

Liturgist: Emily Garland

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GATHERING

 

WORDS OF WELCOME

 

STEWARDSHIP PRESENTATION: Emily Garland

 

PRELUDE       Adagio from Toccata Undecima – George Muffat     

 

ADORATION

CALL TO WORSHIP 

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead. 

This is the good news we proclaim.  
 

PRAYER OF THE DAY 

Faithful God of an unfaithful people,

The people of Israel doubted your power and turned to other gods to fulfill their needs. We too, turn to other gods, seeking acceptance, power, and independence. Show us how to live humbly in you, and walk in your ways, in the name of the one who offered true power to all humanity, Jesus Christ. 

Amen     

                                 

HYMN 415              “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”                 From Glory to God Hymnal
 

CALL TO CONFESSION   

     

SILENT CONFESSION    

                                                     

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
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      

 

PROCLAMATION

FIRST LESSON           Luke 23:32-38

Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” 
 
MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN   
 

ANTHEM                      Treasures in Heaven Joseph Clokey

Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, 

Where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal,

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heav’n,

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; 

Knock, and it shall be opened unto you,

For ev’ry one that asketh receiveth, And he that seeketh findeth,

And to him that knocketh it shall be opened.      

 

Second Lesson                                                                                                   Exodus 32:1-14

When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to

me.” So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the LORD.” They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.

The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” The LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.”

But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’” And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

L: The Word of the Lord.

P: Thanks be to God. 
 
SERMON                   “Misplaced Focus”         The Rev. Aaron Ochart
 

 RESPONSE 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Brief Statement of Faith 11.1-2

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 proclaimed the reign of God:

preaching good news to the poor

and release to the captives,

teaching by word and deed

and blessing the children,

healing the sick

and binding up the brokenhearted,

eating with outcasts,

forgiving sinners,

and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,

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. Amen.
 

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 422                “Create in Me A Clean Heart”                          From Glory to God Hymnal
 

PARTING PRAYER

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
 
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
 
POSTLUDE         Es ist das Heil uns kommen her BWV 638 –  J.S. Bach
 


Order of Worship 10_04_2020

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

18th Sunday of Pentecost

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

October 4, 2020 

   Ten Thirty in the morning

                             Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart                           

Liturgist: Don Melchert

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GATHERING

WORDS OF WELCOME
 
MINUTE FOR MISSION: Presbyterian Women’s Food Drive
 
STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN: Julie Hebert (Christian Education)
 

PRELUDE          “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening…”       Thomas a Kempis BCW1111                                                    

ADORATION

CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive)   Exod. 20:2–3

The Lord has delivered us from slavery; 

there is no other god but the Lord.

                               

PRAYER OF THE DAY (responsive) 

Lord God of grace and liberty, On the night of the Passover the sacrificed lamb became a sign of freedom and you freed the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. In Jesus, you freed all humanity from sin and death. Help us live into this new life, teaching us to serve you in faithfulness as you have served us. To you we offer our gratefulness in the name of the one who turned slavery into new life, Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

Amen 

                                                                   

HYMN 281            “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
 
CONFESSION 
 
CALL TO CONFESSION            
                                         
SILENT CONFESSION
 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

Almighty God, you love us, but we have not loved you. You call, but we have not listened. We walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns. We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed. God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that as you come to us in mercy, we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our redeemer.
 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON 

                   

GLORIA PATRI 579 
 

PROCLAMATION

FIRST LESSON                                                           Luke 22:14-20

When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”           

         

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN 
 

Anthem       Can God Spread A Table In The Wilderness? Joseph Martin

Can God spread a table in the wilderness?  Can God make the desert come to life?

Lord, let the water flow, give us the bread of Life; we put our trust in You.

God reached down and out of dust, He made a man; out of darkness, He created light.

Out of love, He made for us a Savior; out of death, He formed eternal life.

Can God spread a table in the wilderness?  Can God make the desert come to life?

Lord, let the water flow, give us the bread of Life; we put our trust in You.  Alleluia!
 
 

SECOND LESSON                                               Exodus 12:1-13; 13:1-8   

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the

year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.     

The Lord said to Moses: Consecrate to me all the firstborn; whatever is the first to open the womb among the Israelites, of human beings and animals, is mine. Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the Lord brought you out from there by strength of hand; no leavened bread shall be eaten. Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this observance in this month. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival to the Lord. Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen in your possession, and no leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory. You shall tell your child on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’     

L: The Word of the Lord.

P: Thanks be to God.  

                       

SERMON         “Meal of Remembrance”          The Rev. Aaron Ochart

 
RESPONSE  
 

THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY COMMUNION

The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

   The Lord be with you.

        And also with you.

   Lift up your hearts.

        We lift them to the Lord.

   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

…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…

According to Christ’s commandment:

We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming glory.

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

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION  

Bless the Lord, O my soul;

and all that is within me,

bless God’s holy name.

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul;

and forget not all God’s benefits. 
 
Hymn 514              “Let us Talents and Tongues Employ” 
 

PARTING PRAYER- Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380-1471)

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. Incline my ear to your words, and let your speech come to me as dew upon the grass. If I hear your voice, let me not be condemned for hearing the word and not following it, for knowing it and not loving it, for believing it and not and not living it. Speak then, Lord, for your servant listens, for you have the words of eternal life. Speak to me to comfort my soul and to change my whole life; in turn, may it give you praise and honor, forever and ever. Amen. 
 
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
 
POSTLUDE     Prelude in G Minor BWV 558 – attributed to J.S. Bach
 

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor, Julie Hebert, CE Leader, Sandy Cranfill, Music Director, and Sam Garnett, Organist.

Appreciation to David Garland and Dennis Lauland for the video production of today’s service.  



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SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

17th Sunday of Pentecost

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

September 27, 2020 

   Ten Thirty in the morning

                           Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart                           

Liturgist: Sharon Fortin

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GATHERING
 
WORDS OF WELCOME
 
STEWARDSHIP PRESENTATION: Bill Bottomley: Stewardship Team 
 
PRELUDE           “Den die Hirten lobten sehre” – H. Walcha
 
ADORATION
 

CALL TO WORSHIP        Philippians 2:11

Let every tongue confess the good news:

Jesus Christ is Lord; glory to God!  

                                            

PRAYER OF THE DAY 

God of dreams and hope, 

You spoke to Joseph in his dreams, and those dreams led him to great danger. Yet  you used the challenges in his life to save the lives of others. In you, no good  thing is accidental. You work in us and through us, even when we are not aware  of your presence. Help us to know that you are with us, and that only you are  capable of turning all evil to good. 

Amen   

                                   

HYMN 276 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
 

CALL TO CONFESSION        

SILENT CONFESSION                                                          

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
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        
 
PROCLAMATION
 

FIRST LESSON               Luke 6:27-36    

“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.          

                                                                       

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN   
 

ANTHEM    

“When The Storms of Life Are Raging”      

Charles Tindley

Quartet:   Bill Bottomley, Sandy Cranfill, Ron Palmisano, Evelyn Tobey

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me;

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me.

When the world is tossing me like a ship upon the sea,

Thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me. 

In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me;

In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me.

When I’ve done the best I can, and my friends misunderstand,

Thou who knowest all about me, stand by me.

When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me;

When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me.

When my life become a burden, and I’m nearing chilly Jordan,

O thou Lily of the Valley, stand by me.

        

Second Lesson                   Genesis 37:3-8, 17-22, 26-34; 50:15-21  

 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him. Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream that I dreamed. There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright; then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed down to my sheaf.” His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Are you indeed to have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words.

So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father.    

Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes. He returned to his brothers, and said, “The boy is gone; and I, where can I turn?” Then they took Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat, and dipped the robe in the blood. They had the long robe with sleeves taken to their father, and they said, “This we have found; see now whether it is your son’s robe or not.” He recognized it, and said, “It is my son’s robe! A wild animal has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.” Then Jacob tore his garments, and put sackcloth on his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your

father gave this instruction before he died, ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.      

L: The Word of the Lord.

P: Thanks be to God.           
 
SERMON             “Dangerous Dreams”          The Rev. Aaron Ochart
 
 RESPONSE 
 
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Confession of Belhar (part 3)

 

10.5-.9

We believe

  • that God has revealed God’s self as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people;
  • that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged 
  • that God calls the church to follow God in this; for God brings justice to the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry; 
  • that God frees the prisoner and restores sight to the blind; 
  • that God supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps orphans and widows and blocks the path of the ungodly; 
  • that for God pure and undefiled religion is to visit the orphans and the widows in their suffering; 
  • that God wishes to teach the church to do what is good and to seek the right; 
  • that the church must therefore stand by people in any form of suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the church must witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream; 
  • that the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged;
  • that in following Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others.

Therefore, we reject any ideology

which would legitimate forms of injustice and any doctrine which is unwilling to resist such an ideology in the name of the gospel.

We believe that, in obedience to Jesus Christ, its only head, the church is called to confess and to do all these things, even though the authorities and human laws might forbid them and punishment and suffering be the consequence. 

Jesus is Lord. 

To the one and only God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be the honor and the glory for ever and ever.
 

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 210  “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”     

       

PARTING PRAYER

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
 
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
 

POSTLUDE          Ein Feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress)- H. Walcha

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor, Julie Hebert, CE Leader, Sandy Cranfill, Music Director, and Sam Garnett, Organist. Appreciation to David Garland and Dennis Lauland for the video production of today’s service.  




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SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

16th Sunday of Pentecost

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

September 20, 2020 

   Ten Thirty in the morning

                               Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart                           

Liturgist: Chuck Corcoran

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GATHERING

WORDS OF WELCOME
 

PRELUDE          7 pieces in C major and C minor – I   Franck

ADORATION

CALL TO WORSHIP            Phil. 1:27

Live in a way that is worthy of the gospel. 

Stand firm in the Spirit, side by side.

                                      

PRAYER OF THE DAY   

God of the covenant, As you promised Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars, you have also promised us that we might live under those stars as your people, faithful and loved. Show us how to live as your people, and how to nurture all your children with whom we share the same canopy of sky night after night. Amen             

                         

HYMN 280   “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”
 

CALL TO CONFESSION    

    

SILENT CONFESSION    

                                                     

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

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        

PROCLAMATION

FIRST LESSON     Luke 3:21-22

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”                    

                                                                            

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN   
 

ANTHEM                              “Give Me Jesus”           arr. Douglas Wagner

Soloist:  Sandy Cranfill

In the morning when I rise, in the morning when I rise,

In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus, give me Jesus. You may have all this world, give me Jesus!

And when I am alone, and when I am alone,

And when I am alone, give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus, give me Jesus. You may have all this world, give me Jesus!

And when I come to die, and when I come to die,

And when I come to die, give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus, give me Jesus. You may have all this world, give me Jesus!   

     

Second Lesson                                                                                                    Genesis 15:1-6

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

L: The Word of the Lord.

P: Thanks be to God.           
 
SERMON                           “Burnout”                The Rev. Aaron Ochart
 

 RESPONSE 

REAFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM

Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many are one body, so it is with Christ.

For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into the one body- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Beloved people of God, our baptism is the sign and seal of our cleansing from sin, and of our being grafted into Christ. Through the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ, the power of sin was broken and God’s kingdom entered our world.

Through our baptism we were made citizens of God’s kingdom, and freed from the bondage of sin. Let us celebrate that freedom and redemption through the renewal of the promises made at our baptisms. 

I ask you therefore, once again to reject sin, to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, and to confess the faith of the church, the faith in which we were baptized. 

Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do.

Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help.
 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                   Confession of Belhar   10.5-10.6

We believe 

that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ; 

that the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, that the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker, that the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells. 

that God’s lifegiving Word and Spirit has conquered the powers of sin and death, and therefore also of irreconciliation and hatred, bitterness and enmity, that God’s lifegiving Word and Spirit will  enable the church to live in a new obedience which can open new possibilities of life for society and the world;  

that the credibility of this message is seriously affected and its beneficial work obstructed when it is proclaimed in a land which professes to be Christian, but in which the enforced separation of people on a racial basis promotes and perpetuates alienation, hatred and enmity; 

that any teaching which attempts to legitimate such forced separation by appeal to the gospel, and is not prepared to venture on the road of obedience and reconciliation, but rather, out of prejudice, fear, selfishness and unbelief, denies in advance the reconciling power of the gospel, must be considered ideology and false doctrine. 

Therefore, we reject any doctrine which, in such a situation sanctions in the name of the gospel or of the will of God the forced separation of people on the grounds of race and color and thereby in advance obstructs and weakens the ministry and experience of reconciliation in Christ. 
 

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

Remember your baptism and be thankful. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen               

                  

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 488 “The God of Abraham Praise”   

           

PARTING PRAYER

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
 
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
 
POSTLUDE          Chaconne in C Major – D. Buxtehude
 
 
 
Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor, Julie Hebert, CE Leader, Sandy Cranfill, Music Director, and Sam Garnett, Organist. Appreciation to David Garland and Dennis Lauland for the video production of today’s service.  
 

Readings for Week of 9/21-9/27 Genesis 37-50

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SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

13th Sunday of Pentecost

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

August 30, 2020 

   Ten Thirty in the morning

                            Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart                           

Liturgist: Nancy Lauland

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Bold face indicates congregational participation.

GATHERING
 
WORDS OF WELCOME
 
PRELUDE           Praeludium from Partita No.1 in B♭ Major       J.S. Bach
 
ADORATION
 

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                      Exod. 3:14–15 

God said to Moses: I am who I am.  

This is the name of the Lord forever.
 

PRAYER OF THE DAY   (responsive) 

O God, author and giver of all good things, plant in our hearts the love of your name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen                 

                                   

HYMN  97                      “Go to Dark Gethsemane”  

   

CONFESSION 
 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION 
 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen   

   

ASSURANCE OF PARDON   

Friends, believe the good news of the gospel!

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven, thanks be to God!  

               

PROCLAMATION
 

FIRST LESSON                                                     Romans 12:9-21

  Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.                       

                                                                          

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN 
 

RESPONSIVE PSALM 26:1-8

Vindicate me, O Lord,

    for I have walked in my integrity,

    and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.

Prove me, O Lord, and try me;

    test my heart and mind.

For your steadfast love is before my eyes,

    and I walk in faithfulness to you.

I do not sit with the worthless,

    nor do I consort with hypocrites;

I hate the company of evildoers,

    and will not sit with the wicked.

I wash my hands in innocence,

    and go around your altar, O Lord,

singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,

    and telling all your wondrous deeds.

O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,

    and the place where your glory abides.        

   

SECOND LESSON                                                        Matthew 16:21-28

 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”                                           

L: The Word of the Lord.

P: Thanks be to God.        

                 

SERMON                 “God Forbid”                   The Rev. Aaron Ochart 

  

 RESPONSE 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                         Confession of 1967

In Jesus Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself. Jesus Christ is God with [us]. He is the eternal Son of the Father, who became man and lived among us to fulfill the work of reconciliation. He is present in the church by the power of the Holy Spirit to continue and complete his mission. This work of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the foundation of all confessional statements about God, [humanity], and the world. Therefore the church calls [people] to be reconciled to God and to one another.

God’s sovereign love is a mystery beyond the reach of [people]’s mind. Human thought ascribes to God superlatives of power, wisdom, and goodness. But God reveals love in Jesus Christ by showing power in the form of a servant, wisdom in the folly of the cross, and goodness in receiving sinful [people]. The power of God’s love in Christ to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator who made all things to serve the purpose of [God’s] love.

To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as [God’s] reconciling community. This community, the church

universal, is entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation and shares [God’s] labor of healing the enmities which separate [people] from God and from each other. Christ has called the church to this mission and given it the gift of the Holy Spirit. The church maintains continuity with the apostles and with Israel by faithful obedience to his call. 

God’s redeeming work in Jesus Christ embraces the whole of [our] life: social and cultural, economic and political, scientific and technological, individual and corporate. It includes [humanity’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 his 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.
 

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 371                     Lift High the Cross”
 

PARTING PRAYER

O loving God, to turn away from you is to fall, to turn toward you is to rise, and to stand before you is to abide forever. Grant us, dear God, in all our duties your help; in all our uncertainties your guidance; in all our dangers your protection; and in all our sorrows your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen
 
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
 
POSTLUDE             Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
 

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor, Julie Hebert, CE Leader, and Robert Edgecombe, Guest Musician.

Appreciation to David Garland and Dennis Lauland for the video production of today’s service.  



Order of Worship 08_23_20

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY
12th Sunday of Pentecost
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)
August 23, 2020
Ten Thirty in the morning
Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart
Liturgist: Bill Bottomley
Please silence all phones and beepers.
Bold face indicates congregational participation.
GATHERING
WORDS OF WELCOME
PRELUDE                                         Selection from French Suite No. 5                     Bach
ADORATION
CALL TO WORSHIP (Romans 12:1)
Present your bodies as a living sacrifice.
This is our spiritual worship.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (responsive)
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 423                           “Jesus Shall Reign Where’er The Sun”
CONFESSION
CALL TO CONFESSION
SILENT CONFESSION
 
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel!
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven, thanks be to God!
PROCLAMATION
FIRST LESSON                                                                                                 Romans 12:1-8
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

RESPONSIVE PSALM 124
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side
—let Israel now say—
if it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
when our enemies attacked us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
then over us would have gone
the raging waters.
Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

SECOND LESSON                                                                                       Matthew 16:13-20
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
L: The Word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.

SERMON                                             “Party Platform”
RESPONSE
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 Christian Church is the congregation of the brethren in which Jesus Christ acts presently as the Lord in Word and Sacrament through the Holy Spirit. As the Church of pardoned sinners, it has to testify in the midst of a sinful world, with its faith as with its obedience, with its message as with its order, that it is solely his property, and that it lives and wants to live solely from his comfort and from his direction in the expectation of his appearance.
The various offices in the church do not establish a dominion of some over the others; on the contrary, they are for the exercise of the ministry entrusted to and enjoined upon the whole congregation.
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.

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 393                        
     “Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said”

PARTING PRAYER
O loving God, to turn away from you is to fall, to turn toward you is to rise, and to stand before you is to abide forever. Grant us, dear God, in all our duties your help; in all our uncertainties your guidance; in all our dangers your protection; and in all our sorrows your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE                      All People That On Earth Do Dwell                     OLD HUNDREDTH

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor, Julie Hebert, CE Leader, and Robert Edgecombe, Guest Musician.
Appreciation to David Garland and Dennis Lauland for the video production of today’s service.
 


Order of Worship 08_16_2020

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

11th Sunday of Pentecost

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

August 16, 2020 

   Ten Thirty in the morning

                          Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart                         

  Liturgist: Karla Russo

Please silence all phones and beepers. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

GATHERING

WORDS OF WELCOME

PRELUDE       “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern”                                                                                       (How brightly shines the morning star)                                 J.C. Bach
 

ADORATION

CALL TO WORSHIP   (Isaiah 56:1)  

Maintain justice, and do what is right

God our Savior is coming soon.

            

PRAYER OF THE DAY   (responsive) 

Grant us, O Lord, the grace always to do and think what accords with your purpose; that we, who cannot exist without you, may be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen 

                                                                   

HYMN 408       “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life”            

Where cross the crowded ways of life,
where sound the cries of race and clan,
above the noise of selfish strife,
we hear your voice, O Son of Man.

2 In haunts of wretchedness and need,
on shadowed thresholds fraught with fears,
from paths where hide the lures of greed,
we catch the vision of your tears.

            

CONFESSION 
 

CALL TO CONFESSION    

                                                             

SILENT CONFESSION 
 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen     

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON   

Friends, believe the good news of the gospel!

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven, thanks be to God!        

         

PROCLAMATION
 

FIRST LESSON                                               Romans 11:1-2, 29-36

              I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew, For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all. O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory for ever. Amen.
 
MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN 
 

RESPONSIVE PSALM                                                            Psalm 133

How very good and pleasant it is

    when kindred live together in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head,

    running down upon the beard,

on the beard of Aaron,

    running down over the collar of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon,

    which falls on the mountains of Zion.

For there the Lord ordained his blessing,

    life forevermore.

SECOND LESSON                                                       Matthew 15:22-28

Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.                          

L: The Word of the Lord.

P: Thanks be to God.        

                 

SERMON                     “Socialized Response”
 

RESPONSE 

REAFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM

Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many are one body, so it is with Christ.

For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into the one body- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do.

Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  (unison)      

Q1. What is the main purpose for humanity?

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

 

Q2. What rule has God given to tell us how we may glorify and enjoy God?

  1. 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.

 

Q3. What do the Scriptures mainly teach?
A. The Scriptures mainly teach what we are to believe about God, and what duty God requires of us.

 

Q6. How many Persons are there in the Trinity?
A. 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.

 

Q14. What is Sin?

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


Q18. What does this state of sin mean for humanity?
A. This state of sin means that humanity: bears the guilt of Adam

and Eve’s first sin, lacks the righteousness that God intended for us, and that human nature has been corrupted; along with all actual transgressions which result from our fallen nature.

 

Q21. Who is the Redeemer of God’s elect?
A. 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.

 

Q30. How does the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
A. 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.

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

Remember your baptism and be thankful. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 
 

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 563                     “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

 Lift ev’ry voice and sing, 
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise 
High as the list’ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith 
that the dark past has taught us;
Sing a song full of the hope 
that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun 
Of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

2 Stony the road we trod, 
Bitter the chast’ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat, 
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our people sighed?
We have come over a way 
that with tears has been watered;
We have come, treading our path 
through the blood of the slaughtered;
Out from the gloomy past, 
Till now we stand at last
Where the bright gleam of our bright star is cast.

 

PARTING PRAYER

O loving God, to turn away from you is to fall, to turn toward you is to rise, and to stand before you is to abide forever. Grant us, dear God, in all our duties your help; in all our uncertainties your guidance; in all our dangers your protection; and in all our sorrows your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen
 
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
 

POSTLUDE         “Toccata in E minor” Pachelbel  

 

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor, Julie Hebert, CE Leader, and Sam Garnett, Guest Musician.

Appreciation to David Garland and Dennis Lauland for the video production of today’s service.