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 7-24-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

July 24th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Jananne Lankard

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 267]

 All Things Bright and Beautiful             

Refrain: All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful:

The Lord God made them all.
 

1 Each little flower that opens,

Each little bird that sings:

God made their glowing colors,

God made their tiny wings. (Refrain)
 

2 The purple-headed mountain,

The river running by,

The sunset, and the morning

That brightens up the sky, (Refrain)

WORDS OF WELCOME   

MINUTE for MISSION: Presbyterian Women School Supplies        

GOD, the CREATOR

CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 104

ONE: “How countless are your works, Lord! 

MANY: In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”                      
 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

God, you have created us and everything around us, you have a design and purpose for our lives. 

Jesus, our King and Savior. You love us more than we can imagine. 

Holy Spirit, you empower us to share your love with everyone around us. 

Thank you God, Jesus, and Spirit, for creating us, designing us, and empowering us! Amen. 

HYMN               Come! Live in the Light!     WE ARE CALLED

  1. Come, live in the light 

Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord

We are called to be light for the kingdom

To live in the freedom of the city of God

 

Chorus: We are called to act with justice

We are called to love tenderly

We are called to serve one another

To walk humbly with God

 

2.Come, open your heart

Show your mercy to all those in fear

We are called to be hope for the hopeless

So all hatred and violence will be no more (chorus)

 

  1. Sing, sing a new song

Sing of that great day when all will be one

God will reign and we’ll walk with each other

As sisters and brothers united in love (chorus)  

             

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN

MOTO: CREATED 

  DESIGNED 

  EMPOWERED

VERSE: For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do”

Shout it Out

Dear Lord, Thank you that you created us with Creativity, that you Designed us each with special skills and abilities, and that you Empower us through the Holy Spirit to do your work in the World. Amen

 GOD, the DESIGNER

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord God, You are the perfect Creator, and You tell us we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We confess that our pride prevents us from believing this truth. We question Your craftsmanship and often wish that you had made us a different way. Heal us of this sinful tendency. Help us celebrate how You have made us in Your image with perfect purpose and care. Lord, we know that You call us into Your holy service to use our gifts to further Your Kingdom on earth. We confess that we find ourselves using our God-given gifts to further our own agendas instead of Yours. Renew our hearts and strengthen us. Go with us as we do the work You have given each of us to do. In the powerful Name of 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.

JESUS, the KING

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                                                      Ephesians 2:1-10

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                               “Spark Studio”                 The Rev. Aaron Ochart

 JESUS, the REDEEMER    

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. 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

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORDS 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

HOLY SPIRIT, the HELPER

*HYMN [Blue #315]    “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”

Refrain: Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray.

Yes, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray.

1 Upon the mountain, when my Lord spoke,

Out of God’s mouth came fire and smoke.

Looked all around me, it looked so fine,

Till I asked my Lord if all was mine. (Refrain)

2 Jordan river, chilly and cold,

It chills the body but not the soul.

There is but one train upon this track;

It runs to heaven and then right back. (Refrain)

*PARTING PRAYER    

Almighty God, bless your people. Give us your peace, your help, and your love, for we are the sheep of your pasture. Let us be united in your peace— one in the Body, one in the Spirit, and one in the hope of our calling, all through the gift of your endless grace. Amen.

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE         Flourish by Alan Bullard

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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order of worship 7-17-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

July 17th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Carolyn Calvin

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 Come Ye Sinners,  Poor and Needy              

1 Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, weak and wounded, sick and sore;

Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity, love, and power.

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

In the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.

3 Come, ye weary, heavy laden,

lost and ruined by the fall;

if you tarry till you’re better,

you will never come at all. [Refrain]

WORDS OF WELCOME   

MINUTE for MISSION: Presbyterian Women School Supplies        

ADORATION

CALL TO WORSHIP Gen. 28:16–17

ONE: Surely the Lord is in this place!

MANY: This is the house of God.

                                                   

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Eternal God, Author of our life and End of our pilgrimage: Guide us by your Word and Spirit amid all perils and temptations, that we may not wander from your way, nor stumble in the darkness; but may finish our course in safety, and come to our eternal rest in you; through the grace and merit of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

HYMN               Come! Live in the Light!     WE ARE CALLED

  1. Come, live in the light 

Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord

We are called to be light for the kingdom

To live in the freedom of the city of God

 

Chorus: We are called to act with justice

We are called to love tenderly

We are called to serve one another

To walk humbly with God

 

2.Come, open your heart

Show your mercy to all those in fear

We are called to be hope for the hopeless

So all hatred and violence will be no more (chorus)

 

  1. Sing, sing a new song

Sing of that great day when all will be one

God will reign and we’ll walk with each other

As sisters and brothers united in love (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 3:1-24

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.” ’ But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ The Lord God said to the serpent,

‘Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.’

To the woman he said,

‘I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’

And to the man he said,

‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, “You shall not eat of it”, cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’

The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all who live. And the Lord God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.

Then the Lord God said, ‘See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever’— therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                                  “Saqueo”                     The Rev. Aaron Ochart

 RESPONSE     

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                       Westminster Shorter Catechism

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.

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. 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORDS 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 #298]    “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”

  1. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, Like the wideness of the sea;

There’s a kindness in God’s justice, which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth’s sorrows Are more felt than up in heaven.

There is no place where earth’s failings Have such kindley judgements given.

  1. For the love of God is wider Than the measure of the mind;

And the heart of the Eternal Is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more faithful, We would gladly trust God’s Word;

And our loves reflect thanksgiving For the goodness of our Lord. 

*PARTING PRAYER    

Almighty God, bless your people. Give us your peace, your help, and your love, for we are the sheep of your pasture. Let us be united in your peace— one in the Body, one in the Spirit, and one in the hope of our calling, all through the gift of your endless grace. Amen.

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

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

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Order of Worship 6-26-22

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Third Sunday After Pentecost

June 26th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Pulpit Supply: Patricia Ellzey       

Liturgist: Laurie Robinson Hill

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

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN [Blue #464]     Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee                

1 Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,

God of glory, Lord of love;

Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,

Opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;

Drive the gloom of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness,

Fill us with the light of day.
 

2 All Thy works with joy surround Thee,

Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,

Stars and angels sing around Thee,

Center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain,

Flowery meadow, flashing sea,

Chanting bird and flowing fountain,

Call us to rejoice in Thee.
 

3 Mortals, join the happy chorus

Which the morning stars began;

Love divine is reigning o’er us,

Joining all in heaven’s plan.

Ever singing, march we onward,

Victors in the midst of strife,

Joyful music leads us sunward

In the triumph song of life.

WORDS OF WELCOME           

PRELUDE Be Thou My Vision by Edward Broughton

ADORATION

CALL TO WORSHIP Gal. 5:1, 25

ONE: For freedom Christ has set us free.

MANY: Now we live by the Spirit of God.   

                                       

PRAYER OF THE DAY

O God,

light of the minds that know you,

life of the souls that love you,

strength of the thoughts that seek you:

Help us so to know you

that we may truly love you,

so to love you

that we may fully serve you,

whose service is perfect freedom;

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        “Will You Come and Follow Me?”      KELVINGROVE

  1. “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,

will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

  1. Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

  1. Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?

Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?

Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,

and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

  1. Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?

Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?

Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,

through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

  1. Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.

In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.

Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.                         

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                                           Ephesians 6:1-18

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’—this is the first commandment with a promise: ‘so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’

And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free.

And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet, put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                   SEEKING THE TRUTH                   Patricia Ellzey

 RESPONSE     

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH     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 at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will 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 has spoken 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. 

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. 

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 #383]      My Faith Looks Up to Thee                    

1 My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, 

Savior divine: Now hear me while I pray,

Take all my guilt away, O let me from this day

Be wholly Thine!

2 May Thy rich grace impart Strength to my fainting heart,

My zeal inspire; As Thou hast died for me,

O may my love to Thee Pure, warm, and changeless be,

A living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread, And griefs around me spread,

Be Thou my guide; Bid darkness turn to day,

Wipe sorrow’s tears away, Nor let me ever stray

From Thee aside.

4 When ends life’s transient dream, 

When death’s cold sullen stream Shall o’er me roll.

Blest Savior, then, in love, Fear and distrust remove;

O bear me safe above, A ransomed soul!

*PARTING PRAYER    

Holy Spirit, you have filled us with your life. 

Christ our Savior, you have embraced us in your love. 

God our Mother, you have fed us with your grace.

Now send us out into your beloved world

to share your life, your love, your grace with all.

Blessing and honor and glory to you,

holy, holy, holy Lord. Amen.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE        Dialogue Sur Les Grands Jeux Couperin             

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

Lauren Oufnac – Playschool Director

Stephanie Galliano – Playschool Admin. Asst.

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

 or find us @JohnCalvinMetairie on

Announcements

Patricia Ellzey: Pat is a native born New Orleanian and 4th generation Chinese American. Mother of 3 children and a lifelong Presbyterian. She  joined Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church in 1951. Pat attended Tulane University in 1961. She received BS Biology and in 1975 an MS of Education in Administration, Supervision, Guidance & Counseling. In 2005 she received her Master Degree in Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has worked as a Biology teacher; academic and career counselor, Guidance Dept Chair; Pulpit Supply Preacher, Hospital Chaplain at East Jefferson Hospital & Oschner Hospital and Bereavement Hospice Chaplain- St Catherine Hospice. As a PCUSA  Leader she is an ordained Deacon & Elder at Chinese Presbyterian Church. She was on the Board of Trustees- Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary 1991-2000 as well as being Vice Moderator & Moderator of the Synod of the Sun- 2002-2005. Pat has also been a member of the General Assembly Council Executive Committee and served as Moderator on many committees. Pat is also a leader in the local Community; she was the chair of the Jefferson Parish Vocational & Technical School and New Orleans  Asian Pacific American Society. As well as being President of the Organization of Chinese American Women, New Orleans Chapter.

VBS VOLUNTEERS: It’s that time of year again time to volunteer for VBS! We will be doing Spark Studios VBS July 18th – 22nd and we can’t do it without you. Our biggest volunteer needs are those willing to be group leaders. Ideally we would like to have two adults per group. So grab a friend and come have some fun with us teaching the kids about creativity and God’s plan for their lives. 

Treasurer: The John Calvin Session is looking for someone to help oversee the finances of the church. If you or someone you know might be interested, please let us know. 

Playschool Fun Fair: The totals are in and The Fun Fair net revenue was $30,000. The committee and playschool staff would like to thank everyone who made this such a successful and fun event. The money will be used to purchase new classroom carpets, drying racks, several new tables, toys, manipulatives, and classroom chairs.
 

SUMMER MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES! 

An Evening of Sight-Reading 

 June 28th and July 26th from 5:30-7pm

Intended for choral singers with some music fluency, the last Tuesday of June and July will be a time for people to get together and read through some of our choral

library. This is not a rehearsal- just music from start to finish!  

Conducting Clinic 

July 6, 13, and 20 from 6-7pm

In a 3-week masterclass setting intended for those with some music literacy, learn the basic gestures of conducting and choose a piece from the choral or handbell library to prepare. Those who enjoy it may find themselves on the podium this fall! Please let Kelly know of your interest

by July 1.

Handbell Choir 

July 13th, 20th, 27th and Aug 7th

If you are interested in participating in a summer handbell choir, please let Sam know by July 1st.  Rehearsals will take place in July  at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM for participation in August 7th service.

Small Group or Solo Involvement 

Sunday 

Do you have a piece of music that you’d like to share with the congregation? Let us know! We are always looking for individuals and small groups to share their talents during the prelude or offertory. 

Sundays at Six

Summer Concert Series

@ John Calvin Prebyterian Church

4201 Transcontinental Drive

Metairie, LA 70006


Every Sunday evening in July, join us for a concert at 6pm at John Calvin Presbyterian Church highlighting local musicians. There are no cover charges or tickets, but your welcome donations help to fund future concerts.

See you on Sundays at Six!


July 3

All-American Piano Music

Kelly Cuppett, piano


July 10

Fourth Wave Women’s Choir


July 17

Josh Sierra, cello


July 24

JCPC Music Team: An Evening of Duets


July 31

Jayne Edwards, voice & piano
 

Summer Youth Activities: 

Youth Group: The next Youth Group will be held June 26th, July 3rd (party at the ocharts see below), July 17th and Aug 7th. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Dinner will be included, but a small donation to help cover the cost would be appreciated. We will have music, games and a video bible study. We will pick our next Study at the June 26th meeting. 

BIBLE BUILDS: Join us for bible builds, July 10th, 24th and Aug 7th at 9:30 AM. We will read a story from the bible and then the kids log on to Minecraft and build something from the story. We will talk about their builds and explore the story further using their ideas and builds. 

Youth and Music: The first Sunday of every month the Youth (all ages) are invited to learn the new hymn of the month at 9:45 am and then help teach the congregation in service that day. Our next practices will be Sunday July 3rd and Aug 7th. 

Independence day Celebration: Youth and families come Join us July 3rd at 6:30 PM for a party at the Ocharts. We will have Music, food, fun and fireworks. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you want to take a dip in the pool or run in the sprinklers. We will also have some video games like Just Dance and Wii sports.   

White Sands Beach Day: TBD. Join us at White sands beach for a day of fun in the Sun. Cost will be $10 per person. The church will cover the cost of cabana rental and adults coming as chaperons. Please bring money for Food. 

Vacation Bible School  July 18th – 22nd, 2022

Spark imagination and kick creativity into high gear at Spark Studios. In summer 2022, kids will learn that God’s creativity didn’t stop in Genesis. The Master Artist is working to redeem, reclaim, and transform us–God’s creation–to the design God planned for us. Kids will see the beautiful truth that they are God’s workmanship as they learn to use their talents to bring glory to God.

WHEN: July 18th – 22nd TIME: 9:00 AM – Noon

WHO CAN ATTEND:  Ages 3 (by 1/1/22 and must be fully potty-trained) – exiting 4th grade

COST: $40 for First Child, $20 for Second Child in the family with a Maximum of $60 Per Family

Scholarships are Available 

If you volunteer to work VBS your child can attend for Free.

HOW DO I VOLUNTEER: Please Email Louise Ochart at Louise.Ochart@Johncalvinchurch.org

HOW DO I REGISTER: Fill out the form below and email a copy to Louise.Ochart@Johncalvinchurch.org

OR register online at  https://forms.gle/PvoV4kxgorXvi8Px5



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Update From Playschool 9/4/21

Hi Parents,

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well during this unfortunate time.  As if Covid wasn’t enough to deal with to start the school year, now Ida gave us even more to manage.  I am sending you this email just to let you know where we stand as of now with the playschool campus and the start of the school year.

 

John Calvin was lucky as far as damage from the storm goes, and we escaped with minimal effects. We had a water line bust underground on the playground, a fence on the big playground come partially down, some playground equipment get tossed, and some ceiling tiles in classrooms that need to be replaced.  As far as we can tell (without having power) those are the only damages we can see.  The 2 large trees that came down did not land on the building so we were very fortunate.  Obviously, we will be unable to start school on Sept. 7 & 8 as planned, but we do intend on starting as soon as possible after the power is restored and the sewerage systems are deemed appropriate to handle lots of flushing toilets.  If the power is restored on September 8 (as suggested by Entergy) and we can find no other issues with the campus that would prevent us from safely having the children at school, we hope to start school on September 14 with the same schedule that was supposed to take place on Sept. 7. The September 8th schedule will take place on September 15 and 4’s and TK students will have a regular half day till 11:45 on that day.  Extended Day and Before Care would then start during the week of September 20. Again, this is the TENTATIVE plan as long as the campus is safe and we have enough teachers able to be here to fully staff the school.

 

Just as we have some playschool families that faired well with minimal damages, we have some that have suffered immense damage.  The same goes for our teachers- we have some that lost everything and some with minimal damage.  Those that lost everything will probably/ most likely not be able to start the beginning of the school year with us, but they will return as soon as they can after figuring out living arrangements and their family necessities.  In those couple of classrooms, a sub or another teacher or myself will cover for them until their return.  We also have the issue of teachers being able to be at work, but their young children not being back in school yet due to their schools being severely damaged (if we open on Sept. 14 and some other schools do not open yet).  As you can see, there are many moving parts but I am doing my best to make it work as best we can.  Please, please be understanding and patient as we do our best to navigate these difficult, stressful times. We are working hard to get our students in school as soon as we can to bring a sense of normalcy and routine to their lives, and we know that parents need some time to decompress/ work/ clean/ run errands without them for a few hours. 

 

This is the best update I can give so far and as soon as power is restored and I can assess the situation fully I will let you know. Just to sum up—school will not start as planned but we HOPE to begin exactly one week later with the same schedule. I will confirm the start date with another email and Facebook post so please be on the lookout for it.  In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and hug your little ones tightly because this is their first big hurricane experience and the way we handle it is the way they will remember it.  It is far from ideal in any way, but life has a way of taking our plans and throwing curve balls in there.  I pray that you and your family are able to come together and enjoy this curve ball a little as we are reminded that property can be replaced, but loved ones and our sense of community is priceless.

 

Will be in touch soon,

Lauren Crisler Oufnac

Director

John Calvin Presbyterian Playschool

(504) 888-1378



Order of Worship 08_01_21

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

10th Sunday after Pentecost

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

August 1, 2021 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart             

Liturgist: David Garland

Please silence all cell phones. 

Face Masks optional for those fully vaccinated.

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

*Please stand in body or Spirit

GATHERING

WORDS OF WELCOME     

PRELUDE      Sarabande from French Suite No. 5 (J.S. Bach)   

ADORATION

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                 

Leader: Arise, Shine; for your light has come,

People: and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Lord of Light, you show us the light of Love, help us to show that love to one another. You show us the light of Trust, help us to put our trust in you. You show your light of Faith, help us to depend upon you in faith. You show us the light of your Joy, Help us to live lives of deep joy. And you show us your light of Hope, help us to bring your hope to the world. Amen. 

*HYMN                    “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”  

1 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea.

There’s a kindness in God’s justice, which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heaven.

There is no place where earth’s failings have such kindly judgment given.

2 For the love of God is broader than the measures of the mind.

And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more faithful, we would gladly trust God’s Word,

and our lives reflect thanksgiving for the goodness of our Lord.

CONFESSION 

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  

SILENT CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

   Merciful God, in your 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 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 upon 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 

PROCLAMATION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

SCRIPTURE LESSON       Isaiah 60:1-3

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

   and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

For darkness shall cover the earth,

   and thick darkness the peoples;

but the Lord will arise upon you,

   and his glory will appear over you.

Nations shall come to your light,

   and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

ANTHEM                     “Discovery on Adventure Island” 

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN                                                                              

SERMON                     “Arise and Shine”                 Rev. Aaron Ochart

 RESPONSE     

*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. 

THE SACRAMENT OF 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…

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 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.

COLLECTION OF OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY                         “Running”                   Discovery Island VBS

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. 

HYMN               “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”  

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       Attributed to Benedict of Nursia (c. 480-c. 547)   

O gracious and holy God, give us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you, and patience to wait for you. Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you; eyes to behold you; ears to listen for your word; a heart to love you; and a life to proclaim you; through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE         “Mit Freuden Zart”         



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SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

9th Sunday after Pentecost

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

July 25, 2021 Ten Thirty in the morning

 Minister: The Rev. Aaron Ochart

Liturgist: Evelyn Tobey                                                   

Please silence all cell phones. 

Face masks must be worn while entering and exiting 

Bold face indicates congregational participation

GATHERING

WORDS OF WELCOME

PRELUDE           “Holy God We Praise Your Name”      

                               By Maria Theresa arranged by Kevin Hildebrand

ADORATION

CALL TO WORSHIP                                          Romans 8:31, 39

If God is for us, who can be against us?

Nothing can separate us from God’s love.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

God of perfection, you call us in imperfection. We are cracked jars which shed your light, sometimes by accident. We are sinful fallen creatures through whom you choose to show your Glory. Use our victories, the times when we feel good about the work we have done. Use our mistakes, times when we feel like we have failed. Thank you that you bring all things together for those who are in Christ Jesus, Amen. 

HYMN                             “We Gather Together”

1 We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;

he chastens and hastens his will to make known;

the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.

Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.

2 Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,

ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;

so from the beginning the fight we were winning;

thou, Lord, wast at our side; all glory be thine!

CALL TO CONFESSION        

SILENT CONFESSION                                                          

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

Merciful God, in your 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 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 upon 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

FIRST LESSON                                       Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory.’

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN   

ANTHEM                    “Blessed Assurance Medley”              

Second Lesson                                                     Acts 14:8-20

In Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet and had never walked, for he had been crippled from birth. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. And Paul, looking at him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said in a loud voice, ‘Stand upright on your feet.’ And the man sprang up and began to walk. When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, ‘The gods have come down to us in human form!’ Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifice. When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, ‘Friends, why are you doing this? We are mortals just like you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to follow their own ways; yet he has not left himself without a witness in doing good—giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling you with food and your hearts with joy.’ Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.

But Jews came there from Antioch and Iconium and won over the crowds. Then they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples surrounded him, he got up and went into the city. The next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

SERMON                             “Falling Forward”          Rev. Aaron Ochart

RESPONSE 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                From the 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 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. 

     

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.

                   

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.

COLLECTION OF OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY              “Jesus Our Re-Creator”              by Paul Demer

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. 

SENDING

HYMN                   “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”

1 Praise ye the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!

All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near; 

join me in glad adoration!

2 Praise ye the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,

shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!

Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been 

granted in what he ordaineth?

3 Praise ye the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!

All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!

Let the amen sound from his people again; 

gladly for aye we adore him.

PARTING PRAYER    Attributed to Benedict of Nursia (c. 480-c. 547)   

O gracious and holy God, give us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you, and patience to wait for you. Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you; eyes to behold you; ears to listen for your word; a heart to love you; and a life to proclaim you; through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.                                                         

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE       “Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him”    

              By Richard Blake arranged by Rowland H. Prichard



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SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

7th Sunday after Pentecost

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

July 11, 2021 Ten Thirty in the morning

 Guest Minister: The Rev. Zoë Garry

Liturgist: Sharon Fortin                                                   

Please silence all cell phones. 

Face masks must be worn while entering and exiting 

Bold face indicates congregational participation

GATHERING

WORDS OF WELCOME

PRELUDE Little Prelude in F BWV 556 – J.S. Bach

ADORATION

CALL TO WORSHIP  

One: The word of the Lord will not return empty;

Many: it will accomplish all that God intends.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Lord God Almighty, we praise you for who you are and what you have done. You are the healer, bring healing in this place. You are our righteousness, bring transformation in this place. You are the provider, increase our trust in you. You are the God who is with us, let us enter your presence. You are the God of Peace, bring comfort in our chaos.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

HYMN 394                          There is a Balm in Gilead

(Refrain) There is a Balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;

There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul. 

  1. Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain, 

but then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again. (refrain)

  1. Don’t ever feel discouraged, for Jesus is your friend,

and if you lack for knowledge, he’ll not refuse to lend. (refrain)

  1. If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul,

you can tell the love of Jesus and say, “he died for all.” (refrain)

CALL TO CONFESSION        

SILENT CONFESSION                                                          

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

Merciful God, in your 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 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 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 upon 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

FIRST LESSON                                       Isaiah 61:1-4       

   The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

   because the Lord has anointed me;

he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,

   to bind up the broken-hearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

   and release to the prisoners;

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,

   and the day of vengeance of our God;

   to comfort all who mourn;

to provide for those who mourn in Zion—

   to give them a garland instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

   the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

   the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.

They shall build up the ancient ruins,

   they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,

   the devastations of many generations.    

MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN    “One Spirit for All”

ANTHEM                          “More Like You” Scott Brown

More like You, Jesus, more like You. 

Fill my heart with Your desire to make me more like You.

More like You, Jesus, more like You.

Touch my lips with holy fire and make me more like You.

Lord, You are my mercy.  Lord, You are my grace.

All my deepest sins have forever been erased.

Draw me in Your presence.  Lead me in Your ways.

I long to bring You glory in righteousness and praise.

Second Lesson                                           Acts 12:6-16

     The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him, saying, ‘Get up quickly.’ And the chains fell off his wrists. The angel said to him, ‘Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.’ He did so. Then he said to him, ‘Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.’ Peter went out and followed him; he did not realize that what was happening with the angel’s help was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. After they had passed the first and the second guard, they came before the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went outside and walked along a lane, when suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.’

As soon as he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many had gathered and were praying. When he knocked at the outer gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. On recognizing Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the gate, she ran in and announced that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, ‘You are out of your mind!’ But she insisted that it was so. They said, ‘It is his angel.’ Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the gate, they saw him and were amazed.                

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

SERMON                “Peter Kept Knocking”                The Rev. Zoë Garry

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. 

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  525                                   Here I Am, Lord

  1. I the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.

All who dwell in deepest sin my hand will save.

I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

(Refrain) Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? 

I have heard you calling in the night. 

I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart. 

  1. I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have born my people’s pain.

I have wept for love of them, they turn away. 

I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.

I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send? (refrain)

  1. I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast for them. My hand will save. 

Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied. 

I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? (refrain)

PARTING PRAYER    Attributed to Benedict of Nursia (c. 480-c. 547)   

O gracious and holy God, give us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you, and patience to wait for you. Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you; eyes to behold you; ears to listen for your word; a heart to love you; and a life to proclaim you; through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.                                                         

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE       Participating in today’s service are Zoe Garry, Guest 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.  



Daily Prayer; June 28, 2021