Order of Worship 10-16-22


Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Oct. 16th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Mike Fortin

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit


PRELUDE         My Lord, What a Morning setting Raymond Haan                         


             Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MINUTE FOR MISSION                                                                    Food Drive 


CALL TO WORSHIP         Luke 18:1, 8

ONE: Pray always, and do not lose heart.

MANY: God will grant justice to the faithful.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  



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

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

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

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     


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.


SCRIPTURE LESSON                                       Joshua 24:1-15

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

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

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                     “Serve the LORD                 The Rev. Aaron Ochart 



*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH               Confession of 1967: 

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

PLEDGE CAMPAIGN TESTIMONY         Jeremy Moore- Online Giving


OFFERING It Is Well (excerpt) B. Knoedler

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way

When sorrows like sea billows roll

whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, 

it is well with my soul.

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

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

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

It is well with my soul.


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


ONE: The Lord be with you.

MANY: And also with you.

ONE: Lift up your hearts.

MANY: We lift them to the Lord.

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

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

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen

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

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

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

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

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

On earth is not his equal.

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

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

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

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

And He must win the battle.

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

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

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

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

One little word shall fell him.

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

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

Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;

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

His kingdom is forever.


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


Our God is an awesome God who reigns from heaven above 

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

POSTLUDE A Mighty Fortress Walcha

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

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


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

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

Stephanie Galliano. . . . . Playschool Administrative Assistant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events and Meetings this Week:

10/16 – 11:30 AM – Deacon Meeting 

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

             6:30 PM – Session Meeting 

10/18 – 10:00 AM – Grace Circle 

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

            7:00 PM – Choir  

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

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

            10:10 AM – Choir warm-up

            10:30 AM – Worship Service

            6:30 PM – Youth Group Jackbox Party Game Night