Order of Worship 10_03_21


World Communion Sunday


October 3, 2021 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart             

Liturgist: Linda Lowry

Please silence all cell phones. 

Face masks are to be worn by all participants.

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit




Bill Bottomley

PRELUDE           Prelude in B BMV 560 – J.S. Bach


CALL TO WORSHIP                                                         Hebrews 1:3

ONE: In Jesus Christ we know the glory of God;

MANY: He sustains all things by his mighty word.


God of all people, You remembered your children who were enslaved in Egypt, and by the power of your name you set them free. Remember us and free us from slavery to sin by the power of your name. Amen.

HYMN                     “O God, Show Mercy to Us”

1 O God, show mercy to us, and bless us with your grace;

and cause to shine upon us the brightness of your face,

so that your way most holy on earth may soon be known,

and unto every people your saving grace be shown.

Let all the peoples praise you; let all the nations sing;

in every land let praises and songs of gladness ring.



2 For you will judge the peoples in truth and righteousness,

and on the earth all nations will your just rule confess.

Let all the peoples praise you; let all the nations sing.

Then earth in rich abundance to us its fruit will bring.

The Lord our God will bless us; our God will blessing send,

and all the earth will worship to its remotest end.


CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  



Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love. We have not loved our neighbors, and we have refused to hear the cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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.


FIRST LESSON                                                               John 8:48-59

The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the judge. Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’ though you do not know him. But I know him; if I would say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad.” Then the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.


MESSAGE FOR THE CHILDREN     “Willing to Serve”


“When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land/ The God of Abraham Praise”

When Israel was in Egypt land; Let my people go!

Oppressed so hard they could not stand; Let my people go!

Go down, Moses, way down to Egypt land

Tell old Pharaoh to let my people go


The God of Abraham praise, Who reigns enthroned above;

The ancient of eternal days, The God of love!

The Lord, the Great I Am, By earth and heaven confess,

We bow before your holy name, Forever blessed.


You have eternal life implanted in the soul;

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

We praise you, living God! We praise your holy name;

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


SECOND LESSON                          Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17

SERMON                 “Call Me By Your Name”         Rev. Aaron Ochart 


*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                      Scots Confession: BOC 3.01

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


OFFERTORY            “Open the Eyes of My Heart”


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. 


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.

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God.


HYMN 517               “We Come as Guests Invited”

1 We come as guests invited when Jesus bids us dine,

his friends on earth united to share the bread and wine;

the bread of life is broken; the wine is freely poured

for us, in solemn token of Christ our dying Lord.

2 We eat and drink, receiving from Christ the grace we need,

and in our hearts believing on him by faith we feed;

with wonder and thanksgiving for love that knows no end,

we find in Jesus living our ever-present friend.

PARTING PRAYER     Thomas Merton

Almighty God, we thank you for all the gifts You have given us: our lives, our loved ones, all that we have and all that we are. Most of all, we thank You for Jesus, your Son and our Redeemer, who came among us to show us the way to eternal life. Jesus was the perfect steward of your gifts, showing that complete trust in You is necessary, and that giving of self is a most important part of following Him. May the offerings of our time, our talents, and our material resources be made in the same spirit of sacrifice that Jesus taught us by His life and death for us.


POSTLUDE      Allegro maestoso  from Handel’s “Water Music”