Order of Worship 5-15-22


5th Sunday of Easter

May 15, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: The Rev Aaron Ochart      

Liturgist: Jeremy Moore

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit



“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”


PRELUDE Rejoice, the Lord is King 

John Darwall arr. Gina Sprunger



ONE: How can we know the way of God?

MANY: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.                 


God of the unknown, Your mysteries are astounding. Give us knowledge where you see fit, and let us sit comfortably with that which we can never understand. Amen.

*HYMN     “Sing a New Song unto the Lord”     SING A NEW SONG

Sing a new song unto the Lord; 

let your song be sung from mountains high.

Sing a new song unto the Lord, singing hallelujah!

  1. Shout with gladness! Dance for joy! 

O come before the Lord. 

And play for God on glad tambourines, 

and let your trumpet sound.

  1. Rise, O children, from your sleep;

your Savior now has come. 

He has turned your sorrow into joy, 

and filled your soul with song.

  1. 3. Glad my soul for I have seen the glory of the Lord.

The trumpet sounds; the dead shall be raised.

I know my Savior lives.              


 Right Where It’s Supposed to be


CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  



Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. 

Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. Amen. 


ONE: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

MANY: Thanks be to God!


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 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

ANTHEM            “Cantate Domino” by Hassler, arr. Schroth    

SECOND LESSON                                                        Acts 17:16-34

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and also in the market-place every day with those who happened to be there. Also some Epicurean and Stoic philosophers debated with him. Some said, ‘What does this babbler want to say?’ Others said, ‘He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign divinities.’ (This was because he was telling the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) So they took him and brought him to the Areopagus and asked him, ‘May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? It sounds rather strange to us, so we would like to know what it means.’ Now all the Athenians and the foreigners living there would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something new.
Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, ‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, “To an unknown god.” What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For “In him we live and move and have our being”; as even some of your own poets have said,
“For we too are his offspring.”
Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.’
When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed; but others said, ‘We will hear you again about this.’ At that point Paul left them. But some of them joined him and became believers, including Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                    “Interfaith Dialogue”            Aaron Ochart


*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?

  1. 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?

  1. 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.

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

  1. 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?

  1. 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. Amen. 


OFFERTORY  All Hail the Power of Jesus Name 

Oliver Holden arr. Gina Sprunger


Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures high and low. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Praise God, in Jesus fully known: 

Creator, Word, and Spirit one.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!



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 #263]  Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,

in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,

most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,

almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.


2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,

nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;

thy justice like mountains high soaring above

thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.


3 To all life thou givest, to both great and small;

in all life thou livest, the true life of all;

we blossom and flourish like leaves on the tree,

Then wither and perish but naught changeth thee.


4 Thou reignest in glory, Thou rulest in light,

thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;

all praise we would render, O help us to see

’tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.


Glory to you, O God: you have won victory over death, raising Jesus from the grave and giving us eternal life. Glory to you, O Christ: for us and for our salvation you have overcome death and opened the gate to everlasting life. Glory to you, O Holy Spirit: you lead us into the truth. Glory to you, O Blessed Trinity, now and forever. Amen. 


*RESPONSE                      “Alleluia!”                    CELTIC ALLELUIA

Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ie!

POSTLUDE                   Promenade Gordon Young           

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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The Flowers in the Sanctuary were donated by Sharon and Mike Fortin In Honor of Cindy Reed and in memory of John and Edith Gregersen.

JCPC Prayer Team

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

 “Prayer Request.”


Presbyterain Women: Presbyterian Women Annual end of year celebration for all ladies of John Calvin Church will be on May 17th at 11:30am at Zea restaurant in Kenner LA. Please Call or text your RSVP to Evelyn T. or Linda L. We will be leaving the church after the circle at 11:00 if you would like a ride please meet at the church.

Youth: We will have confirmation class tonight at 6:00 PM. We will not have Youth Group or dinner. The next Youth Group will be on May 29th at 5:00 PM. The next bible Build is May 29th after Service.

Marriage Announcement: John and Linda Laporte would like to announce the marriage of their grandson Mason Drouant to Kaitlyn Hughes on Saturday May 7th. The Couple will honeymoon in Italy and France. 

PlaySchool Fun Fair: It’s almost here but don’t worry there’s still time to sign up and still many ways you can help.  You can bring individually bagged sweets for the sweet booth. You can Volunteer to help on Saturday. Please see Linda Lowry or Jeremy Moore after the service. There is still time to become a sponsor, $25 gets you a game booth sponsorship or $150 lets you sponsor the petting zoo, slide, or obstacle course.  Contact Stephanie in the Playschool office (504) 888-1378 for a form. And don’t forget to buy your tickets ahead of time. See Jermery after the service. 

Events and Meetings this Week:

5/15 – 6:00 PM – Confirmation Class only no youth group or dinner 

5/16 – 6:30 PM – Session Meeting

5/17 – 10:00 AM – PW Circle meeting 

           11:30 AM – Presbyterian Women Lunch at Zea in Kenner

5/18 – 12:00 PM – Staff Meeting 

2:30 PM – EJIC Meeting 

7:00 PM – Choir Practice

5/20 – Playschool Fun Fair Set-up 

5/21 – 10:00 AM Playschool Fun Fair 

5/22 – 9:30 AM – Adult Bible Study, Discussion Group, Elementary 

          10:15 AM – Choir Practice 

          10:30 AM – Worship Service 

John Calvin Presbyterian Church

-Prayer List-

May 15

  • Barbara, Ashley’s next-door neighbor, is having surgery on Monday.
  • Rick B. and family.  Rick’s wife, Trish, died unexpectedly.
  • Ann F., Jane M.’s twin, in Raleigh NC serious health concerns. 
  • Linda F., Jane M.’s youngest sister, in Middletown OH, serious health concerns. 

May 8th

  • Cathy B., friend of Ashley M., medical issues.
  • Mike M., friend of Aaron O., in hospital with multiple health concerns.
  • Unspoken request for healing from depression and sadness.