Order of Worship 6-26-22


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


*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.


PRELUDE Be Thou My Vision by Edward Broughton


CALL TO WORSHIP Gal. 5:1, 25

ONE: For freedom Christ has set us free.

MANY: Now we live by the Spirit of God.   



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.                         




CALL TO 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                     


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                                           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



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. 




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. 


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!


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.


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.  


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.

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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.


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 


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