order of Worship 8-07-22


Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

Aug 7th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Linda Lowry

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 Hymnal 343]

“Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”       

Called as partners in Christ’s service Called to ministries of grace

We respond with deep commitment Fresh new lines of faith to trace

May we learn the art of sharing Side by side and friend with friend

Equal partners in our caring To fulfill God’s chosen end

So God grant us for tomorrow Ways to order human life

That surround each person’s sorrow With a calm that conquers strife

Make us partners in our living Our compassion to increase

Messengers of faith thus giving Hope and confidence and peace


MINUTE for MISSION: Clothing Drive


CALL TO WORSHIP           Micah 6:8

ONE: God has told you, O mortal, what is good,  

    and what does the Lord require of you

MANY: but to do justice and to love kindness

    and to walk humbly with your God?                  


Loving God, you have created us to be in a right relationship with you, and with others, and with creation around us. You have provided a way for us to restore our relationships. Help us when we see only our own wants and needs, and help us to care for our family, friends, neighbors, and enemies. 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)  




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                                                                              Genesis 4
Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, ‘I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.’ Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. The Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.’
Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let us go out to the field.’ And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ He said, ‘I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?’ And the Lord said, ‘What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground! And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.’ Cain said to the Lord, ‘My punishment is greater than I can bear! Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be hidden from your face; I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and anyone who meets me may kill me.’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Not so! Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.’ And the Lord put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him. Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city, and named it Enoch after his son Enoch. To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael the father of Methushael, and Methushael the father of Lamech. Lamech took two wives; the name of one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. Adah bore Jabal; he was the ancestor of those who live in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the ancestor of all those who play the lyre and pipe. Zillah bore Tubal-cain, who made all kinds of bronze and iron tools. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
Lamech said to his wives:
‘Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say:
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for striking me.
If Cain is avenged sevenfold,
truly Lamech seventy-sevenfold.’
Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, for she said, ‘God has appointed for me another child instead of Abel, because Cain killed him.’ To Seth also a son was born, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to invoke the name of the Lord.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                  “My Sibling’s Keeper”                  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.”





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.

ONE: …Therefore with all creation we sing your praise:

MANY: 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.

ONE: … Great is the mystery of faith:

MANY: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again…

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

ONE: … The gifts of God for the people of God.

MANY: Thanks be to God.


*HYMN [Blue Hymnal #419]  “How Clear is Our Vocation Lord”

How clear is our vocation, Lord, When once we heed your call:

To live according to your word, And daily learn, refreshed, restored,

That you are Lord of all, and will not let us fall.

But if, forgetful, we should find Your yoke is hard to bear;

If worldly pressures fray the mind, and love itself cannot unwind

Its tangled skein of care: Our inward life repair.

We mark Your saints, how they became In hindrances more sure;

Whose joyful virtues put to shame The casual way we wear your name,

And by our faults obscure Your power to cleanse and cure.

In what you give us, Lord, to do, Together or alone,

In old routines or ventures new, May we not cease to look to you, 

The cross you hung upon – All you endeavored done.


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.



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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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.”

The Flowers in the Sanctuary were donated by Dennis and Ernestine Price in celebration of their 62nd wedding anniversary.


Clothing Donations: The outreach committee will be collecting clean gently used clothing to take to our neighbors in Lake Charles. This area was particularly hard hit in the last several hurricane seasons and people are still in need of many things. We are partnering with another local church to send these donations of clothing. We will have boxes in the narthex or you can drop items off in the office. 


Choir Kickoff and Ice Cream Social: If you are not sure about choir and want to know more, if you are a die-hard chorister chomping at the bit to sing again, or you just like cold desserts, please join us for a Choir Kickoff and Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 10th. This is a fellowship opportunity with a little singing- not a rehearsal, but a preview and stumble-through of the anthems we have planned this fall. We hope to see you there!


Flowers: Would you like to supply flowers for the sanctuary one Sunday? You can sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. This is a wonderful way to mark a special occasion or give in remembrance of someone special. 


Lost and Found: We have several pairs of glasses and sunglasses on the table in the Narthex. If you are missing a pair please come take a look we will be donating unclaimed pairs at the end of August.  


Events and Meetings this Week:

8/7 – 9:30 AM –  Deacon Training 

        5:30 PM – Youth Group

8/8 – 12:00 PM – Playschool Committee Meeting

         6:30 PM – Christian Education Meeting 

8/10 – 11:00 AM – Staff Meeting

          6:00 PM – Worship Committee Meeting 

          7:00 PM – Ice Cream Social and Choir Kick-Off

8/12 – 10:00 AM – Clothes Sorting


The Flowers in the Sanctuary were donated by Dennis and Ernestine Price in celebration of their 62nd wedding anniversary.


John Calvin Presbyterian Church

-Prayer List-

August 7th

  • Tom G., Sharon’s brother, in hospital for double pneumonia.
  • Nick J., moving to an Assisted Living facility. 
  • Amy C. recovering from back surgery.
  • Don M. is home from the hospital.

July 31st

  • Aquileo, Olga’s husband, finished radiation treatments.
  • Family and Friends of George McLean, a long-time member who passed away this week. His service will be on September 9th at 11am at John Calvin Presbyterian Church.
  • Peter H. back home after 2 months in medical rehab after recovering from abdominal surgeries. 
  • Maurice, Denis M’s neighbor, whose wife passed away suddenly last week. 

July 24th 

  • Family and friends of Debbie O’Regan, John O’Regan’s wife, who passed away. 
  • Faye R,, friend of Cynthia F., needs heart surgery.
  • Tony H. will be undergoing radiation treatment for cancer in his Tonsils. The cancer has been contained. 
  • Jack, online request, for friends and family.
  • Friends of Beverly K.
  • Friends and Family of Joe T., Lynn S. uncle.
  • Joy de B. (former Playschool teacher and friend of Debbie R.’s) underwent her second and third cancer surgeries. She is home but will need more chemotherapy.