order of Worship 9-25-22


Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sep 25th, 2022 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart       

Liturgist: Sherly Wise

Please silence all cell phones. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.

* Please stand, in body or spirit



*PROCESSIONAL HYMN: [Blue Hymnal 411]      

“Arise Your Light has Come!”

Arise, your light is come! The Spirit’s call obey;

Show forth the glory of your God, Which shines on you today.

Arise, your light is come! Fling wide the prison door;

Proclaim the captives’ liberty, Good tidings to the poor.

Arise, your light is come! All you in sorrow born,

Build up the broken-hearted ones And comfort those who mourn.




ONE: Let our words and thoughts be acceptable to God;

MANY: the Lord is our rock and our redeemer.


Author of Justice, help us to seek your justice both for ourselves and all those around us. Help us like Joseph endure hardships, and see your hand seeking good even when others seek evil. Help us to seek justice for others, so that all may live in freedom and grace. Amen.

HYMN  [music in pew]                                     “To Abraham and Sarah”

  1. To Abraham and Sarah the call of God was clear;

“Go forth and I will show you a country rich and fair.

You need not fear the journey, for I have pledged my word

that you shall be my people and I will be your God. 

  1. From Abraham and Sarah arose a pilgrim race,

dependent for their journey on God’s abundant grace;

and in their heart was written by God this saving word,

“That you shall be my people and I will be your God.”

  1. We of this generation on whom God’s hand is laid

can journey to the future secure and unafraid,

rejoicing in God’s goodness and trusting in this word,

“That you shall be my people and I will be your God.”




CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  



Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. The profit and pleasures we pursue lay waste to the land and pollute the seas. The fears and jealousies that we harbor set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation. 

We abuse your good gifts of imagination and freedom, of intellect and reason, and have turned them into bonds of oppression. 

Lord, have mercy on us; heal and forgive us. Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. 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 39:1-23

Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man; he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him; he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field. So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge; and, with him there, he had no concern for anything but the food that he ate.

Now Joseph was handsome and good-looking. And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, ‘Lie with me.’ But he refused and said to his master’s wife, ‘Look, with me here, my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my hand. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?’ And although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not consent to lie beside her or to be with her. One day, however, when he went into the house to do his work, and while no one else was in the house, she caught hold of his garment, saying, ‘Lie with me!’ But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside, she called out to the members of her household and said to them, ‘See, my husband has brought among us a Hebrew to insult us! He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice; and when he heard me raise my voice and cry out, he left his garment beside me, and fled outside.’ Then she kept his garment by her until his master came home, and she told him the same story, saying, ‘The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to insult me; but as soon as I raised my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me, and fled outside.’

When his master heard the words that his wife spoke to him, saying, ‘This is the way your servant treated me’, he became enraged. And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; he remained there in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love; he gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s care all the prisoners who were in the prison, and whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. The chief jailer paid no heed to anything that was in Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON                           The Rev. Aaron Ochart 


*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                  Heidelberg Catechism                            

ONE: What is your only comfort, in life and in death?

ALL: That I belong body and soul, in life and in death not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by the Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.



OFFERING           Author of Justice      by Lloyd Larson


Author of justice on time’s endless page

your theme is justice in race, creed, and age;

justice for women, for children, for men.

Stewards of justice, we pledge our “Amen.”

Where there is someone unfairly accused,

where there is strength and its power abused,

where prejudice lives and dignity dies,

lead us to action courageous and wise.

Let it be written we sang freedom’s song,

challenging rights that are morally wrong. 

From rage and chaos to hope and control,

author of justice, heal our wounds, make us whole.

Friends of the helpless, of victims in need; 

foes of intolerance, hatred, and greed;

may we move mountains as faith lights our way.

Brighter tomorrows are born of today.

Author, your message impart 

till loving kindness redeems every heart

and earth embraces her new destiny:

justice for everyone with true equity. 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


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 #404]   “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

Precious Lord, take my hand, Lead me on, help me stand,

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;

Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light:

Take my hand, precious Lord,

Lead me home.

When my way grows drear, Precious Lord, linger near

When my life is almost gone 

Hear my cry, hear my call, Hold my hand lest I fall.

Take my hand, precious Lord,

Lead me home.


Faithful God, your promises stand unshaken through all generations. Renew us in hope, that we may be awake and alert as we watch for the glorious return of Jesus Christ, our Judge and Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen


POSTLUDE “Trumpet Tune” by Michael McCabe

Flowers were given by John and Linda Laporte in honor of their 63rd wedding anniversary.

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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