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Readings - Georgetown Presbyterian Church
WORSHIP
May 17, 2015
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Confirmation Sunday
11 a.m.
PRELUDE
Highland Cathedral
Ulrich Roever and Michael Korb (1982)
WELCOME
Leader: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
People: And also with you.
MINUTE FOR CHILDEN’S MINISTRIES
INTROIT
God Be in My Head
Elder Esther Wisdom
Edward T. Chapman (1902-1981)
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader:
All:
Leader:
All:
Leader:
from Psalm 98
Sing to the Lord a new song.
For the Lord has done marvelous things.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;
Lift up your voice, rejoice and sing.
In the name of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
Let us worship God.

Please stand or sit.
As a courtesy to others, please turn off your cell phone and no flash photography during the service.
HYMN 611
Hymn to Joy
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader:
People:
Leader:
All:
I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.
And you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Let us pray:
Holy and Eternal God,
We are walking on a journey of faith with you and with one
another, but we confess that we sometimes lose sight of Christ,
our guide and our goal. We stray from the path of righteousness
and fall into sin. We stray from the path of mercy, and become
hypocrites, condemning when we should forgive. We confess
that we are lost until you find us. We pray for your mercy and
forgiveness, Lord. We pray for your righteousness and goodness.
(Silent prayer)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader:
People:
GLORIA
Friends, believe the Good News.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
PATRI
(Glory to God, #581)
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.
TIME WITH CHILDREN
HYMN
735
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Leader:
People:
ANTHEM
SERMON
Elder Vicki Pedrick
Psalm 1 (pg. 539)
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
Consecration
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON
Leader:
People:
Need
I Need Thee Every Hour
William Robert Davis
Philippians 4:2-9 (pg. 211)
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
Happy Are Those . . .
Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray
 HYMN 697
Take My Life
Hendon
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the
Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell, the third day
He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth on
the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall
come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion
of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and
the life everlasting. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
written by the Confirmation Students
Lauren Scott
Eternal God, the whole family of earth is one, breathe your spirit into
our hearts that we may establish a global community of trust and
fellowship, justice and peace. Take away the darkness of our minds that
we may see your light, think your thoughts, and serve your glory by
advancing the greater good of all people.
Leader: Lord, in your mercy.
People: Hear our prayer.
Jack Porter
Today we pray for our country that seems so divided by rich and
poor, black and white, Republicans and Democrats, those who have
succeeded and those who are struggling. We pray that our leaders
and each of us can try to bring people together, to see our common
challenges, to unite us and make us stronger. We pray that we can
find peace together.
Leader: Lord, in your mercy.
People: Hear our prayer.
Daniel Wisdom
Please help all those living in Baltimore, so that the may reach peaceful
civil progress. We ask that the police, in Baltimore and everywhere else,
may come to a better understanding with the people whom the serve.
We pray that all people can feel comfortable with public authorities,
regardless of race, throughout the world.
Leader: Lord, in your mercy.
People: Hear our prayer.
Lauren Mattison
God of wisdom, help all the humans on earth who struggle through life.
Let them be happy, and guide them to safety. Teach everyone to love one
another and be kind, and help them to be brave when natural disasters
happen.
Leader: Lord, in your mercy.
People: Hear our prayer.
William Howe
Caring God, we pray for the sick and the depressed. We also pray for the
lonely and that God hold them in his hearts. And we pray for those who
struggle in any way and that God help them in their struggles.
Leader: Lord, in your mercy.
People: Hear our prayer.
Sarah Margaret Miller
We pray that God’s loyal servants might help the needy children of
the world. We pray that all children are given the things they need to
grow and that they might know God’s love for them.
Leader: Lord, in your mercy.
People: Hear our prayer.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.
OFFERING
(Passing of the Fellowship Books)
OFFERTORY
DOXOLOGY
O Lord, Increase My Faith Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
(Glory to God, #606)
Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God all creatures
here below; praise God above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son,
and Holy Ghost. Amen.
(Young Children return to worship in the front row.)
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
PRESENTATION OF CONFIRMANDS
PROFESSION OF FAITH
Do you believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and do you confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?
QUESTION TO CONGREGATION
Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide
and nurture these brothers and sisters in faith, by word and deed,
with love and prayer, encouraging them to know and follow Christ
and to be faithful members of Christ’s Church?
QUESTIONS OF COMMITMENT AND CATHECHISM
Do you promise to join regularly with your fellow Christians in worship on
the Lord’s Day?
Do you promise to be faithful in reading the Bible and in prayer?
Do you promise to give a fitting proportion of your time, talents, and money
for the Church’s work in the world?
Do you promise, depending on the grace of God, to profess publicly your
loyalty to Jesus Christ, to serve him in your daily work, and to walk in his
ways all the days of your life?
DECLARATION, BLESSING AND WELCOME
 HYMN
450
Slane
Be Thou My Vision
BENEDICTION (Please be seated after the Benediction)
RESPONSE
POSTLUDE
And at My Departing
Edward T. Chapman
If You Will Trust in God to Guide You J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
WELCOME
Our congregation has been welcoming members and visitors to worship on
the Lord’s Day since March 16, 1780.
If you are visiting today, we extend a special welcome and invite you to
introduce yourself to a pastor or speak with an usher if you have any questions.
If you are looking for a church home and would like to talk with a pastor,
please fill out the fellowship book in the pew today or call the church office.
To learn more about our history and who we are, we invite you to explore our
website: www.gtownpres.org.
Today's prayers for the people were written by our confirmation class. They
were asked to pray for the world, our country, our community, our church,
and our children. These prayers are their own words.
In today’s music, the hymn tune Slane, which we will sing as the closing hymn,
has its origins as an Irish folk tune. The composer of the tune is not known. It
was first associated with a folk ballad before being set in 1927 by David Evans
to the Irish hymn “Be Thou My Vision.” We welcome back Ben McClamrock,
our resident virtuoso on the Great Highland Bagpipe. He will play the prelude
and some celebratory tunes on the porch following today’s confirmation service.
The flowers in the Chancel today are given by Nathan Stevens Vanderploeg
to the glory of God and in honor of his late father, W. Stevens Vanderploeg,
and his last visit to GPC.
The ushers for May are Gordon Grant, Captain; Nancy Benzing, Julie
Goffe, Mildred Grant, Shelley Jennings, Cristian Lopez, Jennie Lopez,
Deborah McFadden, Nat Semple, Grant Welch, Laura Welch, Marjorie West.
Today after the service, visitors and members are cordially invited to the
Georgetown Room for Lunch Bunch “Salad Days” hosted this week by Katy
McBride, Cynthia Johnson and the Confirmation Sponsors. Join us for a
festive spring meal!
Assisted listening devices may be found at the back of the sanctuary. Each
device comes with a headset, but you may bring your own from home to plug
in. Please let the ushers or Alex Ray know if you have any problems.
Readings are from the New Revised Standard Version translation of the Bible
unless otherwise indicated. Blue Bibles are located at the end of each pew.
Altered Children’s Worship Schedule Today
Young Children and Worship has an altered schedule today, so that the
children can come back to see the vows of the Confirmation students.
Children age 2 through 1st grade will be led upstairs by Rev. Vaagenes after
Time with Children, and will then return to the main worship during the
Doxology where they will sit in the front row to get a good view. Please
collect your children from the front after the service. Children 2nd grade and
up will stay in the main service.
Congratulations!
Join us in celebrating our Senior Pastor on her reception of a Doctorate of
Ministry (D.Min) this past Monday from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Rev. Dr. Murray’s dissertation was entitled, “Waging War on One’s
Knees: A Study on Prayer as a Leadership Tool Using the Theology and the Practice
of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pentecost and
Summer Worship Hours
May 24 10 a.m. Worship
May 24 is Pentecost! We invite you
to wear red that Sunday, and there
will be Bananas Foster, Cherries
Jubilee, and other “flaming” desserts
to celebrate the birthday of the
church. We remind you that our
summer schedule begins next week.
Christian Education takes a break,
and Worship is at 10 a.m. through
September 6.
School’s Out!
Today is the final day of 10 a.m.
Sunday School. Sunday Morning
Bible, Adult Issues, and Children’s
and Youth classes will all be on
summer break until the Fall.
Midweek Bible Study on 1 & 2 Peter
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Georgetown Room
Join us as we delve into these often
neglected New Testament books that
deal with Christians’ identity and
relationships to the surrounding world.
Dessert is provided, and newcomers
are always welcome. Led by GPC elder
and Georgetown Theology PhD
student Matt Taylor. Contact:
[email protected]
GPC’s “Strictly Social” Returns!
Thursday, June 4 at 8 p.m.
Pinstripes in Georgetown
Our 20’s-40’s group returns with a
night of bowling at Pinstripes. $15
for shoe rental and an hour of
bowling. Appetizers on the church!
Hurry, space is limited. RSVPs:
Rachel at [email protected]
Upcoming Youth Events
June 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m
“Frozen” Sing-a-long & Pizza
Party
To thank all the pledging families
this year—meeting Rev. Vaagenes’
Stewardship challenge—she will
lead us in singing along to Disney’s
“Frozen.” Pizza and ice cream
served. Kids and adults of all ages
welcome. Costumes encouraged!
August 2-7, 2015 Summer
Mission Trip for Teens
Logan, WV
Contact: Rev. Chatelaine-Samsen
Georgetown Saturday Suppers and
Sunday Dinners
“GSS” and “GSD” are weekly 4-6 p.m.
ecumenical projects that feed more
than 50 unhoused neighbors. GSS is
based at Mt. Zion Methodist Church
and GSD is based here at GPC. GPC
provides leadership and meals at Mt.
Zion on the last Saturday of each
month and at GPC on the second
Sunday of the month. Namename To
sign up, please visit our website and click
on “Mission” and then “Unhoused
Neighbors.”
Reserve your “Bunch” Today
There are limited spaces left to lead a
2015 Lunch or Punch Bunch. If you
would like to reserve a spot for hosting
or assisting, please call the church office
or contact Deacon Doug Deckmann at
[email protected]
Weekly Calendar
Sunday, May 17
11am
Worship - Confirmations
11:15am
Young Children & Worship
12pm
Lunch Bunch
4pm
Georgetown Sunday Dinner
5pm
Youth Group
5pm
Yoga
Tuesday, May 19
9:30am
Staff meeting
10:15am
Knitting Group
Wednesday, May 20
8pm
Midweek Bible Study
Sunday, May 24
9am
Choir rehearsal
9:30am
Nursery opens
10am
Worship - Pentecost
10:15am
Young Children & Worship
11a.m.
Punch Bunch
3pm
Yoga
4pm
Georgetown Sunday Dinner
Daily Readings
Sunday
John 17:6-19
Monday
Genesis 2:1-9
Tuesday
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Wednesday Joel 2:18-29
Thursday Acts 2:1-21
Friday
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Saturday
Romans 8:22-27
Sunday
John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15
The Georgetown Presbyterian Church
is a founding member and supporter
of the Reformed Institute of
Metropolitan Washington
Church Staff
Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray
[email protected]
Associate Pastor/Christian Education
Rev. Rachel Landers Vaagenes
[email protected]
Associate Pastor/Mission
Rev. Christopher Chatelaine-Samsen
[email protected]
Director of Music
Mark Willey
[email protected]
Office Manager
Mary Ellen Cain
[email protected]
Interim Bookkeeper
Kathryn Parent
[email protected]
Contract Custodian
Clifford Ford
[email protected]
Happy Birthday
May 17
James Close
Nancy McCulloch
May 19
Mary Ellen Cain
May 22
Marsha Pearcy
Alexander Ray
J. Berry Trimble
May 23
Albert Johnson
THE GEORGETOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray, Senior Pastor
Rev. Rachel Landers Vaagenes, Associate Pastor for Christian Education
Rev. Christopher Chatelaine-Samsen, Associate Pastor for Mission
Mark Willey, Director of Music
John Lintner, Director of Music Emeritus
3115 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007  www.gtownpres.org  202.338.1644