Readings - Georgetown Presbyterian Church
May 3, 2015 11 a.m.
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper
Louis Bourgeois (c.1510-1560)
arr. P. Post
Leader: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
People: And also with you.
A Grateful Heart
arr. Edward Miller (1731-1807)
CALL TO WORSHIP
from Psalm 22
Leader: I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the
midst of the congregation I will praise you.
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
Leader: For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him
shall praise the Lord.
Leader: All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord.
Let us worship God.
All People That on Earth Do Dwell
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.
People: And you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Leader: Let us pray: (over)
Please stand or sit.
As a courtesy to others, please turn off your cell phone and no flash photography during the service.
Lord, we confess that we have sinned against you and
one another. We have been blind to injustice, callous to
suffering, and inwardly focused. We have not loved you
nor kept your commandments. We have not loved
others as you have loved us. We have sought out safety
and security when you have called us to discipleship.
Lord, in your mercy, forgive us and renew in us a spirit
of trust, of thanksgiving, and of faithfulness. Direct our
paths that we may be known to all as followers of Jesus.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: Friends, believe the Good News.
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
GLORIA 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
Sing Out with Joy to God Our Strength
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON
Elder Meg Bender
Acts 8:26-40 (pg. 131)
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
John 15:1-8 (pg. 113)
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
Big Tent Gospel
Rev. Camille Cook Murray
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
At the River
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
arr. R. Wilding-White
DOXOLOGY (Glory to God, #607)
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.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
THE NICENE CREED
I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God; Light of Light;
Very God of Very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance
with the Father, by whom all things were made; Who for us men, and
for our salvation, came down from heaven; And was incarnate by the
Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; And was crucified
also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; And the
third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; And ascended
into heaven; And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And He shall
come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose
Kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost; The Lord and Giver of Life; Who
proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the
Son together is worshiped and glorifed; Who spake by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the
Resurrection of the dead; And the Life of the world to come. Amen.
THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
INVITATION AND GREAT THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with choirs of angels and with all
the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name:
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.
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.
BREAKING OF THE BREAD
Jesus, Lamb of God,
Have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
Have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
Grant us peace.
DISTRIBUTION OF THE ELEMENTS
Andrea Gabrieli (1510-1586)
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Lobe den Herren
Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty
BENEDICTION (Please be seated after the Benediction)
With Saving Love
arr. Edward Miller
Festive Trumpet Tune
David German (b. 1954)
GPC is now offering gluten-free communion bread for worshipers
whose diet requires this option. Dark gluten-free cubes are on each communion
plate, along with the white wheat-flour bread as usual.
Today’s choral offertory is an arrangement, by that great American
composer Aaron Copland, of the gospel hymn “Shall We Gather at the River.”
Written in 1864 by Robert Lowry, the tune bears the title “Hanson Place” a
reference to Hanson Place Baptist Church in Brooklyn, where Lowry, a
Baptist minister, sometimes served.
The flowers in the Chancel today are given by Alice and Jim Close to the glory
of God and in loving memory of their daughter, Leslie Powell.
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 join
us in the Georgetown Room for a free Cinco de Mayo Punch Bunch, hosted
this week by Mary Mintz. Featured: an enchilada casserole, tres leches cake,
and a salsa tasting. Come and vote for your favorite!
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.
During the service, Children’s Worship continues after Time with Children.
• 2s-2nd grade, escorted by leader upstairs to the West Worship Room
for Young Children & Worship
• 3rd-4th grade, to Chapel for Children’s Church
YCW children should be collected upstairs by their parents immediately
after the service. Children’s Church dismisses into the Georgetown Room.
All children are welcome to remain with their families in the service and
age-appropriate worship bags are available in the narthex.
Do You Know about . . . PENTECOST?
Right now we are in the Season of Easter, seven weeks that represent
the time between Jesus’ resurrection and the gift of the Holy Spirit. In
these days, Jesus gives his final speeches to his disciples, wherein he
promises that he will not leave them alone, but will give them his Spirit
as an advocate. Jesus is then taken up into heaven, and the disciples
gather together until the day of Pentecost, traditionally a Jewish holiday
to celebrate the wheat harvest 50 days after Passover. Now, empowered
by the Holy Spirit, the disciples are sent out into the world to reap the
harvest of believers. This day is traditionally called the “birthday of
Our congregation has been welcoming members and visitors to worship on
the Lord’s Day since March 16, 1780.
If you are visiting this morning, we extend a special welcome to you 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.
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Adult Issues meets to hear talks
regarding matters of importance to
our faith and community:
May 10 Dr. Eileen Guenther,
Professor of Church Music, Wesley
Theological Seminary, discusses her
new book, The Power of Spirituals: In
Their Own Words.
May 17 Dr. Bruce Douglass,
Director of the Reformed Institute,
returns for the second of his two
lectures on Contemporary Calvinism to
discuss “Nicholas Wolterstorff
Theism and Human Rights.”
May 24 No Class (Classes resume in
In Our Father’s House
Former long-time member Mary
Foster died at her home in Michigan
on April 27. Her committal service will
be at 12:20 p.m. today in the GPC
Sunday Morning Bible: Micah
Sundays, 10 a.m.
Colonial Room (downstairs)
Join SMB for an exciting three-week
look at the book of the Prophet Micah.
From these seven short chapters we
hear of swords beaten into plowshares,
and of doing justice, loving kindness,
and walking humbly with the Lord.
Micah has seen the fall of one kingdom,
and pleads with the remaining Israelites
to repent. Historical drama meets
timeless (and timely) words of warning
in this fast-paced high-stakes book.
Class led by Adrian Vaagenes, M.Div.
New Member Conference
Saturday, May 16
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us for a warm, casual morning in the
Georgetown Room to review the basics
of Christianity and the Reformed
Tradition, discuss what Presbyterians
believe, and learn how this all comes
together at GPC. New members will be
introduced to the congregation on May
31. For more information or to sign up,
please email the church office at
Georgetown Saturday Suppers and
“GSS” and “GSD” are weekly
ecumenical projects that feed more
than 50 unhoused neighbors every
weekend. GSS is based at Mt. Zion
Methodist Church every Saturday
evening, and GSD is based here at
GPC every Sunday evening. GPC
provides leadership and meals at Mt.
Zion, just down the street, on the last
Saturday of the month and at GPC on
the second Sunday of the month. Our
next two dates are Sunday, May 10
from 4 - 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 30
from 4 - 6 p.m. To sign up, please visit
our website and click on “Mission” and
then “Unhoused Neighbors.”
We Need YOU
GPC is blessed to have members of
all ages. Some of our oldest members
need visits and care. These folks have
given their lives to the church, and
now it is time to give back. If you
volunteer for home visits, you will be
trained by a pastor who will also
accompany you on your first visit.
Please consider joining us in this
challenging and rewarding ministry.
We will accommodate your schedule
and teens are encouraged to volunteer
too! Contacts: Deacon Marsha
Pearcy or Rev. Rachel Vaagenes.
Summer Worship Hours
May 24 is Pentecost! We invite you
to wear red that Sunday, and we
remind you that our Summer
schedule begins that week.
Christian Education takes a break,
and Worship is at 10 a.m. through
Upcoming Youth Events
Youth and Bible Sunday
Youth lead the service and Bibles
are given to 1st, 5th, 9th and 12th
Confirmands join the church and
publish their statements of faith.
August 2-7, 2015 Summer
Mission Trip for Teens
Contact Rev. Chatelaine-Samsen
for more details.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
If you want to donate to national and
international crisis relief through the
PC(USA), please go this website:
http://pda.pcusa.org/ Your support
is much appreciated.
2015 Chancel Flowers
GPC sanctuary flowers express an
appreciation both to God and to those
we love and respect. Sunday’s beautiful
flowers depend on your thoughtful gifts
to the Flower Fund. A recommended
donation of $50 provides arrangements
for one Sunday. To contribute flowers,
please fill out a form found in the
narthex or contact the church office.
Thank you for your support.
Sunday, May 3
Worship The Lord’s Supper
Young Children & Worship
12:30pm Confirmand Class
12:30pm Children’s Music meeting
12:30pm Stewardship meeting
Children’s Ministry meeting
Georgetown Sunday Dinner
Tuesday, May 5
Wednesday, May 6
Midweek Bible Study
Sunday, May 10
Sunday Morning Bible
Sunday School for all ages
Worship - Youth Sunday
Young Children & Worship
Georgetown Sunday Dinner
The Georgetown Presbyterian
Church is a founding member and
supporter of the Reformed Institute
of Metropolitan Washington
Rev. Camille Cook Murray
Associate Pastor/Christian Education
Rev. Rachel Landers Vaagenes
Rev. Christopher Chatelaine-Samsen
Director of Music
Mary Ellen Cain
Wednesday Proverbs 10:1-9
Thursday Acts 10:44-48
1 John 5:1-6
THE GEORGETOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Rev. 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