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West Side Presbyterian Church Sacrament of Baptism Flower Sunday May 12, 2019

10:15 am Service

The helpless commit themselves to You; You have been the helper of the orphan. -Psalm 10:14b In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. -Psalm 18:6a He reached down from on high, He took me; He drew me out of mighty waters. -Psalm 18:16 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. -Psalm 121:2 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and will be repaid in full. -Proverbs 19:17 Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of My family, you did it to Me. -Matthew 25:40 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers? -Luke 10:36 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress… -James 1:27

~The Preparation for the Word ~ PRELUDE

Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 47 Andante Cantabile

Robert Schumann

Firefly Piano Quartet *CALL TO WORSHIP Choir: O magnify the LORD with me.

Psalm 34

O LORD, how manifold are Your works. In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your riches. O LORD, our LORD, how excellent is Your name in all the earth. All:

Lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, and flowers appear on the earth. The time of singing has come, and the voice of the dove is heard in the land.

Psalm 104

Song of Solomon

Choir: Let us exalt the name of God. O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Psalm 96 For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised. Honor and majesty are before God; strength and beauty are in God’s sanctuary. All:

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar and the fullness thereof; let the fields exult, and all that is therein. Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy before the LORD.

Choir: Let us exalt the name of God together. When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have ordained, what are human beings that You are mindful of them? And mortals that You care for them? All:

Psalm 8

O LORD, how excellent is Your name in all the earth.

Choir: Alleluia, Amen. *HYMN OF PRAISE 306 CALL TO CONFESSION 2 *The congregation may stand.

Fairest Lord Jesus


PRAYER OF CONFESSION Holy God, forgive us when we forgo peace for easy resolution; when we trade justice for convenience; when we doubt that You are real enough, whether we are good enough, whether Your love is strong enough to overcome the destructive powers at work in our world. Forgive us, O God, and help us to know Your transformative grace. KYRIE



Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations, Son of God, and Son of man, glory and honor, praise, adoration now and forevermore be Thine. *THE PEACE Children should leave to join their Sunday School small groups during the peace.


Psalms 10:14-18; 18:6; 16; 121:1-2 The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Don Reeder 3


Lead Me, LORD

Samuel Wesley

Lead me, LORD, lead me in Thy righteousness; make Thy way plain before my face. For it is Thou, LORD, only that makest me dwell in safety. -Psalm 5:8, 4:8b Choir of Men and Boys SERMON

Half Truths (Part Two): God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Rev. Marc Oehler

~ The Response to the Word ~ *RESPONSE OF FAITH

Romans 5:6-8

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person— though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. *HYMN 192

God, Our Help and Constant Refuge



Liv Walden, daughter of Laura and Michael Chepucavage

*COMMITMENT OF THE CONGREGATION We, the members of West Side Presbyterian Church, promise to guide and nurture Liv, by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging her to know and follow Christ as a beloved member of God’s family. *RESPONSE HYMN 498


Child of Blessing, Child of Promise

Child of blessing, child of promise, baptized with the Spirit’s sign, with this water God has sealed you unto love and grace divine. Child of God, your loving Parent, learn to listen for God’s call. Grow to laugh and sing and worship, trust and love God more than all.



(hymnal page 16, using debts/debtors)


The LORD is My Light and My Salvation

Frances Allitsen

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom, then, shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom, then, shall I be afraid? Though a host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid; and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in Him. For, in the time of trouble, He shall hide me in His tabernacle; yea, in the secret places of His dwelling shall He hide me, and set up upon a rock of stone. -Psalm 27:1,3,5 Choir of Men and Boys *DOXOLOGY 591


Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Christ, all people here below; praise Holy Spirit evermore; praise Triune God, whom we adore. Amen. *PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

~ The Sending ~ *HYMN 282

If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee



Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 47 Final - vivace

Robert Schumann

Firefly Piano Quartet ******* Our worship has ended. May our service to God and others continue.


Greeters: We thank Alice Brees and Beverly Fitzgerald for greeting today. Procession of Worship Elements: The worship elements are being carried in this morning by West Side mothers and their children. Lay Leadership: We thank Don Reeder for his leadership in worship today. We also thank the Firefly Piano Quartet for sharing their musical gifts with us this morning. Members are: Abigail Nishiwaki, violin; Jack Shigeta, viola; Frances Fedora, cello; Forest Eimold, piano.

If you are interested in being a lay reader during the 10:15 am Sunday service, please contact Lucy Ianacone ([email protected]; 201-445-6824). Sanctuary Flowers: Requesting sanctuary flowers is a wonderful way to remember a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion. If you wish to dedicate flowers, please contact Russell Clark ([email protected]; 201-788-5968). Flower Sunday: Today we celebrate Flower Sunday, a Czech tradition, in which congregants bring a flower from their own yard to the worship service. Symbolizing our diversity as well as our unity, each congregant takes a different flower at the end of the service. Additional flowers are available if you did not bring a flower to share. Coffee Hour: Please stay after the service today to enjoy a special Mother’s Day coffee hour in the Narthex hosted by the Men’s Ministry. We thank Walt Lynn and all those who have contributed their gifts to Coffee Hour this morning. Visitor Information Bags are available in the Narthex. If you are visiting with us today, please feel free to take one.


Worship Values, Practices and Information Congregational participation is the hallmark of Reformed Worship. Hymns, responses, corporate prayers and readings belong to you, the people and express the voice of the individual and the larger body of the Church. We hope the following notes will help you to join us in our liturgy. 

An asterisk (*) indicates the congregation may stand.

Boldface type signifies congregational participation.

First and final stanzas of hymns are usually sung in unison, middle stanzas in parts.

Share your prayer concerns on the cards provided in the pew rack. Ushers will collect the cards during the announcements.

Those arriving after the Call to Worship begins will be seated during the next hymn or the passing of the peace. If you must leave the Sanctuary during worship, please wait in the Narthex until the next hymn, the passing of the peace or the doxology before returning to your seat. Please help us protect and care for our beautiful worship space. Food and beverages, with the exception of closed plastic water bottles, are not allowed in the Sanctuary.

Please turn off your cell phone before worship begins.

Large print bulletins and hymnals are available in the Narthex.

Assistive listening devices are available by contacting one of the ushers.

Throughout the Sanctuary, there are a number of spaces available for wheelchairs. An usher will be happy to direct you.

Video of the service is available online at www.westside.org. We have live streaming video on Sunday mornings.

In case of emergency: our AED Unit is on the wall across from the reception desk and the First Aid kit is in the closet across from the reception desk. 7

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