When the Lights Go Out

Commitment Sunday November 5, 2023

10:00 a.m.

Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

1605 E. 106th Street, Indianapolis IN, 46280 www.orchardpark.org



Welcome to Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. We are glad you are worshiping with us today and hope you will explore the many opportunities of learning, serving, and community building at Orchard Park! We are a caring community committed to living the greatest commandment of loving God and loving our neighbors. If you’re new in town and/or are looking for a church home, please accept this welcome as an open invitation to come with us as we worship and serve Jesus Christ!

OPPC office hours: M-Th 9am – 11:30am, 12:30pm – 4pm, F 9am – 3pm.

Prayer Chapel hours: M-Th, 9am to 9pm, F 9am to 6pm, Sunday 9am to Noon.

Please fill out a Visitor card from the pew and place it in the offering plate so we can keep you informed.

Please join us for fellowship & Bible study.

Please silence electronic devices when in the Sanctuary or Chapel.

Nursery care is available during worship in room 126.

Following the morning service, those who would like to do so are invited to greet one another for fellowship in the Lounge.

If you would like to talk to a pastor or notify the pastoral staff of personal concerns, illnesses, hospitalizations, or deaths, please call the church at 317.844.1107.

If you have a prayer request, contact Marc Kruithoff (prayer@orchardpark.org).

If you are interested in becoming a member of Orchard Park, email Shelly Wood (shellywood@orchardpark.org).

To learn more about our church, visit orchardpark.org.

Our Staff members are available for you. Please feel free to contact us: Pastor, Rev. Dr. Shelly White Wood, shellywood@orchardpark.org

Parish Associate, Rev. Trish Lisa, tlisa@orchardpark.org

Director of Music, Michael Pietranczyk, mpietranczyk@orchardpark.org Youth Outreach Director, Dr. Kristin Lehr, klehr@orchardpark.org Business Administration, Mary Leffler, mleffler@orchardpark.org Communication Director, Brittany Glass, bglass@orchardpark.org Bookkeeper, Joe Jansen, jjansen@orchardpark.org

Technology & Building Superintendent, Joe Delise, joedelise@gmail.com

Clerk of Session, Nick Tillema, nick@accessvaluation.com

November 12, 2023                                                           

10:00 a.m.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

*please rise in body or in spirit

Gathering Around the Word

Prelude – Chorale Prelude on “Nettleton” | Aaron

David Miller | Michael Pietranczyk, organ

Welcome and Announcements – Rev. Dr. Shelly Wood

Minute for Mission – Share the Harvest |

Michael Pietranczyk

*Call to Worship – Elyse Barajas

Leader: Delight! Children of God, delight!

People: We are delighted to be here together; to worship as a family and to be united in a common ministry.

Leader: We gather in worship to celebrate this community.

People: We celebrate the love that we have for one another, the support that we give to one another and the journey we are on to be united by God’s grace.

Leader: We come together this day to delight in offering our gifts.

People: We delight in the gifts we are giving, the pledges we are making and the future we are creating.

Leader: We join our hearts and our spirits today and delight in giving.

People: We are here! We are delighted! We are united!

Leader: Let us worship the God who loves when we delight in giving.

People: Let us worship God!

*Hymn 475 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing


(please see hymnal for musical notation)

Call to Confession – Elyse Barajas

*Prayer of Confession


Lord, you know our inmost being. You know all that we are, all that we know, all that we think, and all that we believe. When those thoughts, beliefs, ideas and be-ings turn from you, we long to be placed back on Your path. We pray that our lives might be a never-ending offering to you, and that our sin might lead to more ways to learn and grow closer to your hopes for us. Cleanse us of our sin; turn our thoughts and feet ever toward Your Way. We pray this together in the name of your Son Jesus. Amen.

*Declaration of Pardon – Elyse Barajas

Leader: Friends, believe the good news.

People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

*Gloria Patri, No. 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, amen

*Passing of the Peace – Elyse Barajas

Leader: The Peace of Christ be with you.

People: And also with you.

Children’s Church

Special Presentation

Song of Praise – 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) | Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

The Orchard Park Band

Listening for the Word

Scripture Reading – Matthew 25: 1-13 | Rev. Dr. Shelly Wood

Leader: The Word of the Lord

People: Thanks be to God

Sermon – Rev. Dr. Shelly Wood

“When the Lights Go Out”

Responding to the Word

Call of Offering – Rev. Dr. Shelly Wood

Offertory – For the Beauty of the Earth | arr. Nelson

The Sanctuary Choir

*Doxology 606

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Sealing the Word

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper


Great Thanksgiving

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to our God.

People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Minister: It is truly right and our greatest joy…who forever sing to the glory of your name:

Sanctus – No. 552


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. Hosanna in the Highest.



…Great is the mystery of faith!

Memorial Acclamation – No. 553


Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

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.

The Communion

*Prayer of Dedication for our Offerings and Annual Giving Commitments for 2024

Leader: Creator of all, the earth is yours, the world and all who live in it.

People: You have entrusted us with gifts— time, talent, energy, money— and asked us to use them to build your peaceable kingdom. With thanks and praise we respond to your call.

Leader: We bring these gifts you have given, returning your generosity, paying it forward.

People: We offer ourselves, our lives, our hopes and fears, our dollars and our hours. We commit ourselves to work for your world, to love and serve wherever you call.

Leader: We ask your blessing on this, your church, as we seek to follow you with heart, mind, and soul. People: Bless also these gifts, our investment in your future, that they may multiply in faith, hope, peace and love. Amen

Bearing the Word out into the World

*Hymn 649 Amazing Grace [Tune: NEW BRITAIN]

(please see hymnal for musical notation)

*Benediction – Rev. Dr. Shelly Wood

Postlude – Praeludium in A minor | Dietrich Buxtehude

Michael Pietranczyk, organ


Greeter: Susie Meeks

Ushers: Catherine Taylor & Kathy Lewellyn Coffee Corps: Emily Sherer


ONGOING CONCERNS: Joe Miller, Christine McGinn, Lisa Freihofer, Matt Haugk, Nancy Simms, Sue Andrews, Bob Sherer, first responders, and our military personnel (and their families) including Jack Herider, and Ross Ochs.


10:00 a.m. Worship Service (Sanctuary)

11:00 a.m. Commitment Sunday Celebration (Lounge) 11:15 a.m. Blood Pressure Screening (Office)

11:30 a.m. Music Rehearsal (Music Room)

12:00 p.m. 3rd – 5th Grade Fellowship (205, Kidzone)



9:30 a.m. Quilters (208)


6:15 a.m. Men’s Bible study (Lounge)


9:30 a.m. Together Today (Lounge) 10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Zoom)

7:00 p.m. Youth Group (Youth Rooms) 7:00 p.m. Bells (Music Room)


9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study (Z00m & Lounge)

7:00 p.m. Choir Practice (Music Room)


9:00 a.m. Old GOATS Group (115)


9:00 a.m. IBA (Pavilion)

9:00 a.m. Bible Study (Library) All Day – Breakaway (Pyoca)


10:00 a.m. Worship Service (Sanctuary) 11:00 a.m. After Service Fellowship (Lounge)

11:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study (North Chapel) 11:15 a.m. Sprout (205 & 206)

11:15 a.m. Parents in Prayer (212)

11:30 a.m. Music Rehearsal (Music Room) 4:00 p.m. Young Families (115 & Kidszone) All Day – Breakaway (Pyoca)


JOIN US! In the Lounge at 11:15 a.m. for our commitment Sunday Celebration! We will be remembering Anne Porteous and other church members as well as honoring our last remaining founder

Rebecca (Blaker) Atz.

2024 Pledge Campaign Update – As of 11/6/2023, we have

received 57 pledges totaling $386,237.74. This represents 28.1% of our 2024 Pledge Campaign goal. Thank you for those of you who have pledged early!! This week the Stewardship Committee would like to share information and offer guidance for those who may wish to consider establishing a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from an IRA account.

To Donate by Stock – Contact Mary Leffler. OPPC Business Admin. mleffler@orchardpark.org or 317.814.2472



Each year members of the congregations of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church and Harvest Christian Fellowship (Indianapolis) join in a Thanksgiving meal program to serve those in need, in and around the neighborhood surrounding Harvest Christian Fellowship (Indianapolis). Donations to purchase the food needed for these meals will be accepted until NOVEMBER 19 in the offering plate during worship, or online in REALM. Please designate “Share the Harvest” in the memo line of your check if submitting in person. The cost for an entire meal is $50, but any dollar amount is gladly appreciated. Thank you to all who help make this OPPC Thanksgiving tradition a blessing to those who are in need. contact Mike Pietranczyk (mpietranczyk@orchardpark.org).

HEAR GO SEE DECEMBER: Festival of Trees at The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

Presented by The Salvation Army, this year’s winter wonderland Festival of Trees at The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center features more than 75 elaborately decorated trees representing individuals, organizations, and companies from

around Indiana. Eli Lilly Hall also features a massive, 30-foot centerpiece tree that is viewable throughout most of the building.

Tuesday – December 5

Carpools meet at church 10:00 AM

10:30 a.m. Meet at Indiana History Center Lobby (450 West Ohio Street)

Lunch at the Stardust Terrace Café

Tickets in advance online: Adult $13, Senior (60+) $12 Add $2.00 if purchased at the door.


Join OPPC at Camp Pyoca for an incredible weekend of fellowship Nov 17 – 19. If you are interested in attending Breakaway, register at www.pyoca.org or contact youth director Kristin Lehr at klehr@orchardpark.org.


As violence escalates in and around Israel/Palestine, PDA is providing humanitarian assistance through partners on the ground and through ACT Alliance. PDA has approved solidarity grants and will continue supporting PDA partners providing humanitarian assistance. PDA’s response efforts will encompass a wide array of vital humanitarian interventions. These include, but not limited to medical supplies, shelter, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), food and non-food items and delivering crucial psychosocial support to individuals.

To send a check, please designate where you want your gift to go on the memo line and mail to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

P.O. Box 643700

Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700


Church Family,

Margaret and I are so grateful for Dr. Reverend Shelly Wood, Mike Pietranczyk, Bari Faudree, Gary Crouse, David Norris, and Randy Hutchinson’s participation in the Sachem Award Ceremony. Pastor Shelly offered a heartfelt invocation, and Mike Pietranczyk composed a song especially for this occasion – In a Field of Golden Sunrise. The ceremony ended with the audience joining the quartet in singing, All Glory Be to Christ. We appreciate you sharing your talents with us to make the event more memorable.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. Albert & Margaret Chen

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