August 10, 2014

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PRELUDE Simple Gifts arr. Gail Smith

INVOCATION (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
It is the Sabbath; come, let us breathe in ease; let us free our minds;
let us be peaceful; let us feel the flow of grace.
Sisters and Brothers, come rest from your work and worries;
come rest from your play and pleasures.
We put down our burdens; we put down our addictions;
we come to rest within our holy source and restore ourselves with its holy spirit.
Fill again with grace; fill again with truth; fill again with life and love and thanks.
It is the Sabbath; let us rest and renew again.

*HYMN (attached) A Mighty Force of Love is God

PRAYERS OF HOPE with The Lord’s Prayer
Liturgist: Though we may tire or err or break,
All: we have seen God’s endless grace give hope to those dream
and faith to those who wake unto the light.
Liturgist: Many are our trials and temptations:
Men: we give up; we carry on; we offend; we take offense;
Women: we run from; we run over; we blame; we are blameful;
All: we fall short; we fall away.
Liturgist: And yet, the light is there, in all our days, in all our ways;
All: and conscience smiles, and confidence returns,
and humor and humanity lift us up.
Liturgist: So in your light, O God, we grow,
All: as faith admits grace and grace admits bliss.
Liturgist: And so pray with hope and confidence as our holy brother has taught us:
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

God’s spirit will renew your soul if you will open it;
all blessings will be yours if you share them.

SCRIPTURE from Matthew 22, 18, 5, 25
CONTEMPLATION Canon in F minor Anton Arensky

PRAYERS OF CARING for those in need of our prayers and caring

OFFERING O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus arr. Larry Schackley

SCRIPTURE from Matthew 6 and Luke 17

*HYMN (attached) Wayfaring Stranger

SCRIPTURE from Isaiah 55 and John 10


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from the Apostles Creed & Reform Confessions
All: Gracious God, Being of beings, All in all,
source of heaven and source of earth,
source of all things seen and unseen,
we trust in you;
Women: and we trust in the Christ Jesus,
one with you and one with us, your child, our brother,
conceived of your Spirit of grace and truth
and born and raised by the maiden Mary to bring good news
and to show your caring way;
Men: who was crucified by the imperial powers and entombed in death
and raised by you to come again in glory
in all who were and all who will be and all who are today;
All: and we trust in your Holy Spirit, the bringer of the power of life,
and we trust in your holy universal church,
and in the communion of all souls,
and in the forgiveness of sins, and in resurrection from death,
and in the life of the world to come, Amen.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION All are invited to share God’s food

COMMUNION Come Just as You Are / Jesus Draw Me Close arr. Carol Tornquist

Liturgist: Sisters and Brothers, lift up your hearts.
All: Our hearts are lifted up.
Women: With faith in grace and truth,
Men: with thanks for those who share,
All: with hope for peace and joy, we will raise the heart’s song
and follow its way into every soul.

*HYMN (attached) Simple Gifts


POSTLUDE Prelude in E minor, BWV 938 J.S. Bach

*REFRESHMENTS Refreshments for all in the Fellowship Hall

New to Highlands? Welcome!
Please leave us your name and contact information
on one of the yellow slips and please join us for Refreshments and conversation


Jim Chichester is at North Florida Hospital. Cards or calls are welcome.

Sunday Morning Religious Studies Discussion at 9:45: Jack will be away the next few Sundays on vacation. Discussions will resume on 9/14.

The HPC Session monthly meeting today after Refreshments.

Highlands needs some bookkeeping help. If you have bookkeeping experience & can give an hour a week to enter HPC’s income & expenses data, please tell Jack. Thanks!

Announcements from Presbyterian Women (Daryl for further info):
- PW Monthly Bible Study 3rd Sundays after church – studying PW’s Abiding Hope.
- Fair Trade Coffee for sale in Fellowship Hall.
- Collecting used box-tops to help Metcalfe Elementary School.

Suggestions for the church? Suggestion forms are posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall, or speak to the pastor or a Session member.


Sundays: Religious Studies 9:45am Worship 11:00am Refreshments 12noon
Pastor’s Sunday Office Hours 1:30-4:00pm (Appointments are helpful.)

Mondays: Tai Chi 6:30-7:15 pm under the portico (west of the Sanctuary) or in the Sanctuary; Gentle traditional exercises to enhance grace and balance. Andy Hughes, instructor.

Thursdays: Tai Chi 9:00 am, under the portico. Choir rehearsal 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Fridays: Yoga 2:30-3:30 pm Anytime: Gardening; Renting for Events (352-327-6166)

Circle of Care and Prayer: Jim & Lynn Chichester, Betty Edwards, Betty Frye, Bob Mack, Jerry Ransom, Lois Crutchfield, Justine Ideker, Amy Fennell (Mullee), Mary Latham’s mom. Military: Ross Aikin (Billy Jean Jones). Changes: please tell Pastor Jack 327-6166.

Pianist/Organist Andy Hughes Hymn Leader Daryl Mullee Today’s Liturgist: Beth Hartwell

Session Cheryl Ramsey Mary Latham Meaghan Monaghan
Susan Mickelberry Jim Chichester Beth Hartwell (clerk)
Committees: Programming (Meaghan M.); Communications: (Susan M.); Facilities Use (Beth H.)
Pastor: Rev. Jack Donovan (352) 327-6166