May 11, 2014

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The Way of Christ: Faith in God’s empowering grace;
Hope for heaven on earth; Caring for all Creation.


PRELUDE For the Beauty of the Earth arr. Marilyn Reimer

SCRIPTURE drawn from Genesis 1: 1-31
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.

INVOCATION (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
Children of God, come, let us join in God’s family of life and love.
Holy spirit, come fill us on our day of rest and give us strength to live anew.
Savior of the nations, come be our guide and bring us to your holy way.
Companions on our way, come, let us see what we can be and see what we can do
in our days in God’s great Garden.

*HYMN 473 For the Beauty of the Earth

SCRIPTURE drawn from Luke 1: 5-57
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH drawn from Matthew 5 (Women; Men)
There is a faith that sees the world divided;
there is a faith that sees the world as one.
Our faith is in healing the wounded spirit so we may inherit heaven,
in humbleness of demand so the children will inherit the earth;
in mourning with the grieved so all may be comforted;
in hungering and thirsting for righteousness so we may be filled;
in being merciful so we shall receive mercy;
in pureness of spirit so we shall see God;
in bringing peace so God will welcome us;
in willingness to suffer for goodness and truth so we will live with God.

SCRIPTURE drawn from Luke 2: 5-52
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.

CONTEMPLATION Adagio in D minor A. Corelli

* Asterisk indicates an opportunity to stand if you would.

PRAYER OF HOPE with The Lord’s Prayer
Please call to mind your hopes for life and hold them up into the light,
and in the meditations of our souls and the prayers of our spirits may they find their way.
Women: We hope to love our world as God loves every being.
Men: We hope to be love itself, as our Source is love in everything.
All: We pray to stop killing, to stop oppressing, to stop fearing.
We pray wholeness will come, freedom will thrive, and loving-kindness will prevail.
We pray that all the earth will thrive because we truly live the way of grace.
And in hope we pray as Jesus taught:
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 says, Let there be life and let there be love
and let them be blessed and flourish on the earth.
And if you say, I see that it is very good,
so let it be with me according to your word --
then you will be restored from any waywardness to the holy way.

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

SCRIPTURE from John 2: 1-12 and Matthew 12: 14-50
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.

*HYMN 600 The Song of Mary (The Magnificat)

SCRIPTURE from John 19:16-27 & John 1:1-16
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.


OFFERING Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee arr. Cindy Berry

Gracious God, we give thanks for those,
regardless of gender, who mother the church,
who serve to grow grace and bring loving truth to the tables of our lives.
In homage to the spirit of Christ in them, we give thanks.

*HYMN 464 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee


POSTLUDE Allegro in D A. Corelli

*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 by the bulletin
and please join us today for Refreshments and conversation


Next Sunday During Refreshments the Session will host another discussion about Highlands’ progress on moving into our exciting future. The Session will provide an up-date on its strategic planning, including seeking funding donations, bequests, and grants – and will be interested to receive more feedback and ideas.

Wednesday Evening Meditation, Potluck & Discussion POSTPONED for now.
Instead, our Religious Studies discussions will take place Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45. For 5/11, discussion focuses on Huston Smith’s chapter on Christianity in The World’s Religions, pp 330-339, “The Mystical Body of Christ”. Key quotations will be emailed during the week to simplify reading. Please give Jack your email.

Announcements from Presbyterian Women (Daryl for further info):
- Next PW Monthly Bible Study postponed to 5/18, studying ch 5 in 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

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)

Weekly/Monthly Church Cleaning: Please see Beth (352-519-5291) if you can help. Thanks!

Circle of Care and Prayer: 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: Meaghan Monaghan

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