THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 2014 (5/4/14)

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2014-05-04

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER – MAY 4, 2014
HIGHLANDS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Way of Christ: Faith in God’s empowering grace;
Hope for heaven on earth; Caring for all Creation.

WELCOME

PRELUDE Morning Has Broken arr. Larry Shackley

INVOCATION (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
Through the week we may lose our focus and our peace,
and so we return to our communion of fellow seekers and friends
to remind one another that God endlessly pours forth
boundless grace and truth to empower one and all.
So we remember to turn again to God and be at peace,
that we may have strength and love and joy.

*HYMN 469 Morning Has Broken

PRAYERS OF FAITH from Isaiah, Peter, and the 1983 Presbyterian Statement of Faith
When we clear our minds and hearts --
we see God lives in us, giving us truth and beauty and strength and love.
We see the Being of our beings alive in all --
the God of grace who empowers all life.
In our darkest hours we have cried that we are forsaken --
and yet God stays with us wherever we may stray,
restoring our souls with the power of life so all may rise and live anew.

SCRIPTURE from 1 Peter 4, 5
The word of God; Thanks be to God.

CONTEMPLATION Pastorale Francis Poulenc

PRAYER OF HOPE on Psalm 116, with The Lord’s Prayer
It is said we love God because God answers our prayers.
Women: But is it not that God sends us our prayers,
and hopes we will hear? May divine hope be fulfilled.
How often we grieve and call on God’s help.
Men: But is God not our blessed friend, present before called,
willing to cleanse, to feed, to lift us to peace & joy?
May divine love have its chance.
How often we hope to enter God’s house,
Women: when all the while God’s home is in us and we fail to welcome.
May divine presence be our guest.
They say that we sin, and we see it in others.
Men: But doesn’t God just see children astray in the dark
and shine forth the light? May divine light guide us home.
and so we pray as Christ has taught,
Holy One 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

ASSURANCE from 1 Peter 1
Your soul is purified as you live the truth
of loving deeply from the heart,
born anew from the seed of grace
through the loving will of God.

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

SCRIPTURE from Exodus 14: 5-31
The word of God; Thanks be to God.

*HYMN 554 Let All Things Now Living

SCRIPTURE from John 14: 1-27 & Luke 24: 44-49
The word of God; Thanks be to God.

SERMON THE JOURNEYS OF FAITH AND SPIRIT

COMMUNION You Satisfy the Hungry Heart arr. John Carter

OFFERING Old Hundredth arr. Gail Smith

PRAYER OF THANKS
We give thanks for the good news of Christ
symbolized in bread and wine,
that God is with us in grace and truth.
We give thanks for the good news of Christ
symbolized by this supper table we share,
that heaven is near.
And we give thanks for the good news of Christ
symbolized by our communion together,
that we are here to share the good news with all Creation in word and in deed –
we give thanks.

*HYMN 374 Lord, Make Us Servers of Your Peace

BLESSING

POSTLUDE Prelude in C from WTK II J.S. Bach

*REFRESHMENTS Refreshments for all in the Fellowship Hall

* Asterisk indicates an opportunity to stand if you would.

New to Highlands? Welcome!
Please leave us your name and contact information
on one of the yellow slips by the bulletins.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE CONGREGATION

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 330-346. Key quotations will be emailed to simplify reading.

Highlands Monthly Chores Team: Thank you for your work on garage & storage space!

Highlands Session monthly meeting: today, 12:30pm.

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.

WEEKLY CHURCH ACTIVITIES

Sundays: Religious Studies 9:45am Worship 11:00am Refreshments 12noon
Pastor’s Sunday Office Hours 1:30-5:00pm

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