March 2, 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 Simple Gifts arr. Gail Smith

*INVOCATION (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
Let us come now on this Sabbath day
and feast on the light of God.
May the divine light fill us
till it pours from our fingers
in kindness for all the earth.
Come. let this day of rest be for rest
and let the days of our week be for blessing.

*HYMN 483 Sing Praise to God

Gracious God, we turn to you today,
seeking our next step in you
so our lives will not be lost.
We go astray without your leading light.
Our fears leave us in the dark, striking out in blindness.
Our hungers trip our footsteps and we fall short of you.
Our ignorance makes us brash when we should wait and listen.
But your presence holds us up and gives us courage,
your grace feeds our souls and makes us strong,
your truth speaks within and sets us right.
And so we pray in hope as your child of light 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

Dear friends, let us remember, God’s light is ours
to heal and feed and free our souls
so we may likewise forgive and help and love one another
and help God’s kingdom come.

* Asterisk indicates an opportunity to stand if you would.

SCRIPTURE Matthew 5: 14-16

CONTEMPLATION Old Hungarian Tune Béla Bartók

SCRIPTURE 2 Peter 1: 1-4, 16-19
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.

OFFERING A Mighty Fortress Is Our God arr. Kurt Kaiser

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

SCRIPTURE Matthew 17: 1-8
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from the Apostles & Nicene Creeds
All: Gracious God, we trust in you, the All in all,
source of heaven and earth,
source of all things seen or unseen;
and we trust in Christ Jesus, one with you & one with us,
your child, our brother,
Men: conceived of your Spirit of grace and truth
and born of the maiden Mary
to bring good news of justice and love
and peace upon the earth;
Women: who was crucified under Pilate and entombed in death,
and raised to you to come again in glory
for all the living and the dead.
All: And we trust in your Holy Spirit, the giver of life,
and in your holy universal church, in the communion of saints,
in the forgiveness of sins, in resurrection from death,
and in the life of the world to come, Amen.

COMMUNION One Bread, One Body arr. John Carter

For your grace and truth poured into us, O Creator, our deepest thanks.
For the revelation of God’s loving power in all things, O Christ, our deepest thanks.
For the inspiration to receive & share these blessings, O Spirit. our deepest thanks.
For the spirits of those who lift up your community, O God, our deepest thanks.

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

*HYMN ‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple


POSTLUDE Fughetta in G minor Thomas Smith

*REFRESHMENTS Refreshments for all in the Fellowship Hall

2nd Hymn ."A MIGHTY FORCE OF LOVE" (tune -- A Mighty Fortress/Ein festa burg)

A mighty force of love is God,
of graciousness unfailing;
our saving strength against the flood
o’er mortal ills prevailing.
The world will work us woe
if by its way we go;
its darkness blocks our light
and puts our good to flight
if we forget our Source.

We have no strength or being beside
the grace of God’s infusing
that flows to us in unstemmed tide
for us beyond all losing.
God’s truth is Christ’s own way
of caring come what may;
our joy will know no bounds
when Christ’s good news resounds.
God’s light will shine within us.

And though our world in blindness lives
and threatens to undo us,
we will not fear for God hath willed
that truth will triumph through us.
The Spirit’s strength is ours
above all earthly powers.
Where we will live with care
God’s love will enter there
with joyfulness forever.

3rd Hymn: "SIMPLE GIFTS"

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
to turn, turn will be our delight,
till by turning, turning we come 'round right.

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be kind,
‘Tis the gift to seek, the greater gift to find,
and when we have the gift alive in our heart,
the spirit of love will not ever depart.
When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
to turn, turn will be our delight,
till by turning, turning we come 'round right

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be fair,
'tis the gift to love, the greater gift to care,
and when we give ourselves in ways that are true
our hearts will keep turning and be ever new.
When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
to turn, turn will be our delight,
till by turning, turning we come 'round right.

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


Interested in Joining Highlands as a Church Member? The pastor will hold a follow-up conversation about membership today after Sunday service. We are a wonderful growing community of spiritually supportive friends. Come find out how you might best take part.

Wednesday Evening Discussion of The World’s Religions this Wednesday, 3/5 at 7:00pm, we take up chapter 2 (“Hinduism”), pp 12-36, in The World’s Religions by Huston Smith. (Everybody also welcome to Meditation (5:30) and Potluck (6:30) preceding the Discussion.

Announcements from Presbyterian Women (check further with Daryl):
- PW Monthly Bible study- PW’s “Together in Service” children’s clothing mission project – simple sewing involved.
- Fair Trade Coffee for sale in Fellowship Hall.
- Collecting used box-tops to help Metcalfe Elementary School.
- Metcalfe School Supplies collection (or funds) continues. Box in Fellowship Hall.

Thank you to all who made contributions to the Charitable Fund. We have enough for now.


Sundays: Worship 11:00am Refreshments 12noon Discussion: 12:20 usually The News & Good News.

Tuesdays 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 of both body and spirit. Andy Hughes, instructor.

Wednesdays: Meditation (5:30), Potluck (6:30), Study and Discussion (7:00). This Wednesday’s Discussion
Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions (chapter on “Primal Religions”)

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

Fridays Yoga, 2:30-3:30 pm: Stretching, strengthening, awareness, peace. Susan Mickelberry instructor

Anytime: Gardening. Anytime: Conversation with Pastor Donovan. Event Rentals at HPC: 352-376-2440

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

Circle of Care and Prayer: Jim Weeks, Betty Edwards, Betty Frye, Jerry Ransom, Lois Crutchfield, Amy Fennell (Mullee), Mary Latham family. 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 Donna Mitchell 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 Parish Associate Rev. Alisun Donovan
Pastor’s Office Hours: Tuesdays - Friday 2-5pm or by appointment. Please call Pastor Jack at 352-327-6166. The pastor is always pleased to talk with anyone about the spiritual journey or joining Highlands.