FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT – MARCH 30, 2014
HIGHLANDS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Way of Christ: Faith in God’s empowering grace;
Hope for heaven on earth; Caring for all Creation.
CALL TO WORSHIP Wake! Wake! Arise! arr. Roger C. Wilson
PRELUDE Open My Eyes That I May See arr. Tedd Smith
*INVOCATION from 2 Kings 2 (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
Liturgist: Sisters and Brothers, lay down your burdens and be at peace.
Breathe in God’s loving power; breathe out life’s driving fears; rest in the light of the world.
All: We open to the Light of light; we open to the All in all;
we open to the Strength of our strength; we open to the Heart of our hearts.
Women: We open to communion with God;
Men: we open to communion with one another;
All: we open so God’s light may fill the world.
*HYMN 262 God of the Ages
* PRAYERS OF FAITH from Psalm 119, John 1, Mark 3
Brothers and Sisters, it is said,
Trust in God grows as we find God’s power in our lives
and as we discover God’s blessing is for all.
When we see clearly, we see the power and goodness of God --
that God’s gift is truth and grace
that God’s will is life and joy.
So in words of scripture we express our growing faith:
All: Holy One, we believe that all things come into being from you,
Women: and what comes into being is life, and this life is the light of all people;
Men: and all who welcome the light, who trust in its power,
receive the power to become your children;
Women: for your light is full of your grace and truth,
Men: and becomes flesh full of your glory.
All: And we believe that it is for us, filled with grace and truth,
to prepare your way so your kingdom will come.
SCRIPTURE Psalm 23
CONTEMPLATION The God of Love My Shepherd Is (Psalm 23) Thomas Tallis
* Asterisk indicates an opportunity to stand if you would.
PRAYER OF HOPE withThe Lord’s Prayer
Eternal Giver of grace and truth, we pray in hope
Men: that we’ll not block your grace and lose our power;
Women: that we’ll not cloud your truth and lose our way;
Men: that we’ll not cloud with greed and lose our friends
Women: that we’ll not cloud with pride and lose our goals.
All: Feed our spirits that we may be the fruit you bear
to spread your seeds of kindness ever more.
In this 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
Be at peace and rest assured –
if you follow the shepherd’s caring guiding voice
you will be on the holy way and you will reach the promised land.
SCRIPTURE Ephesians 4.31-5.2 and 5.8-14
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.
*HYMN (bulletin) I’m Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
SCRIPTURE John 9: 26-34
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.
SERMON WHO ARE YOUR PEOPLE? A QUESTION FOR LENT
OFFERING Wayfaring Stranger arr. Jerry Nelson
PRAYER OF THANKS
Light of the World, we give you thanks –
for the light shining in the darkness,
for the light shining in Creation,
for the light in our hearts.
By your sharing of yourself we live,
and by our sharing in you we grow in holiness and joy. Amen
PRAYERS OF CARING for those in need of our prayers and caring
*HYMN 280 Amazing Grace
POSTLUDE Symphonia No. 11 in G minor 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 by the bulletins.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE CONGREGATION
Highlands Session meeting today after Refreshments
Wednesday Evening Potluck & Discussion of The World’s Religions: On sabbatical until 4/23, when we begin Ch. 8 “Christianity” in The World’s Religions by Huston Smith. Wednesday Evening Meditation continues at 5:30.
Announcements from Presbyterian Women (check further with Daryl):
- Next PW Monthly Bible Study postponed to 5/18, studying ch 5 in Abiding Hope.
- 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.
WEEKLY CHURCH ACTIVITIES
Sundays: Worship 11:00am Refreshments 12noon
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.
Wednesdays: Meditation (5:30). (Note: Potluck and Study Group on sabbatical till after Easter.
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: on sabbatical till after Easter.
Anytime: Gardening. Anytime: Conversation with the pastor. Event Rentals: 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, Amy Fennell (Mullee), Mary Latham’s mom & dad. Military: Ross Aikin (Billy Jean Jones). Changes: please tell Pastor Jack 327-6166.
Pianist/Organist Andy Hughes Hymn Leader Daryl Mullee Today’s Liturgist: RD Bonner
Suggestions for the church? Suggestion forms are posted on bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, or speak to the pastor or a Session member.
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 Parish Associate Rev. Alisun Donovan
Pastor’s Office Hours: Wednesdays & Sundays 2-5pm or by appointment ( 352-327-6166).
The pastor is always pleased to talk with anyone about the spiritual journey or joining Highlands.