June 29, 2014

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4TH SUNDAY OF PENTECOST – June 29, 2014 –


PRELUDE The Heart of Worship arr. Teresa Wilhelmi

INVOCATION (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
This Sabbath day, come, let the empowering grace of the Spirit divine flow more fully into us;
to us and to all Creation!
Come, let the loving hopes of the Source of All live in us;
in us and in all Creation!
Come, let the saving care of the Anointed become the way for us;
for us and for all Creation!

*HYMN 139 Come, Thou Almighty King

PRAYERS OF HOPE with The Lord’s Prayer
There are times when our beliefs fall short of faith,
our hope falls short of strength, our love falls short of care.
Women: But we are where the Source lives its faith;
Men: we are where the Spirit flows in hope;
All: we are where the Savior abides in love.
Men: So may we serve the eternal will;
Women: so may we seek the eternal way;
All: so may we bring peace beyond understanding.
And so let us pray with hope 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

The next stop on our journey is forgiveness,
which really is compassion for us not knowing what we do
until it is done and we learn the cost.
The next step on the journey is thanks,
which really is celebration for knowing what comes next –
love for one another and the kingdom of God.

SCRIPTURE from John 1: 1-16 and Genesis 1
The word of God; Thanks be to God.

CONTEMPLATION Gagliarda G. Frescobaldi

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

OFFERING Come, Thou Almighty King arr. Lloyd Larson

We are given life. What shall we give?
If we give our lives, God gives more precious life --
so let us dedicate ourselves to giving ourselves
that we will help God’s kingdom come. Amen.

SCRIPTURE from Luke 24 and Matthew 28
The word of God; Thanks be to God.

*HYMN 136 Sovereign Lord of All Creation

SCRIPTURE from the Book of Acts: 2: 38-47
The word of God; Thanks be to God.


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from the 23rd Psalm
Sisters and Brothers, let us remember how beautiful is the world --
vista & vision, form & function, history & hope.
Let us remember its awesome blessings --
labor & liberty, intricacy & intimacy, beatitudes & bounty.
Let us remember all for which we are thankful --
light & beauty, life & community, conscience & love.
The grace of God is endless, like an ever-flowing stream.
The truth of God is unquenchable, like an ever-shining light.
Let us see and follow with seeking hearts, as in our words of faith:
God is our shepherd -- we shall not want --
laying us down in green pastures,
leading us to quiet waters, restoring our souls,
guiding us on paths of righteousness for our sake.
Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
we need fear no evil, for you are with us;
your rod and your staff, they comfort us;
you prepare a table for us even amidst our enemies;
you anoint our heads with oil; our cups runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives
and we shall dwell in your house forever.

*HYMN 375 Lord of All Good


POSTLUDE Gigue from Partita 29 G.F. Handel

*REFRESHMENTS Refreshments for all in the Fellowship Hall

* Asterisk indicates an opportunity to rise as you are able.

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


In next Sunday’s service we will reflect together on Freedom. In preparation, you might reflect on what you want “freedom from” and what you want “freedom for” and what your guiding light is to find your freedoms. You might reflect on a story from your own life about some freedom that you lost and/or gained or witnessed being taken away or awarded, whether by individual human action, by social systems, or by the evolution of natural events.

Sunday Morning Religious Studies Discussion at 9:45: On 7/6, we will discuss a third branch of Christianity, “Protestantism”, pages 356-362 in Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions. Give Jack your email address if you want the key quotes sent.

Highlands member Ruth Elswood has a lovely cat who would like foster care from 7/14 through 5/15 while Ruth finishes seminary. Contact Ruth at 352-278-0757.

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: 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: Cheryl Ramsey

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