June 22, 2014

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PRELUDE Sweet, Sweet Spirit arr. Don Wyrtzen

INVOCATION (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
Liturgist: Friends and Neighbors, what is it you seek?
Women: We see truth, we seek hope, we seek love, we seek peace;
Men: we seek friendship, we seek meaning, we seek caring, we seek God.
Liturgist: Come, then, let us seek together, for here grace and truth abound;
come, let us seek in our lives, for now heaven has come near.

*HYMN 261 God of Compassion

PRAYERS OF HOPE with The Lord’s Prayer
Many are our blessings,
and many are our possibilities,
to think and feel, to do and be, to dream and become.
May we dream dreams of hope and have visions of blessed lives;
may we grow in wisdom and in grace;
may divine light be our light and divine dreams come to light in us;
may we be about God’s work.
And we pray in hope 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

The forgiveness of God is not judgment, but new opportunity for life.
It is given before you ask.
You need only accept new grace with hope,
and your spirit will shine and the holy way be laid straight for you.

SCRIPTURE Luke 2: 39-52
The word of God; Thanks be to God.

CONTEMPLATION Sarabande from Partita in G G.F. Handel

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

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

OFFERING Revive Us Again arr. Cindy Berry

Children of God, God is with us and within us,
as the living water that flows through heart and mind , through body and soul;
and we pray in thanks for those who share God’s blessings
to make this church a home for all.

*HYMN 126 Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove

SCRIPTURE from Luke 24, John 1, and Matthew 28
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.


Michael Springer, Ellen Cunningham, Paula Hornung, Dave Waldrup

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH drawn from Matthew 5
We seek understanding to guide our lives.
for the salvation of all creatures,
for the beauty of Creation,
for the wonder of divine love.
Our faith is in healing the wounded spirit so we may inherit heaven;
in simplicity of living so the children will inherit the earth;
in mourning with the grieved so we all may be comforted;
in hungering for goodness so we all may be fed;
in asking what is needed so we all may understand the way;
in being kind so we all shall receive kindness;
in being companions so we all shall have communion on the journey;
in pureness of spirit so we shall see God more clearly;
in bringing peace so God will welcome us more fully;
in willingness to always give of ourselves so God will always live in us.

*HYMN 508 For the Bread Which You Have Broken


POSTLUDE Galliard William Byrd

*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 and please join us for Refreshments and conversation

Will you strive to live with the faith of Christ,
that God’s grace and truth
will strengthen and guide you in all you do?

Will you strive to live with the hope of Christ,
that God’s will for peace and joy
shall be done on earth as it is in heaven?

And will you strive with all your soul and heart and mind and strength
to repair hurtful ways and live with the caring of Christ
for yourself, for our church community, for all others, and for God in all things?


Today several new members will be welcomed to the congregation during our service. Please come join in celebrating!

Sunday Morning Religious Studies Discussion at 9:45: On 6/29, we will discuss a second branch of Christianity, “Eastern Orthodoxy” pages 352-356 in Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions. Quotes will be emailed to simplify reading.

Highlands member Ruth Elswood has a lovely cat who would like foster care from 8/14 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 in the Fellowship Hall.


Sundays: Religious Studies 9:45am Worship 11:00am Refreshments 12noon
Pastor’s Sunday Office Hours 1:30-4:00pm (appointments are a good idea)

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