FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – MAY 18, 2014
HIGHLANDS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Way of Christ: Faith in God’s empowering grace;
Hope for heaven on earth; Caring for all Creation.
PRELUDE Seek Ye First
INVOCATION on Revelation 21 (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
Sisters and Brothers, let us lift up our hearts.
We lift them into the Light of Life;
we open them up to the Source of all.
A new heaven and a new earth are arising;
God’s holy city is near at hand; God’s dwelling place shall be within us.
Brothers and Sisters, the door of heaven is open and a loving voice is calling.
Let us enter and be whole.
*HYMN (words below) How Great Thou Art
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Our faith is not blind or dead.
It is belief that lives and sees and learns.
We see partially today, and more wholly tomorrow.
We live partially today, and more holy tomorrow.
We do not cease to grow;
we will not cease to thank and bless.
And so we share our words of living growing faith:
We see and believe that we live in God and God in us --
by the Source that gives being,
by the Spirit that gives power,
by the Savior whose way leads home.
We see in Christ that we are free
to love our neighbors and ourselves as we love our living God,
and we rejoice with believers in every time & place
that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
SCRIPTURE from 1 Peter 1: 13; 2: 2-3, 20-21
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.
CONTEMPLATION De Noche
* Asterisk indicates an opportunity to stand if you would.
PRAYERS OF HOPE with The Lord’s Prayer
Gracious God, ever with us -- our Truth, our Way, our Life --
we thank you for your undying love for every creature
and for your ceaseless strengthening of our spirits.
We pray in hope that when any among us or any beyond our circles are in need
they will remember that you are with them.
We thank you for love and for all that is here for us to love,
and we pray that our missteps will be corrected
and our feet returned to your holy way.
And now we pray as your holy one has 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.
ASSURANCE from Luke 6: 35-38
Sisters and brothers, give, and it will be given unto you; forgive, and you will be forgiven.
God is kind and forgiving even to the ungrateful and cruel.
Be kind and forgiving, and God’s world is yours.
PRAYERS OF CARING for those in need of our prayers and caring
*HYMN (words below) Poor Wayfaring Stranger
SCRIPTURE from John 10:1, 7-10 & John 14:4-7
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.
SERMON BRANDING HUMANKIND
OFFERING Il Signore Ti Ristora
PRAYER OF THANKS
Gracious Source of Life, you give us the caring power of grace and the guiding power of truth.
In thanks we will live to bless the Earth,
to restore the Garden,
to build the holy City,
to have heaven on earth at last, Amen
*HYMN(words below) I Am a Child of Grace and Truth
POSTLUDE Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks
*REFRESHMENTS Refreshments for all in the Fellowship Hall
CLOSING HYMN: I AM A CHILD OF GRACE AND TRUTH
(tune: St Michael SM)
I am a child of Grace;
Grace nurtures me all ways.
It is the gift of godly love
deserving of all praise.
I am a child of Truth;
Truth is my guiding light.
It is a gift of godly grace
that makes my spirit bright.
We are children of God;
this is our one true name.
It is a gift we can pass on,
extending love’s true reign.
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
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE CONGREGATION
Our thanks to Kathy and RD for our music this morning!
After service today during refreshments: The Session will give a brief report on progress in planning for Highlands’ future and ask for your continued feedback and ideas.
A CONCRETE SOLUTION to the perennial pothole at the 16th Ave entry to the parking lot: Thank you, RD!!!
Highlands has guests this week! Come join them for a potluck Tuesday at 7:00pm. The PCUSA Eco Stewards will spend four evenings at Highlands this week, starting tonight. The Eco Stewards program takes young Presbyterians and friends on an annual pilgrimage to a place where special things are being done to care for God’s Creation. This year will be a grand tour of Creation Care sites in Alachua County. Come to the potluck and get to know the future of Creation Spirituality! Daniel and Vickie are coordinators and two PCUSA ministers (from Boston and Seattle) and Rebecca Barnes, a staff member from the Presbyterian Mission Program in Louisville, are accompanying the group.
Sunday Morning Religious Studies Discussion at 9:45: Next Sunday, 5/25, “The Mind of the Church” pp 339-346 in Huston Smith’s chapter on Christianity in The World’s Religions. Quotes will be emailed to simplify reading. Please give Jack your email.
Announcements from Presbyterian Women (Daryl for further info):
- PW Monthly Bible Study today after church -- 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 1:30-4:00pm
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)
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: Mary Latham
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