SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – MAY 25, 2014
HIGHLANDS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Way of Christ: Faith in God’s empowering grace;
Hope for heaven on earth; Caring for all Creation.
PRELUDE On My Knees arr. Lee Evans
INVOCATION (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
Come. let us be together;
Let our expectations be gentle and our hearts be open.
Let our minds be full of light and our spirits full of life.
Come, let us dwell in Christ’s good news:
God’s spirit is within us and God’s power is love,
and heaven is near at hand.
*HYMN 13 Prepare the Way, O Zion
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
All: Gracious God, your light opens our hearts
like flowers in the sun;
Men: through your loving touch we receive your grace and truth;
Women: through earth’s glory we know your kingdom is near.
Men: In faith we see the garden we are to tend and keep,
and that by its fruits and by your way we are to live;
Women: that in your laws of nature and of care we are to trust,
and that even the least of your children we are to serve.
All: The peace in your being can be ours beyond imagining,
for in it we live and move and have our being.
SCRIPTURE from Mark 1:9-15 and Luke 4:16-19
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.
CONTEMPLATION Prelude in B A. Scriabin
* Asterisk indicates an opportunity to stand if you would.
PRAYERS OF HOPE with The Lord’s Prayer
Gracious God, we pray that when we are in need,
we’ll remember you are with us, and we pray the same for your world.
We pray that even in moments of threat or craving,
We’ll not forget your way, and we pray the same for your world.
We pray that though we may stumble,
we won’t presume we must fall, and we pray the same for your world.
We pray that we let you bring balance
so we’ll walk surely with you, and we pray the same for your world.
We pray we remember your blessings
that inspire us to care for your world, and we pray the same for your world –
and so we pray as the Christ 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 Acts 17 & John 14
Since you are God’s offspring, God will not leave you orphaned.
God is always in you in the spirit of truth and love. So don’t be afraid
– let God’s way of forgiveness and kindness be your way, and be at peace.
PRAYERS OF CARING for those in need of our prayers and caring
SCRIPTURE Luke 19: 1-10
The word of God; Thanks be to God.
*HYMN 14 Savior of the Nations, Come
SCRIPTURE Matthew 23: 37 and Luke 19: 41-44
The word of God; Thanks be to God.
REFLECTION Where Have All the Flowers Gone Pete Seeger
SERMON MANY REASONS FOR MEMORIAL DAY
OFFERING Praise to the Lord, the Almighty arr. Bruce Greer
PRAYER OF THANKS
Sisters and Brothers, you give life to the body of Christ as it gives life to you.
We give thanks to one another for using the gifts of God for blessing
and sharing them with us all that we may have a place to love and grow. Amen.
*HYMN 374 Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace
POSTLUDE Album fûr Klavier No. 18 - Corrente A. Corelli
*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
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE CONGREGATION
Highlands’ webpage! www.highlandsgainesville.org. Visit and give feedback to Susan M!
HPC’s Facilities Committee meets today after Refreshments, in the office– all welcome.
The HPC Session meets next Sunday (6/1) after Refreshments in the Office.
Our Communications and Growth Committee urges us all to invite friends to visit our HPC Facebook page & Webpage. And if you have photos of church activities, please send them to Susan Mickelberry for possible posting on-line.
Sunday Morning Religious Studies Discussion at 9:45: Next Sunday, 6/1, “Roman Catholicism” pp 346-352 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 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.
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: Beth Hartwell
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