SEVENTH SUNDAY OF PENTECOST (7/20/14)

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July 20, 2014

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2014-07-20

EVENTH SUNDAY IN THE SPIRIT OF GOD – JULY 20, 2014
HIGHLANDS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

WELCOME

PRELUDE Seek Ye First arr. Carol Tornquist

INVOCATION (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
Liturgist: Friends, come and be at peace and fill with grace.
Women: We turn again to the light divine;
our spirits open like flowers to morning sun.
Men: We kneel at the wellspring of the joy of living;
our souls drink in blessing.
All: We come to better love the world;
in the image of God we come to love.

*HYMN 456 Awake, My Soul

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from Psalm 51
Liturgist: Faith is given, faith is learned, faith is tested and learned and grown;
let us lift our voices with our prayers of faith –
Women: We pray with faith in our Source, our Sustainer, our Shepherd;
in the word we hear, in the creation we see,
in the power of life by which we thrive.
Men: We are strengthened with grace for struggle and for peace.
We are guided with truth in conscience and in dreams.
We are filled with gladness by comfort and by joy.
All: We see how life can unfold in beauty and blessing,
and our faith in kindness grows.
Great is our trust; great is our thanks.
Ours to follow the way, for the kingdom of heaven is near.

SCRIPTURE from Psalm 1
The word of God;
Thanks be to God.

CONTEMPLATION Hungarian Folk Song No. 1 Béla Bartók

* Asterisk indicates an opportunity to stand if you would.

PRAYERS OF HOPE from Psalm 105 and The Lord’s Prayer
Holy One, All in all, Light and Power Divine,
troubles are rife where peace and joy could abound, in our world and in our hearts.
We pray to find the holy way to fill with the light and power of love
and help the world renew in strength and hope.
From a worldly darkness filled with fire and ice,
we pray that we might share light and love
with all the children of your world.
You have empowered the stars and the earth with grace,
so we pray we will at last consent
to use your grace to care for all.
And so we pray in hope as our savior brother 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

ASSURANCE
As you pray and as you seek, so shall it be given unto you.
Seek first God’s grace and God’s heaven on earth,
and all will be healed and all will be well.

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

*HYMN 333 Seek Ye First

SCRIPTURE Matthew 13:1-13
The word of God; Thanks be to God.

SERMON SOILS AND SEEDS

OFFERING Praise to the Holy One / Abba Father arr. Kurt Kaiser

WELCOME OF NEW MEMBER Miranda Pronhkorst-Prenger

PRAYER OF THANKS
For the planting of the seeds, for the feeding of their hearts,
we give thanks.
For the tending of their sprouts, for the sharing of their fruit,
we give thanks.
For the ground of love around us,
we give thanks.

*HYMN 200 To Bless the Earth

BLESSING

POSTLUDE Gigue from Partita in G G.F. Handel

*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

Sunday Morning Religious Studies Discussion at 9:45: Next Sunday, an overview and discussion of the PCUSA General Assembly action on same gender marriage. Coffee served.

Announcements from Presbyterian Women (see Daryl for further info):
- PW Monthly Bible Study 3rd Sundays after church. Today in church office!
- 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: 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:

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