July 27, 2014

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PRELUDE For the Beauty of the Earth arr. Bill Wolaver

INVOCATION (Liturgists words; Congregation’s words)
Let us come together to better know divine goodness,
evolving around us and growing within us.
Let us come together to better ponder
the power of grace and the guidance of its truth.
Let us come together to live with kindness as our only way,
so we will be good for one another and for our world.

*HYMN 473 For the Beauty of the Earth

When we pay deep attention,
we feel the power of life within,
creating, sustaining, guiding.
We call it God’s presence, or perhaps God’s grace.
It has its way, which is the truth of ceaseless giving
to all its children grace upon grace.
When we pay deep attention,
we receive the grace that gives us power to make life good;
power from our holy source
that has from the beginning poured itself out for us
in grace and truth.

SCRIPTURE Matthew 13: 24-30

CONTEMPLATION Hungarian Folk Song No. 2 Béla Bartók

* Asterisk indicates an opportunity to stand if you would.
PRAYERS OF HOPE with The Lord’s Prayer
These are our repentant songs, O God of all the peoples –
against our covetousness, psalms of hope for each far land and ours,
against our oppressions, psalms of hope for freedom for all,
against our exploitations, psalms of hope for every rill and rock,
against our pollutions, psalms of hope for alabaster cities to gleam,
against our desecrations, psalms of hope for every wood and templed hill,
against our cruelties, psalms of hope for kindness like living waters,
against our wars, psalms of peace for our fair land and theirs.
And so we pray as the prince of peace and freedom 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

By the grace God gives, the soul comes alive on earth;
and by the grace you give, the earth comes alive with heaven.
This is the saving covenant, thanks be to God and to the children of God’s grace.

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

SCRIPTURE from Genesis 12 & 15 and Deuteronomy 7 & 20

*HYMN 427 Lord, Whose Love

SCRIPTURE from Genesis 21 and Joshua 1 & 6


OFFERING We Will Celebrate arr. Carol Tornquist

With thanks for those who magnify God’s grace and share of themselves
we will free God’s word “Let be” so the world may know:
Women: God’s presence in the poor, God’s release for the captives,
Men: God’s sight for the blind, God’s freedom for the oppressed,
Women: God’s recovery from waywardness in truth & love of neighbor,
Men: and God’s strength in commonwealth and jubilation in common good.
We give thanks for lives of grace,
by the grace of God, Amen.

*HYMN 551 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come


POSTLUDE Little Prelude in D J.S. Bach

*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


IMPORTANT REQUEST: Please sign up for Sunday Refreshments. Simple is fine! Thanks!

Sunday Morning Religious Studies Discussion at 9:45: Today’s 9:45 discussion focused on the PCUSA General Assembly action to divest of stock in American corporations doing business that supports the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian territories. No 9:45 discussion on Sunday, 8/3. On Sunday 8/10 we will discuss the PCUSA GA action authorizing pastors to perform same sex marriages in states where legal.

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: Susan Mickelberry

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