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Thought for the Week:

“The practice of resurrection is
an intentional, deliberate decision to believe and participate in resurrection life, life out of death,
life that trumps death, life that is the last word: Jesus life.”

Eugene Peterson   
 In worship this week:
Easter Sunday
April 1, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Guest Musician: Cullen Crochet

Liturgist: Dudley Payton

Youth Liturgist: Taylor Thompson
Ushers: Anne McKnight
Hospitality: Anne McKnight
Communion Servers: Caitlin & Haleigh Thompson 

Easter Lilies this Sunday are given in memory of, in honor of, and in thanks for those listed in the bulletin. 

Focus on HPC:     
Lenten Hymns:
The Day of Resurrection

Written by St. John of Damascus in the 8 th Century, it was not until J. M. Neale translated this beautiful poem in the mid-19 th Century that we were able to know it in the Western Church. It was set to a tune composed for the 300 th Anniversary of the Reformation in England. It is a hymn of jubilation that raises high the victorious strain of Easter morning: The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad; the Passover of gladness, the Passover of God. From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky, our Christ hath brought us over, with hymns of victory. May this Easter Sunday be for us but the beginning of a true resurrection-life – one that lives every day so that the good news of Christ’s love for the world may envelope the world in joy. 

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Living Out the Golden Rule

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. — Matthew 22:37–40

This message is recited over and over among people of faith, whether they are Jews, Muslims or Christians. The words are unambiguous in their call for us to deal with others within the human family in ways that we ourselves would like to be treated. There is a story of the famous first-century rabbi Hillel, who framed this “Golden Rule” in its negative form when he was challenged by a professed pagan who said he would convert if he could hear the Law summarized while he stood on one leg. The rabbi said: “What is hurtful to you, do not do to others. This is the Torah; the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.” Whether stated in the positive or the negative, it summarizes how we are to live.
It is clearly God’s will that all who profess this faith are to act positively in the interest of others. For Presbyterians, this message is nowhere clearer than in the Westminster Larger Catechism. While we think of the Ten Commandments as a list of “thou shalt nots,” the catechism explicates the deeper meaning of the Ten Commandments. The focus is not on the negatives, but calls for positive action on behalf of others. For example, in response to the question “What are the duties required in the Sixth Commandment?” (Thou shalt not kill), we are called “to preserve the life of ourselves and others, by resisting all thoughts and purposes ... which tend to the unjust taking away the life of any.” We are forbidden...
Immediate Church Family* :
Betty Bagent; Carol Behrmann; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith; Caitlin Thompson.

Extended Church Family* :
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Lettie Capers (friend of the Leonards); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Steve Dull (husband of Lynn Nichols Dull); Dan Durway (former Pastor of Highland); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Donald Leake; the Miller twins (friends of Brad Smith); Aleta Pickholtz; Lynn Pye (Cody’s dad, Emma Stewart’s friend) ; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner); Joy Walker (niece of the Pfeifers); Larry Wilcoxson (friend of the Leonards); Barbara Zeagler (friend of the Dyes.)

* New names or concerns added to the prayer list this week are in italics.

April 1 - 7: Hans Dunner (5)

April 27 - Rick and Debbie Gurtner 

Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, April 2 - Saturday, April 7:
Rev. Janie on Vacation

Monday, April 2 :
Easter holiday (office closed)
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, April 3 :
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, April 4 :
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, April 5 :
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, April 6 :
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, April 7 :
Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe

Sunday, April 8 :
9:30 a.m. Worship
7:00 p.m. AA 

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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC

  • Third Sunday Lunch – April 15 will be a celebration of spring with an entrée of ham. Please look on the bulletin board for the sign-up sheet of what sides will be needed.
  • Tuesday Study Class – will begin a new study, The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen on Tuesday, April 17. The class will begin at 10:30 with coffee and fellowship. All are encouraged to attend. Contact Connie Buck or Louise Dye for more information.
  • The Session will have a combined April/May meeting on Sunday, April 22. Please mark this on your calendar.
  • Sermon next Sunday (Apr. 8) – “The First Presbyterian” from 1John 1:1 – 2:2 and John 20:19-31. 
About HPC
Highland Presbyterian Church is a vibrant tree in God's grace-filled orchard. Deeply rooted in God's life-giving presence here on earth, this tree extends its branches to support one another in faith and reach into the world around it to produce fruit. Whether you are seeking God's presence through questions or service, discussion or fellowship, there is a home for you at Highland.
Connecting with Our Pastor
Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Rev. Janie will be on vacation April 2 - April 7
office hours for Rev. Janie are Mon. 10:30 am – 11:30 am
and Thurs. 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
by appointment Mon. – Thurs. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm 
cell (call or text): 314.283.7596
office: 766-5775 (please leave a message)
Highland Presbyterian Church (USA)
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