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This will not be a normal Holy Week. Stay-at-home orders in the midst of a pandemic will mean that our observations of these high holy days will necessarily be quite different from any we've experienced in the past. Nevertheless, we can do the important work of remembering and re-telling the stories of Jesus' last week of his earthly life. We can recall these stories gathered around our tables at home or digitally connected with our community. However you observe Holy Week, we pray that you know the presence of God and grace of Christ in these days.

Palm Sunday

We begin Holy Week by recalling the story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. People waved palm branches and shouted "hosanna!"

Join us on Sunday, April 5, at 11 AM for live-streamed worship. We are hoping to include some special elements to our service this morning, including a video palm parade and a special postlude at the end of the service. Feel free to clip a branch of anything leafy from your yard; give it a wave, shout "hosanna!" and hang it on your door for the day.

Live-streams & Recordings

Click the "Connection Service"

Maundy Thursday

On Thursday, April 9, we recall the stories of Jesus' time with his disciples the night before he died. He washed his disciples feet. He took bread, gave thanks for it, broke it, and shared it with them.

We are encouraging everyone to observe this holy night with others around the table, as Jesus and his disciples did. Feel free to partner with another family or two and find a way to gather around the table(s) virtually (FaceTime, Skype, Hangouts, Zoom, etc.) We are grateful to the clergy of the North Carolina Conference who helped to prepare "at home" liturgies for our use.

Maundy Thursday At-Home Liturgy - web version  Maundy Thursday At-Home Liturgy - printable pdf

Good Friday

These are the stories we tell in growing darkness. Jesus is arrested, put on trial, condemned to death. The crowd lifts up angry shouts. His friends betray him and flee. Jesus is nailed to a cross and dies. Tenebrae is Latin for "darkness" and is often used to describe this simple service of Gospel readings that tell the Crucifixion story.

Join us online for a Tenebrae service on Good Friday, April 10, recorded and streamed from our sanctuary. This service will be recorded in advance and can be watched at our typical live-streaming site beginning at 7 PM on Good Friday.

Good Friday Service

Easter Sunrise Service

He is risen! He is risen indeed! The tomb where they laid Jesus is found empty and centuries later we still hear the resurrection story with joy and awe.

Join Pastor Amanda on Facebook Live at 6:00 AM on Sunday, April 12, to hear the biblical story of redemption and to remember that first Easter morning as we anticipate the rising sun and celebrate the risen Son.

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Easter Services with UM Churches Across Eastern NC

The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is coming together to celebrate the resurrection with live-streamed worship for all our churches at 9 AM and 11 AM on Easter Sunday, April 12. The service will include voices from churches across our conference, the great Easter hymns of the church, and Bishop Hope Morgan Ward as our preacher.

As physically separated as we are right now, this is an excellent opportunity to remember our connection as United Methodists and to celebrate the risen savior as a united people. The Highland family will celebrate the risen Christ again in our own way on the first Sunday we are able to physically gather in worship together.

Live-stream Easter Services at 9 AM & 11 AM

With Thanks

Original artwork for Palm Sunday and Good Friday are used with permission from the very-talented Casey Molina. Enjoy more of her work at instagram.com/inarticulate_creations.