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Lent at Highland

What is Lent? The word lent comes from an Old English word for "spring season," and indeed it is still tied to the lengthening days as we move from winter into spring.  But Lent also refers to the season of the church’s year that precedes Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday and continuing six weeks to the climactic celebration of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  Historically, the Christian Church has used Lent to prepare new Christians for baptism on Easter weekend.  More commonly, Christians use the season for a kind of "spring cleaning" of the soul: clearing out all the junk that gets between us and God, adopting practices of fasting, prayer, and reflection to focus our attention on Christ, and preparing our hearts for the spiritual work of Holy Week (the last week before Easter).

Sunday Mornings in Worship - Redemption: Stories of Being Made Whole

The central story of scripture is one of redemption. Throughout the Bible we find stories of pain and brokenness - much like our own reality. We’re often told to work harder and push through - but what about when that doesn’t work? In scripture we see that to God, brokenness isn’t broken but rather a place God works through to bring healing and wholeness - to bring redemption.

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Palm Sunday Celebration

All are invited to join us on Sunday, April 14, at noon in Bradley Hall for lunch and children's activities.

Lunch: This luncheon will serve as a fundraiser for our Youth Summer Mission Team's work with Bahamas Methodist Habitat. The brunch menu will include ham, breakfast strata, muffins, and fruit. The cost of the meal is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

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Following the meal will be a variety of stations and activities composing a Palm Sunday Fair, as well as a special "hunt" and craft activity for our preschoolers. We will also be assembling Easter baskets for those in our Highland family who can not attend on Sundays.

Lenten Lunches

Join us on Tuesdays through the season of Lent for a brief Communion service and a simple soup and sandwich lunch in Bradley Hall, 12:00 - 1:00 PM beginning March 12.  This is an ideal way to center yourself during the week and enjoy a time of worship and fellowship with our church community.

March 12 - Allison Morgan

March 19- Rev. Amanda Bunce

March 26 - Rev. Sarah Fletcher

April 2 - Rev. Janet Baucom

April 9 - Rev. Dr. Alan Swartz

Lenten Study: Gospel of John

Join Pastor Alan for a Bible study on the Gospel of John on Wednesday nights in Lent in room 209 beginning March 13. The study is based on Adam Hamilton's John: The Gospel of Light and Life and will include watching Hamilton's video presentation each week. Lent is wonderful time to re-read this text and consider who Jesus is and what he has done for us. The study will not meet during Holy Week (April 17), but will conclude with the resurrection story on Wednesday, April 24.

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, April 14

Worship at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 11 AM, including procession of palms

Children's Choirs singing at the Connection (10:30) and 11 AM services.

Maundy Thursday, April 18

Dinner & Worship at 6 PM in Bradley Hall

including Holy Communion and a service of foot washing.

Good Friday, April 19

7 PM Worship in the Sanctuary

Our traditional Tenebrae service, a service of darkness and stripping the altar, featuring the Highland Choir.

Holy Saturday, April 20

Prayer Vigil in the Sanctuary, 6 - 8 PM

A time of self-guided reflection, where the Sanctuary is open for prayer in the evening hours as we await the Christ's Resurrection.

Easter Worship

Sunday, April 21, Worship at Highland: Bring flowers to decorate barren crosses and celebrate the risen Savior at all three services.

8:30 & 11 AM Traditional worship in the Sanctuary

10:30 AM Connection contemporary worship in Bradley Hall (fellowship hall)

9:20 AM Sunday School for all ages

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Service - March 6, 2018, 7 PM in the Sanctuary

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  We gather in worship to remember our own mortality, but also the redemptive future God has planned for us.

Ashes on the Go

For busy commuters who might not otherwise make it inside a church building, Highland pastors will be available in the parking lot to impose ashes from 7:30 AM - 9 AM on Ash Wednesday, March 6.  Highland is perfectly situated at a heavily-traveled intersection and we see this as a service to our community, as well as an opportunity to allow the sacred to intersect with the busyness of our everyday lives.