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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 - Praying with Jesus

Prayer is simply talking to God, but it’s also much more. We listen to God, learn from God, and are shaped by God through prayer. Prayer is certainly more than a wish list that we offer to God. During the season of Lent, we are renewing our commitment to being a people of prayer. We’re going back to the basics and learning to pray from the best teacher we have - Jesus. Join us in worship through Lent as we are "Praying with Jesus."

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Service - February 26, 2020, 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. The service will include the imposition of ashes and feature the HUMRingers and Highland Choir.

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 AM - 9 AM on Ash Wednesday, February 26.  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.  

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 3.  This is an ideal way to center yourself during the week and enjoy a time of worship and fellowship with our church community.

March 3 -Rev. Dr. Alan Swartz

March 10 - Rev. Janet Baucom

March 17 - Rev. Amanda Bunce

March 24 - Rev. Dr. Alan Swartz

March 31 - Rev. Janet Baucom

April 7 - Rev. Amanda Bunce

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, April 5

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

Lenten Lunch, April 7

Worship at 12 PM followed by a light lunch at 12:30 PM in Bradley Hall

Maundy Thursday, April 9

Dinner & Worship at 6 PM in Bradley Hall

including Holy Communion and a service of foot washing.

Good Friday, April 10

7 PM Worship in the Sanctuary

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

Easter Worship

Sunday, April 12, 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