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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).

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Service - February 14, 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 AM - 9 AM on Ash Wednesday, February 14.  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.  

Sunday Mornings in Worship: Why Jesus?

Why do Christians keep insisting on Jesus?  Isn’t it enough to believe in God? Whether you are a lifelong Christian, used to be Christian, or have never really explored Christianity, come and learn about who Jesus said he was. During a season when Christians take stock of who they say Christ is, we will explore why this one person shows us the clearest picture of God.

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 February 20.  This is an ideal way to center yourself during the week and enjoy a time of worship and fellowship with our church community.

February 20 - Rev. Dr. Alan Swartz

February 27 - Rev. Sarah Fletcher

March 6 - Rev. Janet Baucom

March 13 - Jane Gray

March 20 - Rev. Dr. Alan Swartz

March 27 - Rev. Charlie Baber

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, March 25

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, March 29

Worship at 7 PM in the Sanctuary

including Holy Communion, music from the Highland Choir, and the dramatic stripping of the altar.

Good Friday, March 30

Stations of the Cross Prayer Service at Noon in the Sanctuary

Walk with Jesus

Palm Sunday, March 25, 5 PM

What would it have been like to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem?

Children and their families--and all other interested persons are invited to join us on Sunday evening for a "Walk with Jesus."  We will travel in small groups to stations that help us remember and consider the events of Holy Week. Our walk will begin and end in Bradley Hall.

Our Walk with Jesus  is suitable for all children 4 years and older.  Younger preschoolers are invited to join us for a special "Jesus Party" that will begin at 5:00 in the Assembly Room (Bradley Hall, 3rd floor).  

Following the Walk with Jesus and "Jesus Party" everyone is invited to join us for a taco supper in Bradley Hall.  Donations to cover the cost of the meal are gladly accepted with any extra going to Rise Against Hunger.

Please let us know if you plan to attend.

Easter Worship

Easter Sunrise Service: We'll join our neighbors from Raleigh Moravian Church at Oakwood Cemetery at 7 AM.

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

8:30 & 11 AM Traditional worship with Communion in the Sanctuary, featuring music from the Highland Choir and members of the NC Symphony

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

9:20 AM Sunday School for all ages