Home > Worship

Highland, like many churches, has been worshiping exclusively online through the pandemic. Our streamed services draw on both our traditional and contemporary services, including hymns and praise songs, scriptures and sermons, children’s messages and prayers. Worship is an offering we make to God, individually and together, so participate as fully as you can! Pray with us, join responsive readings, sing along. May it all be to the glory of God!

In addition, we added an outdoor drive-in service on Sundays at 1 PM beginning February 21. On Easter, April 4, this service will move to 9 AM. Congregants will worship from their cars, listening through their FM radios. In pleasant weather, you can bring a chair and sit out in the parking lot, socially distanced from other households.

One online service each Sunday morning at 11 AM; one outdoor service on Sundays at 9 AM.

Sunday Morning Live-streams & Recordings

Outdoor Service Information

Our pre-pandemic worship life is described below.

Traditional Worship

8:30 & 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary
Our traditional worship services celebrate the best of our Wesleyan heritage with praise, music, prayer, and proclamation. The organ joins voices singing the hymns of our faith as various choirs and ensembles provide musical leadership. A warm and welcoming congregation greets one another, shares their joys and concerns, and seeks God’s will for their lives and for our church. All are invited to join this family of faith as it offers its praise and worship to the Lord.

Connection Contemporary Worship

10:30 AM in Bradley Hall
The Connection offers a comfortable and casual, energetic opportunity for praise and worship. Led by our pastors and the Connection Praise Team, the Highland family comes together to sing contemporary Christian music, to pray together, and to hear God’s Word for us today. Coffee and snacks are available before, during, and after the service. Restless children are welcome to roam the back of the hall. Whether new to the Christian journey or a more seasoned disciple, all are welcome to come connect with God and each other in this time of worship.

Highland celebrates in worship with special services throughout the year, often marking the holy days and seasons of the Christian calendar. In preparation for the Easter celebration, we begin the season of Lent with an Ash Wednesday service and then we gather on Tuesdays through Lent for a brief time of worship and a light lunch. Holy Week includes services for Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday worship, and Easter Sunday services, including a sunrise service on Highland’s front lawn. The Advent season is rich with music and programs, two Christmas Eve services, and a Moravian Lovefeast.

Sunday Morning Nursery Care

Nursery care is available for young children during all Sunday worship services and during Sunday School.  Paid staff and volunteers provide care for infants and toddlers in rooms 106 & 108.  Volunteers keep preschool-aged children in room 107 during worship services.

In keeping with our Methodist heritage, we celebrate two sacraments at Highland:

Baptism is the outward and visible sign of an inward grace, God’s work in our lives. Baptism marks our entrance into the community of faith and, therefore, is celebrated in the community during Sunday morning worship. Those seeking infant or adult baptism or with questions about this entry into the faith are invited to contact our pastors by e-mail or by calling the church office.

Holy Communion is the sacrament that sustains us and nourishes us for the Christian journey. Gathered around the table, we remember Christ’s sacrifice for us, celebrate God’s love and forgiveness, receive anew God’s gifts of grace, and are reminded of God’s presence in our midst. We celebrate an "open table," meaning that you do not have to be United Methodist or a member of Highland UMC to join us in Holy Communion; all who seek Christ and seek to live in peace with others are welcome. Following our Methodist heritage, we use bread and grape juice to celebrate the sacrament.