Holy Week 2014: Finding Our Way Again

Highland’s 2014 Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week at Highland: Finding Our Way Again

Palm SundayPalm Sunday: April 13, 8:30, 9:30, 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary                             

Finding Our Way Again: The Crossroads on the Way, Joe Phelps, proclaimer

Matthew 26:50b-56a

Our Palm Sunday services begin our march to Jerusalem through Holy Week. Highland’s Children’s Choirs will process and sing Come and Sing a Song unto the Lord in the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. Music by Highland’s Sanctuary Choir will be Beneath the Cross of Jesus by Mark Shepperd.


Easter Festival: April 13, 3:00-5:00 p.m., all over the church          Easter Festival                   

Join us for this annual celebration (rain or shine!) on the front lawn, playground, Fellowship Hall, and Sanctuary that includes games, crafts, egg hunt, fellowship and fun for all ages, targeted to children birth through 5th grade and their families. Volunteers are needed to lead activity stations, and candy donations are needed as well. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 9, to renee@hbclouisville.org to reserve your family’s spot! This event is sponsored by the Families with Children Ministry Group.


Taizé Contemplative Service: April 16, 6:15 p.m., Sanctuary

The Spiritual Formation Ministry Group invites you to attend this April 16 contemplative time of worship based on the Taizé prayer service. This service includes scripture readings, short periods of silence, spoken prayers, and prayers set to simple tunes that are sung repetitively. The Taizé service is named for a small village in France, where in 1940, Brother Roger Shutz, a Protestant, formed a monastic community composed of Protestants and Catholics who centered on prayer as a way to live for peace and justice in the midst of war. Today, thousands of people from all over the world pilgrimage to Taizé annually to worship in the three daily prayer serviceTaize Services that are held, and to commune with the resident brothers and sisters of nearby Ameugny.

Two local musicians, David Gambrell and Mike Schroeder, will play guitar and mandolin for this service. David is an Associate for Worship at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and editor of the journal Call to Worship. Mike is founder of the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra and plays with the bands Hog Operation and Cloigheann. Find a moment mid-week to pause for reflection and contemplation.


Maundy Thursday Service: April 17, 7:00 p.m., Fellowship HallMaundy Thursday

From the Latin root word mandatum novum (“new commandment”), Maundy Thursday provides a time for meditation on the story of Jesus and his betrayal.  The time together is a simple, moving service of communion, hymns, scripture, and hand washing, which will prepare us for the gripping Good Friday Service.


Good Friday “Way of the Cross: A Walk for Justice”: April 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

This ecumenical event, sponsored by dozens of local churches and non-profit organizations, is shaped by the tradition of remembering Jesus’ final moments in life. Throughout the walk, participants will experience “stations” around our downtown area that will give all the opportunity to remember and pray for those caught in situations of oppression or suffering today. The 1.5 mile walk will stop at 14 locations throughout downtown, reflecting on economic inequality, justice in health, care for the earth, the death penalty, the plight of immigrants/migrant workers, poverty and homelessness, racism, and many more.

The route begins at the Mazzoli Federal Building on 7th and Chestnut and will end at Founders Square at 5th and Liberty. A PDF of the route can be found here: http://louisville-for.org/documents/stationsroute.pdf. This event is sponsored by Highland’s Justice Ministry Group.


Tenebrae Tenebrae Service: April 18, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

The Service of Darkness based on the ancient word Tenebrae (shadows) commemorates Christ’s suffering and crucifixion through music and scripture. The service culminates in the removal of the Christ candle. Highland’s Sanctuary Choir provides the music for the service.


Easter Sunday: April 20, 8:30, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary Easter

Finding Our Way Again: New Destination, New Directions, Joe Phelps, proclaimer

John 20:8-18

Join us for this time of celebration and joy as the sanctuary resounds with singing, choirs, and instruments. The Lord is risen! He is risen, indeed! Hope and joy burst into our world as we see the power of Love over hate, Life over death.


Childcare is provided for birth through pre-kindergarten for all Lenten activities. If you are in need of childcare for your infant, toddler, or preschooler for our Maundy Thursday or Tenebrae services, please RSVP to renee@hbclouisville.org by this Wednesday, April 16.