Survey the Wondrous Cross: Lent in 2016 at Highland

Lent 2016 Survey the Wondrous Cross
For Lent 2016 Highland will use the theme Survey the Wondrous Cross. Taken from the title of a classic hymn, our theme invites a continual examination of how we are transformed by the image of Jesus on a cross.

At Highland, we observe the rhythms of the season of Lent through worship, communal practice, and individual disciplines. Read more below about our practices of Lent.

We are grateful to Highland member John Sanders and Allison Keenan for their artwork that will guide us through the Lenten season!

Lenten Daily Devotions and Resources

The Adult Education Ministry Group has selected a Lenten daily devotional which will be available in the Sanctuary.  Our hope is that this devotional, along with daily lectionary scripture passages, will help guide your time with God in prayer, silence, solitary walks, journaling, and reflection. Daily Lenten scriptures can be found at  D365’s Annual Journey to the Cross devotionals can be found at

Worship During the Lenten Season

Lent at Highland

Lent One, Sunday, February 14
What Forces Nail Jesus to the Cross?  
Joe Phelps, Proclaimer
Luke 22: 1-6; 66-71, 23: 1 -3a
Sanctuary Choir and String Ensemble: Jesu, Priceless Treasure and Hence, All Fears and Sadness, J. S. Bach

Lent Two, Sunday, February 21
Jesus and His Slingshot  Joe Phelps, Proclaimer
Luke 23: 26-31
Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra: Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive, from Supplement to Kentucky Harmony, 1820
Highland’s Orchestra in the 9:30 and 11:00 services

Lent Three, Sunday, February 28
Does Love Win? Joe Phelps, Proclaimer
Luke 23: 39-43
Sanctuary Choir: Beneath the Cross of Jesus, Mark Shepperd;
Sanctuary Handbells will ring in all three Sunday morning services.

Lent Four, Sunday, March 6
Holy Communion celebrated in all weekend services
When Love Doesn’t Win, Carol Harston, Proclaimer
Luke 23: 44-49
Sanctuary Choir: I Will Arise, arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw

Lent Five, Sunday, March 13
Is the Cross a Means or an End?  Joe Phelps, Proclaimer
Matthew 27: 32-44
Sanctuary Choir: The Tree of Life, K. Lee Scott

Palm/Passion Sunday, Sunday, March 20
The Collision Joe Phelps, Proclaimer
Matthew 27: 45- 51
Sanctuary Choir: Lift Up Your Head, O Ye Gates, William Mathias

Taize Service, Wednesday, March 23, 6:15 p.m., Sanctuary
Contemplative time of worship with scripture readings, short periods of silence, spoken prayers, and prayers set to simple tunes that are sung repetitively. Find a moment mid-week to pause for reflection and contemplation.

Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday, Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
A time of 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. Click here to see the bulletin.

Good Friday “Way of the Cross: A Walk for Justice”, Friday, March 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Highland’s Justice Ministry Group, a 1.5 mile walk beginning at the Mazzoli Federal Building on 7th and Chestnut 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.

Tenebrae Service, Friday, March 25, 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. Click here to see the bulletin.

Easter Sunday, March 27, 8:30, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
The Resurrected Cross Joe Phelps, Proclaimer
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. Click here to see the bulletin.


Childcare is provided for birth through pre-kindergarten for all Holy Week activities except for the Good Friday Walk for Justice Event. If you are in need of childcare for your infant, toddler, or preschooler for our Maundy Thursday or Tenebrae service, RSVP to by Wednesday, March 23.