Holy Week 2018: Beloved Is Where We Begin

Highland’s 2018 Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday: March 25, 8:30, 9:30, 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary                             

Lauren Jones Mayfield, Proclaimer
Mark 11:1-11
Sanctuary Choir: Glory to the King! Sing Hosanna!, Handel
Handbell Offertory: Go to Dark Gethsemane

With palms waving, Highland’s Carol and Chorister Choir will herald: “Sing Hosanna! Shout the news King Jesus comes!” as the march to Jerusalem opens our Holy Week.


Easter Festival: March 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m., all over the church

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. RSVP by Wednesday, March 21, to Renee Purtlebaugh by clicking here to reserve your family’s spot! This event is sponsored by the Families with Children Ministry Group.


Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Service: March 29, 7:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

The Maundy Thursday Service follows Mandatum novum—a new commandment for 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”: March 30, 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. This event is sponsored by Highland’s Mission and Justice Ministry Group. No RSVP necessary, simply show up and walk with us.

Click here for the Facebook Event Page.



Tenebrae Service: March 30, 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 1, 8:30, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Easter 2014Jim England, Proclaimer
John 20:19-23
Sanctuary Choir: O Risen Lord, K. Lee Scott
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 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 by Wednesday, March 21, to Renee Purtlebaugh by clicking here.