Holy Week Services 2019: The Mystery of God. The Humanity of Jesus.

Highland’s 2019 Holy Week Schedule


Four weekend worship services through the Lenten season—Fridays, 7:00 p.m. and on Sundays, 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. In addition to weekly worship, special services during Holy Week include:


Palm Sunday: April 14, 8:30, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Carol Harston, ProclaimerLuke 19:28-40

Sanctuary Choir: Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates, William Mathias; The Ground, Ola Gjeilo; with String Ensemble

Children’s Handbell Choir: All Glory, Laud, and Honor

Carol and Chorister Choirs will herald: “Hosanna! Let all the people sing! Hosanna! Hosanna to our King!”, as the march to Jerusalem opens our Holy Week.


Easter Festival: April 14, 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, April 10, to Renee Purtlebaugh to reserve your family’s spot! This event is sponsored by the Families with Children Ministry Group.


Holy Wednesday Service: April 17, 7:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Join us for a time of reflection guided by Psalm 23 with prayer, poetry, reflections, and blessing. The service will conclude with Léon Boëllmann’s organ composition, Prière à Notre-Dame from Suite Gothique, Op. 25.


Maundy Thursday Service: April 18, 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. Click here to view the order of worship.


Tenebrae Service, Friday, April 19, 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 view the order of worship.


Easter Sunday: April 21, 8:30, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary 

Jim England, ProclaimerJohn 20:11-18

Sanctuary Choir: Now Is the Hour of Darkness Past, Daniel Pinkham; Alleluia, Song of Gladness, Michael D. Costello

Join us for this time of celebration and joy as the Sanctuary resounds with congregational 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 view the order of worship.


Childcare is provided for birth through pre-kindergarten for all Holy Week activities. If you are in need of childcare for your infant, toddler, or preschooler for our Maundy Thursday or Tenebrae service, RSVP to Renee Purtlebaugh by Monday, April 15.


2019 Lenten Journey: The Mystery of God. The Humanity of Jesus.

Lent beckons us into the unknown. Jesus, the mystery-made-flesh, leads us on a journey where our courage will be challenged. The seven weeks before us will include times when, like the first disciples, we will give in to temptation, choose the quick fix, and seek to control Jesus rather than follow him. Take heart: perfect courage is not required, nor should it even be assumed possible. Lent is the time to witness Jesus’ courage and consider our own willingness to wake up each day and choose to follow him, trusting in God’s mystery, Jesus’ humanity, and the power of the journey when we go it together.

Courage grows when we travel side-by-side. We can never be all together in one place, but we can journey together when we are prayerfully reflecting on the same questions and themes. You are invited this Lent to find a Lenten Companion with whom you will share conversation and intentional prayer on your own time over these seven weeks. Your Lenten Companion may be another Highland member, a work colleague, a friend from the gym, a spouse, or a neighbor.

Highland Baptist Church provides three services each Sunday at 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. with Bible study hours at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. During the Lenten season, coffee and light refreshments will be available for adults between Sunday services in the Fellowship Hall and Commons. Information about off-campus parking may be found here.


A special thank you to Allison Keenan, Highland member and local artist, for creating the original art for our Lenten bulletins and publications.