Maundy Thursday Service
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration.
Beginning at the Catholic Church, we will walk through Highlands, stopping at various places to read an account of the walk Jesus made carrying his cross to Calvary. We carry a cross with us and sing familiar hymns as we go. It takes about 30 minutes and we finish at the Baptist Church.
The word “tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial.
This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise may also sound symbolizing the closing of Jesus’ tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the coming Resurrection.
Join us on Easter Sunday….
6:45am ~ Sunrise Service at Kelsy Hutchinson Park
9:09am ~ The 9:09 Bluegrass Service
9:45am ~ Easter Coffee Break
10:00am ~ Easter Egg Hunt
10:50am ~ Traditional Service
To place a lily at the 10:50 worship service on Easter Sunday, April 16th, please complete the form below. Lilies may be given to remember or honor loved ones for a donation of $10. Lilies will be purchased by the Altar Guild and later delivered to shut-ins.
Everyone is invited to be a part of our Living Cross at our 9:09 & 10:50 worship services on Easter morning.
Please bring a flower from your yard or one purchased. Anything is acceptable: snippets from flowering trees, shrubs, or an individual flower.
We will place it on the cross for you as you arrive to celebrate Easter.
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highlands United Methodist Church will once again be hosting an Author’s Tea to benefit our new Faith & Fellowship Center. We have Roswell, Georgia. author, Karen White, a New York Times best selling author, coming on June 24th 2-4:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale on April 17th for $20 each. We have sold out well in advanced for the past 3 years. Karen’s latest book, The Night the Lights Went Out will also be for sale. This is a seated tea at tables decorated by accomplished ladies. For more information call HUMC at 828-526-3376 or Gay Kattel at 828-526-2746.
June 25 – 29 ~ Check back for more info.
Monday, July 31st – Friday, August 4th
Look for more information to come.