There is Something About Mary

There is Something About Mary

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By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletterDecember 14, 2017

When was the last time you reflected upon
Mary's proclamation, commonly known as, the
Magnificat. It is found in Luke 1 and is prompted
by a conversation between Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth.
And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

Too often we see Mary through a romantic lens that may mute her radical proclamation. Mary's place was far more than a mere passive vessel of God's work. Mary's words are prophetic and they call us to be better people, but also to build better communities.

Let's listen with fresh ears to Mary's story that brings together both joy and justice, as we gather for worship on Sunday.

Hippopotamus Under My Tree

Hippopotamus Under My Tree

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletterDecember 7, 2017

I have come to love the traditions of Highland Hills during this season. Our church knows how to care for each other every day of the year, all the more so, during this season of Advent and Christmas. I am not sure that I am in the spirit of the season until I hear our youth and children sing hymns and carols after Family Night supper.

The Work of Christmas

The Work of Christmas

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, December 1, 2017

For those of you already busy with your Christmas lists, may this word from Howard Thurman bring comfort and challenge. 

A Thankful Heart

A Thankful Heart

by Cass DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 16, 2017

Twenty-five years ago, God provided a path that brought us together. Sometimes it seems like only yesterday that the Minister of Music Search Committee came to Buies Creek, NC and began the process that would bring us to Macon, GA and Highland Hills Baptist Church. However, when I look in the mirror and see the gray hairs and wrinkles I realize that a lot of time has gone by, but the years have been good and fruitful as we have ministered and worshipped together.

S.D.G

S.D.G

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 10, 2017

These three letters are found at the end of many musical compositions. What do they mean? At first glance, you might think they are the initials of the composer. You would be right, and wrong, both.

Hairnets and Hope

Hairnets and Hope

by Rev. Erin Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 2, 2017

[Enjoy this reflection from our 2016 Stop Hunger Now: Rise Against Hunger Event. Register for our 2017 event below.]

My friends and I made over 12,000 meals last Sunday afternoon.

If that number sounds staggering, it did to me, too. We hosted a meal-packing event with an organization called Stop Hunger Now. In less than two hours, we worked together to pour, package, seal and box thousands of meals. The meals will go to areas of the world where hunger and starvation are a crisis. We know that the number of people in this world who are hungry is staggering.

I Won't Back Down

I Won't Back Down

By Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter,October 20, 2017

Fall Saturdays at my house will find my family watching the Florida Gators play football. That’s what happens when you are married to a Florida boy who groomed his son to do the Gator chomp at the tender age of two.

Go Team!

Go Team!

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter,October 20, 2017

Last night our family night regulars gathered around the lawn holding signs and banners and shouting encouraging words to the riders in our Bike-a-Thon. Tamara Patterson and Renee Bennett each wore the names of their “rider” across their shirts. Conner Davis bolted off the starting line with a bunch of children and youth close behind him. Each time a rider rounded another lap, our church family shouted their name, waved their arms and yelled encouragement. Will Meeks rode as the youngest competitor in the long route, challenging his fellow participants to ride harder. Girard Jones mounted a bicycle built for two placing first for the “Young-at- Heart” and “Not-so-Evil Knievel” awards. His record was immediately smashed by Jim Bruner who broke the land speed record on the church grounds on a borrowed, vintage Schwinn.