Come, Join the Journey

Come, Join the Journey

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 3/29/2015

Every year we follow the life of Jesus from
the advent of his birth to his joyful
resurrection. We don’t leave out any part of
Jesus’ story. We celebrated the blessing of
Jesus in the temple as an infant. We
wondered as the twelve-year-old Jesus wandered back to the
temple and away from his parents. We waited in line as John
baptized Jesus by the Jordan. We followed Jesus into the lonely
wilderness and back into the midst of the disciples whom he called.

Now, we approach Holy Week, the last week before the palms,
before the last supper, before the betrayals, and death. We walk
through this last week together in the hope and assurance that
Easter will soon be here.

It is tempting to jump from the ‘hosannas’ of Palm Sunday to the
‘alleluias’ of Easter without ever really experiencing what happened
in between. This year attend to those moments in your week.

On Thursday at Highland Hills, we will experience the Lord’s
Supper as we gather around the table. Then, like those first
disciples, we will disburse to various prayer stations and consider
the walk of the disciples during Holy Week, as we walk a labyrinth
together.

On Friday the darkness of the season reaches its nadir, as we
extinguish all hope but that of resurrection. The seven last words of
Jesus will guide this choral worship.

On Sunday Morning, everything changes.

Be here for these holy moments. Join us on the journey.

Trusting the Path

Trusting the Path

by Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 3/19/2015

This week I had a unique spiritual experience—I walked the labyrinth at Mulberry Methodist Church with a group of Highland Hills friends. To conclude our “Altar in the World” small group study, and as part of our Lenten journeys, our group of twelve women chose to walk and pray our way through the stone labyrinth in downtown Macon.
 

We Are All One

We Are All One

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 3/12/2015

On Sunday, we celebrate Women’s Day at Highland Hills. The day highlights the gifts and graces of women. It coincides with an international movement that also celebrates women. International Women's Day was celebrated earlier this week. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political, and social achievements of women.

Listening to Grace

Listening to Grace

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 3/5/15

I have been trying to pay attention during this Lenten season. One of the ways that I try to be mindful each year is to seek out new expressions of faith in the Lenten season in music, art, or movies. This year praise and folk music topped my Lenten playlist. I am struck by the hope present in the Avett Brothers’, “Salvation Song.”

Slowing Down for Lent

Slowing Down for Lent

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 2/26/15

What is your schedule like? If you are like most people, it is packed. Your day planner may have grown from a helpful tool to a horrible boss. This season of Lent invites you to do more than examine your benign vices and half-hearted disciplines. If you are feeling stressed and unable to enjoy life abundant, then the Lenten season invites you to stop.... just stop. Fasting from busyness might be just the thing to bring you closer to God and your family.

Locked In

Locked In

by Cass DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 2/19/15

Last Friday night, Lucy Jordan, Ginger Gilpin, Honey Miscall, and I spent the night at the church at our Youth Lock In. From 8:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m., 24 youth went on a city-wide scavenger hunt, bowled until midnight, played sardines and other fun games, and had movie time in the Great Room. Special thanks to Lex Horton, Rachel Greco, and Todd Newton, who helped with the scavenger hunt and bowling.

Living a Public Faith

Living a Public Faith

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 2/12/15

It was Saturday morning and the doorbell rang. Chatty Cheryl from next door was the only person I knew who would ring our doorbell that early on the weekend, that is the only person except…that’s right, except street evangelists. Sometimes they were Mormon, sometimes they were Baptist. Each time I had a well-developed line that I delivered as they were launching into their Saturday morning pitch for Jesus. Interrupting them, I would proffer, “Thank you for coming out this morning.” (I wasn’t thankful.) “But, I am a minister from another Christian tradition.” (Yes, this is true, but hard to tell by the old Duke Alumni sweatshirt I am wearing.) “I wish you well today.” (No. I wish you would leave me alone and move quickly off my porch, so that I may resume my Netflix marathon.) Most Saturdays this tried and true script worked. I would say the line and my well-intentioned trespassers would walk off to interrupt the next unsuspecting family eating their brunch across the street.

Telling Our Stories

Telling Our Stories

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 2/5/15

The season after Epiphany is coming to an end. We have been using this time to tell stories and to hopefully reveal narratives of God’s providence, inspiration, discernment, and love. We have gathered on Wednesdays and sung the words of Fanny Crosby’s hymn that have echoed throughout the Great Room: “Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word; Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard.”