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Advent and Christmas at Highlands

Advent is the liturgical season that precedes and prepares for Christmas - a season of hope and longing, joyful expectation,and peaceful preparation. We hope you will make time this season to join us for worship as we ready our hearts and minds for the coming of the Christ child.

 

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Sunday, December 3 - First Sunday of Advent

8:30 a.m. Chapel Service - Morning Prayer & Holy Communion

 

10:30 a.m.  Service of Holy Communion for Advent

Choral Eucharist setting: Harold Darke

The Reverend Mikah Hudson preaching

 


Sunday, December 10 - Second Sunday of Advent

8:30 a.m. Chapel Service - Morning Prayer & Holy Communion

 

10:30 a.m. Morning Worship and Kirkin' o' the Tartan

The Reverend Mikah Hudson preaching

The Kirkin' o' the Tartans is an old Highland custom meaning "churching of the tartans."  The tartan is a fabric woven according to a certain thread-count design.  The clear and distinctive cross-line patterns represent specific families, regions, and regiments.  After the defeat of the Scots by the English in 1746, the wearing of the tartan and the keeping of any other Highland customs were banned.  The English knew the Scots felt very deeply about the covenantal relationship between God and families.  Therefore by banning the tartans, the English felt the Scottish spirit would be broken.  It became apparent to the English that this law only sparked more interest in the tartans; consequently, it was repealed in 1782.  With the repeal of the law, the Kirk (Church) of Scotland celebrated with a Service of Family Covenant, at which time the tartan of each family was offered as a covenant expression to the Lord. This tradition was brought to the United States in 1941 by the late Dr. Peter Marshal.  Today we bless the tartans and all families as holy symbols of God's covenant love for humanity.  We are honored to host this service with the Saint Andrew's Society, which keeps such Scottish traditions alive.

 

8:00 p.m. - Be Still: Contemplative Worship for Advent

Drawing from the tradition of Compline - evening prayer or the last service of the day - be still incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritualtraditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming,   sacred space lit by candlelight, contemplative prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor.


Sunday December 17 - Third Sunday of Advent

8:30 a.m. Chapel Service - Morning Prayer & Holy Communion

 

10:30 a.m. Morning Worship featuring The Choir and Members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

The Reverend Mikah Hudson preaching

Musical offerings:

  • Sinfonia from MESSIAH; George Frederick Handel
  • Pifa from MESSIAH; George Frederick Handel
  • Shepherd's Pipe Carol; John Rutter
  • What Sweeter Music; John Rutter
  • Movement III from Concerto in A Minor; Antonio Vivaldi

Sunday December 24 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

10:30 a.m.  Morning Worship featuring the Children's Christmas Pageant

Experience the story of the coming of the Christ child lovingly presented by the children of Highlands.  Journey with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem as the ancient story is told and beautiful carols of the season are sung.  A Highland's tradition not to be missed!

 

4:15 p.m. Music of Christmas Choral Concert

5:00 p.m. Holy Communion and Candlelighting

11:00 p.m. Holy Communion and Candlelighting


Christmas Eve Services

4:15 p.m.  - Music of Christmas Choral Concert

5:00 p.m. - Holy Communion and Candlelighting

11:00 p.m. - Holy Communion and Candlelighting

*Incense will be used during the 11:00 p.m. service

ALL ARE WELCOME!

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