Our World is Changing, But Our Mission Isn’t

Due to the spread of COVID-19, our church family has not been able to meet as usual. Thankfully, social distancing does not equal spiritual distancing. We have not canceled church, because the church is not a building, or meeting at a certain time or place. The church is a people on mission together, putting on display the love and hope of Jesus for the world.  Thanks to internet connections and Zoom video conferences, our church family has been able to connect, pray, and study... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/2/20
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Confession

WEEK 6: CONFESSION What are we learning through Lent? How have your readings, prayers, or fasting challenged or encouraged you as you follow Jesus? SCRIPTURE Read Psalm 38. This is David’s prayer of confession. It’s his prayer to expose the lifelessness of empty sins. Do Not Forsake Me, O Lord 1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! 2 For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/1/20
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Anger

Week 5 What are we learning through Lent? How have your readings, prayers, or fasting challenged or encouraged you as you follow Jesus? SCRIPTURE Read Psalm 137. How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song? By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 On the willows there we hung up our lyres. 3 For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/26/20
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Session Update – March 2020

The Session of Highland Park Presbyterian Church is the ruling body of our congregation, charged with governance, overseeing the Church’s spiritual health, and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. In order to better do this, the Session communicates frequently with the congregation of HP Pres to report its decisions and activities. You can visit the Elders page to see other updates from the Session and to send messages to our elders and pastors. March 2020 Update HP... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/24/20
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Confusion

Week 4 What are we learning through Lent? How have your readings, prayers, or fasting challenged or encouraged you as you follow Jesus? SCRIPTURE Psalm 77: In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord 1 I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. 2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. 3 When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. 4 You hold my... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/19/20
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Ready to Reason

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15b When Tessa and Russ Hubbard saw the announcement for the Ready to Reason growth course, they both immediately circled it and signed up together. Their hope was to walk into conversation with their non-Christian family and friends with more confidence. Jesus is at the center of their lives, but they struggled to support the reason for their hope with... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/19/20
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All Worship Services Moved Online This Sunday

Highland Park Pres Family, As Bryan explains in the above video, we are moving our worship services online only , and all gatherings and events at Highland Park Presbyterian Church are being temporarily postponed . This takes effect today, Thursday, March 12, and will remain the current plan for the foreseeable future. What does this mean for you? Worship online with us this Sunday. Bookmark hppres.org/live and go there this Sunday morning at 8:45, 10, or 11:15 am to... Read More
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Lament

Week 3 What are you learning through Lent? How have your readings, prayers, or fasting challenged or encouraged you as you follow Jesus? Lament is not about getting things off your chest. It’s about casting your anxieties upon God and trusting him with them. Mere complaining indicates a lack of intimacy with God. Because lament is a form of prayer, lament transforms our cries and complaints into worship.  Anyone can complain, and practically everyone does. Christians can... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/11/20
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COVID-19 and Highland Park Pres - All Wednesday night and other mid-week activities at Highland Park Pres are being canceled

Highland Park Pres Family, Our church is called to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our church family. Over the past few weeks the leadership of Highland Park Pres has been monitoring COVID-19 developments and preparing to take action in the event of the virus appearing in our community.  Although there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our extended Highland Park Pres family, there have been presumptive positive cases in our... Read More
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Neema Huruma

When AB Aston’s daughter asked her to come along on a trip to Kenya in 2014, she was nervous about what all that entailed. Africa is so far away, and the logistic of lodging, food, and safety swirled in her mind. But, she decided to step out of her comfort zone and go.  As the HP Pres team pulled into the driveway of the Imbirikani Girls’ School, AB’s heart was instantly warmed by the girls running towards them in welcome. This school is dedicated to equipping girls... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/11/20
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Better Than Disney

On a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, Cathleen Holmes and her two 10-year-old girls, Sophia and Addison, had an experience they will never forget. Immersed in the community, building relationships with locals, and sharing the love of Jesus, the Holmes family experienced the world through a lens different than their day-to-day Dallas life.  “It was a lot more fun than I expected,” Addison admits. “I didn’t realize the amount of joy I would feel while... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/4/20
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Life and Death

WEEK 2 What have you learned through Lent? How have your readings, prayers, or fasting challenged or encouraged you as you follow Jesus? Scripture Lent is a time of particular focus on life and death—the coming of life and the curse of sin, death, and evil in us, our relationships, and our world. The Psalms, as Eugene Peterson writes, “give us the equipment for our souls.” In other words, they teach and form us spiritually. This week’s Scripture is ... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/4/20
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Session Update – February 2020

The Session of Highland Park Presbyterian Church is the ruling body of our congregation, charged with governance, overseeing the Church’s spiritual health, and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. In order to better do this, the Session communicates frequently with the congregation of HP Pres to report its decisions and activities. You can visit the Elders page (hppres.org/elders) to see other updates from the Session and to send messages to our Elders and pastors. February... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/3/20
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Welcoming Steve McClean

In the no-stoplight town of Argyle, New York, Steve and Kim McLean served Argyle Presbyterian Church faithfully for nearly thirty-three years. Steve worked as the lead pastor, making a home of this church family. They raised their four children among those walls and invested their whole hearts into the life and love of the 200 person congregation.  When it was time for Steve’s scheduled three-month sabbatical, the couple ventured to Dallas to be near their daughter, son-in-law,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/25/20
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Early Days of Lent

Week 1 WHAT IS LENT? The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are at the very heart of Christianity. The good news of the gospel is that God has acted in history to conquer evil and reconcile sinners to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Lent is first and foremost about the gospel making its way deeper into our lives. Lent is a season of preparation and repentance during which we anticipate the death (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter Sunday) of Jesus. It is... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/25/20
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Ash Wednesday

The season of Lent begins with a day called Ash Wednesday. We invite you to join us at one of this year's services on  Feb. 26, at 12 or 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Ash Wednesday gets that name from the ashes that are used during the service.  All throughout the Bible ashes are a symbol of death. They’re a symbol of our mortality which we believe is a consequence. It’s a judgment because of our sin.  Over the years of church tradition, the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/19/20
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Uniquely Gifted

In 2015, Emily Scates taught a classroom of elementary kids about the power of God’s redemptive love. As the class ended, a friend of Emily’s, Lauren Eastburn, approached her saying: “You’re gifted uniquely as a preacher and teacher, and I see this in you.” Lauren encouraged Emily to continue to cultivate this gifting that came so clearly from the Lord. This moment would prove to be pivotal in Emily’s life with Christ, and she has since followed God’s... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/12/20
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A Neighborhood Impact

Alendra Lyons had not lived in South Dallas since 1980, when she graduated from Skyline High School. She had moved all over the city, landing, for a while, in Greenway Parks, the verdant neighborhood bordering the Park Cities. Lyons, now 58, went home because she needed a place to lay her head for a while. And she discovered, yes, the neighborhood of her childhood had become broken, blighted. The streets, once quiet, had been claimed by sellers of drugs and makers of violence; the houses,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/6/20
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A Tangible Difference in Our City

The halls of Dunbar Elementary rustle with the echoes of children rushing to their classrooms. A few times a week, a group from Highland Park Pres meet students in a room upstairs with scattered tables and book cases overflowing with exciting reads. When the clock strikes 11:30, third graders scurry into this room to find their Reading Buddy and explore the pages of a new book. This has become a highlight of their school days as they excitedly ask when the next Reading Buddies time will be. ... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/29/20
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Starting Point

“I believe I was at a Starting Point,” Lilly Sigrist described as she wrapped up Starting Point. The course is a three-week class about how to be involved at Highland Park Pres, experience what it’s like to be part of a small group, and have an opportunity to become a member of our church. She stumbled upon the course at a pivotal time in her life, one where she was questioning her life’s purpose and relationship with God. Growing up, church was a egregious... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/22/20
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