Highland Park Presbyterian Church

Leading all generations into a transforming relationship with Jesus.

Our ultimate goal is not to be a beautiful church, or a big church, or a church that is growing so we can feel good about ourselves. Our mission is to be a Jesus church, where people of every generation are finding the joy, hope and transformation of life in Christ.

Mission: Leading all generations into a transformed relationship with Jesus for the flourishing of our city and world.

Today is Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, and there is still work to be done. Toward this end, we have created a Race and Justice resource page that will aid in the initial steps of educating and equipping in the pursuit of racial equity. While this may seem like an insurmountable task before us, take heart! The Spirit of Christ won't leave or forsake us in the pursuit of every good endeavor.

Learn more at hppres.org/race-and-justice.

The eternal work of reconciliation through the Gospel, accomplished by Christ on our behalf, enables his people to pursue the just efforts of reconciliation between fellow image-bearers of God from every race, class, and generation.

Want to learn more? Listen to Pass the Mic, a podcast that discusses systemic racism and the role of the Church, at https://thewitnessbcc.com/pass-the-mic-defining-systemic-racism/.

For schools around the country, this semester has brought upon new ways of teaching & communication. Classrooms have been relocated to Zoom video calls as teachers have been finding creative ways to teach their students from home. In the South Dallas neighborhood of Mill City, families are struck by the realities of poverty, so these obstacles are more difficult to work around. HP Pres has been partnering with Dunbar Elementary school through Reading Buddies, a program that helps students gain the reading skills & confidence to succeed, breaking the generational cycle of poverty in their neighborhood. Through the one-on-one time spent reading with these kids, test scores have increased by 37% showing a tangible difference in the life of our city.

With the new social distancing rules in place, our partnership with Dunbar has continued while we wade through these unprecedented times. As the school year wrapped up, our Reading Buddies volunteers gathered online with Dunbar Elementary staff & students to reconnect & celebrate the end of the semester! The giggling students were so excited to reconnect with their favorite Reading Buddies after the brief time apart. With everyone coming together, this Zoom call showed a beautiful picture of everyone learning together to best love these kids & do the best to will the good for their life.

Looking at the new school year, the Dunbar staff is working extra hard to find ways for their students to continue improving their reading skills through Reading Buddies. Even with summer break here, these teachers & administration have been going above & beyond their call of duty & still working full school days to give hope to this community. As we find ways to best partner with Dunbar, please pray specifically for the staff, students, & their families. While we are still figuring how Reading Buddies will continue this Fall, the need for volunteers is great. Find more info, or sign up to stay in the loop at hppres.org/reading-buddies.

Midweek Worship 6.17.2020

Pause for a moment of song, Scripture, and prayer.

Every Tuesday morning men of all ages and backgrounds gather together to study and grow in community. Join us online as we kick off this summer’s study June 23 at 7 am. For more info, visit hppres.org/ascent.

New to Highland Park Pres? Join Starting Point, our course about how to get involved. We will be meeting online Wednesdays, starting July 8, at 8 pm. Register online for Zoom access at hppres.org/starting-point.

Joy in an Age of Despair - Week 3 of Life in the Spirit (Classical)

Attend our classical service online and listen to “Joy in an Age of Despair” as we study Philippians 4:1-13 and Psalm 118:24. Learn more about your next steps at Highland Park Pres at hppres.org.

[06/14/20]   Attend our classical service online and listen to “Joy in an Age of Despair” as we study Philippians 4:1-13 and Psalm 118:24. Learn more about your next steps at Highland Park Pres at hppres.org.

[06/14/20]   Attend our contemporary service online and listen to “Joy in an Age of Despair” as we study Philippians 4:1-13 and Psalm 118:24. Learn more about your next steps at Highland Park Pres at hppres.org.

It's the final day of VBS! Head over to hppres.org/live at 9:30 am & 6:30 pm as we wrap up this super fun week!

Outdoor Worship times have moved to 8 am! Save your spot for this Sunday at hppres.org/outdoor-worship.

Can you believe its already Day 4 of [email protected]? Today we are learning all about how God guides us like he guided the Israelites through the desert. Watch the lesson at hppres.org/live at 9:30 am & 6:30 pm!

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What You Can Do: A Response to George Floyd and Racial Injustice

As a church, we believe the work of antiracism cannot be a short term or fleeting effort, but the kind of core commitment that requires a long obedience in the same direction. It will involve the difficult work of learning and reading, repenting and uprooting, befriending and empowering.

Check out “What You Can Do: A Response to George Floyd and Racial Injustice”, an article from Dallas Baptist University, at dbu.edu/news/2020/05/what-can-you-do.html.

dbu.edu Recently, Pastor Dave Bruskas, who is a dear brother and close friend of mine, reached out to ask how I was doing in light of the events surrounding the senseless murder of George Floyd. After much prayer and reflection, I’ve arrived at few practical steps.

Midweek Worship 6.10.2020

Take a moment to pause for Scripture, song, and prayer.

[email protected] 2020 is happening all around the world! Here cousins are gathered at Gigi's house in Shreveport. Tune into Day 3 of VBS at hppres.org/live at 9:30 am & 6:30 pm. Snap a pic & tag @hppres to let us know where you're VBS-ing from!

As we continue our series, Life in the Spirit, Charlie Dunn boldly speaks on how, in our present cultural moment, we are expected to align our hearts with God’s deepest desire to push back against the sin of racial injustice in all its forms. Find Sunday's sermon at hppres.org/messages.

It's VBS Day 2! What are Moses and Malachi up to today? Check out what they're learning at hppres.org/live at 9:30 am & 6:30 pm!

Read the plan for gradual reopening our campus, based on your input from the Reopening Survey, at hppres.org/gradual-reopening-plan.

It's Day 1 of VBS! We're learning that God is with us, so he is worth trusting. Tune in at hppres.org/live at 9:30 am & 6:30 pm.

Life in the Spirit - Week 2 - Love in an Age of Apathy - Classical

Attend our classical service online and listen to “Love in the Age of Apathy” as we study Galatians 5:13-23. Learn more about your next steps at Highland Park Pres by connecting with us at hppres.org/connect.

It’s a gorgeous morning for Outdoor Worship at HP Pres. Grab a face covering and join us every Sunday in June at 7:30 or 8:45 am. Register to claim your seat at hppres.org/outdoor-worship.

[06/07/20]   Attend our classical service online and listen to “Love in the Age of Apathy” as we study Galatians 5:13-23. Learn more about your next steps at Highland Park Pres by connecting with us at hppres.org/connect.

[06/07/20]   Attend our contemporary service online and listen to “Love in the Age of Apathy” as we study Galatians 5:13-23. Learn more about your next steps at Highland Park Pres by connecting with us at hppres.org/connect.

"If we are to seek the flourishing of our city and beyond, we must also bear witness to the kingdom of light over and above the kingdom of darkness. In our present cultural moment this means we must align our hearts with God’s deepest desire to push back against the sin of racial injustice in all its forms.”

Read the complete statement shared by our family of churches, along with resources concerning race and justice at hppres.org/race-and-justice.

A Conversation About Race & Faith with Bryan Dungan & Wil McCall (2016)

This clip of Bryan Dunagan and Wil McCall discussing race and faith from 2016 is as appropriate today as it was four years ago.

For resources about topics concerning race, faith, and justice, visit hppres.org/race-and-justice.

Beginning Sunday, June 7, Highland Park Presbyterian Church will begin offering Outdoor Worship services on the Front Lawn of the church. Because safety is the top priority for our community, masks that cover mouths and noses must be worn by all attendees over the age of two. We will have a limited capacity of 125 people, therefore, registration is required. Learn more and save your spot at hppres.org/outdoor-worship.

In light of COVID-19, we have been partnering with Dallas Leadership Foundation & Primera Iglesia to pack & distribute food boxes for our neighbors in need. Sign up for a shift to help out this week, June 4-6, at hppres.org/give-help.

All precautions will be taken for the health and safety of our volunteers.

On Monday, May 25, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer.

A statement like this, while true, may divide us based on our personal experiences or political and social worldviews. But I believe this tragic event is an opportunity to listen, learn, and pray. I’ve been struggling with putting some of my thoughts and prayers into words, if there is a point, if I have anything to offer, etc., but the tears of my friends and the broken hearts of Christians compels me, so here is a brief reflection:

God hates injustice and George Floyd’s death was unjust. There is no question about that. This is not an indictment on the police. God hates when the police are victims of violence and injustice, too. Whether or not you believe Floyd’s death is representative of a broader trend in America, our belief in Jesus invites us to consider others first and to value others more than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Romans 12:14–16 says, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”

When our brothers and sisters of color cry out over another extrajudicial killing of a black man or women, we should listen, ask why, and pray.

The mayor of Minneapolis said, “being black in America should not be a death sentence.” For many people of color in America, this is reality; I cannot imagine how overwhelming and exhausting that feeling is. God has set leaders in place over us as a means of his grace to us, but when those who are charged to care for us do the opposite, it is not only unjust, but also terrifying. There are men and women who live in this fear daily, and the wear of it all on the mind and body can be devastating. Maybe you feel this currently and wish others would understand. Maybe you don’t believe this fear is justified, but people you love, do. Maybe to a certain degree you can understand because you are anxious about the government’s authority and do not trust that they have your best interest in mind.

Out of a love for your neighbor as yourself, I invite you to take a moment now to pray.

Pray that you have increased understanding of others who are different than you. Pray for those who have an increased sense of fear and are overwhelmed because of George Floyd. And Breonna Taylor. And Ahmaud Arbery. Or questions of why the Coronavirus is disproportionately killing Black Americans. Pray for those who are weeping because they do not feel that their life matters. Pray for justice not just in this case, but throughout our land. Pray for the justice Jesus proclaimed when he began his ministry with the words from Isaiah 61, saying: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18–19

This is what we long for, and we cry out, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

What can we do?

It is appropriate to lament and cry out. But it is more appropriate, and necessary to act. Many are asking, “what can I do?” Someone earlier said it feels overwhelming, that I am supposed to fight racism, and poverty, and human trafficking, etc. This is understandable. But what is different about being anti-racist is that we can take small steps now. I don’t think anyone is pro-poverty or pro-trafficking; but are there prejudices you can examine in your own heart? So we can begin with ourselves, and by confronting inappropriate jokes around us, speaking up to friends and family who use prejudiced stereotypes, and so forth. We don’t need to join an organization or send money, and we can start today.

For me, God has worked in my heart through education and opening my eyes to the injustice around me. You can start by taking on the burden of learning. God has brought me on a journey of repentance and faith regarding this conversation and I would love to share it with you.

- Andrew Franklin, Minister of Young Adults

Midweek Worship 6.3.2020

This week has been heavy for many of us. Take a moment for Scripture, song, and prayer as we call out to our God.

Today we gathered with Christ-followers from around our city, across the street from where Botham Jean was killed months ago, to mourn the many black lives that have been unjustly lost across our nation & to affirm our church’s commitment to, not just say we are not racist, but be actively anti-racist. @ Dallas Police Department

Tonight at 8 pm we are praying together as a church family over Zoom for the events unfolding in our country over the last 48 hours. Details and Zoom link here: https://tinyurl.com/y8uwdt4c

Life in the Spirit - Week 1 - Walk in the Spirit - Classical

Attend our classical service online as we study Galatians 5:16-26. Learn more about your next steps at Highland Park Pres by connecting with us at hppres.org/connect.

[05/31/20]   Attend our contemporary service online as we study Galatians 5:16-26. Learn more about your next steps at Highland Park Pres by connecting with us at hppres.org/connect.

[05/31/20]   Attend our classical service online as we study Galatians 5:16-26. Learn more about your next steps at Highland Park Pres by connecting with us at hppres.org/connect.

In Galatians 5, Paul exhorts us walk, live, and keep in step with the Holy Spirit, who, above all, helps Jesus followers become more and more like the one they love, trust, and follow. The fruit of the Spirit is really about becoming like Jesus. Especially in these days when it’s tempting to give in to panic, fear, and despair, this is an invitation to let the third person of the Trinity do what we cannot do by our own spiritual effort.

Join us this Sunday at 8:45, 10, or 11:15 am as we gather together online for our new series, Life in the Spirit. Tune in at hppres.org/live or youtube.com/hppres.

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Midweek Worship 6.17.2020
Joy in an Age of Despair - Week 3 of Life in the Spirit (Classical)
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Life in the Spirit - Week 2 - Love in an Age of Apathy - Classical
A Conversation About Race & Faith with Bryan Dungan & Wil McCall (2016)
Midweek Worship 6.3.2020
Life in the Spirit - Week 1 - Walk in the Spirit - Classical
Midweek Worship 5.27.2020
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All Things New - Week 6 - Heaven's Waiting Room - Classical
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Midweek Worship - May 20

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