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.

Worship Online

The world is changing, but our mission of leading every generation to be transformed followers of Jesus for the flourishing of our city and beyond has not. Worship with us online at hppres.org/live Sundays at 8:45, 10, and 11:15 am, as we seek to fulfill this calling together.

This Sunday, March 29, at 12:30 pm, we are serving lunch to the firefighters of South Dallas. With hygiene gloves and a safe distance between us, a drive-through will be set up to load supplies into your vehicle so sandwiches can be delivered to an assigned fire station. Learn more and sign up now at hppres.org/give-help.

During a crisis often the homeless are the most vulnerable. Because you give, HP Pres has provided 2,800 meals through Austin Street Center so far this month. Thank you for giving to HP Pres. Your help is needed as we partner with organizations on the front lines of our city in order to love our neighbors. Give to our Compassion Fund at hppres.org/give.

Who needed to hear this week’s memory verse? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Head over to @hppresearlychildhood to keep up with Memory Verse Mondays!

Do you need help during this crisis? Whether you are in need of essential home items, prayer, pastoral care, or tech assistance to join online, we’re here to help. Let us know how our church can help you at hppres.org/get-help.

David was the confession expert. He offered God his true feelings of fear, anger, resentment, disappointment, and doubt while simultaneously speaking of God’s great works, kindness, and power. David confessed his life was on shaking soil and needed saving and that God alone could save him. God was David’s refuge because David confessed he couldn’t find rest anywhere else in the world—despite his best efforts.

Confess your sin to God and seek forgiveness. God has heard you, and God hears you. God hears our request. God accepts our prayers; He longs to hear them.

Read the rest of this week's Lent devotion at hppres.org/lent-devotion.

Primera Iglesia Bautista New Worship Space

COVID-19 is not the first problem we've faced together and overcome in order to show Christ's love to our city. Our Disaster Relief team has been working diligently with Primera Iglesia Bautista since their community was hit by last year's tornado. If you find yourself needing help, let us know at hppres.org.

“May the Lord bless you & keep you, may he shine his face upon you & be gracious to you.”

This morning our staff gathered together to sing praises to our king, Jesus. It was a refreshing pause as we adjust to this new normal. We love you, church family, keep your eyes on Jesus! Join our Zoom prayer gathering tonight at 8 pm. Find the link to join at hppres.org/coronavirus.

This was the first virtual session meeting in our nearly hundred year history! We are so thankful for the spiritual leaders of our church family who are seeking ways for us to stay connected and serve Jesus through these times of uncertainty. Find ministry resources at hppres.org/coronavirus.

Yesterday our Mandarin Chinese Church Plant gathered online to worship Jesus together! About 70 members joined from their homes to study Scripture, pray, and connect with one another through video. Even though they’re not under the same physical roof, God is still moving among his people.

Even though we’re not able to meet in person, we are so thankful to have opportunities to connect via Zoom, a video conference app. Join us for Zoom prayer gatherings Tuesdays at 8 pm, Thursdays at 12 pm, and Sundays at 8 pm. Find the link to join at hppres.org/coronavirus.

Classical Worship Service - 11:15am

8:45am Classical Worship

Tomorrow morning, we are joining together online from our homes all across the city to worship as a church family. At 8:45, 10, or 11:15 am, find a comfortable spot, grab a cup of coffee, and go to hppres.org/live or watch us on Facebook Live. Don’t forget to snap a pic of how you’re watching and tag us!

This is a psalm of a dislocated, disgraced, and frustrated people being carried away to slavery while their homeland gets destroyed. Everything they hoped for, believed in, and enjoyed has been tainted or destroyed completely.

How can you resonate to with their anger? Why? How do you respond to a loss of control or helplessness?

Pray for gentleness among your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who would disarm anger and give opportunity to point toward Christ as the just and merciful judge.

Read the rest of this week's Lent devotion at hppres.org/lent-devotion.

“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 evidence and key discussion points.

Each week Tessa and Russ grew more confident to step out in their faith and have conversations about Jesus. "I grew up in a neighborhood where I assumed everyone believed in God, and we now live in a post-modern east Dallas neighborhood where that cannot be assumed. Bringing up God in conversation doesn't happen as easily,” Tessa explains. By practicing in and out of the class, Tessa snd Russ were able to feel more comfortable sharing their faith with boldness on the playground with other moms or in conversation with atheist friends and family while trusting God’s timing and providence.

Ready to Reason is designed to prepare you to have spiritual conversations with your non-Christians friends. There is no script, no magic four-step process, and the goal is not to turn your friends into “projects.” Instead, the class will equip you to have conversations in the context of authentic, loving relationships. Over the four weeks of the course, you’ll learn and practice how to share the beauty and believability of Jesus in clear and thoughtful ways.

Stuck inside? This semester’s Ready to Reason course, taught by Pastor Charlie Dunn, will be available on live online Tuesday evenings beginning March 24 at 7 pm. Find out how to join in at hppres.org/classes.

Even though we’re not able to meet in person, we are so thankful to have opportunities to connect via Zoom, a video conference app. Join us for Zoom prayer gatherings Tuesdays at 8 pm, Thursdays at 12 pm, and Sundays at 8 pm. Our first meeting is tonight! Find the link to join at hppres.org/coronavirus.

This past Sunday, we joined together across the city to worship online as a church family. Find the service at hppres.org/messages.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Take a moment to pray and reflect on his most famous prayer. Want more prayer resources? Visit hppres.org/prayer.

8:45am Classical Worship

Church family, let us join with you at home for our 8:45 am classical worship service. Watch now right here.

Tomorrow morning, we are joining together online from our homes all across the city to worship as a church family. At 8:45, 10, or 11:15 am, find a comfortable spot, grab a cup of coffee, and go to hppres.org/live or watch us on Facebook Live.

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. Learn why in this video from our pastor, Bryan Dunagan, at hppres.org/stories-blogs/posts/all-services-online.

How do you remember the promises of God amidst pain, suffering, and hardship? What confusion did Jesus experience? What questions did He have for the Father?

Thank Christ for the confusion He experienced on our behalf in the garden and on the cross, the comfort that comes from knowing He is present in our confusion, and the confidence that all will be restored in the resurrection.

Read the rest of this week's Lent devotion at hppres.org/lent-devotion.

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 with the gift of education so they can support themselves and escape the generational cycle of poverty. Our HP Pres team partners with the school each year to invite kids from around the community to participate in VBS, assist in building projects, and equip local faith leaders with resources to flourish.

“I just fell in love with the girls and people of the neighboring community,” AB describes as she reflects on her very first Kenya trip. It made such an impact on her that she’s been each year since. Throughout her time there, she has fostered lasting relationships, seeing the girls and community grow in stature and faith. As AB engaged with the world in a new way, her eyes were opened to how God is moving across nations.

If you are gifted at teaching, using a paintbrush, playing with kids, or pretty much anything else, you can be a blessing on our trip to Kenya. Our HP Pres team will visit the remote community overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro to conduct a Pastoral Training Conference, assist with a VBS, do repairs and maintenance at the local Imbirikani Girls School, and build churches and schools. Join us this year, July 30—August 11, 2020, at hppres.org/mission-trips.

Watch Sunday's message at hppres.org/messages.

Want to grow confident in sharing your faith with others? Sign up for Ready to Reason, one of our growth course beginning March 24. This four-week class will equip you to to have conversations in the context of authentic, loving relationships, and will allow you to practice sharing the uniqueness and reasonableness of Jesus in clear and simple ways. Learn more at hppres.org/classes.

Don't forget! We are springing forward, so make sure you remember to resets your clocks an hour ahead. See you tomorrow morning at 8:45, 10, or 11:15 am! Learn more at hppres.org/sundays.

Serve at VBS 2020, June 8-11, as a tribe leader, tent host, or to help convert the Alexander Building into a Wildernes Escape. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to have tons of fun and teach our little ones about Jesus! Sign up now at hppres.org/vbs.

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‘You don’t give up, ever’: How a private school provided sanctuary to a NW Dallas church erased by fall’s tornado

Thank you church family for caring for our city so well! We have collected $239,280 donated funds for tornado disaster relief.

Find ways to continue supporting our city at hppres.org/disaster-relief.

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What breaks your heart? What about your own brokenness frustrates or grieves you? What breaks your heart about the brokenness of the city?

Lent is a season of sorrow. More than usual, we are aware of the frail and fallen condition of our world and certainly in our own body and soul. Our reflection during this season stirs a deep sense that something is wrong.

Pray for words, images, and details of your life’s pain to come freely and pour out your anger, fear, confusion, sadness, desperation, disappointment, and weariness in complaint before God.

Read the rest of this week's Lent devotion at hppres.org/lent-devotion.

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 serving others.” The girls saw God answer the prayers of the community and were inspired as they worshipped wholeheartedly alongside the locals. Sophia expressed that her favorite moments were “spending time with the local children and making them smile.”

“I loved that the whole trip was centered on Scripture,” Cathleen comments. “We connected as a family in the mornings before serving, then debriefed with the whole group in the evenings. This really allowed us to sense God’s presence throughout the day.” Upon returning home, the girls admitted that they enjoyed this trip more than their trips to Disney, and they decided to make family mission trips an annual summer tradition.

Want to experience the joy of serving as a family? Sign up for a trip to the Dominican Republic taking place June 13–20, or find other mission trip opportunities, at hppres.org/mission-trips.

We began a new series on Sunday called Taste & See. Hear our very own Cameron Beaty of Peak Street Church at hppres.org/messages.

[03/02/20]   Baptism is the church’s proclamation and experience that we are who we are because God has first chosen us, then loved us, and called us into his kingdom. In baptism, we participate in Jesus’ death and resurrection by dying to what separates us from God and by being raised to newness of life in Christ. If you've put your faith in Jesus and want to take this next step, visit hppres.org/baptisms.

Happy Leap Day! Use this extra day to jump into our The Bible in One Year reading plan. By downloading the app or signing up for the daily emails, you will receive a Psalm or Proverb, a New Testament reading, and an Old Testament reading along with helpful commentary. Find out the best way for you to dive into God’s Word at hppres.org/bible

Taste & See

In Psalm 34:8 the Psalmist extends this invitation: "Taste and see that the Lord is good." We are a people who are hungry, both physically and spiritually and are created to experience fullness in our communion with our God. Throughout this season of Lent we are going to gather around these tables in Scripture to see how God meets his people where they are in their hunger, both to feed them physically and fill them with his promises. We want you to know that our God desires to meet you in those longings and satisfy you by grace. Our prayer is that you will join us this season of Lent and that you will truly taste and see that the Lord is good.

Don't miss this Sunday as we kick off Taste & See at 8:45, 10, and 11:15 am. Find more about Sundays at HP Pres at hppres.org/sundays.

Are you in town over Spring Break and looking for something to do? Come join us as we engage with our local partners on March 18 and 19 and then celebrate with fun and games on March 20. This is a great opportunity for elementary aged families but all are welcome to participate. For more info visit hppres.org/mission-trips.

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Baptism Teaching Moment

Christians are called to baptism as they say yes to a relationship with Jesus. But, why? Watch this quick video as Charlie unpacks the importance of this instructed sacrament. If you've put your faith in Jesus and want to take this next step, visit hppres.org/baptisms for information about our upcoming baptism classes.

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 this very preparation and repentance—aimed at grasping the intense significance of the crucifixion—that give us a deep and powerful longing for the resurrection, the joy of Easter.

Traditionally, Lent is a time when we fast or give things up. When we deny ourselves familiar comforts, we learn something powerful about our weaknesses, our needs, and our deepest longings for God. Fasting is a tangible, physical activity that roots our spiritual longings in Jesus alone as our true comfort and joy.

Read the rest of this week's Lent devotion at hppres.org/lent-devotion.

The season of Lent begins with a day called Ash Wednesday. It 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 ashes that are used in the Ash Wednesday services often are from the palm branches that have been burned from the prior year's Palm Sunday service. When you think about the meaning of Palm Sunday, it's this day on which the crowds were cheering for Jesus, only a few days later to then be cheering for his crucifixion.

To receive these ashes is, then, a way for us to realize that it was our sin that sent Jesus to the cross. He endured the judgment and the death that we rightly deserve. And yet, if you come to one of our Ash Wednesday services, you'll notice we don't just smear our faces with ashes. Because while they do remind us of the reality of our mortality and our sin, they're also given in the shape of a cross, which reminds us of the fact that Jesus has dealt with our sin once and for all. He has died for it so that we are completely forgiven. We have been freed from sin's power in our lives so that now we are able to live for God if we belong to Jesus Christ.

There's a time in the Ash Wednesday service that might seem a little bit odd or strange, but is really powerful and meaningful, when everyone's invited to come forward. We have this moment where we take the ashes and impose them on our foreheads in the shape of a cross using these words: “Consider yourself dead to sin but alive in Jesus Christ.”

We hope you'll join us for one of our Ash Wednesday services, February 26, at noon or 6:30 pm where we can claim this great truth together. Learn more at hppres.org/ash-wednesday.

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Primera Iglesia Bautista New Worship Space
Classical Worship Service - 11:15am
8:45am Classical Worship
8:45am Classical Worship
Taste & See
Baptism Teaching Moment
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