You'll find traditional worship with the Dobson pipe organ, our chancel and youth choirs, and dynamic preaching in our Sanctuary.
Our teaching service, Kerygma, offers an extended and in-depth exploration of Scripture or core Christian teaching utilizing the very best in modern scholarship.
Our early Cox Chapel and Upper Room services offer music, word, and communion woven together to create an active liturgical community, assured to restore your soul.
Multiple Styles of Worship Timeline Events
1951: First Worship service in Cox Chapel
1957: First Easter Worship service in Moody Coliseum
In 1957, Southern Methodist University agreed to open their new field house, Moody Coliseum, to HPUMC. The move was initially meant to be a temporary measure, until the larger sanctuary could be built. 10,000 members and visitors would fill the coliseum.
More about Moody's legacy with HPUMC
1970: Contemporary Worship with Reverend Grady Hardin
Prior to 1969, worship services had been scheduled at 8:30 am in Cox Chapel with communion each Sunday, and 9:30 am and 11:00 am worship services in the Sanctuary. Thirteen months after the vote, an additional service was added in Cox Chapel, at the same time as one of the main Sanctuary services. This concurrent service was an attempt to respond to the needs of one of the largest sub-congregations within the total membership, in particular, younger persons and those associated with the SMU campus. It began in April 1970, and was called a "contemporary" service. It was led by Dr. Grady Hardin, who was then professor of preaching at Perkins School of Theology, and John Erickson, who was responsible for the music leadership.
1999: First Cornerstone Contemporary Worship service
2002: Cornerstone Contemporary Worship moves to Wesley Hall
2004: First Anglican style worship service
At 11:00 am on Sunday, September 12, 2004, a crowd gathered in Cox Chapel to inaugurate a new era in the worship life of Highland Park United Methodist Church. A crucifer bearing a cross led a procession of ministers and lay leaders in a procession up the chapel’s center aisle as the congregation sang, “Guide Me, O, Thou Great Jehovah.”
2006: First Kerygma Worship service
The word 'Kerygma' in the New Testament refers both to the essential core of the faith and its proclamation. An extended and in-depth exploration of scripture or core Christian teaching is shared to help participants understand what the scriptures and the teachings of the church meant in their original context and how they might be applied to lives today.
On October 1, in Great Hall, Rev. Walt Marcum taught the first Kerygma class. Marcum preached from the Book of John.
2010: Remodeling of Munger Place Church as first HPUMC Satellite Campus
2013: Live Streaming of worship and special events begins on hpumc.tv