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Because we believe that God's love in Jesus Christ has broken down the walls that divide us, we seek to embody that love in our congregation and welcome people of all races, sexual orientations and economic circumstances.

A vibrant congregation of more than 600 members—with many more calling the church their home—Northaven is known for inspiring worship and music, interest in the arts, outreach to the community and sensitivity to inclusiveness. All are welcome.



Highlights

Science & Religion: Evolution and the Retelling of Our Sacred Story

 

Videos of Adult Education’s 13-week program in late 2014 on Science & Religion  are now available  on YouTube.  The links to these videos are shown on Northaven’s new Science & Religion page which also contains (i) a list of topics for each week’s program, and (ii) a list of reference sources used by the presenters. 



Lent 2015 - Busy: Reconnecting with an Unhurried God

Lent

The season of Lent has often been a time when we think about "giving something up" - a hold-over from its penitential flavor in the medieval church. But what if we though less about "giving up" and more about "making room?" In this Lenten series we will find out what it really costs to be so ... "busy." Let us reconnect to an unhurried God. 

 

February 18   7:00 PM

Ash Wednesday Service

We begin our Lenten series with a reflective service that encourages us to examine our faith journey. Through meditative singing, prayer, silence, and the imposition of ashes, we reflect on the ways God is calling us to serve and live.

 

February 22  11:00 AM

The Right Tempo

Come to me all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. -- Matthew 11:28-30 

 

Jesus never promised that the yoke would literally be “easy.” This is a mistranslation. In this context of yoking oxen, the translation means “well fitting.” As we begin our “Busy” series, we discover that each of us has a tempo of life that fits well, that energizes us. What tempo gives you life and energy?

 

March 1  11:00 AM

Preparing a Table

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil. For you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long. -- Psalm 23

 

The Twenty-third Psalm is a great comfort to us as we imagine the green pastures and still waters. It also recalls the dark valleys and calls us into the not-so-easy practice of sitting down at the table with our enemies. An unhurried God is present with us in the good times and in the difficult times and invites us to be radically present to each other in the same way. Have we been too busy to be present and to seek reconciliation across divides?

 

March 8  11:00 AM

Tuning In

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered here, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” -- Luke 10: 38-42

 

Martha was busy. Mary chose to be still, to tune in to Jesus. The lesson here is not that it is bad to work, but that we also need times of connection to God. This week we discover the gift of contemplative practices that can feed and nourish our active lives.

 

March 15  11:00 AM Living Light

"Don’t chase after what you will eat and what you will drink. Stop worrying. All the nations of the world long for these things... Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out. No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too." -- Luke 12: 29-34

 

 No one, at the end of their life, would say, “I should have spent more time at the office.” And yet many of us live with the tyranny of measuring-up. Lightening the load of expectations and “shoulds” is the focus of this week. How do we create space to flourish in the ways God intends?

 

March 22

11:00 AM

Give It a Rest

"Remember the sabbath and keep it holy." - Exodus 20:8

 

The commandment to keep the Sabbath is one that might not seem as important as the one about not murdering. But what, and who, suffers in our society when we value economic security over well-being? As we give witness yet again to the story of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, proclaiming justice for the oppressed, we must also proclaim justice and peace... and rest... for the weary of this world.



Today at Northaven
   

This I Know
This I Know

 

This six-lesson study, for individuals and small groups, is a companion to For the Bible Tells Me So, the award-winning documentary on homosexuality and the church. Published by Northaven, This I Know can be purchased at www.thisiknowstudy.org.