Special Worship Services
Throughout the year, Northaven offers several special worship services. Many of them happen during Lent, Holy Week, Advent, and Christmas. If you are interested in a specific holiday or event at Northaven and don’t find the information here that you seek, please contact the church office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you.
Services For Holy Week 2018
Palm Sunday (with Palm Procession)
March 25, 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Children and youth are invited to participate in the palm-waving procession during worship.
Maundy Thursday Service
March 29, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
This service will feature a dramatic reading, “Three Women on the Road in Jerusalem,” written by Kim Batchelor and will include Holy Communion.
Good Friday Service
March 30, 7:00 p.m.,
Finding Jesus: Listening for the Inner Jerusalem
We will embark on a journey with Jesus along the Way of the Cross. Our pilgrimage will take us to the Celebration Garden and Fountain (weather permitting), through the Atrium and Sanctuary as we visit the 14 Stations of the Cross.
April 1, 7:00 a.m., Sunrise Service in the Celebration Garden with Holy Communion
11:00 a.m. Traditional service in the Sanctuary with choir, handbells, brass, and percussion.
An Easter egg hunt for children through 5th grade will happen immediately following worship.
Easter Egg Hunt
The eggs are sorted and ready to be filled! During March, please take a bag of plastic Easter eggs from the table in the Atrium, fill them with goodies for the Easter egg hunt, and return them by Palm Sunday (March 25). We ask that you don’t include candy that contains nuts or peanut butter. Non-candy treats are also fun and make safe alternatives.If you would like to purchase pre-filled eggs or provide exta Easter eggs, we are happy to collect those as well.
On Easter Sunday (April 1), after the 11:00 worship service, all children through 5th grade are invited to bring their baskets out to the church playground for a chance to collect as many eggs as they can. We’ll divide the playground areas by age for smaller children to hunt first in order to keep everyone safe.
This event replaces the Easter Eggstravaganza we’ve had in previous years.
Faith Connections Lenten Series
During the month of March, join Faith Connections for a 4-week Lenten study based on Where Jesus Prayed by Danielle Shroyer, enhanced by the photos and commentary of Betty Boyer who recently traveled to the Holy Land. Faith Connections meets in room 237 at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings, and is lead by Mahlon Hight.
By Kim Batchelor
In the period just before the Pentagon Papers became public, a little-known event occurred that not only brought the revelations found in the papers to light but brought to the table evidence of our country’s sin during the Vietnam War. During the event, members of clergy set up a communion table in front of the Justice Department and, as part of a religious service, placed the papers upon it.
In the spirit of this profound witness, we are building a similar public witness in front of the Federal Building in downtown Dallas as part of this year’s Good Friday Walk. This year we will end the walk in Belo Park, place a symbolic “table” on the ground and, after a prayerful reflection, ask participants to place photos or messages as an appeal to our government to repent of unjust policies. Photos will be available at the garden, or bring your own: DACA recipients; those lost this year to gun violence —at Stoneman Douglas H.S., in Las Vegas, in police shootings; immigrants facing deportation; others who suffer injustice; the earth itself.
Join us on Friday, March 30, to honor Jesus’ teachings on the day of his death. Tentative walk route (times are approximate) as follows:
10:00 a.m. Gather at Main Street Garden, Harwood between Commerce and Main (Note: this is a new gathering point.)
10:15 a.m. Prayerful reflection at Main Street Garden. Participants offer their concerns for the oppressed and those living in poverty. Prayer and sending. The walk begins.
10:30 a.m. Pegasus Plaza, 1500 Main. Prayers and reflections on racial injustice at the site where 65-year-old Allen Brooks was lynched on February 27, 1910.
10:45 a.m. The Rosa Parks Statue, West End Station, Lamar at Elm Street. Jesus and the resistance against violence and oppression.
11:00 a.m. Belo Garden, Griffin at Commerce, across from the Federal Building. Prayer from the mother of a child killed at Sandy Hook. The voice of an immigrant. A Communion Table of Repentance and Conversion.