Special Worship Services
Throughout the year, Northaven offers several special worship services. Many of them happen during Lent, Holy week, Advent, and Christmas. This page contains information on both upcoming services as well as information on our services for the previous year so that you can get an idea of what Northaven has been doing. 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.
As a community we will take “The Journey” with Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, the shepherds and the wise ones in order to understand more about the historical and geographical aspects of the story, and how this can inspire us while we contemplate our own life journeys. We hope you will deepen your understanding of the context of the story of the birth of Christ while deepening your own spiritual quest for new life in Christ.
11/27 Mary of Nazareth: Willingness
12/04 Joseph of Bethlehem: Mercy
12/11 Elizabeth in Judea: Encouragement
12/18 From Nazareth to Bethlehem: Perseverance
12/24 The Manger: Presence
12/25 The Journey: Come, Let Us Adore Him
Holiday Services at Northaven
This year both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Sundays. We will celebrate with worship at 11:00 a.m. on both Christmas and New Year’s Day, but Sunday school classes will not be meeting. Christmas Eve services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Both will feature a candle lighting ceremony.
The church office will be closed on Dec. 23 – Jan. 2 in observance of the holidays.
Journey to Easter with our Gifts of the Dark Wood series and study
This year as we prepare for Easter, we are offering a Lenten study that will be a deepening of the theme we will be using in worship during Lent. Gifts of the Dark Wood is a book by Eric Elnes that is about “finding your place in this world at the very point where you feel the furthest from it.” Elnes challenges us to look at life through, “new eyes, recognizing that experiences of failure, emptiness and uncertainty are as critical for finding our way through life as they are unavoidable.” This promises to be a very timely series and study.
The Lenten Study will be offered
Sunday mornings – J3 Class – 9:30 a.m., Room 250
Wednesday evenings – 6:00 -7:00 p.m., Room 237
Thursday mornings – 10:30 – noon, Room 237
Sunday evenings- Faith Connections – 5:15 – 7:00 p.m., Room 237
All of these opportunities are open to anyone who is interested in participating. For additional information, contact Mahlon Hight, email@example.com
Holy Week At Northaven
Maundy Thursday Service, March 24 at 7:00 p.m., Atrium
Gifts of the Dark Wood —“The Gift of Disappearing”
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, which means commandment. As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).
As our “Gifts of the Dark Woods” series approaches the darkest night of Christ’s life, we will hear from six people who had front row seats to this incredible real-life drama. Sometimes this story feels only like a story to those of us who have heard it so many times. But it was real. It was painful and rich and life-changing for generations and generations of Christians after it, but how much more so for those who lived then and loved this man named Jesus. Just as we have found that there are gifts in the Dark Wood, these people perhaps also found their place in the world, their true calling, as a result of a walk in the dark woods of life.
Good Friday Service, March 25 at 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
“The Seven Last Words of Christ”
Our “Gifts of the Dark Wood” series concludes with a somber and moving Tenebrae service (service of darkness) featuring spoken reflections and musical responses based on the seven “last words” Jesus spoke from the cross.
Easter Sunday At Northaven
March 27, 2016
We invite you and your family to join us in worship on Easter Sunday!
Sunrise Service: 7:30 a.m. in the Celebration Garden. Gather to celebrate the Risen Christ with the rising sun. Holy Communion will be served.
Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m.: A celebratory service in the Sanctuary with choir, brass, timpani and the traditional Flowering of the Cross by the children.
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?