Advent Devo 2016

Join Us During Lent

What is Lent?

Lent is a season of reflection and introspection, as we prepare our hearts and minds for the reality of Easter Sunday. It’s a season

of repentance and self-assessment, coming to terms with who we have been and who we long to become. As such, is an essential

practice for the Christian community.

 

Lent is characterized as the season of repentance, assessing our lives in the light of cross, and turning away from the sin in which

we have been so easily entangled. This season, as we turn our attention to family, I hope we will reflect on why repentance is so

important—not just for ourselves, but for those who surround us as well. We live and breathe the grace of God as a community, as a

family and as church, not only as individuals. May we also learn to repent as families and most truly as the family of God.

 

This year’s Lenten devotional is a guided practice derived from some of the oldest traditions in the Christian Church. From Augustine to Anselm to John Wesley himself, guided prayer and reflection have been an important practice of the Church, leading to transformed lives and perspectives, and with this year's devotional, we have attempted to bring them into the life of our church. A Disciple’s Devotion is designed to tap into our conception of time and set a rhythm to our days during Lent. We encourage you pick up your free copy from the church any time beginning Sunday, February 26.

 

You may download a PDF version of the devotional by click the button below, however, please know this devotional was prayerfully designed. There are spaces to write, reflect, and take notes, as well as a labyrinth exercise, all of which will prove most effective in the printed format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lenten Studies:

Devotional Reading

Mondays | 9:00AM | Fellowship Hall

James Johnson, our Adult Discipleship Director, will be leading a reading of this devotional on Monday mornings. Please come join us! This will be a time of fellowship and insight as we work through the practice of this devotional together.

 

Lent: Practicing Grace

Sundays | 10:00AM | Fellowship Hall

Join us for our Lenten Sunday School offering. Several of our Sunday groups will be coming together for this enriching study, led by James Johnson.

 

Contact: James Johnson | JamesJ@NorthsideUMC.org

 

 

Holy Week Worship:

 

Palm Sunday, April 9

  • 8:30AM & 11:00AM | Traditional Worship | Sanctuary
  • 9:45AM | Contemporary Worship | Faith & Arts Center

 

Childcare available.

 

 

Maundy Thursday, April 13

  • 7:00PM | Sanctuary

 

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).

 

Childcare: Available for children birth to 5 years old.

 

 

Good Friday, April 14

  • 7:00PM | Faith & Arts Center

 

The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, "Good Friday," is not clear. It may be a corruption of the English phrase "God's Friday," according to Professor Laurence Hull Stookey in Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church (p. 96). It is the common name for the day among English- and Dutch-speaking people. It is a day that proclaims God's purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God's self in Christ. As seen in John's gospel, particularly, God was in control. God was not making the best of a bad situation, but was working out God's intention for the world — winning salvation for all people. We call it "good" because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter!

 

Childcare: Available for children birth to 5 years old.

 

 

Easter Sunday, April 16

  • 8:30AM Traditional Worship | Sanctuary | Dr. Gil Watson
  • 9:45AM Traditional Worship | Sanctuary | Dr. Charles Gardner
  • 9:45AM Contemporary Worship | Faith & Arts Center | Dr. Gil Watson
  • 11:00AM Traditional Worship | Sanctuary | Dr. Gil Watson
  • 11:15AM Contemporary Worship | Faith & Arts Center | Dr. Charles Gardner

 

On this day we celebrate our risen Lord and The Easter Season begins! This season is also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ's resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. We celebrate the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace.

 

Childcare: Available for children 6 weeks through PreK. All elementary children are invited to worship with their families.

 

Take the Shuttle for Easy Parking!

On Easter Sunday, shuttle buses will constantly be traveling between Northside and the lower parking lot of the Ahavath Achim Synagogue from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. The synagogue is located at the corner of Peachtree Battle Avenue and Northside Drive. Please plan to use the shuttle on Easter Sunday!

 

 

 

 

For more information about services or if you would like to volunteer, please

contact Rev. Catherine Boothe at CatherineB@NorthsideUMC.org.

 

 

 

Northside Church

2799 Northside Dr NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: (404) 355-6475

Fax: (404) 355-6478

E-mail: info@northsideumc.org

 

Sunday Worship Services

Traditional Service

- 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM - Sanctuary

Communion Service

- 9:30-9:45AM - Prayer Chapel

Contemporary Service

- 9:45 AM - Faith & Arts Center

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