Lent: The Sitting-Still Season
Before you give up the Godiva or swear to never swear again, let’s take a look at what the season of Lent is all about.
Lent lasts 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday (the Saturday before Easter). Now, if you look at a calendar and count the days between those two dates, you’ll see that there are more than 40 days. That’s because Sundays aren’t included in the 40 day total. Each Sunday during Lent is to be considered a “mini Easter” —a reprieve from serious contemplation and or deprivation. So if you’ve given something up or taken something on, this is the one day you take a break from your discipline.
It’s a time of personal reflection and discernment in order to prepare our hearts for Easter. This is a time to take a hard look at where your spiritual life has been, where it’s going, and where it needs to be. Are you on the right path? Do you even know where your path is?!?
Lent is a time to sit silently and breathe deeply. To stop. To reflect. To question. And, most importantly, to listen.
Lent Devotional Books
During the season of Lent, we invite you to pick up a copy of Northside Church’s Lenten devotional book. This annual devotional is written by our Adult Discipleship Director, James Johnson and is intended to guide you on a thought-provoking journey through the Lenten season. Devotional books will be available at the church, a free gift from Northside, but you may also sign up to receive the devotional in a digital format by clicking below.
Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 18 | TBD | Sanctuary
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday prior to Easter Sunday when we commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples before his crucifixion. The word “Maundy” derives from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment,” in reference to Jesus’ teachings in John about giving us a new commandment to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34–35). We invite you to join us for this somber service, including Holy Communion and the stripping of the altar. Childcare is available for children from birth through 5th grade.
Contact: Dr. Ann Brightwell McCord | DrAnn@NorthsideUMC.org
Sunday, April 21
Easter is a day of celebration and worship as we remember God’s saving grace made possible through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will sing praises and rejoice in God’s love for us as a church family. Please check back here for worship times which will include both Contemporary and Traditional services throughout the morning.
Shuttle Service & Parking
We are glad to be able to provide easy parking! Shuttle buses will constantly be traveling between Northside Church and the lower parking lot of the Ahavath Achim Synagogue between 9:00AM and 1:00PM. The synagogue is located at the corner of Peachtree Battle Avenue and Northside Drive. We hope this shuttle service will ease traffic and parking on Easter Sunday!
On special Sundays, we encourage our families to worship together. Elementary children and youth will join the congregation in worship. Childcare will be
available for children 6 weeks old through Pre-K on the 1st floor.