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 church@northaven.org and we will be happy to help you.


Music of Living

The Music of Living

A choral worship service commemorating those who have gone before us, honor those among us, and provide hope for those to come.

Sunday, November 5, 4:00 p.m. at University Park UMC in the Sanctuary.

Please come to this choral worship service of healing and hope with the Northaven UMC and University Park UMC choirs. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Stephanie Rhoades.

Roll Down, Justice!

Worship Series for Lent

I hate, I reject your festivals;

I don’t enjoy your joyous assemblies.

If you bring me your entirely burned offerings and gifts of food—

I won’t be pleased;

I won’t even look at your offerings of well-fed animals.

Take away the noise of your songs;

I won’t listen to the melody of your harps.

But let justice roll down like waters,

and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

– Amos 5: 21-24 (CEB)

Lent Theme 2017Lent is a time of reminding ourselves who we are called to be in this world. Our Lenten series is inspired by Amos, a prophet whose message is that God calls us to let “justice roll down like waters.” Worship without justice is not acceptable; rather our songs must move us to action on behalf of the oppressed. Through the powerful music of Mark Miller and the remembrance of our rituals of baptism (the origins of Lent), this season will offer us reflection and renewed inspiration to let our voices be tuned to the heart of the Gospel —proclaiming God’s love for all people. What prejudices are we challenged to “give up” as a Lent practice of abstinence, and further, how are we willing to “give” of ourselves for the sake of the world?

Ash Wednesday

March 1, 7:00 p.m. – Make Me an Instrument of Peace: Re-Cognition

Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

March 5 – Child of God: Naming Each One

March 12 – How Long: Renouncing Evil

March 19 – I Dream of a Church: Christ’s Representatives

March 26 – Choose Love: Communities of Forgiveness

April 2 – God Has Work for Us To Do: Faithful Disciples

April 9 – The Day is Coming: We Are One


Small Group Study – Beginning Wed., March 8, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A Lenten Study that correlates with the worship series is being offered on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and is facilitated by Mahlon Hight. There is nothing to purchase and you may participate in any or all of the sessions. Sign up at the Welcome Center to indicate your interest in this companion study.


Holy Week At Northaven

Palms and Flowers - Special Service - Easter

Palm Sunday Service, April 9 at 11:00 a.m.

The Day is Coming: We Are One.  The entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem was a vision of a coming day when power is displayed not with military might but through the solidarity of all people in the name of love and justice. We pray this day for a time when we are one and we support one another on the road of life, not tear one another down because of our differences. We will affirm our oneness with the whole human family this day.

Maundy Thursday Service,  April 13 at 7:00 p.m.,  Atrium & 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.

“Traveling Companions: Journey to the Water”
Our Lenten journey culminates in a journey to the waters of baptismal renewal in the dark of night. The earliest Christian communities saw this time of the year as the ultimate time for baptisms because this was when Christ died and was raised–just as we die to the old and rise again to new life through our baptisms. Drawing on the ancient Vigil ritual that corporates Light, Water, Word, and Table, we will go on a pilgrimage as traveling companions through the church, offering us a deeply moving experience of our faith story then and now.

Good Friday Service,  April 14  at 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Our Good Friday service will focus on our culpability in Jesus’ crucifixion in the present day. Continuing our theme of “Roll Down, Justice,” we will remember how Jesus said, “when you didn’t do it to the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.” In a sense, when we bring harm to others in the present-day, we are participating in the harm done to Jesus on Good Friday. We will lift up the marginalized who are often victims of violence and loss: Syrian Immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community (specifically transgendered persons), undocumented immigrants, the working poor, women and girls who are victims of violence and abuse.

Easter Sunday At Northaven

Sunday, April 16 – We invite you and your family to join us in worship on Easter Sunday!

Youth and Children flowering the Easter Cross - Special Service - Easter

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. (If there’s inclement weather the service will be held in the Sanctuary or Atrium.)

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.


Advent 2016

The JourneyThe Journey - Advent 2016 Series

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.

Ask the Pastor

Micah 6:8

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?