Holy Week at NAPC




Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

April 13, 2014

9 AM Contemporary | 11 AM Traditional | 5:45 PM Acoustic Evening

Join us we have a special children’s message (where the kids wave palm branches) at the 9 AM service; process down Peachtree Street at the 11 AM service; have a more relaxed setting to talk about Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem at the 5:45 PM service. As a special treat, we celebrate new life with live baby animals on the upper parking deck on Palm Sunday morning. Join us from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM to check out some furry friends.

The Sunday before Jesus was crucified, he made his final entry into Jerusalem—the home of God’s chosen people, the Jews. Jesus rode into the city on a donkey, fulfilling an ancient prophesy, while the people laid down their cloaks and palm branches in front of him, proclaiming him king. You can read the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19.


Maundy Thursday

April 17, 2014

7 PM Community Worship

North Avenue will be observing Maundy Thursday through worship and communion in homes all around Atlanta. We anticipate each gathering will have 20-30 worshippers. Come add your voice. To find a place to worship in community, see the map here and find a site close to you.

During his last week on earth, Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples over a meal we call the Last Supper. During this meal Jesus asked God to bless the wine and bread, and then gave it to his disciples saying, “This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me… This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you—an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.” Jesus was alluding to the sacrifice he was about to make on the cross, offering himself as an atonement for our sins, reconciling the world to God. ‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means commandment. Maundy Thursday refers to the commandment Jesus gave to his disciples—and us—to remember him through the act of communion. You can read about the Last Supper in Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-25, and Luke 22:7-20


 Good Friday

April 18, 2014

North Avenue worships with First Congregational Church (105 Courtland St NE, Atlanta)

As we continue to connect with our community, North Avenue will be worshipping at First Congregational Church in Atlanta for Good Friday. First Congregational will worship with us at the Jazz Urban Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday at 6:30 a.m.  Worship service at 12 noon; a bus will depart from NAPC at 11:45 AM if you’d like to carpool.

On Good Friday, it is common to fast, pray, repent, and meditate on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. Good Friday often has a somber tone as we recall Jesus’ death, but it is called Good Friday for a reason! John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Jesus’ death allows us to be victorious over death. Indeed, the wage of sin is death, but through Jesus’ sacrifice of his own sinless life for each of us, we are no longer bound to death. Instead we are offered eternal life, and that is the good news of Good Friday! You can read about Jesus’ arrest, trial, and death in Matthew 26:47-27:66, Mark 14:43-15:47, Luke 22:47-23:56, and John 18:1-19:42.


Easter Sunday

April 20, 2014

6:30 AM Jazz Urban Sunrise | 9 AM Contemporary Family  | 11 AM Traditional | 5:45 PM Acoustic Evening

Join us at 6:30 AM on the upper parking deck just off of Peachtree Street for a unique jazz urban sunrise with live music as we usher in Easter morning. The service will feature Dr. Dwight Andrews, Associate Professor of Music Theory and African American Music at Emory University and Senior Minister of First Congregational United Church. At 9 AM we celebrate with a special service designed just for families with a children’s message and interactive elements. At 11 AM experience a traditional Easter service with familiar hymns led by choir, organ, and brass. At 5:45 PM come worship at the acoustic evening service as we celebrate Easter with a reflective and come-as-you-are service.

Easter Sunday is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, the event that shows his ultimate power over death. Three days after his death on the cross, Jesus came back to life. And because of his sacrifice to pay for our sins that once separated us from God, we are now offered our own resurrection into a new life, an eternal life with God. You can read about Jesus’ resurrection in Matthew 28:1-28:20, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-50, and John 20:1-23.


Annual NAPC Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 12, 2014
11 AM at the Handell’s Home

Don’t miss this special annual Easter Egg Hunt as tons of little ones and their families kick off Easter celebrations. With special prizes, delicious food, and great company, this event is an annual highlight for NAPC kids and their friends! Bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch! For directions contact Bridgett Stewart at bridgett@napc.org.


Parking at NAPC for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday

Believe it or not, NAPC has plenty of parking even though we’re located in Midtown Atlanta! Parking on Sunday mornings is available in the church parking deck (entrances are located off of Peachtree Street, North Avenue, and Courtland Avenue). We’ll also have parking available across Peachtree at the Bank of America deck. We encourage members who are able to park at the Bank of America to free up closer parking for guests.