Mark your calendars to follow Jesus's journey to the cross during Lent and celebrate his triumphant resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Lent and Easter at National
Wherever you are on your walk with God, we invite you to follow Jesus's journey to the cross during Lent and celebrate his triumphant resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Celebrate Easter Sunday
April 21, 2019
8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 a.m.: Sanctuary Worship
10:00 a.m.: Family Celebration in Jones Hall
Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Dr. Quinn Fox and Rev. Donna Marsh will lead this service with communion. There will be an “imposition of ashes”—a pastor will take the ashes of a palm leaf and place the sign of the cross on your forehead as a reminder of our weakness and inability to save ourselves—for anyone who wishes to receive it.
LENTEN VESPERS: "A SEASON OF CARE"
Wednesdays, March 13-April 10, 7:00 p.m., Chapel
Dr. Joyce Emery will preach, focusing on the ministry of care entrusted to us by Jesus. Come 30 minutes before the service begins to share in light refreshments, meet representatives from our care ministries, and participate in activities reflecting on Christ's love for us.
March 13: Jesus—By All Authority—Cares
“They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority.” – Mark 1: 22
Christ has authority over all of our life—every ache and pain, every sorrow, every decision, all health and strength. Before worship, reflect on what you are willing to bring to the foot of the cross this season of Lent. Are you willing to turn it over to the authority of God? Write your meditations and leave them at the foot of the cross in the Court of Flags. Maryland Deacons will host the time of fellowship and conversation before worship.
March 20: Jesus—Through Friendship—Cares
“Which is easier, to say…’Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, ‘Stand up…and walk.’” – Mark 2:9
We bring our beloved to Jesus so that they can be made whole in body, mind and spirit. Who do you bring today? Before worship, write a postcard to a friend, or someone in our church family who is in need of prayer and care, and the church will mail the cards. Stephen Ministers will host a time of fellowship and conversation before worship and Dr. Kerry Stoltzfus will preach.
March 27: Jesus—In the Household—Cares
“Who are my mother and my brothers?” – Matthew 12:48
Jesus redefines the family of God, and his mother and siblings experience it first hand. Our families, too, are diverse and varied. Before worship, cut out a paper chain of people—your extended family. We will bring our paper chains forward during worship. Virginia Deacons will host a time of fellowship and conversation before worship.
April 3: Jesus—Amidst Great Suffering—Cares
“Do you want to be made well?” – John 5:7
The lame man in our Scripture reading needed support to get into the pool on time. He really just needed to meet Jesus. With whom are you waiting for Jesus? Before worship, add your name to the globe showing where you served in the military or have lived in the world. Military Ministry members will host a time of fellowship and conversation before worship.
April 10: Jesus—Personally and Communally—Cares
"Here is your mother” – John 19:27
Care for the salvation of all humankind was exhibited on the cross, but even there, Jesus was watching out for his mother. His sacrifice unleashed the culture of care and healing for the Body of Christ. We see this exhibited in the early Church. The Body of Christ continues on today through each of us bound together to care with the authority of Christ. Before worship, write down the names of people you love and care for around the world and tape it to the globe. DC Deacons will host a time of fellowship and conversation before worship.
Sunday, April 14
Worship: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary and 11:00 a.m. Jones Hall
Children of ALL ages are invited for a Palm Sunday parade with palm branches, singing, and a donkey! The parade will begin from the Court of Flags at approximately 10:30 a.m. and will conclude just before the 11:00 a.m. worship services.
Concert: 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
On Maundy Thursday, we remember the night of Jesus’ arrest—celebrating his commandment to love one another—and the first Lord’s Supper, by receiving Communion at tables on the chancel of the Sanctuary.
Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
On Good Friday we will share in reflections in word and music on the seven last words of Christ.
Easter Sunday: April 21, 2019
8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 a.m.: Sanctuary Worship
National's senior pastor, Dr. David Renwick, will preach in these identical worship services in the Sanctuary. Bring the whole family for special music with choir, organ, brass, and timpani. Childcare is available all morning in the main church building for children age 4 and under.
10:00 a.m.: Family Celebration in Jones Hall (School Gym)
Celebrate the risen Lord with a family-friendly Easter message, play, and familiar and traditional music followed by an egg hunt on the playground at 10:50 a.m. Parents, please stay with children age 4 and under during the celebration. Childcare is available all morning in the main church building for children age 4 and under.