At Northside, we believe that Christianity, like life, is not just a Sunday morning event, but a journey. At the same time, every journey has a starting point. For those who are curious about Christianity in general or Northside in particular, Sunday morning is a great place to start. Here’s what you can expect from our Sunday morning gatherings.
When you get here, you’ll notice that the best parking spots aren’t reserved for the preacher and staff or even for the members, they’re for you! If, however, the spaces closest to the building are already taken, you may park anywhere you prefer. On Sunday mornings, we usually have attendants in the parking lot to point you in the right direction. For disabled parking, please drive to the smaller lot on the WEST (Highway 281) side of the building.
When you walk through the doors you’ll see people just like you: health professionals, students, stay-at-home moms, shift workers, engineers, and business people. You’ll see folks from all walks of life, dressed in everything from casual to business casual attire. Please feel free to sit anywhere you choose because there are no reserved seats. Our sincere hope is that you will feel welcomed.
One of the unique things you’ll notice about most Churches of Christ is that the music is “a cappella.” This means that we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments. We hope you will find this type of praise to be uplifting and beautiful. Worshiping in this way is our chosen tradition and we hope you’ll join us.
We believe God’s people should be in constant communication with Him. We talk to God and share our praise and dreams and requests with Him. We also pray for one another. We realize that life is a struggle and that we all face various challenges and sorrows as we move through it. The Shepherd’s Prayer is another tradition at Northside. Often, one of our Shepherds will pray specifically for those who are suffering in any way. How can we be praying for you?
The Lord’s Supper
During every Sunday gathering, we observe a memorial of Jesus’ death and resurrection, commonly referred to as the Lord’s Supper or Communion. Someone usually first shares a meditation with us, words designed to help us focus on Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. Then, following prayer, we eat a small piece of bread that symbolizes Jesus’ body that was sacrificed on the Cross. Next, we drink a small cup of “wine” (grape juice) that symbolizes the blood of Jesus that was poured out for us.
As we take these emblems, we are reminded of God’s love for us. He sent Jesus to be sacrificed for our sins so that we can live with Him forever! We are also reminded through the Lord’s Supper that we are called to live in community to provide support and encouragement for one another. In essence, we are a family, created by the Cross of Jesus Christ and our faith in His ability to save us. That is also why we often sing together during both the Bread and the Cup—it reminds us to always focus on our shared life together in Christ. You are invited to join us as we eat the Bread and drink the Cup.
Each Sunday, we collect a financial offering which supports the work of the Northside Church. Northside is funded solely by these offerings and this collection is an important part of our worship to God and our time together. If you are a guest, please do not feel compelled to give.
A baptism is a joyous occasion for us at Northside! Baptism will be by complete immersion in water to receive the forgiveness of sins and the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer (Acts 2:38; Titus 3:3–7). After the baptism, there may be applause, words of praise, and singing. This is our spontaneous celebration of joy at the birth of a new Christian. Baptisms do not have to occur during the assembly. A person may be baptized in any body of water and at any time, day or night.
Thanks for joining us!
We welcome you to participate in all aspects of our assembly, but don’t feel obligated to do so. If you wish, just observe. You are honoring us, and God, with your presence. If you need assistance in any way, please let us know. We would love for you to fill out our digital Connect card. We hope you enjoy our assembly and that it is both inspirational and uplifting. We thank you for your attendance and welcome you to worship and praise God with us whenever possible.