Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "Tough Talk"
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "Tough Talk"

The sermon series “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” is based on Marcus Borg’s pivotal book of the same name. The series explores our feelings about wanting a contemporary faith while simultaneously inviting a rigorous examination of historical findings about Jesus can lead to a new faith in Christ. Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

Sermon Theme: “Tough Talk”
Scripture: John 6:56-71
Overview: When we experience the difficult reality of Jesus’ teachings, many of us choose not to follow. As disciples-in-training, we have to face the difficult decision of Jesus’ tough talk: Do we confront the spiritual reality of the world, or would we rather choose not to follow?
Human Need: We may not always want to do the work, but we do have a need to have someone to believe in.
Community Challenge: Spiritual reality is found in following Jesus, in spite of the fact that he is sometimes difficult to understand and accept. With Peter, we can respond to Jesus: “Where else do we go, Lord?”

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Exploring Church Partnership Class
Aug
19
11:30 AM11:30

Exploring Church Partnership Class

EXPLORING CHURCH PARTNERSHIP CLASS: The next class is Sunday, August 19 after worship from 11:30am-2pm in the church fellowship hall for lunch followed by an interactive class on becoming a church partner. Learn about our church's vision and mission, statement of faith, distinctive values, affiliations with the United Church of Christ, our church structure and governance, church finances, our ministries, and how you can get involved. The class is a prerequisite to becoming a church partner. Let Pastor Brice know if you plan to attend.

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MUSIC Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "For the Life of the World"
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

MUSIC Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "For the Life of the World"

This special MUSIC SUNDAY will have several special performances by our choir under the leadership of Music Director, Aaron Bostwick. This will be a great time to celebrate the birth of our new music ministry program. Come and celebrate by singing in the choir. You can learn more by contacting Aaron at htccmusic@gmail.com.

The sermon series “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” is based on Marcus Borg’s pivotal book of the same name. The series explores our feelings about wanting a contemporary faith while simultaneously inviting a rigorous examination of historical findings about Jesus can lead to a new faith in Christ. Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

Sermon Theme: “For the Life of the World
Scripture: John 6:51-58
Overview: In a meal with his disciples, Jesus shocks them by offering himself—his own body and blood—as the source of eternal life.
Human Need: We have fear of our own mortality, as well as fear of abandonment, or not having basic needs such as food met.
Community Challenge: Jesus invites everyone to come and receive the living bread, broken for the life of the world.

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Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "What Lies Ahead?"
Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "What Lies Ahead?"

This sermon series “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” is based on Marcus Borg’s pivotal book of the same name. The series explores our feelings about wanting a contemporary faith while simultaneously inviting a rigorous examination of historical findings about Jesus can lead to a new faith in Christ. Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

Sermon Theme: “What Lies Ahead?”
Scripture: John 6:35, 41-51
Overview: The crowds who searched for Jesus sought answers to their deeper, implicit questions about who he was and what lies ahead in their ultimate future. Jesus both affirmed their questions and gave them the answer: that he is the bread of life.
Human Need: As mortals, humankind has a universal desire for life after death.
Community Challenge: Jesus affirms the questioning process by engaging us, as seekers, in conversation, and exploring the questions underneath our grumblings.

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Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "Struggling with the Puzzle"
Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "Struggling with the Puzzle"

This sermon series “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” is based on Marcus Borg’s pivotal book of the same name. The series explores our feelings about wanting a contemporary faith while simultaneously inviting a rigorous examination of historical findings about Jesus can lead to a new faith in Christ. Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

Sermon Theme: “Struggling with the Puzzle”
Scripture: John 6:24-35
Overview: Crowds of seekers, in search of Jesus, grappled with their questions about his difficult teaching. For seekers today, it’s helpful to know that even those who saw Jesus face-to-face still mightily struggled with the puzzle of life, and with the question of Jesus’ true identity.
Human Need: I need to figure out the great existential puzzle: What is the meaning of life?
Community Challenge: An invitation to solve the puzzle of life, and understand that the way of Jesus is the missing piece of that puzzle.

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Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "Power Lunch"
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "Power Lunch"

This sermon series “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” is based on Marcus Borg’s pivotal book of the same name. The series explores our feelings about wanting a contemporary faith while simultaneously inviting a rigorous examination of historical findings about Jesus can lead to a new faith in Christ. Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

Sermon Theme: “Power Lunch”
Scripture: John 6:1-21
Overview: Jesus’ extraordinary love for a large crowd of people—maybe 20,000 strong—led him to take a poor boy’s food offering and make it into the most powerful lunch in history. This incredible sign revealed who Jesus was and raised their expectations of what God can do for them, and for the world.
Human Need: To feel that little things we have to offer are worth something.
Community Challenge: Can God take a generous spirit and perform miracles?

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OUTDOOR Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "Ice Cream Man"
Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

OUTDOOR Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "Ice Cream Man"

We'll be gathering at Nashville's Centennial Park Pavilion at 10am for this Outdoor Worship Service and Church Picnic. It will be something different and a lot of fun!  Worship in the park is followed by a picnic lunch and lawn games. 

Where: Centennial Park Pavilion, 2500 West End at Natchez Trace Pkwy, Nashville, 37203
The Pavilion is near the corner of 28th Avenue North and Poston Avenue. It is adjacent to the Centennial Arts Activity Center, and just steps away from the children's playground. There is ample parking on 27th and 28th Aves N, Poston Ave and in the Centennial Arts parking lot.
What to Bring:  1. You, family & friends   2. Dish to pass  3.  Lawn chair 4. Lawn game

Sermon Theme: “Ice Cream Man”
Scripture: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Overview: Wherever Jesus went, large crowds of people joyfully followed. The crowds were like eager children awaiting the ice cream truck. The eagerness and enthusiasm of the people to see Jesus was matched by Jesus’ compassion for them.  
Human Need: The thrill and anticipation we feel as children about the coming ice cream truck.
Community Challenge: Entering into the spirit of joy and enthusiasm of the crowds who followed Jesus.

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Worship in the Park!
Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Worship in the Park!

We'll be gathering at Nashville's Centennial Park Pavilion at 10am for this Outdoor Worship Service and Church Picnic. It will be something different and a lot of fun!  Worship in the park is followed by a picnic lunch and lawn games. 

Where: Centennial Park Pavilion, 2500 West End at Natchez Trace Pkwy, Nashville, 37203
The Pavilion is near the corner of 28th Avenue North and Poston Avenue. It is adjacent to the Centennial Arts Activity Center, and just steps away from the children's playground. There is ample parking on 27th and 28th Aves N, Poston Ave and in the Centennial Arts parking lot.

What to Bring:  1. You, family & friends   2. Dish to pass  3.  Lawn chair 4. Lawn game

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Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "Costly Courage"
Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship Theme: Meeting Jesus Again - "Costly Courage"

This new sermon series “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” is based on Marcus Borg’s pivotal book of the same name. The series explores our feelings about wanting a contemporary faith while simultaneously inviting a rigorous examination of historical findings about Jesus can lead to a new faith in Christ. Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

Sermon Theme: “Costly Courage”
Scripture: Mark 6:14-29
Overview: John the Baptist’s prophetic ministry, which was to “name the truth,” eventually led to his horrible death by Herod. His courage to confront the powers of his day, though, provides us inspiration to be disciples of Christ. Where is the kingdom of God at risk and needs your courage as a disciple? Do this, even though such courage can have difficult consequences.
Human Need: We want courage to confront our own fears and hesitations about the cost of discipleship.
Community Challenge: When we have vicariously experienced the worst that can happen, we can become freed from fear of the unknown to accept the costs of discipleship.

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Sunday Worship Theme: "The Gift of Misfits"
Jul
8
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship Theme: "The Gift of Misfits"

This is the last Sunday of our Pentecost Worship Series, “The Unexpected Gifts of the Spirit.” The series has investigated the birth of the ancient church, drawing parallels to the same issues facing HTCC. It has been grounded in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome and his second letter to the Corinthians. It is also informed by a fantastic book study called Gifts of the Dark Wood by Eric Elnes. 

Worship Theme:   “The Gift of Misfits”
Sacred Story: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Overview: Our journey into the Dark Woods initially begins as individuals when we awaken to our life’s path. However, it’s easy to get lost without the aid of companions. And it is often through these companions that we receive our clearest glimpses of ourselves and Heaven. Making the journey with a few wise companions on your side can keep you from getting lost and make the journey less lonely, even fun. A community of Misfits helps identify those who are as intentional about their journey and also care about yours too. We’ll explore the three types of misfits who may serve as powerful companions. Excerpt From: Eric Elnes. “Gifts of the Dark Wood.” Pg.151-156

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