Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - September 23, 2018

We continued our 6-week worship series, "Not A Fan" based on our small group study on Wednesday and Thursday nights - fan: an enthusiastic admirer.
In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. Is that how you define your relationship with Him? An "enthusiastic admirer"? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice? He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER.

Sermon Theme: "Choosing Intimacy"
Scripture: Luke 7:36-50
Overview: Will you let Jesus know you? Will you embrace the close and intimate relationship He wants to have with you? Because with that intimate relationship comes forgiveness and "yada’," something only followers truly experience.
Community Challenge: Are you ready? Are you willing to let Jesus know you completely and intimately?

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - September 16, 2018

We continued our 6-week worship series, "Not A Fan" based on our small group study on Wednesday and Thursday nights - fan: an enthusiastic admirer.
In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. Is that how you define your relationship with Him? An "enthusiastic admirer"? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice? He was looking for followers.
Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER.
Sermon Theme: "An Open Invitation"
Scripture: Luke 9:18-25
Overview: Jesus, the greatest teacher who ever lived, offers you the chance to become one of his students. And when he says “anyone”, he means everyone…with no qualifications. You’ve got no excuse. But even though He makes his invitation to anyone, He also guarantees that it will cost you everything.
Community Challenge: Are you ready? Are you willing to follow the rabbi Jesus?

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - September 9, 2018

The first Sunday of our 6-week worship series, "Not A Fan" is based on the small group program. This Sunday's theme and scripture: are you a fan or follower? Luke 14:25-33

fan: an enthusiastic admirer.

In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. Is that how you define your relationship with Him? An "enthusiastic admirer"? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice? He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...

COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER.

How would things change if you lived as Jesus lived, and loved the way He loved? Attend one of our Wednesday or Thursday small groups to dig deeper into that question. Maybe you’re ready to join the hundreds of people who have stepped across a line and said:

I am not a fan.

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - August 26, 2018

Sermon Theme: “Tough Talk”
ScriptureJohn 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?”

Sunday Podcast and Facebook Live! - August 19, 2018

This special MUSIC SUNDAY featured several special performances by our choir under the leadership of Music Director, Aaron Bostwick. It was a powerful 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.

Sermon Theme: “For the Life of the World
ScriptureJohn 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.

Sunday Podcast and Facebook Live! - August 12, 2018

Sermon Theme: “What Lies Ahead?”
ScriptureJohn 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.

Sunday Podcast and Facebook Live! August 5, 2018

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.

Sunday Podcast and Facebook Live! July 29, 2018

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?

Outdoor Worship Facebook Live! - July 22, 2018

We gathered for worship at Nashville's Centennial Park Pavilion for an Outdoor Worship Service and Church Picnic. It was something different and a lot of fun! 

Sermon Theme: “Ice Cream Man”
ScriptureMark 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.

Congregational Meeting - July 15, 2018

At our congregational meeting this past Sunday we asked Church Partners and regular attendees to complete a survey to help church leadership better understand, plan for and anticipate the needs of the church. Please click this link ABOVE to access the online survey if you have not yet completed it. All collected data is reviewed only by church staff and Vestry. Listen to the audio from our meeting BELOW to learn about our mid-year Stewardship campaign!

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - July 15, 2018

Our 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”
ScriptureMark 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.

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - July 8, 2018

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

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - July 1, 2018

Pride artificially inflates our self-image. Shame artificially deflates it. Both tend to set us on dead-end paths because they cause us to willingly obstruct our connection to God. Ironically, both pride and shame tend to fabricate an image or ourselves that is ultimately too small to live within. However, Humility is what keeps us grounded. Humility is living by God's vision of you, not your own. The Gift of Disappearing helps us maintain a healthy distance from self-conceptions that are built on a grand house of cards or upon a meager image pulled from the swamps of shame. Excerpt From: Eric Elnes. “Gifts of the Dark Wood.” Pg.125

Sunday Podcast and Facebook Live! - June 24, 2018

The Gift of Temptation - Finding and following your path is an ongoing process that tends to take shape, bit by bit, over many years, often by trial and error. It evolves, requiring an ongoing conversation between your body, soul, community of friends, loved ones, those you serve, and the Spirit to discern where it lies at any particular moment. Along the way, the temptation to do the wrong good is one of the greatest gifts you can receive, as it continually challenges you to discern between the good you are called to do and the good you are specifically not called to do. More often than not, your intuition—your deep listening to the voice of the Spirit—is a better judge than your logic, reason, or strategic ability. Thus, the gift of temptation also refines your listening ability like no other—often through suffering the consequences of acting against your intuition. Trial by fire. Excerpt From: Eric Elnes. “Gifts of the Dark Wood.”

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - June 17, 2018

The "Gift of Getting Lost" reminds us that people who find and live into their calling in life rarely do so without getting lost first. Our journey through life is never a straight one. The path zigzags. And at each point where our journey needs to make a turn, we start to feel increasingly lost. This feeling of being lost prompts us to pay more attention to the signals that the Holy Spirits is sending us. Sometimes these signals may seem supernatural in experience, but more often they will come in subtle ways; through gut hunches, intuitions, moments of silence, shifts in awareness, multiple coincidences, even promptings from friends that we disregard. We will catch onto these signals...provided that we're paying attention. Excerpts from "Gifts of the Dark Wood" by Eric Elnes.

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - June 10, 2018

Our Pentecost Worship Series investigates the birth of the ancient church, and draws parallels to the same issues facing our church. The worship series titled, “The Unexpected Gifts of the Spirit” is 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. The series explores those places in our lives framed by uncertainty, emptiness, getting lost, sudden insight, temptation, disappearing (withdrawal), and being misfit (not fitting in). It’s about finding your place in the world at the very point where you feel furthest from it. Something that the early church most definitely struggled with. You won’t want to miss our kick off service, Pentecost Sunday, when we will be celebrating the birth of the Church!

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - June 3, 2018

This Sunday's sermon theme was "The Gift of Emptiness" which encouraged us to seek and experience the "wholly otherness" of God before we can encounter God within us. It's tough to face our inner emptiness. Imagine if you were free--not free of your faults, but free from your fear of them. What did Jesus mean when he said, "Whoever tries to preserve their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life will preserve it?" Luke 17:33 Living a full life means letting go of your need for survival, rightness, and perfection. By embracing our humility we live into our fullest humanity. We experience the paradox of encountering God's fullness within our emptiness. Excerpts from "Gifts of the Dark Wood" by Eric Elnes.

Sunday Facebook Live! - May 27, 2018

This Sunday's sermon theme is "The Gift of Uncertainty". To most people, uncertainty seems more like a curse than a gift. When we cannot see the endpoint of a crisis or conflict, or the path forward is not clearly marked, we grow anxious and impatient. When the assurance that everything will be okay is hidden from us, we tend to dig our heels in...and worry. But the fact of the matter is that life is messy and no amount of doctrine or dogma can change that. Faith that is only built upon certainty falls apart when our foundation shifts...even slightly. However a mature faith is one that embraces life as a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved--that accepts uncertainty as a gift, not a curse. As Paul wrote to the Roman Church, "Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? If we hope for what we do not see, we will wait for it with patience."  Excerpts from "Gifts of the Dark Wood" by Eric Elnes.

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! May 20, 2018

Our Pentecost Worship Series investigates the birth of the ancient church, and draws parallels to the same issues facing our church. The worship series titled, “The Unexpected Gifts of the Spirit” is 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. The series explores those places in our lives framed by uncertainty, emptiness, getting lost, sudden insight, temptation, disappearing (withdrawal), and being misfit (not fitting in). It’s about finding your place in the world at the very point where you feel furthest from it. Something that the early church most definitely struggled with. You won’t want to miss watching our kick off Pentecost Sunday service, where the sermon theme was "Where We Find Ourselves" celebrating the birth of the Church!