Sunday Worship YouTube Broadcast - November 11, 2018

Our new Worship Series follows after our recent series and church-wide small group study, “Not a Fan.” Once we discern and decide to be a follower of Jesus, and not just a fan, how do we engage that journey as a fellowship of followers? During our new series, “A Fellowship of Followers” we’ll hear reflections by preachers in our church as they define what it means to be a people who follow Jesus together! This Sunday Pastor Brice shared his testimony and preached on the topic "Poor" Givers and Wounded Healers.
Scripture: Mark 12:38-44 Overview: Jesus said, blessed are the Poor in Spirit…those that have known suffering, realize they are not perfect, understand that they don’t live in a vacuum, want to be connected to something bigger than themselves and desire change in the world, in their own lives and in the lives of those they love. Holy Trinity exists for many reasons. Many of you have found life here. You have changed your life here. You have changed others’ lives here. You have transformed the world here.
Community Challenge: So many of us have suffered brokenness from religious oppression and judgement. How do we recover from Religious Trauma? We recover through giving care and compassion to those who have suffered the same. Being a wounded healer means that God can use you BECAUSE of your injury. In this season of stewardship, the challenge is to make real change by giving ALL of YOURSELF to a ministry of generosity, especially those broken places.

 

Sunday Worship YouTube Broadcast - November 4, 2018

New Worship Series from October 28 - November 25 - “A Fellowship of Followers” after our recent series and church-wide small group study, “Not a Fan.” In the Gospels,

Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER. Once we discern and decide to be a follower of Jesus, how do we engage that journey as a fellowship of followers? Over the next five weeks we’ll hear reflections by preachers and teachers in our church, as they define what it means to be a people who follow Jesus together!

This Sunday’s guest preacher was Judy Gatewood-Kiem on the topic “Duty and Love.”

Sunday Podcast & YouTube Broadcast - October 28, 2018

New Worship Series from October 28 - November 25 - “A Fellowship of Followers” after our recent series and church-wide small group study, “Not a Fan.” In the Gospels,

Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER. Once we discern and decide to be a follower of Jesus, how do we engage that journey as a fellowship of followers? Over the next five weeks we’ll hear reflections by preachers and teachers in our church, as they define what it means to be a people who follow Jesus together!

This Sunday's guest preacher was Rev. Anne Marie Zanzal on the topic "A Mom, a Gentile and a Student."

Annual Homecoming Service Podcast & YouTube Broadcast - October 21, 2018

We welcomed our friends, Jason and DeMarco, in worship today!

Sunday Sermon Theme: "Coming Home"
Scripture: Mark 10:35-45
Overview: What is your experience of coming home? Thanksgiving will be here soon. Is your home a safe place to be your authentic self? Do you still have memories of conflict and condemnation? Is your home an environment where siblings jockey for positions? All of these can be past and present experiences of coming home...and the church is no different!
Community Challenge: We are family...and families have conflict and crises along with good memories and celebrations. What does God call You to Be in our community of faith?  

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - October 14, 2018

We concluded 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.

Worship Series: “Not a Fan”
Sunday Sermon Theme
: Is Jesus Enough?
Scripture: John 6:56-69
Overview: Choosing to know and believe is a choice we have to make, just like the disciples made. Because if we would believe with the same fire and passion that the disciples had, our lives would look completely different. In the end, it comes down to whether Jesus is enough for you…and whether or not you choose to move from being a fan to being a follower.
Community Challenge: “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One sent from God.”

Sunday Podcast & YouTube Broadcast - October 7, 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.

Worship Series: “Not a Fan”
Sunday Sermon Theme
More than Rules
Scripture: John 8:1-11
Overview:  Rules can be healthy for society. We have to have them to organize the lives of different experiences and expectations of people. But those rules tend to take on a legalistic and moralist code in churches. And to the world "rule" followers have become synonymous with hypocrites. As a faith community we must define Christianity, first and foremost, as the following of Jesus Christ, not following rules. We cannot expect to invite the world to a relationship with God if we make following rules and regulations the center of that relationship. If it isn’t about love, then it really isn’t about God. 
Community Challenge: Have you ever experienced the freedom that is found in knowing and following Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Or are you a mainly a rule following fan?

Sunday Podcast and YouTube Broadcast - September 30, 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.

Worship Series: “Not a Fan”
Sunday Sermon Theme
: "The Comfortable Cross"
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Overview: Christ did not want to embrace the cross of Calvary. He clearly asked for this cup to pass from him. Yet he also said to God, his Abba Father, "Not my will, but Yours be done." And others followed Christ’s example. The Bible is a long list of imperfect misfits who discovered that weakness is strength. Though it seems backward to us, God teaches us that when we think we’re strong we’re really weak – but when we acknowledge our weakness and humble ourselves before the Lord we put ourselves in a position to receive strength.
Community Challenge: Will you, like Christ did before us, trust God enough to let your weakness be God’s strength?

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.