Welcome to Worship!

Worship is at the heart of who we are as a community of faith, and Christ is at the center of our worship. Come discover the refreshing beauty and enduring depth of worship with a tradition that draws from a five-hundred year history of being "reformed and always reforming according to the Word of God." 

Child Care and Children's Ministry

Child care is available during worship on Sunday mornings and during most church events. Our nursery is available on Sunday mornings, and we have Sunday School classes for children Kindergarten through High School. 


During worship, all young disciples are invited to the front of the Sanctuary for a special message and prayer, after which children Pre-K through 2nd Grade are dismissed from the Sanctuary for Little Presbyterians. 


Little Presbyterians encourages children Pre-K through 2nd grade to explore Scripture and to see God's work in the world and their lives, bringing stories from Scripture to life through games, art, music, and reading. 


As people called to reflect God’s love to young people, we recognize the great responsibility we have to be accountable before God, the church, and the community for the safety and well-being of children and youth. Respecting this responsibility, we hold ourselves to a high, holy standard of providing safe and secure environments for all children and youth under our care. For more information about our guidelines, please read our Child and Youth Protection Policy.

January Worship Schedule

1/5   Epiphany (Communion Sunday)

“Epiphany” means manifestation or revelation. At the Epiphany of the Lord we celebrate the manifestation of God’s saving purpose to all nations of the world. Just as the magi came from a distant land to worship the Christ child, God’s covenant of grace is extended to all people who believe the good news of Jesus Christ. The symbolism of light is important—not only because of the star that guided the magi, but as it suggests the bright dawning of God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ, and as we are called to bear Christ’s light into the world. Traditionally, Epiphany is celebrated on January 6, at the conclusion of the Christmas season. 


We welcome Rich Fifield, our Executive Presbyter, as our guest preacher this Sunday.

 

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12

 

1/12   Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord marks the beginning of the season after Epiphany. This period of time before Lent is bracketed by festivals that concern the identity of Jesus: Baptism of the Lord (today) and the Transfiguration of the Lord (February 23). According to the Gospels, at each of these events a voice from heaven claims Jesus as God’s beloved Son. The readings for this season highlight the themes of vocation, discipleship, and community. During this season and on this day in particular, as we celebrate the ordination and installation of new elders, we remember not only Jesus’ baptism, vocation, and ministry, but also give thanks for the baptism, vocation, and ministry we share with Christ. 


Scripture Readings: Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:13-18

 

1/19   Second Sunday of Epiphany


Scripture Readings: Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-42

 

1/26   Third Sunday of Epiphany

We welcome Christine Jones, Associate Professor of Religion at Carson-Newman University, as our guest preacher this Sunday.


On the last Sundays of each month, we receive the Five Cents-a-Meal Offering (click here for more information about this Special Offering).


Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9:1-4; Matthew 4:12-23