Worship Service Topics, 9 and 11 a.m.

Our Sunday morning Worship Services start at 9 and 11 a.m., beginning with Morning Song.

Have you missed a sermon? Audio of past sermons can be found here. Sermons are also live-streamed on our YouTube Channel

Sunday Worship

Dec. 3: “Courageous Communities”
Rev. Gail Seavey and Paul Kramer
We may not be called to courageously slay giants or monsters these days, but there are large social systems that feel like giants that we long to dismantle. Systemic ‘isms’ don’t seem to weaken when individuals fight them alone – experience shows that they only respond to large groups of people. What give us the courage to join communities to slay giants? What limitations within ourselves–small and giant–must we confront in order to be effective? We will consider how we can help one another find and sustain that courage.

Dec. 10: Playing in the Dark
Sara Green and Rachel Rogers
How do we find hope and energy to move forward in times of great difficulty? In weeks approaching solstice and the darkest day of the year, how do we hold any budding hope of the new year with the memories of what this year has been? At a powerful interfaith service last year, Valerie Kaur, a Sikh activist and lawyer, poses this question: What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? Let us gather as we play and find hope in the dark.

Dec. 17: “Winter Solstice Celebration”
Rev. Gail Seavey, Marguerite Mills, Chelsea Henry, Jaie Tiefenbrunn
This is the season for lighting the kindling of hope in the hearts of young and old alike so that it burns brightly through the longest nights. Our community will spark that kindling together with song, silliness and story.

Dec. 24: 10 a.m. One morning service only
“Winter Holiday Survival Guide”
Rev. Gail Seavey
Christmas music at the grocery store, family gatherings centered on booze and conflict avoidance, along with too much false cheer can make this a trying time for Grinches and Ba-Humbugs, Good Willed humanists and religious minorities, introverts and everyone in recovery. Let’s help each other find some different ways to navigate the coming week.

Christmas Eve Services
5:30 p.m. Family Celebration: Every child and adult will receive masks and props to help us tell the Christmas story, sing cheerfully, reverently dedicate ourselves to caring for our children, and light candles in the silent night.
If you would like to participate in the child dedication during this celebration, please let Rev. Seavey know by Dec. 14.

9 p.m. Lessons and Carols: Vigil-Watching and Waiting
Lead by our Christmas Eve Choir and featuring many of our musical members and friends, we explore what it means to keep watch. Carols, songs, and stories carry us through the evening to our traditional candle lighting ceremony.

Dec. 31: “The Hope in Letting Go”
Holly Mueller and Worship Associate Gail Sphar
The end of the calendar year can be a time of introspection. What was good and bad in 2017? What do we want to change in 2018? As folks are making resolutions and thinking about how to reshape their lives, this can be a time of hope in a future that is different than our present. So often, however, what we think of as hope is actually wishing for a specific outcome, rather than a belief that the tense or burdensome parts of our lives will transform. Being open to this transformation can mean that we have to let go of how we expect it to look, let go of the idea that a bright future can only look one specific way. What do you need to let go of to make room for hope in the new year?


From September to May, we have a robust Sunday School Program for Children (PreK through 8th grade) and Youth Group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children’s Religious Education Schedule:

CLASS PreK K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th 6th-8th
CURRICULUM Celebrating Me and My World World of Wonder Love Will Guide Us Sing to the Power Amazing Grace
TEACHERS Suzanne LeBeau & Mary Shelton Carolyn Reed & Jessica Young Eileen Finan & Dan Hiller Jacob Hathaway, Sharon Ruiz & Ed Turnley Lynne Cushing, Bethany Rittle Johnson & Kristen Sunderlin
wk # 1 3-Dec I Can Say Thank You Bible Story Bible Story Bible Story Bible Story
wk # 2 10-Dec I Can Give Beloved Community Beloved Community Beloved Community Beloved Community
wk # 3 17-Dec ~~~~~~~~~  Winter Multigenerational Worship Service  ~~~~~~~~~~~
wk # 4 24-Dec Nursery Activity Activity Activity Attend Worship
wk # 5 31-Dec Nursery Activity Activity Activity Attend Worship

See also Sunday Services Visitor Information

Childcare is available in the Nursery for infants and Pre-K during the 9 a.m. service and for children up to 10 years old starting at 10:30 a.m. Click here to meet our childcare team.


Youth FUUN in December
First-time visitors and long-time friends alike, all youth in 9th–12th grades are invited to Youth Group on Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Join us in the Sanctuary for the beginning of the 11 a.m. worship service – we sit together at the back of the short section next to the piano and leave for programs in the Youth Room after the Story for All Ages. The Youth Room is on the lower level of the church administrative offices in Norris House next to the lower parking lot, accessible via Stokesmont Rd.

December Youth Programs
Dec. 3 – Holiday Crafts: making gifts & ornaments, finishing scarves
Dec. 10 – Yarn-Bombing! Field trip downtown to give away scarves
Dec. 17 – Multigenerational Winter Servicemini-meeting after service until 1 p.m.
Dec. 24 and 31 – Winter Break; No Youth Group
If you would like more information about our youth programs, please contact me at REAdmin@thefuun.org.

Jonah Eller-Isaacs
Religious Education Coordinator


If you have questions or concerns about RE for children and youth, or if you are rising 6th grade and above and would like to help, contact:

Marguerite Mills, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
615-383-5760 ext. 304

Jonah Eller-Isaacs, Religious Education Coordinator
615-383-5760 ext. 315

2 thoughts on “Worship Service Topics, 9 and 11 a.m.

  1. Beautiful spring photo is well done, and the wheel. I wonder if that coincides in any way with the liturgical calendar of Episcopalian year…we draw from many faiths. I’ve seen the Sisters at many events elsewhere, brave souls.

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