Worship at Church Street

At Church Street UMC, worship is a central part of our life together. We gather together as a community to worship God with traditions of beautiful classical music, timely liturgies and prayers, holy communion (celebrated the first Sunday of each month), baptism (all ages), contemporary preaching, and interactive rituals. Our hope is to experience the mystery and joy of God’s presence so that we can go into the world to share God’s message of love through the witness of our lives.

The Youth Choir is featured in the first service and the Parish Adult Choir is featured in the second service.

During the school year, Children’s Worship is offered during both Sunday morning services following “Moments with all God’s Children,” a time when children are invited to sit with the clergy on the chancel steps for a message crafted especially for them.

Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on WVLT

Rejoice!, our 30-minute television show, is aired on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. on WVLT-TV. Each show features a sermon by our clergy and offerings from one or more of our choirs, soloists or instrumentalists.

Wednesdays at Noon

Our Midweek Communion Service is held at noon in the Chapel. Join us for this brief period of quiet worship at a service which includes readings from the Bible, responsive readings, prayer, a short homily, and the observance of Holy Communion. The service typically lasts 30 minutes. Lunch follows in room 118. Cost is $8, which includes a salad, dessert and beverage. To help us in planning, please call the church office at 865-524-3048 to make lunch reservations.

Special Services

Special and seasonal services are offered throughout the year to observe the high holy days of the Christian year, primarily during Advent and Lent.

Parking at Church Street

Sunday Parking: Our most accessible lot is located on Hill Avenue. We ask that this lot be reserved for visitors, those with mobility issues and families with small children. There are also a limited number of spaces in front of the church for visitors and special needs guests. There is also parking located on lower Hill Avenue, next to the Christian Life Center, and in the Cumberland Avenue parking lot below the special needs parking. Our golf cart ministry will pick you up from the Cumberland lot or the lower Hill Lot and shuttle you to the door on Sunday mornings.

For Members and Visitors: First and most importantly, church members and visitors are always welcome to park at the church. If you are a member, please make sure to obtain your parking decal and display it in the lower driver’s side corner of your windshield. Decals are available in the church main office.

Football Parking:

Church Street UMC does allow general parking on UT home football game days. Parking is $40 per regular space.

UT_Knoxville_logoWe charge for the number of spaces you take up, including tailgating.

Parking is first come, first served. We do not reserve parking ahead of time.

The main entrance for parking is located on Cumberland Ave. (the Convention Center side of the church). The main entrance will open first. Other lots will open as needed. Please do not park in any lot until a parking attendant is on duty.

Worship Times

Sundays, 8:30 am and 11 am (Nave)
Holy Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month at both services.

Wednesdays, 12 pm (Chapel)

Nursery and Children’s worship available during both services. More information about Sunday School for adults here and children here.

Recent Sermons

All Things New

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For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.

The Energy in Encouragement

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Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us— whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.

All Saints' Sunday

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Enjoy the honoring of our saints at All Saints' Sunday at Church Street, featuring Requiem by John Rutter.

All in a Day's Work

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On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

How Much Faith Do We Need?

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The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

Hot Spots

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There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.

What Will You Do with Blessings?

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"...And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes."

Words God Never Says

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Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable...

Table Etiquette

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On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable...

When the Lord Calls

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Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”