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 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.
Church Street UMC does allow general parking on UT home football game days. Parking is $40 per regular space.
We 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.
Sundays, 8:30 am and 11 am (Nave) Holy Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month at both services.
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.
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Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
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So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
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When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.” So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son...
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This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?” he asked. “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered. Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer. In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies—flung everywhere! Silence!”
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Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their…
Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
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But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him...
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears...
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All are welcome at Church Street! We believe every person is of sacred worth and created in God’s image. We welcome and celebrate the gifts God has given to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation. We respect diversity of opinion and expressions of Christian faith. We believe God loves everyone unconditionally! As God loves us, so let us love and serve in the name of Christ.