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worship at 1st

Whether you are an early riser, like to sleep in, want a more formal worship service, or even a choice of days to worship, we have a place for YOU. We have even set aside a special worship time just for kids.  Scroll down to learn more about each worship service and our special sermon series.

Sunday Mornings

8:15 am Traditional - Sanctuary, Upper Level

10:30 am Traditional - Sanctuary, Upper Level

10:30 am Contemporary - Asbury Hall, Lower Level


6:30 pm Celebrate Recovery Worship - Asbury Hall, Lower Level


LIVE VIDEO STREAMING of Worship (and archived services)

   8:15 Traditional  

 10:30 Contemporary

 10:30 Traditional  

  Celebrate Recovery

10:30 contemporary worship

sermon series

“Strong: Courage Over Fear” is a six-week series on the book of Joshua.  The sermons started on Sunday, April 23, only in the Contemporary Service at 10:30.

The central verse of the series is Joshua 1:9, 

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. 

Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

In a world where there is much to be afraid of today, we will gain strength from God and say goodbye to fear as we study Joshua in this series.


April 30th

Joshua 2:8-14    


May 7th  

Joshua 5:1-15     


May 14th 

Joshua 6:15-21       

God’s Power

May 21st  

Joshua 13:1-7        


May 28th

Joshua 24:1-15      


8:15 and 10:30 am traditional worship

sermon series

We began our series, Easter Faith and the People of God,  on the 2nd Sunday of Easter  following the lectionary readings for First Peter. 

Pastor Catherine started with an introduction to this letter. She and Pastor Parker will preach alternate weeks.

Here are the texts and themes for the rest of the series:


April 30th    

1 Peter 1:7-23   Liberated by the blood of Christ

May 7th       

1 Peter 2:19-25   Endurance

May 14th     

1 Peter 2:2-10     Royal Priesthood

May 21st     

1 Peter 3:13-22   Christ’s ongoing work

May 28th     

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11   Marks of a disciple during trials  



Worship Services

  • 8:15 am Traditional

    Sanctuary, Upper Level

    When you come to this informal worship service expected to be greeted when you arrive and be sure and greet the people around you.  Get your day started with the sounds of the Morning Glory Chorus and an inspirational message .   

  • 10:30 am Traditional

    Sanctuary, Upper Level

    During each worship service you'll hear the joyful sounds of treasured hymns, the voices of a large choir,  the majesty of a pipe organ (returning soon!)  and a message designed to inspire you.  At times you will also hear the alluring melodies of handbells, guest musicians and the sounds of children's choirs.   The Sanctuary built in the late 1960's was recently renovated to enhance your worship experience. 

  • 10:30 am Contemporary

    Asbury Hall, Lower Level

    The atmosphere in this service is responsive and engaging and a fit for every age. In this modern worship service, you will see a wide demographic represented. Come as you are and be prepared to encounter the Living God in a beautiful, life-changing way.

  • Kid's Own Worship

    Preschool in room C3, K-2nd Grad in room C10

    When children worship God, amazing things happen! At 1st UMC children are an important part of the church family and are welcome in EVERY worship service. For those who choose, we offer a worship service just for children 3-years-old through 2nd grade.  

    Kid's Own Worship is offered during during both 10:30 a.m. worship services (except on Communion Sundays which are generally the first Sunday of each month.) At approximately 10:45 the children are given the opportunity to go with adult leaders to the children's hall where they participate in worship time specifically tailored to their age.  

    During this time, the children are engaged in learning with drama, crafts, music and games. They might even enjoy the talents of different church members and other children as well as take time to learn about the many traditions in the church.

wednesday worship

  • Celebrate Recovery

    Light Meal at 5:30 pm

    Worship at 6:30 pm

    Open Share groups at 7:40 pm

    This ministry models a healthy Christ-centered community of sustained recovery. Recovery seeks to reclaim, restore, and rebuild broken people into living testimonies for Jesus.

    Child care is provided during the worship service and sharing groups. Dozens of volunteers are stationed throughout the building on each Recovery night to answer any questions you might have.

    Visit www.crmaryvilletn.com for more information on Celebrate Recovery.