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As we begin August of 2020. COVID-19 continues its rampage through the world; evidence of continued racial conflict abounds; and upcoming elections further entrenches neighbors against each other.

We are constantly wired, connected, and logged in to devices that bombard us with information. There is seemingly no place to escape their presence. There is no peace and/or quiet. 

Twenty-first century Christians here in the western world might echo the words of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Preachers and others who would console us cry out, “Peace, peace,” but there is no peace.

In August, we will strive to remember together the power of the peace of Christ. It triumphs over chaos, fear, division, worry, and other obstacles to our faith and witness. Peace is not merely the absence of conflict. In the Hebrew understanding of shalom, it is wellness, wholeness, sufficiency, and completion.


In saying to someone, “The Peace of Christ be with you,” we are not merely wishing that person an absence of conflict or worry. We are offering each other a sufficiency, a transcendent wholeness that Christ alone can supply.”

August 2nd

Peace because of Jesus'  Power

Mark 4: 35-41

August 9th

Peace as shalom

John 20:19-29

August 16th

Peace as reconciliation

Ephesians 2:11-22

August 23rd

Transcendent Peace

Phillippians 4: 4-9

August 30th

Giving peace an authoritative voice

Colossians 3: 12-17




Check out archived services at the links below:

   8:15 Traditional  

 10:30 Contemporary 

 10:30 Traditional  

  Celebrate Recovery 

CLICK HERE for audio archive of sermons prior to September 2018.

  • 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 to 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 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.

  • 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.