Sunday, December 24

Church Events

All Saints’ Chapel
Christmas Break Schedule—Beginning Sunday, Dec. 24, there will only be an 8 a.m. Eucharist held on the Sundays during Christmas break. The 11 a.m. Eucharist will resume on Jan. 21, 2018. Daily services will end after Evening Prayer on Wednesday, Dec. 20, and will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, beginning with Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. The chapel offices will be closed starting Friday, Dec. 22, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

Chapman’s Chapel
There will be a Christmas Eve children’s play at Chapman’s Chapel Church of the Nazarene, 273 Chapman Chapel Rd., Pelham, at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 24. “Listen to the Voices” is a musical Christmas play and will be followed by a candlelight Christmas Eve service. Everyone is welcome.

Christ Church
The Third Sunday in Advent is sometimes known as “Rose Sunday,” which is taken from the rose colored vestments and hangings in many churches, and from the rose or pink candle in many Advent wreaths. While the services of Lessons and Carols herald the nearness of Christmas, they also tell of the prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures, which Christians call The Old Testament. At least one lesson is read by a child. Most of the other lessons are read by laity, although sometimes the concluding lesson and another lesson are read by clergy.
Christ Church always welcomes guests, and especially in this season of traveling , when many people are on their way to be with family and friends for Christmas. We have a dinner following most of our services and this includes Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Eve, at 5 p.m., there will be Holy Communion with Carols. A Christmas Feast follows. On Christmas Day, at 10:30 a.m., there will be Holy Communion. On Dec. 31, at 10:30 a.m., there will be Holy Communion. The Epiphany Service will be at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 7. All are welcome.

Christ the King
The Christmas schedule of services at Christ the King Anglican Church begins at 9 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, with Lessons and Carols at 9 a.m. There will be a 9 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 24 worship service at 9 a.m., followed by a Christmas Eve early service at 4:40 p.m., with carol singing and worship to begin at 5 p.m.; a late service at 10:40 p.m. with carol singing and worship to begin at 11 p.m. Christ the King is located at 1241 Cumberland St., Decherd.
Otey Parish
This Sunday, Dec. 17, the Lectionary Class will explore Sunday’s gospel in the Claiborne Parish House, Adult Education Room. Children ages 3–11 are invited to meet their friends for Godly Play. Youth Sunday School will help with the Pageant in the Church. Infants 6 weeks to children 4 years old are invited to the nursery beginning at 8 a.m. until after the second service. 
The Adult Forum at Otey on Dec. 17 will focus on the theological work of Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and the current Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. The presentation will be by Robert MacSwain, Associate Professor of Theology at the School of Theology at Sewanee. His talk, “Rowan Williams: The Voice of Anglicanism,” will look at Williams’s complex and contested legacy in theology, spirituality, and Anglican polity. The Forum is held at 10 a.m.. in St. Mark’s Hall at Otey Parish Church in Sewanee. All are welcome.
On Sunday, Dec. 17, Otey will have the yearly Children’s Pageant. Cast members and narrators should meet in Godly Play 2 at 4 p.m. The pageant begins at 4:30 p.m. in the nave, and is sure to be the sweetest thing you’ll see all season.

Hanukkah Party Scheduled
A Family Hanukkah party sponsored by People of the Mountain, a humanistic Jewish community, will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, in Clifftops. Festivities will include candle lighting, dreidels, a potluck supper, latkes and singing.
Children are welcome. Space is limited, so for more information or to confirm early, email <w.william.melnyk@gmail.com> for reservation and location.

St. James
On Sunday, Dec. 17, the 9 a.m. service begins with Lessons and Carols followed by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
At 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, the longest night of the year, St. James will hold its annual Blue Christmas Service of prayer framed within the words of the hymn “O Come O’ Come Emmanuel.” The service is especially for anyone seeking quiet, stillness, affirmation, and reconciliation in the midst of a busy world. Advent is a time to slow down, to prepare, and to just “be.”
Please plan to join us at this very special gathering. Following the service there is a time of fellowship in the Parish Hall hosted by Mary’s Heart and Martha’s Hands Chapter of the Daughters of the King. There will be coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies.
At 9 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 24, there will be an Advent 4 Service with the Holy Eucharist with Hospitality provided after the Service. At 5 p.m. Christmas Eve we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord with Holy Eucharist.

ChristmasTide at the Convent
St. Mary’s Convent will have an 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist on Sunday, Dec. 24, with a 5 p.m. Evensong and a 10:45 p.m. Carol Sing and Christmas Mass. On Christmas Day there will be an 8 a.m. Morning Prayer and a 5:30 p.m. Evensong. Dec. 27–30, there will be a 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, and a 5 p.m. Evening Prayer. On Sunday, Dec. 31, there will be an 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist and a 5 p.m. Evensong. From Jan. 1–6, 2018, the Convent and Chapel will be closed as the sisters are in their annual Silent Retreat.

Taizé Service in Winchester
An ecumenical meditative service of prayer and song from the TaizĂ© Community will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 213 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14. Sponsored by the Southeast Tennessee Episcopal Mission churches (STEM), the Rev. Matt Farr, STEM Curate, extends an invitation to all.

Trinity Episcopal Church
A Blue Christmas Service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Winchester, on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. The service is about 30 minutes long and provides an opportunity for quiet time in the midst of holiday preparations. Members of the congregation will have the opportunity to name griefs, losses, and hurts; to ask for healing; and to anticipate the time in fullness in God’s Kingdom. Cookies and coffee will be served afterwards.

Tullahoma Sangha
Tullahoma Sangha, a Zen Buddhist meditation and study group, meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Tullahoma. The service will consist of zazen (meditation), kinhin (walking meditation) and a short lesson and discussion. The church is located at 3536 New Manchester Hwy., Tullahoma. For more information call (931) 455-8626.

Unitarian Universalist
The Unitarian Universalist Church speaker this week will be Doug Traversa on “The Entire Book of Genesis in One Sermon.” The service begins Sunday at 10 a.m., followed by refreshments and a discussion period. The church is located at 3536 New Manchester Hwy., Tullahoma. Call (931) 455-8626, or go to <www.tullahomauu.org>.