Making Sense of the Bible – Reading the Bible with new eyes

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that you were going to read through the Bible only to get confused about what you were reading? Have you experienced the Bible being used more as a weapon than as something helps you understand God? Are you trying to make sense of the paradoxes in scripture, wondering how we should read it in today’s world, and questioning if it has any relevance to your life?

You are certainly not the only person to have questions of the Bible, but far too often church folks and Sunday School classes don’t leave room for you to ask those questions, Making Sense of the Bible is a class designed to address those questions without judgment or worry. Our goal is to create a space for all people to think about the power of this ancient book and how we might use it in formulating our own understandings of faith.

Making Sense of the Bible will be facilitated by Jay Voorhees, the lead pastor of the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church. Jay has studied the Bible at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and enjoys helping people connect with the scriptures in real ways.

This class, which will meet on Sundays at 2 p.m. starting on April 28, 2019, will be using the book “Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today” by Adam Hamilton as a guide for our class. Rev. Hamilton is the Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City and is a gifted writer and teacher. This book is an easy read, and Adam will guide us in our questions and thinking about the Bible.

Be watching this page for a class schedule and resources for the journey.

If you would like to participate in this class, please complete the form below. If you have questions about the class please email Jay Voorhees at


2019 Holy Week at City Road Chapel

This Sunday represents the beginning of the special week in the life of the church we call “Holy Week”. Holy Week is that special time between Palm to Passion Sunday and Easter in which we focus especially on the meaning of the cross in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. This year, City Road Chapel will be hosting the following Holy Week observances:

Sunday, April 14 – Palm to Passion Sunday (8 & 10 a.m.)

Palm to Passion Sunday is a worship service that tracks the story of  Jesus from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the crowds shouting “crucify him!” We start the service off with the waving of palm branches and journey with Jesus to Golgotha.

Wednesday, April 17 – Wesleyan Love Feast (6 p.m.)

For the past several years we have gathered in the Welcome Center on the Wednesday night of Holy Week for a love feast in the Wesleyan tradition. Bring a finger food to share as well as a story, poem, or song that connects you to the passion story.

Good Friday, April 19 – The Service of Nails (7 p.m.)

Good Friday is the night in which we remember the death of Jesus on the cross. Our service this night will focus on how we participate in Christ’s death through our own human sinfulness. This service will include scripture and music featuring our City Road singers and others.

Sunday, April 21 – The Celebration of Christ’s Resurrection

It’s Easter Sunday and we will gather in the sanctuary at 8 and 10 a.m. to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! This is always a meaningful service filled with music and joy. Don’t miss celebrating Easter at City Road Chapel!

Praying for the General Conference

This coming Saturday, February 23, 2019 representatives from all over the world will be gathering in St. Louis, MO for a special “called” General Conference to consider options for the church’s “way forward” in the light of our divisions regarding issues related to the place of homosexual persons in the life of the United Methodist Church. The delegates from each annual conference will be in conversation and deliberation until Tuesday, February 26.

The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church is encouraging intentional engagement by United Methodists worldwide by asking everyone to pause and pray each day from 2:23 through 2:26 a.m. or p.m. If this time is not convenient for you, choose to pray at another time!

We have produced a prayer guide, based on what we found at, to help guide our congregation through these four pivotal days of conferencing. Please find time to pray for at least four minutes – or longer!

Saturday, February 23

Minute #1 Prayer of Adoration

Good and great God, we recognize and celebrate that you are loving, kind, and faithful. You are everywhere in this world and beyond. You are also as close to us as our next breath. With John Wesley we rejoice in knowing, “Best of all, you are with us.”

Minute #2 Prayer of Thanks

God of grace, we thank you that you hear us when we pray and are ever ready and able to act in ways beyond anything we could ask or imagine. Thank you for our brothers and sisters around the world, and especially for those who have offered to serve by attending the special-called General Conference. Thank you for ordering our steps and for preparing a way.

Minute #3 Prayer of Confession

Forgiving God, we confess that we have allowed fear and distrust to place distance between us and our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. Forgive us for making idols of our own thoughts, voices, and opinions. Thank you for forgiving us and for your perfect love that casts out all fear.

Minute #4 Prayer of Asking

God of peace and wisdom, from this time forward, may we walk with you in trust and peace, and with our brothers and sisters in the love and unity you desire. May we truly sing together in harmony a song of praise that draws all to you. Even now, may you bless those who are attending the special-called General Conference, assuring them of your love, filling them with your wisdom, preparing them with your peace. May they and we become more sensitive to the voice of your Holy Spirit, so that all we do will please you and bring you glory.

All of these prayers we offer in the name of the Risen Christ. Amen.

Sunday, February 24

Minute #1 Prayer of Adoration

God of all people and all places, we rejoice in you and recognize your greatness and your glory. You are present in all people and we love you in and through them. We also acknowledge how great and all-knowing you are, in the face of how limited our knowledge and understanding can be.

Minute #2 Prayer of Thanks

God of mercy and love, we thank you for the work that you have already done in our lives, through your Holy Spirit. We thank you for the miracles that you have wrought in us, and that we are able to work in others – only through your power. Thank you for loving us and knowing us, even better than we know ourselves.

Minute #3 Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we confess that we have not always been the people that you created us to be. We have allowed strife and division to enter our hearts and our churches. We humbly ask for your forgiveness, as we remember that Jesus Christ desired unity among his followers. We know that your grace is promised to us each day anew, and we thank you for that grace.

Minute #4 Prayer of Asking

God of love, we ask that that your Spirit be especially present and powerful amongst the delegates who are now gathered in the special-called General Conference in St. Louis. Let the words that flow from their lips be bathed in your grace and lovingkindness. Let the thoughts that enter their minds be appointed by your Spirit for the hour. May they be ever-aware of the movements of your Holy Spirit, leading and guiding them.

All of these prayers we offer in the name of the Risen Christ. Amen.

Sunday, February 25

Minute #1 Prayer of Adoration

God of all creation, we praise you as we look around us and see your handiwork everywhere. You are ever-creative, ever-generating, and ever-blessing. You are in everyone and everything. You are King of the universe, and yet you also number the hairs on our heads.

Minute #2 Prayer of Thanks

God who brought the people out of the land of Egypt, we thank you for providing for us. You have always given us what we need (if not always what we want). We thank you for the United Methodist Church you have blessed us with. It is not perfect, but it is one of your vessels for reaching people for Christ in the world.

Minute #3 Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, we ask for your mercy on us, as we are all sinners, standing in the need of Christ’s saving grace. We have not always been people who extended that same grace to others. Melt our hearts and allow us to offer the same love that we have been given.

Minute #4 Praying of Asking

God of knowledge and understanding, we pray today for those who are gathered in the special-called General Conference in St. Louis. Give them that assurance and knowledge that surpasses human ability. Give them that grace and resourcefulness that only you can give. Allow them to see a way forward that is faithful to your plan for this Church.

All of these prayers we offer in the name of the Risen Christ. Amen.

Monday, February 26

Minute #1 Prayer of Adoration

God of all time, we give you praise and glory for your action in our human world. When the time was right, you entered into this world in Jesus Christ, and we have never been the same. We glorify you for who you are – for you are good.

Minute #2 Prayer of Thanks

Loving God, we thank you for all that you have done for us, and all that is yet in store. Help us to be aware of the ways that you are blessing us even now. Thank you for the hard work of pruning us, which you do with such grace and mercy. Allow us to be teachable and moldable, so that you can work in us.

Minute #3 Prayer of Confession

God of grace, we confess that we have not always been people who have allowed our spirits to surrender to you. Give us that freedom now, that we no longer have to carry our own burdens. Relieve us of the weight of the sin that we carry, so that we can be free to be about your work in your world.

Minute #4 Prayer of Asking

God of our church, we pray for the well-being of the delegates at the special-called General Conference in St. Louis. As they finish your business and depart in their many directions home, we ask for your guidance for our church as we move forward. We ask for your grace to be in our conversations and our actions, for your love to be in our intentions, and your honesty to be present in the directions that we take. We love you and desire to be your people.

All of these prayers we offer in the name of the Risen Christ. Amen.

Inclement Weather for 12/9/2018

Friends, our worship leaders have been in conversation about worship tomorrow given the possibility of bad weather, and here’s what we are thinking:

1) Canceling the 8 a.m. service to allow a bit more time for the precipitation to pass.

2) We are still planning on holding worship at 10 a.m. HOWEVER, if you don’t feel safe coming to church then don’t come.

3) Sunday School is up to the individual classes. Y’all decide among yourselves what you want to do.

We don’t have a standard policy for canceling worship and have generally functioned under the understanding that if the preacher can make it, then 2 or more shall gather. Just a reminder that if Metro Schools are closed for weekday activities, church activities (not including the Child Development Center) are canceled.

Stay warm and stay safe.


Advent & Christmas 2018 at City Road Chapel

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but before the babe comes in the manger there is a lot of preparation to be done!

The season of Advent is the time in the life of the church in which we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Jesus . . . both as a babe in the manger and in his ultimate return for all of us.  In the Christian tradition, the first Sunday of Advent (Dec. 2, 2018) represents the beginning of a new year in the Christian calendar. The word “Advent” comes from a Latin word meaning “the coming,” and this is a time for us to reflect on Christ’s coming to us in a special way. This year, City Road Chapel will be offering several opportunities for preparing for Christ’s coming.

2018 Advent Devotional Guide
Surprises Along the Way

For the past several years we have partnered with our friends at the Society of St. Andrew to use their Advent devotional guide for our own study and reflection. These devotional guides are offered free of charge and may be picked up in the Welcome Center. This is a great way of joining together in a common time of study about Christ’s coming into the world.


The Days Are Coming:
Reflecting on the Prophetic Word

On Wednesday nights in Advent (with the exception of Dec. 12) at 6 p.m., we will gather in the City Road Chapel Welcome Center for our weekly Vespers time of prayer and study, focusing on passages from the prophets regarding the coming of Christ. Each week’s gathering includes communion.

Songs for a Winter’s Night:

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Serving Sunday
Dec. 23, 2018

On the 4th Sunday of each month, the people of City Road Chapel UMC offer expressions of God’s love through our Feed the Need and Feast Community Meal projects. Given the focus during Advent on gifting others, this is a special time to support our neighbors by providing emergency food bags for those in need, and hosting a free community dinner and entertainment that evening. We want to encourage all to think about helping out on this special Service Sunday. Come help stuff food bags at 11 a.m. in the Welcome Center, and/or set up and serve at the Community Meal at 4 p.m. in the Gym.

Christmas Eve Worship at City Road Chapel
Dec. 24 at 11 p.m.

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Have you made your pledge for 2019 yet?

A few weeks ago we handed out forms asking folks to make a pledge of their commitment to support the ministries of our church through their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. These pledge forms help our Finance Team to anticipate our income in the coming year, and to set a budget accordingly. If you would like to make a pledge of commitment please visit, or complete a pledge form at church.  All of this information is confidential and will not be shared. PLEASE take a moment to express your commitment to our church through completing this form.