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!