Prime Worship for 8/2/2020 (How Shall We Live?)

Prime Worship is the online worship experience produced weekly by the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church, located in Madison, TN. This week’s service focuses on 1 Peter 4:1-11. 

Reflection Questions:

  • How are the ways that you “waste time” in God’s kingdom? How might Jesus want you to occupy your time?
  • What does it mean for you to be self-controlled and clearheaded?
  • How are you demonstrating your love of Christ through radical hospitality?

Drive Through Communion on Sunday, August 2, 2020

For the past 5 months, we have been delaying the celebration of Holy Communion until we could meet together in person. However, since it looks like it may still be many weeks until we can worship in-person together, we want to make a provision for folks to receive the sacrament.

This Sunday, August 2, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, Pastor Jay Voorhees will be outside the main entrance off the parking lot to serve Communion to any who are interested in their cars. You are asked to remain in your car and Pastor Jay will bring the body and blood of Christ for any who are in your car to partake of.

This, of course, is not the same as coming together to share in the holy meal with our brothers and sisters. However, while we can’t be in the same room, we can be together in Spirit as we remember “There is one body and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” [Ephesians 4:4-6]

For questions about drive-through communion, please email Pastor Jay at

Prime Worship for 7/26/2020

Prime Worship is the online worship experience produced weekly by the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church, located in Madison, TN. This week’s service focuses on 1 Peter 3:17-22. 

Reflection Questions:

  • How do you understand “redemptive suffering?”
  • How did Christ’s death bring us into the presence of God?
  • How do you understand your baptism in Christ?

Prime Worship for 7/19/2020 (Who are you?)

Psalm of the Day:
Psalm 129:1-12, 23-24

Scripture Focus:
1 Peter 3:8-16

Questions for Reflection:

  • How well has the church reflected the call to be of one mind, sympathetic, lovers of our fellow believers compassionate, and modest in our opinions of ourselves? Why is this the case?
  • What does it mean to “…seek peace”? Where might it be found today?
  • How zealous are you for good?


In-Person Worship on Hold

Dear friends,

I think that most of you know that we had been planning on resuming in-person worship at City Road Chapel UMC on Sunday, July 12, 2020. We have been making plans to ensure the safety of all and were excited that we would soon be getting together soon.

However, today Mayor John Cooper announced that due to the exponential rise in COVID cases in Nashville, our city would be returning to Phase 2 status, with greater restrictions to resume. Since our Church Council agreed in the early weeks of the crisis to not resume in-person gatherings until Nashville was at Phase 3, we will NOT be resuming worship on July 12. 

These decisions are never easy. There is always a balancing act regarding the risks involved in coming back together and the need to be connected. Yet, as the pastor of this congregation, I know that most of our folks are considered high-risk patients, and so we are taking the utmost care in resuming our gatherings to ensure that we are not a vector for the spread of this disease.

I know that some are looking at other area churches that are open and wondering how they do it. Honestly, several of those congregations (Long Hollow Baptist is the most prominent) have had to close down after reopening due to outbreaks in their congregations. There are no magic bullets in regard to this disease. The only sure way to avoid having people get sick is to stay at home, wear masks, and practice social distancing when you have to be out. Churches, because of the nature of the gatherings, have been shown again and again to be places where this disease spreads easily. As such, we have to take extra care to ensure that we keep folks safe.

I know that I’m disappointed that we have had to postpone again in-person gatherings, and I imagine that many of you are sad as well. This just means that we all have to reach out to one another in the ways that we can — phone calls, cards, and online. The church is not closed — we just are not able to physically meet. But God’s work of love and light continues on, and I hope you can discern how God is wanting to use you in this moment.

When will we be able to get together again? Mayor Cooper said that it’s likely we will be in Phase 2 for a couple of weeks. Given the increasing case numbers and the incubation time for the disease, I would not be surprised if we aren’t looking at August before reopening. But, we will take this a week at a time, and will reopen when we can assure the safety of all.

I love you all and miss being with you. But I know that we are joined together in the light of God’s love no matter where we are.

May God be with us all in a special way!

–Pastor Jay

Prime Worship for 6/21/2020 (How shall we live?)

Prime Worship is the online service of prayer and praise produced by the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church, located in Madison, TN. Today we continue our study in 1 Peter, looking at 1 Peter 2:11-17. In this passage, Peter moves from talking about our identity to thinking about how we should live in the world.

The Story of Faith:
1 Peter 2:11-17
Click on the link above to read this week’s Bible reading

Questions for Reflection:

  • What does it mean for us to be immigrants and strangers in this world?
  • Why would Peter think we should live honorably among unbelievers?
  • What does it mean to submit to human institutions?