Eastwood Christian Church - Nashville, TN
Sermons, music and other highlights from worship services at Eastwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), located at 1601 Eastwood Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee.

"Jesus called us to live righteous lives and to create a society based on justice and on the well-being of all people.  When you say 'Put Christ back in Christmas,' you are asking for a prophetic critique of ourselves, and of our culture." 

This recording is of the sermon "Welcoming Christ for Christmas," delivered the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 21, 2014, by Pastor Jay Hartley.

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

"The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." - Norman Vincent Peale

 

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Friends, we are pleased to share this recording of our Worship service from the Fourth Sunday of Advent - Dec. 21, 2014.  This service features the Eastwood Choir sharing some special Advent music.  We hope you will listen, share and enjoy!

"The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." - Norman Vincent Peale

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Friends, we are very pleased to share this recording from our first-ever second Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols - featuring bluegrass music and lessons from the Cotton Patch Gospels.  What a celebration! 

Because of technical challenges we did not not quite get the entire service recorded - but we came close!  The recording begins with the first hymn and concludes with a solo of "O Holy Night," presented during communion. 

We owe a huge thanks to everyone who helped make this service possible. Our Music Director Julie Duemler created the service.  For Music we owe a huge thanks to our musicians: Stuart Duncan, John and Rebecca Frazier, Ketch Secor, Jonell Mosser, Dieta Duncan, and Julie Duemler.  For Word, we thank our Lesson readers: Shelley Freeman, William Aaron, Susan McBride, Bob Frech, Steve Walls, Steve Dickerson, and Julie Duemler.  

And there are, of course, so many others who worked to make this special evening possible. We are thankful for every member of our loving community!  

We hope this recording brings you all of the joy and love from our celebration!

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Merry Christmas! We're pleased to share this recording of our "traditional" Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols. This service is an Eastwood tradition, with the story of the Nativity alternating with carols and special music. The service ends in communion and candlelight.

We owe a huge thanks to everyone who helped make this wonderful service possible. For Music, we thank Pastor Jay Ross Hartley and his entire family for sharing their talents; Lori Corley; Bruce Cate; Jonell Mosser; Julie Thurmond Duemler; Stuart and Dieta Duncan; and Brandon Brown for his stirring solo of "O Holy Night" during communion.  

For Word, we thank our Lesson readers: Ric Rose, Jason Frech, Ashley Boyd, Ann Howard, Emily McDonald, Gary Swinger, and Glen Alan Graham.  

And there are, of course, so many others who worked to make this special evening possible. We are thankful for every member of our loving community!  

We hope this recording brings you all of the joy and love from our celebration!

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The Sermon for our Worship service on the First Sunday of Advent - Nov.30, 2014 - is titled "The Gift of Advent" and was presented by Pastor Jay Hartley.

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but there is still much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."  - J.R.R. Tolkien

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Friends, we are pleased to share this recording of our Worship service for the First Sunday of Advent - Nov. 30, 2014.

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but there is still much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."  - J.R.R. Tolkien

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Friends, we are pleased to share this recording of our Worship service from Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.  

"Eastwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) seeks to be a people of grace and welcome to all God's children.  We affirm the faith, baptism, and spiritual gifts of all Christians, and we are glad to welcome into fellowship and service all people - no matter what race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, economic status, political stance, theological perspective, etc.  We celebrate that ALL are part of God's good creation."

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The Sermon for our Worship service on Nov. 16, 2014, "Moving Forward Together," was presented by Pastor Jay Hartley.

"Eastwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) seeks to be a people of grace and welcome to all God's children.  We affirm the faith, baptism, and spiritual gifts of all Christians, and we are glad to welcome into fellowship and service all people - no matter what race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, economic status, political stance, theological perspective, etc.  We celebrate that ALL are part of God's good creation."

 

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Brothers and Sisters, our celebration of World Communion Sunday was remarkable - filled with joy and song and color and love.  We welcomed the members of the East African community who have been occasionally using our building for their worship for a joint service in English and Swahili. 

Our children's choirs sang together - our adult choir sang in Swahili and the East Africans sang joyfully along.  The Word was shared in English and Swahili and translated for all. It was truly a day of connection and celebration!  

Please note: becuase of the length of the service the CD used to record it filled up - so there is a small break between the offertory and the communion prayer where the CD was changed out.

"How good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!" - Psalm 133:1

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Sisters and Brothers, we are pleased to share this recording of our Worship service from Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

"Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus."  - Philippians 2:5

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Friends, this Worship service contains Bach and banjo, Oprah and Dumbledore, and a quiz on the Old Testmament with kids asking questions of the grownups.  It may seem out of the ordinary to you - but to us at Eastwood, it's just another great service of Worship on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.  Listen, share, and enjoy!

"Lead your life so you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip."  - Will Rogers

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Friends, we are pleased to share this recording of our Worship Service from Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

"There is nothing more irreligious than self-absorbed religion." - J.I. Packer

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Friends, we are pleased to share here this recording of our Worship service from Sunday, September, 7, 2014.

The difference between an admirer and a follower still remains, no matter where you are. The admirer never makes any true sacrifices, but always plays it safe.

 

Though in words, phrases, songs, he is inexhaustible about how highly he prizes Christ, he renounces nothing, gives up nothing, will not reconstruct his life, will not be what he admires, and will not let his life express what it is he supposedly admires.

– Søren Kierkegaard

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Friends, we are pleased to share this recording of our Worship service from Sunday, August 31, 2014.  

"What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash." - Linda Ellis

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We are pleased to share this recording of our Worship service from Sunday, August 24.

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind ... and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  - John Donne

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We are very pleased to share this recording of our Worship service from Sunday, August 17, 2014.

"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!" –  Psalm 133:1

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We're very pleased to share this recording of our Worship service from Sunday, August 10, 2014.  

"The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

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We're very pleased to share this recording of our Worship service from Sunday, August 3, 2014. 

This service includes Reflections from the 10 youth and 3 adults who travelled last week on a week-long mission trip to Guatemala.  

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We are pleased to share this recording of our Worship service from June 2, 2014, the second Sunday after Pentecost.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." -- Galatians 5:22

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We are pleased to share this recording of our Worship from June 15, 2014, the First Sunday after Pentecost.

"Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him." -- Erich Fromm

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We are pleased to share this recording of our Worship service on Pentecost - Sunday, June 8, 2014.

"Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God's new Temple.  They are, individually and corporartely, places where heaven and earth meet."  -- N.T. Wright

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We are pleased to share this recording of our Worship service on Sunday, June 1, 2014, the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

"The words we use in worship must open us to the God of justice and awaken us to the world's desparate need for hope and genuine social change."  -- J. David Pleins

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The Offertory for Youth Sunday, "In the Sweet By and By," was presented by Sam and Wyatt Duemler, who both played and sang.  This was part of our May 18, 2014 Youth Sunday Worship service.

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The Sermon for Youth Sunday, "Refuge for the Future," was presented by two of Eastwood's graduating high school seniors, Augusta Freeman and Joseph Hartley.  

"College is a refuge from hasty judgement." - Robert Frost

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Friends, we are pleased to share this recording of our Worship service from the Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 25, 2014. 

"Jesus is his own successor ... at least for those who move beyond their memories about him, and their re-enactments of cherished moments surrounding him, to actually doing his commandments to love one another."  -- Barry Woodbridge

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We are pleased to share this recording of our Youth Sunday Worship service on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

"College is a refuge from hasty judgement." - Robert Frost

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We're pleased to share this recording of the Sermon delivered by Pastor Jay Hartley on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. 

John 20:1-18

Acts: 10:34-43

 "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who reveres God and does what is right is acceptable to God." -- Acts 10:34-35

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We are pleased to share this recording of our Easter Sunday Worship service on April 20, 2014.  Christ is Risen! Alleliuia!

"I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who reveres God and does what is right is acceptable to God." -- Acts 10:34-35

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We are pleased to share this recording of our Palm Sunday Worship service on April 13, 2014.  

 "God has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches ... O give thanks to the LORD, for God's steadfast love endures forever."

-- Psalm 118: 27, 29

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Friends, we are pleased here to share this recording of our Worship service from March 23, 2014, the Third Sunday in Lent.  

"And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."  -- Romans 5:3-5

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Friends, we are pleased here to share this recording of our Worship service from March 16, 2014, the Second Sunday in Lent.  

"Trusting belief in God-the-helper-and-keeper-of-life does not involve blindness and deafness to brutal realities.  On the contrary, it is a response to them."  -- David Lull

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We're pleased to share this recording of the sermon from our Feb. 9, 2014 Worship service. This day is observed in many churches as "Evolution Sunday," and time is devoted to recognizing that religion and science are not in opposition.  This sermon, "Evolving Thoughts," features a dialogue between Pastor Jay Hartley and Elizabeth Fitch, an assistant professor of biology at Motlow State Community College.

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We're pleased to share here a recording of our Worship service from Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 - known in many churches across the nation as "Evolution Sunday."  This service featured a special dialogue beween Pastor Jay Hartley and Elizabeth Fitch, an assistant professor of biology at Motlow State Community College, about "Evolving Thoughts." 

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