Adult

Community matters at Church of the Holy Communion, from worship on Sundays to the small groups that meet regularly to study, pray, and care for the people who call this church home. To get involved in any of these or simply to learn more about how to plug into life at Church of the Holy Communion, please contact the Minister of Hospitality at cwebster@holycommunion.org.

 

Adult Formation

Holy Communion provides challenging, thought-provoking programs that invite adults in the congregation and the community to reflect on their faith, their assumptions, and the ways in which their faith applies to the real issues that they face in their lives. Adult formation is offered almost every Sunday morning, often with several options available. Join us at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays for adult fellowship, coffee and donuts, and learning.

Holy Communion Speaker Series

Holy Communion brings celebrated authors, leaders, and figures to speak to our church regularly about issues related to faith and community life. Recent speakers from outside our local community have included theologians Walter Brueggemann and Elaine Pagels, Fr. Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, New York Times Columnist Ross Douthat, and many others. Memphis notables have included Mayors A.C. Wharton and Jim Strickland, Fire Services Director Gina Sweat, Police Directors Michael Rallings and C.J. Davis, Rabbi Micah Greenstein, reporter David Waters, and a panel of 1968 sanitation workers moderated by Otis Sanford.

Here@HolyC

Here@HolyC is Wednesday night worship, fellowship, and food for all ages. Supper begins at 5:15 p.m. in Cheney Parish Hall. Programming for children, youth, and adults is offered from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Parish Choir rehearses from 6:30-8:00 p.m. 

The Rector's Bible Study

The Rector’s Bible Study offers an opportunity for parishioners to read books of the Bible from start-to-finish at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday mornings. Participants may drop in and out as their schedule allows and can bring their own Bibles or use one from the church’s library. This is a hybrid class, offered simultaneously in-person and online; contact the parish office at (901) 767-6987 for information about how to join online from home or while you travel.

Inquirer's Class

Every spring, the Rector offers an Inquirer’s Class aimed at newcomers and oldcomers alike. Participants explore the Bible, the Prayer Book, church history and governance, liturgy, and a range of other topics. Everyone is welcome. Adults who are interested in being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, or who wish to make a reaffirmation of their baptismal vows in the presence of the Bishop, should plan on taking this class.

Contemporary Theology in Action

This class delves into the work of contemporary thinkers to discuss how their ideas can affect us and spur us into action. Recent videos include those of Michael Battle, who has written about Archbishop Desmond Tutu's theology, and Diana Butler Bass discussing her book Freeing Jesus. Contemporary Theology in Action meets Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., both in-person in Room 204 just off the Welcome Center, and on Zoom. Contact Mike Watson, jmwatson62@protonmail.com.

Covid, The Church, and The Hospital

     The Episcopal News Service recently reported that certain churches in large cities (New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta) are requiring proof of vaccination for attendance. The rector of one of the New York churches was quoted as saying, "The rights of individuals to choose not to get vaccinated ends where the responsibility to safeguard the worshipping community begins”, not an unreasonable statement, considering that at least one goal of the church leader is t... Read More
at Thursday, October 14, 2021

An Invitation, not an Ultimatum

SERMON Immanuel Episcopal Church, Ripley, Tennessee The Reverend Alexander H. Webb II (“Sandy”) March 14, 2021 The Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year B) Revised Common Lectionary Numbers 21:4-9 John 3:1-21 (Expanded)   In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.   This morning’s gospel reading contains what is arguably the most famous passage in the entire bible. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who ... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Sunday, March 14, 2021

Timeless Significance

In December, the vestry approved a design for a new dossal curtain and centerpiece for our renovated nave; it will take the place of our current dossal curtain later this year. Our recent nave renovation project included efforts to restore our historic dossal curtain, which was a gift from Calvary Church on our opening day in 1950. However, deterioration due to dry rot in the dossal curtain’s silk fibers was more than anyone expected; the current piece is beyond repair.  Fleming ... Read More
Posted by Emily Austin at Tuesday, January 19, 2021

“The Goal of All Our Hoping”

In seminary, I encountered a new word. Some of you may already know it, but it was new to me: Teleology. My professors used teleology enough in their lectures that I knew I needed to know what it meant, but I was too embarrassed to ask. So, I broke it down…   I knew that the phoneme “-ology” derived from the Greek word logos, which means “word” or “knowledge” or “thought.” Theology, words or thoughts about God. Psychology, words or... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, January 11, 2021

Christmas 2020 at Holy Communion

Christmas Services at Holy Communion UPDATED DECEMBER 22, 2020 at 2:30 P.M. Dear Friends, Late yesterday afternoon, Bishop Phoebe Roaf made a decision to suspend in-person worship throughout the Diocese of West Tennessee for at least the next several weeks. Her decision is effective immediately, and does include Christmas Eve. We will not have in-person worship on Christmas Eve. The Bi... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Remembering Buddy: Creative Reflection from Deacon Randy

Remembering Buddy: Creative Reflection from Deacon Randy from Church of the Holy Communion on Vimeo. Read More
at Friday, July 31, 2020

From Home to Heart: Forgiveness

A few months ago, Holy Communion received a loan under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. It made a big difference in our operations and gave us confidence that we could afford to continue paying our bills. With that money largely spent, we are now preparing to apply for “forgiveness.” “Forgiveness” is a theological word that bankers have borrowed. Financial forgiveness is receiving permission not to repay a debt, but theological forgiveness... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, July 20, 2020

Keeping Watch: A Creative Reflection From Deacon Randy

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at Thursday, July 9, 2020

From Home to Heart: Ethics

  The hardest questions to answer in a seminary ethics class are those that put two goods in tension: If you select Option A, certain things will happen. If you select Option B, other things will happen. Each option has some good outcomes and some bad outcomes, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. How do you choose? The easiest way out of these dilemmas is to appeal to some core value – a principle, or a rule – that will give you some perspective. If that is... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, July 6, 2020

From Home to Heart: Trees & Trauma

  Trees have long memories. Trees are changed by their experiences. The rings of trees absorb their history: Droughts, floods, fires, injuries, and diseases – they’re all recorded. Our bodies have long memories, too. Psychologists tell us that the human body remembers trauma in all its forms – the horrific traumas that are evoked by the word, as well as the invisible traumas that can be just as devastating. The body absorbs them all, and is changed by them, just l... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Sunday, June 28, 2020

From Home to Heart: Overton Park

Images Courtesy Melissa McMasters, Overton Park Conservancy Director of Communications Why can’t life be more like Overton Park? For those of you who may not know about Midtown’s treasure, let me tell you: Overton Park is a 200-acre oasis in the city. Overton Park contains an old growth forest where plants and animals coexist sustainably. The people who exercise in Overton Park seek to live healthy lives and they reflect the diversity of our city – all races, all ages, all... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, June 22, 2020

2020 Nave Pilgrimage Sermon

  Pilgrimage Opportunities to the Restored Nave (in the midst of a global pandemic) Ezekiel 37:1-14     In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.   God places the Prophet Ezekiel in a field of dry bones. The bones are long dead; the breath of life has long departed. God tells Ezekiel that the bones can live again, but Ezekiel has a hard time believing it; he looks around and sees only death.   God says, “Prophesy to these bones,&rdquo... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, June 15, 2020

From Home to Heart: Original Sin

The church’s ancient doctrine of original sin can be hard to get our arms around. Why does Adam’s sin carry on to me? I didn’t eat the apple. I didn’t seek to be like God.   Here’s the key to understanding original sin: It’s not about you.   The idea that sin is about our own individual actions and inactions was rejected in the fifth century. Sin is about the state of the world. None of us started it, and none of us can stop it. But, that&rs... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, June 15, 2020

From Home to Heart: Neighborhood

My neighborhood feels larger than it did three months ago. We still have the same number of houses, and the streets are still configured in the same way, but the neighborhood just feels larger. As a result of this pandemic, I have spent more time in my neighborhood. We have been eating dinner on our front porch, which has given us a better sense of the people who live near us and of the people who walk their dogs on our street. I have been exercising in the city pa... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, May 25, 2020

"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" Study Guide, Chapters 16-17

Greetings! Here we are...the end of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", but certainly not the end of the story! The world of Narnia continues in six additional books.  If this book has sparked the "But what happened next?" or the "But how did Narnia come to be?" questions, your child can read the "The Horse and His Boy" to know what happens next or "The Magician's Nephew"  to find out about the beginning of Narnia.  An... Read More
at Thursday, May 21, 2020