50Th Anniversary of Hickory Bend Worship Service Recording

Welcome to





The People Gather

Welcome and Announcements

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Prelude and Lighting of the Candles:

“You Raise Me Up”  Sung by: Katelin Egan



Call to Worship: Rev. Susan Gray

Choral Call to Worship: Gloria  Patri



*Hymn:  “All Hail the Power of Jesus’  Name”  #154

*Affirmation of Faith:  The Apostle’s  Creed #881



New Testament Lesson:  Romans  12:1-2,9-17,21  Emalie Egan

This is the Word of God for the People of God! Thanks be to God!



Special Music:  “In  the Garden”

Sung by:     Kate!in Egan and Dillon Ocana


Joys and Concerns

Silent Prayers

Pastoral Prayer:  Rev. Susan Gray

“The Lord’s Prayer”                                                 Malotte

Linda Johnson on the Viola


Praising God with our Tithes and Offerings Prayer of Dedication:  Gene Parker Anthem: “Sweet  Buelah  Land”

*Doxology  #95



First Service Hymns:

*”0 for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”  #57 verses 1 & 6

*”Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”  #381 verses 1 & 4



Scripture Reading:  Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon: “The Great Commission Again for the First Time” Rev. Susan Gray




*Closing Hymn:  “The Church’s One Foundation” vs. 1 & 4




*Choral Benediction:  “Go  Forth  in Peace”

*Postlude    “My Country Tis of Thee”





A Blessing for our 50th Anniversary from

Harriet Bryan, Nashville District Superintendent:



May God continue to give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know God more fully. May the eyes of your hearts be heart enlightened so that you may know the hope to which God has called you, what are the riches of God’s glorious inheritance, and what is God’s incomparably great power for us who believe.

Consider our church for your wedding ceremony and reception venue


Located in the Donelson Hermitage area of Nashville

Are you interested in having your wedding at Hickory Bend United Methodist Church? We are happy to celebrate this glad occasion with you and pleased to be able to provide facilities in which you can celebrate your marriage vows.

We are happy to consider your request to be married here whether you are a member or not. Member weddings will always take precedence over non-member weddings.

We will do all we can to make this event meaningful and memorable for you and extend God’s blessings and pray that the preparation for your “big day” will bring you a deeper sense of love, joy and peace.

To schedule a wedding or a reception:

For inquiries about holding your wedding ceremony at Hickory Bend you may contact pastor Melisa Derseweh at 615.883.2321 or email pastor@hickorybendumc.com

Other Community Event inquiries are welcome

Hickory Bend United Methodist Church is the perfect location for your community or organization event. Please contact us at 615-  or email pastor@hickorybendumc.com for more information.



Emalie Egan Sermon 2/3/13

“Don’t Think about the Red Ring-Tailed Monkey”

HBUMC 020313 40kbps STE-001


Love Letter To Hickory Bend

I miss you.  I miss my church family.  I miss Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, cleaning the bathrooms, and even the rowdy UMYF.  I miss you.

I didn’t quite realize when I suddenly accepted a job in East Tennessee how rarely I would be home or how much I would miss being with you. How often have we sung John Fawcett’s great hymn, “Blest Be the Tie that Binds?”
When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

Eleven Reasons to Seek the Beloved Community

Do people ask you why you have stayed at your church?  I have fumbled through this answer before, but I’ve never told the whole story. I’ve talked about the love and emotional strength I borrowed from all of you during my divorce.  I’ve described the long, unwavering, practical support you brought when I broke my ankle. I’ve reflected on the long hard slog of my dissertation and the encouragement I received when things were not going well. You put up with a lot of whining over that one. Continue reading

Where is that star?

One of the stations in our sacred space invited our visitors to step out onto the kitchen porch, gaze at the stars, and thank God for the beauty of the earth.  Our visitors stood in the cold, on our back porch, and searched at the sky. Looking for a star.  The star. Most evenings, the sky was quite overcast.  It was hard to find any star, much less, follow one.

As the youth were setting up this station, three deer were grazing in the playground. The kids were thrilled to see these graceful creatures, always reminders that even in our highly developed city, peaceful, beautiful, wild animals might appear, always reminders that God is the Creator.  But it was hard to see the stars.  So it was not clear what we should do.

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This Year Will Be Different

I have to admit that my New Year’s resolutions are not all that new.  This will sound familiar to my friends and my family:

I am going to get organized.
I am going to be on time.
I am going to eat healthfully.
I am going to exercise regularly.
I am going to be more responsible about money.
I am going to stop wearing goofy clothes.

Now, why do I think this year will be different?

Because something is different this year. Continue reading

We can give through the air!

When we had a giving campaign years ago, I remember Shari and Jim describing how they created their budget, and the first thing they paid was their tithe to the church.  That made an impression on me, and I began making the same habit.  Now that I do most of my banking online, it’s even easier!  I can give my minimum amount to the general budget regularly each month automatically.  It is the easist and most rewarding way to give.  When I can give more, I can write a check, but I always know that the base giving is taken care of before I worry about bills and other obligations.  I never worry about being on vacation or missing what I pledge for any reason.  The credit union does it for me!  I highly recommend electronic giving!  It flies through the air!

HBUMC.com Connects Us To The World!

Our church website is an amazing tool.  A wonderful thing happened as a result of our website.  The new Young Adult Sunday School Class is studying 10 Things I Hate About Christianity, and the author of the book, Jason Berggren sent us a very encouraging comment.  Go to hickorybendumc.com and read Jason’s reaction to our book study.