All of our acts of worship are strictly voluntary and you may participate according to your comfort level. We will never intentionally do anything to embarrass you – such as ask you to stand so we can identify you. We have a “come as you are” attitude and you will find our members dressed in everything from suits to jeans.
Our services consist of communion, prayers, scripture readings, a sermon, and singing praises through a-capella music.
As you arrive at Tusculum (6117 Nolensville Pike) there are parking spots all around the building, and you will find the doors always open during our service times. As you enter, our hope is that you will be greeted with a friendly smile and offered a copy of our weekly bulletin. The worship service on Sunday morning is held in the gym/auditorium and on Sunday evening, worship is held in the chapel. There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit anywhere you choose.
All songs will be displayed on a large screen.
One of the unique things about us is that our worship music is “a-cappella.” That is, we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments. We simply want everyone to worship God in the purest way possible, focused on praise to our heavenly Father (I Corinthians 4:15; Ephesians 5:18,19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12).
We hope you will find the singing worshipful and meaningful. We invite everyone to participate.
One of our shepherds (elders) offers a prayer as an important part of our gatherings. We believe in the power of prayer, and we often pray for specific needs and requests.
The lesson will likely be from 25 to 35 minutes in length. We hope you find it refreshingly Bible-centered. You will find Bibles in the Great Hall that are available for your use. We also display the scriptures on a large screen for you to easily follow along.
Inviting worshipers to make a commitment for Jesus will be a part of the sermon. At the close of the lesson, the speaker will “extend an invitation.” He will encourage those who wish to “respond” to come to the front of the auditorium or visit our library while the congregation sings. Our elders will be at the front to meet and minister to any who respond. They are also in the library, if you wish to respond privately .
There may be several who respond, or none. Some may respond for baptism, some to confess sins or some to ask for prayer for a specific need.
If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during the service. The baptism will be by immersion (Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12) and for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper will be included in the worship service every Sunday. The reason for this practice is our desire to follow New Testament teaching. The first century church celebrated this observance on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
During this memorial, plates containing pieces of unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus. Each participating person will take the bread and eat it.
Next, trays filled with small cups of grape juice will be distributed. The cups will be referred to as the “fruit of the vine,” symbolizing the blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:23-25). Each participant will drink the contents of one of the small cups.
At Tusculum, baptized believers are encouraged and expected to participate in the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. If you choose not to participate, do not be embarrassed. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you. The Lord’s Supper is the original way of remembering the sacrifices Jesus has made on our behalf.
Each Sunday, a tray will be passed throughout the auditorium in order to collect the weekly financial offering (I Corinthians 16:1,2). As our guest, you are not expected to make a contribution. Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing the collection tray on down the row.
What Will Be Expected of You?
We place no expectations on our guests. You are welcome to participate, but do not feel obligated to do so. As our guest, you are welcome to participate in any non-leadership activities, including service activities, Bible studies, and discussion groups.
Should you decide to place membership at Tusculum, you would meet with one or more of our Elders. This allows them to learn a little about your desire to become a part of this body of believers and answer any questions you may have regarding membership. The New Testament church clearly expected every believer – every committed follower of Jesus Christ – to be committed to his or her local fellowship.
Christians are expected to:
- Be a regular participant in our worship services (Hebrews 10:25).
- Be “plugged into” Sunday School and other opportunities of teaching, fellowship, and personal growth (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- Be involved in a ministry or a service (Ephesians 2:10).
- Be a good steward of the resources God has given us, and faithfully support the Lord’s work (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).
- Develop personal and spiritual disciplines in one’s life of prayer, study, giving, fasting, etc. (Galatians 6:8).
If you are a new member, we encourage you to participate in the Tusculum 101 Class that meets the first Sunday of each quarter following Sunday morning worship during Bible class time. This is a time for you to ask, listen, and learn all about being part of the Tusculum family! Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to explore your time, talents and treasure for the glory of God.
You can expect to find people at Tusculum from a broad spectrum. Like many groups, we are diverse — coming from varied backgrounds and at different levels of understanding and different stages of spiritual growth.
We do not claim to know everything, but we are learning. We do not do everything right, but we are improving. We do not always treat each other as we should. We have not arrived — we are on a journey together.
We were not brought together by any illusion of our perfection or personal righteousness. We were brought together by our recognition that we are sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus (Mark 2:17; Romans 5:6-9; Ephesians 1:7; I John 1:7).
We were brought together by a common goal. We want to be God’s people, organized and worshiping according to God’s plan. We want to be Christ’s church. You will not have to look very far to find our shortcomings. Here at Tusculum, you will find people who love Jesus and love the Bible. We hope you will join us in our quest of Him and His Word this Sunday.