Sunday Worship

Our worship is grounded in the tradition of the Church and enlivened by the Holy Spirit!
“Traditional but not stuffy”
is our worship style!

Our Sunday worship is lead by a team of clergy, lay leaders, and our church choir. After worship, please join us for Fellowship Time with light refreshments in the Parlor. We hope to see you there!

Children are always welcome in worship, but if you prefer:

The sacrament of Holy Communion is open to all and is typically shared the first Sunday of the month. All are welcome to receive this sacred gift.

The sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated several times a year as we welcome new disciples into the Body of Christ. Both infants and adults are presented to receive the gracious waters of Baptism.

Special Sundays, such as Christmas and Easter, take place throughout the year. Learn more about how we observe these special Holy Days.

The Third Sunday of each month, we make time to recognize and pray for anyone who is:

  • Having a birthday that month;
  • Celebrating their baptismal anniversary;
  • Celebrating a wedding anniversary;
  • Starting a new job or call;
  • Anything else momentous (joyful or challenging) in your life you would like to pray for with your church family.

YOU are invited to join us in worship! Come and be met by a God who knows you by name and wants to have a personal relationship with you!

Sermon Archives
Missed a sermon? Want to listen to a sermon again? Find what you’re looking for – all of our sermons are recorded and available to you via our archives.

The latest news about Worship:

Advent 2017 - A B-List Christmas Calendar

Wednesdays | 9:00-10:00pm
Starting Nov 29, this four-session study will help prepare us for Christmas by discussing reflections on African American spirituals from the book, Rise Up, Shepherd, by Luke A. Powery. Join Pastor Alisa via Zoom Video Conferencing.
Contact Pastor Alisa for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x222)

Friday, December 1 | 4:00-9:00pm
Saturday, December 2 | 9:00am-Project Finish
Help provide Christmas for less fortunate children in our community by wrapping presents and stuffing stockings. Stop by anytime; stay as long as you can!
Contact Kirsten Gullickson for more info (

Sunday, December 3 | 10:45am Worship
Join together to hear the shepherds speak to us as well as a chorus of angels,
the mysterious Magnificat, and a stirring “Gloria in excelsis deo” to conclude.
Contact Jon Kalbfleisch for more info (

Sunday, December 10 | 10:45am Worship
See the telling of the Christmas story as only children can tell it!
Contact Deacon Troy for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x223)

TnT (Twenties & Thirties) invite ALL to an EVENING OF CAROLING
Sunday, December 10 | 6:30pm
Young and old are invited to go caroling around our neighborhood.
Contact Deacon Troy for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x223)

CHUM WOMEN invite all (men & women, old & young) to XMAS JOY!
Monday, December 11 | 6:45pm
Join us for a holiday tradition of uniting inspiring stories with acts of service. Dave Kennedy and Barbara Noe will delight us with the latest news of the kids on Lord’s Mountain in Zambia. Then, we’ll turn to Santa’s assembly line and put together Christmas gifts for Café friends.
Contact Carol Anderson for more info (

Wednesday, December 13 | 7:00pm
This service recognizes that for many, the joy of the season is tempered by great pain.
Contact Pastor Alisa for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x222)

Sunday, December 17 | 4:00-5:30pm
Children (Ages 3-Grade 5) will make up to 6 Christmas gifts for loved ones. Cost: $6
Contact Deacon Troy for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x223)

10:45am - Worship (but no Sunday School)

4:30pm - Casual celebration for the young and young at heart!

7:00pm - Traditional service featuring a children’s moment, beautiful music, Christmas message from Pastor Alisa, Holy Communion, and candlelight.
Contact Pastor Alisa for more info ( or 202-546-1000, x222)

Trusting God in Every Season - A Year in Review

You trusted your time, talents,and treasure to God.
And God used you to answer the prayers of others.

Parents of more than 70 children trust God to help raise their kids in faith and…
…you offer a dynamic VBS, stellar Sunday School, a record-size Lenten Adventure,
Youth Sabbaths, and more.

Refugees from Afghanistan trusted God and…
…you were God’s answer by covering a family’s rent this past year and, in partnership with
7 congregations, furnishing homes and assisted 13 additional refugee families.
Unhoused Neighbors trusted God and…
…you offered 15,000 meals and helped 11 individuals move into their own homes.
Youth groups from across the world came here to learn to trust in God and…
…you witnessed to 1,200 volunteers what it looks like
to be transformed by Christ’s heart for all.
Over 1,800 governmentt supporters and protestors,
many lacking trust in the church, came here and…
…you did not judge politics or religion but opened our doors to all for the Inauguration,
the Women’s March and the March for Racial justice. 
A Pastor in Zambia trusted God to help him educate
32 orphans at the Lord’s Mountain and…
…you became penpals to this isolated village
and then purchased and provided an Electronic Library with over 1000 books.
Young adults come to CHUMC hoping to find purpose and…
…you teach them to trust God’s call, resulting in 1 ordination1 clergy commission,
and 1 new seminarian this year.
You trusted God with your time and to help us grow in our discipleship and...
…over 130 adults grew in faith in 20 studies like Covenant Bible, Reading & Resistance,
 St. Simeon, Living the Questions, and more.
You trust God by opening our church home to all and…
… 2 community pre-schools, 1 non-profit helping 350 impoverished women secure jobs, 
1 job training program helping employ 86% of their "at-risk" youth graduates, 
2 12-Step groups, 1 TransParent support group, 1 Scouting troop
and more do God’s work here everyday!

We do not own nor claim any rights to the song used in the video.
Song: "We Are Called" retrieved from YouTube:
Artist: David Haas
Album: With You by My Side, Vol. 1: The Journey of Life
Released: 2001

What's the Point? New Sermon Series of Ecclesiastes to begin Sept. 17, 2017

AccomplishNothing-smAre you a cynic? Or just feeling, at times, like there’s no point to it all?

Well get ready for our new Sermon Series, “What’s the Point? A Look at Life Through the Lens of Ecclesiastes.”

Ecclesiastes is one of the most simple yet confounding books of the Bible. It questions God and systematically shoots down most of our simple explanations for the meaning of life. As Temper Longman puts it, “The sentiments of the main speaker of the book sound incredibly modern. Expressing the uncertainty and anxieties of our own age, he is driven by the question, ‘Where can we find meaning in the world?’”

So join us, beginning September 17, 2017 at 10:45am, as we explore important questions of life and more with an ancient author who repeatedly proclaims, “Vanity of vanities. It’s all vanity.”

Or is it? Come and let’s ask God together, and if you have friends who feel like life is just “chasing the wind” (another great phrase from Ecclesiastes) invite them to come along.

For more information, contact Pastor Alisa Lasater Wailoo ( or 202-546-1000, x222).

Take part in the Pride Parade - Sat, June 10, 2017

You are invited to join United Methodists from DC, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia to march in the Capital Pride Parade. The Pride Parade is a great opportunity to provide witness to God's love for all people.

  • Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
  • Meet-Up Location: Our lineup spot is in the Green zone, on 22nd Street between P & Q NW (near Church of the Pilgrims).
  • Time: At 4:45pm, LGBTQ Clergy will offer communion. Those who wish to join in fellowship are welcome after 4:00pm. We anticipate step-off for us at about 5:30pm and will be in place and ready to go at 5:20pm. This is an estimate for our step-off time and bring your flexibility! (Note: many street closures in the area; official parade kick-off at 4:30pm.)
  • Attire: The Pride Parade is a great opportunity to provide witness to God's love for all people. Your Church T-shirt, UMC Affiliation Tee Shirt or any solid color shirt; wear comfortable shoes.
  • What to expect: Bring water, sunscreen and whatever you need to stay cool on a hot summer afternoon in DC.

The parade route is 1.5 miles in the Dupont Circle/Logan Circle area of DC.

Want to help with the float decoration? Gather at 10:30am on June 10 in the parking lot of Metropolitan Memorial UMC.

ALSO, join us for worship at 10:45am here at CHUMC on Sunday, June 11 as we celebrate 12 years as a Reconciling Congregation.

For more information, contact Pastor Alisa Lasater Wailoo ( or 202-546-1000, x222).

God's Heart, Our Home - A Week in the Life of CHUMC

Watch this video that tells the story of all God does in and through our building in just an average week. While our building meets many of these needs of many different users well, this video also highlights how it could be improved to better meet those needs.

Click here to learn more about the projects for the God's Heart, Our Home Capital Campaign. (PDF download)

Many thanks to John Rohrbach and Erin Duncan for their many hours of work in conceptualizing, filming, and editing this video.

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