Sunday Services

Sunday Services

We offer services to those of all faiths and none, those who are angry, those who feel ashamed and those who feel numb.

Spiritual Care – Sunday Services

The key concepts of spirituality at Cumberland Heights are that you are the explorer, the one who journeys, and you define what spirituality means to you. Spirituality is about Practice. It is about those things you choose to do every day which help you feel connected to yourself, those you love and something greater than you, whatever that turns out to be.

We offer services to those of all faiths and none, those who are angry, those who feel ashamed and those who feel numb.

Our hands are held out to you.

WATCH VIDEO

Cumberland Heights’ Spiritual Director Stan Bumgarner discusses the importance of Spiritual Healing patients need in their recovery from drugs and alcohol.

What does Spiritual Care and Practice look like at Cumberland Heights?

We work in groups where we talk about issues like anger, resentment and forgiveness, or grief and loss, or shame and guilt, or what the difference is between religion and spirituality. We also offer individual sessions where you work with one of our Spiritual Directors.

Our spiritual care directors use many techniques including mindfulness meditation which is a kind of ‘being in the moment’ meditation practice known to decrease relapse risk and a labyrinth experience, modeled after the one in Chartes Cathedral in France, which helps you to gradually let go of all your worries on the way in, stopping in the center to relax, and taking something a little new with you as you walk out.

We also offer non-denominational chapel service with your family on Sunday morning, sober Seder with other recovering friends and monthly communion service in the Paschall Davis Chapel.

Here are audio recordings of many of our previous Sunday Sermons


  • Sunday Sermon: Inter-dependence

    January 17, 2021

    Community is one of the foundational pieces of our recovery.  In this service, we explore the concept of “inter-dependence” and what it means to rely on others in our recovery.  If as a community we each give what we have an allow ourselves to receive from others, we will altogether thrive as “happy, joyous, and […]


  • Sunday Sermon: The Sunday of Epiphany

    January 3, 2021

    The Sunday of Epiphany marks the journey of the three wise men to visit the Christ child.  In this narrative, the story ends with the wise men “returning home by a different route.”  What does it mean that they go a different way after seeing God on Earth?  In our recovery, we too must go […]


  • Sunday Sermon: The Real Work of Christmas

    December 27, 2020

    Yes, it’s important for us to learn how to receive, but after we learn that special gift of receiving and move forward in our recovery, we gain the beautiful opportunity to give. This poem by Howard Thurman captures that recovery process so well. The Work of Christmas When the song of the angels is stilled, […]


  • Sunday Sermon: The Story of Mary

    December 20, 2020

    As Christmas comes quickly this year, let’s take a moment to reflect on the story of Mary, the woman who bore the Christ child.  We see that God can choose and use any of us to serve the world and to bring light into it.  We also reflect on Mary’s song of praise, which speaks […]


  • Sunday Sermon: A Lesson in Receiving

    December 13, 2020

    In this Sunday Sermon, Stan Bumgarner shares a story about a time he tried to teach his young children about the importance of giving, but in turn learned a lesson in graciously receiving from someone less fortunate.


  • Sunday Sermon: Letting Go

    December 6, 2020

    In this Sunday Sermon, Michelle Morris talks about “letting go” and asking ourselves what we want to leave behind in 2020.  She challenges us to ask ourselves what we can do without and then to put in the work to let it go. Also in the sermon, a lesson on forgiveness and compassion.


  • Sunday Sermon: Gratitude

    November 22, 2020

    In this Sunday Sermon, Michelle Morris talks about cultivating an intentional gratitude practice, not just simple saying “I’m grateful for my job.”  When we practice gratitude in recovery we find connection and true happiness. Michelle also talks about how keeping a gratitude journal helped her in her personal struggles.    


  • Sunday Sermon: Easter Service

    April 10, 2020

    We gather this hour as people of faith With joys and sorrows, gifts and needs. We light this beacon of hope, sign of our quest for truth and meaning, in celebration of the life we share together.


  • Sunday Sermon: Spiritual Lessons from a Feral Cat

    February 16, 2020

    Sunday Sermon: Spiritual Lessons from a Feral Cat February 16, 2020 Have you ever tried to domesticate a stray and wild animal?  This message shares the journey of trying to domesticate a feral cat and the lessons learned in the process, including: accepting life on life’s terms, patience, and gratitude for small steps of progress.  […]


  • Sunday Sermon: One Sheep’s Journey

    February 2, 2020

    Sunday Sermon:One Sheep’s Journey February 2, 2020 Shrek the sheep was found hiding out in a cave in New Zealand six years after he escape his community.  Having avoiding being shorn (having his fleece shaved off) all that time, Shrek was carrying more than 60lbs of fleece, enough for 20 large men’s suits!  This week’s […]


  • Sunday Sermon: What’s in Your Hands?

    January 19, 2020

    Sunday Sermon: What’s in Your Hands? January 19, 2020 In his video “Shells,” contemporary theologian Rob Bell tells the story of his son failing to grab onto a starfish he really wants because his hands are full of shells he has been picking up off of the beach.  Rob asks us to question, “what is […]


  • Sunday Sermon: Finding Joy in What is to Come

    December 15, 2019

    Sunday Sermon: Finding Joy in What is to Come December 15, 2019 As we mark the halfway point of the Christmas/advent season, we light a special pink candle to emphasis the spiritual principle of joy. In this message, we share about how difficult it is for us to feel joy as humans, because it means […]

Find Your Higher Power at Cumberland Heights

We believe that faiths of all types can contribute to recovery. To learn more about the contribution of spirituality to lasting sobriety, call 800-646-9998.

Why is it so meaningful to give to Cumberland Heights?

Your gift to Cumberland Heights through our annual and capital initiates gives immediate support to patients and their families. To make a longer term impact a gift to the endowment fund will provide patient assistance funding for years to come.

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