Knoxville Denominations Worship Together

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Knoxville (WVLT) - Father Jo Ciconne usually shares God's word at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. But Wednesday he was participating in "The Advent Bridge" services over at First Baptist.

Pastor, Dr. Bill Schiell says it's a huge part of Christian worship at Christmas. "This is a way for us to come together and provide renewal and hope and a soothing balm during a busy time."

Father Jo Ciconne says "to try to create a little quiet space, a little reflection in the midst of the craziness of the season as we get ready for Christmas."

Margie Sliger and Janie Banks are two people trying to slow down, and appreciate the real meaning of the season. Janie's a regular parishioner at Immaculate Conception, Margie attends First Baptist. But Wednesday, both came together to share their beliefs.

"It doesn't even phase me that I have to listen to the Baptist view or the Catholic view or other denominations view," says Banks.

"I feel like that a friend is a friend no matter where their religion falls," says Sliger.

The service shows many similarities in their beliefs. Sliger says "you realize we all really worship basically the same way, maybe a little different in tradition."

Sliger says in addition to bringing both communities together for the holidays, "you meet people that you didn't know before, you meet people from different churches, different religions, but we're all in here together."

Working toward the same common goal. "Of loving God, and loving your neighbor as yourself and especially as fellow Christians we feel like we have much that can be accomplished together," says Dr. Shiell.

The final service will be held at noon on December 20. The guest speaker will be Reverand Jean Whaley from the First Presbyterian Church.