Sermon Archive

The Same Story

December 29, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; John 1:1-18 | Rev. Matt Straw

We welcomed Rev. Matthew Straw to the pulpit. Matt and his wife Leslie, also an ordained minister, have been members of River Road Church since 2009. They are parents to Laura Jane and John, and together Matt and Leslie teach the middle school boys’ Sunday school class.

 

TFC-Adults: Understanding Needs: Helping Those Who Hurt Navigate the Holidays with Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge

December 4, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge

In this session, we will explore how people are likely to be feeling loss most keenly during the holidays; ways that such individuals can survive the season; and, most importantly, how we might walk with such individuals during the holidays as instruments of God’s peace and care.

 

TFC-Adults: Wealth and Poverty in the Bible and Today: Borrowing, Lending, and Bribery with Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams

November 13, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams

Long before the term “income inequality” entered our contemporary vocabulary, the Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams delved into the subject as it was in biblical times. For three Wednesdays in November, we will hear from Dr. Adams on the economies in the biblical world and what the Old and New Testaments have to say about financial matters today. He will cover such topics as borrowing and lending, inequality, tithing, and the charging of interest. The schedule is:

  • Nov. 6:  Economics in the Biblical World: An Overview
  • Nov. 13: Borrowing, Lending, and Bribery
  • Nov. 20: Obligations to the Poor in Scripture

Samuel L. Adams is the Mary Jane and John F. McNair Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of Old Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary. His interests include the wisdom literature of the Bible and beyond, wealth and poverty in the biblical world, apocalypticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Egyptology, biblical theology, and the Bible and film. He published the monograph, ‘Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea’ (Westminster John Knox, 2014). His first book, ‘Wisdom in Transition: Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions'(Brill, 2008), addresses ancient conceptions of retribution and the possibility of an afterlife. Current book projects include a commentary on the Jewish sage Ben Sira (Anchor Yale Bible) and a comprehensive introduction to wisdom literature. As an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has served churches in New Haven, CT, Chicago, IL, and in Richmond, VA.

 

TFC-Adults: Wealth and Poverty in the Bible and Today: Economics in the Biblical World: An Overview with Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams

November 6, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams

Long before the term “income inequality” entered our contemporary vocabulary, the Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Adams delved into the subject as it was in biblical times. For three Wednesdays in November, we will hear from Dr. Adams on the economies in the biblical world and what the Old and New Testaments have to say about financial matters today. He will cover such topics as borrowing and lending, inequality, tithing, and the charging of interest. The schedule is:

  • Nov. 6:  Economics in the Biblical World: An Overview
  • Nov. 13: Borrowing, Lending, and Bribery
  • Nov. 20: Obligations to the Poor in Scripture

Samuel L. Adams is the Mary Jane and John F. McNair Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of Old Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary. His interests include the wisdom literature of the Bible and beyond, wealth and poverty in the biblical world, apocalypticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Egyptology, biblical theology, and the Bible and film. He published the monograph, ‘Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea’ (Westminster John Knox, 2014). His first book, ‘Wisdom in Transition: Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions'(Brill, 2008), addresses ancient conceptions of retribution and the possibility of an afterlife. Current book projects include a commentary on the Jewish sage Ben Sira (Anchor Yale Bible) and a comprehensive introduction to wisdom literature. As an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has served churches in New Haven, CT, Chicago, IL, and in Richmond, VA.

 

Declaration & Prayer of Commitment: Donate It Forward, Make A Difference

October 27, 2019 (Sunday Morning) | Martha Day Dumas, Buddy Sumner, Marnie Fisher-Ingram

 

 

Leader: Today we recommit ourselves to learning, serving, and worshiping together as River Road Church. Today we renew our promises with God and with one another, including our promise to give generously to God’s work in and through our church.

Congregation: In that spirit, with thanksgiving we lift up our giving pledges for next year. We do so not to boast in our material blessings, but to express gratitude to our loving and generous God.

Leader: We know that today is not simply about pledges, for we celebrate the numerous ways we seek to commit ourselves to God.

Congregation: We recommit ourselves to walking together as the beloved people of God.

Leader: We recommit ourselves to God’s work of justice in a deeply divided world. We are called to know and love God, nurture each other, and welcome all people in the name of Jesus Christ.

Congregation: Today we reaffirm our hope for our church—a home for the weary traveler, a place of welcome for the poor, a comfort for the distressed, a place of salvation for the sinner, a loving family for young and old—for the good of all and the glory of God.

Leader: As individuals, we make these promises to River Road Church as a whole:

Congregation: I commit to participate regularly, because my presence here matters. I promise to share in service to our community and our world, because the world needs a sign of God’s hope. I promise to support the congregation through my gifts of time and money, because my gifts make a difference. I promise to love my neighbors, even when we don’t agree, because we all have a place at the table.

Leader: Together as a congregation, we make promises to each individual member:

Congregation: We promise to be a church where all are welcome. We promise to use our gifts wisely. We promise to create safe spaces where we can wrestle with the hard questions of life. We promise to provide opportunities to worship, learn, and serve. We promise to bear witness to God’s love for this world.

Leader: Together with the prophet Jeremiah we proclaim with one voice:

Congregation: The Lord will be our God, and we will be God’s people!

 

Donate It Forward

TFC-Adults: Introduction to “Soul Feast” with Anna Miller

October 2, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Anna Perry Miller

Maybe you have thought about pursuing a study that might take you deeper in your walk with God. Maybe you have been part of deep Bible study courses or seminars before and you’d like to consider doing this again. On Wednesday night, October 2, there was an overview of the study, Soul Feast, that begins October 6. This will allow you to hear about the themes that will be discussed in greater depth, learn how the class will function, and decide for yourself if you want to pursue this opportunity. The Wednesday night session will be designed to be thoughtful even if you choose that further sessions are not for you.