Sermon Archive

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August 18, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Isaiah 5:1-7; Luke 12:49 -56 | Sermon: Rev. Anna Perry Miller | Guest Organist: Raymond Chenault | Guest Pianist: Beth Chenault | Soloist: John Tibbetts, baritone

We welcomed to the pulpit Rev. Anna Perry Miller, our Associate Pastor for Adult Discipleship.

We welcomed Raymond Chenault guest organist, Beth Chenault, pianist, and John Tibbetts, soloist this morning. Mr. Chenault and Mr. Tibbetts will be performing in our concert series May 17, 2020.

Worship Bulletin – August 18, 2019

 

 

The Meditative and Prayerful Music of the Taizé Community

August 18, 2018 (Holland Lectures) | C. Michael Hawn

Holland Lectures 2019
“Tell me what you sing and I’ll tell you who you are:
Developing a Congregational Identity through Congregational Singing”
with Dr. C. Michael Hawn

What can Christians sing together if they come from different countries, speak different languages, and have been nurtured in a wide range of Christian perspectives? For seventy years, an ecumenical monastic community in the village of Taizé in southeastern France has been a point of pilgrimage for young people from around the world. Amenities are spartan; Internet is sporadic; food is simple; the community is authentic and spiritually rich. What can we learn from Taizé song and this way of praying?

 

 

C. Michael Hawn is one of our nation’s leading experts in hymnology and world music. Now a Richmonder, he recently retired after 25 years from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, as University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music and director of the Sacred Music Program. Previously he taught at two Baptist seminaries for a total of 15 years. He leads festivals and publishes extensively in the area of hymnology, is the USA Editor for the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, and writes a weekly hymn studies column entitled History of Hymns. A student of global Christian music, Hawn has conducted research and taught in over 40 countries. In addition, he has sung extensively as a countertenor and is a recovering accordion player.

Congregational singing both forms our individual faith perspective, but also shapes us as the body of Christ in community. These lectures will examine our hymnic heritage that have shaped our faith, look at some trends that are currently influencing the ecumenical church, and consider the cultural, societal, and ethical issues that inspire what we might sing in the future.

“Tell me what you sing and I’ll tell you who you are.” — Albert van den Heuvel (World Council of Churches, 1966)

To Challenge and Comfort

August 11, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Hebrews 11:1-3 | Sermon: Rev. Dr. Timothy Norman | Guest Organist: Daniel Stipe | Soloist: Christopher Ahart, tenor

We welcomed the Rev. Dr. Timothy K. Norman to our pulpit. Tim and Kathryn are members of River Road Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. Tim is a retired pastor and denominational Executive.

Welcome to Daniel Stipe, our guest organist and choir director this morning. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Daniel is a graduate of University of North Texas and Westminster Choir College and resides in Richmond with his wife Julie.

Worship Bulletin – August 11, 2019

 

 

Rich Toward God

August 4, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Hosea 11:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 | Sermon: Daniel Glaze | Guest Organist: David Gulick | Soloist: Michelle Harman-Gulick, soprano

If we knew we would die tomorrow, how would our priorities shift? Would we work harder at the office? Or would we spend more time with loved ones? Would we shore up our retirement accounts or would we give our possessions away? As Jesus explains, “one’s life is not defined by the abundance of things.” In other words, the most important things in life aren’t things at all.

Worship Bulletin – August 4, 2019

 

 

Ten (or more) Hymns That Have Shaped Baptist Faith Perspective

August 4, 2018 (Holland Lectures) | C. Michael Hawn

Holland Lectures 2019
“Tell me what you sing and I’ll tell you who you are:
Developing a Congregational Identity through Congregational Singing”
with Dr. C. Michael Hawn

Each tradition is shaped by the faith they sing. What have Baptists contributed to the wealth of congregational song, for example, in the areas of scriptural integrity and religious freedom? What Baptists are writing hymns today and what are they saying? You may be surprised!

 

 

C. Michael Hawn is one of our nation’s leading experts in hymnology and world music. Now a Richmonder, he recently retired after 25 years from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, as University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music and director of the Sacred Music Program. Previously he taught at two Baptist seminaries for a total of 15 years. He leads festivals and publishes extensively in the area of hymnology, is the USA Editor for the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, and writes a weekly hymn studies column entitled History of Hymns. A student of global Christian music, Hawn has conducted research and taught in over 40 countries. In addition, he has sung extensively as a countertenor and is a recovering accordion player.

Congregational singing both forms our individual faith perspective, but also shapes us as the body of Christ in community. These lectures will examine our hymnic heritage that have shaped our faith, look at some trends that are currently influencing the ecumenical church, and consider the cultural, societal, and ethical issues that inspire what we might sing in the future.

“Tell me what you sing and I’ll tell you who you are.” — Albert van den Heuvel (World Council of Churches, 1966)

Sit like Mary or Work like Martha?

July 21, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 52:6-9; Luke 10:38-42 | Daniel Glaze

Like Martha, we have so much work to do. We have conversations to have, wounds to heal, mouths to feed, souls to tend to. That is good and holy work; and we must serve with all our might. But like Mary, we must also take time to rest. We must not get so busy doing the work of ministry that we lose who we are and lose focus upon the one who calls us to work…and to rest.

Worship Bulletin – July 21, 2019

 

 

Won’t You be My Neighbor?

July 14, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Luke 10:25-37 | Rev. Leslie Straw

We welcomed Rev. Leslie Straw to the pulpit, who serves as Team Leader of Support Ministries at Baptist General Association of Virginia. Leslie and her husband Matt, also an ordained minister, have been members of River Road Church since 2009. They are parents to Laura Jane and John.

Worship Bulletin – July 14, 2019

 

 

A Slice of Humble Pie

July 7, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Galatians 6:7-16 | Daniel Glaze

In this story, the great King Naaman gains his freedom, his health, and his salvation all because of a little child who becomes the mouthpiece of God. Children teach us so much about God, don’t they? I suspect this is so because their perspective is one of innocence. They haven’t been hardened by the ways of the world, so they endear us to God’s ways instead.

We welcomed trumpeter Daniel Lewis to River Road Church on July 7. Mr. Lewis holds the position of Associate Principal/Second Trumpet with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He began his musical training at a young age, starting piano lessons in elementary school and continuing on to the trumpet in the fifth grade. He holds degrees in trumpet performance from Cedarville University and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Worship Bulletin – July 7, 2019

 

 

Set Free!

June 30, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 77:1-2, 11-14; Galatians 5:1, 13-25 | Daniel Glaze

In this passage from Galatians, Paul speaks about the matter of freedom. He writes of how by faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross we are set free, and how we, as Christians, are to live in that freedom. As we celebrate our personal and national freedom later next week, we should remember that first and foremost, we belong to Christ and only Christ is Lord.

Worship Bulletin – June 30, 2019

 

Carriers Not Barriers

June 23, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Galatians 3:23-29; Mark 2:1-12 | Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge

The church is all over this text. We are those who have come to hear Jesus, sometimes clogging the aisles. We are the scribes. We are the paralytic. We are the friends desperate to get our friend the healing he needs. We are Jesus/the body of Christ about the process of healing. All at the same time. But hopefully we are moving from paralysis to health, from “barriers to” to “carriers of” God’s grace.

Worship Bulletin – June 23, 2019

 

 

Commissioning of Summer Volunteers

A Woman of Compassion

May 12, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 23; Acts 9:36-43 | Daniel Glaze

We’ll look together at the lesser known character of Tabitha in this story from Acts. She holds out for us a model of a ministry of care within her community of widows. Tabitha causes us to ask ourselves, “how shall my faith inform acts of charity and service to others?”

Worship Bulletin – May 12, 2019

 

 

Youth Sunday 2019

May 5, 2019 (Sunday Morning) | Youth Sunday

Bible Verses: Psalm 30; Acts 9:1-20 | Jessica Thorne, Paige Newcomb, & Lindsey Stevens

On Youth Sunday RRCB youth lead in all elements of worship. Our youth had the opportunity to serve communion, lead in prayer, scripture, and song, along with three fantastic young women who preached. We teach our youth that their voice matters, and by providing them the opportunity to lead, we are putting that into practice.

Youth Sunday Worship Bulletin – May 5, 2019

 

 

Maundy Thursday Service of Holy Communion & Tenebrae

April 21, 2019 (Special Service) | Maundy Thursday

Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 11:23-19; John 13:1-17, 34-35

This evening focused on two important events. First, we observed a special Communion service in memory of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. Second, Jesus’ self-giving act for our salvation was observed through Tenebrae, a ritual in which the gradual extinguishing of the candles occurs while the story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion is read.

Maundy Thursday Bulletin – April 18, 2019