Sermon Archive

Mercy and Justice for All

February 17, 2019 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Deuteronomy 24:17-18; Matthew 24:34-35| Dr. Sue Smith

This Sunday we celebrate Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching. Since 2007, the month of February has been recognized by Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM) and partner churches as a time to invite women in ministry to preach. This annual event encourages our church and others to publicly voice our support of women in ministry, and celebrate the call and gifts of women.

Sue and her husband, Greg, are CBF Field Personnel located in Fredericksburg and run LUCHA Ministries.

Worship Bulletin – February 17, 2019

 

 

TFC-Adults: “A Single Garment of Destiny: The Interconnectedness of Race and Theatre in RVA” with Bruce Miller

February 6, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Bruce Miller

Beginning with Moses Hoffheimer’s determination to create RVA’s first integrated theatre post Reconstruction in 1911, continuing through Barksdale Theatre’s commitment to break the back of Virginia’s Jim Crow laws at Hanover Tavern in 1953, and carrying through Theatre IV’s (now Virginia Rep’s) election of Virginia’s first African American Board presidents, professional theatres in Central Virginia have led the way in racial reconciliation.

Bruce Miller is Founding Producer at Virginia Repertory Theatre. He served as Artistic Director of Theatre IV and Barksdale Theatre before overseeing their merger to form Virginia Rep. He currently leads Virginia Rep’s nationally acclaimed Community Health and Wellness programs.

 

TFC-Adults: Winter Bible Study with Bill Tuck

January 23, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Dr. Bill Tuck

Winter Bible Study with Bill Tuck

Bill Tuck has written a new book entitled “The Difficult Sayings of Jesus” and he will lead us in studying together some of these famous, yet difficult sayings. If you would like to purchase a book to follow along in the study, copies are $15 and available in the church office.

 

TFC-Adults: Winter Bible Study with Bill Tuck

January 9, 2019 (Wednesday Night) | Dr. Bill Tuck

Winter Bible Study with Bill Tuck

Bill Tuck has written a new book entitled “The Difficult Sayings of Jesus” and he will lead us in studying together some of these famous, yet difficult sayings. If you would like to purchase a book to follow along in the study, copies are $15 and available in the church office.

 

Bartimaeus-Style Commitment

October 28, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 126; Mark 10:46-52 | Daniel Glaze

Prayer for our Jewish neighbors:

 

Loving God, we pray to you this morning with hearts heavy with sadness over violence that took place in a house of worship in Pittsburgh. We cannot fathom what would cause a person to enter a place of sanctuary and worship and seek to do so much harm.

For those who have lost their lives, and especially for their families, we offer our prayers to you. Hold these families close to your own broken heart, and may the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace.

We pray also for those who were injured, including the police officers and first responders who risked their own lives to provide care and safety.

We pray for our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community, especially our friends and partners at Congregation Or Atid nearby. As they are angry, as they express sadness, and as they may even be fearful, may they know this—that their friends at River Road stand with them in solidarity and friendship. Bless Rabbi Hal Schevitz, we pray, as he seeks to lead his congregation forward in hope.

And as hard as it is, we pray for the gunman. For all the hate that filled his heart, forgive and heal him, Lord. For all those who peddle in fear and bow down to the false idols of anti-Semitism and white supremacy, forgive and heal them, Lord. Through your people, God, may they be shown a better way.

And we pray for the breadth of your earthly family, o Lord, which includes every human being, made in your image. May we all continue to work for that day when we shall live together as beloved community, when we shall seek peace and not war, when we shall love and not hate. Hear our prayer, o God, for we ask it in your name, Amen.

 

Sermon “Bartimaeus-Style Commitment”:

On this Commitment Sunday, we will read together the story of Bartimaeus and discuss what his story might teach us regarding our commitment of time, talent, and treasure at River Road Church.