Sermon Archive

Foundation Stones in the Church

August 12, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: 2 Samuel 24:19-25; Ephesians 2:19-22 | William Tuck

William “Bill” Tuck has been a pastor in four states and taught at seminaries in two. He serves on the Virginia Baptist Historical Society board and the Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies. He earned his Th.D. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of 30 books, his most recent Star Thrower: A Pastor’s Handbook. He has served as an intentional interim or interim minister for 15 years. He and his wife, Emily, have been members of River Road since 2001.

 

 

Joy to the World: Singing a Theology of the Incarnation for the 21st Century

August 12, 2018 (Holland Lectures) | C. Michael Hawn

Holland Lectures 2018
“The Faith We Sing: Singing and Shaping Belief in the 21st Century Church”
with C. Michael Hawn

 

 

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.

Singing is in the DNA of most Christian traditions. While not unique to Christian communities, congregational singing is certainly part of the identity of Christian worship. Not all of the other great religious traditions integrate the people’s song into their communal gatherings. One might even go as far as to say that participation in congregational singing is one measure of the health and vitality of a church. This is not about musical proficiency or that better congregations sing more in tune; it is in terms of the range of congregational song that connects a local congregation with its heritage, its community, Christians ecumenically, and the needs of the world. You’re invited to join Hawn for four Sunday sessions in August and explore what it means to shape our belief through song.

Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable: A Personal Reflection from Passport MissionBASE D.C.

August 8, 2018 (Special Service: Vespers 2018)

Scripture: Micah 6:6-8; Luke 10:25-28 | Beth Rooney

Beth is a rising second-year student at the University of Virginia and is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and Religious Studies. Growing up in River Road Church, she has been a part of the youth group, youth choir, and acolyte team. She just finished six weeks working for Passport with their MissionBASE D.C. team; leading a facilitated mission trip for the churches participating each week. The focus of MissionBASE D.C. was food justice and homelessness working with nonprofits to learn about and help diminish the problem of hunger. She plans on working with Passport again next summer as she prepares to eventually pursue seminary after finishing school at UVA.

 

All Things Bright and Beautiful: Singing a Theology of Creation for the 21st Century

August 5, 2018 (Holland Lectures) | C. Michael Hawn

Holland Lectures 2018
“The Faith We Sing: Singing and Shaping Belief in the 21st Century Church”
with C. Michael Hawn

 

 

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.

Singing is in the DNA of most Christian traditions. While not unique to Christian communities, congregational singing is certainly part of the identity of Christian worship. Not all of the other great religious traditions integrate the people’s song into their communal gatherings. One might even go as far as to say that participation in congregational singing is one measure of the health and vitality of a church. This is not about musical proficiency or that better congregations sing more in tune; it is in terms of the range of congregational song that connects a local congregation with its heritage, its community, Christians ecumenically, and the needs of the world. You’re invited to join Hawn for four Sunday sessions in August and explore what it means to shape our belief through song.

Calling All the Children

August 1, 2018 (Special Service: Vespers 2018)

Scripture: Luke 14:25-33 | Chris Crowley

Sometimes you read what Jesus had to say and think “no, I can’t do that” or “this is too hard.” Chris uses music to explore one such passage (Luke 14:25-33), and asks God to help us navigate this prophetic text on what it is like to be called a disciple of Jesus.

Chris Crowley, better known as “Kim’s Husband,” or “that VCU guy,” is Director of Music Ministry at Chamberlayne Baptist Church. He is working on a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Religious Freedom studies at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and hopes to graduate some time before Erica goes to college. Chris is a classically trained vocalist, clarinetist, collector of folk winds, and terrible keyboardist who thankfully married a piano major. When not at his day job selling lab supplies for Colonial Scientific, at Chamberlayne or BTSR, or parenting, Chris enjoys sleeping and the occasional VCU basketball game.

 

Hear My Prayer

July 29, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 145:10-18; Ephesians 3:14-21 | Libby Grammer

Like Paul praying for the Ephesian Christians, I pray for River Road Church and hope that through this overheard prayer, this wonderful congregation might remember who they are in Christ and who they have been to this minister and so many others. I conclude my tenure here as Paul concluded this prayer for the Ephesians: “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

 

 

Courage and Hope

July 18, 2018 (Special Service: Vespers 2018)

Scriptures: 1 Samuel 25:2-19; Matthew 5:1-11 | Kim Crowley

What does it mean to be a hero? Last week our children learned what it means to be God’s hero: to have heart, to have courage, to have wisdom, to have hope, and to have power. How can we show courage and speak truth? What is God calling us to do?

Kim was called as the Interim Minister to Children in June 2016. Previously, she has served as an Associate Minister and Minister to Youth and Children at Richmond area churches. She is a 2009 graduate of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and a 2005 graduate of East Carolina University School of Music. Kim’s husband Chris is also a musician and serves as the Music Minister at Chamberlayne Baptist Church. They have a three-year-old daughter, Erica, and a Shepherd Husky, Iris.

 

Roses and Thorns

July 15, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 24; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 | Daniel Glaze

Attend a church conference (especially when there are pastors around!) and you’re bound to hear some boasting. Paul is clear that such boasting is not only inappropriate, but perhaps damaging to our witness as people of faith. Instead of boasting in strength, Paul says, let us see our weaknesses as opportunities for God’s love to be revealed.

 

Too Comfortable with Christ?

July 8, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 48:9-14; Mark 6:1-13 | Daniel Glaze

Best I can tell, we’re neither a new church or an old one. There are many churches founded years, even centuries, before River Road, and many who’ve cropped up in the last several years. Regardless, we’ve been doing church together a long while. We’ve been hearing the same Jesus stories for 72 years. Like the people in Nazareth from today’s gospel reading, are we too comfortable with Christ to hear his voice anew?

 

Can Grief be Good?

July 1, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 30:1-5; Mark 5:21-34 | Daniel Glaze

Grief can be good—especially when it drives us to God. Grief is good when it reminds us we depend on God and God alone for life. And when this unnamed woman brings her grief to Jesus, he doesn’t just heal her, he calls her brings her into his family by calling her “daughter.” (not a minor detail).

 

Peace…Be Still

June 24, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 107:1-3, 23-30; Mark 4:35-41 | Daniel Glaze

As we seek to be ministers in this community and witnesses for Jesus Christ, we will no doubt encounter children of God facing a fierce storm. (Maybe we are the ones facing the storm). Our job is not to fix whatever is broken in their life. Instead, we can stand with persons in midst of the storm and proclaim with Christ, “Peace, be still.”

 

Are You Listening?

June 10, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: 1 Samuel 3:1-20; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 | Libby Grammer

Sometimes God calls us audibly like Samuel, sometimes quietly in a whisper, sometimes through others. Are we listening to the many ways God is speaking? Are we afraid to listen? Paul reminds the Corinthian church that nothing can separate us from God’s love and grace. We have no need to fear God’s call and many reasons to listen and respond in faith.

 

 

TFC: Christian Educator of the Year Award & Teacher Appreciation

May 23, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Board of Christian Education & Spiritual Formation

An appreciative congregation of River Road Church, Baptist presented to Emily Tuck its 2018 Christian Educator of the Year Award for her decades of service in Christian education and spiritual formation through teaching and education leadership. All Sunday School teachers and faculty were honored for their dedication to our church family.

OUTSTANDING CHRISTIAN EDUCATOR
Be It Known by These Presents That
Emily Tuck
Is hereby named by the
BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL FORMATIONBOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL FORMATION
to be recognized by the Body of Christ known as
RIVER ROAD CHURCH, BAPTIST
For having a positive influence on the spiritual development of Christian disciples while excelling in the role of educator; for demonstrating a caring, empathetic attitude while teaching and ministering to the Friendship Sunday School Class; for leading the Board in multiple projects and programs; and for mentoring, advising, and inspiring the congregation of River Road Church, Baptist.
Awarded this twenty-third day of May, two-thousand and eighteen

 

 

 

Holy Holy Holy

May 27, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Romans 8:14-17; Isaiah 6:1-8 | Daniel Glaze

We will consider together the experience of Isaiah that Sabbath morning many years ago. During what sounds like a routine worship service, Isaiah had a vision: “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne.” Isaiah knew something incredible was happening, for “the pivots on the thresholds shook…and the house filled with smoke.” Might Isaiah’s experience in worship be a model for us?

 

Happy birthday, Church! Do you still speak Gospelish?

May 20, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 | Lubos Dzuriak

Mr. Lubos Dzuriak, our  2017 – 2018 Pastoral Intern, and his wife Diana as our guest pianist. Lubos and Diana, natives of Slovakia, are parents to four children: Naomi, Tobi, Eli, and Adela. Lubos will graduate Saturday, May 26 from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond with his Master of Divinity degree.

God is re-creating the People of God on Pentecost; God is creating the Church on Pentecost. God spoke the language we ALL (nations/people) can understand first – in Jesus Christ (by example) and second in native languages. The language of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is love primarily… embracing ALL (no walls/difference anymore), we are one in Christ. It is God through the Holy Spirit that speaks through us (in spite of our imperfection). We are invited to join God’s Spirit in God’s work. We are called to make disciples by speaking the language of God = “Gospelish”… always.

 

 

TFC-Adults: Panama Mission Trip Report

May 9, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Panama Mission Team

RRCB’s long-term partnership with the Fundación Cristiana Médico Social (Medical-Social Christian Foundation) in Panama continues to provide medical and dental care to indigenous populations, and this year, the team expanded to include a construction team as well! Come hear from our team and missionary partner Sue Smith about this wonderful trip that was taken February 3-11, 2018!

Trip Information:

From February 3-11, 2018, River Road Church, Baptist continued our mission to Panama to serve with the Fundación Cristiana Médico Social (Medical Social Christian Foundation) to provide medical and dental clinics to the Embera Indians and others in need along the Panama Canal region in Gamboa and Chepo. This year we also started a construction mission. The project was working with a Kuna indigenous congregation that has a feeding program for local kids, serving lunch to around 90 kids from the community on Sundays. The program operates on the back side of the church, under a partial roof, with no walls. We helped expand the area where the kids are fed.

The team is partnered with three other churches and 19 people led by co-team leaders Judy Collins, Joe Teefey, and CBF Missionary Sue Smith. Other team members from RRCB included: Libby Grammer, Norma Hays, John Heisler, Bonnie Livick, Emily Sumner, Bill Rusher, Anne Rusher, and Geoff Sundberg.

 

TFC-Adults: Abigail Schreiner, HopeTree Family Services

May 2, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Abigail Schreiner

HopeTree’s Foster Care program helps meet the needs of children and youth who require individualized care and attention in a stable, Christian family setting. Our goal is to create a foster home environment which enhances the emotional, educational, physical, social, and spiritual development of every child.  In this presentation, Abigail will share the story of HopeTree’s beginning, the impact of current ministry programs, and the many ways individuals and church groups can share God’s love with children in foster care.

Abigail Schreiner is the Foster Parent Recruiter at HopeTree Family Services.  Abigail’s main role in this position is to speak in churches throughout Virginia to raise awareness about the need for foster parents and to encourage loving families to open their homes to children in need.  Abigail is passionate about raising awareness of foster care in the community and advocating for policies that improve the child welfare system. She especially enjoys seeing the positive impact that a loving foster family can have on a child in care.

 

TFC-Adults: Baptist Roots: Exploring Our Spiritual Family Tree and Why It Matters with Nathan Taylor, Executive Director, Virginia Baptist Historical Society

April 25, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Nathan Taylor

Have you ever wondered what it means to call ourselves a “Baptist” church? Whether you grew up Baptist, married a Baptist, or joined us later in life from another tradition, we’ll explore the origins of Baptists and discuss the convictions that came to characterize this broad movement of Protestant dissenters. In so doing, we also will observe the relevance of this “spiritual DNA” to the present moment, while receiving a brief update on the work of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies.