Sermon Archive

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.

 

Declaration of Commitment

October 28, 2018 (Sunday Morning) | Buddy Sumner

 

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.

 

 

Growing in Commitment, Rooted in Faith

TFC-Adults: I’ll Fly Away?: Revisiting the Biblical Perspective on Heaven

October 17, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Dr. Art Wright, BTSR

“Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife” Series

Our beliefs about the afterlife are among those that we hold nearest and dearest. They give us hope for the life to come, comfort for this life, and even shape how we live our daily lives. Yet the Biblical texts are not entirely clear regarding what awaits us humans after death; thus, Christians have wrestled with questions about the afterlife for 2,000 years. This series will explore Biblical perspectives on life after death. Topics will include ancient beliefs about the afterlife, perspectives on the afterlife in the Old Testament, three traditional views of Hell in Christian history, and what the Biblical texts really say about Heaven.

 

Large Camel…Small Needle

October 14, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 90:12-17; Mark 10:17-31 | Daniel Glaze

The story of the rich young ruler is fascinating to me. As best I can tell, he is the only person in all the gospels to refuse Jesus’ healing. The prescription Jesus offers for eternal life in heaven and a good life on earth is too much. This story is often told as bad news for those with wealth. But I believe there is some good news here too.

 

 

TFC-Adults: Harrowing Hell: Three Traditional Views of Hell in Christian History

October 10, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Dr. Art Wright, BTSR

“Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife” Series

Our beliefs about the afterlife are among those that we hold nearest and dearest. They give us hope for the life to come, comfort for this life, and even shape how we live our daily lives. Yet the Biblical texts are not entirely clear regarding what awaits us humans after death; thus, Christians have wrestled with questions about the afterlife for 2,000 years. This series will explore Biblical perspectives on life after death. Topics will include ancient beliefs about the afterlife, perspectives on the afterlife in the Old Testament, three traditional views of Hell in Christian history, and what the Biblical texts really say about Heaven.