At River Road Church, every Sunday is important and worthwhile. For Christians every Sunday is a celebration of a living Lord, not just the Easter Sunday we celebrated two weeks ago.

This Sunday, April 14, is especially exciting.

The morning begins with a Muslim-Christian dialogue during the Sunday School hour. At 10 a.m. several classes will gather in the Adult Assembly Room for this important interfaith conversation so necessary to the growth of a civil society in our nation.

During worship we will recall the founding of our church 67 years ago. The Chancel Choir has prepared two anthems appropriate to that theme, and the congregation will read in unison our church covenant.

At the reception following worship we will honor Chuck Ursiny for his 20 years of service to River Road Church as sexton. Chuck is an essential member of our staff, and I hope you will make an effort to be present to express your appreciation for his work to make our buildings and grounds lovely and useful.

At one p.m. a group of students from the University of Richmond will meet in our Chapel for a service of baptism. One of their fellow students will be baptized by UR’s Chaplain, Dr. Craig Kocher. Because the university does not have a baptistery that will allow for immersion, we are glad to be a good neighbor and allow them to use ours.

Finally, at three p.m. in our Sanctuary we have the privilege of participating in the ordination of Blake Traynham, our Pastoral Intern, to the Gospel ministry. Blake has been a part of our pastoral staff since last September, and a member of our church since he came to study at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. It is a great honor for our church to be the site of his ordination. I trust that many of you will set aside an hour on Sunday afternoon to attend this inspiring service.

When they gathered on the campus of the University of Richmond in April, 1946, the founders of River Road Church could not have imagined that from their loyal commitments would flow this grand enterprise known as River Road Church, Baptist. It is a work of God, and all of us should be humbled to play a small role in all that God is doing in and through us. See you Sunday.