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Monthly Archives: November 2015

  Live As If You Believe 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Theologian Frederick Beuchner writes: “In the silence of a midwinter dusk there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen….  The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just… Read More

Who Do You Love? Matthew 6:19-34 I have a friend who is one of those guys who intentionally lives his life care-free and unfettered. At age 35, he is not married; he has no children. Though he’s very well-educated he doesn’t go in for the boring old traditional rat race the rest of us run day in and day out. Instead, he works to take care of what he needs and spends… Read More

The task and challenge of putting words to the rhythm of our corporate life is an honor and a privilege.  And sometimes, many times this year, in fact, that task is so difficult.  Sundays come with a stunning regularity, and Sundays like this past Sunday–that come on the heels of terror and fear and pain in our world–offer the special challenge of finding words to express the grief and pain and fear and… Read More

We can take in the terror and act in fear. Many do. But we are people of faith, and as such we take in instead the conviction that God’s kingdom is coming to be; the commitment to welcome the stranger; and the assurance that love will always have the final word.

Continuing the celebration this week: here are a few pictures from Sunday’s 85th celebration.  You can see in these pictures the wonderful spirit present, and the incredible dedication and hard work put in by planning committees, lay volunteers, staff, and friends…a wonderful, shared expression of all we can do and be when we work together. #OneRiverside!

Sovereign, Creator, Mother and Father of life: With thanks beyond our ability to speak, with hope that fills even this sanctuary, with joy for each of our 85 years, with forgiveness for some of the scenes these stones have witnessed and joy for the words and acts that make these stones shout Amen, hear our prayer. For this congregation: Look upon us with compassion for the fools we have been, the betrayals… Read More

Telling Our Story 85th Anniversary of The Riverside Church November 8, 2015 What a story we have to tell today. We’ve seen it in pictures of the past, beautifully displayed all over our building. It’s woven through the conversations we’ve shared about the church in the world. We recognize it in the stories of those who have told us about their journeys of faith intersecting our own here in membership classes and… Read More

One Riverside: Believe Mark 12: 38-44 Happy birthday, Riverside Church!  We’re at the start this morning of a whole day of celebration commemorating 85 years of mission and ministry in this place.  What a gift we have been given, inheritors of such an incredible legacy of faith and witness… …and what a challenge we have before us, living into the promise of what God is calling us to do and be in… Read More

I had a spirited conversation with some friends the other day about church revitalization.  The topic came up because, in my circles, some version of this question is on everyone’s mind these days: “How can we revitalize the institutional church?” My friends and I realized pretty early in our conversation that we weren’t really talking about programmatic or operational shifts when we thought about how to address decline in the institutional church… Read More

One Riverside: Belong All Saints Day John 11:32-44 Two Sundays ago the New York Times printed a long story, above the fold on the front page of the paper.  The article was titled, “The Lonely Death of George Bell,” and it told the story of a man named George Bell, who died alone and unseen, his body going undiscovered for days after his actual death. There are over 50,000 people who die… Read More