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Seven Deadly Sins - Lust

March 23, 2014

Jesus says it would be better for us to have our hands chopped off and our eyes poked out than to look at another with lust in our hearts. Seems like it's a pretty big deal to him, huh? Click here to explore why.


Greed is one of those things that we all seem to experience. But why? Why are we so often hungry for more? And what really does satisfy? Click here and see some of what Jesus says about it all.


Jesus teaches a story in the Bible that gets a lot of attention ... about people who get paid the same wages. Some work a whole day, and some work just a little bit of time. And he gets quite a reaction. Click here to explore what it might all mean for us.


It can be tempting to want to step away from our past ... especially the parts we aren't proud of. And that's why Jesus' encounter with a woman in today's Gospel is such a surprise. It's also a gift for how he chooses to meet us. Click here to find out more.


Transfiguration

March 9, 2014

And Jesus changed before their eyes. Amazing story, to be sure. But what is it all about, and what does it mean for us? Click here!


Stories of Grace - Jonah

February 12, 2014

Little guy, big fish, crazy story. And what's up with you? Click here. You may find that it all fits together!


What happens when three believers refuse to bow down to a God they know isn't real? Click here and find out all about it, and what it might mean for you, too!


Stories of Grace - Zacchaeus

February 12, 2014

Get rich quick! And see how it makes you feel. Or see how it made Zaccheus feel. And then see how Jesus moved his heart. It's a pretty cool story, for sure! Click here!


The Lion's Den

February 1, 2014

Feel like you're dealing with challenges bigger than you? Click here!


Alleluia

January 19, 2014

Getting lost ... when the small decisions have a big impact. And when God's big choices for s turn everything around. Click here to explore more.


Epiphany

January 12, 2014

The light of the world changes everything ... how do we see it? How does it change us? Click here to see glimpses from this special service.


He Sent Jesus

January 5, 2014

The part of Christmas that lives all year long ....

Glimpses of worship from River of Grace as we celebrate the end of the Christmas season, and Pastor Connie's sermon focusing on the lasting message of yuletide. Click here!


Children's Christmas Program & Pastor Connie's Children's Sermon

December 15, 2013

A magical morning at River of Grace ...all about love! Click here to check it out!


Hope's Questions and Answers

December 8, 2013

We aren't the only one's who've ever had questions about the life of faith. Part of our answers come in what we see .... more, perhaps, that what is immediately available to the eye. Click here to hear more!


Freedom in Christ

December 1, 2013

Having faith brings new perspective. It invites us to find new perspective. It asks us where our treasure truly is, and invites us to invest ourselves in that place. Click here to hear more!


Trust & What Would YOU do if you weren't afraid?

November 17, 2013

Pastor Amy Sevimli preaches and teaches about the woman who gave two coins to the treasury, and trusted the outcome. At it's core, it's a story of trusting God. Where do you need more holy trust in your life? Click here!


Transformation

All Saints Day, November 3, 2013

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. For God sent his Son not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him." (John 3:16-17) How might God be working to transform you? Is it through creature-comforts, or through a life of service? Is it through circumstances and relationships that help you grow, or is through keeping you as comfortable as you can be? Click here and consider how transformation just may be your saving grace.


Sometimes the most basic things .... that God loves us, that God's dream is to re-shape our hearts, that we can never flee God's presence ... are the things we need to hear the most. How might God be working on "re-forming" you and your journey, even today? Click here to get a reformation glimpse, today.


Ever feel small in a pretty big world? That's not God's plan for you. Click here for another vision!


Holy Baptism is part of our identity into the family of Christ, and we taker a closer look today at what it all means ... not only in the Church, but in the world. Click here to listen.


Holy Communion. On this World Communion Sunday, consider why it matters for our lives and relationships ... with God, with one another, and with our communities. Click here!


What is God's Role in Tragedy?

September 22, 2013

Lord knows, there is so much pain and brokennesss in our world. Massive scale and small scale, there are too many days when at the end of the day, people wonder how such things could happen. Where is God in all of it? Click here for a glimpse of hope...


What does the Bible really say about homosexuality? River of Grace is a welcoming and inclusive church, and did we just come up with that on our own, or is that what we believe is mandated by Scripture? Click here to hear what Pastor Connie says in this sermon as she shares why our welcome matters so deeply to us, and why she believes it should matter so deeply to all Christians.


Prayer: The Good Stuff

September 15, 2013

It's simpler than we think. It's a great power right at our disposal. And it can change everything, starting with us. Click here!


The Bible may look good up on a shelf and all, but it really looks good on you .. when you're living it, feeling it, taking its direction and finding yourself in its promises. That doesn't make it any less of a challenging book to read and in this sermon Pastor Connie demystifies it, helps you have some fun with it, and gives you some encouragement for the way. Click here to hear it for yourself.


Faith Like a Child

July 30, 2013

Why is Jesus always talking about children, and why they are so blessed, and why they mean so much to him? And is there anything we can learn from that? Click here to get an inside peek at what he may mean, and what it may mean for you .... even if you are a grown-up.


It may sound simple. And we may have a way of making it harder than it is. Click here to hear Pastor Connie share in what it means. And consider what it means for you.


It's not just the beginning of the Church 2,000 years ago, it's a beginning for all of us, every day! Join us for a very special Sunday at River of Grace, and a very special reminder to look for God right where you are, every day. Click here!


A Mother's Day sermon, about more than just Mother's Day. Click here and hear what Pastor Connie has to say about some of Jesus' final words to his followers, words that were intended to change their lives forever.


Jesus says "I am the vine, you are the branches." And he invites us to call on the love of God and then share it, so that the world might be transformed. Click here to discover more, and to get a glimpse of how YOU are part of that love yourself!


What would you do if you found out you had a year, a month, a week, a day to live? Jesus faced a similar question. His response might surprise you. Click here and be inspired.


Our world has seen all kinds of disasters through this previous week ... bombings in Boston, floodings in Indiana, explosions in west Texas, avalance in Colorado, drownings in the Chesapeake Bay ... and it is into the world where we still stand as the people of God to announce hope and healing. Click here to hear some inspiration for bringing life and faith together in a world that is waiting for help, hope, and faith communities to call home.


Jesus asks Peter three times, "Do you love me?" Three times, Peter says, "Yes, I do." But his answer is only the beginning... Click here to learn more about what that exchange can mean mean for you and your walk of faith.


Easter: Where it All Begins

April 7, 2013 ... the Second Sunday of Easter

Jesus meets the woman of Samaria at the Well and surprises her with a new kind of life. He surprises us, too, by taking down walls; not putting them up. He invites you to a new life, too. Won't you join in? Click here to discover more.


What do YOU think of when you think of GLORY? Consider it for a minute. Maybe, just maybe, it's closer than you think! Listen to this sermon from Pastor Connie and consider it again. Click here.


It's so easy to do what we don't want to do, say we're not going to do, know we shouldn't do. It's temptation and it's all around us. So what do we do? Click here, for some hope, strength, and promise.


Pastor Brandon Johns, of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Woodbridge, begins our teaching on The Lord's Prayer as we journey toward the cross of Jesus this Lent. Click here to discover more of this life-changing prayer.


Rise, Shine and Give God the Glory! Be part of God's answers in the world! Click here


What Matters Most

November 11, 2012

Jesus shares a story about a woman with a couple of coins, and a whole lot of vision and heart. Click here.


All Saints' Day: Remembering Well

November 4, 2012

Remembering the witness of those who have gone before, and honoring the God who leads us forward. Click here.


Want to have a friend? Be a friend. In all of it's wonder and grace. Click here to discover more.


It's not that we're not supposed to take our lives seriously because they really are gifts. We don't HAVE to be here, but we are. The problem happens when we take our lives too seriously. When we feel like we might be here just for ourselves. Or our families. Or the people who love us no matter what. Maybe, just maybe, there is something more. Click here!


The Bible has been translated into thousands of languages and is the best-selling book of all time. Inside the Bible you'll find guidance for life, reason for song, stories that will drop your jaw, comfort in difficult times, challenges to grow in your faith and witness, lists of who's who, and far more. But where do you start? How do you start? Click here!


Back to the Basics: Prayer

September 23, 2012

Why does prayer matter? Why do it? What comes from it? Explore these and other questions with Pastor Connie Thomson in this sermon that even includes some Abbott and Costello! Click here!


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