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.
Seven Deadly Sins - Greed
March 16, 2014
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.
Seven Deadly Sins - Pride and Envy
March 9, 2014
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.
Stories of Grace: The Woman at the Well
March 1, 2014
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.
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!
Stories of Grace - Shadrach, Meshack & Abednego
February 22, 2014
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!
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.
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!
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.
Where Lutherans Come From: The Grace Thing and Why It All Matters
Reformation Sunday, October 27, 2013
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.
God's Generosity: Why and How People Can Make a Difference
October 20, 2013
Ever feel small in a pretty big world? That's not God's plan for you. Click here for another vision!
God's Generosity: Baptism into a larger family
October 13, 2013
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.
God's Generosity: Holy Communion ... and Holy Connections
October 6, 2013
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!
God's Positioning System: The Bible
August 4, 2013
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.
Jesus Loves You. Yep, you heard that right....
July 7, 2013
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.
Come Holy Spirit - Pentecost Sunday!
May 19, 2013
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 Love, yet more.
May 12, 2013
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.
Why Church? To Hear God's Word and Share in His Supper
April 14, 2013
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.
The Lord's Prayer: Lead Us Not Into Temptation
March 17, 2013
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.
The Lord's Prayer: Our Father, Who Art in Heaven
February 17, 2013
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! ... A series on Epiphany
January 13, 2013
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.
Back to the Basics: Christian Friendship
October 14, 2012
Want to have a friend? Be a friend. In all of it's wonder and grace. Click here to discover more.
Back to the Basics: It's Not (All) About Me
October 7, 2012
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!
Back to the Basics: Reading the Bible
September 30, 2012
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!