Adam kicks off a post-Easter sermon series called "She Persisted" that will explore the lives and stories of women in the Bible. Our first "shero" is Mary Magdalene.
We welcome Natalie Kerr this week as she opens up our sermon series for the month of June called "The Loneliness Epidemic". She shares some staggering and sobering facts about loneliness, its effect on us individually and as a society, and begins the conversation about how we can confront this modern day epidemic.
Amanda wraps up our lenten series about our bodies by looking at the end of our bodies, namely death.
Adam King and Amy Halosky tackle the challenging but vital topic of sex and sexuality as it relates to having human bodies. How does understanding our sexual beings connect to our worship of God and our ability to relate to others? And most importantly, how can the church do a better job of talking about sex with one another? Adam and Amy present a model here of one way to go about doing just that.
Special guest Trina Trotter Nussbaum, Trauma researcher and Assistant Director of the Center for Interfaith Engagement at EMU, shares a vital message about trauma, secondary trauma, and the miraculous ways the body navigates the deep wounds of life.
Amanda dives into questions about mind, body, spirit connection while exploring the problems with gnosticism and hedonism, belief systems that have significant sway both in the ancient world and the modern.
Amy Halosky and Ashley Oliver bring a powerful message about wrestling with negative body image in our second week of our Lenten series called "The Body".
Amanda launches our Lenten sermon series titled "The Body".
Amanda wraps up our sermon series "Core" by looking at the RISE Core value: "We try to stay "at the table" when things are hard."
*Note: the laughter at the beginning is due to the fact that Adam set Amanda up to walk onto stage with a slide introducing her as a "closet Hokies fan" while Enter Sandman was playing on the day after her beloved Cavaliers were beaten by Virginia Tech. She will most likely get her revenge...
Adam continues our series called "Core" as he tackles the RISE core value: "Jesus is found among the poor, hurting and brokenhearted. And we should be too."
RISE was blessed to welcome Monica Robinson and Raquel Williams from the local chapter of the NAACP to share a reflection and prayer with us on this special day honoring the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Amanda continues our Core series which explores the 8 core values at RISE. This week Amanda dives into a very challenging core "God has open arms, and so should we." We say "everyone means everyone" a lot at RISE. What does that actually mean? Who is "everyone"? And are there limits? This is not an easy sermon and you will be challenged, but we also feel like this is an incredibly important conversation to engage in.
Adam launches a new sermon series titled "Core" that explores RISE's 8 core values. Today's core value is "Jesus lived and loved with passion, and so should we." We're excited about this series and hope you are encouraged, challenged, and uplifted.
Note: at one point during this sermon, I (Adam) state that 'apathy is a cop-out'. While I do think that is often true, it dawned on me after the fact that apathy is also a common symptom of depression and anxiety and that is really important to be named. I overstated my case here in a way that could be very damaging to those who struggle with depression and so I feel the need to include this addendum to it. My apologies if you listened to the sermon that day and were hurt.
We wrap up our Advent Series with a unique sermon/service focused on listening. You'll discover that this sermon is much shorter than usual and that is because we invited everyone into a practice of listening (which was done 'off air' so to say). We encourage you if possible to listen to this podcast with a friend or family member so that you too can join in the activity at the end of the lesson.
Amanda continues our Advent series looking at the little, and often overlooked word "and". There is a video that she references about 2/3 of the way through. You can watch that video below as well.
Our friend and guest preacher, Jonathan Fuller, from the Wesley Fellows program at Floris UMC, appropriately collaborates with RISE in offering our sermon today focused on the second word in our Advent series, "Collaborate".
Apologies that the first few moments of Jonathan's sermon was cut off in the recording. This podcast picks up very early in his sermon as he's discussing the need for teamwork in sports (an analogy he admitted was cliche, but still very helpful).
Amanda kicks off our Advent series as we follow the sage advice of Vanilla Ice to Stop Collaborate and Listen. We start this week looking at the word "stop".
*Note: there is a five minute gap in this podcast while we invited the congregation to discuss how they will Stop. We encourage you to use this time to do your own brainstorming!*
Amanda wraps up our FULL series by exploring what a FULL community looks like.
We continue our series titled "FULL" as Adam wrestles with knowing what being full feels like, and how we can know. He looks at Jesus' statements often called the Beatitudes (blessed/happy are those who...) and how they turn our vision of what a full life looks like on it's head.
Amanda launches our FULL sermon series by asking the question "If our lives are so full, why do we feel so empty?" This is a three week sermon series that is tied to our FULL giving campaign.
Watch the video that Amanda mentions in the sermon here: "What does it mean to be full?"
(sorry her audio was not edited out of the podcast while the video was playing. You can fast forward through that section and watch the video instead)