Game of Thrones Week 1

Amanda kicks off a new series called Game of Thrones: Journeying through the stories of King David.  In this opening week of a 5 week series focused on leadership, she looks at the story of Samuel and Israel's demand for a king, despite God wanting something better for them than a king. 

*note: This sermon was re-recorded after the service due to technical issues with the original recording. 

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Hardly Christian Week 3

Our Associate Pastor, Adam King, continues with week three of our Hardly Christian series as he looks at the social phenomenon called 'ghosting'. What happens when we are abandoned (or are tempted to abandon others) due to changing identities and beliefs? What are the consequences and what are ways to deal with it when it happens?

Hardly Christian Week 2

Amanda continues our series by considering what happens when the charges of "Hardly ______" aren't coming from others, but from within. What do we do when we realize our beliefs and identities are changing?

*note- due to technical difficulties, this sermon was re-recorded without a live studio audience. :-D

Hardly Christian Week 1

Amanda kicks off a new series that looks at the intersection of faith, identity, shame, and change. Week 1 considers the challenge of responding to charges by others against our core identities. What happens when we are labeled Hardly ___________ (fill in the blank). How should we respond?  

*Note- due to technical issues, we do not have the original recording of this sermon at RISE. This recording was done at Bridgewater College at their Wednesday evening worship service. 

Where's Jesus? - Thomas

Listen as Nathan Scarborough, our College InReach Team Leader, brings a beautiful message of the vital importance of doubt as he reflects on Thomas' encounter with the risen Jesus. Check out the link below for the video that Nathan uses (you can hear the audio in the sermon)


Podcast- Saved? "Palm Sunday"

Amanda wraps up our Lenten sermon series with a quick recap of the series, and then asking the question "what if salvation isn't what we expect... and what if we're wrong?" The video attached was shown between the end of Amanda's talk and her closing prayer, so if you'd like to to recreate that, pause the audio when she begins her prayer and watch the video attached, then finish the audio. 

A dramatic retelling of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem that asks the question "what if salvation isn't what we think it is?" credits: all video found on YouTube (we will take down any footage at request) Song: "Riceboy Sleeps" by Jonsi & Alex.

Saved? - Reading List

We've heard a lot of you say that you would love follow up reading for the Saved? series. So here's a beginning list. We will add books to it as we think of others. If you have questions about these or other books, email Adam at


Saved? - "The Way"

March 26th, 2017

Amanda continues our Lenten series "Saved?" by challenging the temptation to jump over Jesus' life to his death when talking about salvation. What if Jesus' way of life, what he taught and how he lived, is a vital part of what salvation means? 

Saved? - "Questions about Atonement"

March 19, 2017

Our Associate Minister, Adam continues the Saved? Sermon series with reflections on the crucifixion of Jesus and offers ways to wrestle with and understand the concept of Atonement. We're trying out a video podcast of the sermon so that you can view the slideshow that is used on Sunday mornings. Let us know if you like it and we can continue to offer it!