Hands to Work, Hearts to God


Riverside Church Washington, DC

Riverside Church Washington, DC

Hands to work, hearts to God

That headline is a Shaker motto that Melinda favors.  A great motto it is indeed.  There is a surging energy in our church that will, I pray, joyfully carry us along to the next great moment in our history.  We have wonderful young adults who are putting their shoulder to the wheel in an effort to expand our friendship opportunities.  If you haven’t seen Ri-Set (Riverside Social Events Team) listings, take a look at the calendar on our site.  Opportunities have come along side now to Koinonia monthly luncheons (3rd Sunday after worship), choir rehearsal (now moved to Monday evenings and ably led by Kevin and Lauren) and service opportunities like S.O.M.E. ( So Others Might Eat) and non-perishable goods given monthly to Martha’s Table.  We have a member who is seriously talking about engaging us both in growing food for the hungry and providing a spiritual retreat in the same effort.  We continue to provide study and reflection time on Sundays at 9 a.m. and of course, we worship which is the Opus Dei, the work of God.

Rippling through this is also an excitement that we are on an intentional path to secure our church financially for another generation, providing relief to our budget from constant maintenance issues and positioning our church for the future along Maine Avenue where a major renaissance of The Wharf is about to unfold.  This is an exciting time to be at Riverside.

Where are your hands in all of this?  Let us give our hearts to God and roll up our sleeves–everyone of us.  I like this verse from the Letter to the Hebrews (12:12-13):  “Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet…”

Join us this Sunday in worship.  Be part of this.  Step out of the wrecked world a while and replenish your spirit; turn away from the negative, energy-consuming  chatter of media talking heads and gossips and place your life before Christ in Word proclaimed and Communion shared.   Bring your hands and your hearts. ~PSTR

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