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Thirsting in the 21st Century


We who live in Washington DC live in the midst of background radiation.  I don’t mean that literally but figuratively to refer to the stresses of being ever on the watch for terrorist acts, political fallout and economic catastrophe.  Of course, this is not just the case for DC but in a smaller world increasingly interdependent, most of us slog through a day of noise and radiation.  It is not unusual to feel like someone has torn the bark off you.

What I don’t quite comprehend is why persons who are weary and beat up and despairing from the turmoil around them do not take advantage of resources.  Can you imagine a thirsty marathon runner passing by a table of paper cups filled with water?  Not likely. And yet, people will unpack themselves off metro cars, walk out of the labyrinth of office politics and world politics only to enter their residence alone and–drum roll–turn on the television or computer and feed upon more news that deepens the stress levels.

Here’s what else I don’t get:  how people who know where some water is don’t offer it.  I’ll cut to the chase here–most of us know that on the Cross of Shame, Jesus cried out, “I thirst.”  The Roman soldiers took a sponge of vinegar and gave him a swig. How’s that for cruelty?  But you already knew the world was cruel.  Jesus in turn, prayed, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.

On a corner in the Empire is an intimate congregation of inclusion and peace.  A stream runs through it.  Come and drink.  And if you have drunk from this stream, then tell someone where they can slake their thirst.  You’re thirsty.  We have water.  ~See you Sunday

Dancing Baptists, Worship July 12th


Parking Lot Concert A Success!

Saturday, July 11th, the Riverside Choir led by Lauren White and accompanied by Kevin Twine on piano, Anthony Maimer on bass and Dominic Taylor on drums, filled our parking lot with praise and music.  DJ Chris Barnett filled in the spaces and transitioned to upbeat and groovy tunes.  Darrell Burnette deserves a special shout out for his organization and logistical support of this wonderful afternoon. And to all our volunteers, thank you!  We enjoyed meeting neighbors and taking the joy from inside our church to the outside.  Keep your eyes open for another event sometime in the Fall…

Worship tomorrow, July 12th at 10 a.m. will feature our choir and Pastor Bledsoe will be preaching from the lectionary reading from Ephesians chapter one where we are told that we are chosen.  This idea of “election” or being chosen is a strong theme in the bible but also a difficult idea in 2015.  We hope you’ll join us for deeply gratifying worship–worship that connects emotionally and intellectually.  ~ See you Sunday.

Sometimes people can’t figure out Baptists (well, who can?) But one way to distinguish say, arch-conservative Southern Baptists from us progressive Baptists who believe in soul freedom, ordination of women and ecumenical relations is by dancing. We’re the dancing Baptists.  LOL  For an example, see the movie below of Riversiders groovin’ to the music.