Riverside Presbyterian Church

Riverside Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Dr. Steve Goyer

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A Movement for Reconciliation: Why a Movement for Reconciliation? 2 Cor. 5:19 “In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself… and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” Dear Riversiders, The word reconciliation may sound like a theological term but it is also grounded in economics. To “reconcile the books” means to balance them, to square them. It means to bring all the factors back together in balance. The same is true with what God has done for us in Christ - “all this is from God who ‘reconciled’ us to himself.” Now that we are reconciled with God, our ministry, our mission, our purpose is to become people who work toward reconciliation with our neighbors and even within ourselves. In this world, there are a gazillion places that need reconciling -- like politics, guilt, shame, conflict, division, tribalism, regret, violence, grief, forgiveness -- the list is legion. So, this is why the Session and the staff at Riverside have adopted as our mission statement “Riverside: A Movement For Reconciliation”. From now on everything we do will be with this single purpose mission in mind. We will continue to unpack what this means more particularly for Riverside and for each of us as we go forward. For now, just make a list in your life of all the people and places that you and we need reconciling. Naming them is the first step, bringing them to church is the second. Peace, Steve
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A Movement for Reconciliation: Why a Movement for Reconciliation? 2 Cor. 5:19 “In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself… and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” Dear Riversiders, The word reconciliation may sound like a theological term but it is also grounded in economics. To “reconcile the books” means to balance them, to square them. It means to bring all the factors back together in balance. The same is true with what God has done for us in Christ - “all this is from God who ‘reconciled’ us to himself.” Now that we are reconciled with God, our ministry, our mission, our purpose is to become people who work toward reconciliation with our neighbors and even within ourselves. In this world, there are a gazillion places that need reconciling -- like politics, guilt, shame, conflict, division, tribalism, regret, violence, grief, forgiveness -- the list is legion. So, this is why the Session and the staff at Riverside have adopted as our mission statement “Riverside: A Movement For Reconciliation”. From now on everything we do will be with this single purpose mission in mind. We will continue to unpack what this means more particularly for Riverside and for each of us as we go forward. For now, just make a list in your life of all the people and places that you and we need reconciling. Naming them is the first step, bringing them to church is the second. Peace, Steve
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Thin Places

25 Jul 2021 | 0 mins 0 secs

Thin Places

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Let Your Hand Go Limp

18 Jul 2021 | 19 mins 58 secs

Let Your Hand Go Lim...

18 Jul 2021 | 19 mins 58 secs

Tears in a Bottle

11 Jul 2021 | 18 mins 22 secs

Tears in a Bottle

11 Jul 2021 | 18 mins 22 secs

Untitled

06 Jul 2021 | 27 mins 38 secs

Untitled

06 Jul 2021 | 27 mins 38 secs

Who Is This?

04 Jul 2021 | 25 mins 54 secs

Who Is This?

04 Jul 2021 | 25 mins 54 secs

Out of the Depths

27 Jun 2021 | 18 mins 25 secs

Out of the Depths

27 Jun 2021 | 18 mins 25 secs

Sweet, Sweet Scripture

20 Jun 2021 | 22 mins 02 secs

Sweet, Sweet Scriptu...

20 Jun 2021 | 22 mins 02 secs

Feeling Sheepish

13 Jun 2021 | 21 mins 46 secs

Feeling Sheepish

13 Jun 2021 | 21 mins 46 secs

Old Age and Gray Hair

06 Jun 2021 | 18 mins 23 secs

Old Age and Gray Hai...

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Breaking Down the God Box

30 May 2021 | 17 mins 52 secs

Breaking Down the Go...

30 May 2021 | 17 mins 52 secs

Declaring the Wonders of ...

23 May 2021 | 20 mins 40 secs

Declaring the Wonder...

23 May 2021 | 20 mins 40 secs

Decisions, Decisions

16 May 2021 | 19 mins 17 secs

Decisions, Decisions

16 May 2021 | 19 mins 17 secs

Are We There Yet?

09 May 2021 | 20 mins 14 secs

Are We There Yet?

09 May 2021 | 20 mins 14 secs

What Are We Confirming?

02 May 2021 | 22 mins 54 secs

What Are We Confirmi...

02 May 2021 | 22 mins 54 secs

Safe Passage

25 Apr 2021 | 24 mins 06 secs

Safe Passage

25 Apr 2021 | 24 mins 06 secs