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Be Still and Go is a digital devotional that invites you to reflect on a text or a theme so that you can be refilled and refueled for the work of love and justice that you are called to do. And this work is not a sprint. Take a moment and do your stretches because we’re in this for the whole marathon. Find out more about these meditations for the movement as well as other digital discipleship resources at www.trcnyc.org.
 
The church is not a building, but the church is the people. Welcome to Riverside is a show from The Riverside Church in New York City that gives voice to the church, one person at a time. This is the coffee hour of podcasts, inviting you to meet someone new or connect with an old friend and to realize that their story is your story is our story.
 
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Into the Darkest Hour by Madeleine L’Engle It was a time like this,war & tumult of war,a horror in the air.Hungry yawned the abyss –and yet there came the starand the child most wonderfully there.It was a time like thisof fear & lust for power,license & greed and blight –and yet the Prince of bliss came into the darkest hourin quiet & silent light.…
 
Into the Darkest Hour by Madeleine L’Engle It was a time like this, war & tumult of war, a horror in the air. Hungry yawned the abyss – and yet there came the star and the child most wonderfully there. It was a time like this of fear & lust for power, license & greed and blight – and yet the Prince of bliss came into the darkest hour in quiet & sil…
 
"We need not fear the dark. Not the dark of winter nor the dark of these tumultuous times. God is with us and like a loving mother, God will bring us home."What does “home” mean to you? In your own words, what does it mean for God to “bring us home”?//Zephaniah 3:14, 20Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;shout, O Israel!Rejoice and exult with all your hear…
 
"We need not fear the dark. Not the dark of winter nor the dark of these tumultuous times. God is with us and like a loving mother, God will bring us home." What does “home” mean to you? In your own words, what does it mean for God to “bring us home”? // Zephaniah 3:14, 20 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all you…
 
"As we each endure through the valleys and mountaintops of our lives, we can plant our soul in the love that stands firm for us and shine hope for eternity within our every relationship."How has love helped you endure the valleys and mountaintops of your life?//Psalm 89:1-2A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, f…
 
"As we each endure through the valleys and mountaintops of our lives, we can plant our soul in the love that stands firm for us and shine hope for eternity within our every relationship." How has love helped you endure the valleys and mountaintops of your life? // Psalm 89:1-2 A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lo…
 
"Open your eyes to what's broken and missing and wrecked all around you and use everything you have to heal it up, repair it, rebuild it."What can you heal up, repair, and rebuild in the world around you?//Luke 1:38Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.//This…
 
"Open your eyes to what's broken and missing and wrecked all around you and use everything you have to heal it up, repair it, rebuild it." What can you heal up, repair, and rebuild in the world around you? // Luke 1:38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. /…
 
"The love that requires daily expression in public and in private — this is the love to which we are called as followers of love incarnate, the love that is already and always with us." In your own words, how would you describe the love that we are called to? // Luke 1:46-55 “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for …
 
"The love that requires daily expression in public and in private — this is the love to which we are called as followers of love incarnate, the love that is already and always with us."In your own words, how would you describe the love that we are called to?//Luke 1:46-55“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he ha…
 
O come, Desire of nations, bind All peoples in one heart and mind; Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease; Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace. In your own words, what does it mean for the whole world to be filled with heaven's peace? // This episode was recorded by Amanda Meisenheimer, the Minister of Children & Families at The Riverside Church.…
 
O come, Desire of nations, bindAll peoples in one heart and mind;Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.In your own words, what does it mean for the whole world to be filled with heaven's peace?//This episode was recorded by Amanda Meisenheimer, the Minister of Children & Families at The Riverside Church. It wa…
 
"Into a time of anger and loss and fear, a child was born. A child that was love and hope and light. And we remember his name – Emmanuel – God is with us." As you look back on your year, what are the memories that will sustain you, even in the darkest of times? // Philippians 1:3-6 I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with j…
 
"Into a time of anger and loss and fear, a child was born. A child that was love and hope and light. And we remember his name – Emmanuel – God is with us."As you look back on your year, what are the memories that will sustain you, even in the darkest of times?//Philippians 1:3-6I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy i…
 
"Be like John and believe in the light, believe in the things that God has promised to us." How is the Word made flesh in our world and our lives today? // John 1:6-8, 28-30 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he ca…
 
"Be like John and believe in the light, believe in the things that God has promised to us."How is the Word made flesh in our world and our lives today?//John 1:6-8, 28-30There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came t…
 
"We need a Mother God right now because our brains are so saturated in patriarchy that a subtle change to a pronoun here or there can awaken our minds to a fuller understanding of the personality of God." How does the idea of a Mother God awaken your mind to a fuller understanding of the personality of God? // Psalm 11:4-7 The LORD is in her holy t…
 
"We need a Mother God right now because our brains are so saturated in patriarchy that a subtle change to a pronoun here or there can awaken our minds to a fuller understanding of the personality of God."How does the idea of a Mother God awaken your mind to a fuller understanding of the personality of God?//Psalm 11:4-7The LORD is in her holy templ…
 
"One of the first steps on the journey to freedom is to shed the ill-defined labels and limiting beliefs that separate us from the love of God."What are your next steps on the journey to freedom?//Psalm 126When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of…
 
"One of the first steps on the journey to freedom is to shed the ill-defined labels and limiting beliefs that separate us from the love of God." What are your next steps on the journey to freedom? // Psalm 126 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shou…
 
"I can't help but wonder what God thinks of all the artificial trappings that have attached themselves to Christmas since the word became flesh and dwelt among us."What "artificial trappings" have attached themselves to your experience of Christmas?//Isaiah 61:1-2The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me;he has sent me…
 
"I can't help but wonder what God thinks of all the artificial trappings that have attached themselves to Christmas since the word became flesh and dwelt among us." What "artificial trappings" have attached themselves to your experience of Christmas? // Isaiah 61:1-2 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has se…
 
"Joy is still in the world. It has broken through and holds its own despite the sorrow it neighbors."What is bringing you joy in the midst of this year?//Psalm 30:5Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.//This episode was written and recorded by Farley Lord. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Relin…
 
"Joy is still in the world. It has broken through and holds its own despite the sorrow it neighbors." What is bringing you joy in the midst of this year? // Psalm 30:5 Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. // This episode was written and recorded by Farley Lord. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include…
 
O Come, O Come, EmmanuelRevised text by Rev. Tracy Howe, 2020 O come, O come, EmmanuelAnd free us from the bondage we’re in stillExploitation, violence and greed,Come break the chains of white supremacyRejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel.Can liberate with love and power still. O come, green shoot of Jesse, freeThose dying at the hands of the policeRestore t…
 
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Revised text by Rev. Tracy Howe, 2020 O come, O come, Emmanuel And free us from the bondage we’re in still Exploitation, violence and greed, Come break the chains of white supremacy Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel. Can liberate with love and power still. O come, green shoot of Jesse, free Those dying at the hands of the police R…
 
"Sumak Kawsay inspires me to examine how I live in relationship to the Pacha Mama – to the living and breathing creation that God made."What does it mean to live a good life in such a time as this?//Psalm 104You set the earth on her foundations, so that she shall never be shaken.You cover her with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above …
 
"Sumak Kawsay inspires me to examine how I live in relationship to the Pacha Mama – to the living and breathing creation that God made." What does it mean to live a good life in such a time as this? // Psalm 104 You set the earth on her foundations, so that she shall never be shaken. You cover her with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood a…
 
“May John the Baptist and so many others prepare the way for Jesus’ coming."Who has pointed you towards Jesus lately?//Mark 1:1-8The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way;the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: …
 
“May John the Baptist and so many others prepare the way for Jesus’ coming." Who has pointed you towards Jesus lately? // Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilde…
 
“If we truly believe that God’s forgivness is expansive then we should believe that the eye of the needle is much wider than we can imagine.”How have you experienced God’s expansive forgiveness? How can you share this expansive forgiveness with others?//2 Peter 3:8-15But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a tho…
 
“If we truly believe that God’s forgives is expansive then we should believe that the eye of the needle is much wider than we can imagine.” How have you experienced God’s expansive forgiveness? How can you share this expansive forgiveness with others? // 2 Peter 3:8-15 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a t…
 
"This is a season of waiting in the middle of a year that has felt like one long season of waiting.”How has God been reviving you during this season of waiting?//Psalm 85:6-7Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.//This episode was written and recorded by…
 
"This is a season of waiting in the middle of a year that has felt like one long season of waiting.” How has God been reviving you during this season of waiting? // Psalm 85:6-7 Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. // This episode was written and reco…
 
"Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” -Mother TheresaWho can you help today?//Isaiah 40:1-11Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to herthat she has served her term, that her penalty is paid,that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.A voice cries…
 
"Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” -Mother Theresa Who can you help today? // Isaiah 40:1-11 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voi…
 
"The work of making peace begins with the task of making ourselves whole." What can you do today to help make yourself, and the world around you, whole? // This episode was written and recorded by Rev. Cameron Trimble. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms by Podington Bear and Threnody by Goldmund. • Visit ww…
 
"The work of making peace begins with the task of making ourselves whole."What can you do today to help make yourself, and the world around you, whole?//This episode was written and recorded by Rev. Cameron Trimble. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms by Podington Bear and Threnody by Goldmund. • Visit www.t…
 
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death's dark shadows put to flight. How does this verse speak to the realities of our world today? // This episode was recorded by MaryAnne Muglia. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms by Podington Bear. • Visit www.trcnyc.org/BeStillAndGo to listen to more episodes fr…
 
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,And death's dark shadows put to flight.How does this verse speak to the realities of our world today?//This episode was recorded by MaryAnne Muglia. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms by Podington Bear.• Visit www.trcnyc.org/BeStillAndGo to listen to more episodes from al…
 
"To keep alert and to pay attention is our call to be aware of one another and what is going on in the greater world." What are you keeping alert and paying attention to in the world around us? // Mark 13:24-37 “But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling fro…
 
"To keep alert and to pay attention is our call to be aware of one another and what is going on in the greater world."What are you keeping alert and paying attention to in the world around us?//Mark 13:24-37“But in those days, after that suffering,the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,and the stars will be falling from heav…
 
"Through Christ, I am stronger than any box; I am stronger than racism or sexism or any -ism." What are the “boxes” that you have had to overcome and break out of? // 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in…
 
"Through Christ, I am stronger than any box; I am stronger than racism or sexism or any -ism."What are the “boxes” that you have had to overcome and break out of?//1 Corinthians 1:3-9Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Chri…
 
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