Sunday | May 31, 2020

10:00 AM Family Time Service
10:30 AM Gathering Service
Dear RFC'ers

Here is the zoom link for tomorrow --- FamilyTime starts at 10AM and The Gathering starts at 10:30 AM.


"Say Their Names--Black Lives Matter"

Before worship on Sunday, please write in large, readable print on a sheet of paper the name of someone whose life and death called you into the movement for black lives. As our country reckons yet again with the public murder of a black man, we want to remember that man as George Floyd, child of God, as well as remember the others before him whose lives deserve notice and whose deaths must never be forgotten. Bring that name and that person's story with you to our service on Sunday; we'll be holding these up to our cameras during our service to "say" the names in printed form while music plays for our reflection and lament..

Please note, if your video setting in Zoom has "Mirror my video" selected, your writing might appear backward to you. If you want to see the name you've written as others will see it, uncheck this box before or during worship.

Thank you for helping us to remember these lives--to say their names--and, in the words of last week's sermon, to "obey the sadness" of our history and our present moment. Black lives matter, at Riverfront, in Hartford, in our surrounding communities, in this country, in the world, and most especially in the Kingdom of God.

One additional note:

- We recognize that during this time, some in our congregation may face some real challenges, financially and otherwise. We are establishing a "Jericho Road Fund" as a benevolence fund we can use to help meet people's short term, emergency, last-resort needs.  There is an option online (and via texting 84321 and a $ amount to keyword jericho).

See you tomorrow morning!

In Christ,

Pastor Ben (
Pastor Liza (
Pastor Jen (

Topic: RFC 05-31-2020
Time: May 31, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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